If we were having coffee, we might meet at one of the plethora of little cafes within twenty minutes walking distance of my house in both directions. Perhaps, if we felt a little extravagant, we might be settled in for a nice, long brunch complete with not just coffee, but maybe a mimosa or two. Brunch is huge on the East Coast, at least compared to the Midwest, and DCers mean business when they do brunch. In addition to multiple brunch spots nearby, there are so many things to do see and do in my neighborhood and the surrounding neighborhoods. I can’t wait to explore more and find the best places for eating, drinking, and entertainment. Today is my day off, so I’m taking it slow but also want to give myself some time to explore more. When I was walking to the grocery store today, I stumbled upon two farmers markets within a few blocks of each other. I was super psyched about that and bought some local peaches from the one nearest to my house!
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that my third housemate moved in earlier this week and she’s been great so far. Last night, we hit happy hour together at a nearby restaurant and it was great to talk to her and get to know her more. Overall, the dynamic of our house is shaping up to be really awesome and I think it will only improve when fourth housemate moves in (fourth housemate is my former National Postal Museum intern buddy). I’d tell you how nice it is to be spending time with other people whom I really feel I connect with, how excited I am to get to spend more time with my housemates, and how I’m looking forward to continuing to make more friendships along the way. I’ve been spending so much time alone these last few months and, though I cherished that time, I am more than ready and eager to become a bit more social. Simple things like sitting with my housemates and watching the Olympics together has been so enjoyable for me–I’ve been in my introvert bubble for so long that I forgot how nice it is to just be in the company of people. As I continue to settle into DC life, focusing on building friendships with others is a high priority of mine; I’m so glad I ended up in a housing situation where I feel I can begin that building process.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I’ve spent all week at work working on my cappuccino hearts. Tomorrow, I’m taking a class through my work and will be tested at the end on my cappuccino hearts to be certified as a barista! Latte art is really hard to master and though I have the general concept of how to make hearts down, I’ve still been struggling to make them well. While I’m hoping for the best, it is a hard task to learn to do well and retaking the test is allowed. If I don’t pass tomorrow, I’ll just have more time to practice to get better for the retake. Speaking of work, I’m still on the look out of full time options that will pay better. A really cool opportunity has come up through the temp agency I’m working with and I’m hoping for the best on that. I’m also continuing to look and apply for jobs on my own. I have a good feeling that something will come up soon and I’m remaining optimistic about work opportunities.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that though I’m feeling more than optimistic about the future, I still have my bad days (as we all do). Yesterday, I felt particularly anxious and I wasn’t quite sure why. I think it has to do with the fact that I’m finally starting to settle down in the city and how, as exciting as that is for me, it also makes me apprehensive. I’ve gotten so used to wandering in this last year that, even though I adore DC and know settling down for a while in one place is best for me right now, there’s still part of me that wants to keep going. I keep having to remind myself that moving to DC doesn’t mean I have to stay here forever–and living in one place for a long period of time doesn’t mean there still aren’t opportunities for adventure. Adventure is everywhere–you just have to look in the right place. I can also continue to save my money to travel, something I very much intend to do.
If we were having coffee, I’d be ready to switch it off to you–and I’d ask if you have anything to share over coffee.
This post is part of the Weekend Coffee Share link up at Part-Time Monster