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Out of a morbid sense of curiosity I listed out all the activities I've been involved with, in addition to the usual friends and Z's social-cultural life:

Z's school - PTA meetings, class parent, afterschool committee, community dialogue group

board member - DC Cal alums, Arts on the Horizon

coop activities committee

church - Relief Society, activities committee, visiting teaching, service in general, Exponent, FEMWOC, Feminist FHE

activism - Diversity Declaration, Mormon Women for Ethical Government, Kaya

professional affiliations - Society of Gender Professionals, Women's Foreign Policy Network, Aspiring Mormon Women, SAIS Women's Alumni Network, International Career Advancement Program

employee resource groups at work - moms (lactation room alumni), parents, Asian-Americans, RPCVs, women employees

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International Women's Day is the biggest day for us. I like to call it the Super Bowl of Gender.

I wonder if Z will continue to wear this shirt when he knows how to read.



I saw Nina Totenberg from NPR.

My friend ran the Rock'n'Roll Marathon. Z declined to help me with the sign. But it still turned out pretty good.

MoBob and I went to see "Star Wars: the Last Jedi" at the local second-run theater. It is a recently refurbished landmark that hosts a church service on Sundays. I enjoyed seeing MB's first time, and enjoyed the film myself for its own merits since I already know what was going to happen.
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We were supposed to be in Houston this weekend. Alas, the high winds on Friday meant that the U.S. Government was closed and that our flight was cancelled. The next outgoing flight was Saturday at 4:30pm, so there was no point, since we were scheduled to return on Sunday afternoon. MoBob was there the entire week so at least he got to see the rodeo and Blake Shelton ($18 ticket!). He was also able to get a Saturday night flight back. I was really disappointed since none of us had visited before, and in addition to the rodeo my dad's half-sister's family is there, as well as several friends. At least Z was a real trooper and patiently waited while I wrangled with the airline. I fly so rarely in the U.S. (once a year, if that) that it's a shock to pay for seat assignments, checked baggage, entertainment, and meals. As I remarked on Facebook, even a middle seat on the 17 hour flight from Atlanta to Jo'burg is tolerable because of all the perks.

Over President's Day weekend we saw an excellent student production of The Lion King (which Z later watched several times on DVD), attended engineering day, and watched the musical adaptation of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, which Z had read and enjoyed. Sadly performances later were cancelled because of a fire in the theater so I'm glad we were able to see when we did.

I have a tumblr account now, to follow all the #reylo goodness. I realized that I joined LJ because of Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter, and now I'm on another medium because of another fandom.

catapault making
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On Sunday MoBob went to help a friend move and Z had a playdate so I had the whole rainy afternoon to myself. I took a long nap. Absolutely blissful.

We celebrated Chinese New Year at the Smithsonian SAAM/NPG.

Someone *finally* got a haircut.

Happy V-Day!

MB went to see a childhood hero of mine, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, speak.

photo by our friend AI

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As much as I love winter, for the first time I am anxious for warmth and sun.

Last weekend we didn't really have anything planned. We took Z to a birthday party in the neighborhood. Z had a couple of playdates.

And that was it.

I tentatively ventured into the world of Tumblr, for the sole purpose of reading Reylo meta.

zyzyly has Hello Kitty. I have Miffy, surrounded by armed militants.

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MoBob went to Minneapolis, and I got the flu. Thank goodness for friends and neighboors who took Z to and from school and allowed me to sleep. Our entire office was hit and even though we were not furloughed in the end the office had emptied out with sickies.

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I actually have a list of activities titled "post-holiday winter fun" since January and February can be a downer with the weather and the general malaise that starts on January 2nd. At least we have Chinese New Year, Valentine's Day, and Presidents' Day to look forward to - and, eventually, spring!

I can't believe I forgot to post about my testimony before the National Capital Planning Commission about Haupt Garden. There was a write-up in the WaPo - I guess the reporter remembered me from last time and decided not to mention me again. It was intimidating to speak in front of a technical body and in front of senior Smithsonian people, but it happened and I'm glad I did it. (video on Facebook)
Sylvia's NCPC testimony (3m)

We were able to get tickets to Community Day on MLKJ's birthday at the National Museum of African-American History and Culture. MoBob and I agreed that we would have to return, on multiple visits, without Z. (Z has already gone with his class.) We enjoyed the crafting activity and strolling around the upper galleries, as well as the live music.

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For the first time in my life I've seen a river almost completely iced over. It's eerie and beautiful at the same time. I find the cold bracing but the winds unbearable. AND I actually went on a Moms Night Out! The company was much better than the food for sure.

We've attended at least one National Symphony Orchestra "In Your Neighborhood" concert every year. In 2018 a friend and I attended the opening night concert at the Hamilton. I've had meals there several times (the menu is varied enough that I refer to it as an upscale Cheesecake Factory) but had never been to the downstairs concert area before. The two string quartets played the modern classical, including covers of "Kiss from a Rose" and "Take On Me." (Surprisingly sublime when performed with four basses.)

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When I was in college the week before final exams was called "dead week" because there were no classes. So that always stuck in my mind when it came to Dec. 26 to 31, every year. This year a young lady from the ward stayed with Z. I was in the office a couple of days and at home a couple of days, and it all worked out in the end. MoBob returned the night of the 31st, for a mellow New Year's Eve. I spent New Year's Day at Target since I had several gift cards, and that evening we trekked out to the Washington DC Temple only to find that all the lights were already gone....

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