I Can’t Be the Only Person Who Cries at Museums….Right?!?!


Well, I’ve been on the road since the last post. Had some amazing eats though for sure.

I left Wednesday morning, and on my drive to DC stopped in Richmond to have lunch with my girl HF. We went to Kuba Kuba Dos, and basically got the same thing. A mushroom panini with plantains. Mine with no cheese. Her family is more interested in plant-based meals, so I brought her a few books for ideas. They’re really busy (she’s a nurse, he’s in management consulting) and they have two wee ones. So I focused on quick and easy but with lots of variety. She just sent me a pic of some tofu vindaloo she made, and it looks amazing! #veganactivism

Wednesday evening I went to Chercher Ethiopian with L. OMG. It was literally the best food. And super cheap. We split the Vegan Deluxe (which is 11 dishes), a bottle of wine, and an extra tomato/jalapeño salad. With plenty of injera, it was amazing at only $62!

Thursday I had an event most of the day. Afterwards I went to my fav DC based Thai place – Thaiphoon in Dupont Circle. Got edamame and my tofu green curry!

Friday was the event again, and I had snacks there. For dinner, I went to The Fancy Radish with WB and AB. WB and I went to grad school together, and AB is his totally amazing wife I’ve also gotten to be friends with. We each ordered 2 dishes to share. Didn’t get pics of them all, but everything was amazing. Rutabaga fondu, smoked beets, the heirloom tomato BLT, spicy dan dan noodles, peas and carrots creamy ramen, and Peruvian potatoes. We couldn’t finish it all, but it was so wonderful. The fact that it was an all vegan restaurant definitely impressed.

Okay, their cocktail list was fun too. I stuck with the Aperol Spritz (it’s the AB special, and I only get to drink them when I’m with her!). But still. Impressive!

Got home this morning. The kitchen was a mess that I didn’t feel like cleaning up (damn kids), so I made popcorn. I did eventually clean, and there’s a spicy tofu veg soup in the crockpot for dinner!

Lookit all that sriracha!!


Felt great to get a lot of runs in the past few. Plus walking around the city.


First – on Wednesday I woke to this baby. Seriously – I love her SO much…

Been a really good couple of days. My trip to DC was wonderful. I went to a very good military event, and walked away with some great contacts. Also got to see some wonderful friends. L and I hadn’t seen each other in probably 2 years now, so it was really great catching up at dinner Wednesday.

Thursday afternoon I went to the National Mall area. Had no real goal other than to wander. That’s sort of how I roll – plans are nothing but loose guidelines. I decided upon getting off the metro to visit the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. I had never been, and heard nothing but amazing things about it. I spent quite a few hours there, and didn’t come close to absorbing it all. I’m not ashamed to admit that I cried at one of the exhibits. It was on the 3rd floor and was about the Chicago real estate industry and their role in segregation well into the 1980’s and beyond. What got to me is how much I just don’t know, and how I’m incredibly ashamed about that. We learn about slavery and it’s abolishment, civil rights movements, Rosa Parks, and desegregation, and think it all ended. Abe Lincoln and MLK are hero’s, and then the story ends. I learned that day – and I know it’s just scratching the surface – about what white business owners have done to keep segregation real. The real estate industry, for example, made white home owners sign covenants that made them unable to sell or rent to people of color. Red lines were drawn that banks used to deny loans to areas and people of color. Much was done to keep segregation alive and well, and I honestly couldn’t handle that knowledge very eloquently. I can’t fathom how we’re really supposed to move forward in equality when we don’t fully shine a light on the past and present. The only way to learn is perhaps to major in African American studies, and what white person really does that? It just all made me feel a little hopeless. What was even more amazing was a woman and her friend, both African American, came up to me when they saw me. Patted my shoulder and said not to worry, because I didn’t do this. But I haven’t done anything to make it better, have I? So – a lot of thinking for me to do.

I told WB and AB this story, and WB has a good friend who works at that museum. Shared his story too. And AB is reading this book as part of her work book club (she’s a nurse), and on my next school break – which starts next week – I hope to find a copy in my library.

Afterwards, I went to DuPont. Went to one of my fav books stores (and R too!) and got her a couple things for her upcoming bday. Can’t believe she’ll be 15! They did have this fun sign out front. I assured them on IG that I did NOT just walk by!

Friday was a really great day. The event in Pentagon City was very fruitful and I was feeling really good when it ended. Then it was back to my room to study and knock out some papers, then to WB and AB’s house. We hung out there and had a couple drinks, and then walked down the road to dinner. Very amazing night.

Got home this morning and the full focus was school. Lot’s to finish. It’s my last week of the term – ends the 14th – and I have some major research due.

M headed to San Diego to his sister and Dad. Sister is homesick, and also a bit afraid of flying – especially solo. Felt it would be better for her big bro to come out and escort her home. And to send a little bit of home to her. They get back late Wednesday night. Just in time for hurricane Florence….


On the purge front, I did finish the closet and bathroom. I had actually purged my closet last year, so there wasn’t as much to pitch. In the end, the combined purge of clothing was 45% – that’s dressers and closet. I purged 70% of the bathroom. I had WAY too many bottles of lotion, let me tell ya! I pitched 12 containers of lotion. Kept 1. It’s the only one I use anyway (Lush Dream Cream is where it’s AT).

So spending on my first travel trip wasn’t awesome, but not awful either. I was planning on using my lunch with H as one of my 4 outings, but she insisted on paying the bill (brat friend). My expenses were food and travel. Metro mostly, but two Uber. One after Ethiopian (L had picked me up since it was on her way from work, but would be way out of the way to take me back – it was late, so rather than metro I Uber’d). And on the way back from dinner with WB and AB because of storms and flooding. I took the metro there, and WB ended up picking me up at Union Station – would’ve drown walking to their place!

So – spending

Sept 5 – $37.79 at Chercher and $13.24 for Uber

Sept 6 – $27 for metro passes to last me the duration, $43 at Thaiphoon (wine + app + meal), and $34.93 for bday gift

Sept 7 – Whole Foods – $19.80 – flowers as a gift to my friends for hosting me for dinner & $19.46 Uber

Sept 8 – $25.20 gas and $36.58 at Wegman’s grocery

Sept 9 – $0

Of course not counted in all this are regular bills. Paid mortgage, car payment, electric, and credit cards.

I will say that it’s becoming almost a challenge to see how little I can spend, and that’s kinda fun. I know I could’ve eaten cheaper on my trip, but old habits die hard, and I’m not going to eat some fast food crap – especially in an amazing food city like DC! I like to eat healthy and drink good wine. Sorry. Not sorry.

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I am a 45 yo busy career single mom and doctoral student attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free(ish) vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

4 thoughts on “I Can’t Be the Only Person Who Cries at Museums….Right?!?!

  1. Rutabaga fondu, smoked beets…I WANT! I know I’ve asked this before but I’m asking again :). What are your top five cookbooks?

    1. Oh, I’m sorry – I don’t remember that question! So, it depends on what you’re looking for. For super quick, easy, and everyday ingredients, all the Happy Herbivore books, but Everyday Happy Herbivore is a gold mine. For creative raw dishes, I love Ani Phyo, especially Ani’s Raw Food Asia and Going Raw from Judita Wignall. Viva Vegan from Terry Hope Romero is amazing for South American food – best bean recipe on EARTH is in it for Venezuelan black beans. I also love Zsu Dever’s books too – Everyday Vegan Eats and Vegan Bowls (REALLY love Vegan Bowls!). She even sent me a cheat cheer to make them nut free, which I really loved!

      1. I have two HH books, but I will pick up Everyday next. Quick and Easy are a must on weekdays. I have one of Ani’s but not the Asia one. That sounds amazing too. I love her YouTube videos. I have not cooked much South American food, so I HAVE to pick that up. I got so bored with black beans I stopped eating them. A new recipe might make me want them again. I have not heard of Zsu. I love bowls. I’d eat one every day if I could get away with it. Something makes me think I have Going Raw…but the author’s name is not familiar. Thanks for the recommendations/

        One thing I REALLY need to start doing is food prep. I read about it and I’ve even made a half a%^ attempt a few times. I just need to suck it up and go for it.

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