Tuesday, April 5, 2011

New month, new things!

5 days into April and I am finally realizing that we have started a new month and March is far behind us! Time really flies when your work consumes your life, which has definitely been the case for me. While work is always busy, the last few weeks have been particularly busy as my program will be gearing up for a round of site visits and regional meetings will have us all on the road and working on endless reports and memos. Sounds fun, right? :)

While my calendar is starting to fill up with work travel, I am excited to fill my weekends with fun DC area events. As the weather starts to warm up, I know there are going to be tons of fun things to do, it is just a matter of deciding which ones to do and of course find some rest time in between!

Here is just a few of the events that I am eyeing, let me know which ones you recommend!

  • The Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum (international modern and contemporary art) is hosting the  exhibit, "Directions: Grazia Toderi". The exhibit is Toderi's recent projections and drawings of landscapes and night skies taken from military and satellite footage. It has been described as "frescos of light".
  • The New York City Ballet is coming to the Kennedy Center! After Black Swan and my favorite movie, Center Stage, who doesn't want to see some of the best ballet dancers in this country! The show will be three mixed programs that include a variety of pieces by George Balanchine. (He inspired the director role in Black Swan). 
  • An Opera that I have always wanted to see (we had to watch the video in high school) is Madama Butterfly. In April the Virginia Opera will be staging Madame Butterfly at George Mason University Center for Arts. 
  • One of my favorite DC spots, the Library of Congress, is hosting an exhibit titled, "The Last Full Measure: Civil War Photographs form the Liljenquist Family Collection." The Liljenquist family began traveling to Gettysburg and Fredrickburg on weekends and amassed a collection of images through dealers, estate sales, and eBay. To add to the collection of photographs of generals and politicans, the Liljenquist will add their collection of Civil War solider photographs to the already stunning Library of Congress. 
  • The ever so popular Ira Glass from This American Life will be at Lisner Auditorium to talk about the show's experience as a television series on Showtime and why the TV show ended. (I had no idea there was a TV show!)
  • In Lewes, Delaware (2 hours away) there will be a Tulip Festival with blooms expected to carpet the entire park. In addition to being able to walk the park, there are trolly tours and photography workshops for only $5! Additionally, the nearby restaurant Striper Bites (not sure about that name....) is suppose to have a fabulous fresh lobster roll. 
  • Down the street in Crystal City, there will be a 5k race every Friday. While the 'race' is very casual and not very competitive, people are more focused on the great happy hours that await them after the race. Running a 5k after work is a good excuse for a few drinks and great happy hour bites. 
  • Brian is in a kickball league that starts next week with games every Wednesday. The games will be on the National Mall next to the Washington Monument. I can't think of a better place for a game of kickball! It should be a fun weekly event that will of course be followed with celebration and team bonding at the "assigned" team bar. 
  • and of course, with the anticipated fabulous weather that awaits us, we are anxious to get out on the hiking trails, take the bikes out of the city and enjoy spring in the DC area!

Fortunately, the one thing that I have been looking forward to the most this month is coming up this weekend! 
I am going to San Antonio to see my beautiful niece that has grown way too fast since the last time I have seen her! I couldn't be more excited to see her and get to know this little person that now has a personality! 

I look forward to writing about all the great things that are going on this month! 


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