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I am a retired English teacher and department head, the mother of three, grand mother of three, and have been married to the same man for 42 years. I subscribe to Dr. PM Forni's concept of Civility. I was born in South Philadelphia and grew up in the 'burbs. I love soft pretzels and cheesesteaks, the Phillies, the Eagles, and San Diego. I love being Mom, Aunt Kathy, Nona Kathy, and Teacher. I spend a lot of time in my gardens in the spring and summer, and in the winter I plan what I'm going to plant. I also am an avid reader and photographer.

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

A Night In Finland

Washington, DC is a very exciting place to live.  Embedded in history, it's also beautiful.  While still a good month away from the Cherry Blossom Festival, DC, still teams with activity.  Last night we visited the Embassy of Finland which received Gold LEED® certification due to the efforts of my husband and daughter's firm.  Finland is the first embassy in the United States to be awarded LEED® certification.  We arrived an hour earlier than the guests to meet the ambassador and to share a toast to all our efforts.  Finland proudly displayed this banner:
 

Across the street from the Embassy of Finland is the Naval Observatory and the home of the Vice President of the United States.  On the other side of the cross walk, one can just about make out the National Digital Time.
 
Two neighbors of the Finnish Embassy are the Embassy of the Holy See (Vatican) and the Embassy of Norway.
 
  

The Ambassador of Finland, Pekka and Mrs. Lintu, welcome their guests.  There was entertainment as well as a beautiful buffet.  I just wish you all could have been with us!

13 comments:

fiwa said...

Love the photos - it looks like you're in Europe.

How exciting for your family - sounds like it was a really nice evening. I love to get dressed up and do things like that - I wish I could have gone too!

Cheryl said...

And your hair? Was it beautiful?

Congratulations to your firm for making the LEED certification a reality. Did you have fun? How was the food?

Jay said...

That's very cool!

I bet they like their new neighbor at the Naval Observatory way more the angry old man who lived there before. ;-)

Purple Flowers said...

Congratulations to your husband's and daughter's firm; that is fantastic!
BTW - I have an uncle who married a woman from Finland. She was the first Finnish person I ever met.

Paula from Amen Corners said...

What an interesting life you lead! Thank you for letting us be part of it and giving us a peek by way of your great photos. My husband has been to Washington a few times and one day we shall go together on a strictly "pleasure trip." So much to take in that we'd need more than a few days for sure. Congratulations to your husband and daughter. They have a great website as well. Personally, I think all newly constructed buildings should be LEED certified on at least one level.

lindal said...

FANTASTIC!! Congratulations to all.

Lena said...

An evening to remember! Sounds like a wonderful time was had by all!

Gilly said...

That looks a wonderful occasion, Kathy! And congratulations to your husband's firm. What a beautiful Embassy - but Finnish furniture and interior decorating is famous. Did you have lovely Finnish food??

Happyone :-) said...

Sounds like a great time.
Congratulations to your husband and daughter!!

Brad said...

Congrats to all of you! That is so cool- I love that area of DC around all the embassies. Great architecture. You'll have to clue me in on the clock thing.

Congrats again on everyones hard work!

Palm Springs Savant said...

Oh how excellent! Well done too. Leed certified facilities sounds like a good topic for a future radio show...

KiraAJ said...

oh wow! grats to hubbys firm! fantastic!
Thank u :) they r a great bunch they keep me busy thats for sure, yes i wont lie i used ALOT of choice words swearing while getting my 2 tatts! I will not be getting anymore thats for sure! :)
Loved ur pics darl!

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

How very cool. Especially that you're family was part of the transformation to become more gren.