What I Was Up To – September 2018

Moving on to September, I feel like we’re dangerously close to actually catching up!

Freshly back from our trip to England, we had Stephanie babysit for us, while Doug and I checked out First Aid Kit (prob my fav band right now) at the Anthem, a newish venue in DC. It’s totally hipster (you can get lattes) and I am here for that. It’s mostly GA/floor with a few box seats. I snagged the box seats, which had me further from the stage that I would have liked, but a) we’re old and b) we didn’t want to have to get there at doors to get a good spot because of the baby sitter. Julia Jacklin was the opener and she was really good too!

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First Aid Kit

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I have been listening to this song a lot lately. First Aid Kit has been playing it live this year on tour, because of their sheer frustration with the current rape culture situation. Klara has talked about why they wrote the song after each performance, but this speech was more impassioned than usual, given that it was on the heels of the recent Swedish elections. This was the show I was at recently in DC. Someone close to the front recorded the whole thing and it’s worth watching. The song is angry and awesome too. (I’ll caution that there is some NSFW language.)
My favorite line, is probably this one, because I, for one, am tired of the wives and daughters line of reasoning for why you shouldn’t assault women.
“… and we don’t need to be diminished, just daughters, sisters, or mothers. I am a human being, that is how you relate to me.”

It was only September, but I was already anticipating Halloween – as was the grocery store.

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Two of our Pokemon group left – one for college, one for a military job in Serbia! We had a farewell lunch for them.

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Group pic – we have such a lovely group.

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Dahlias:

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I tracked a decent view of this rainbow in my neighborhood:

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There was a chili cookoff at work that Joe and Kristin both participated in!

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Love this bench:

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Moon cake!

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John Mather talking to the new astronaut class:

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This pic, taken by a co-worker, managed to capture John in the mirror also:

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And that was September, minus our trip to England, which will have its own posts!