Monthly Archives: November 2011

George Mason U. Has football?

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I have been to many events at the Patriot Center in Fairfax at GMU, including basketball games and more recently Disney on Ice.  But I did not have any idea until a week ago that they have football games.  For those of you interested, it is Saturday at 2pm and is free!  Now that is a game of pigskin I can get down with.  Nice crisp weather, pretty fall surroundings and a football game.  Who could ask for more?

ICE SKATING!

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Hello all!

I hope that your Saturday was as fab as mine. The truth is, besides the cleaning up of the Highway for my princess’ troop, we just hung out. We skipped other obligations and went to the mall and then lunch and then Barnes and Noble. It was a perfect day and was not over planned. So unlike me actually.

Anyway, my reason for writing on “fall back” night is I forgot to mention that all of the outdoor rinks are opening now! Reston Town Center’s opened on November the 1st. We were at National Gallery of Art a week ago and I saw that they were prepping for the rink there. (It opens on the 19th!) Lastly, the Pentagon Row opened on the 1st as well, and I just found out that they give birthday parties and they are way less expensive than any of the parties my dear princess has had.

I hope that you guys had a good weekend and did something more exciting than I. However, if you were as wiped out as we are, perhaps you relaxed. Time to crash for me-despite the hour change. Though it is really midnight after we change the time, my body feels like it is around 1 am and that is the time that I usually crash.

à toute à l’heure

Dana

Again, like George Washington-I cannot tell a lie…

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Well we did not go to Georgie Porgie’s home school fest at Mount Vernon today because my daughter did not feel like it. I think that she is worn out because we rip and run all of the time, plus she stayed up coughing last night. I was relieved though because it was pretty cold and windy the whole day. If any of you guys went, I would like to here about it. Hope that it was a blast! We babysat today, ate an early dinner-4ish! Then we came home and watched The Order of the Phoenix-love it-and played games. Then we spent 2 hours doing home school stuff. Believe it or not, we only have Adopt-a-highway tomorrow and tennis. Not major outings for us. Sunday we have church and a luncheon and she has tap in the late afternoon.

But, this is a list of some of the things going on this weekend and month: Fotoweek is pretty fab. It started at 8:30 tonight-oops I am late! It began at Corcoran Gallery of Art with DJ with cocktails and hors d’uevres. Why am I not there? I love that place!
“Now officially FotoDC, the organization has evolved from a city-centric photography festival to a multi-season tribute to photography in all its forms. While the largest offering remains the annual festival, FotoDC now holds functions throughout the year. In 2011, FotoDC’s new year-round programming included the innovative exhibition entitled Flash in Crystal City, the first ever Cherry Blossom Photo Contest and the opening of FotoSpace, a new gallery and office space in the Adams Morgan neighborhood. Our inaugural exhibition was “Speaking to Silence” with partners Human Rights Watch and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.” Sounds major!

Another hip and cultural thing for the grownups is the AFI European Union Film Showcase and that is through 11/22 in Silver Spring.

Lastly in the arts category is the Phillips Collection 90th anniversary. I love the Phillips Collection. To think that Monet was at one time considered modern art is mind boggling.

For the nerd in you, Arlington Puzzle Fest is on 11/15. This is a cross between crosswords and Sudoku. For some this may be a winner, but I think that I will get a pedi that day. (Truth is, I am jealous because I suck at math)

Help the Homeless Walk is on the 19th for the givers our there. It is sponsored by Fannie Mae and is only 3.1 miles. So get off of your fanny and do your part guys!

Also on the 19th is St. Jude’s give thanks walk. It will be held all over the nation, but here it will be held at Tyson’s and Woodbridge. Wow, did they purposely pick places that were such polar opposites? This is also a 5k, which is easy peasy. So come on and help out the kiddos!

Speaking of charitable events, helping out in a soup kitchen would be great for you guys who are staying in town for “Turkey Day.” I was just telling a friend that I would love to do that with my kid one year, but we are flying out that week, so we are out this year.

Here are a few: SOME-( hosts a fun run for, JCC in DC prepares a yummy feast, Food and Friends provides meals for women, men and children with HIV, another worthy cause is Capital Area Food Bank’s brown bag program-delivery services and monetary donations are welcome and needed.

One event that is fun for the family, on November 25th is Reston town center’s Christmas parade and tree lighting. If you have not been to Reston town center, it is a treat!

Lastly, National Harbor’s Christmas/holiday open air market, lights festival and fireworks on the 25th as well. The holiday market is open the 25th through the 27th and this will totally be another fabu family event.

à tout à l’heure
Dana:)

Thanks to my employer/friend I am writing again!

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Hello all!
I hope to share on this blog the following: advice, quips, favorite things,  experiences and the like. I will be talking mainly about Northern VA and the District and I will throw in MD some times for good measure. I may rant and other times I may rave, all depends on traffic that day and if another mini-van cut me off or not. 😉   I will talk about kid stuff, parenting, and things completely non-related. Grab a seat, buckle up and hold on!

à tout à l’heure    ( aka toodles)  🙂

Dana

Hello to the District, surrounding areas and the rest of theworld!

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Hello!
I am a person who loves to be involved in all of the happening things wherever I live.  I have been in the D.C. area now for 8 years, so I would like to think that I am pretty well versed on where to go and what to do.  I would consider myself a kind of an expert concerning all things family.  Not to mention the fact that I have stayed home with my child for 7 years and I have been a nanny, I have to stay abreast of all of the latest and greatest events.  I occasionally like to go out for a grown up night, though sitters are scarce for me, so it does not happen very often.

I am hoping to post on here a few times a week or more, and I greatly welcome comments.  Look forward to knowing you guys!

à tout à l’heure

Dana

I can not tell a lie-Home school day is at Mt.Vernon on Friday, Nov. 4th

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Hello!

Insomnia has entered the building, so at 2:26 am I decided to mention the home school day at Georgie’s house.  Kids 5 and under are free and the prices are reduced for everyone else.  I have free passes, so it was not as big a concern for me.  However, I am pretty sure that you have to have printed out tickets for the “free” kids-they tack 1 dollar on per ticket that you get for the “free” ones.

I failed to mention that I am trying the home school thing through K12.com online public school.  They sent 100 lbs of materials and I did not have to pay a thing-that is where our government dollars are going!  I digress, my boss is gracious enough to allow me to do it while caring for my child, so it is all good.  Her kids learn as well, so for now it is win/win.  I don’t know how long I will home school, but I can say that it is not for the faint at heart.  It is a lot of work.  My child is what schools would label “gifted”.  It is a great thing, but challenging.  I don’t care for my neighborhood school and always envisioned my child in a private school for some reason, but who knows where this year of home schooling will take us.  If I continue to home school, it will probably last for one more year.  At least the D.C. area is rich for opportunities of learning, especially regarding history.   I digress again- btw, I do that a lot.

Attached is the link so that you can purchase tickets online, find out about what will take place, hours of operation, etc.

Have fun and maybe we will pass by each other there!  I will try to be on my best behavior.

www.mountvernon.org