For this weekend we went to Anime USA in Arlington, Virginia, where melydia and her husband Shaggy were manning a table in the Artist Alley. Shaggy is a musician and webcomic artist, and they were selling merchandise related to his website, Binary Souls / Other Dimensions (bsodcomic.net).
I sat on the table the whole time and met all kinds of weird people, and even got my picture taken with some of them!
I also hung out in the box of buttons they were selling. It was comfy, what can I say?
This is also the end of my time here so until next time!
On our way out to Maryland for another get-together, melydia "snarfed" some landmarks - that is, she took pictures of historical markers to log on Markeroni.com. Usually she photographs her mascot, Peep, on the markers, but it was still too wet out.
After lunch we went to Starbucks in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, to meet up with melydia's friends from BookCrossing.com. The idea behind the website is to be able to track your books as they travel around the world, but at this meet-up they just shared books and laughed a lot. I got to meet KateKintail's Markeroni mascot (Eeyore) and her writing mascot (a My Little Pony named StarSong).
This evening we drove to Panera Bread in Old Town Fairfax for a write-in. melydia's friend KateKintail (who was very excited to meet me) is participating in National Novel Writing Month (nanowrimo.org) and is hosting write-ins around the area throughout the month. Though melydia's not doing it this year, she worked on some character designs for a comic book she's making. I got to meet her writing mascot, Swag, an orange teddy who hopes to one day become a world traveler like me. He says his job is
to stare at her until she meets her writing goal for the day, but he wasn't very effective tonight: melydia and KateKintail spent most of the time gabbing and laughing. That's okay - KateKintail often paused to "awww" at me. :)
After a short day at work, melydia and I headed into Washington for a whirlwind tour of the National Mall.
First we hit the Old Post Office (the second tallest structure in town - after the Washington Monument - but never crowded). Here's me at the top!
Then we went to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.
And the Smithsonian Museum of American History.
Then the Freer Art Gallery.
Look, me storming the National Mall like Godzilla! Rawr!
Then off to the Hirshhorn Sculpture Museum (melydia's favorite!) Several of the guards thought I was very cute, and one of them even was extra careful when searching melydia's bag (as they do at all the museums now) so as not to "wake up the teddy."
From there we breezed by the war memorials (World War II, Korean, and Vietnam) and the Lincoln Memorial. So much history in so little time!
What a trip! I FINALLY arrived in Washington, DC last night to stay with melydia. (Well, technically she's in Virginia, but it's a suburb.) I am soooo jet lagged after the long trip from South Africa. All i want to do is sleep! Luckily, melydia had a bed all made up for me.
I went to work with melydia today but it was kind of boring. She just stares at a computer all day, and she's not allowed to take pictures, so I just hung out, played with her stapler, and bugged her coworkers. They just stare at computers all day too. This evening was more fun though, we did a little shopping, then took melydia's cats, Echo and Roy-ohki to the vet for their annual checkup.
I had to calm down Ryo-ohki, who was too stressed to get off the scale, but otherwise it was fine.