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1  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 28 - Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by ptarmic wumpus on: February 19, 2019 05:03:07 PM
Kyle made it home today, the postal worker actually put his box in the delivery bin, which never happens, so I didn't see him there for a bit. But, he got back before the ice storm starts and is now all snug and warm.

And he brought all kinds of goodies home with him!

There is a blood themed shirt and amigurumi blood drop (yes?), some rubber ducky friends, a new crab friend, a commemorative glass from Leawood KS, and souvenirs from the University of Kansas! He also has a cute little construction vest to wear.

And a ton of new reading material (perfect for being stuck in the house during ice storms, haha)


He showed me some of his adventures in his scrapbook, like this trip to the dentist and an encounter with Mr. Creepy Frog


Thanks for showing Kyle a great time, Smeddley!  Dani picked out the wacky pumpkin fabric at Spandex House in NYC, they had it on display near the front of the store since it was right before Halloween. I'm not sure what anyone does with poly-lycra squash print fabric, but maybe she has some ideas?
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2  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 28 - Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by ptarmic wumpus on: February 14, 2019 05:18:31 PM
After spending a few hours at the airport on Sunday, the Monterey trip ended up not happening due to a broken plane and some airline ridiculousness. Since this was a work trip, I was not in the least upset by this.

Now Dani is helping me pack up a box so she can head home - possibly tomorrow if I can make it to the post office at work, since it might snow on Saturday morning.

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3  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 28 - Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by ptarmic wumpus on: February 03, 2019 04:15:31 PM
Not much going on here, I may try to take Dani to work next week now that we are open again. I also have a last minute work trip to Monterey right before the end of the swap, so she might get to go on that one too. I won't have a car and will mostly be in a secure office building where photos are not encouraged, so tourist options are likely to be limited.

This weekend Dani helped me clean out some storage boxes in the basement


We worked on a felting project


And today we volunteered at the low cost shot clinic for the local SPCA. Good thing it warmed up this weekend since we were outside all afternoon!

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4  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 28 - Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by ptarmic wumpus on: January 21, 2019 09:38:17 AM
Dani came with me to Newport News last weekend for a basket weaving conference. Yes, that is an actual thing.

Stopping at the VA rest stop east of Richmond - for anyone not from the midAtlantic, "Virginia is for Lovers" and "Maryland is for Crabs". I don't know of any other states that have slogans like that


Viriginia cookies for dessert!


The hotel was in the "fake" downtown area, with a movie theater, shops, and a big pond


We weren't supposed to have phones in the classrooms, but Dani helped me finish my basket homework on Friday night




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5  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 28 - Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by ptarmic wumpus on: January 13, 2019 05:25:40 AM
Not a whole lot going on this week with continued shutdown nonsense. The big event of the weekend is snow!

Dani helped set up the snow board in the back yard for snow measurements


Yep, it is snowing


For DC, this is enough snow to cause general freakouts and close stuff for a day or two


If Dani is lucky, I might let her stay inside while I shovel later! Haha.
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6  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 28 - Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by ptarmic wumpus on: January 01, 2019 01:00:56 PM
Dani and I went on a walking tour of monuments and stuff downtown on the last day that stuff is still open. This is about a 5-mile walk.

Starting from Capitol South, we headed to the Library of Congress (which is actually multiple buildings, this is the fancy one)


Next door is the Supreme Court


And across the street is the Capitol


On the other side of the Capitol is the Capitol Christmas tree, which I think is a lot nicer than the national tree. This one is from Oregon and is covered by handmade ornaments from kids. There was a weird gathering of people with Samoyed dogs next to the tree, there were at least 20-30 dogs - I don't know what that was about.


There are a lot. of. sculptures. This one is at the steps of the Capitol


This one is in the Hirshhorn sculpture garden


The Smithsonian castle (background) is just offices, but the Arts and Industries building is the second oldest Smithsonian museum. It is currently being renovated and is closed.


This is the National Mall, facing the Capitol. They did a lot of work on the turf a few years ago so it actually has grass instead of just being a giant mud pit like before.


The Mall runs between the Washington Monument and the Capitol.


The newest museum on the Mall is the National Museum of African American History and Culture, I haven't been because they have been using timed tickets for entrance and it has been really tough to get tickets.


The Washington Monument has two colors of stones because there was a 20+ year break in construction and a different marble source was used for the second half.


The WWII memorial has engraved Kilroy graffiti


The Lincoln memorial was the most crowded of the places we visited.


The Vietnam Veterans memorial is tucked away near the Lincoln Memorial and was decked out with wreaths


Constitution Gardens is a bit bare in the winter


This wacky little house is wedged between the White House and Washington monument. It was the lockkeeper's house for a canal that used to run nearby.


The National Christmas tree. See what I mean? Kind of small, really boring. The park service used to have a "yule log" nearby which was a pit full of giant burning logs, but sadly they "improved" the area and got rid of the pit.


A low key day in Lafayette Park across from the White House. Just the usual random protestors, tourists, secret service. and some people doing dance routines for tips.
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7  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 28 - Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by ptarmic wumpus on: December 28, 2018 04:25:04 PM
Dani went on a trip to St Augustine, FL!

Flying down


Palm trees! It was a bit chilly most of the week tho.


Hanging out on the beach (in the cold wind)


Visiting a chocolate factory - this machine has a spigot with melted chocolate pouring out


Checking out the historic lighthouse


We're back home again, and I can't go back to work until the shutdown ends, so we'll see what happens. I think all the museums are going to close after 1 January, so I might try to go downtown on New Years while stuff is still open.
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8  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 28 - Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by ptarmic wumpus on: December 16, 2018 07:56:40 PM
Last week Dani came with me to a science meeting downtown. I only went for one day to give a presentation since going to in-town meetings is kind of a hassle.

She snuck into the meeting without a badge...shhhh!


Checking out the giant poster session - only a small portion fits in the photo, and the posters change every day


These holiday lights were up on our way back to the metro after the meeting.



On Friday we head off to St Augustine for a week with my parents. So we should get in some good adventures in FL, and then I'm going to see if I can squeeze in a trip downtown to see some tourist stuff next month since most of my weekends are free. We'll also be going to a basket making conference in Newport News in January, although I don't think we'll get away from the conference much since there are evening classes and activities.
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9  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 28 - Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by ptarmic wumpus on: December 08, 2018 05:53:13 PM
Due to a variety of silly reasons, I had to go to work on Wednesday when most people were not there, so Dani came with me to see a few things. We'll go back and see the visitor center sometime later, we aren't allowed to take photos of a lot of things (nothing nefarious, just government regulations) inside the gates.

Measuring the height of one of my amaryllis in my office


Making friends with the Kool-aid Man


One of the labs down the hall has a big laser (there is actually a separate trailer building in the woods that has a really big laser and supposedly glows at night but I can't confirm)


There is a display in the lobby of my building with a casting of some dinosaur footprints that were found on the other side of campus. The casting is really big and has prints from lots of different dinosaurs.


The hyperwall, in a rare moment of functionality


One of the satellite models also in the lobby


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10  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 28 - Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by ptarmic wumpus on: November 24, 2018 08:25:00 PM
It has been a cold weekend and super rainy today, so we haven't got out much. Dani has been helping with some projects around the house.

Making cherry pie for Thanksgiving


Relaxing by the (gas) fireplace


Sewing boring pants for work (using fabric from our NYC trip)


Working on some baskets


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