Friday, March 20, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Of course the O'Bamas would do something fun for St. Patrick's Day! These are people from a city that turns the whole river green in Chicago just for the holiday.
A little info on the fountain... The AP reports that First Lady Michelle Obama has ordered the fountains on the north and south lawns of the White House dyed green in celebration of St. Patrick's Day. According to the First Lady's office this is the first time the fountain has ever been dyed for the holiday. Let's be honest, Washington, DC isn't really into the Irish holiday like Chicago, Boston, or Savannah. There are other holidays we are much more excited to celebrate (like when half a million people show up to watch fireworks on the lawn on the 4th of July.)
It's a shame because I really wish there were more Irish pubs around here. The Dubliner is nice, but there simply aren't enough authentically Irish pubs around. I can think of only 3 in the area that I like (and that includes Baltimore, Annapolis and D.C.)
Monday, March 16, 2009
They have some of the best historical photographs that show what regular American life is like in the early 1900's and into the 1960's.
The everyday stuff. Average people. I like that.
You get better insight that life isn't all that different from our Great-Grandparents. This is a photo from 1905 and was taken in Washington, DC.
Shorpy has these high quality photos that allow you to really see details you wouldn't normally notice in other photographs, like the pattern on the rug or the chair in the background. (Which is useful for interior designers and historical preservationists). But really, I love this photo because it's a mom giving her baby a bath, and I realize my life isn't that different from the mommies before me. And that's a nice thought. I like being connected to other women that way.
Here's the direct link to this photo. They are constantly updating.
About the Photos: Most of the photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs, 20 to 200 megabytes in size) from the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) Most were digitized by LOC contractors using a Sinar studio back. They are adjusted by the webmaster for contrast and color before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
“After the success of the Horse, the Greeks decided to try the Trojan Hippo”
Check out the Around the Mall blog.
Sadie Angelica Joynes was born at the right place at the right time. And Charlie and I are the luckiest people in the world to have her choose us as her parents to show her around this place called Earth. We are finishing getting things ready to celebrate her 2nd birthday, with lots of family coming to visit her. Since she went through another growth spurt, I'm sure everyone will be shocked by how big she is and how easily she's singing her ABC's.
She is incredibly curious, ridiculously brave, and brings so much joy to everyone she meets. In a nutshell: She's Awesome!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
... for history nerds. This is Vintageous, a wonderful little site with lots of gorgeous vintage clothes. You can look at formal wear, blouses, purses, accessories, and even little dresses like this green and white prom dress from the 1950's that could pass as a wedding dress today. Yummy!
*Sigh* So pretty.... I swear I played with this site for an hour.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Then came the Lincoln/Darwin Bicentennial. A lot of people don't know that Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were actually born on the same day. Since I work for the Smithsonian this was a major event for us. I brought home my newly published Smithsonian Magazine... and Sadie thought Darwin was Santa. And to be honest he does kinda look like Santa.