Washington DC!

I just returned back from my trip to DC and had a very good time. I was there for the Association of American Medical Colleges annual conference. This was my first time attending the conference and it was educational. I did however, manage to get some time in to do some sightseeing. I lived in DC for a year before moving to Nashville, but you know how you never do the touristy stuff when you live somewhere!

So, this morning, I went to the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial and the National Gallery of Art before flying out this afternoon. Today was a very appropriate and moving day to be at the Veteran’s Memorial being Veteran’s Day. I was very moved by the solidarity shown from all the vets who were there – greeting each other, and also remembering those they served with, family members etc.

I had managed to spend one hour at the National Gallery of Art on Sunday looking at some of the works in awe. I loved the Italian and Spanish paintings and sculptures that I saw. My favorite piece though, was Daniel in the Lion’s Den by Sir Peter Paul Rubens. To see this piece in person is amazing! the faces on the lions look so realistic!

I really like religious art. One of my majors in college was religion and through one class in particular started to get into the art aspect of it. So, many of my favorites at the National Gallery were the religious pieces. it was great! I even got to see the only Leonardi Da Vinci piece that is currently in America – Ginevra de’ Benci. I must get back to DC!

While in DC I also bought a book and started reading it – a real physical book! It’s on the sidebar and I’m more than halfway through it now. I hope to finish it tonite. It’s very good.

Still reading?? All this rambling and nothing about stitching yet, so I guess I should address that 🙂
I stitched a little bit more on the Thai Dancer. I started off the trip a little frustrated because I was not liking my fabric choice at all! looking at the colors on it was not pleasant. But then after I thought about it, I realized that the reason I chose this color was because of the blues and purples in this design. In the area that I chose to start, I’d been stitching oranges, pinks and browns. So, I decided to go ahead and start the blues and purples and then see if I liked it. So, that’s what I did. Worked on blues and purples some over the weekend and some today in the airport. And, after having those colors on, I do like it much better! So, I’ll keep my fabric choice 🙂 Here is my latest picture:

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That’s about it. I think I’ve rambled enough now. I’m off to read some more!