Thank you Jane! (haha, she'll never read this... I don't even think she knows I have a blog) But, thank you anyway, Jane (my sister) who treated me yesterday afternoon to Afternoon Tea at the Ritz-Carlton at Tysons Corner. It was so ladylike! She was there with 5 other women, all mothers of children who attend Gesher, a Jewish day school in Northern VA. Two of the women were, yes on Easter Sunday, celebrating their 40th birthdays. And I just happened to have arrived with my family the day before to spend part of our Spring Break with our Northern Virginia family. Is it ridiculous to spend such $$ on these teeny little fancy open-faced sandwiches and a handful of rich baked goods? Yeah, but I did enjoy it. I even liked the tea, which suprised me since I am such a Starbucks slut, and now I wish I remember what tea I ordered. (There was a tea menu of like 24 choices!) The conversation was good, it was fun to be all dressed up in such a fancy place, and to do something so totally different! And I did enjoy meeting Jane's friends very much.
Washington is, of course, Washington, and so as we approached the hotel entrance, we were introduced to Tucker Carlson, the host of "unfiltered" on pbs, and instantly recognizable to me from his days on "Crossfire" on CNN. He was on his way out of the hotel with a big Easter-garbed family group, but the second he spied my sister's friend, who had ridden to the hotel with us, he shouted out, "Joy! Happy Birthday!" and greeted her with hugs and kisses. Turns out that her husband is the producer of his show. So, we were introduced and said hello and shook hands.
Today is rainy and gray, although there is NO SNOW on the ground down here in the tropics. The plan is to visit the Textile Museum. It is not easy to find activities and amusements that please everyone (two grandparents, one of whom is disabled, us 40 & 50-something parents, and an 18-yo female, a 14-yo male, two 11-yo girls, and one 8-yo boy.) This one doesn't like museums, that one only wants to go to the mall, the other one just wants to put on his rollerblades.... When they were BABIES, they'd go wherever you took them and that would be that. Then they got to be toddlers and little kids, and the whining could drive you insane. Now, I hope they're all big enough to handle it, and since Zack and Noah DID go skating yesterday and the girls DID go to the movies and out for ice cream yesterday, and Rick DID spend a day with his best friend Stu and they DID tour lots of the monuments and memorials, watch a game at ESPN zone and have dinner by themselves yesterday, everybody should be willing to compromise today!
And tomorrow, I hope to get to Knit Happens and Springwater Fibers with my Mom. One of her friends was recently wearing an asymmetrically-hemmed cardigan sweater that intrigued her. I figured out it was from Sally M's first Knit Stitch book, so Mom is thinking of knitting the vest version of it. I found the book discounted at overstock.com and sent it to her a few weeks ago, and now we need to get some yarn!
'Til later... tata.