“Kids, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Indianapolis anymore,” is my version of “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore!” We didn’t meet any munchkins, melt any witches, or see any flying monkeys (well that depends on who you ask – HA), but we did follow a yellow brick road. Well, it wasn’t yellow or made out of bricks, but it was our road – the road that God set out for us to travel.
When Andrew and I were looking for places to live in the Washington D.C. area, we explored many options. We discussed living right downtown in the District versus living in the suburbs. Just like every place you visit, all cities and towns are unique. We chose to live a little outside of the District because we thought it would be easier to get around town (traffic is crazy out here), we’d have more shopping options, find more mom/kid groups for my little men and me, and we hoped it would be a little quieter! Plus, the public schools were better in the suburbs.
We also decided to live close to the metro, so we could downsize to a one car family. Everything is WAY more expensive out here, including parking! By getting rid of one car, plus the car payment, and not having to park said car, we’d be saving over $600 a month! That’s a lot of green! So we narrowed our search to areas in and around metro stops in Maryland and Virginia. We finally landed in Virginia and, so far, we are loving our new stomping ground! Well, most things, that is.
Some things are a little bit different…
The only things I really cared about were how far (or should I say how close) we’d be to a Target (and Costco)! Because…PRIORITIES! I finally ventured out to our Target and it’s on the 4th floor! Yes, most things go up! I parked in the parking garage below and took the escalator to the 4th floor to get to my beloved Target. My little men thought it was AWESOME! I just laughed to myself and thought, “Kids, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Indianapolis anymore!” They even have a special escalator that will take your shopping cart up and down! Fancy, I know!
Let’s chat a moment about Costco. I love our Indiana Costco! It was large, well organized, and contained a fabulous selection of organic foods. I’ve been to two different Costcos out here and both are quite a bit smaller, with even smaller parking lots (and you know how parking lots at a Costco are – CRAZY!), a small amount of organic foods in relation to my Indiana Costco, and they seem to be VERY disorganized! They just don’t flow well. Now I’m sure I’m somewhat biased, but stores should have a well thought-out flow to them. And both of these did not make any sense to me. Just sayin! One thing that isn’t different, however, is the amount of people who shop there on the weekends! Truly at the end of the day, despite my complaints, I’m just glad I can still get my paper towels, red peppers, and organic ground beef in bulk!
We have 13 Starbucks locations within an eight mile radius from our new abode and so far I’ve been to six of them and not one has a drive-thru. NOT ONE! What can a girl do to get a Starbucks drive-thru?!?!?! Let’s face it, sometimes I just want to roll out of bed, throw some shoes on my feet, toss the bed head, PJ-wearing boys in the car and sail on through a Starbucks drive-thru for some much needed caffeine. I’d never leave my house in that disheveled state if I actually had to walk inside. Oy Vey! But while we are on the topic, it’s hard to find much of a drive -thru anything out here (even two of the closest McDonald’s are without a drive-thru)! Interesting….very interesting! I’m still determined to find a drive-thru Starbucks, we are literally crossing them off a list after we check them out! LOL! I’ll keep you posted.
Well that’s all of the updates that I have for now. I hope you’re enjoying following along on this crazy journey with us. As always, I love hearing from you! If you’ve moved out of your home state, what were some of the biggest differences that you found? Oh and if you live in northern Virginia (also known as NOVA), where do you go for a drive-thru Starbucks?? Help a sister out!