Monday, July 05, 2010
CD in DC
This blog is a long-overdue recap of my extended weekend in Ellicott City, MD (a suburb of Washington DC) to visit my best friend Heather her husband Jacob. With everything going on in my life right now, it was decided that a few days away might just do the trick, and Jacob had some extra frequent flier miles, so off I went. Heather & I have known each other since the 7th grade when we were both cheerleaders at MLK. We have been through a lot in life and though our friendship has ebbed & flowed over the years, when we get together we never skip a beat.
It had been about 10 years since I'd flown on an airplane by myself, and I tend to have travel anxiety that gets worse as I get older, but aside from a few minor hiccups, I arrived in DC on Thursday morning to greet a smiling Heather. As she weaved in & out of traffic expertly, I clung to my door handle, and realized it had been a while since I'd ridden with her. This would come into play later on.
We grabbed lunch at Subway and brought it home to eat. Home for Heather & Jacob is their new condo Chateau DePriest that I was getting to visit for the first time. The home is classy & modern, decorated in muted shades, with pictures hanging up all over of the places she & Jacob have travelled. Heather would describe her style as plain. I would disagree. Being a week day, Heather had some work she had to get done that afternoon, least of all was an hour long conversation with a client of hers who, no joke, believes Heather's an angel. I would agree, though in a much more figurative sense of the word.
We hung out at the house that night- just the four of us- me, Heather, Jacob, & Betsy, Jacob's sister who's living with them this summer while working in DC for her internship. Heather's house backs up to some woods, and she decidedly does not like the "creature" aspect of this locale. They see deer all the time, have found a snake in the front yard, and just last week Heather called me in a panic about a massive spider downstairs, which we all made fun of her for her claims of how big it was, yet I no doubt looked for spider relatives every time I was down there too. Keeping in the creature-friendly abode theme, I helped re-locate a small frog not once but twice from her deck, and am pretty sure I saw a badger run by in broad daylight. We capped off the evening with some heaven in a cup from Coldstone Creamery. Do you know the best part about Maryland this time of year? No humidity! That in itself was heaven as well, as we spent a lot of time this weekend sitting outside enjoying the pleasantly warm temps.
I was so blessed to have lunch with 2 of my favorite people on earth (Conley, we certainly missed you). Ari was on her way through town to meet up with Bart, so an hour or two was all we got, but it was totally worth it. We ate at this little sandwich shop where a man got up to sing & play guitar to provide lunchtime patrons with entertainment. Looks like we're not in Nashville anymore, Toto I said to the girls. The musician was not great to say the least, so we opted to move to an outdoor table to finish our conversation and drinks. I was sad to have such a short visit with Ari, but she had places to be, and we had more errands to run.
Saturday night was the unofficial housewarming party to break in the new Chateau DePriest. We spent all day cleaning and getting ready for the shindig that ended up being about 35 people. I was excited to finally meet work and church friends that she's been talking about for several years now. No one ever looks how you picture them to look! I bonded with several people over lamenting Heather's poor driving skills. Heather defended herself saying she's just an efficient driver. Yes, her friend Ken said, if by efficient you mean driving in such a way that your life is shorter. The party was a success, with plenty of food and drinks to go around for the 35 or so guests.