Tuesday, February 17, 2009

A Visit From Jennifer

This weekend was very special for us - Jay's daughter Jennifer came to visit us in D.C. Special because not only had I not met her yet, but there was some heart mending to be done between her and her father - and well, it was just a great weekend!

We went to as many sights in DC as we could get to - and one of the highlights was Arlington National Cemetery where we saw the changing of the guards at the tomb of the unknowns. That place gets me every single time. Did you know that one of the requirements of being a soldier at the tomb is that you can wear a size 29 belt?

The view from the top of the hill was absolutely wonderful - it was a beautifully clear day and you could see so many things!

We went to several museums, one of them being the Freer where we saw many Asian exhibits. This is a place I might not have chosen to go on my own, but I am very glad that we went.

This is a picture of Jay and Jennifer - cute!

This weekend was an answer to prayer - thank you God!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

My Rainbow Colors

This is interesting.

Your rainbow is strongly shaded indigo.


What is says about you: You are a proud person. You appreciate cities, technology, and other great things people have created. Friends count on you for being honest and insightful.

Find the colors of your rainbow at spacefem.com.

These are definitely my colors that I like - but the comment about me appreciating cities really isn't 100% correct. I like cities and find them facinating - especially downtown areas - but living in one is another thing all together. So I guess it's all in the definition of "appreciate". Try it - see what you come up with.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

The Alamo

We just got home from San Antonio yesterday. Jay had a Health Physics conference there and so I went along. I've got several friends that I've got to know (wives of other men who belong to the Health Physics Society) and I knew it would be warm there as well. I wasn't born yesterday!

Anyhow - I want to share our visit to the Alamo. I always had the misguided image in my head that the Alamo was out in the middle of nowhere. Not true. Of course at the time it was built and the battle occurred, it definitely WAS out in the middle of nowhere - but today, it is in the middle of downtown San Antonio and was within walking distance of our hotel.

I was afraid that knowing that information might put a little bit of a damper on the visit but that wasn't the case at all.

The Alamo was almost sheltered within the city - it was very well preserved and the city had taken great care to be respectful of the fact that many had died on that spot and than even a few of them were buried there.

One gentleman gave us about a 15 minute history of the Alamo - and it really gave me a much greater appreciation of that lovely building. We took a tour and read about the battle.

One of the things I didn't remember is that David Crockett (Yes, Davey Crockett) was involved in all of this. All throughout the Alamo in various displays, he is referred to as David. He was a lawyer. I'm pretty sure that when Fess Parker portrayed him on television, this was not brought out. But I was young when it was on so who knows what they said. I was just focusing on his raccoon skin cap.

All that said, it was a wonderful tour and the grounds around the Alamo were lovingly cared for. They asked for a quiet respect when you entered inside the building.

I have a desire now to learn more about the battle, the people who were involved and a little bit clearer knowledge about David Crockett. King of the Wild Frontier! (Do you suppose he really killed himself a bar (bear) when he was only 3?)