Archive for January, 2011

Magical tights


The temperature in this nation’s capital didn’t get above -6ÂșC today. Lovely. But! Even though I wore a skirt to the Kennedy Center I was toasty warm because of my new magical fleece-lined tights. Seriously, why did no-one invent these earlier?! They look and feel like normal tights… but they actually keep you warm! They’re […]

Overheard at the Kennedy Center today: “Now, this Richard Dreyfuss. Is he an actor of some kind?” “Hmm, I dunno honey.” I was at the Kennedy Center* to see the National Symphony Orchestra perform as part of a big celebration for the 50th Anniversary of Kennedy’s inauguration. The performance opened with a silly little film, […]



Yesterday was the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s inauguration. Kennedy is of course buried at Arlington National Cemetery, and a few weeks ago I went out there with a couple of friends. It was a beautiful day, and it’s a beautiful cemetery – apparently the second most populated in the United States. The rules […]

DC mini-break?


On Wednesday last week I was fully fed-up with the ongoing bother and boredom associated with job and house hunting so decided to take the day off and do the “tourist thing.” It’d snowed the night before but the sun was out and shining bright, so the Capitol Building and the National Mall both looked […]

Proper update!


So yes! I’m in DC! Got here on December 30, after spending a lovely Christmas in Edmonton with family. Even the weather was nice, which is not exactly normal for that part of the world. Since getting to DC I’ve been going through the awfully pleasant process of applying for jobs, albeit a bit half-heartedly. […]

The Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum in Seattle is a weird vanity project by Paul Allen (one of the co-founders of a little company you may have heard of). The building was designed by Frank Gehry, and is pretty enough, if you like curvy things that result in strange interior spaces that must […]

Space Needle


So, the first thing you need to know about the Seattle Space Needle is that it’s completely pointless. Built for the 1962 World Fair, it was supposed to symbolise what architecture would look like in the “future.” Apparently, in the future buildings that are 142m high only have three usable floors. Ignoring the lack of […]