I’m finally getting around to uploading a few of the pictures I took while spending Christmas and New Years with my family in Alabama. I would describe our holiday as peaceful and much needed. The month leading up to Christmas was our busiest yet. It was filled with parties, friends, work travel, and Matt finishing his masters at Georgetown! I can’t believe we moved here over two years ago so that he could start the Masters program. And now he’s finished. I couldn’t be more proud and grateful to him for applying to Georgetown and bringing us to D.C. I’ve fallen in love with this city and its people.
My brother’s dog, Maxi. Bart and I accompanied Maxi and Joe on a crisp Christmas Eve morning to the Wheeler Wildlife Refugefor a hike. As I add these photos, I realize the majority of them are of my brother and his dog. You’re cool with that, right?
A happy Joe and Bart
Dad and dog.
Devils on horseback. Recipe coming soon!
We played lots of board games. I drank lots of Cabernet.
Christmas crew 2017.(LEFT to RIGHT: My little brother John Paul, Matt, me and Bart, Joe and Maxi). Hopefully we can get the entire family together next year!
I always thought it was nauseatingly cliche when people would make grand statements about the year ahead on New Years Eve. But as I sit here, a week into 2018, looking at our plans for the year and the amount of change that is going to happen, I couldn’t be more excited to say, “2018 is going to be an incredible year.” I hope to share most of it here. Including our adoption journey! Coming 2018…
Matt and I just returned from a family reunion in Marquette, Michigan with his family. It’s been over three years since all of Matt’s six siblings have been together. Fun, relaxation and quality time were had by all! It was also a much needed break for Matt and I from the D.C. grind.
Marquette is such a gem of a town and will always hold a special place in our hearts since it’s where we said “I do.” If you’re looking for an idyllic vacation spot with lake front views, a historic chocolate shop and friendly “Yoopers”, look no further than Marquette, Michigan.
My niece Natalie was really into my sunglasses and beanie combo. Also, shout out to my sister-in-law who gave my Instagram husband a break from snapping #ootd pictures!
Getting used to city living took some time. In San Diego we had to drive to go almost anywhere. Now we don’t own a car; instead, we walk or take public transportation everywhere. We get our daily steps in with little effort but it does make errands like grocery shopping a little more of an ordeal.
I thought I would share a couple things that make city living — sans car — a little bit easier.
Instacart delivers groceries from local stores in two hours. Through the website or their app, I can select the store and groceries we need each week — usually from Giant or Whole Foods. One of the Instacart shoppers grabs everything on the list and the items are delivered to our apartment in about two hours. If something on the list isn’t in stock, they send a message through the app explaining what they can replace it with. I’ve only had one incident involving an expired item being delivered. I informed Instacart and they credited my account within twenty four hours!
This is not a joke. Several weeks ago I purchased an electric scooter and have zero buyer’s remorse. I used to take the D.C. metro to work and back every single day. Between the metro bursting into flames during my commute (on more than one occasion) and it taking anywhere from thirty minutes to an hour to go less than three miles, I ditched the metro for an electric scooter that gets me to work in fifteen minutes. On a two hour charge I can go about eight miles at speeds of up to 15 mph. Yes, I look ridiculous. But I don’t care! If you’re looking for an eco-friendly and fun way to get to work in the city this is thing is for you!
So we made a promise to each other that we would “always say yes to the thing.”Meaning that if we were invited somewhere or got an invitation to something or found out about an interesting event — no excuses — we’re going.
Man, has that paid off.
I’m an extrovert, but I’m also a homebody. I’m a big fan of relaxing days at home, naps, and cleaning out closets. On work nights, there’s nothing I love more than coming straight home after a long day at the office, fixing myself a gin and tonic, and cooking a nice dinner.
But that’s not how you meet people. And in this city there are a lot of people to meet.
Forcing ourselves to always go to the thing has led to the incredible job I have now. It’s led to meeting like minded couples, who’ve gone from double date buddies to some of our closest friends. It’s led us to meet government officials, former political prisoners, and women who may be able to help Matt and I adopt a baby (more on that soon!).
Just this past Friday, we were at an engagement party for a couple that we met at another friend’s engagement party. Sitting around the fire in the backyard, I overheard the girl next to me mention she’d walked the Camino de Santiago by herself last summer. I was incredibly impressed and inspired; we struck up one of those deep conversations that stays with you. We talked about her Anglican faith, her job as a highschool teacher in D.C., and her love of Ethiopian food. We’ve already planned a double date at an Ethiopian restaurant.
That’s why I love D.C. Not just because the people here are interesting, earnest, and driven. But because this is the place where I get to meet them.