This weekend we had a whole smattering of rain… After our healthy breakfast, we thought we might go visit a farm, just for some fun and sunshine. But, those water drops came down early, and our trip was out rather suddenly!
It’s been a long time since I visited the amazing sites around my old college campus (the White House WAS my neighbor!) so rather out of the blue, we chose to hit the road – sitting around makes me feel lethargic! (Active rest CAN include walking for a few hours, even if inside…)
We decided we’d visit one of the Smithsonian complexes on the mall (nevermind the St, Patrick’s Day parade we didn’t realize was going on simultaneously!) because really, what better place to explore when you can’t be outside?
I haven’t gone into a Natural History Museum in ages, and I have to say…it was an incredible joy. As a little girl, I wanted desperately to be an archeologist – the prospect of discovering some meaningful antiquity, coming face to face with a mummy, or finding precious rocks had me enamored.
Maybe it was the idea that I’d be close to Earth…and in finding such things, I would have “touched” history in a way – like time travel, albeit not temporally!
Anyway…it always amazes me to see the wonders of the Natural World, and it was a perfect activity for such a gloomy day. After the visit, my cloudy white cowboy boots (to jive with the grey skies) and all-black attire marched to a Hard Rock cafe for some fuel. Most people would say you can’t fin anything healthy in a restaurant like that but…I did! Admittedly, the first time it didn’t come out as I asked…but…we managed!
You can always ask for plain, grilled fish (I usually ask for this instead of chicken, which often is overly marinated already) and steamed vegetables. My plate came with mashed potatoes, but I just ignored them (had I known they came in tow, I would have requested they save the food!) It was exactly what I needed after a lengthy afternoon – protein works wonders to stabilize you, and keep you full longer. I always as for veggies too because I need volume.
All in all, it was a wonderful day – I enjoyed being out and about, and doing something new and different. I know many folks go to Museums for their children, but it is equally as enriching as an adult…plus, even when it’s pouring, you get to walk round and stay active. Win, win, win! 🙂