Good | Bad | Rad #34 – Rubberbands and Rivers

A look back at some of the best, hardest and most surprising parts of my week.

The Good

Training. It feels so great to be sticking with my training program even while traveling. After all, one of the reasons I took up running a couple of years ago was because it was simple to do while away from home, except, that doesn’t always mean it’s easy. Having my spreadsheet printed out and handy, leaves no question about what I’m going to do each week, I simply choose where I’m going to do it.

Face-to-Face. It’s not just my family that I’m getting some IRL facetime with this week. I’m also getting to see some friends while I’m here. Not everyone I was hoping to see is in town, but I’m thrilled that it’s working out to spend time with a few different people!

Lincoln Memorial. Being at the Lincoln Memorial this week, as the Supreme Court is reviewing cases about marriage equality, felt especially inspiring and poignant. It has me longing for my fantasy world, where everyone feels worthy and safe, and no one feels the need to exert undue power over anyone else for whatever reason seems to be (sort of) acceptable at the time.

The Bad

Assumptions. One of the things we did this week was visit Georgetown. The nephew suggested it. I wasn’t super interested in going, but he seemed pretty enthusiastic, so we went for it. It didn’t take long for me to realize he suggested it because he thought it was something I would enjoy. And, of course, I was going along with it because I thought it was something he wanted to do. Ha. After our tourist-style Gift of the Magi-esque irony, we got better at figuring out how we wanted to spend our time together. And, we ended up having a great time…

The Rad

Found Fun. The things we planned to do this week didn’t really stand out so much. The unplanned things we ended up doing were a blast!

And, so very simple.

Really, just exploring and being curious and open. After walking around Georgetown, we made our way to the canal and walked along it for awhile. Then headed to the river and discovered a great labyrinth. We walked it and found some rubber bands. That turned into a rubber band shooting contest. More walking along the river, watching crew teams. Heading over to the Lincoln Memorial. Stopping at the giant statue of Albert Einstein.

Another day, we headed to George Washington’s home, Mount Vernon, but our timing was off and we couldn’t get a tour for hours. We ended up visiting another part of Washington’s farm, the Collingwood Library and Museum. The best part about that? Heading down to the Potomac and skipping stones into the river. Talking, laughing, trying to find the perfect rocks for skipping.

And you?

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