07.26.2008 - 08.03.2008
After 2 weeks of driving, hotel hopping and chain restaurants, we have landed in Washington, D.C. in our new neighborhood - Dupont Circle. And we LOVE it! But first, what led up to getting here...
This is our "kitchen" in our hotel room in Waldorf. We stayed in this mini mansion for 6 days while waiting for our apartment in the big city to become available. Thanks to Yelp, we discovered a fantastic BBQ joint called Famous Dave's - they have 6 different sauces and we went there twice. And while Waldorf doesn't have much to offer other than strip malls, we managed to have a fantastic time on adventures outside of the city limits.
Our first excursion landed us in Alexandria, VA. We actually headed there to try an Oyster bar, but alas, it was closed on Mondays and we clearly hadn't read the fine print online. So we wandered the quaint brick laden sidewalks, perusing menu after menu, growing weaker by the moment until we found an almost too cute French restaurant with a huge outside patio. We enjoyed our chilled white wine, bread, and entrees immensely and kept saying "Seriously? Is this our life? It is!"
The next day, Tara did her tour guide/house wife duties and had another trip all planned by the time she picked me up from work. We headed out to Fort Washington with fresh salads, white wine (am I sensing a pattern here?) and bug spray in tow. We got to the national park and it was HOT. Seriously, I don't usually sweat very much and I was drenched by the time we left. Fort Washington is a fort that was built on the edge of the Potomac in order to protect DC in the 1800's. We missed the tour, but it was incredible from the outside too. After our picnic, we cruised around the grounds, saw some deer (with unusually long tails that they flipped around like puppies) and got back in the car as the sun was reflecting off the river. Yes, this is our life right now!
And THEN we went to D.C. the next night to pick up the keys to the apartment and so Tara could try playing with a women's league. Her potential teammates kept saying, "We've never had such an aggressive goalie!" Surprised? We decided to eat in Arlington, VA so we actually had a chance of finding a parking spot. Although we had planned on trying a middle eastern place, we were quickly drawn into Freddie's Beach Bar and Cafe, primarily because it was the most colorful, gay establishment we had ever laid eyes on in such a "normal" looking neighborhood. They were out of the Pinot Grigio we wanted, and of course, we wanted white, so had to go with their only other choice: Chardonnay. I know. The best part, it was Bingo night, which was run by two very large and loud drag queens. After so much time in middle America, it was great to be surrounded by our people again. The worst part: everyone was smoking. Blech.
Okay, so NOW we're in our apartment. Although thrilled to be in our place finally, we had a lot to do cleaning and organizing-wise. The previous tenant was a slob and we suspect whoever the landlord hired to clean never actually showed up. Check out the amount of lint we found in the lint trap in the dryer. Who doesn't clean a lint trap? But whatever, we like knowing our place is clean, so doing it ourselves isn't the end of the world, and look how cute it is: We think we may have gone down in square footage from our last place, but it's more than adequate for the two of us. At least it's a junior bedroom instead of a studio. Someday, we'll live in a place where we don't have to "bedroom" in quotes... Our favorite part so far: the neighborhood. We can't get over how perfect it is. We've walked everywhere (in shorts and T-shirts at 11 at night) and the Sunday farmer's market is 2 and a 1/2 blocks away (although it's way over-priced). There are always a ton of other people out and about and we have a very long list of things to do in the next 12 weeks. We're sure it's going to fly by!