Monday, October 1, 2012

October Saturday on Capitol Hill


Happy October, everyone!  My cousin Katie (visiting from Oklahoma), Lena, and I drove to my old 'hood of Capitol Hill on Saturday to soak up the season.  Have you ever been to Eastern Market in D.C.?  There is no place I'd rather be on a Saturday morning in the fall!  The market glowed with color and beauty at every turn.  The sellers' wares sparkled in the sunlight, hot apple cider wafted through the air, and the flea market was in full swing.  We crunched leaves underfoot as we bit into crisp apples from a farm stand.  We ate breakfast with my brother at Jimmy T's, met up with my brother-in-law as he headed into Peregrine Espresso for coffee and emails, and randomly ran into an old college friend as he walked out of Groovy with his wife. 

This is my neighborhood, my heart cried (and my mouth, as my cousin Katie will tell you).  I love Sicily, but I think I left a piece of my heart on the Hill.  It's bittersweet to come back to this place where I once belonged, where Elliott and I shared our newlywed days and memories, where I spent a long year while he was on an unaccompanied assignment in Egypt.  Lena's first home was our condo on Capitol Hill.  Every block between our old home, church, and Barracks Row holds a dozen memories. 

Will we come back to the Hill after our assignment in Sicily?  Will we choose to come back?  What do you prioritize in a home, in a neighborhood, in a community, in a city? 

Do you return to the places you know because they were good to you before?  Or do you choose the unknown?









16 comments:

  1. Ugh, wish I could have been with you!

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  2. I missed you with every step, believe me. Walks around the Hill are supposed to be made hand-in-hand with you!

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  3. I just discovered your blog through One Sheepish Girl's blog and I've loved reading through the posts! Sounds like you had a good time at Capitol Hill, and the pictures are fab :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Kate! I am so inspired by One Sheepish Girl's blog. Even her header is totally adorable.

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  4. Looks like a great time! I love the mirror shot :)

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  5. looks like a lovely way to spend the day!

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  6. aiiii caramba! me encanta

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  7. If I ever make it over to DC, I'll have to check that out! looks incredible!
    (thanks for your sweet comment on my blog! I love meeting other bloggers who happen to be nurses!) :)

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  8. What a lovely market! I have yet to visit DC but will have to make this a part of my stop. Those necklaces are so pretty too!

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  9. I say, go with your gut and do what you want when making decision about where to live! The world is your oyster. :)

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  10. I looked at all of your pictures twice, bc they are so beautiful and vivid and made me happy!! I need to find myself some necklaces likes these, they are amazing!!! What a cute fam you have.

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    1. Thanks so much! The colors of the market are some of my favorite things about DC and this season.

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  11. The never ending question!!! Casey and I struggle with this and toss it up and over and around on a daily basis. It will be at least ~6 1/2 more years before where we live is not dictated by school or residency and while we dream about living in Charleston, Portland, St. Petersburg, Wilmington, Seattle, Alexandria, Argentina etc - who KNOWS where it will actually be. And how do we even know what is important to us in choosing a place to live? So many factors to consider. I need a self help book!

    Love the pictures of the necklaces and sweaters. You're getting really good!

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    1. Big grin on my face after reading this comment... for several reasons! Grateful for this friendship. :-)

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