Things to Do - Best of 2016

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* The Neapolitan novels by Elana Ferrante (i.e. my favorite books ever)
* Joshua Ferris's short story, the Breeze (in Best American Short Stories 2014)
* Kate Atkinson's A God in Ruins
* Doris Lessing's The Fifth Child
* Edna O'Brien's The Country Girls Trilogy
* Doris Lessing's The Golden Notebook
* Emma Cline's The Girls
* Waiting by Ha Jin
* Cities I've Never Lived In by Sara Majka (short stories)
* Jerusalem by Guy Delisle

* How to Make a Murderer
* Better Call Saul, Season 1
* The Heavy Water War
* Togetherness, Season 1
* The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Season 2
* OJ - Made in America
* Stranger Things
* The Night Of
* Binge-watching Shameless, seasons 1 through 6
* Odd Mom Out, Seasons 1 and 2
* Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Season 1

* Bad Moms
* Wiener
* Arrival
* La La Land

* The Peanuts Movie
* Watching 80s movies as a family - Overboard, Tootsie, & Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
* Malcom in the Middle
* ET in the neighbors' back yard
* Kubo and the Three Strings

* Josh Ritter at the 9:30 Club and in Charlottesville
* The IMAX National Parks movie at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
* Collected Stories (the play) at Four Mile Run theater
* Edward Sharpe's concert at Wolftrap
* The Cure concert at Merriweather (the parking situation was a nightmare, but the 3 hour show was pretty incredible)
* Lord Heron and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats for date night at Wolftrap (plus there was a rainbow!)
* Paul Simon for date night at Wolftrap
* Bob Dylan and Mavis Staples with our friends at Wolf Trap
* Icebergs and the Dollhouse exhibit at the Building Museum
* The Washed Ashore Exhibit at the National Zoo
* Attending Cirque De Soleil's Kurios with F and P
* Taking 7 cool kids to the Hirschhorn's Ragnar Kjartansson exhibit
* Taking the kids to see Raina Telgemeier at the National Book Festival
* Attending YanFam Way Photography workshop

* Rose's Luxury for my 40th birthday
* Chipotle Picnic at Hains Point
* Camping at River Run campground for Dan's birthday
* Taking the kids to Water Country USA the week before school started (it was empty)
* A gorgeous afternoon at the Maryland Renaissance Festival
* Camping at Prince William Forest Park
* The newly renovated Eastern Wing of the National Gallery of Art (especially the Photography Reinvented exhibit).
* Visiting the African-American History Museum (an excellent addition to the National Mall)

* The Awesome (photography) Workshop
* A weekend in Chicago with Dan and seeing high school friends
* Our third annual Memorial Week beach trip in Nags Head, NC with neighborhood friends
* Our five week road trip to CO and back - highlights include:

** Touring the Biltmore, esp. the gardens (Asheville, NC)
** The Country Music Hall of Fame's Puppet Show (Nashville, TN)
** Graceland & the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel (Memphis, TN)
** Tubing in Arkadelphia, AK
** The Chihuly exhibit at the Oklahoma City Art Museum (OKC, OK)
** Cabin camping in Palo Duro State Park (Palo Duro Canyon, TX)
** Tinkertown (Alberquerque, NM)
** Hiking Rinconada Trail in Petroglyph National Park (it was crazy hot, but pretty) (Alberquerque, NM)
** Horseback riding in Santa Fa Forest (Santa Fe, NM)
** MeoWolf (Santa Fe, NM)
** A 24 Hour Rafting Trip on the Rio Grande (NM) ("the rafting unicorns")
** Camping in Mesa Verde National Park and hiking the Knife's Edge trail at dusk (CO)
** Waterworld!! (Denver, CO)
** Women of Abstract Expressionism & Why We Dance at the Denver Art Museum (Denver, CO)
** Great Wolf Lodge (Kansas City, MO)
** Laumeier sculpture park at dusk (St. Louis, MO)
** City Museum (St. Louis, MO)
** Visiting great grandma in her nursing home (Columbus, OH)

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