brilliant.

is the only way to describe this weekend. chockful of fun and milestones! sorry for the lack of pictures – i’m still learning to become a “camera person.” 

on saturday, i enjoyed a leisurely breakfast (yogurt and raw oats, too hot for anything else) before hopping on my bike and heading to meet my friend ali for yoga at a great studio called yoga district.  now, i am SO not a yoga person, and i always wish i could be. while i’m very flexible, i have a hard time quieting my mind enough to fully immerse myself in its practice. it is so hot in dc that my face actually rains anytime i step outside (i am so not joking), so by the time i had pedaled quickly to get to the class on time and hustled up 10 flights of stairs, i was drenched. poor yoga classmates. the teacher even threw an extra towel my way! i think sweating is the worst, but i’m lucky that only my face gets it, and not my body. 

i really loved yoga – i went to a vinyasa flow class, and it was definitely hard, but awesome. the teacher was really calming and wonderful, and while it was physically demanding, it was also really relaxing. that meditation at the end? yum.  i can see how it tones your body if you stick with it. i actually bought a groupon for 5 classes at stroga, a strength training and yoga studio, so expect to see some classes come up! i’m really excited that i’m finally taking the yoga plunge – it’s a big deal for me. i always love trying new things, or rediscovering old habits. post yoga, i furiously pedaled to meet julia (my roommate) to look at an apartment – we didn’t like it, but it’s a huge deal for us that we are actually moving. my lease is up at the end of june! 

it was the perfect saturday – yoga, bike riding, followed by iced coffee and crossword puzzles and then a shopping trip to whole foods – no more edamame dinners! i somehow managed to spend only $55 for a lot of groceries – i think i’m growing up. once home, it was time for some napping and movie watching before gearing up to do some dancing. alright, alright. 

sunday was a trying day. i had gotten home at 4am the previous night, but had to be up and at’em at 9:30 to get myself ready for the day. i had brunch plans with bloggers at 11 at scion, a cute cafe with an unlimited fruit bar (i discovered i liked papaya! who knew?), followed by a private tour of the west wing of the white house. one of my friends went to college with a girl who is an assistant to a senior staffer, and she was kind enough to take a group of 6 of us around – unreal. the oval office is SO much smaller than it looks. it was pretty thrilling to be inside. in preparation for the tour, we had to send the white house our social security numbers, birthdate etc. so we could be approved! no jokes in there. also, a lot of the secret service officers are smokin’ hot. 

we weren’t allowed to take a lot of pictures, but check this out: 

oh, cj cregg!

 it’s where robert gibbs gives his daily press announcement! i wish cj cregg from “the west wing” were a real person, so i could be her best friend in real life. i finally dragged myself home (or took a cab, whatever, i was seriously dragging, and brunch really made my stomach hurt) and relaxed for a few hours — also known as folding laundry, cleaning the ktichen and cleaning my room — before heading off to my friends house for a barbeque. her parents were in town and cooked us an awesome meal so they could get to know all of us – there were about 30 people there! jenn was kind enough to make me some chicken since i don’t eat red meat, so i had this amazing grilled chicken breast (which, by the way, i didn’t feel weird about eating), grilled zucchini and a grilled corn/red onion/tomato/avocado salad they pulled from food network. it was amazing, fresh and flavorful. i’m going to bug them until they send me the recipe. dessert was heavenly, and i was really craving something sweet after my week of super clean eats. i had 1/4 chocolate cupcake and 1/4 lemon blueberry cupcake from baked and wired, a really cute place in georgetown. 

i was exhausted when i finally biked home, but julia and i had to have a “phone call” with our new roommate — that’s right, we’re officially moving!!!! we’re going tonight to hand over our security deposits – it all happened really quickly, but that’s how it goes when you find an amazing apartment in dc. the turnover is ridiculous! it’s a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment in a converted townhouse, with a huge kitchen and living area. it’s a little more expensive, but it’s right in the middle of everything, and i mean everything. the best part is, that while it’s in the epicenter of fun, it’s also on a really quiet residential street where many families live. best of both worlds, i’d say! 

the next few weeks are going to be crazy as i have to pack, get things settled and take on a whole new adventure, but i am so so excited. i finally feel like things are falling into place, just feel it in the air. 

how do you guys deal with a move? i’m already stressing out about packing, transporting and cleaning to get my security deposit. good thing i have a bunch of willing, strong bodied guy friends to do all of the heavy lifting. 

happy monday!

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3 responses to “brilliant.

  1. I use wine to deal with moving. Really, that’s the only way!

  2. Glad you had a good time at yoga! I also have a hard time quieting my mind… the only thing that really helps me is to keep repeating “inhale… exhale….”

    I’m a terrible packer as well. Good music is a must!

  3. hey sam! glad to see that the second iced coffee you were planning for after brunch yesterday gave you the energy you needed to get through the rest of your fun day – hope to see you again soon

    <3 from, Kelly B

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