intention no. 3: visit the national portrait gallery


i am a chronic sufferer of wanderlust. it’s very easy to get bored with where you call home. and outside of a 4 year stint in the mountains of blacksburg, va, northern virginia has been my home for most of my life.

i was a lucky child going on exciting field trips to some of the best museums in the country and they were right in my own backyard. but as an adult, most of my out-of-town guests have already been to all the sites, which gives me less excuses to go myself.

if i had ever been to the national portrait gallery, i don’t remember it. so i put this on my list of intentions for two reasons. one is the kogod courtyard. according to their website, conde nast traveler named the kogod courtyard as one of seven architectural wonders. it features a wavy glass–and–steel roof “that appears to float over the courtyard, letting in natural light but protecting visitors from the elements. the double–glazed glass panels are set in a grid completely supported by eight aluminum–clad columns located around the perimeter of the courtyard so that the weight of the roof does not affect the national historic landmark building.”


it’s a gorgeous space and maybe it was the day and time, but i was amazed at how quiet and peaceful it was. i sat here for a few moments to take it all in. but then started to walk around the museum for a little bit. the paintings in this building are exquisite. something about starting at a portrait makes you feel like you might have once known this person. a few of the landscape paintings were beyond large. as a amateur painter myself, i can’t fathom having the vision or patience to create something that ginormous. after a good stroll, i was off for reason two….a portrait of this man:


to say i love stephen colbert, would be putting it mildly. i actually prefer him over jon stewart (gasp!). very few shows had me literally lol’ing like the colbert report and i am still in denial that it is off the air. his demeanor, his delivery, his dance moves, his everything is just perfect. even the placement of his portrait is perfect. secluded above a water fountain in between the women and mens restrooms.

today was proof that i don’t need an excuse to be a tourist in my own city. i sandwiched this visit between visiting a friend in the city and an amazing dinner with another friend and i was home by 9pm. so it was a pretty great day. and while i may always get the itch to be somewhere else, i am reminded to be grateful of how wonderful home can be. 3 down, 49 to go.

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