12.03.2015

the freer & sackler galleries, more of penn quarter, and the rest of the best long-weekend ever...

first, apparently elle and i stand identically pigeon-toed.

now that we've addressed that topic, let's talk saturday. it was the last perfect-weather day, and the last of what turned out to be the best little extended weekend of family fun. 
we decided to check out the sackler & freer galleries first...
i don't have photos from the exhibit, but the by far my favorite thing i've seen to-date in dc is filthy lucre- the remix of the peacock room by darren waterston. it was incredible! 
i just stood there, wide-eyed with the kids and had a moment like 'WHAT IS HAPPENING!? THIS IS SO COOL!' filthy lucre is in the sackler (which we went to first- we unintentionally went out of order); below is the peacock room in the freer next door...
the story about the peacock room is pretty awesome. originally it was painted in england by james mcneill whistler for frederick leyland- whistler surprised leyland with the ornate blue and gold room and when leyland saw it he was quite displeased. the room eventually was shipped to america by charles lang freer (in 26 crates!), and set up in his detroit home. later it was brought here to the freer gallery for display. filthy lucre is a representation of what could have become if the room hadn't been cared for by freer.
i've never wanted to kiss a tree before. but that big yellow one ^^ about did me in. stunning!!!

next jude went swimming...
oh! and mike whipped and nae-nae'd.
we also went back to &pizza, and mike hereby called it "the petersen's favorite pizza place." i agreed only because the stars aligned and we got to eat al fresco, which is in my top 5 favorite things to do on this planet. it makes me so happy to eat outside on a nice day! (some say i belong in paris. some = me.)  also because after 3 times if something stays that good, it's a winner in my book (try it. it's true).

then the kids shared a water like lovebirds...
we got hot chocolates and walked around this spiffy little city center complex (where did this come from!? how have we not seen this before!? i looked at apartments- they're like a bajillion dollars - $8K/month!? hi, yah, no.)...
we walked back to the portrait gallery and explored some nooks we missed the day before..

i am just about as inspired by the wall art as i am the wall colors. for a person who dreams of living in an all-white box, the wall colors in the portrait gallery and the national gallery of art are the best i've ever seen. life-changing;) they make me want purple and deep blue and teal walls.  

we wrapped up our day downtown and headed home on the front seat of the metro- which was so cool. it reminded me being little and riding in the front car of the disney world monorail. only with darkness and rats. and filthy windows. you get the point though- very cool. 

and then it rained and was cold all of sunday. so i hereby call the end of thanksgiving weekend closed. and a massive, gigantic, lovely success!!

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