Panoramic Views from the Top of the Washington Monument

IMG_5522Earlier this week, we enjoyed a wonderful visit with family who made the long journey from Washington (state) to Washington (DC). In a city with so much to see and do, it’s always hard to pick and choose between DC’s numerous museums, monuments, historical sites, parks, and so on. We tried our best to give our relatives as full a DC experience as we could with limited time (and without completely exhausting them), and that included a trip up to the top of the Washington Monument. Continue reading →

A Forced Break

photo 1-3This afternoon, I find myself yet again sitting on the couch with my left leg wrapped in ice and elevated on a pillow, as I stare out the window at the blue sky wondering when I can run again. Ask any runner, and she will tell you: a forced break from training is always unwelcome. As runners, we like to decide when we take breaks and when we don’t; having hurt body parts decide for us is never part of the plan. But unfortunately, it does happen, and now, it has happened to me. It’s not the first time, and I’m sure it won’t be the last. Still, it is frustrating and not running is not something I do well. Continue reading →

Honoring the Fallen at Arlington National Cemetery

WreathsThe last time I set foot in Arlington National Cemetery was September 10, 2001, the day before the world as most Americans know it changed. I had just turned 22 a few weeks earlier and was living just west of the cemetery, next to Fort Myer Army post. I was young enough still to qualify for a military ID card as my parents’ dependent, and often took advantage of the perks of Fort Myer, like the commissary, post exchange, and cheaper gas. Continue reading →

On Tour at “Home” in Washington, D.C.

IMG_5022As a military kid, I grew up everywhere and nowhere, and my moving habit didn’t end with adulthood. I can’t really say that I have a hometown, but if I had to choose one, the Washington, D.C. area would be it. Collectively, over the past 35 years, between Maryland, northern Virginia, and the District of Columbia itself, I have spent over 15 years of my life in the D.C. area. You’d think that in that time, I would have seen all that D.C. has to offer, but in reality, I haven’t even come close. Continue reading →