Monday, June 11, 2012

Hello, Everyone!

I have enjoyed reading your posts and catching up with you.  I enjoyed seeing everyone at the AAPD reception last week, and touring the beautiful new offices.  I will be starting my internship shortly, dividing my time between RSA (the Rehabilitation Services Administration, under the supervision of Dr. Tom Finch) and OSERS (Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, under the supervision of Jennifer Sheehy).  I have an appointment to meet with Ms. Sheehy this coming Friday morning.  I am so excited for these internship experiences!

This week, another intern and I went to the Pentagon, and visited the 9/11 Memorial there.  Words cannot adequately describe how moving it was to stand on such sacred space.  As a native New Yorker, I had seen displays of artifacts excavated from Ground Zero on several occassions, but nothing prepared me for walking across the grounds where American Airlines Flight 77 crashed at 9:37 a.m., taking the lives of 184 people.  I have included some of my photos below, along with a link that explains the symbolism of the memorial.

Above are two photos from my visit to the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial.

On a less somber note, last weekend was memorable, because it was my son's 25th birthday, and I wanted to do something special to surprise him (he is here with me in DC, acting as my personal care assistant).  I took him to Arundel Mills Mall (an awesome mall, by the even has a casino, not that I am endorsing casino gambling in any way; I just never saw one (a casino) at a mall before!  Anyway, I surprised him with a birthday dinner at Medieval Times!  Medieval Times is a dinner theatre of sorts, where you go back to Medieval Times, and eat in a "castle" as the guests of the King and his daughter.  We posed in medieval garb and had our pictures taken, which was a lot of fun.  We got to eat with our hands (tomato bisque, garlic bread, chicken, spare ribs, potato wedges, two sodas or sweet teas, coffee, dessert, and birthday cake!), and my son, the newly named Lord Andrew, had a birthday greeting read by the Royal Family.  The show consisted of medieval games, played on horseback, such as jousting, but was really so much more.  The horses did all kinds of walks and tricks, and there was a falconer as well.  I loved it when the falcon flew around the castle.  We also toured the dungeon before dinner.  It was everything you'd expect a dungeon to be.  The "knights" put on a great show that lasted for two hours.  We want to go back and get knighted in their special "knighting" ceremony.  Medieval Times was a load of fun, and well worth the trip (two metros and two takes about two hours to get there, and two to get home). 

Well, those are the highlights from my week! 

Greetings from the Castle at Ivory Tower,

Lady Theresa

                                                                                     Lady Theresa Taylor and Lord Andrew Taylor
                                                                                     at Medieval Times, Arundel Mills Mall,
                                                                                     Hanover, Maryland.

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