So Long, DC

13 01 2012

I can’t believe I’m actually writing this post. After 6 and a half years, I’m actually leaving DC. It’s hard to believe that I’ve been here that long! I arrived in DC back in June of 2005, fresh out of college, as a Teach for America corps member ready to take on the world and a classroom full of students who spoke little to no English.

My life has changed a lot since that summer. I transitioned from being a teacher to working in the non-profit education world, and will soon be making another transition to work for a school district in Florida. I’ve moved from a DC townhouse to a DC basement, and finally crossed the river and settled into an Arlington apartment. I dated a few guys (briefly),  fell in love, and spent 4 years in a relationship which ultimately didn’t work out, but shaped much of my DC experience. Since then, I got back on the dating train and met my wonderful boyfriend Bill, whom I love very much and will be somuchcloser to when I get to Florida! To say I’m excited is an understatement!

I experienced my 20s in DC. I grew up, and learned a lot about myself and the world around me. And of course, my experience would not have been the same without the people I’ve met along the way. The network of friends in DC I have built over the past 6 years is absolutely incredible. I am thankful for each and every one of you. You’ve all touched my life in more ways than you know.

DC will always hold a special place in my heart. I have so many fantastic memories from my time here, so I thought I’d share a few highlights.

Moving to DC was my first real experience living on my own. I lived in a cute townhouse in the Shaw neighborhood with my friend Ann, who remains one of my dearest friends. Since that first year in DC, we’ve lived together twice, lived in the same apartment building once, and now until Sunday we live across the street from each other. I’m definitely going to miss her.

I had my first real job as a teacher in DC. It took me awhile to get used to little people saying “Ms. Gibson!”

OMG I’m a teacher!

That first year in DC was pretty crazy. I spent far too many nights dancing the night away in Adams Morgan with my girlfriends.

Anna and Sarah’s signature moves. Probably singing to some JBJ. Fun times!

I channeled my inner child by joining a kickball team!

Team 16 is in da house!

And was convinced by some of my teammates to run a marathon.

Hoo-rah!

I ate cupcakes at Georgetown cupcakes before it was cool. Ok, so they were still popular, but they didn’t have a TV show yet!

I witnessed history and froze my toes off at President Obama’s Inauguration.

Once in a lifetime experience.

Speaking of cold…

I survived Snopocalypse.

And Snowmageddon.

Two feet of snow, twice, in the course of 2 months. That’s a lot of snow. Don’t think I’ll have to dig myself out of this anymore!

I found a group of girls I really connected with. Since we were teachers, we could enjoy a spring break trip to Sonoma, California! Hooray wine country!

My circle of friends grew and we tapped in to our local resources- the wineries in Virginia!

Weekend trip to Charlottesville? Yes, please!

I wish my eyes weren’t closed!

DC’s a place where your friends/significant other from out of town actually come visit! And then you have an excuse to do the touristy things too!

Photo credit Matt Hecht.

And where else can you ride your bike past the Lincoln Memorial on your way to work?

I met Chloe, and we started a blog!

And we put names and faces together when we met other bloggers in real life too!

I love these ladies.

I discovered my passion for cooking and taking pictures of my food.

And realized there were a bunch of girls who liked to eat as much as I do!

And though I’ve met so many new people in DC, it was always comforting to have people close by who I’d known before I moved to DC.

These pictures barely scratch the surface of all the memories I have from DC. There are far too many moments to ever be captured on this blog.

So for now, it’s “So long, DC”. It’s been real. Thanks for all the memories.