This morning I went to Huntley Meadows in Alexandria to go bird watching. I did photograph several new birds. I will be updating the count soon. I did see this beautiful turtle too. The weather was pretty nice and I wasn’t cold today. I think I got something like 10 new birds.
Today I went to a winery to talk with the winemaker, taste some wines and see the vineyards. The weather was crazy. It was 77 degrees in DC. By the time I got to Loudoun County it was 54 degrees. I wore shorts. I was freezing up there on the mountain. The wind was blowing really hard and there was a light rain hitting our faces. The wine was great and we learned a lot about the vineyards but I was freezing!
My husband is leaving for New Orleans in the morning. We decided to go out to dinner tonight since he’ll be gone until next week. We went to Martin’s Tavern for dinner. We love that place. It was delicious of course. We also had a nice bottle of wine.
I walked 2.25 miles today.
On another note, Apple had an education event today and introduced a new iPad that is geared toward education. The best part is that it now recognizes the Apple Pencil. It’s the lowest cost iPad. I decided to get one! It should be here next week. I got the cheapest one. No cellular, only 32 gigs, and no bells and whistles. I have not been using an iPad for a few years and really didn’t need this one but I wanted it.
Recently I joined a new meet up group. It’s a group for guys who are free during the day who want to get together with other guys who are free during the day to do different things like having lunch, going on walks, etc.
The first meet up was to get lunch together. I met all these guys at a restaurant in Arlington. All the guys were very nice. I met two who sat near me and we got along really well. We laughed and had a good time getting to know each other. I really had a good time and was glad I joined the group. I’m looking forward to the next get together!
I follow a channel on YouTube that I really enjoy. These guys (Colin and Samir) started a weekend film festival. They give you a topic on Friday and say you need to create a film that is 60 seconds or less and post it to Twitter by Sunday evening. Here is my first submission to their Weekend Film Fest.
Today we went to Big Cork Vineyards in Maryland. We went there because the winemaker there used to be at Breaux Vineyards where I’m a club member. We tasted all his wines and they were wonderful. I decided to join the club there! I’m going to have to drop one of my clubs because I can’t afford this every month! But we do enjoy the wines!
The snow started today. We are supposed to get up to 12 inches of snow. Most of it will fall tomorrow. This will be the biggest storm this season…even though today is the first day of spring! Happy Spring!
I just finished reading Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda. After seeing the beautiful movie Call Me By Your Name, I was ready not to like this American high school semi-drama about a teen coming out. I need to really reserve judgement until I see the movie. The movie that was released on Friday is called Love, Simon. I have a feeling it will be a Disneized version of a film that could have been really good. I am basing that only on the trailers I have seen so far.
But about the book. I did enjoy the book. It was a simple read. Obviously written for the high schooler in mind. The characters were introduced in fast succession so it was a little hard to keep them straight. But the more you get into the book the easier it is. If you are not already familiar with the basic story, find it on Wikipedia. You will find that Simon is a junior in high school who is being blackmailed to keep it quiet that he is gay. He wants to come out and planned to but the guy blackmailing him ruined his plans. At the same time he’s emailing another kid who came out on the schools unofficial Tumblr page.
The characters aren’t that complicated and are easy to understand or even predict their next move. The most complicated character who we slowly learn about is Blue. I was more curious about him than any other character. The writer did a good job of keeping us guessing who he might be…almost to the end of the book.
Without giving too many spoilers, things do work out in the end and you are happy with the ending. No young teen commits suicide and none of their parents reject them. That’s one change in these types of books that I’m happy to say I enjoyed. Overall I enjoyed the book and do want to see how the movie is like or is not like the book. I hope to see the movie later this week. I would recommend the book if you want a quick read in the teen, coming of age kind of story. You’ll enjoy it.
I took a walk around our building today and found these lenten roses. We haven’t had many warm days yet but I guess just enough to make these flowers come up. We are expecting a snow storm early this week so we’ll see how strong a hold Spring has. It’s supposed to be the first day of Spring on Wednesday. We’ll see!
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Oh my gosh! I was so full after breakfast this morning. My husband made some very delicious French toast this morning. It was so good! But not that great for wanting to lose weight. Too many carbs. But I ate it anyway! It was worth it!
Today I went to lunch with a bunch of ladies I used to work with. We went to Panera Bread and I just had a sandwich. Just like yesterday it was fun catching up with these ladies at lunch.
After lunch we went to school for Louise Archer Day. This is an annual event to celebrate the life of our school founder Louise Archer. We also celebrated the life of Judy Azzara who was the principal at the school for almost 25 years. She passed away last year of cancer. Her death was really rough at the time because several other people died of cancer or got cancer last year who all worked at Louise Archer. It was a really emotional event. I really enjoyed it. It was the 79th year of the school so next year will be an even bigger event. I’ll definitely be attending.
Here’s a video of the sixth grade singing their rap.
Today I went to lunch with my friend Jill and her son Max. We went to 2 Amy’s pizza. It’s one of my favorite places to go. I had a pepperoni pizza as I always do. We had a great time catching up and enjoying our meal. We even had a bottle of wine with lunch! How often do you do that?
With all the school shootings in the last few years and with all the young people demanding change and sometimes getting it, I wanted to do something. I’m against guns and want stricter gun legislation. I actually want to ban all assault weapons as well. I joined a group on Facebook who protest at the NRA the 14th of each month. They protest on the 14th because of Sandy Hook. That school shooting took place on December 14, 2012. They stand outside the NRA headquarters and hold up signs showing the NRA they aren’t afraid and want changes. I joined them today to protest against the NRA. It was very cold but sunny. We protested for an hour and was very proud of myself for doing something and joining in.
With the protesting and other walking, I walked 3.07 miles today.
So today I was doing my walk when I got to the 10th floor and saw this cart just sitting in the middle of the hallway. Who left it there? Why wasn’t it returned? Why is it just sitting in the middle of the hallway? So many questions. I eventually ignored it and finished my walk. I walked 2.10 miles in the halls today.
Back in February we had a Mardi Gras party. My husband found the little baby in his piece of King Cake. Since that time he has been hiding the little baby around the house. When I finally find the baby, I then hide it for him to find. Today the baby has moved like three times. This last time he put it on my computer. I need to think of a good place to put it now.