What a lovely day. It's nearly over and here I sit with Rachel (my BIL's daughter) watching the Travel Channel -- both of us are blogging and debating the relative merits of the TC's choices for top 10 food factories in America.
The day started slowly for me, heck for all of us. Witness the dog:
I figured I was owed some slack for staying up until 3am last "night" trying to figure out NYC options (we'll get back to that). We brunched on divine prime rib sandwiches lounged about the house. Late this afternoon we went over to Arlington to visit Ellis and see the wreaths. The wreaths were lovely and moving, but the Ellis trip was a watch. Apparently the computer kiosks that tell you where your plot is were locked in the visitor's center. Oh well, we'll go back in a couple days. For now -- the wreaths....
And the view from Arlington is inspirational:
We headed up the hill to the Air Force Memorial. It's fairly new and towers over the city. I've been fascinated by it for a couple trips now so today we made it over there --
Standing in the center and looking up you see:
The Memorial has a phenomenal view of the city. Thats the Pentagon in the background--
This is part of the etched glass Missing Man piece at the Memorial --
You can see ***part*** of the expanse of Arlington from the Memorial
This evening we picked up Tom's daughter and grand-daughter and had Christmas part 2. Apparently the gifts were a hit --
Mommy's gifts included a box of "treasures" -- ornaments she'd made as a child
Tomorrow? Who knows. Some walking. Some goofing off. Maybe Arlington. Maybe the Renwick which has a quilt exhibits. Maybe the Botanic Gardens. Tomorrow night we're taking the little one to Zoo Lights at the National Zoo. I predict it will be fun for all.
OK... NY thoughts -- any opinions on Old St. Patrick's? The Empire State Building? The Top of Rockefeller Center? Carriage rides in Central Park? The Smithsonian Indian Museum (it started out in NY log before it got the the Mall here in DC)?
A graceful and peaceful Christmas to you all. And to all a good night.