Sunday, May 14, 2017

Picture of the Day: May 8th to May 14th

May 8th: No mid this week, but I was still pretty tired after the day shift. The doggies caught me hanging out on my floor pillow; Wembles decided I needed some face slurps.

May 9th: I spent a little bit of time knocking some things off my to-do list, including driving my Mustang around a bit. It's leaking a bit of transmission fluid, so I'm hoping to get it in the shop soon so I can get it back on the road again.

May 10th: I finally got back in the air again today! The winds were light and the visibility was great, This is downtown Warrenton.

May 11th: I decided to order a few things I'd been eyeing up for a while. It was like Christmas when I got home from work!

May 12th: Snack of champions...cereal and a glass of wine. It was my second ten-hour workday in a row, and I was a bit hungry when I eventually got home.

May 13th: I left work a couple hours early and spent a bit of time at an open hangar party at the airport. One of the new tenants threw a really nice party. Tasty food, steel drum band, a shiny jet, and some fancy was pretty neat!

May 14th: Another day/mid this week. Sometime last year, someone put two pink flamingos in the dirt near some trees at work. Someone often decorates them for whatever holiday is coming up, and it always makes me smile when I see them as I walk in. I was a little worried last week when I noticed one of them was missing...until I saw that someone had hidden it up in one of the trees.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Quick Trip to DC

Mark and I have been saying for a while that we should take an overnight trip to DC sometime. I recently found out that one of my favorite musicals was in DC for a few weeks, so I figured that would be the perfect excuse to go spend a night in the city.

Mark found us a room at the State Plaza Hotel, fairly close to the metro and the National Mall. We got there well before check-in time and asked nicely if we could leave our bags with them while we grabbed some lunch, figuring it was too early to check in. Instead, we found ourselves with a free upgrade and early check-in - nice!

The room was like a small apartment, and even had a kitchen. It was pretty sweet.

The view looking west. We were right near the George Washington University, so there was a lot going on down on the streets. I was geeking out because they were landing south at DCA and I could see all of my airplanes.

We hung out in the room for a few minutes, then went out to find some lunch.

We decided to take the scenic route past the White House. I think this might be the sidewalk they closed just a couple days later. We eventually wound up at District Taco, stuffed ourselves with delicious tacos, then went on to our next stop...

...the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. And home of Julia Child's kitchen.

And this guy. The transportation sections were pretty neat, but overall the place was absolutely slammed. It seemed like every school in the area must have picked that specific day for a field trip. At any rate, we did at least see a few cool things before making our way back out to the National Mall.

We passed by the National Museum of African American History and Culture. I've heard that this is a really cool museum, so I'm really looking forward to checking it out someday. It's pretty tricky to get tickets, though; it's so popular that timed tickets get sold out really fast, so the other option is to wake up first thing in the morning and try to grab one of the handful of daily tickets they release each day. I didn't know that was a thing until it was too late to get tickets for the day, so I just settled for admiring the outside of the building for now.

It was a really nice day, so we spent some time wandering around the Mall.

We eventually made our way down to the Lincoln Memorial and took a break on the steps.

We weren't the only ones with that idea.

We poked our heads in to say hello to Lincoln, then wandered back to the hotel. We got cleaned up, then wandered over to Graffiato for dinner. It's owned by Mike Isabella, who was on Top Chef a while ago. Everything was really good (and none of my pictures turned out well, haha), and we were out of there with plenty of time to get to the show.

Ragtime was at the Ford's Theatre, and you could see the box where Lincoln was shot right next to the stage, which was crazy. At any rate, the theater was very cool and the show was fantastic. I've wanted to see this show since I was in high school, so it was great to finally see it in person.

After the show, we were walking to our next stop when we came across this. Creepy!

We eventually made our way to the Jack Rose Dining Saloon. It's got a huuuuge selection of whiskies, so Mark was really looking forward to it. And when we got there (at 11pm on a Tuesday), it was absolutely slammed. We couldn't even get into the downstairs room with all of the cool whisky, and when we did manage to squeeze into the upstairs room that seemed more like a regular bar, it was standing room only and you could barely move at that. I don't even know how we would have gotten up to the bar to get anything to drink. We decided to cut our losses and try again some other time...

...which is how we wound up over at Rebellion. We were almost the only ones here! They had some pretty cool things, so we had a couple drinks and talked to the bartender lady for a little while before heading out.

...and this is how you properly end an evening in DC: pizza. We got an Uber back to the hotel after that and called it a night.

We had originally planned to go for a run through the National Mall the next morning, but when we woke up there was a line of rain moving in. You could see it getting closer, so we decided to skip the run, checked out of the hotel, and got an Uber to Georgetown.

I thought this building looked pretty cool. We started with a really good breakfast at a small bakery, then spent a couple hours wandering through some stores before eventually making our way back to the metro and heading back home. It had been a fun quick trip, and I'd happily do it again sometime!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Picture of the Day: May 1st to May 7th

May 1st: The weather was crummy again, so we hung out at home after the mid. We had some fancy snacks later in the day. 

May 2nd: The skies finally cleared, though it was too windy to fly. At least there was finally a bit of blue sky!

May 3rd: It was too windy to fly again, so Mark and I spent the afternoon hiking up in Shenandoah. We tried out a new trail that was pretty nice, then stopped at a couple overlooks before heading home. It's always neat to see spring working its way up the ridges.

May 4th: I was feeling a bit under the weather today, so I stayed home from work. At least I had a bit of company while I hung out on the couch.

May 5th: I was feeling a bit better, so I went over to the airport in the morning to take care of a couple things for an upcoming event. The clouds looked pretty crazy as the weather moved through. 

May 6th: Mark and I ran the Wicked Bottom 5k in the morning. It was a really fun race, even with the rain that started about 10 minutes in. Mark wound up getting 2nd place in his age group. It was a good first race of the season! 

May 7th: Back to work, and back to walking the track on my breaks. One of these days, maybe the wind will die down so I can fly again.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Picture of the Day: April 24th to April 30th

April 24th: Time for Bacon's summer haircut! She's like a heavy teddy bear now.  :) 

April 25th: Mark and I tried a crockpot recipe for rotisserie-style chicken this week. It turned out pretty good, especially considering how little work it was compared to some of the other recipes we've made lately. 

April 26th: We hung out on the porch for a while in the evening after I got back from doing stuff around my hangar. Mark found a way to block off the openings in the porch, so we can let the dogs hang out there with us. They seem to like it. 

April 27th: Tonight was a pretty dumb day at work. Thunderstorm season is definitely here. I did at least make it outside for a lap around the track to clear my head a bit.

April 28th: This was the temperature upstairs when we got home from working an eve shift. At least we made it to the end of April before having to turn on the air conditioning. 

April 29th: The fringe tree in the backyard is starting to bloom; it smells really good. 

April 30th: Detail of one of the paintings in our living room. I had day/mid today and it was too steamy outside to walk the track at work, so I didn't have any interesting outside pictures.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Picture of the Day: April 17th to April 23rd

 April 17th: Zach came down to visit for a couple days. We spent the evening watching episodes of Naked and Afraid and playing video games.

April 18th: Zach had never been on a distillery tour before, so we took him down to A. Smith Bowman in Fredericksburg. They just opened a new warehouse room last year, and they've already got quite a few barrels in there. This place is really cool and smells amazing. 

 April 19th: We tried out a couple new recipes and had some ramen for dinner. It was pretty tasty, as was the chicken peanut mushroom ramen thing that Zach and I finished up later.

April 20th: Zach headed out in the morning, and Mark and I went in to work and spent the night dealing with thunderstorms. I went outside right after some of the storms rolled through; my picture of the bright rainbow didn't turn out very well, but the clouds to the west looked pretty neat.

April 21st: I've been making some pretty good progress on the Lego set Mark got me. 

April 22nd: I worked a ten hour day to build up some more credit time, then spent a little time in the evening doing Legos and sipping some wine. 

April 23rd: It finally stopped raining, so I walked the track on a couple of my breaks. After so many cloudy days it was a bit weird to see some blue sky again. (Don't worry, was completely cloudy again by the end of my day shift.)

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Picture of the Day: April 10th to April 16th

April 10th: Mark recently surprised me with this really cool Lego set. I could sit there and put together sets like this all day long (and a couple times, I have). 4002 pieces should keep me busy for a while.  :) 

April 11th: We spent the day (and night) in DC. I had tickets for us to see Ragtime at Ford's Theatre. I took this before the show started; the fancy box on the right of the stage is where President Lincoln was shot. I'll have another post soon with more pictures from our overnight trip.

April 12th: We spent some time wandering around Georgetown before heading home. I thought this building looked pretty cool. 

April 13th: Back to work. I had a pilot chirp about some 'ominous looking clouds' when I had to vector him for spacing, and when I got a break and went outside to walk the track, I got to see it for myself. I wouldn't call them ominous...just dramatically lit.

April 14th: I spent a bit of time in the morning sorting through the tools in my hangar. First step: spread them all over the table to see what I actually have. 

April 15th: Mark and I both wound up working ten hour days today. I got home first and spent some time hanging out with the doggies on the couch. I tried to take a panorama with my phone, but it didn't quite turn out. Oops. 

April 16th: I had to work on Easter, but I did at least get to enjoy this sunrise when I walked the track on my break in the morning.