We drove halfway to DC last Thursday. We drove the rest of the way on Friday morning. Steve and I visited the National Women in the Arts Museum in the afternoon. We even joined the membership on a level that enjoys reciprocal privileges with the Corcoran, Phillips, and Textile Museum in DC as well as the Mint Museum in Charlotte. We saw the Book Art show. It is a biennial made up of pieces in the collection. We'd seen some of them. Overall, the exhibit was first rate. I bought the nice hardbound book.
On Saturday, Steve and I went to the American Museum/Portrait Gallery. I've already written about this wonderful experience. Steve left in the early afternoon to pick Mathias up at the airport. I also went to the Bead Museum. It was very small but nice. Then we met at a nearby shop. Steve and I had noticed great holiday sales on winter coats.
Mathias has had his heart set on a cashmere coat since he saw a lovely camel-colored one at Norstrum's when he was only twelve. We promised one for his graduation. Yet, there weren't any coats in the stores last May and by September Mathias needed a television set instead. I purchased the TV last September. Still, we knew he wanted a coat. With the weather in England, he NEEDED a coat. Everything was 50% off.
As it turned out, Mathias opted for the warmed, more durable wool coat. It is long and black and looks fabulous on him. Later that night, we met Kuckeruk for dinner at Maggiamo's in Friendship Heights. We talked ballet all evening. Fortunately, the food and wine was good and the conversation managed not to get too bogged down on technical things. Kuckeruk seems pleased with Mathias' employment with BRB. He had lots of opinions on the Kirov Academy. I was left with an overwhelming feeling of relief. How happy I am to no longer have a child at that school. I don't have to care. I can nod my head in all the right places and sleep without crying with worry!