(Warning - jibber jabber ahead!!)
Last week kept me VERY busy and rarely at home ....but with all fun things :)
Early in the week, my best friend and I headed to Cleveland (about a 3 hour drive) for a day of shopping! What a fantastic day. We first went to the outlets in Aurora - no big finds there. Then to Eton, which is gorgeous! We ate at the Stone Oven Bakery for lunch, and I had the most amazing mushroom onion foccacia pizza....yum! I found some great inspiration for a card at Anthropologie (hope to make that soon!!). The day also included trips to Beechwood Place and Legacy Village where I saw the most beautiful hanging baskets and discovered that California Pizza Kitchen removed my favorite pizza from the menu (Santa Fe Chicken).
My mom and I spent the next day together visiting a local Italian market and Target while she waiting for her car to get inspected (at the world's slowest auto repair shop - 4 hours and they didn't even get the oil changed!!!) So my appointment to get my hair cut & toe nail polish changed the next day was thoroughly enjoyed.
At the end of the week, my dad and I drove to Washington DC to finalize some details for the field trip I'm taking students on in the late fall. The weather was perfect - especially considering all the walking we did. And I got all the info I needed. While we were there, I thought my dad would enjoy visiting the Newseum. I've never been there but have wanted to go ever since one of my students told me what a nice museum it is. She was so right!! The Newseum was filled with major news stories that have shaped our country. Here are some photos I snapped...wish I would've taken more!
The view from the outdoor observatory deck on the 6th floor. You can see what a great day we had - not a cloud in the sky!!
Here's some memorabilia from the Birmingham church bombing in 1963. My students read a book that centers around this, so I thought they'd be interested in seeing this photo. The museum's collection had a fantastic range from sports to comics to Internet to notorious criminals and much more.
This is a photo of part of one of the Twin Towers. This section of the Newseum was very well done and included so many different newspapers from September 12th.
If you're planning a trip to DC, I would highly recommend making the Newseum a stop on your trip. It's a bit pricey, seeing that most museums in DC are free admission...but worth it! And, be sure to eat there. My dad and I thought the museum cafeteria was our last choice after not finding anything really suitable for lunch nearby. Boy were we wrong! It was delicious!! The food is provided by the Wolfgang Puck catering company and very reasonably priced.
So after that hectic week, I spent a lot of time this week working on my projects around the house. Pretty soon I'll be done with my 'to-do' list....that is if I finally stop procrastinating about cleaning up the basement!!