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Monday, January 30, 2006

I have returned!

I made it back from Washington DC safe and sound! It's good to be home with my Jon and with my Lenny. I figure lots of pictures are the best way to keep things fun, so here we go!!

Here is our beautiful room!!!

We stayed at a really nice hotel - the Mayflower. It's in downtown DC, just a few blocks from Dupont Circle. It was built back in 1925 and has hosted the Inaugural Ball since Coolidge.

Here is a photo of the table set up for our lunch one of the days during the conference. Lovely!

And our plate of food! Twas very yummy!

Most of the trip was spent in the hotel going to lectures and workshops, but on Saturday our boss Claudia allowed us to skip the closing activities and just see the city! We went to the FDR memorial, the Korean memorial, the Vietnam memorial, the WWII memorial, and the Lincoln memorial. All so awesome. I really truly want to go back there again and experience them all with Jon.
Next, we stopped off at the Smithsonian (Natural History), National Gallery of Art, and the Native American Indian museum. They were all great! You could spend a week there looking at everything.

Here is probaly the coolest photo I took: Union Station. It is pretty much a glorified metro station with some cool shops and cafes and whatnot.


And finally, on a non-trip note, I bought myself a few treats!

Saturday, January 28, 2006


If you take a random number, the odds are 1 in 9 that the first digit of the number is 1, right? Since it could be any of 1, 2, 3, ..., 9, and since it's random, they each have an equal chance. Right?


Benford's Law says that the odds are 30% (nearly 1 in 3) that the first digit is 1.

Awesomely weird.

In less interesting news...

With Allie off in DC for the week, I decided this would be a good time to rebuild my laptop. It's been over a year since the last rebuild, so it was waay overdue. I think I've gotten everything installed/configured the way that I want finally.

Also, I may be needing one of these soon. Scary.

Allie comes back tomorrow! Yay!

Thursday, January 26, 2006

DC statehood!

So, it's been a pretty cool time in DC so far. I'll try to post more pictures when I get home and the internet is faster, but here is one from today when we visited with Senator Durbin! This didn't have anything to do with the conference, as we arranged it ourselves, but it was really exciting!

From left to right: me (duh!), Durbin, Katie, Claudia

Monday, January 23, 2006

Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living." –- Miriam Beard

Tomorrow morning, nice and early, I leave for a week in Washington DC! I get to go to a conference for work and stay in a swanky hotel. I get to go with my boss and my favorite co-worker to this conference, and I think it's going to be awesome. Hopefully we'll get to go see some cool sights and be a bit touristy.

I'll try to post some cool pictures while I'm out there!

I'll miss you, Jon!

Sunday, January 22, 2006

A place to stay!

Well, we just renewed our lease at Suite #1. So we'll be here at least until July 2007. This is officially the first time either of us will have lived in the same place two years in a row since we left for college. Our hope is that after this, we'll be moving into a house of our own.

Oh, and Super Mario Land 2 is much harder than I remember.

Also, we ate at Siam Terrace. It's yummy, and they do cater. :)

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes. ~ Henry David Thoreau

While Jon is being his usual adorable self (playing a video game), I thought I'd be my usual adorable self and write a post. And what topic would I write about, you ask? Why, world peace The Wedding, of course!

Even though I'm fairly certain we can't afford it, here is The Dress!!

Even if I can't get this exact one, I'm sure I can find a more affordable alternative. Woo hoo for lookin' purdy!

Friday, January 20, 2006

¡Felíz cumpleaños!

Happy birthday my dear Jon!

Thursday, January 19, 2006

More pictures!

Allie's pictures post inspired me to post a couple of picks. So here's a good one of Lenny relaxing in a contorted manner on our couch...

...and a pretty good one I took of Allie and me. Enjoy!


Just thought I'd finally update the new blog with a few photos of the wedding & reception site!

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Some news

I added a feature on the sidebar there. The Countdown will uh... count down to our wedding day. Yay wedding!

Also in the news, we're almost certainly getting our wedding bands from this website (which is also now in the sidebar). They make their rings from recycled metals, and their gems are made in labs instead of gutted out of the Earth.

Oh, and there will be no meat at our reception (we're quite sure).

Monday, January 16, 2006

A new day dawns

Fiiirst poooost!

Okay seriously:

Welcome to our new blog.

There will be more information here later. The big news is that we're getting married on October 7, 2006! We've actually booked the botanical garden at Lake of the Woods for the ceremony and a Pavilion at said park for the reception. Yay! More later.