Monday, November 13, 2006

Captain Distracto

So my brother's in town, and I can't focus. We spent all day today touring the monuments and talking. It's been months since I saw him, and I'm so happy not only to see him now but to have Christmas just around the corner to see him again. Brother P makes me happy.

In other news, we slept over Friday night with CharlesPierce and WifeOfPierce in good ole VA. We braved rush hour with nary a ruffled feather and arrived in time for dinner at Bonefish. My Longfin Tilapia with Lime Tomato Garlic sauce was AWESOME. The garlic mashed potatoes were top notch with garlic slivers in the mash. I also enjoyed the Raspberry Martini I had. I think we laughed more like people on drink #4, not 1, but the conversation made the night as we moved to the party to a coffeehouse and chatted on. We don't make an effort to get together enough. (And we always mention that but seriously, this time we TOTALLY mean it more. >;) Also, they knew I'd be blogging this, so they wanted to pull out all the stops - CP and Wife? You win the FyF Seal of Unqualified Approval. At ease.

Saturday morning after a huge breakfast, we set off for Manassas battlefield were we enjoyed a leisurely walk and more talking because, frankly, if we're not gabbing, we're asleep. It was November 11th and it was 74°. Ah, the flipside of our hellacious summers smiles upon us! It felt a bit odd to be sweating in the November sun, but I'll take it over snow anyday.


I loved this tree. The historical whatsit behind was just gravy.

Memorial to the Union artillery corps that gave it their all in the First Battle of Manassas/Bull Run. I failed to capture the giant munitions arrayed around this obelisk. Really, it was a thing to behold.

The Stone House - that's what they called it. It fits, no? Lovely white-bark trees, though. If the Fyfdom extended to the real world, there'd be a whole lot more of them.

Sweet cannonical goodness!

It's Autumn, people, and I LOVE IT. Someday, I'll be able to express just how truly, madly, and deeply I love this season, but for now, just stare at this picture and pretend it means as much to you as it does to me. (That is, a lot.)

Saturday evening we picked up my brother and then enjoyed his company over beers and Mission: Impossible III which, meh (actiony but I think I wasn't really in the mood for a thriller because I was kinda bored). Sunday we did more of the same because it was raining. Today, we hit up the Monumental Tour and wandered by the ground-breaking ceremony for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial (now) under construction between the FDR and Lincoln Memorials. However, my dogs are currently barking, so I'm off to put them up on the coffee table and enjoy an evening with my boys. Later!


Walt H said...


Based on my best guess, you're talking about Brother P. Please give him my best. Hope to see him when he's in town.

walt h said...

That'll teach me to rush through reading a post while multitasking at something. You are definitely talking about Brother P (you said so yourself).

Please tell him Walt says hello.

Mair said...

Yay! Tell Brother P I said hello! I hope you have a wonderful time with him!!!

J. Morgan Caler said...

Love the Stone House (which has a cannon ball lodged in it somewhere), the CharlesPiere and the WifeofCharlesPierce! Good work, good post, and good photos.

Anonymous said...

Sigh. I miss east coast fall. There's just a quality to it that makes it superior to any other. It's something about the types of trees, the shape of the hills and mountains. Sigh.

CharlesPeirce said...

E, thanks for the shout out, and the pictures are great. As you said, the conversation was awesome. You are welcome in VA anytime.