January 4th, 2010


Poem for Monday Plus Sargent

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We went downtown on Sunday even though it was very cold because it was the last day of the Sargent and the Sea exhibit at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and we knew it might be our last chance to see Tai Shan, the baby panda born at the National Zoo, before he is sent to China later this month. We got lucky and got a parking space about a block from the Corcoran, which was very crowded because the exhibit was ending -- I ran into robinwest inside. Although I love nautical art and coastal scenes, I must admit that Sargent's portraits of women are still my favorites. We also visited the museum's Impressionist and American landscape collection before heading to the zoo, where we parked in the lot nearest their enclosure, out of the freezing wind.

The pandas thankfully were indoors. Mei Xiang was asleep while we were there, but both Tian Tian and Tai Shan were happily munching bamboo. The panda parents may be sent back to China this year as well if the zoo can't renegotiate their lease (which seems likely since they've only had the one cub together), so we wanted to make sure we got to visit while we could. When we got home, we put on the Ravens game and were very happy when they clinched a playoff spot. We also held our noses and rooted for Dallas to beat Michael Vick, which they did easily, though they'll have a rematch next week. After dinner -- navy bean soup that cooked in the crock pot all day -- we went to Seneca Creek State Park for the last night of the Gaithersburg Winter Lights Festival, which was nearly empty and very pretty with snow on the ground.

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