Saturday, July 31, 2010

Blogging Flakiness and Pics of 4th of July in Washington DC

Work has been such madness lately, leaving me very little time to do what I love; blog.
Forgive my absence!  I plan on being far less flaky in the future.

Now, about my Washington trip:
The good news is, I saw just about everything I wanted to see in the Smithsonian.
The bad news is, I almost died from sunstroke on the 4th of July.  Ugh.  It was 100 degrees!

I basically slept through the fireworks. 
:(


Some highlights:
There's a gorgeous garden along the American History Museum so I stopped to smell the roses for a few minutes.  I was interupted by the buzzing of a ginormous bumble bee.

I'm pretty much convinced that this is the biggest bee I've ever seen.


Some of my favourite things at the Smithsonian:

That's right; those ruby slippers

Teddy in all his cuteness


President Lincoln's infamous hat


The original Barbie & G.I Joe


I grew up watching the Carol Burnett Show and remember, vividly, the Gone With the Wind skit.   Classic TV moment so it was awesome to see this dress in person.



It was wonderful to see the Hope Diamond in all her glory but wished they would have kept the stone in it's gorgeous setting.  Didn't like the display at all.  And I wasn't allowed to try it on. 



These jewel's once belonged to Jos├ęphine de Beauharnais, Napoleon's first wife who he divorced because she couldn't spawn his ugly children.

I never saw diamonds sparkle like that--it was almost blinding.
I drooled.


Julia Child's Kitchen (probably my most favourite exhibit because it felt so personal)

While I was there, they were playing a video of her, teaching us how to make the perfect omelet.  She was hilarious.



They even had her books...


Michelle Obama's inauguration dress designed by the wonderful, Jason Wu:


She has big feet....


I think these bad boys are size 10



The Monuments:
Washington DC loves it's monuments--they're all over the place, mostly of men.

I was calling the Washington Monument 'The Erect Penis' all weekend because, well look at the thing.


The city reminded me a lot of Paris


The Jefferson Memorial......

So beautiful and the views of Washington were fanatastic:


Out of all the monuments, I liked Lincoln the best...he was bigger than I thought he would be

I wished my camera picked up the big spider web between his legs.  I guess he's kind of difficult to clean?


Another reason why it's taken me so long to post these pics--I lost them.  Some how, I erased EVERYTHING on my camera.  Then, magaically, one day they all appeared again.   I'm no techy so this is impossible to explain.