(in no particular order)
* the LEGO exhibit at the National Building Museum
So much fun to marvel at! And I wish I'd taken photos of the kids' room, where little ones (and their helpers) can create LEGO neighborhoods. Surprisingly the exhibit included a work in progress (the White House), a cancelled project (7 South Dearborn), and a project on hold (the Chicago Spire). My favorite model was that of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.
* visiting USDA
A friend took me to lunch in the executive dining room and I got to see (but not talk to) the Secretary of Agriculture. I also walked around the USDA farmers' market, which looked like every other farmers' market in the area except for the USDA logos and the piles of nutritional information. On a hot day, the longest line was for...kettle corn.
* encounter with a young priest
I was using the wi-fi at the National Potrait Gallery/Smithsonian American Art Museum when a young man with a priest collar sat next to me on the window seat. I asked him if he was a seminarian and he said that he'd just been ordained two weeks ago and was assigned to a paris that we've gone to for midnight Mass. He gave me a blessing that I would return to "the true church" (and shyly apologized for the wording). I told him that I missed the social justice aspect of the Catholic church the most.
* new tennis rackets
MoBob and I took advantage of the two for one Prince sale at Drilling Tennis. So excited to have a "real" racket than the Target $20 special that I've been playing with.
* proud to be Pinoy
I spoke at Kaya's career panel on international relations and then attended the leadership summit. I was really impressed and inspired with how accomplished and available everyone was. I was especially impressed with the main speakers, Valerie Santos, the Deputy Mayor, and retired General Antonio Taguba, who wrote the report on Abu Ghraib. There were a lot of California and Hawaii transplants (and lots of Cal alums), plus a sprinkling of Fil-Ams who grew up in places like Texas and Maine.
* Chopteeth at Carter Barron
Chopteeth is our favorite local band, whom we saw last year. Unfortunately they sounded a little flat, but at least the concert was free, and we danced the evening away. This was our first time to Carter Barron Ampitheater (scenes of drunken patrons flirting with park rangers) and my first time to the Washington Post HQ to pick up the tickets.