Friends + Art + Tacos

This past weekend was such a good one. Friday night, once the sun had gone down and I had eaten my fill of all the roasted veggies (I can't get enough, people!), I hit the road for Northern VA. I am the biggest fan of solo roadtrips late at night, and this one was spent just praying out loud and dialoguing with God...and it was so good for my soul. Two hours with no distractions but the road before me to spend just pouring out my heart and being quiet and listening and reflecting was refreshing.

Saturday morning, I met up with my dear friend Vianne to head into DC for the Wonder exhibit at the Renwick Gallery... I was not prepared for how amazing it would be. I had seen Instagrams, but it's unbelievable in person. I took a million pictures just like everyone else, but it was one of those things that just made you stop and truly wonder and just be in awe of creativity and art and creation. So good.

The labyrinth above on the far right was made from recycled tires. The tree below was a literal cast of a 150-year-old tree in the wild, and replicated with latticed pieces of cedar wood. And that rainbow made from textiles? Fascinating and so, so trippy.

THAT SKULL. I am obsessed. That whole room was covered in amazing kaleidoscope patterns made from REAL BUGS. Even the pink on the walls came from insects. Amazing. Every room was totally different from the one before, and each one stunning and elaborate and intricate in ways that just blew my mind.

AND THEN TACOS. Oh man. All veggie-based. All gluten-free. All were delicious even without the cheese. All washed down by a super yummy cranberry orange homemade Italian soda drink and fresh pressed juice. ALL THE HEART EYES,  I'm telling you. Tacos might take over as my top love language.

What a weekend. So good to be stunned by art like that. So good to spend hours and hours catching up with a friend I adore. So good to see new parts of DC (hey, Georgetown!) and wander around a fun bookstore and ride the Metro more than I ever have! So good. Grateful for weekends like these!

The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whoever does not know it can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed.
— Albert Einstein, 1931