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Monday, March 27, 2006

Tai Shan Scratching an Itch


Before our trip to the National Mall, we went to the National Zoo to see the animals, among them being the famous baby Tai Shan. We reserved the tickets two months ago, and he was worth the wait. He was very excited about all the attention and wowed us with tricks up on his tree branch.

I wasn't prepared for how spread out the zoo was. The Houston Zoo is pretty confined, so one could walk through the whole zoo and not fall over from a heart attack - or maybe I just need to work out.

I got to see my favorite zoo animals, the golden lion tamarins. One of the tamarins gave birth to some babies last month, so there were two babies sitting high up on a branch grooming one another. One of them started to dance, and Aaron managed to get a hilarious video of it shuffling around awkwardly.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Young Cherry Blossoms

Today was the first day of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Although they aren't at their peak yet, we took advantage of the few trees that were in bloom.

Ladies' Night with Terry and Christine

After Vietnamese food at Four Sisters and Inside Man at the AMC, we stopped at Four Courts in Clarendon. Several drinks later, we were all smiles - and Christine even managed to set the auto-timer on my camera for this photo.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Four Diplomats and a Beer Ambassador


Thursday Happy Hour at Rock Bottom - 15% off appetizers!

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Winter Wonderland



The National Foreign Affairs Training Center grounds blanketed in snow.

Friday, March 17, 2006

View from the top of the US Department of State



An exceptionally windy and warm Wednesday atop the US Department of State.