Monday, January 14, 2019

Heading to Dubuque

 Before heading to Dubuque for Christmas festivities, we took Widge to the vet for a checkup. I tried to trick her into getting into the carrier, but she was onto me and my tricks. I ended up grabbing her in a towel and tossing her in, and she meowed angrily at me for the whole car ride.



During the visit she sat stoically while she was poked and prodded, occasionally giving me a death glare.

She had gained 3 lbs since her last visit, and the vet said she definitely needs to be on a diet. Steve decided to start her on one after Christmas... 


We drove up to Dubuque and the first stop was Alex's new pad:



He has a really nice new home, and agreed to let Revy crash there while we were visiting. Revy is not good with kids, so we knew we needed to keep him away from the little ones. Plus, Raiden is stressed enough with his life these days without adding Revy in the mix! That was super nice of Alex, and Revy told us he had a great time. ;)

This was THE ONLY picture I took of Alex's house and I am so annoyed. The inside is great, the yard is awesome, and I took Revy on walks around the neighborhood and there are some great views from the bluffs over Dubuque. Picture goals for next Dubuque visit!

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Thanksgiving!

Bernie greeting me when I come upstairs...




Alex had to work in the morning, but Kelly didn't! The boys stayed home form daycare and we played around the house.












We made a final sojourn to the store to get a few things for the Thanksgiving feast... including balloons!






The next morning was Thanksgiving! We all thought the turkey was thawing in the fridge, but that was the ham! The turkey was still in the freezer! Kelly and I decided to try to quickly defrost it. While we were trying to put it in a bag, I managed to drop the ~ 20 lb frozen turkey directly. on. her. foot.

I can't even imagine how it felt... OUCH



Alex and I retreated to the basement with the boys while Kelly and John determined if her foot was broken or not.












Luckily, it was just badly bruised and we got to eating the feast (sans Turkey) in a few hours.






D.C. visit part II

On Tuesday, Alex worked in the morning and then we did our trek to downtown D.C. again. I really wanted to visit the National Museum of the American Indian so that's where we headed first!


The outside is unique and beautiful!

Inside, we headed for the food. They have cuisine based on many of the tribes of the United States and I was excited to try it.
Unfortunately, we got there at about 1 p.m. and 3 of the stations were closed and the other stations had a smattering of food available, and workers who were not very willing to serve. They close at 2 p.m. and apparently after the lunch rush they start packing up shop!



We decided to head somewhere else for lunch.


We headed up Independence Avenue for Pennsylvania. I really did not realize how much of a trek this was going to be, and hooooooo!!! It was a whole mile uphill! We were both exhausted by the time we got to Good Stuff Eatery. 

I had a Famhouse Burger while Alex went for the Prez Obama burger:


They were both okay, and I didn't care for the fries... so our trek was quite a waste. Until... I had the grand idea to stop at Firehook bakery for dessert.


We shared a monster cookie and each had a hot apple cider. YES!

Our trek back was cold, but nice since it was DOWNHILL! We took a slight detour to get close to the Capitol building.







We saw Marine One fly overhead! (Maybe)





Then headed back to the National Museum of the American Indian to actually see the exhibit.


Old newspapers about General Custer's Last Stand.

There was a room filllllled with things that use Native Americans as part of their logo or design or advertisement... we see them so often we don't even notice!





Of course, the Indian shooting the star from Tootsie Pops!



Cute owls...



Crazy beadwork.




Cool horse gear.

 I should've taken more pictures! The inside architecture was very cool. I really liked this museum, except for the food service closing early thing.


Alex and I made our sojourn back to Mt. Airy. The metro was inundated with Fallout 76 advertisements, which did their job and made me want to get it, but I haven't even played Fallout 4 yet and Alex advised to wait for the bugs to get ironed out in 76.