Friday, July 25, 2008

Heading to the D.C.

Even though my eyes weren't open yet, I was awake. I knew there was a good chance I'd open them and find that my alarm was going to go off in less than 8 minutes. I crossed my fingers that I'd find I still have 2 more hours. Ok, so I didn't cross my fingers because that would have required moving and I was oh so comfy curled up in the covers with the side of my face smooshed into my pillow. I remembered it's Friday. I'm going to DC today... yippee! Wait, is that rain? Do I hear rain? It can't rain! I'm FLYING today! I finally opened my eyes... 4:32am. Yes... 2 more hours to sleep. And if I'm going to wake up at 4:32am, I suppose rain is a nice thing to hear as I fall back asleep.

Fortunately - the sun is already coming out. It appears it was just a short little rainstorm. Granted, it hasn't rained or been less than 90 degrees in weeks. I'm hopeful it pushed out before flights started up this morning. It'd be nice to actually leave on time for once, knock on wood.

My bag is packed. It's sooo much easier to pack for a weekend that doesn't involve girl friends... or a boyfriend/guy you have a crush on. A weekend in DC with a guy friend and a bunch of his friends? It doesn't require the kind of outfits that are necessary for girls' nights out. It also doesn't require caring about looking like one hot chick all weekend. Then again, I did try to pick out cute outfits because one never knows when one might meet the love of her life. Plus, I plan to take pictures... so I'd like to look cute in them. It's interesting to try to find outfits that 1. are cute and 2. are not terribly hot since we'll be walking a lot, riding the metro and sightseeing in 90+ degree temps.

I even managed to squeeze all my travel toiletries in my quart-sized bag so that I can conform to the sense of sheer paranoia our fine country has decided we need to live in. Want to know what makes the whole toiletries in a plastic bag thing difficult? Shaving cream. Even though I got the tiny travel size, it's still bigger than anything else I had to squeeze in that bag. I'm very proud of myself for packing in a carry-on bag. Again, this is only possible because of the nature of my trip.

I have no idea what we'll be doing all weekend, but I know it will be fun. Another friend of mine has been in DC all summer, and we've talked about trying to meet up tonight for a drink when I get into town. He'll be back in Nashville soon, but we haven't seen each other since like January so it seems fitting that we might as well catch up in DC. AND - I might get to meet the super amazing blogger Heidi. She's been feeling a little under the weather, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed she feels better and that we can work it out to grab a meal sometime. She's totally one of my favorite daily reads, and it'd be my first time to meet one of you bloggers that I don't actually know. I'm super excited!

I can't wait to wander around this city and check out some of the monuments... I'll of course have to snap a picture in front of The Capitol... and the White House... and probably everything else that DC is known for visually. I hope to eat some delicious food. And whether my pal Jemery likes it or not, if we end up near an H&M I'm going in!

Sometimes I daydream about living in a big city like NYC, Chicago or DC. It's not something I'm feeling especially eager to do right this very minute, but I could see myself pursuing it on down the road... just to give it a try for a year or two. I have no desire to settle or raise a family in a big city (and I don't mean that to offend people who do - I'm just a southern gal who dreams of raising kids in the south), but it'd be nice to have the experience of doing the big city thing for a while. It's really fun to think of maybe trying it out later in life when I'm married and before we have kids. I guess we'll see where life takes me, but for now I'm glad to have a chance to keep exploring some of these cities I daydream about...

I hope everyone has a great weekend! You probably won't hear from me until I'm back Monday, but I promise that as soon as I settle back in and get my pictures on the computer you'll get an update and a glimpse into my fourth vacation trip of the summer.


Sarah said...

Hope you have tons of fun :)

And there are TWO H&Ms here - one in Georgetown and one in Metro Center - so go at it!

smc said...

Have fun!

Playful Professional said...

I've never dreamed about living in a big city either but now that I live in DC, I absolutely love big city life. I love waking up and being able to walk to Old Town and find anything I possibly need. There are some great running paths in DC and Alexandria if you are looking.

Laura said...

I used to be a CRAZY packer. Going away for a weekend required one huge suitcase, one small suitcase, and sometimes another bag as well. Now for work, we're not supposed to check bags unless we're away for more than two weeks at a time, so I've gotten very good at packing lightly. We stay at hotels, which makes the shaving cream situation easier (I just get it free at the hotel), but you can also substitute conditioner (which is usually in a smaller bottle) for shaving cream and it works pretty well.