I can’t believe that as of tonight I have been back in Dallas for a week. It’s flown by relatively fast and aside from making a couple of wrong turns while driving it feels like I’ve picked up where I last left off.
Thursday night I did one of the most adult things I’ve done in my life – I bought my first car. I’m loving it so far and having my freedom feels pretty good too!
Half of my boxes are unpacked which further drove home my arrival from DC. I had a little meltdown during the 1st round of unpacking but now it’s just time to finish up that task.
Today is my parents’ anniversary so aside from hitting the gym and a few errands, we’ll be celebrating tonight with a family grill out!
Coming up this week – how I’m transitioning from my own kitchen to my parents’ and a few other glimpses into my new set up.
I’m not exactly sure where this week has gone. I can’t believe it’s already been 4 days since I flew to Dallas with no return ticket to DC. Typing that “out loud” just sounds so weird to me.
Monday was the only day I really gave myself to mope around and be sad I wasn’t in DC. Then, it was time to tackle some to-dos to get this Dallas party started. I’ve only unpacked my 2 duffle bags and am ignoring the mountain of boxes that has now arrived at home.
I’ve been to more car dealerships and driven more cars in the past 4 days than in the past 8 years but am all set to buy a car tonight! After that, the only shopping I’ll be doing will be of the mall and grocery variety
On Tuesday I got a sneak preview of some of the folks I’ll be working with at my new job. I participated in an all-day Myers-Briggs retreat which was fascinating and played to my nerdy love of training and development.
On today’s agenda:
- Body Pump at the new gym
- Unpacking a few boxes
- Securing car insurance
- Buying a car
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!