Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Easiest paycheck I ever earned

My wonderful boss decided that we would close the library on Tuesday and each of us could spend the day in an activity of our choosing. Wasn't that nice of her? (yes, I asked, but she said that if I wanted to drink wine in a bubble bath I'd have to use vacation time)

I decided to go see the Cezanne in Provence exhibit at the National Gallery. It was a glorious day. A bit chilly, but the sky was blue and the sun was shining. Here you can see those blue skies above the capitol building, looking down Madison. Also, walking toward me on the right are two tourists who asked me where the nearest McDonald's was. I wanted to pretend like I didn't hear them, but I didn't.

When I got to the gallery I had to wait ten minutes for it to open. Across the street, the driver of this black SUV was becoming increasingly agitated at the school bus driver. Why, I have no idea, but in true DC fashion he was honking his horn and yelling things through his window until a police officer drove up onto the sidewalk next to him and told him to shut it. I was immensely pleased.

I was tickled to find these beautiful flowers growing in the indoor garden of the gallery. Now how do they do that? One of my plants at home is close to looking like this, despite lots of TLC, and it's just a basic houseplant.

When I left the gallery I decided to walk down Pennsylvania to the Farragut area. Some Japanese tourists stopped me in front of the White House and asked me to take a picture for them. I felt the urge to tell them that I was sorry, I hadn't voted for George Bush, but I doubt they cared. Then I made my way to a delicious restaurant called Breadline. They have wonderful sandwiches, soups, and desserts. Has anyone been? I had a piadine sandwich with grilled vegetables and fontina cheese. Mmm....

As I was leaving Breadline I crossed the street against the signal and almost got hit by a metrobus. For the record, he was stopped and picking up passengers when I started across, and I think he floored it just so he could honk at me and draw attention to the fact that I was not supposed to be in the intersection at that moment. When he honked I muttered, "Oh, why don't you bite me," and as I hopped up to the curb I saw a woman with a horrified look on her face. "You almost got hit by that bus!" she said. I thought about it for a moment. "Yes, but I didn't."


Blogger verniciousknids said...

If you said sorry about Bush then they'd have to say "gomen ne" about Koizumi!

Sounds like an excellent Tuesday all round - what a fantastic boss you have. BTW your dead soybean pic made me LOL.

1:54 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Can I come work there?

I miss DC!

2:08 PM  
Blogger New Mezger said...

what a fabulous day for you.

3:28 PM  
Blogger Bearette24 said...

nice boss!

and pictures too :)

3:40 PM  
Blogger His suzy said...

I'm jealous! I'd love to get paid to spend a day like that.

I don't know what to tell you about the plant. My plant Haley (yes, I named her) stays alive pretty easily, but I think that's more a testament to her toughness than my care. lol

10:01 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

suzy- all my plants are named! :) The one in question is named Picky-Picky, after Ramona Quimby's cat. So named because he pulls this "I'm dying!" crap every so often. Except he looks a bit worse than usual this time...

10:26 AM  
Blogger Bearette24 said...

hee...a diva plant.

12:22 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

Maybe I should rename the plant-- J-Lo, or Elton, or Mariah...

1:05 PM  

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