When we are sitting on the Metro in Washington D.C. and Chris says "I wonder how our chickens are doing," it sounds like a euphemism.
In some ways, it would seem that we are desperately out of place in this city. It would seem that way, but oh are we in hog heaven.
We are here for Geek Vacation 2009. What is our ideal vacation? Extra schooling for the kids (the kids' idea, not ours), and lots and lots of museums for us.
Sugarplum and Studley are attending a sister school this week, while their own school is closed for spring vacation. It works kind of like a YMCA membership. You know how you can always find a Y that's open if you are willing to traverse time zones? It's like that. Sugarplum and Studley are euphoric. Cannot imagine a better vacation. As usual, they will probably sue us when we finally make it to Disney World and they discover what their friends have been up to all this time.
In court I will remind them that this was the vacation they learned to write in cursive. They will ponder this and half-heartedly try the old Magic Kingdom argument, knowing in their hearts that learning to write in cursive is just about the most awesome thing ever.
While they are writing in cursive we are holding court at Teaism, one of our favorite places in the entire universe. Yesterday morning we heard a woman ask when they would have asparagus on the menu. "When the farmers bring it to the market," was the answer. Maybe we're not so out of place after all.
From Teaism we hit the Smithsonian. There's a Louise Bourgeois exhibit at the Hirshhorn that made our heads explode. And of course there's the Air and Space Museum (both the one in DC and the one out by Dulles). They make us hyperventilate. Tomorrow I think we're on schedule for some Natural History and maybe Archives. There is just So Much To Do.
There are still cherry blossoms, although they are on the decline. When the wind blows it snows petals.
We keep getting messages from our friends saying "turn off your computer and be on vacation already!" It's a problem, this knowing who's online when nonsense. We are so busted.
Now I have to get some sleep, so tomorrow I can turn off my computer and try out a flight simulator. Or something.
Oh! Oh oh oh! We drove through a rainbow yesterday. I noticed that we could see the end of the rainbow - saw right where it met the highway! And then we drove through it. It was all golden and glowy and it turned us all golden and glowy. I think we were the pot of gold. Who knew?