Well, we were able to fulfill all the girls' birthday wishes. We made it to the Mall and got inside the Washington Monument. And when I say Mall, I mean Tyson's Corner mall. And when I say Washington Monument, I mean Game Stop. We had the best of intentions, but the morning news revealed that it was going to be a zillion degrees, PLUS all kinds of Memorial Day events were going on in DC. That combined with Sarah Palin riding around on a motorcycle kind of sealed the deal. No hot, sticky metro ride to DC for us. Instead, we shopped and ate sushi and watched a kid (not ours!) barf in the middle of the mall. I think I have some kind of energy from the planet Vomitus inside me that causes those around me to expel the contents of the stomachs. Then, the mom and barfing kid just walked away, leaving the pile in the middle of the floor, right in front of l'Occitane.
We STILL don't have travel orders, or a housing assignment, or diplomatic passports, or a definite plan for shipping the dog, and the kids and I are leaving in 25 days. But I'm not panicking or anything.