Things to Do - BEST OF 2015


You didn't seriously think I'd let 2015 go by without a list, did you? To see the lists from past years, click here.

* My Brilliant Friend: Neapolitan Novels, Book One(possibly the best book I've ever read)
* Americanah
* Some Luck
* Life After Life
* Her
* Suite Française
* Station Eleven
* Freedom
* The Reluctant Fundamentalist

* Girl in a Band: A Memoir
* River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze
* Displacement
* Yes Please
* Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World

* The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Season 1
* Bloodline, Season 1
* the League, Season 6 (Netflix streaming)
* Narcos, Season 1
* Master of None, Season 1 (esp. episode 9)
* Girls Season 4 (esp. episode 5)

* The Grand Budapest Hotel
* Nightcrawler
* Iris
* Trainwreck
* What Happened Miss Simone?
* Brooklyn

FAMILY MOVIES/TV SHOWS (this category becomes bigger as the kids can watch more movies that we like as well)
* Rewatching favorite old movies with the kids - Big Fish, Big, Jaws, Footloose, Overboard
* How the States Got Their Shapes
* Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good . . .
* Shane with T
* Monkey Kingdom
* Inside Out
* Pixels
* Miss Representation. (F wants to change the world now more than ever).
* Project Runway, Season 14 (Ashely and Kelly!)

* Stars' album No One Is Lost
* Taylor Swift's cover of Riptide
* Sufjan Stevens' album Carrie and Lowell
* The Augustines, self-titled album
* Borns' album Candy
* Ryan Adams, 1989
* Chvurches, Every Open Eye
* Lord Huron
* My Sangria at Soccer Practice mix
* Angus and Julia Stone
* Leon Bridge's album Coming Home

* Trailer Park, the musical
* Cherokee at Woolly Mammoth
* The Tallest Man on Earth at Lincoln Theater
* Arlington Art Center's Play exhibit
* Shirin Neshat's "Facing History" at the Hirshhorn
* Peter Pan 360 in Tysons
* The Building Museum's Beach
* Katy Perry's portrait & Revelations in Media Art at the National Portrait Gallery/ Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington D.C.)
* American Moments: Photographs from the Collection at the Philips' Collection
* The Landmark Music Festival as a family (so much good music!)
* Josh Ritter at Lincoln Theater for date night (totally obsessed with his new song, "Getting Ready to Get Down")
* Ester Bubley's photography at the National Museum of Women and the Arts
* Synetic Theater's production of Alice and Wonderland with the girls
* Sorry [Apple Family Circus] at Studio Theater for date night
* Bright Star at the Kennedy Center (so catchy for a musical!)
* The Renwick's Wonder exhibit
* Second City at the Arlington Drafthouse with half our neighborhood (I love where we live)

* House of Steep
* Janeese and my 15.5 mile walk around DC (which was fun despite finding ourselves stuck in Arlington Cemetery for hours)
* Bull Run's Family Ice Cream themed mud run with the kids
* Watching the Women World's Cup at the Arlington Drafthouse (and their huge win at a friends' party)
* Great Waves' waterpark on the last day of August (totally empty)
* The Smithsonian American History Museum's new Innovations wing (so. much. fun.)
* MD Renaissance Festival

* Disney World in January (esp. the new fast pass reservation system and the fact that all three kids are now old enough for Everest and Dinosaur; Thunder Mountain after dark)
* Touring the Richmond Capitol with our delegate, Alfonso Lopez
* Spring break in downtown Chicago with Grandma Troutman (esp. The Bean, the Art Institute, and the Museum of Science and Industry)
* Savannah moms' weekend (esp. drinks and food at Billy's Place)
* Our crazy crowded super fun Memorial Day Beach House (39 people working together for awesomeness)
* Camping in Senecca Rocks, WV and touring Smoke Hole Caverns
* Paris - The Pompidou Center and the Louvre and walking around such a beautiful city
* Venice - everything (well, except the heat)
* The Last Supper in Milan
* Sala Comacina in Lake Como, pretty much the prettiest place I've ever been
* Pizza Navona in Rome and touring the Vatican Museums (plus, walking home as night fell over the city; and drinks/ice cream in Campo De Fiori every night)
* Context Travel's underground Rome Tour (layers and layers of history)
* The beach in San Sebastian Spain
* The Guggenheim in Bilbao Spain (and our fantastic penthouse apartment in old town)
* Road tripping to "The Middle of Nowhere" Spain (Hotel Garbatros)
* Disney Paris (yes, we visited two Disney parks in one year, though if I had my way it would be all five)
* Smith Mountain Lake with Dan's family
* Mom's weekend in Rehoboth Beach
* Hiking/walking Belle Isla (Richmond, VA) the day after Thanksgiving
* NYC before Xmas esp. the Cloisters and the Met

1 comment:

  1. um ok, you guys have done more last yr than i have maybe in my whole life. HA HA HA HA! your kids are SO BRAVE!!! mine would have to be in therapy or sedated if she watched Jaws, ha ha. Like, I think she would give up even getting in a bathtub! hope you're not buried in 30 inches of snow!!!!



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