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saturday afternoon

February 11, 2013

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A cold, windy, but beautifully sunny Saturday afternoon started with brunch and what we now refer to as “$5 coffee” – which is how much a grande frou frou drink costs at Starbucks. At home, we let the kitties enjoy the sun on our deck while the hubs prepared a crockpot dinner.

While waiting for the beef stroganoff to slow cook, Hubs and I spent the rest of the afternoon at the Hirshhorn, a museum that has become one of my favorite places to frequent.

We strolled around the Barbara Kruger installation, Belief + Doubt, and walked through the extremely crowded Ai WeiWei exhibit. Ai WeiWei is pretty much the quintessential rebel artist who falls in and out of favor with the Chinese government. Unsurprisingly, his work has a big F*** you vibe to it. Sometimes it is subversively beautiful and other times it is overtly in your face.

As much as we enjoyed the art I think we both really enjoyed the space-aged architecture, in particular the period-perfect leather club chairs – chairs we have vowed to hunt down for our house. Then, since it was lunar new year’s eve, we felt obligated to pose next to our Chinese zodiac characters in the museum courtyard. The winter sun hovered just right so that the courtyard was illuminated in a warm glow. We lingered a while to catch the sun, then continued on to the Natural History Museum to search for a gift and grab another cup of coffee. By the time we arrived all the cafes were closed so we walked back out on the Mall and enjoyed what was left of the beautiful sunset.

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