Bradley and I had a great time in Washington DC for our 1 year anniversary. We visited the Holocaust museum, the Natural History Museum, the Air and Space Museum, the Bureau of Engraving, the White House, and the Capital. We went to several monuments on two of the nights. For the most part we stayed on the mall, except for a visit to the zoo. The weather was perfect and our hotel was nice, so the trip overall was a success. For both of us, this was the first vacation we had ever planned where our itenerary was not given to us. We picked all the places and times for ourselves.
We also started a new tradition on this trip. I have never known what to do with kitschy vacation souvenirs, so we have decided to bring home a Christmas ornament from each trip we take so that it serves a specific purpose and we can take a trip down memory lane every year as we put up our tree.
When Bradley and I moved into our current apartment a year ago, we thought, ” we will only be here for a year, we can do without a dining table for a year.” This is because what is considered our “dining area” is actually just the small open space connecting the den, kitchen, and bathroom. Well, now that we have decided to stay another year, we are ready to actually be able to have folks over for dinner. I have been scouring Craigslist everyday to find a good deal on a small table for the next year. After one disappointing try, we found a great bar height table in dark espresso-colored wood (matches our other furniture) and a stainless steel top, which is something we had never seen before but liked the clean modern look of it.
We were able to go and look at it last night, and we ended up bringing it home with us! It is small, but has four chairs, so we can have a couple of friends over!
Luckily, we made almost enough money at the yard sale we had on Saturday to cover the cost of the table. Overall, it has been a pretty successful weekend!
This weekend we decided to look for a couch. Bradley’s mom was so wonderful to give us one of her old loveseats to have something to sit on, but we have always wanted a little more sitting room so that we could have more friends over. We found a very cute caramel colored sofa at a furniture consignment shop here in Woodstock, that they said is only a year old. Its in great condition, so we went for it. It’s kind of exciting because everyone always remembers the first thing you bought as a married couple (ex: “remember that awful burnt orange chair we bought, we thought it was so beautiful back then, its still down in the basement. What an eyesore.”) Or something like that.
We had to do some tricky manuvering to get both the loveseat and couch in the living room, and again thanks to Kathy, we were able to store a barely used desk and two chairs in her basement, to make more room for our new layout. One of these days, our parents’ homes will stop being storage facilities and we can take all our stuff with us.