The weekend flew by in a whirlwind of family activities and the final stages of what is now going on a five-month home remodeling project. Here’s a quick update:
— A day at the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Center, including an IMAX film and International Space Station simulator with my 4-year-old nephew Ryan.
— More Easter than you can shake a carton of hard-boiled eggs at: church with Shawn and his family, a massive brunch at a hotel out in Fair Lakes and oh-so-many plastic eggs, egg hunts, Easter bunnies, jelly beans, baskets filled with fake grass, etc.
— Question of the week from my brother-in-law’s Japanese classmate in graduate school: “I get Easter. But why the bunny?” Classic.
— A really, really tough weekend for a special friend who I am sending great big hugs to through the Internet.
— Lots of thought about life and death (context: the Easter story versus Buddha’s teachings on non-existence and impermanence).
— Two incredible episodes Sunday night of Planet Earth on Discovery.
— Finishing the installation of a television and cabinet, only to realize that the cabinetmakers didn’t leave enough space behind the wall for the cables and wires.
— Some browsing for home items in Tyson’s Corner.
— And the discovery that, in addition to tomatoes and avocados, I am also allergic to Chinese eggplant (does anyone else see the irony here?). Fortunately, this discovery required neither a trip to the E.R. nor the administration of epinephrine via an Epi-pen. Phew.