Posts Tagged 'Washington DC'

Snapshot: Lincoln Memorial July 4.

The packed Lincoln Memorial grounds on July 4th.

The packed Lincoln Memorial grounds on July 4th. I spy someone familiar mid-ground!

The Tidal Wave.

I joined the ranks of tourists and locals for the late morning rush onto the Tidal Basin ring to see Washington, DC’s famous grove of peak blooming Japanese Cherry Blossom trees. It was a mad house. But I managed to snap a few photos without capturing the masses of people flowing around the overflowing basin (the waters are up over the edge of the retaining wall in some places!). It was not a good walk home without a stroll along the Reflecting Pool on route to the Lincoln Memorial. DC is pulsing this weekend.

Invertebrate Inhabits DC.

Looks like when you lose a furry and famous giant panda, you get a greasy grimy giant octopus. That’s the news at the National Zoo in DC. Weighing in at just three pounds this year, this new Washingtonian invertebrate (who arrived at the zoo in late January) will grow to be 13 times it’s current size in just one year. He’s got no name as of yet, but he should be earning his “leggy” moniker sometime next month. =) Fun fact: Giant Pacific octopuses are slightly bigger than a grain of rice when hatched, but can eventually weigh hundreds of pounds with an arm span of up to 25 feet an adult.

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Your Yardy is a Wonderland.

Winter can be gorgeous when it puts on its makeup! Have a peek at some photos I snapped on my daily morning while walking around the snow covered city. A la mode.

Huddled news paper stands.

Huddled news paper stands.

An art gallery's outdoor sculpture needs a jacket.

An art gallery's outdoor sculpture needs a jacket.

My favorite tree of the morning.

My favorite tree of the morning.

It brings out the kid, and college student, in all of us.

It brings out the kid, and college student, in all of us.

Restaurant Nora shoveling out. Dinner's on!

Restaurant Nora shoveling out. Dinner's on!

The fireplace was not the only thing roaring last night. What the $#@!

The fireplace was not the only thing roaring last night. What the $#@!

Beautiful black metal railings look even better in white.

Beautiful black metal railings look even better in white.

I am a bit obsessed with her. Sit, stay, Good girl!

I am a bit obsessed with her. Sit, stay, Good girl!

Author and her sidekick... powder pedestrians.

Author and her sidekick... powder pedestrians.

Through the Looking Glass.

I don’t know about you, but if it’s not going to snow again here in DC, then I want some more green please. My last warm weather vacation was to Jamaica a year ago and I’m yearning for another. So whether or not that Old Animal with a Hat sees or does not see his shadow, then I’m headed to one or more of DC’s many public Greenhouses for my own tropical fix. The Post shares with us a quick list of local greenhouses where warm-blooded Washingtonian’s can loose the hat and breathe deeply among plants, wildlife, and extreme green. Without doing the high dive at Rick’s Cafe. For now. =)

Botanical Garden Washington DC

US Botanical Garden in Washington DC

National Zoo

The zoo’s Amazonia house is an Amazon rain forest under glass. 3001 Connecticut Ave., NW. http://nationalzoo.si.edu. Free.

U.S. Botanic Garden

Washington’s most lavish botanic garden features a central “jungle,” with an elevated walk in the canopy. 100 Maryland Ave., SW.http://www.usbg.gov. Free.

Hillwood Museum and Gardens

The estate contains a decorative greenhouse which holds 2,500 orchids. 4155 Linnean Ave., NW.  http://www.hillwoodmuseum.org. Suggested donation.

Longwood Gardens

Longwoods’ conservatories cover more than four acres and includes an estate fruit house and major seasonal orchid display. 1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square, Pa. http://www.longwoodgardens.org. $12.

Oatlands Plantation

The historic estate contains one of the earliest propagating greenhouses in the United States. Reopens on March 22. 20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane, Leesburg. http://www.oatlands.org. $10.

Mount Vernon

The estate features a rebuilt 18th-century brick greenhouse, a precursor to the glass houses of the 19th century. 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Alexandria. http://www.mountvernon.org. $15.

An Eclectic Facade Lineup.

It’s not often that one would run into a facade of buildings where four semi-attached buildings in one large metropolitan city exemplify four different architecture styles. Except for right here in Washington DC. I’ve driven by this lineup several times – blaring Friday night tunes on my way to see sibs at Ozio and hurriedly on my way to work while tearing across the intersections yellow light. With each passing, I may have glanced and noticed the contrast of styles. Not truly until now. DC Metrocentric clearly points it out in todays’ post called The Historic Modern Mix. Commenter Thayer-D details it beautifully. Mansard and all.

DC Metrocentric's Blog Post

Fa La La La DC.

Get ready DC holiday lovers for Wash FM’s ring-a-ling-a-ling round-the-clock music in just 3 days! I am actually psyched. However, I have started zero holiday shopping and card writing – much unlike my best friend Carole in Houston who had finished all of it!!! Pffft. xo

Opening Night: Gallery Style.

I had the chance to attend the awesome grand opening party at Long View Gallery on 9th Street in Washington DC. The new space is incredible with white-washed brick walls covered in floating drywall slabs and backlit with white tube lights. The art installations being shown that night included large significant and very creative pieces that were priced from four and five figures (not in my budget). It was a well executed event with delicious food and drink from Occasions Caterers. The event lighting and DJS were amazing and gave each guest a truly memorable evening. Local DC blogger U Street Girl has a few pictures from the night (I took none. Terrible I know).

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Lit Up in The Real World.

Filming has not even begun at Washington DC’s Dupont Circle Real World house. In fact, move in is happening later today or tomorrow (in time for a forth of July fireworks welcome display on the National Mall). Lighting experts are currently placing accent lights all over the exterior and the designers are putting their last touches on the outside dining area. But I’ve has a few peeks inside and found that one of my favorite pendant lights takes center stage in the main living area of the upcoming young casts’ home. We’ll be seeing a lot of the Jonathan Adler Parker Pendant in 2010 (when the show airs on MTV).

Jonathan Adler Parker Pendant

Jonathan Adler Parker Pendant

Two or three of them hang in front of the windows and make a great accent piece for a transitional space. Measuring 7″ wide  by 15″ high and priced under $250, its a great purchase… and I guess to eventually be a poplar one.

Clicking beyond Craigslist.

You know I love to frequesnt the Style, Home, and Garden sections of the big city newspapers. I’m also trying to off-load some furniture that I currently own. Voila. A recent article in New York Times Home & Garden section, called “Clicking Beyond Craigslist”, presents us with ideas for getting rid of the good stuff – more like the larger pricier stuff. Besides eBay.com, Craigslist.com, and a slew off other auction sites, Steven Milioti explains other ways to get rid of and forget.

Portero.com. Also called the authenticated luxury market for housewares, jewelry and fashion, this avenue for buying and selling to the world is pretty and looks more like a popular online retailer. You can buy and sell here. And its easy on the eyes.

Kijiji.com. Owned by eBay, this colorful and quality website, meaning ‘village’ in Swahili, is a classified advertising site. It allows sellers reach out to buyers near them to keep shipping costs low.

Narts.org. Check out this online portal for the National Association of Resale and Thrift Shops to find the closest drop-off locations in your area.

Isa-ppraiers.org. Before you get chump change for that cherished and rare chest, check out the International Society of Appraisers to make sure you get the true appraised value of your prized furniture possession.

Now clean out those closets and make some moola for that summer vacation. Or like me, to buy more stuff to make my indoor life pretty.


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