Tuesday, June 7, 2011

summer in the city

The point of books is to have way too many but to always feel you never have enough, or the right one at the right moment, but then sometimes to find you'd longed to fall asleep reading The Aspern Papers, and there it is.
Louise Erdrich (b. 7 june 1954)

the mouse is currently on a wee wander in metro dc, or as reya so lovingly refers to it "the swamp" - geologically and politically.

i arrived on friday and it's been pretty much non-stop activity since the moment i stepped off the marc train at union station. the first few days here were surprisingly mild, but the heat and humidity are starting up and today's high is predicted to be in the 90s. tomorrow, the day i've been doing my 'cool dance' for, the accuweather forecast says will be "sunny, humid and hotter" - oh joy!

but aside from the weather forecast, there is much joy as i'm spending time with friends and family. on friday, alice and donita, and i spent the afternoon wandering the city - we had lunch at the national museum of the american indian - a must museum for both its exhibits and as a place to eat -i can't think of a museum cafeteria that has better or more exotic fare. after lunch we checked out the gauguin exhibit at the national gallery of art. although i've seen it already, neither alice nor donita had; it was fun to see it again through the eyes of friends. the exhibit was packed as it was in its final days. we left the art museum took a leisurely stroll through the outside gardens of the u.s. botanical garden on our way to meet up up with reya for a dinner at sonoma a delightful and delicious restaurant and wine bar in her hood. how fun was that to be with friends from two different worlds of mine - the roots of my friendship with alice and donita's go back to the early 1970s when we met as freshmen in college; reya, met through the bloggyhood a few years ago - first in cyberspace, but then as we say in the flesh.

sunday alice and donita and i went back to d.c. for some more art and culture - we went to the textile museum - the current exhibitions, "green: the color and the cause" and "second lives: the age-old art of recycling textiles" are fantastic - the exhibition on green will be leaving in september and the recycling textile exhibit remains until early january 2012. from there we wandered over to dumbarton oaks - the addition designed by phillip johnson to hold the institute's pre-columbian collection totally blows me away - as does the collection.

tomorrow is my family's big day - and the day which is the purpose of the current visit for tomorrow we take my father's ashes to his final resting place at arlington national cemetery. it has been almost nine months since my dad passed away and not a day goes by when i don't think of him and miss him, but the rawness of the grief is gone and there is comfort in being able to feel his spirit and in the memories i have of the fifty-five years i had with him.

i expect the mouse will be silent until next week....so until then - take care and be well.

lovin' spoonful's 1966 hit summer in the city - coincidentally it was the summer of 1966 that my family moved to the washington d.c. metro area!

photos: buddha & bookcase, georgetown antique shop; view of capitol from u.s. botanical gardens; insert dumbarton oaks. washington dc, june 2011


Meri said...

I am so, so envious! It's been years since I was in D.C. I loved living in that area and working in D.C. (part of the time literally right across the street from the Mall).

Betsy Brock said...

Thought about you this week at DC. Enjoy!

Megan said...

You be well too. Sounds like a lovely trip so far.

Rest tranquil, Papa Mouse.