Okay, before we get to my last Monday of Funemployment, a few quick weekend recap:
It was fun, fast, and filled with friends — some of whom I hadn’t hung out with in quite a while. Sunday in particular was notable, as it was marked with my first trip to Union Market (something on that DC to-do bucket list) and was filled with more than a fair share of blonde moments courtesy of me and my fellow fair-haired friend, KR.
For the record, Union Market is great. But don’t go if you’re not hungry; it’s basically just a building filled with a bunch of little countertop restaurants — and one produce guy if you were hoping to make your food at home.
Other highlights included a stop in one of my favorite local shops, Pulp. If you haven’t been, it’s this great card/gift shop on 14th Street. I stopped by on Sunday to pick up a few Thank You cards, but I always love finding gems like this…
As for my Monday, I woke up after a ridiculous 11 hours of sleep feeling the worst. So, I checked out my Final Funemployed Days to-do list and found the perfect activity for curling up on the sofa: Watch Homeland.
Everyone has either recommended this to me or has also had about 15 of their friends recommend it. Well, BELIEVE THE HYPE, Y’ALL. I’m writing this post at 2:30 a.m. because I just. can’t.stop. I’ve made it through episode 10, but am making myself stop. Mostly so I can wake up and be somewhat productive tomorrow.
Other recent obsessions:
1. Free Flow for the iPhone.
2. Brussels sprouts. Seriously, I’ve made them the last like 6 days — with pasta, roasted alone, roasted with apples, chicken sausage, and onions. They’re just so good. I mean look at ’em:
So many addictions, so little free time. Like seriously, I can feel the time floating away. I better get some rest.
Sometimes having teachers as roommates is the best (I mean, it’s never bad, but sometimes it’s just so convenient). One of those lucky days is Emancipation Day. It’s only recognized in DC, but on this day, schools are out, and kids and teachers alike are free to celebrate their… freedom.
H and I chose to do so down in Old Town Alexandria. I haven’t been there in ages, and we put it on our DC To-Do Bucket List months ago. The day started out sort of cloudy, but cleared up by the early afternoon.
Our first stop was Restaurant Eve for lunch. We had each heard about this place separately from friends, and it did not disappoint. It’s a classy establishment, with classy prices, but luckily for us budget-minded folks, they do serve up a $15 pick-two-items lunch menu from 11:30-3:30 Tuesday-Friday. H and I opted for a lunch entreé + dessert. I had antelope for the first time (delish), followed by an individual-sized, adorable birthday cake. A vegetarian, H selected a shittake mushroom salad and finished her meal with this delightful almond cream with strawberry sorbet. There were some fancier words in the menu item name, but I don’t remember them.
The food was delightful, but so was the company. Specifically the bartender, who we heard telling war stories to the person next to us. Or, the guy who came in and sat next to me and proceeded to ask which cocktail on the menu was the strongest. Speaking of the cocktail menu, the names are genius. Including the “I’m the Taylor Swift of Cocktails!”, which rumor has it, starts off smooth… until it gets bitter. HEY-O.
Then we walked down to the water, dropped into the torpedo factory, and finally did some shopping. (I haven’t been shopping in four months.) I need new work clothes, and there was a sale at Loft; it was the perfect combination. Maybe I didn’t NEED that hot pink blazer, but ima make it work. We finished the day at Killer E.S.P., a charming coffee shop on King Street. E (espresso) S (sorbet) P (pies) was adorable, and came complete with a little French bulldog running around the place. Also, they have flatliners — lattes with 4 shots of espresso — that are fantastic and expectedly REALLY strong. I got the salted caramel. Iced, obviously. Yum.
I finished the night back in DC at a happy hour for a former coworker who is moving out to Cali- California. He was my first intern, and I managed him for a long time before passing him off to K to manage. MPQ is a great guy, and DC is losing one funny man. But I’m so excited for him, and know he is going to do so many great things out West. San Fran, get ready.
Today, I’m taking it easy. My allergies are the worst in the morning these days, so after some time in bed, I rolled into a coffee shop for a little work and lunch. I’m being really ambitious and wearing my gym clothes. We’ll see what happens next.
Well, y’all, the time has finally come.
In the middle of last week, I got my first job offer. Then, a mere hours later, I got my second. (Sorry for the delay in posting; wanted to make sure my offer letter was signed, sealed, delivered before jinxing it publicly.)
Just like K, in the end, I had two choices:
1. A communications job that got me back into writing and editing, along with the responsibility of driving content online and managing social media.
2. A marketing/communications job that is more out of my comfort zone. It offers a deeper dive into the social media / marketing world, which my last job let me dip my toes into. This job is at a fast-growing restaurant group, which is huge globally, but expanding quickly in the U.S.
It may come as no surprise considering how this blog was started, that I chose the latter. It’s going to be an adventure and I’m so, so excited about it. (A huge thank you to everyone who took my phone calls while I was making my decision.)
I’ll save the reflective post all about what Funemployment has meant to me for right before I start the new job. In the meantime, I’m going to send this time of my life out in style. Yesterday was my last day of temping, and I have two weeks before going back to an office full-time. Also, it’s spring in DC, and therefore gorgeous outside.
So, I’m currently making an epic to-do list (which, yes, might include watching ALL of Homeland), and will of course blog all my adventures. On the docket today: Exploring Old Town Alexandria with my roommate, a DC teacher who has today off because it’s Emancipation Day.
This is also a public plea for everyone who knows me personally: We have two weeks to get coffee / lunch / drinks during the day / before I’m a real human with a less flexible schedule.
Let’s do this.