Weekend in the City: Womens March, NoMa, and Whole 30
My, my - what a busy weekend that didn’t intend to be such. I suppose that’s how most of my weekends end up being, but I’m not mad about it.
Friday night started off with a couples’ cooking class at Sur La Table centered around healthy Thai food. This was a Christmas gift to my boyfriend and we had a blast in the kitchen - he quickly made friends with the other couple and by the end of class there was even an exchanging of business cards (is this the threshold to enter adult friendship?). Both of us already frequently cook but it was cool to make dishes outside our normal repertoire, such as summer rolls and wok stir fry!
Saturday we went to the Women’s March, and it was a beautiful day to be out and about in the city. The march started at the Lincoln Memorial, where we ran into many friends, saw a plethora of humorous yet woke posters, and heard people such as Nancy Pelosi and Kirsten Gillibrand speak. I had friends go last year and they said it was insane; I think it was a bit more calm this year. Despite the warm weather, the reflecting pool was still frozen over so I was able to stand on it which was pretty cool.
After the march we tried to go to the African American museum to no avail, so we walked around gallery place and then hopped on the metro to get to Union Station and meet up with friends. The station had been evacuated once we got there, however, so we ended up going to Union Market for food, which was 10x better anyway! I haven’t been to Union Market in a hot second and it was great to go back. There are a ton of food vendors to choose from with a wide range of cuisines. It was nice enough out that the garage doors were all open as well, which made for a great lunch spot.
Following that was my first time exploring NoMa, which was a cool up and coming area I want to go back and see more of. The houses remind me of Georgetown but it’s a much quieter area with no tourists. If I worked in the city I would definitely live over there, but it’d be a trek to Virginia for me. By this time of day, we’d walked almost 10 miles and I was ready to be horizontal for a few hours. I hopped on the metro and got groceries, then unwinded for a few hours before going to a friend’s housewarming party. There was a dog at the party, which in my opinion should be a requirement to even host a party.
Sunday morning started off with a workout + the usual Sunday housekeeping things. I did an alumni interview for my alma mater, which I’ve loved doing to give back to the university since it was instrumental in my development. Following that, I #treatedmyself to a manicure - if you know me, you know I struggle to spend money on non-essentials so this was a big step for me. I recognized that having my nails look nice is something that makes me really happy, so I am willing to splurge for it.
My weekend ended with a whole 30 dinner with my friends from work who are also embarking on the January whole 30 journey! It’s great having friends who are doing it with me to motivate and encourage me. Stay tuned for a few new posts regarding whole 30 - I did one last March, so I’m eager to compare the two once this one is over!
How was your weekend? Are there any cool DC spots I need to venture to next weekend?