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Just Exploring Wintery Washington

 

When you’re walking outside with your coat open because 30 degrees feels like spring, you know it’s been too cold. 

Since coming back to D.C. from Houston holidays, we’ve mostly stayed indoors, on our couch, under two or three layers of clothes. Our apartment doesn’t heat well, but at least it offers shelter from the wind that turns 4 degrees into “feels like -11.” 

Last week, a broken water main at work extended my winter break by a few days. Back to the couch! But cabin fever is real (the term turns 100 this year), and after seeing photos of the frozen reflecting pool, I wanted to witness some of the winter-transformed city. What I learned from that endless 2015 Boston winter was getting outside helps winter blues, as long as you bundle correctly. 

Here are a few photos from the times we’ve dared venture out. 

  Meridian Park fountain

Meridian Park fountain

 
 
  Joan of Arc  

Joan of Arc 

 
  "Stay off"

"Stay off"

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This Christmas display was on W between 15th and 14th Streets NW last week. I hope it morphs into a Valentine's Day decoration in the next few weeks. 

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Favorite Photos of 2014

Since 2010, I’ve done a photo-a-day project about every other year (2010-112012, and now 2014). I have yet to achieve 365 photos — this year, I missed six days.

At the end of every photo-a-day year, I think I will probably not do another. At times, it just feels like a chore. I forget until the end of the day and then end up taking a picture of an empty pitcher of mojito on my phone. Then again, some days the project forces me outside. It forces me to look for something I want to remember or share. It also gives me a visually detailed archive of the year. At the end of my years off the project, I usually miss doing it — and decide to try again.

Anyway, here are some of my favorites from 2014.

 On a lunchtime walk during a day trip to Nashville. 

On a lunchtime walk during a day trip to Nashville. 

 Cherokee Park, Louisville

Cherokee Park, Louisville

Those two are probably my favorite photos I took all year. 

 Public Garden, Boston

Public Garden, Boston

 Race Point, Cape Cod

Race Point, Cape Cod

 City Museum, St. Louis

City Museum, St. Louis

I still don't know what those leaves are. What are they? Besides the most beautiful leaves ever? 

 Notre Dame cathedral, Strasbourg, France

Notre Dame cathedral, Strasbourg, France

Have you done a photo-a-day project? Do you have any favorite images from 2014? ( I particularly loved this one, and the ninth photo in this collection is powerful -- it came up in class and I saved it in my notes). If you're doing a project this year, let me know -- I'd love to follow it. 

Morning Walk in San Francisco

Somehow, I get worse jet lag coming from the east coast to San Francisco than I do coming from Switzerland to Louisville. Waking up at 5:30 means I have plenty of time to read, do yoga, go for a walk, and get ready before work. Exploring side streets is a good start to any day (and especially when your home town is buried in snow).

February 4, 2014
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It makes my heart glad to see expanses of green and blooming, flowery trees after all the snow and gray in Kentucky. It was a gray morning here, but I can get over it when there are flowers and cacti taking over the sidewalk. 

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And then there's always fun to be had looking into people's windows.

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It's probably optimistic to hope the snow at home will melt by Sunday, but I'll enjoy the temperate San Francisco winter while I'm here. 

#FriFotos: Tasty

 Pastries in Zurich

Pastries in Zurich

Dessert is the tastiest. I have a terrible sweet tooth, but how can you resist pastries that look so pretty? 

My grandfather and my great-aunt both seem to eat ice cream on a daily basis. They are 88 and 93, respectively, which leads me to believe I need to get some ice cream in my fridge. 

 Strawberry shortcake in Charlottesville, Virginia 

Strawberry shortcake in Charlottesville, Virginia