U.S. Supreme Court? CHECK!

FINALLY!! After 6 years on my DC-to-do-list, I can cross off visiting the U.S. Supreme Court! Well, actually, the item on my list was a little more ambitious than just visiting the U.S. Supreme Court. I wanted to sit through an oral argument. And that’s not exactly what I did this week, but close enough. 

US Supreme Court

Thanks to a former colleague, I sat through a lecture on property rights in the progressive era, organized by the U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society and hosted by Justice Samuel Alito. The lecture itself was waaaay over my head, I have no legal background whatsoever, but the reception afterwards, in one of the court’s stunning conference rooms, was right up my alley! I mean, of course I would find a way to drink wine at the U.S. supreme Court right? 

Reception at the US Supreme Court

So now I actually do want to just take a tour of the building and get to learn more about it but I am still crossing the U.S. Supreme Court off my DC-to-do-list!! So far, I’m doing pretty good and I think I might be able to cross everything off… let’s recap:

  1. U.S. Supreme Court — check 
  2. Sipping cocktails at the Columbia Room.
  3. Catching a movie at the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse.
  4. Dinner at Bad Saint — check (read about it here)
  5. Visit the Society of Cincinnati and Lars Anderson House.
  6. Watch the planes take off and land at Reagan National Airport from Gravely Point — check
  7. Catch the Caps practice at the Kettler Iceplex — check
  8. Meander through the lush grounds at Hillwood Estate, Museum and Garden — check (and during Cherry Blossoms season which was absolutely gorgeous!)
  9. Go on a hike in Rock Creek Park — check (though I’d like to crush it from top to bottom like this Washingtonian article recommends.)
  10. Have drinks at The Tombs in Georgetown.

So 6 down, 4 to go with 7 weeks left in 2016! I think I can do it!! 

DC-To-Do List ~ 2016 Edition

To Do List

Every year since 2010, I’ve been listing 10 things I *must* do in the district that year (check out the 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2010 editions.) Washington is a little bit like Paris in that even if you’ve lived there for a while, there’s ALWAYS going to be something you haven’t done yet. Whether it’s checking out a new restaurant that just opened (or has been around for a while) or finally doing that one super touristy thing you just haven’t done yet, like going to the top of the Washington Monument (which I finally did in 2014 and highly recommends everyone does at least once!) I keep a running list for Paris and one for Washington and try to keep it at 10 every year so that it is manageable. I obviously do WAY more than these ten things, but I think it helps to set goals and it’s also WAY more fun than the usual “I’m going to work out and read more books” New Years’ resolutions. Though I will eat healthier and read more books this year! I will.

So far, some of the items I’ve crossed off my DC-to-do-list have included: running the Cherry Blossom Miler, attending a concert at Wolf Trap (One Republic was really good!), walking through the historical congressional cemetery and take off at Gravely Point and attending an event at the French Ambassador’s Residence (which was tricky since it closed for renovations for a while!) Glad I crossed those off, but unfortunately there are a couple of items I’ve been carrying over for a few years including:

1. Sitting in on an oral argument at the U.S. Supreme Court. How have I still not done this? It’s been on my list since 2010….

2. Sipping cocktails at the Columbia Room. To be fair, it closed for a bit. But it’s going to reopen, still very close to where I live so I will have no excuse now! That one is from the 2013 list, and I’d love to finally cross it off!

3. Catching a movie at the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse. Also from the 2013 list, and I do still want to do go. The theater recently introduced wine nights on Fridays so I think this is a sign….

Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse

4. Dinner at Little Serow. I’m actually going to scratch that one off the list for good. To be honest, there are just other restaurants like Thip Kao and Bad Saint that are higher on my must-eat-there list right now. {August update: let’s trade dinner at Little Serow for dinner at Bad Saint since Bon Appetit magazine just named it the second best restaurant in America right now.}

5. Visit the Society of Cincinnati and Lars Anderson House. This is an item I added last year, so I haven’t been carrying it over nearly as much as some of the others, but I’d really like to get to this one this year.

The society of Cincinnati in Washington, DC

6. Watch the planes take off and land at Reagan National Airport from Gravely Point, from the 2015 list. 

7. Catch the Caps practice at the Kettler Iceplex. Also from the 2015 list. 

8. Meander through the lush grounds at Hillwood Estate, Museum and Garden.

9. Go on a hike in Rock Creek Park.

10. Have drinks at The Tombs in Georgetown.

11 (Bonus item.) Since there are so many items from previous list and little room for new one, I’m adding a bonus one: “Raise high” at a George Washington Colonials men’s basketball game. Confession time: I have never been to a single sporting event at my alma matter. Maybe it’s because I went there for grad school… though to be fair, I didn’t really go to any collegiate games of any kind when I was in undergrad either… I mean, why see the McGill Redmen when you can see the Montreal Canadiens you know? This is the year this changes!

Do you keep any kind of bucket lists, either a local one or one for travel? I was thinking of starting a US travel bucket list too…

DC To Do List ~ 2014 Edition

958a1-to-do-list-padLet’s do this! Another year in Washington, another to-do-list!! Here are some of the things I would like to experience in the city in 2014.

Let’s start with items I am carrying over from pervious years:

1. US Supreme Court – It’s been on this list for 4 years. Le sigh.

2. Sip cocktails at the Columbia Room. I live so close, I’ve been to The Passenger so many time, so why haven’t I done this yet?

3. Diner at Little Serow.

4. Catching a movie at the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse!! 

OK, now that that’s out of the way, some new items for the new year:

5. Visit my friend Courtney in Frederick. It’s not that far and I’ve promised I’d visit for a while. It’s on the list now, so no excuse!! 

6. Spend a leisurely afternoon hiking at Theodore Roosevelt Island.

342px-Enclosed_in_Scaffolding_-_Washington_Monument_-_National_Mall_in_Washington,_D.C._-_May_20137. Check out the 360 view of Washington from the top of the Washington monument. 

8. Attend a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR’s new headquarters.

9. Visit the Library of Congress’ Main Reading Room. It’s only open to the public a few times a year, so I’ve gotta time this right!! 

10. Dress in white and dine with 1,500 strangers at Washington’s first diner en blanc. I’m cheating a little by having this one on my list because I know it will happen, but I’ve been trying to bring this parisian tradition to DC for a few years now and I’m stoked that it’s finally happening, even if I’m only involved at a lesser level. 

What’s on your DC-to-do-list??

DC-To-Do-List For 2010 ~ A Mid Year Update.

July 1st is more than just Canada Day it’s also the mid point of 2010 and time to check up on how well I’ve been doing on my DC resolution list. I’ve lived in Washington for close to seven years now and there is still so much for me to do and see here. So six months into the year, how I am doing with my D.C. check list? Well… not so well 😦

1) Sit on a US Supreme Court hearing > the Court reconvenes on October 4th so this resolution is tabled until the fall.

2) Visit the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum > Check! Of course it’s impossible to say that I “enjoyed” visiting the Holocaust Museum but I am certainly glad I finally went through this powerful experience.

3) Run the Cherry Blossom 10-miler > Check! I managed to grab a spot in the lottery for this oh-so-DC-race and had two of my best friends run it with me. My friend Caitlin wrote a very funny piece on her experience running the 10-miler.  I feel pretty bad that we didn’t get to finish the race together. But it was my first race and I am still a very slow runner! Nonetheless, I can’t describe the sense of accomplishment I felt when I crossed the finish line. It was such a great feeling, I’m actually planning to run a half marathon in the fall.

4) Have dinner at Marcel’s > Check! By far one of the best meal I’ve had in DC. A dinner so good deserves its own post, so I will write more on Marcel’s later!

5) Attend a performance or concert at Wolf Trap > no check 😦

6) Tour the U.S. National Arboretum’s Garden > gotta get on this one! [update: check!! I took my friend Laura’s adorable pup Cleo for a long walk there last fall.]

7) Visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighy House > nope…

8) Go on one of the White House Garden tours > so far I have managed to be out of town for all the scheduled public tour. Le sigh. [update: I made it! I made it! once in the fall, once in the spring…]

9) Try the shrimp toasts at Four Sisters > le sigh again. [update: to be fair, I was recently diagnosed with an allergy to shrimp so I don’t think I’ll ever be able to try the shrimp toast…]

10) Cross the motte and (actually) explore Old Town Alexandria > well, I have made it to Alexandria a few times this year already… but still have to spend a little more time there actually exploring it. [Update: I had lunch at Restaurant Eve recently… does that count a little? #FAIL]

The verdict? 3 5 out of 10 is pretty weak not that bad [updated in 2012]. I guess I still have a lot to accomplish in the next six months oh let’s face it, I’m not moving out of D.C. anytime soon 😉 so I’ve got a little bit of time…

This post was updated in late 2012. I’ll update it again if I do manage to cross any of these off… I’m really feeling the Supreme Court for 2013!! 

DC-To-Do List For 2010

There no shortage of things to do in the District. From the must-see tourist sights to off the beaten path spots, there’s enough to keep you occupied or coming back. I have lived in D.C. for 6 years and have crossed a lot off my check list already (see the Oval Office, check; eat a hot dog at Ben’s Chili Bowl, check…). Instead of New Year’s resolutions this year, I decided to make a check list of 10 things I haven’t done or seen in D.C. yet.

1) Sit in on a Supreme Court hearing.
2) Visit the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
3) Run the Cherry Blossom 10-miler.
4) Have dinner at Marcel’s.
5) Attend a performance or concert at the Barns at Wolftrap.
6) Tour through the 446 acres of the U.S. National Arboretum’s gardens.
7) Visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey house.
8) Go on one of the White House Kitchen Garden Tour.
9) Try the shrimp toasts at Four Sisters
10) Cross the motte and explore Old Town Alexandria (actually explore it!).