Time as a DC resident – 1477 days (4 years 17 days)
Apartments Rented -2
Roommates – 1
SmarTrip cards purchased – 1
Jobs held – 3 (2 full-time plus part-time teaching)
Times laid off – 1
Quadrants visited – 4
Treks to Virginia – multiple, especially in the summer for pool access O:-)
Miles walked – Probably 6000+ (averaging 5 miles a day)
Bones broken – 1
Gym memberships – 2
ZipCars rented – 5
Parking tickets – 1
Winter coats purchased – 3
Inauguration Festivities Attended – 2
Blizzards I survived – 2
Times it snowed and I still had to go to work – a lot more than will ever happen in Texas
Adventures in the DC area – too many to count
New friends made – lots
Memories – immeasurable
Cabs taken – not as many as you’d think (see miles walked)
Trips taken outside of DC – 20ish
Trips to visit Texas – at least 22
Hours spent with friends – not enough
Living in DC for my first 4 years as a young adult – priceless
I’m off soaking up my last full days in DC and making memories with those who have been my DC family over the past 4 years. Enjoy some of my favorite photos of this incredible city and I’ll be back with updates soon!
Gah, I can’t believe that my last week in DC has arrived. It feels surreal and if it wasn’t for the empty apartment, furniture selling, and goodbye plans I wouldn’t believe it for myself.
In fact, check out my new “desk” for the week since I sold my table and chairs this evening.
Tonight I had plans to tackle a big item on my bucket list – sunset from the back of the Lincoln Memorial. I met my friend Shelby in Dupont and we walked down to the monument for sunset and stories from our weekend. With views like these, I’m extremely lucky that I’ve gotten to spend 4 amazing years living in this city.
Our night ended with a touch of fro yo since we weren’t ready to go our separate ways just yet. This wasn’t our final goodbye but was probably our final walking adventure which makes me sad.
I’m excited that I get to have fun this week since I did a majority of my packing last week but I don’t think the reality of leaving has fully settled in just yet…
So far in 2 days of moving prep, I have learned a few important lessons:
- Go paperless for your billing, direct deposit of payroll checks, and in general, don’t be afraid to shred old papers!
- Some papers are worth keeping, like that last holiday card your grandmother sent you.
- Space Saver bags are fantastic but you will look like an idiot deflating the bags by yourself.
- Packing, cleaning, throwing out, etc. is a workout! So is lugging 28lbs of boxes to FedEx to ship home. 3 boxes headed South, X more to come!
My apartment is in shambles and I was embarrassed to have a guest stop by today. I’m not sure it’s reasonable but I still like for my apartment to look presentable in the midst of packing.
And then as my reward for a long, productive day, I met a couple of friends at Oyamel downtown for Farewell Festivity #1.
All good dinners start with a margarita. Want a sip? It was the perfect cocktail; not too sweet and perfectly strong.
Oyamel had a gluten free menu and I was delighted to find that the dishes that all sounded fantastic to me were safe to eat! I was even more excited for our food to arrive.
It’s a tapas style restaurant so food arrives at the table as soon as it’s ready. First to arrive was my Mexican squash salad which was fresh, flavorful, and perfectly complimented by the dressing, peanuts, and cheese (I actually ate mainly the squash and very little garnishes but it was delicious nonetheless!)
Then came the refried beans with fresh, homemade tortillas. The black refried beans had a wonderfully strong “bean” flavor (thanks, Captain Obvious) and I wouldn’t stop myself from eating them with the salsa on the table, which was some of the best I’ve ever eaten.
Of course the company outranked the food and it was sad to say “see you soon” to two good DC friends. They gifted me a precious coffee mug with all of the DC hot spots on it and I already envision it getting lots of use at my new job!
Time to rest up for another long day of packing. It’s crunch time!