Okay, it’s the last day of April – enough with the rain already; let’s get on with the May flowers!
The rain didn’t seriously mess with our adventures today, but we still had some wet moments getting between our shuttle bus and the hotel, Smithsonian buildings, or restaurants. Michael and I would have rather been outdoors for Tai Chi yesterday and today, but that’s only because we felt a bit closed in by our spectators in the area we’d picked to exercise on the main floor of the lobby.
My reports this week have been fairly negative about some of my experiences here in our Capitol, but that isn’t the case today when it comes to the Smithsonian museums. If there’s one thing that we know from ancient history, it’s that the little details get lost over time. There have been entire empires for which we now know almost nothing – though Mom, Ethan, Ehlana, and I have access to more knowledge for things like that than anyone else does thanks to our archives. The point here, though, is that the Smithsonian is a wonderful resource, and while the trappings of power here seem way over the top to me; I’m glad that we do have this particular national treasure.
We spent the morning immersed in history; had a fast food lunch; and then just spaced out for the afternoon. The Space museum was the teen favorite, and the IMAX show, Dark Universe, was both a first for most of my classmates and a highlight of the day. There was so much going on at the museums today that I’d have to write all night to cover it all, but instead of doing that; I’ll just recommend that everyone put a visit to the Smithsonian on their lifetime to-do list – assuming it’s still there whenever you’re reading this in the future. If going to Washington isn’t an option, there are virtual tours that can be found online; but that isn’t the same as being there.
Our IMAX immersion into the ‘Dark Universe’ ended our visit to the space museum, and our schedule for the day ended with a steakhouse dinner that went over better with most of the guys in our group than seafood night had. Getting a ‘free’ evening didn’t mean we could do anything we wanted, and with the ongoing rain around here; outdoor play time was not an option. More shopping for some of the girls was approved and they had our two non-Magi chaperones along to supervise that little adventure. Uncle Nick took another group out in search of video arcade action; and the rest of us stayed at the hotel.
Staying in tonight had everything to do with getting some alone time – at least for Michael and me; and for Rowen and Tim too. Michael and I were in my room while Rowen and Tim were in his. I wouldn’t rank that couple of hours on the list of hottest moments ever for us, mostly because there were three other girls with keycards to the room; but we did have fun and watched a half-decent movie while enjoying a bit of semi-intimate play time.
Rowen got back here about fifteen minutes ago and Michael went over to his room then too; and we’re still waiting for Sally and Gretchen to get back from their shopping adventure. That’s why I’m writing this now; and I have every intention of being asleep before midnight this time. That isn’t an end-of-month thing; it’s just that I’m getting tired and can use the extra rest going into our last full day here in Washington.
Before I wrap this up, though, there is a bit of news from home to report. Uncle Adam bought a new minivan today after Sarah Landry talked him into a month-end deal he couldn’t refuse. It’s basically a slate-gray, newer version of Mom’s minivan; and the choice of vehicle was definitely influenced by the need for space when hauling babies, car seats, and gear around before even getting to things like picking up groceries or supplies.
With two minivans now, we girls might not even need to borrow Dad’s truck for our big shopping trips anymore!
We have incoming roommates, so it’s time to go. If anything else comes up; I’ll add it to the next update. Until next time…
…Live long and prosper, fellow Magi of the Light!