Archive for February 2012

More fodder for the memory file

February 22, 2012

Here’s another thing to file under “cute things the kids have done.”  Our facilities manager surprised me the other day by installing a large whiteboard cabinet in my office.  He knew I’d been looking at some for a while, so he bought one for next to nothing at an office furniture auction and had it installed on my day off.

Behold the woody goodness.

When I opened the cabinet, I noticed two little elves had left notes for me.

From J

From A

The only problem is I’m not sure I can ever bring myself to erase these.


Best. Valentines. Ever.

February 15, 2012

From J (click to see it bigger)



From A



Hail to the Traffic

February 3, 2012

As I mentioned yesterday, living near DC has some unique advantages.  Here’s another, although sometimes it can be considered a distinct disadvantage.

I was sitting in a staff meeting the other day, when I suddenly heard a lot of motorcycles going by.  Thinking it was just a funeral procession, I didn’t even look out the window.  Then one of our staff says “That’s somebody important going by.”  Sure enough, the several motorcycles were followed by several black SUVs, several black vans, several police cars, and two very large limousines.

“That has got to be the President,” somebody said.

Checking his online schedule, we confirmed that the President was en route to make a quick speech nearby.  We also saw that he had to be back in the White house less than an hour later, so he’d probably come back by the church. So, about a half hour later …

I’m just glad I wasn’t stuck on a cross street, since they close everything down for 10-15 minutes, which makes the already bad traffic soooo much better.

Capitol Idea

February 2, 2012

There are many benefits to living near DC.  One of them is the proximity to a plethora of historical sites and museums.  Over the weekend, we took the kids on a tour of the Capitol building, which I hadn’t been to in several decades.

Before starting the tour, we thought it would be a good idea to have the kids run off some energy

Post 9-11, they created a separate, underground visitor center at which you start the tour.

Each small tour group has a separate guide who has a microphone that is wirelessly linked to the headphones of only the people on their tour. Worked really well, since you didn't have to strain to listen, or hear the conversations from other tours.

The Supreme Court was actually housed in this room in Capitol from 1819 to 1860

It's supposedly good luck to walk on this compass in the room directly below the Rotunda. So many people have stopped to touch it that it is worn into the ground. I rolled J and A over it a couple of times for good measure.

The Rotunda

Nice headphone accessories

Entrance into the House chamber

Entrance into the Senate chamber.

Statuary Hall. I actually got to sing here a couple of times while in high school. The acoustics are so good, you can stand on one side and whisper to somebody on the other side.

We took a quick side trip to the Library of Congress via a tunnel between buildings.

Overall, a good time was had by all.

But, J wasn’t about to let us leave downtown without going to “his” museum, aka The Dinosaur Museum, aka The Natural History Museum.

The owner is ready to inspect his museum.

Elephant looks up to specs.

This Brachyceratops looks a little crooked. Get somebody on that right away.

And with that, another weekend day well spent.