Random Crap: Old Dominion Edition

Took the kids to the Air and Space annex out by Dulles. It was insanely cool, but then I lost Bean. That is NOT the place to lose a spectrum child, let me stress that. STRESS. Here’s a picture of when I found him, on the THIRD FLOOR CATWALK:

It was awesome.

I may be getting used to the humidity and heat. It freaks me out to say it, but I walk outside now on a 100* day, and it still sucks, but I don’t weep in terror.

We saw fireflies on Sunday night after dinner at a friend’s house. The kids were running and frolicking in a glen behind her house, and the miraculous little bugs were dotting the evening. I admit, I was utterly enchanted. I had one in my cupped hands and it lit it’s little behind and I squealed with delight.

Today, I unpacked the last box that will be unpacked. There are still a few that are storage-bound, and the holiday stuff is stashed in a closet, but all the rest of the boxes are empty, broken down, and ready for the next person moving. Know anyone?

I’ve been Ms. Industrious lately. I’ve assembled Ikea stuff, hung pictures, painted the whole damn house, used dry-wall anchors (successfully too!) bolted a cabinet to the wall, installed a new doorknob, hung curtain-rods, and repaired the storm door. I even bought my very own drill bits at Lowe’s today. Hooooah!

The time-change is throwing me for a loop. Most of the people I know are in the pacific and mountain time zones, and now that we’re fully adjusted to this eastern seaboard (why do they call it that? it’s not the western seaboard— it’s the west coast) I find myself reaching to pick up the phone, and realizing most everyone I know is still asleep. And then my brothers call, and it’s bedtime for me and they’re still winding down from work. Weird.

I flatironed my hair yesterday for the first time since I got here. It was mostly futile, but was also just successful enough that it gave me fragile hope for the fall, when I might again not look like a hot mess.

Checked out the kids’ schools. Very close, and decently rated. Happy.

The fireplace/den room has become the kids’ chess room. They set up a table in the middle, and spent the better part of today playing each other and using words their poor chess-dumb mama doesn’t know. My kids can all cream me in the game of kings.

Bean has turned his Hide-y Hole into a palace. He’s got pillows, blankets, a light, and the portable DVD player in there, and he requests his meals be served there now as well. We just knock on the door, and he peeks out. Whatever makes him happy.

The kids are overjoyed that we have a Lego store nearby. It was a four hour drive before- now they can do the monthly free build, and have already put it on the calendar.

I’m quite dissatisfied with my grocery store options close by. Yes, Costco is super close, and I do love that- but when it’s late and I just need to run in for a gallon of milk or some cheese? Costco is not what I want to mess with. I hear there’s a Trader Joes and a Whole Foods. Need to ferret them out. I tried this place called Harris Teeter, and it’s okay. Still looking…

Getting together with my dear bloggity friend Kellie tomorrow again, before she heads off for some wild adventures living abroad. Next week we get to go visit Heather O and her brood too. Living here definitely has its perks.

16 thoughts on “Random Crap: Old Dominion Edition

  1. Having no idea where you are in NOVA I will say that if you are anywhere near a Wegmans that is the grocery store to aim your car towards. Just about guaranteed to make you happy.

    • I second that about Wegmans! I am proudly from the home of Wegmans, Rochester, NY. They are rightly in the top 100 places to work in America and ranked #1 or #2 of grocery stores as well. Wegmans rocks! Sorry to go off on a tangent ;-),

  2. Your basic supermarket chain options will probably be Harris Teeter, Safeway (before I moved here, I didn’t know they still existed), and Giant. They’re all pretty similar, but quality will vary location to location. It looks like you’ve got a Giant and a Shoppers relatively nearby (not walkable, but in the same town). I pretty much go with Harris Teeter these days (it’s close to me), but before that store was built, I’d usually head to Virginia to go to Shoppers. They had better prices. They still have better prices, but distance has won for now. So you might check Shoppers out. And give Giant a whirl.

  3. Shoppers is my default close store, and I tried Giant. Didn’t like it as much. I did like Harris Teeter, but it’s a little further of a drive. Missing Trader Joes! ;)

  4. Harris Teeter offers some good couponing incentives, or so I’ve heard. Doubling and tripling coupons on certain days and such. Mine is across town and is more expensive than Food Lion or Wal-Mart (I love The Wal-Marts!). :)

    There are good co-ops that set up on weekends in random spots (we saw them while we lived in Fort Belvoir a few years ago).

    Happy you’re on this side of the world! And best wishes this Fall!

  5. As someone who just moved the other direction, do your loved ones a favor and remember not to call them at YOUR decent hour. (Yeah, we had some of those wee hour morning phone calls before we nicely asked them to wait a few more hours.) ;)

    My heart stops when thinking of Bean lost in that place and you searching for him…

    And I’m still a tad jealous of your unpacked boxes.

  6. hi.
    i am not a mormon, nor do i know you or any of your friends.. furthermore, I am also not a neighbor – old or new. I am just a woman that happened upon your blog quite by accident, while searching for textures. (I also happen to have a special needs son, 18years old now)
    I want to say that I so enjoyed reading your post. You have a wonderful way with words, and a superb ability to express yourself. I am also SO impressed with the community that your ‘ward’ and fellow Mormons share with one another…. I thought that sort of thing was a thing of the past.
    I hope you are faring well in your new home and that you and your lovely little ones are happy.

    sending you love and hugs. thanks for the great read and awe inspiring revelations.
    jessica

  7. Thank you so much, Jessica! I really appreciate your kind words and your taking the time to read about a stranger’s life. Comments like that keep me writing.

    (fwiw, I’m an adult convert to the Mormon faith, and it still amazes me sometimes the community that I have because of it…)

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