9.29.20

Hello from Arlington!

Hello—it’s me! Long time, no talk. The blog really took a back seat over the past couple of weeks, but I finally feel like I am about to be able to come up for air again, and wanted to check-in.

Back at the height of shelter-in-place in April and May, I really started to feel like I could use more living space. My little studio was perfect for my go-go-go lifestyle—I stayed at hotels 40+ nights last year, and when I was home, I basically was there from 8pm to 8am, and a large chunk of that was (obviously) spent sleeping. Then, despite all my denial, on March 12 my apartment became an all-inclusive resort (aka where I lived, worked, ate, drank, worked out, cried, laughed, and watched a shit ton of Netflix) and it became clearer with each passing mask purchase: I needed more space.

I absolutely loved living in Dupont Circle—it’s the best neighborhood in DC and that is a hill I will die on. But another thing I realized during those dark shutdown days was that not having a car during a pandemic is hard. In the before times, I was the queen of public transit—I took the Metro to work since the day I started working a “real job” and if I wasn’t taking the Metro, I would walk. Of course, the occasional Uber was thrown in there, too, but when possible, I opted for a cheaper route. Then, all of a sudden, one day I had 160 pre-tax dollars on my Metro card and an order from the Mayor to avoid taking it if at all possible. I suddenly was left only with my two feet to get around, and while they’ve taken me very far the past few months, I really miss the freedom that comes along with having your own four wheels.

So when I combined the need for more space with the desire to free up some money in my budget for a car, I concluded it made the most sense for me to move back to Arlington—where I lived for five years before moving into DC. And as an added bonus, my sister now lives in town and my cousin is her roommate, so I’ve got the best built-in neighbors.

I’ve been here for four days now, and I am SO HAPPY with my decision. Life on this side of the river just seems a little bit easier, and I feel like I can finally take a big exhale. And when I’m craving my favorite jalapeño feta dip from Dupont Market or queso from Lauriol Plaza, I’m lucky enough that DC is just a long walk—or short Uber ride—away. Read more “Hello from Arlington!”

9.11.20 1

On My Nightstand: August 2020

Hi, friends! Apologies that we are a third of the way through September and I am just now posting my August reading roundup. The good news is that this post is worth the wait because I read some really great books in August that I am excited to share with you here today. I think September will be a lighter reading month for me—late Q3 and Q4 is my busiest time at work and since I am moving in two weeks, I will be spending more of my free time packing and less of it reading!

As is custom on these posts, I wanted to call out that I’m part of a program where Random House will send me some of their new titles each month. I’m under no obligation to post about any titles I receive, so I really can tell you my own opinion (good or bad!) about them. I’ve starred the books Random House sent me for free below. I’m so lucky to be sent books and that’s not lost on me!

You can always follow along with what I am reading in real-time over on Goodreads—feel free to friend me there! Read more “On My Nightstand: August 2020”

8.31.20

DC Dinner Club: Summer 2020

It’s been a hot second since I’ve done a DC dinner club post—the last one I posted was published back in March, which was back when things had first shut down and restaurants were just pivoting to a takeout and delivery model. If you follow me over on Instagram, you know that during March, April, and May, takeout from my favorite DC restaurants was a really bright spot in an otherwise dark time. (My “dc takeout” Instagram Stories highlight is a good time capsule of many of the places I ordered from. Spoiler alert: there is a lot of Mexican food from Lauriol Plaza—more on that below!)

DC restaurants were given the green light to open for outdoor dining on May 29—I remember the date because it was such an exciting day, hah!—and since then, they’ve also been permitted to open up for indoor dining at reduced capacity. Given I love dining al fresco and it’s much less risky than dining indoors, I’ve stuck with eating outdoors.

Last summer, I really took going to a restaurant with friends, coworkers, and family for granted—this summer, meeting up with a close friend or two at a restaurant has quickly become the highlight of my entire week. Totally understand if you’re choosing to stick with delivery or takeout for now, but if you’re looking for some restaurant ideas in DC, I’ve got you covered below. I’ve been so impressed with the creativity of restaurants during these difficult times—turning parking lots into beautiful patios and getting tents to set up on the sidewalks to expand front patios. DC is really strict about masks and staying at your table, so I’ve never felt unsafe when dining on a patio here. I’m keeping my fingers crossed they’re all buying space heaters and blankets now so we can keep this good thing going into the fall and winter months!
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