After the wedding and the reception and the afterparty and the good sleep and breakfast with Ben's parents and the shoe shopping, we met up with two fabulous D.C. folk, Adam and Blake. I know Blake through Adam, who happens to be one of my very favorite people - we were on the same swim team throughout high school.
We got a lovely brief tour of the district right off the bat - drove around a bit and learned about their favorite (and least favorite) spots, then went to check out the botanical gardens. They were beautiful. It's a place I would love to see at all times of the year. After the gardens, we went to the Natural History Museum to see the dinosaurs, gems, etc. A perfect end to the afternoon. Afterwards, we went back to the apartment and had a glass of wine, and made dinner reservations for Sushi Rock - yes, that's a rock and roll themed sushi restaurant.
At the restaurant everything was appropriately named, seeing as it was a rock and roll place - I mean, the edamame were called "The Sex Pistols," and my two sushi rolls were the "Free Fallin'" and "London Callin'." Well, the drink special that night was half off all sparkling wines. Adam and I took a look at the options, and when the waitress came by he asked if she had ever tried the pineapple one. She said she hadn't and then just said, "I like the sex." Well, obviously, there was a sparkling wine called "The Sex," but we of course giggled like middle schoolers at this the entire rest of the evening.
The rest of our time with Adam and Blake was spent making a chocolate fondue (yes) and playing cards and hanging out. We finished off our stint with them on Monday afternoon with a delicious lunch followed by coffee, and then it was time to hit the road once more. We only drove a couple hours, and found ourselves landing in Staunton, VA to visit the crazy camp nurse, Jacquie. She's awesome - for those of you who know her at camp, she is just the same at home. She and her husband, Ben, took us out for a delicious dinner, then we spent the night and hit the road again the next day. Can't wait to see that lady again.
Our final stop was in Roanoke, VA to see some really wonderful friends - Jon Guy and Anna and their tiny guy Henry. Henry is just over 2 now, and he took a pretty decent liking to Ben... which meant they had lots of fun together. I mean, Ben taught him how to pop a wheelie on his strider and optimize his little hiding spot in the house... it couldn't have been better. Aside from the play time with Henry, we really enjoyed the time to hang out with Jon Guy and Anna. Somehow it ends up taking way to long to get back up to that area, but I'm going to seriously try and remedy that issue.
So, now we're back in Charlotte. Yepp, the travels are all over (for now). We have been here since late Wednesday night and have spent all free time looking for a place to live and jobs. I have about a billion applications in, Ben has an awesome job as of February, and we have a pending application in on a condo in downtown Charlotte. Who knows how everything will actually pan out - guess we'll see!
Alright, as promised, I am still planning on doing a photo blog, so stay tuned! Cheers!