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I concocted this tasty, margarita-like drink in honor of Cinco de Mayo, my second most favorite “holiday celebrated with many drinks”.  But I think it’s perfect for any spring occasion– I plan on sipping one in my backyard while I gaze on the pretty flowers and enjoy the sweet songbirds tweeting. Ole!

In a hurricane glass (or for the non-fancy-glass equipped like myself, a pint glass works just as well) MIX well with ice:

1 oz tequila

1 oz triple sec

1 oz (about 3 tbsp) frozen pineapple juice concentrate– you could try other fruits too, this one just sounded yummy to me
Top with limeade (I like Santa Cruz brand) and garnish with a lime wedge.  Sip through a bendy straw for added fun 🙂

It's scary good

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I can’t believe how remiss I’ve been in my journal!  Nothing much exciting was going on and then I was sick for a week and did nothing but lay on the couch (and go to work, so stupid).  But last week I had the wonderful opportunity of attending the “Science of Art” conference hosted by the National Museum of American History in D.C.  The museum paid for my first night and then after the conference was over Patrick and I made a little holiday of it and stayed an extra day and a half. 

Washington Monument and swirly cloud by Patrick

The conference was actually really interesting and I always enjoy meeting colleagues from other museums.  I liked brainstorming with the other attendees and thinking of ways we can better the leaders of tomorrow.  I was also able to incorporate the enthusiasm for arts-based teaching I gained into a family workshop today at work– very cool!  I did a reprise of my fresco painting class, condensed to 45 minutes.  Everyone had a blast 🙂

Anyway, back to D.C.  Pat wandered around on his lonesome while I soaked up all the art and science goodness.  He took some fabulous photos and is now the house expert at the “shutter priority” setting on our camera.  I was especially impressed with some of his museum shots.

Dancing with the planes @ Air and Space


Black and white composition


Air and Space

After the conference ended we did a TON of sight-seeing.  One of my co-workers used to live in D.C. so she had a ton of insider tips for us (like how to get the Zoo without walking up the huge hill from the Metro- yessss!).  It was so good to be out of  Philly for a few days, to explore a new city together and to just relax.  I am also very excited that we stayed exactly on our pre-planned budget.  My favorite splurge was definitely our yummy lunch at some Mexican place by the Zoo.  Nothing like a pitcher of sangria to put you in “vacation” mode!

Not as awesome when you're on the bus for 4 hours after...

D.C. is a really interesting town.  We were both surprised by the lack of tall buildings (is there some kind of building code?), but it certainly made it easier to orient yourself to the Capitol!  They seem to have a pretty extensive bicycle lane infrastructure– here’s an example of a “bike boulevard”, so classy.

Bike commuter paradise

There are also racks of bikes all over the city that you can rent by the hour and then return to any other rack station in the city.  Seems like a pretty nifty idea and a good way to encourage people to leave their cars in the suburbs.  We did notice a lot of pedestrians using the bike lanes as their own personal extension of the sidewalk though, so I guess this system is still getting some kinks worked out.

Tidal basin Cherry Trees

We spotted an alarming number of bow ties, many potential undercover agents and the usual kinda crazy/kinda funny bums.  It’s really true, no matter where you go… people are pretty much the same! 

Very wise!

On Friday we trekked to the National Cathedral.  Very beautiful art, amazing stained glass and just a wonderful feeling of immensity.  But beyond that we agreed that it didn’t really feel like a hallowed space.  I wonder if it was the hoards of tourists or the fact that this space really does serve a non-religious purpose at times?  I’m interested to see how this experience compares to centuries-old churches we’ll visit in Europe.

My photographic juxtaposition of church/state

My favorite sculpture

Central nave

We took over 800 pictures yowser!  I can’t post them all here so I put a bunch on my flickr site click here.  I’ll leave you with a few of my favorites:

Panda butt

By Patrick

Botanic Garden

1600 Pennsylvania Ave

Fun trip!

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We didn’t get a chance to go on a big bike ride this weekend.  Friday was my sister-in-law’s birthday so we threw her a BBQ bash in our backyard.  I love our “private” backyard!  Here’s my “signature cocktail” for the party:

Spiked Strawberry Lemonade

Juice 8-10 lemons, removing the seeds but keeping the pulp

Mix lemon juice, pulp, 1/2 cup sugar and 8 cups water in a large pitcher; add 2-3 cups sliced strawberries. Refrigerate.

Pour 1.5 oz Lemon Rum (I like Bacardi) over ice in a highball glass; top with the lemonade (strain it); garnish with a strawberry or lemon slice– or both!  Taste the summery goodness.

We did get a chance to ride down to the Delaware River on Thursday night to see this mean looking storm roll in:

B. Franklin Bridge and storm

Luckily we were on the right side of the weather this time and dodged raindrops the whole way home.

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