Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Yin and Yang of a Perfect Weekend

The skyline of the Smithsonian. See the tip of the Washington Monument on the right side? It's some distance away, but so big it looms even over the Smithsonian castle.

It's turning out to be a perfect weekend. Yesterday, my day off, was sparkling, clear, sunny and not too cold. A friend and I engaged in all things Smithsonian. We had lunch at the American Indian Museum cafeteria: YUM. Then we walked down to the Sackler to see the Falnama, Book of Omens exhibit which is, by the way, exquisite. We visited the gift shop, too, and giggled at the "ancient Japanese bobble heads" for sale. Then we walked around the national mall, people watching. A fabulous afternoon.

Today is gloomy and rainy, but hey, I'm working all day. There is no better backdrop than rain for both the bodywork practitioner and receiver.

Life is good. Who needs a fictional character as a representation? I'm going to stop worrying about it. Well. At least for today! Happy Sunday, y'all.

Nuns with backpacks on the national mall. We saw a lot of monks, too.


tut-tut said...

Your positive outlook is infectious! Thank you for sharing it.

Wonderful photos, too, both for different and similar reasons.

Steve said...

Interesting -- must be some kind of Catholic convention in town!

I too am stumped by the fictional character question. I'm not sure who I'd choose were I asked the same thing.

Yesterday WAS a beautiful day, wasn't it??

Dan Gurney said...

My very wise friend Walter would say that what you think is your "real" self is actually a fictional character. So it ought to fill the bill just fine.

Linda Sue said...

Those girls in brown and black never have to decide what to wear, never worry about sticky hair.I think that is the main reason they decide to get thee to the nunnery...other reasons are sketchy..

Pauline said...

I have to echo Dan - aren't we all somewhat fictional? And then, it would depend on the time and the day and my mood - one minute I'd be Scarlett O'Hara and the next I'd be Melanie Hamilton.

If I'm ever in DC I'll come fetch you and we can be Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn for the afternoon ;)

Ronda Laveen said...

You are so right about the rain being the perfect accompaniment for a massage. El Nino, despite his tantrums, has provided a wonderful ambiance.

Reya Mellicker said...

YES Pauline, definitely.

Dan, that is so true I actually laughed out loud. Oh yeah, "I" is a fiction (weird grammar ... but ...)

kob said...

You captured the Smithsonian building as perfect as can be imagined.

Your photo made me wonder what great fun, creativity, and spark the designers enjoyed when they assembled it.

How many other buildings, especially those built in recent years, have so much whimsy?

Reya Mellicker said...

Yeah, the pic turned out well, even though I was drunk on health food!

Hey Linda Sue, I was a nun in many past lifetimes. I miss it sometimes. Honestly, I do.

lakeviewer said...

I'm still thinking about your last post.

A weekend at the Smithsonian sounds divine.

C.M. Jackson said...

reya--the smithsonian is a magical place--you live in a city that is an oasis for learning, culture and the heart of this country. Lucky for us that you are there to pick up the vibe and share. So happy for you that you had warm weather and some fun--best c

get zapped said...

Now, that's a perfect day! One of my favorite spots in DC.