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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 20 - GALLERY on: January 24, 2015 03:33:00 PM
Last weekend Alby went for dim sum and met a few other craftsters!


2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 20 - GALLERY on: January 11, 2015 04:14:02 PM
Alby visited the National Gallery of Art today! There are tons of photos on his blog (see link in signature), plus a video of the art installation on the underground walkway in this photo:



The modern art wing is mostly closed for renovations, so he mostly saw earlier works, but we were able to check out the atrium with this massive Calder mobile!
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 20 - GALLERY on: January 07, 2015 09:21:14 AM
Haha, Alby got to see some trees dropped by beavers too, we have beavers in the lake next to my house and this is actually a big issue of contention for the city (the "save the trees" contingent vs the "save the beavers" contingent. Photos are in his blog!
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 20 - GALLERY on: January 06, 2015 10:11:35 AM
I'm telecommuting today due to snow, Alby went outside to help me clean off my car:

5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 20 - GALLERY on: December 27, 2014 12:53:22 PM
Alby spent a few days in Florida for Christmas - my parents don't really live near anything, and we didn't have time to drive anywhere touristy, so he mostly got to hang out by the pool. Unfortunately it was mostly cloudy and kinda clammy out. We are back in DC now, will try to check out some other stuff this week while I am off work.





More photos on his blog (see signature for link)
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 20 - GALLERY on: December 20, 2014 02:09:36 PM
Alby visited the National Arborteum this afternoon - it was a bit chilly, but he saw lots of stuff even though it is winter.

There is a nice bonsai museum with lots and lots of bonsai


This bonsai was started in 1625!


It was a good day to take pictures at the Capitol columns (these were originally part of the Capitol building and are now in the middle of a field)


He also got to see the native plants exhibit. In high school (many years ago) I volunteered for two summers at the arboretum. Mostly I helped out with the native plants group, when this prairie was just being installed. At the time, this field was completely bare (tilled), we planted hundreds and hundreds of root stock across this field.
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 20 - GALLERY on: December 19, 2014 05:02:01 PM
Ha, dancing Rupert is great!

Alby went downtown last night for happy hour, it is hard to get good photos after work now since it is so dark. At least the map in the metro station was lit up:


Tomorrow he is going to a very strange Chinese restaurant and then hopefully we will get to stop by the national arboretum around the corner. Apparently when China was renovating (rebuilding?) their embassy, they bought out an entire hotel to house the imported Chinese workers. This restaurant opened in the bottom of the hotel and serves really authentic Xi'an and Szechuan food, and stayed open after the embassy was finished and all the workers left. So now there is a really great Chinese restaurant in a seedy hotel in a more seedy area of town where there are pretty much absolutely no Chinese people (note to tourists in DC: think twice about that cheap hotel you see way out on New York Ave. Then think a third time if you are still considering it, and check out airbnb instead).
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 20 - GALLERY on: December 13, 2014 08:31:33 PM
I finally got somewhat caught up on Alby's blog (see link in signature).

He got to hang out with my cats



and helped make a rum cake for a holiday party at work last week
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 20 - GALLERY on: December 08, 2014 04:37:45 PM
Alby visited Old Town Alexandria and went to a holiday open house at the Torpedo Factory.

The only torpedo still left from the original use of the building:


Now the Torpedo Factory houses dozens of art studios. There are paper mache sculptures and a faux-fireboat in the lobby.


We tried to go see the holiday boat parade on the Potomac, but it was cold and raining, so we went and had ice cream instead, haha.
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 20 - GALLERY on: November 27, 2014 07:20:43 AM
It looks like Rupert is having a great time! Mmmm, cheese.....

Alby took a quick trip to Silver Spring (a suburb on the immediate DC border where I grew up) last night to see a film at the AFI Silver theater. The theater was built in the 30s, closed in the 80s (I remember seeing a few shows there before it closed), was vacant for 20 years before it was restored by the American Film Institute. Now it shows all kinds of art films and hosts film festivals like SilverDocs.



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