This month we were able to see how money is made at the BEP...that's the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, not to be confused with the the Black Eyed Peas who headlined the Super Bowl halftime show. It was an interesting little tour. We got a sneak peak at the new $100 bill set to be circulated soon. No samples though. The picture shows that Ashley's about as tall as $1.5 million dollars in stacked hundred dollar bills.
We also visited the Hirshhorn museum. Again, a smaller museum, not so intimidating. The highlight was Hans Op De Beeck's exhibition of Staging Silence in the Black Box. You can see it on his website (click on Art Works/2009/Staging Silence). It's projected on a large screen and is really cool in person, a must-see if you're in DC.
Earlier in the month, we headed to New York...mainly to visit friends. Ashley's old dance company, Backhausdance (watch this), was performing as part of the 2011 APAP conference. It was nice to see them perform at the city center. It was also cool to hear Sonos sing. Still the highlight was catching up with friends from home - conversations, dinner, drinks, late night snacks, brunch, etc.
A picture of the company taking class in their teeny tiny NYC apartment living room to warm up for their performance.
Sunday morning brunch with Tawny, Jeremy, Avi, Jenn, Amanda and Liane.
We also got to meet two very cute new babies from two different couples in our small group bible study. Zera Grace is John and Anne Marie's baby girl (born in January, pictured below) and Joey is Matt and Amanda's baby boy (born late December, no picture).
This is what the vineyard looks like without the snow. I can't believe I didn't take a picture when I was there. It was gorgeous.
OK...that's all for now. Tune in next time for an update on my mom's surprise DC visit in early February.