No one, and I mean NO ONE, likes to read vacation blogs, so I'm going to spare you all but the barest details of our DC trip. I can tell you that even the willful Willie missed us and is now lying obediently at my feet, patiently waiting for a gentle stroke or kind word which, he has discovered in our absence, is all he really needs to survive in this world (well, that and a little woodwork to nibble).
Here is a list of things we did:
- Marine Corp Evening Parade
- Museum of Natural History (two trips)
- The Smithsonian Castle
- Afternoon with the Edwards
- National Zoo
- International Spy Museum
- Eight Congressional Office Visits (2 Senators and 6 Representatives)
- Capital Tour--led by Congressman Chet Edwards (with hide-and-go-seek in Statuary Hall. . .Mr. Burke of North Dakota is "home base".)
- On the House floor with Chet during an actual vote! Wow! Democracy in Action!
- White House Tour (Erin refused to look at any photos showing the current administration.)
- Supreme Court (the building not the justices)
- Reach the Day Rally in Senate Park
- Photo Op with Senator John Cornyn on the Capital Steps to Celebrate the Newest Co-Sponsor of the Conquer Childhood Cancer Act of 2007
- And, so the list won't end on unlucky thirteen, we ate twelve meals, took six Metro subway rides and three Capital Hill subway rides, walked a marathon (estimate), and managed to sleep soundly every night.
We didn't actually "Reach the Day," but we did add co-sponsors and raised the probability that the bill will actually get referred out of committee for a floor vote later this year. Like everything else with cancer Nothing is Certain, But We Always Have Hope.