Christmas was celebrated early on the farm (well, it used to be a farm, now it's more like a large garden and apple orchard in the mountains). We all have different schedules and so many places/people to see and visit, that we decided to do it the week before Christmas so we could all be there at the same time.
After celebrating Christmas at home and with Jay's parents (and working through the whole thing), we decided to take advantage of Zak being home and expose him to some culture. He had never been on a vacation with us to anywhere other than a beach. And he hates the sun, so what better time to take him on a trip than during winter - and in the rain!
You know you can't go anywhere with me and not get lost. We walked and walked at least 4 or 5 miles and later the next day we found out we were only a block from our hotel when we ate at Harriet's. Which is around the corner from Harry's. Which is part of the Harrington Hotel, and I'm sure they share the same kitchen, but the atmospheres are completely different. Food was amazing, servings were huge, and I gained 10 pounds just looking at the plate.
The last day, we saw more of the museums and had planned to eat at the American Indian Museum because I read online that even the locals eat there because of their interesting menu and fresh food. We skipped breakfast (big mistake) and after walking miles and miles (I'm sure it was at least 100 miles :) we went to the museum to find a VERY LONG LINE at the restaurant. We were so hungry we went back outside and got a pretzel from a street vendor, and sat on the steps of the Air and Space museum eating our pretzel without anything to drink. It's the little precious memories that mean so much! LOL (later on, we went back to the American Indian Museum and walked through the cafeteria. Of course we weren't hungry at that point, but we should have tried some buffalo anyway.)
The Holocaust Museum was on our "must see" list, so we had to get there before they closed, and it was our last day. We made it just in time, and still had the long walk back. We were so hungry, we ate at a food court (which turned out to be great...Jay had Five Guys, I had sushi, and Zak had Indian food again).
I forgot to mention Chef Geoff's...a great place for dinner. Would definitely go back there. The prices were reasonable, and the food was amazing. Jay had home made pizza, I had crab and shrimp ravioli, and Zak had some sort of sushi that he loved.
So here we are in January, just finished another 7 days of work, and am finally off for a week with no major plans, except catching up with some friends and maybe going to visit the Paula Deen Restaurant in Cherokee, NC. I'll keep you posted.
On a sad note, we lost a dear friend to cancer on New Year's Day. He loved life, was always a joy to talk to, and was an encourager. I hope people can say that about me someday...Keep track of all your memories, even those that seem mundane. Sitting on the steps of a museum sharing a pretzel may have a whole new meaning for you when those you were with are gone. Hugs to you all...and Happy New Year!