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.





2011 in Review

30 12 2011

Wow, is it really December 30th? Where does time go?

Yes, just like every other blog, I’m going to do the obligatory end of year reflective post. Ready or not, here goes!

2011 was a special year, because Chloe and I started this here blog!  Over the course of the past 10 and a half months, we’ve had the pleasure of sharing our lives with you. We’ve met some pretty awesome people, and watched our readership grow. We’re so excited to see what 2012 brings!

I thought a fun way to reflect on the year would be to bring back a trend from this summer. Remember that whole 7 Links thing going on in the blogging community? Well, here’s mine 🙂 (And yes, I’m cheating a bit, and adding multiple posts for each category!)

Most Beautiful

So I could pick a post which has the prettiest pictures in it, which, if I had to, would be this one or this one…or maybe this one. I really like my DSLR:-)

But if I was picking for content, I’d go with the post I wrote about how my mom’s creativity has greatly influenced my life. You can check it out here.

Most Popular

I’m going to share our top three here 🙂

321delish was lucky enough to be featured as a WordPress “Freshly Pressed” blog, not once, but twice this year! The two featured posts were:

So You Wanna Be A Triathlete?

and

You Know You’re Part of a Foodie Family When…

They’re our first and third most popular posts ever. What’s the second you ask? Well, our dear blogging friend Lauren wrote us a guest post called the Queen of Ice Cream. That’s our second most viewed post! Thanks for the great post Lauren!

Most Controversial

We keep things pretty quiet around here, and don’t try to stir up trouble. But, one post that sparked a bit of conversation was Chloe’s discussion about the realities of serious triathlon training, and how it’s not always rainbows and butterflies. It’s tough stuff, and Chloe was open and honest about some of the struggles she had throughout her training for a HIM.

Most Helpful

I’m gonna be a little silly on this one and say that the most helpful post this year has been a recipe post. Everyone needs some cake balls in their life, so I’m just spreading the love by sharing my recipe for Pumpkin Cake Balls. Nom Nom Nom. I need to make these again before all the pumpkin gets put away for the season!

 

Post Whose Success Surprised You

So Chloe wrote a post entitled, 10 Workouts = Burger Cookie Reward, which she wrote when she was in the middle of intense training for her HIM. I remember excitedly gchatting with Chloe on the day this post came out, constantly clicking “refresh” and watching the stats rise. Um yeah. We don’t do that anymore…

Some key words in the title, Burger Cookies? Whaaaat? probably contributed to its success, but it’s posts like that one, which summarizes Chloe’s training for the week, which are fun to look back on and think, “Whoa, I did ALL THAT during the week??” And, now I want some Berger’s cookies!

Post That Didn’t Receive Enough Success

I wrote a post shortly after we started blogging about Google Reader —what it was and how to use it, yknow, the basics. I had no idea what Google Reader was until my ex taught me about it 5 years ago, and it is probably the single greatest factor contributing to my interest in blogging. So, I thought telling others about it was a great idea. I realize now that I was probably just preaching to the choir, becuase blog readers often follow other blogs, and already use their Google Readers to keep up. Oh well.

 

Post You Are Most Proud Of

Though I didn’t write this one, I’m super proud of Chloe for finishing her first half Ironman. Her post brought me to tears, as she recounted her struggles and successes from that race, all the while maintaining a positive attitude. It’s an inspiring story!

So, this wasn’t your typical “Year in Review” but I sure had fun taking a trip down memory lane and trying to pick posts to include here!

I hope you all have a safe and happy new year! See you in 2012!!

Question of the day: What was your favorite post of 2011? (Yours, mine, or another bloggers! Feel free to leave a link in the comment section!)