It’s feeling a lot like summer here in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area! In college, I was typically done with the spring semester at the end of April, so to still be in school right now has been a bit of a challenge for me. Mentally, I want to check out! Tomorrow I have a stats final and then I have to resubmit a paper (which I already received a good grade on) and then I am free! Until summer classes start, anyway. 😉 Luckily they will be online classes! Woohoo!
Even though I am used to being done with school pretty early in the spring, my summer officially begins when my family goes away for Memorial Day Weekend. The boys go to Indianapolis to visit my Dad’s family and go to the Indianapolis 500 and the girls go to Atlantic City! We used to make this trip with my Grandma…sometimes my aunt or one of my friends come…but me and my mom always go. I can’t wait for Friday! It’s been a pretty good week leading up to MDW though…here are some snapshots:
We had a blast of cold air last week that called for leggings and long sleeves while running! Here, we were near Reagan National Airport in Virginia, which is why there is a plane right above our heads. 😉 I was mesmerized that the trail ran right next to the airport. It was such a cool place and so populated with runners, walkers, and bikers!
Friday was spent meeting up with two different groups of friends: one from school and one from church! I am on a committee for my graduate program that plans social events and we typically do something close to campus so that it is accessible to people coming from night class. But, for our last event of the year, we met at a bar in DC and it was so much fun!
I am well aware that thousands of people ride the Metro multiple times per day without a second thought but I still feel cool hopping on and off the train without getting lost. And I’m sure I look like a regular taking pictures of myself in the window. 😉
Next, I found my friend Sarah for margaritas and Mexican food. I really can’t think of anything better. We go to church in Barracks Row and the Marine Barracks are right across the street. Every Friday night all summer long, the Marines put on their Evening Parade. The Marine Band performs and there are lots of drills and precision marching. It felt very historic and meaningful. 🙂
We had an odd view from the side but as the performance went on, we were able to sneak forward a few rows and get closer to the field where they were marching and performing!
While I was at the Parade, my mom and aunt were driving to town. I immediately took the Metro to the hotel after the Parade to spend the weekend with them! It’s funny because we are going away together next weekend…so this was like the weekend before the weekend. Ha! 🙂 We ate a delicious breakfast at our hotel on Saturday morning and then I had important errands to do such as exchanging a pair of shorts and spending my Gap cash. So off we went to Gap! Since we were downtown anyway, we left the car near the stores and decided to play tourist with my aunt. She helped me move in to my apartment last summer, but we didn’t really go sightseeing that weekend, so Saturday morning was spent walking around The National Mall!
It was only about 115 degrees. Maybe. I can’t be sure.
We saw The Capitol (which is something to be desired right now because it’s under construction), The Washington Monument, The World War II Memorial…
…The Lincoln Memorial, and The White House. A total of about 5 miles of walking. 🙂 And then about two blocks from the car, a little boy walked out of a restaurant with a glass bottle of Coke. In slow motion, he was trying hard to get the lid off the bottle, but the bottle was cold and wet so he dropped it, the bottle shattered, and the glass pieces hit me in the legs and feet. What are the chances?! Luckily, I only needed one Band-Aid and a napkin to get the tiny pieces off the bottom of my feet. Note to self: sandals and glass bottles of pop can be dangerous!
My mom and aunt have never been to Annapolis before, so after our adventures downtown in DC, we were more than happy to sit in the air-conditioned car and drive about half an hour to the east coast of Maryland to explore a new-to-them place! I took myself on a little date to Annapolis one Friday in January when it was still freezing cold outside. I loved walking around the quaint little town, going into all the shops, and eating right by the water. 🙂 They thought that sounded like a blast too, so that’s what we did! Except now that it’s warmer, we didn’t just observe the beautiful water, we got on a boat and sailed around for a bit!
I was house hunting. Because I totally have the funds to buy a house on the water. 😉 #not
We ended the day with outlet shopping and dinner at a nearby casino. A perfect day in our book! I did not take one picture Sunday which just goes to show how much fun I have spending time with them. I never have my phone! At breakfast on Saturday, I asked my mom for her phone so I could take a picture of my food because I left my phone in the room charging. Ha! I was super excited to take them to my church on Sunday morning so we did that, shopped for my brothers at Nordstrom Rack because they are obsessed with True Religion clothing and not obsessed with paying full price, and ate a delicious brunch in Georgetown. It was a BUSY weekend full of lots of activities and I know next weekend will be more of the same…if not a bit slower because I will be laying on the beach. The forecast (I hate talking about the weather. What am I doing) says it’s only going to be in the low 70s but I WILL be on the beach, mark my words!
Happy Monday! Hope you had a great weekend full of feels-like-summer activities 🙂