In October 2008 my sister B. and her husband A. came to visit. B.’s husband A. was presenting at a conference. B. explored Georgetown with us. I wanted to find the Exorcist steps, so after consulting maps and info online, we did find the house where it was filmed and went down the steps.
We found a place for lunch with a view of water and harbor, per B.’s request.
On the way back, we passed the cupcake bakery Baked and Wired so we had to go in.
I got a Texas Sheet Cake cupcake. After trying a bite, Steve went back for his own. I was fascinated by their folded parchment paper liners (not cupcake liners). I thought I spotted Newt Gingrich on a cell phone at a gas station/car repair shop, but nobody else saw him so he might have been some other random white politician in a business suit. Here is a post with photos from the area by the Harbor and the Exorcist Steps. B. had never had Ethiopian so they took us out to dinner at an Ethiopian restaurant. Both Steve and I love Ethiopian.
The next day Steve stayed home and B. and I went to the Capitol. We took the regular tour, but B. wanted to go inside the chambers of Congress. We had to go find a rep – any rep from our state – and get a pass. We ran over and found some guy from Georgia. Then we had to wait and wait in line, through various security checkpoints. We had to check all our stuff, everything, purses, phones, everything. Then we finally got inside for about 20 minutes. Then they kicked us out. I wrote in my journaling: It was a lot of: ‘I yield to the gentleman who just yielded.’ Steve was home watching CSPAN – when I turned my phone back on, he had texted me: I’m yielding to the gentleman who yielded. It was debate on the Bailout Bill. Most of them said they didn’t want to vote for the Bailout Bill, but would.
B. and I walked to Union Station for lunch. Steve called at 2:30 pm to say the bill passed. B. and A. were leaving that afternoon – I rode with them in a taxi to the airport, then took Metro back to Greenbelt and Steve came to get me.
I told Steve I had a recipe from Texas for Texas Sheet Cake, so he demanded I make the cake for us. So I did. It was good, but it is not a very chocolaty cake, with only 3 Tablespoons of cocoa in the cake and 3 Tablespoons of cocoa in the frosting. Hershey’s Chocolate Cake (THE BEST) has ¾ cup cocoa in the cake and 2/3 cup cocoa in the frosting. But making the cake was fun and nostalgic. See this post for recipe.
A trip to the zoo. We loved to go to the zoo. We loved the Pandas. We finally learned how to 'do' the zoo - when you arrive walk all the way to the back, to where the Big Cats are. Because you are walking downhill. Then you can liesurely make your way back. Otherwise, if you liesurely make your way downhill to the back, you have to walk UPHILL all the way back. Here is a special post, just of a Tiger.
Steve was temping during this time.
Shepard Fairey visited DC and posted many of his posters. They were all along my walk from the Metro train station to work, so one day I brought along the camera to take pics.