Staycation Saturday

This weekend was sandwiched between Hugh’s baseball games Friday and Sunday, so we spent Saturday staycationing around town.

After some chores we headed down to the Mall along with every other human on the planet, but we ventured past the usual suspects — Natural History, American History, Air & Space — and landed at the National Museum of the American Indian.

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July 20, 2013

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It was a little dark and a lot crowded, so we just perused some exhibits before heading outside to the Living Earth Festival which included this woman cooking some sort of corn + beef stew.

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Eating hot stew outside on a hot day isn’t necessarily ideal, but it was delicious. And it was followed by our last stop of Staycation Saturday — cold beer and boat-watching at Cantina Marina.

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July 20, 2013

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Sitting in the open air top floor you can almost forget you’re in the nation’s capital and instead feel like you’re officially on vacation. That is until you turn to the right and the scaffold-covered eyesore that is the Washington Monument is looming beyond the harbor.

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Moving Troyssie and Manual Sunsets

On Friday night I showed up at Jessie and Troy’s place with some pizza and PBR to help them get ready for their move the next day. And since I made them take a picture in front of their place when they moved in two years ago, I forced them to take another as they moved out.

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I am also resolving lately to get better at taking pictures. Normally I shoot on Aperture Priority mode (Av) — setting the f-stop and ISO for each picture depending on the light and the subject, but letting the camera handle shutter speed on its own (because managing a third setting at the same time seems like just enough to drive me nuts). But I’m forcing myself to shoot fully manually lately, and I think I’m a better more patient person for it.

Case in point, setting everything yourself results in some pretty rad sunset photos.

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Photodump: Memorial Day Weekend

This whole job change thing has distracted me from social media for the last few weeks, so I’m offloading some of the thousands (not kidding — thousands) of photos I’ve taken recently.

For Memorial Day weekend, Hugh, Elizabeth and I joined my family for a few chilly days down by the Bay where we ate oysters, drank watermelon beer, played some cornhole and did some sitting.


We made it back in time to spend Memorial Day out and about in the DC area with Hugh’s parents. On the agenda: a morning kayak/canoe on the Potomac and an afternoon Bowie Baysox game.

Where The Boat Leaves From [And The Best Day of Hugh's Life]

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Friday night, as we walked across the bridge to Georgetown to see Iron-Man 3 (which was awesome), Hugh and I decided that we’d rather sit near the water in the sunshine, fishing and/or reading, than stay at home and do chores. So the next morning we hopped in the car and off we went to where the boat leaves from.

We took the boat out to test a fishing contraption my cousin had fashioned. The boys did all the work, I just enjoyed the ride and occasionally got in the way.

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Hugh even got to steer us through a crab pot mine field.

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Back on the dock, I braved the chilly breeze through a couple beers while watching a snorkel operation to scrape some barnacles off the boat and Hugh began to tackle his new tackle box.

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Then yesterday — the day he now calls the best day of his life — Hugh set up shop on the dock and put all his new fishing knowledge into hours of casting, baiting, tying, re-tying, and trying every lure in his box…

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…until finally

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Hugh caught a striper off the dock, which has never been done before. Yes it was too small to keep, but next year that fish is going to be tast-y.

After the excitement, I went back to my post — reading in the boat where the breeze couldn’t get me.

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And admiring my surroundings.

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