by January 21, 2013 at 10:30 am 0


Inauguration 2009. (Leslie Jones)

From Leslie Jones. She writes about urban motherhood every two weeks in her column TWBP (There Will Be Poo). You can email her at leslie[AT] and follow her on Twitter @ThereWillBePoo.

On election night 2008, I danced in the streets with my husband and our friends. Some party pooper yelled out her window that her baby was sleeping and could we take it elsewhere. Didn’t she know what an historic day it was? The baby could sleep tomorrow! We obliged, and the scene on the corner of 13th and U was something I will never forget. I truly felt like I was part of history.

Inauguration weekend 2009 was a blast. We had a fancy dinner out with friends and attended one of the Inaugural Balls, where we heard Bill Clinton give a speech. Inauguration day we watched the parade from the roof of my husband’s office building, and partied with our friends well into the night.

Sunday I was at the grocery store and a clerk I am friendly with asked how I would be celebrating the Inauguration this year. I had to admit that we had no plans and didn’t think we’d be venturing anywhere near downtown, not with a 16-month-old in tow.

Ah, how things have changed! Nothing makes that more clear than comparing moments like Inauguration 2009 with their present day counterparts. I think I was in bed around 9:30pm this New Year’s Eve. Don’t be jealous.

This year I’ll be dining on leftover lasagna and watching the parade from my couch. Maybe things will get crazy and I’ll have a white wine spritzer. And if you are screaming in the street outside my window after Baby’s bedtime, I won’t yell at you to be quiet.  I’ll just call the cops.

Happy Inauguration 2013!

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by January 15, 2013 at 2:00 pm 0


VIDA Fitness is one local gym offering deals this winter at its locations. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]

Maybe you’re late to jump on that list of New Year’s resolutions, or perhaps you’re planning a sunny escape from this year’s gray winter. Whatever the chance, a few local gyms have just what you need.

VIDA Fitness: In honor of the inauguration, VIDA Fitness will celebrate with a weekend sale with joining fees starting at $44 from Friday, January 18 through Monday, January 21. Heading to an inaugural ball? VIDA’s Aura Spa is also offering spa specials for the weekend. For more information, visit the website

Reformation Fitness, 1302 9th Street NW: Reformation Fitness is a pilates and yoga studio that recently opened in Shaw. The new studio specializes in small group, integrated pilates equipment classes, including the reformer, chair and mat. Reformation Fitness is holding some grand opening promotions, including a two-for-one class pack for $20.13. For more information, visit the website.

Off Road Indoor Cycling, 905 U Street NW: The DC roads and trails will be shut down this weekend due to inauguration ceremonies, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay off the bike. Off Road offers a variety of small, indoor classes in its U Street studio. For information on class times and prices, visit the website.

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