Thursday, January 31, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
When we first arrived we were greeted with live piano music, and then Irvin Mayfield, a New Orleans jazz trumpeter legacy, played amazing music on an antique looking trumpet. The flowers are always amazing in the White House. If only I could have an in house florist like the White House does. *sigh*
The food was set up on a long buffet table in the State Dining Room. They served a delicious green salad, Prime Rib, pasta, green beans with hazlenuts, salmon, and yummy little desserts. It's always a little magical to eat your dinner off official White House china with the President's Seal on your plate and napkin. If this plate looks a little sparse it is because it was like my third helping. He he.
We wandered through the Red Room, Blue Room, and Green Room socializing and eating. It is so surreal to just be eating and talking to friends, sort of forgetting where you are, and then the Chief of Staff or Secretary of Commerce is standing next to you and you realize what a one-of-a-kind experience it really is. The fireplace behind us is one of my favorite things in the White House. The inscription on the mantel reads: "I pray heaven to bestow the best of blessings on this house and all that shall hereafter inhabit it. May none but honest and wise men ever rule under this roof." This prayer came from a letter that John Adams (the first President to reside in the White House) wrote to his wife, Abigail, on his second day in the White House. This became known as the official White House Prayer and Franklin Delano Roosevelt had it carved into the mantel.
After dinner we moved into the East Dining Room to watch the State of the Union. It was quite a different experience to watch the speech in the White House surrounded by die hard Bush supporters, rather than just watching it from my own couch. Interesting to watch the speech with people that know the policy and the speech inside and out. I thought it was wonderful.
Monday, January 28, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
and also oogled over this amazing crown that belonged to Marie Antionette (if I remember correctly)...
...the minerals were also fun. When I was a little girl I used to collect quartz crystal when we would go on motorcycle trips to Nevada. I thought I was going to be rich from all the "crystal" I was collecting. Imagine if I had seen this...I would have retired right then and there...as a 7 year old :)
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Brendon's favorite activity this weekend was making fish faces with Gracie's chubby cheeks. If we could read her mind, I'm sure she is thinking "Real mature Uncle Brendon".
As always, we loved devouring the adorable boxes of Presidential M&M's and Jelly Belly's. And aren't these Whitman's chocolates adorable? I had never seen these in the box fridge before.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Later in the day I was reading my friend Jane's blog and found out about this site where you can determine your blog's reading level. This was my results:
I must say...I am on a roll today! Ha ha.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Monday, January 07, 2008
After 'window looking' we walked to Time Square to have lunch at Joe Allen's. We were told we might see celebrities there...no luck. On the way there we passed the Neil Simon Theatre where 'Hairspray' plays and there was a line out front and we realized it was time for the lottery. We didn't want to have to stand in line for a long time or anything inconvenient like that, so we asked when the drawing was going to take place and the guy said, "one minute". Perfect timing! So we patiently waited one minute and he drew out 10 names. I crossed my fingers as tight as I could and the third name he called out was mine. Melissa, Lisa, and I totally jumped up and screamed and cheered (everyone around us thought we were crazy because no one else did celebratory dances when they won) and I happily accepted my two tickets. When we took our seats in the theatre we realized that we were the very front row and the centermost seats ...we worried that maybe our view would be poor being so close. We quickly realized that was not the case. We were so close we could see the spit fly from their mouths when they sang, but we could also see the whole stage. The actors would run up to the front of the stage and they were literally 12 inches from us. Lance Bass played the part of "Corny Collins", so we figured we'd count that as our celebrity sighting for the trip. Melissa and I were giggling with joy the whole show - there are not words to express how much I loved it!