Time for see you laters

It’s official.

A girl agreed to take my room and be the new roomie for our group home.

I am moving from my beloved DC.

Like anyone who has experienced moving, I am a bundle of emotions -sad, nervous, anxious, excited, terrified, dread (of all the packing and cleaning). As I started counting the days I have left to spend here with my friends, my mind wandered to all the amazing memories of experiences I have of the city. I never thought I would ever get to know the city and the people so well to make this place feel like a neighborhood. A community. A home.

Although starting over is daunting, I cannot wait to venture with heightened awareness once again, meet new people, and explore to personalize locations with sentimental connections to memories in my next destination.  All in an effort for personal growth and to create a new home.

But for now…..I still have so much I have yet to do before I go!

On the list of things to do by August 20-ish:

  1. Find a rooftop to have a summer BBQ
  2. Get the balls to perform a poem/song/anything on the Bloombars open mic on Mondays
  3. …..and skateboard at the skate park on 11th Street
  4. Wander through the underground tunnel system around Capitol Hill
  5. Go to Radius Pizza and take advantage of the $5 slice and pint deal (It’s not a myth! Radius is coming back, Mt. Pleasant!)
  6. Bake the perfect loaf of bread
  7. Drink a beer at night or watch the sunrise from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial (OR! Not pass out there and do both)
  8. Finally e-mail the guy at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop to learn how to use the dark room and develop a roll of film
  9. Watch a movie outdoors at one of many summer screenings in DC
  10. Tour the White House. (Better get to writing to my letter of request!)
  11. Visit Baltimore during the day (Ok. Not in DC, but it’s so close and the only other time I went was for a night photo shoot of abandoned train cars. Not the safest thing)
  12. Host a relaxed dinner party to see all of my DC friends at least once last time

I still can’t believe it.

I gotta go out and take advantage of the weekend!!!

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Artomatic!!

Yesterday, I kind of skipped out of work early to cross the river into Virginia and visit Artomatic.

An eleven story building whose entire floors are dedicated to art!?!?!

I have gone to plenty of pop up art galleries and artist studio buildings, and Artomatic is pretty much the equivalent of a Smithsonian housing over 1,000 local artists. When you are there, you cannot describe it as any less than astounding or every synonym for the word.  Each floor has so many nooks that you literally get lost in art.  At all times, they also have a bar on each floor serving refreshments like Izze soda! Fancy. They also have special events on stages found on almost each floor.

The entire experience was incredible!!  I spent almost 3 hours there, but I sped through the last few floors.  Too many artists to even take pictures of each, but here are some of the highlights from the museum.

Check it out! The month-long festival is only open for a few more days until June 23!!

Bake sale!!!

This afternoon, my friend and I are hosting a bake sale to help fundraise for Day of Connection and Exchange, the last of three events of the In One Day project.

Day of Connection and Exchange is a festival in Meridian Hill/ Malcolm X Park devoted to celebrating the DC community.  Some of the stations include an outdoor reading corner with pillows and coffee tables, a music and poetry performance area, a play corner with hula hoops and board games, a clothing swap section, and a slideshow gallery of photos taken by the public either uploaded or hashtagged to commemorate the day of July 7, 2012.

While festivals are fun, we wanted to make this an event that gave back to the community.  Therefore, the toys, clothes, and books collected and left at the end of the day would be donated to various local organizations.

The entire project of In One Day has been designed to be of minimal cost and has relied heavily on donations.  However, we have had to use our own personal funds to supply some of the materials and equipment like a Zipcar rental, paper plates, and posterboard.  The bake sale is intended to not only inform the public of the upcoming event but also help offset the cost of materials we would need to purchase to achieve the very basic requirements of the festival.  Excess funds will go towards continuing the meals for the homeless event in DC parks every month.

If you are in DC, come say hello at our information table set up by the drum circle in the park.  You can learn more about the project and how you can support it.

If you are not in DC, you can also support us by spreading the word and also donating to our paypal account!

Anywho, this is what I made and what you can expect to find if you come to our table!!

I bought self-rising flour so I followed the recipes without adding any baking soda of baking powder.  I reduced the sugar in all and the butter in the cookies.

I also forgot to actually put cardamom in the muffins. oops. They tasted good though. More of a nutty flavor.

My friend is also making some goodies.  Each unit will go for a suggested donation of $1.  Come enjoy a baked good and an afternoon in the park.

Summer means free outdoor movie screenings!

from capitolriverfront.org

I went on a run Wednesday night to try and pick up my paycheck, and across the street from the office was a crowd of people gathered in a park.  That made my day – especially after I found out that my check was in the other office.  It’s summer!!!!

Here is a comprehensive list of all the outdoor movie screenings in the DC:

Screen on the Green on the National Mall

  • Monday, July 16: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  • Wednesday, July 25: It Happened One Night
  • Monday, July 30: From Here to Eternity
  • Monday, Aug. 6: Psycho
NoMa Summer Screen– Wednesdays, May 23 through August 8, 2012 , L Street between 2nd and 3rd Streets, NE. Movie starts at 9pm.  The theme for this year is the end of the world. Food trucks are there for concessions.
Capital Riverfront Outdoor Movies– Thursdays, May 24 through July 26, 2012, Canal Park, M St and 2nd St, SE.  Movies start at 8:45pm ish.
U Street Outdoor Movies – Harrison Field Under the Stars–  V St. NW between 13th and 14th Sts.
  • June 27: DC Cab
  • July 25: Protocol
  • August 22: The American President
  • September 26:  The Pelican Brief

Cookie Bike Tour

This morning, several friends and I embarked on what we had planned as a cookie bicycle tour of DC’s cookie and coffee shops.  Instead of limiting us to sampling just cookies, we enjoyed a variety of baked goods.  As opposed to last week’s scorching hot weather, today was perfect!  A sunny, breezy, comfortable day.  To prevent anyone from throwing up in the end, we limited the tour to 4 stops:

Uncle Chip’s- 1514 N Capitol St NW

Blind Dog Cafe- 944 Florida Avenue NW

chocolate chip cookie and a tomato scone

Sticky Fingers- 1370 Park Road NW

mocha and peanut butter cupcakes

Snickerdoodle cookies at my house

CSA Week 4

Aside

Apologies for the lack of posting recently!  I haven’t had the time since I am busy working on planning Day of Nurture in DC!  (If you’re in the area and want to help, please e-mail us at inonedaydc@gmail.com!)

I can’t wait until I can prepare a grand meal with the CSA items again this weekend.  Any suggestions?? I would like to do something with the beets.

  • 1 Bunch Chioggia Candystripe Beets – Certified Organic – Green Valley Organics
  • 1 Bulb Fennel – Certified Organic – Autumn Blend Organics
  • 1 Bunch Garlic Scapes – Certified Organic – Lancaster Farmacy
  • 1 Head Broccoli – Certified Organic – Farmdale Organics
  • 1 Bunch Rainbow Chard – Certified Organic – Friends Road Organics
  • 1 Bunch Turnips – Certified Organic – Outback Farm
  • 1 Bag Young Rainbow Chard – Certified Organic – Elm Tree Organics

A City of Disconnect

On Saturday, my friends and I had the first of three events for the In One Day Project -Day of Joy.  From 10am to 5 pm, we spent the day in several parks in DC.  The purpose of the event was to devote our day to spreading smiles and a bit of happiness to the DC community through free hugs and laughter yoga.

A majority of people were open to receiving a hug -some more enthusiastically than others.  At Eastern Market, one man joined us in our efforts after he shared how we have turned his day around during a time of many family emergencies.  Several people at Franklin Square expressed gratitude for us in the project and how the city needs love more than ever.

However, there was the other half that were not appealed by the thought of two strangers briefly sharing a moment of connection and appreciation. Some politely refused and  ackowledged our efforts with a smile while making a joke about how they get plenty of hugs from their accompanying girlfriend/boyfriend/wife/husband/etc.

Then, there were those very few who were not entertained by the idea at all.  Now, we did not want to make people uncomfortable so we intentionally did not make advances.  We let people come to us.  Nonetheless, one woman put her arm out in defense as she walked by us.  Another woman cowered to the other side of her friend walking alongside her.  Most of those uninterested did not acknowledge our presence at all.  Even though we had prepared ourselves with the inevitable rejections, it did not go without feeling a bit hurt after having put yourself out there and not even being granted a glance.

What I thought was going to be a silly way to spend a Saturday was actually a very insightful experience.  The positive reactions were overwhelming – more than what we ever intended.  More importantly, though, we were exposed to the disconnect between people.  Perhaps those people who did not react to us or were frightened/repulsed by us are not generally in an isolated mindset.  Regardless, one thing is clear: the city, and the world, needs to smile more. Laugh more. Look at people in the eye more. Love more. Live more.  Open ourselves more to spontaneity and shared experience with the people who surround us.

It took an entire Saturday and over 400 hugs, but it was worth it for that lesson to have become clear, personal, and ingrained in my mind to continue to approach life with open arms ready to embrace.

Bike to Work Day!!!

Today is Bike to Work Day!

Today is an especially great day because I had been without a bike for almost  the past 2 weeks ( a flat and a need for a new brake cable).  With rainy weather that would have prevented me from biking anyway, I actually kind of got comfortable walking everywhere.  Earlier this week, though, I just assembled my new bike, and I am so happy!  I still find myself leaving much too early since I am still on walking pace time though!

DC, check in at any of these pit stops today! Enjoy fruit and get a free key chain while socializing with other neighborhood bikers!  Celebrate a day of gas-free commuting….and maybe make a habit of it!

The Joys of CSA and Urban Farming

Three of my roommates and I have signed up for a CSA  with the Lancaster Farm Fresh Collective.  Now I know what you’re thinking.  We’re a whole bunch of hippies.  Hear me out though.  Until this spring, I was pretty foreign to the idea, but having learned what it is, the concept of CSA is pretty awesome.

CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is a system that allows consumers to directly support local farmers.  For an initial investment, customers receive a variety of seasonal products that are most often organic and grown by sustainable methods.

Have you ever thought where the fruits and vegetables in the produce section of grocery stores come from??  Avocados from California.  Bananas from the Caribbean.  Grains and corn from the Midwest.  Tons and tons of these products have to be packaged and shipped by air, sea, and land to get to your grocery store.  Purchasing groceries from Farmers Markets and CSAs is environmentally beneficial in reducing the energy that is necessary to transport food to the consumer. 

You’re probably thinking that transporting food is a necessity. Farms are concentrated in certain areas, and climate requirements must be met for proper growth of certain products.  Trade is a fundamental part of the global economy.  True. I’m not saying everyone should just gnaw on grass clippings from your front lawn as a source of vegetation.  In light of climate change, I just wanted to say that we could improve on cutting down the necessity to transport food.

from wjfarm.wordpress.com

I think it is a common misunderstanding that farms require acres and acres of open space.  Not true!  Take The Farm at Walker Jones, for example, in Washington, D.C.   On a one acre lot, this plot of land produces flowers and vegetables yearround with the help of community members and volunteers.  They even began maintaining bee hives for honey! It is a prime example of urban farming.

Today, too much energy is wasted in the production of food that the amount going into production outweighs the amount of caloric energy that they provide.  Plus, with the idea of mass production we need to be more concerned with the quality of food that we eat.  No more pink slime or polluting chemicals!

I hope you consider joining a local CSA or supporting the local farmers.  If you’re in the city, find or begin an urban farm!!!  To help convince you in joining the movement for sustainable food production, I will give you a preview of what great food items you could end up receiving!

With the Lancaster Farm Fresh Collective, we get a box of vegetables to share every week for 25 weeks.  This week, the contents include…..   

1 Bunch Asparagus – Certified Organic – Lancaster Farmacy

1 Bunch Baby Hakurei Turnips – Certified Organic – Echo Valley Organics

1 Bunch Green Kale – Certified Organic – Eagle View Acres

1 Bunch French Breakfast Radishes – Certified Organic – Meadow Brook Organics

1 Bunch Red Scallions – Certified Organic – Sweetaire Farm

1 Bunch Curly Parsley – Certified Organic – Noble Herbs

1 Bag Lettuce Mix – Certified Organic – Plum Hill Farm

1 Head Green Leaf Lettuce – Certified Organic – Plum Hill Farm

Pretty awesome stuff.  We’re making dinner with all of the ingredients tomorrow! I’ll let you know what we cook!

In One Day

I thought that the plan to bike from DC to LA was going to be the most ambitious project I would have this year. Nope!

My two friends and I got together at a bar on April 1 and created In One Day to bring the people who make the city what it is and celebrate DC.  Since that night, we have been applying for permits, reaching out to sponsors, and recruiting volunteer in preparation for these three events!

Day of Joy– May 19th; a circulating group offering free hugs and laughter exercises in several parks in DC. (I know. Super silly!)

Day of Nurture– June 9th; a picnic for the homeless community with theatrical, poetry, and musical performances

Day of Connection– July 7th; a festival in Meridian Hill Park with workshops, yoga classes, an open air art galleries, an outdoor reading lounge with a mobile library, and much more!

Check us out at www.inonedaydc.wordpress.com for the latest news and information about the project!

If you are/will be in DC for any period of time through the summer, help us out! Become a volunteer by filling out this very short volunteer application form!