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We celebrated MoBob's birthday at the Chinese hotpot restaurant.

It's cherry blossom time!

Z built boats at the Wharf's Phase 2 party.

Sliding at Haines Point.

Family fossil night at the Smithsonian.

Pre-birthday visit to Barston Child's Play.


What else? goodbye open house for our friends moving to NM | woke moms of color dinner at District Kitchen | soccer camp | Scramble
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After International Women's Day, more madness:
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Peace Corps Director at CSIS | playdates | Michaels and Potomac Yards Park | Africa experts event with Women's Foreign Policy Network | Baked Joint with NPR's Malaka Gharib
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Last Saturday, after Z's French class, we did...nothing. We just stayed at home. Other things we did not do? Moms night out. Mardi Gras at the Wharf. I skipped the PTA meeting (MoBob attended) to participate in the monthly Good Neighbors Capitol Hill meeting on behalf of our congregation. Work has been so busy lately, with early morning phone calls. But I started going to the lunchtime crafting club. School has been busy too with budget decisions and various advocacy actions with the PTA.

The Tiny Chefs party was loud and crowded but we were early enough to actually do some cooking.

Peace Corps week at the office!

I was proud to host group of Filipina ladies on a State Dept. visit to the US.

My friend Crystal was in town to lobby for the Utah Cultural Alliance.

Z and I attended a light animation workshop as part of the DC Independent Film Festival.
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swim class

family home evening in French

big mouth drawing at the library

kid movies at the National Gallery of Art, including this gem:

What else? viewing Sahara at Alliance Française | muddy park playdate
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Ah, February. So action-packed!

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What else? Dinner with a new church friend | another birthday party | dance recital at school | renovation housewarming party | planning for summer camp | playing through Outfoxed at Labyrinth Games | Alliance Française camp |
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January was a wash, and February arrived so quickly. I thought I'd be clever and frugal by printing photos of Z for his class' V-Day exchange, but the photos + envelopes + heart stickers ended up more expensive than a box of store-bought cards. At least his will be unique!

back to the grad school to talk diversity

learning about maple syrup

Lego helicopter and helipad

What else? planning commission meeting | playing Memory Palace | advocating for the school

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I'm back to work - thank goodness! I was reflecting on how the furlough was different from other times that I'd been out of work (funemployment, security clearance limbo, or maternity leave). I would say the main differences would be (1) solidarity with a million other people in the same situation and (2) the media attention. I really enjoyed the FB furlough groups I joined. It gave me an idea of the scale and scope of the idiocy. It's not just the DC swamp bureaucrats.

We learned about turtles in the Anacostia.

We went bowling.

As one of my last furlough crafts, I made a goth magic wand.

We went to a family happy hour with King Bullfrog.

The Japanese new year festival was a fun new activity.

I was excited to learn more about the ERA and to see Alyssa Milano.

We finally visited the Newseum.

What else? Moms' night out | finishing out the analog to do list | Multilingual Education Fair | more playdates
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