February 21st, 2010


Poem for Sunday and US Botanic Garden

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Older son had a robotics meet downtown that he did not particularly want us to attend with him -- we offered, he said he'd rather travel down with his friends from school -- so after younger son got back from volunteering at Hebrew school, the rest of us went to the U.S. Botanic Garden, which is having an orchid show, and the National Gallery of Art, which has an exhibit on Chester Dale's collection of Impressionist through Modernist masterpieces including several paintings by Monet, Renoir, Degas, Corot, and Picasso. I tend to prefer exhibitions that are thematic rather than showcasing one particular wealthy patron, but it was nice to see so many gorgeous portraits in one place. Younger son was less than thrilled with the Modernists, but he's a good traveler and we had fun crossing the snowy National Mall watching the starlings bathing in puddles in the snow.

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After we retrieved older son, we ate our leftover Mardi Gras food, plus hamantaschen that were for sale in anticipation of Purim at the Hebrew school this morning. It wasn't my favorite evening of Olympic coverage -- bobsled and short-track speed skating are not my favorite events, and I already knew Vonn's result before I saw her in the Super G. But it was a relaxing night, during which I mostly caught up on news (Alexander Haig, Madeira floods, diabetes drugs, how much people hate the ending of Shutter Island) and cropped photos.