Six LDS Writers and A Frog

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Home Again

by Stephanie Black

We just got home last night from a whirlwind trip to Washington D.C. It is Whirlwind Trip Month in our household, as the DC trip came only a week after I arrived home from Utah. Between airports and touring in DC, where you pass through security to go just about anywhere, my purse has been X-rayed so many times that the molecular structure of the bag has altered. I'm hoping it will develop superpowers.

The DC trip came about due to my fourteen-year-old daughter, Shauna. Shauna’s artwork won the grand prize in her age category in an international poetry and art contest sponsored by the River of Words. Grand prize winners won a trip to DC. The awards ceremony was held at the Library of Congress. It was super cool.

We had three days in DC, so we made the most of it, visiting the National History Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, the zoo, the Capitol Building (our representative’s office had kindly called to offer Shauna a tour) and, of course, the Library of Congress. We also got to visit with family (my husband and I both have sisters in the area, and my husband's parents came up for the ceremony). It was a great trip and all went well except for that small, unpleasant part about missing my flight on the way out, but I don't want to talk about that because it's too embarrassing.

Sorry for the short blog, but I'd better go get some work done. It's four o'clock in the afternoon, the breakfast cereal is still on the table and I don't know what I'm having for dinner. Erk.


At 5/14/2008 8:20 PM, Blogger Evil HR Lady said...

I want to know about the part where you missed your flight.

At 5/15/2008 12:04 AM, Blogger Jennie said...

Stephanie, I'm glad you're back safe and sound whatever the story is about a missed flight. As for getting caught up, I don't think that happens in this lifetime.

At 5/15/2008 7:56 AM, Blogger David & Bonnie said...

Sorry to dash your hopes of a bag with superpowers, but most of the metal detectors at DC tourist sites are fake. Doesn't this make you feel better about standing in a huge security line? I know I feel safer...

At 5/15/2008 9:08 AM, Blogger Marcia Mickelson said...

Ahhh. I love DC. Glad you had time to see stuff.

At 5/15/2008 9:45 AM, Blogger Stephanie Black said...

Thanks, Jennie and Marcia!

Evil, call me and I'll tell you the story.

Fake? Sheesh. The good news is we never had to stand in a long line. Maybe all that rain helped keep people home!

At 5/15/2008 11:41 AM, Blogger Kerry Blair said...

That is INCREDIBLY awesome! Go, Shauna! Her work is stunning, as are many of the others. Thanks so much for including the link! Loved it.

So...where are you off to next week?

At 5/15/2008 4:17 PM, Blogger Stephanie Black said...

Thank you, Kerry! We're very happy for her.

No trips next week. I'll be happy to stick around home for a good long while!


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