Hi friends! I had a terrific weekend, and I can’t wait to tell you all about it.
Friday night was totally uneventful and apparently I didn’t take any pictures, so let’s jump right to Saturday!
Fabio made us some delicious breakfast sandwiches on Saturday that included egg, cheese, and some sausage patties we had in the freezer. I added some grape jelly to mine for some salty/sweet contrast, and it was delicious.
Don’t mind that hungry pup in the background. 😉
After breakfast, Fabio and I set out to look at some apartments! Some of you may remember last spring when Fabio and I got the itch to move into DC, and we looked at a bunch of apartments in Capitol Hill/Eastern Market. We didn’t wind up finding anything that we liked, and we love our place in Arlington and have a great deal on our rent, so we stopped looking for a while. (We are technically month-to-month on our rent right now, so we can move pretty much at any time.)
We got to talking about it again last week though, and decided to look around again. Even though we love our place, my commute into Silver Spring for work is pretty terrible (an hour each way on the metro) and we think we should experience living in DC at some point in our lives, instead of living just a mile outside it.
On Saturday we wound up taking tours at four different apartment buildings: three in NoMa and one by the Navy Yard/Waterfront.
We like the NoMa area since it’s “up and coming,” close to a lot of our friends, and right in between our two jobs (right now my commute is an hour and Fabio’s commute is just 7 minutes, but if we moved to NoMa both of us would have a 25 minute commute). We aren’t sure how much we love the neighborhood since you have to walk a bit farther to get to most of the good restaurants/bars, but it’s still really nice.
We liked the Navy Yard/Waterfront area too, but the buildings there were more expensive and they’re still doing a lot of construction in that area which can be noisy/a pain. It would also be a farther of a commute for both of us, so that option doesn’t make as much sense.
This time around we looked at larger apartment buildings, as opposed to last year when we looked at English basements in Capitol Hill row homes. A lot of them looked like hotels!
Fabio looks thrilled to be touring yet another apartment building, doesn’t he?
There was one apartment building we really liked in NoMa, so now we are crunching the numbers to see how much more it will cost and if it’s worth moving into. I also looked online at some places in Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, and Bloomingdale, but I didn’t see anything that we liked more than the place in NoMa. We shall see!
We wound up having some time to kill in between one of our appointments, so we took a quick spin around Union Market!
If you’ve never been to Union Market I 100% recommend it – it’s a really big space filled with tons and tons of vendors selling everything from fresh meats and fish…
…to fresh baked bread (yum)…
…and lots of veggies!
Everything looked fantastic, and I tried my best not to go crazy over the pastry/cookie displays. Wow – did they look good.
In the end I wound up buying a small corn muffin from the BBQ Joint to have as a snack. It was delicious!
After apartment hunting from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm we were famished and exhausted, so we opted to get a late lunch/early dinner at our favorite Peruvian chicken place in Ballston while we discussed apartment options.
Phew! It was a long day.
On Sunday morning, the Easter bunny made a little visit to our “I love you because” board, as well as our meal planning board!
Haha! That tricky bunny. 😉
Once we woke up and got ourselves ready for the day, Fabio, Jack and I headed over to my mom’s house for some Easter fun. First up: a breakfast of my mom’s homemade hot cross buns and a mimosa.
That is definitely a great way to start the day if you ask me!
After breakfast we hung around at the house for a while catching up, and then at 2:00 we drove over to the Comus Inn for a late Easter brunch.
It was a beautiful day, and we all enjoyed the sunshine.
How cute is my mom’s outfit, by the way?
The brunch buffet was delicious, and in addition to the plate you see below with eggs Chesapeake (egg’s Benedict with crab meat), mac & cheese, bacon, potatoes, and cheesy polenta, I had a huge plate of veggies and salad, and a small oreo waffle for dessert. Hey, it’s all about balance, right? Haha!
Oh, and I had a super strong mint julep to sip on. Yum!
Overall it was such a fun Easter, and I was so glad I was able to spend the day with my mom, stepdad, stepsister, and Fabio.
Question of the day: DC locals – what neighborhoods do you like? Should we move from Arlington?
It’s always so hard deciding whether to move, especially since we have such a good deal right now. If it weren’t for my stupid commute, I’m sure we would stay right where we are!