Reason 180

#180: National Portrait Gallery The National Portrait Gallery is part of the Smithsonian Institution which, contrary to what tourists think, is not one museum but a number of museums. As such this museum, like all other Smithsonian museums, is free. I, of course, love free things, so lots of points for the National Portrait Gallery.…

Reason 181

#181: Baked & Wired Here is what I love most about Baked & Wired: it’s not Georgetown Cupcake. I’m not a cupcake fan. They’re cute and all (I mean, they’re a mini-cake and all mini things are cute. Well, almost all mini things…) but they’re just cake and I’m medium* on cake. Brownies, I love.…

Reason 182

#182: All the steps Since I discovered that my phone automatically tracks how many steps I take in a day, I have become mildly (ok, a lot) obsessed with counting steps. I first discovered this feature of the phone around November and used it extensively during a holiday trip with my family. I announced at…

Reason 183

This is a guest post by my dear friend Scott, who has suffered in PhD school with me and emerged on the other side as Dr. Scott, PhD. In addition to being a great friend and a long-time(ish) resident of DC he also has a very serious blog on Middle East politics that you can…

Reason 184

#184: National Arboretum There are a lot of trees in DC. Lots of trees. Trees everywhere. And lots of cherry blossom trees, which are of course my favorite. Except for the tourists that come with the cherry blossom trees. The tourists I could do without. Because there are trees everywhere, I never really got the…