mindful monday: d.c.

We’re going back tomorrow specifically to see the Capitol.  Taylor’s dad works on Capitol Hill and is going to take us on a private tour of the building!  Today we went and saw the monuments and it was fantastic.  We also saw the Smithsonian, beautiful and full of really cool exhibits.  All the brick and marble is so beautiful, something that we on the West Coast don’t really have since it’s not exactly earthquake safe.  We saw the Washington monument, the WWII memorial,  the Vietnam memorial, and the Lincoln memorial.  I definitely got choked up during the Vietnam and Lincoln memorials.  To see all those names inscribed on the walls, and then to read the powerful words of Lincoln. . .it was heartbreaking and awe inspiring by turns.  There’s so much rich history here, not to mention lots of states squished together (full album here).

the beautiful Smithsonian

the beautiful Smithsonian

Washington Monument, unfortunately under construction and covered in scaffolding

Washington Monument, unfortunately under construction and covered in scaffolding

WWII Memorial

WWII Memorial

representation of those who died or went missing in WWII

a representation of those who died or went missing in WWII

the heartbreaking Vietnam Memorial

the heartbreaking Vietnam Memorial

the awe-inspiring Lincoln Memorial

the awe-inspiring Lincoln Memorial

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Before returning to the house we made a stop at Safeway (well, me, really) and the ABC store (alcoholic beverage control, everybody else).  In Virginia hard liquor can only be bought at these stores, unlike California where we have them anywhere from Safeway to the little corner market.  I got supplies to make vegetarian chili, twice baked cauliflower, and a vegan chocolate mousse pie.  When we got home and after we had eaten the other food in the house and played some games (and everyone else proceeded to get drunk), Taylor and I started making the chili and cauliflower dish.  We ended up finishing around 2am, but I was happy to have the food completed so we could come back to the house the next night and not have to spend so much time cooking.

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