One of my main goals was to look at and take lots of pictures of the beautiful spring blooms and trees. We certainly accomplished that goal and I think I ended up with a few cool pictures. (You'll see a bunch more in the next installment.)
Roderick's only request for the weekend was to watch How to Train a Dragon in Imax 3-D. The theater was just a short walk from our hotel and was probably the largest theater I've EVER seen. Let's just say that this frugal got a HUGE shock when they told us the price.... $35 for the two of us. What?!?!? I could probably buy 2 or 3 DVDs at that price...maybe more. Roderick even asked if there were any student discounts, but unfortunately those only apply on Thursday. We did decide to splurge and we had a blast. Probably not worth the price, but we were not sad we decided to go ahead and watch it anyway.
A huge pizza that was great, but too large. (Maybe even one of the best I've ever had.) We specifically asked our waiter if he thought the 10 inch would be enough for the 2 of us as we didn't want any leftovers. He said that was the personal size so we went with next size up... which was only a couple of inches larger. Now my husband eats a lot....but that pizza was huge. Try as he might he couldn't eat it all and we left with one piece leftover. (AND a very full husband that seriously regretted eating so much.) We looked high and low to find a homeless person to share it with, but we couldn't find one....so we left it on top of trash can. (We saw lots that would have enjoyed it the next day.) Hopefully we learned our lesson on that one. Plus we made some great memories.
The hotel we stayed at. We got a great deal and it was quite nice. However, I have to say its parking garage wass kind of creepy. Roderick was sure he had seen online that the hotel had the option of valet parking or park yourself so we drove into the parking garage ourselves. Let just say that I'm sure Roderick would have been able to easily touch the ceiling if we had got out of the car. (If we had a truck I'm not sure we would have even made it inside without scratching the top.) There were cars parked in various places no space was left untouched...and there was no way to get out once we realised we were in the wrong place. After we got a questioning look from one of the valet drivers and asked about it we did find the end and we were able to turn around. That was another expense we hadn't quite counted on so we just decided to walk everywhere we went and nixed the idea of driving around downtown Alexandria. = ( I guess we'll do that another time.
More of DC later...