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    I’m training for a half marathon? plus Ai Wei Wei: According to What?

    So what happens when I get stuck at home for four days straight? I sign up for a half marathon! Yes, folks, it looks like I have 18 weeks to train for this. My sister should get at least 75 percent of the blame, but I am both excited and anxious about how my training will go. You see, I have never run anything longer than a 5K so this is going to be quite a challenge. My goal is to follow my training regime to a tee over the next 18 weeks and just do what feels right on race day. Today was my first official training day and I…

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    Eating and Museum-hopping in DC

    The baby brother and the baby brother’s future wifey came to visit us in August. It gave me, at least, a time to step away from the computer and enjoy some of the things that DC has to offer and I rarely have the free time to take advantage of. Our first stop was the National Building Museum to see the LEGO Architecture exhibit. This exhibit displayed models of famous structures from around the world, like Fallingwater, the Empire State Building and Burj Khalifa, made entirely of LEGOs! Color me impressed. Their visit also coincided with DC Restaurant Week, which gave us the perfect opportunity to try a new restaurant.…

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    Scenes from the DC Turkish Festival

    In case you haven’t noticed DC is a wonderfully international city so on any given weekend, there may be a couple of streets closed off in downtown DC due to a festival where all can enjoy some of the following:  Rotating meat on a spit…soon to be a donor kebab for me to eat. Turkish Kangal dogs. These guys are gigantic but very mild-mannered Trashcans celebrating Turkish coffee and which I used to dispose of my sludgy coffee grinds at the bottom of my cup. A Turkish bazaar selling beautiful lamps And folk dances and singing with tambourines. Just before this performance, a group of Turkish dancers did a very…