Best Fall Festivities in NOVA

As I’ve said before, there are about a million reasons that I love Fall. I’m Fall obsessed! Everything I do in October I like to have some element of Fall in it, even if it’s just being outside for a little while and stepping on all the crunchy leafs (or is it leaves? I’ve always wondered) 😛

I love a good fall activities guide…it’s how I get most of my ideas of things to do, so I was already thinking, why not share one of my own?

It helps that there seem to be plenty Fall loving folks out there, which means there are tons and I mean TONS of Fall/Pumpkin/Halloween activities to do. I do have some personal favorites though and that is what I want to share with you guys!

I grew up in the Northern Virginia area, so naturally I love love love Cox Farms.

I adored going to their festival to go on slides and hayrides and pick out the perfect pumpkin as a kid. I even went there for a photography field trip either my freshman or sophomore year of high school.

We took photos with our black and white, old fashioned film cameras…it was literally the best and I still have those photos somewhere. I would love to go back and do that again. Though I literally have no clue where one can buy film anymore. I should look that up…

Anyways…that was a random tangent. I do truly love Cox Farms though. It’s become quite the production since the last time I went nearly 4 years ago. As I got older, I decided that even though I loved the classic Fall festival, I wished there was something we could do without so many small children around.

Sometime during my high school career, that wish was answered with Cox Farms Fields of Fear which I went to last weekend for the first time in a long time! It was so much fun to get scared and have a blast doing something Halloween-y 🙂 If you want to know more about it, you can read all about it in my last post, Week/Weekend update!

Another favorite thing of mine to do is find farmers markets around the area. I love the one in Manassas. It’s on Thursdays…maybe some other days, but I’ve only been on Thursdays. During the Summer and Fall months, the farmers market takes place in the same rink that the ice rink does during the Winter (which is another super fun thing to do).

I love seeing all the fresh produce around and talking to all of the farmers and bakers and other vendors…and you almost always come away with some sweet deals and delicious produce 🙂

There are also several farmers markets in the Arlington/Columbia Pike area that I really enjoy!

There’s one in Ballston not far from my house on Welburn Square, 901 N. Taylor Street. It’s on Thursdays, 3-7 p.m. and it has some great stuff. I’ve only been once or twice, but it’s got a good selection.

The one in Columbia Pike is pretty great too…and it’s one that I just recently found out goes on year round! When I went by on Sunday (it’s every Sunday in Pike Park, on Columbia Pike and South Walter Reed Drive from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.), it was packed and they had tons of seasonal fruits and veggies. Things like oranges and various types of squash…aka things that I love 😛

Also, a little random, but fun side note for those that are 21 or older around here…there are plenty of Halloween bar crawls going on in the next few weeks 🙂 You can sign up for them here and here, though I’m sure there are many more!

I’ve also heard that if you go to Embassy Row downtown, if you’re in costume on the actual day of Halloween, they will be passing out the candy or treat of their country! I think it’s super duper cool and I definitely will be going to that if I can!

Anyways, these are some of my favorite fall things to do in the Northern VA area! If you have any of your own fall festivities that you love to do, I would love to hear about them so I can try them out for myself!

Another great way to find events (Fall related or otherwise!)  is through Eventbrite or Meetup.com. Eventbrite has a  sell tickets page for people to use to promote events and Meetup is great for searching for groups in your area for just about anything…I’ve found everything from hiking to happy hours to cooking classes! Both places are my go to for anytime I’m at a loss for activities 🙂

Have a great Thursday!!


What are you guys going to be for Halloween?

I haven’t decided…I kind of suck at the whole costume thing 😛

Catching up

As I write this I’m hanging out in my apartment feeling like a real person after my first day of work after three long weeks of training. I have to say I think I’m going to love what I’m doing, mostly because of the people I’ll be working with…so friendly 🙂

Also completely unrelated to what I’ve been up to for the past several weeks, but the show Quantico is super good…so suspensful!

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aka my wild and crazy monday night of popcorn and tv shows on the couch (I still don’t have an actual TV so the iPad will do for now 😛 )

So lets rewind a couple of weeks. I started work at the beginning of September and I’ve been in training since…well up until today!

Every weekend I’ve been able to come home which has been nice since I’m still not quite settled. It’s also allowed me to try some pretty delicious food! Arlington. especially the Ballston/ Virginia Square/ Clarendon area has some great restaurants.

One of the first weekends back, I had an incredible burger at Rustico. First of all the restaurant was adorable. I didn’t get to take a photo, but they had a mosaic with full wine and beer bottles inset in sparkly shine-y tiles. It was gorgeous and my burger was delicious 🙂

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That first weekend that I was home was also the first time in my life that I was excited about a vacuum. Seriously though my vacuum is so awesome…the cord retracts into itself and its just the best thing ever. And it was on sale at Home Depot. It doesn’t get any better than that.

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I got the $88 pet vacuum…because girl hair shedding and pet hair shedding is about equivalent in my life it made sense 😛

After a very short 36 hours at home, it was off again. We got to go to Orlando, which was pretty fun. We got to spend a little time in Downtown Disney, which apparently has been renamed Disney Springs? What the heck…I do not understand.

Anyways, we at at a place called Paradiso 37, which was super pricey, but the food was pretty good. I had a very yummy mango margarita and shrimp tacos. The shrimp tacos were not nearly as good as Ford’s Fish Shack in South Riding, VA, but they were pretty tasty.

Then we were in training for the rest of the week, but we did get out one night to go to Rainforest Cafe. It was like going in a time machine back to my childhood. We always used to go to the Rainforest Cafe in Tyson’s Corner for my dad’s birthday, but it closed down. I probably haven’t been there in over 10 years.

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I got something called the Jungle Sampler or something like that. It was shrimp scampi, coconut shrimp, steak, and some green beans. It was easily the best meal I had all week!

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When I got home, I was able to work from home for a day just catching up on paperwork and things like that. The best part of being home on a Friday was able to find a good pizza place.

Having pizza on Friday is a tradition for our family (and a lot of other families 😛 ), so I wanted to find a good place in Arlington. I’ve still only tried one place, but it was awesome! It was called Pupatella.

My boyfriend found it on yelp and it had outstanding reviews, so we had to try it. It definitely lived up to expectations.

When we first arrived, the line was so long, that we had to wait outside before we could order. The way they do it, is you order and then you go find a seat and they serve you, which is kind of a cool concept. They also serve VPN Pizza, which I believe is some sort of standard for brick oven pizza.

It was 100% worth the wait. I had meatball pizza and Chewy had some sort of spicy sausage one (I don’t have a photo of his though).

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It was a good weekend for food. The next day I saw my parents for a bit and then Chewy and I headed out with some friends to see the JMU game at ATown Bar and Grill. JMU was playing UNC, which is a huge deal, but naturally we lost.

It was still a super fun game to watch though! We went to ATown because the alumni association was putting on a watch party for the game and oh my lanta, I have never seen so many people so excited about JMU in one place before. It was awesome!

Also I had some excellent potato skins. So rich, but so so so so good 🙂

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I also saw the coolest car in the world while we were there! So american 😛

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It’s been super busy, but it’s been great living in Arlington so far. I’m excited to finally be home for a while though. I definitely love traveling, but more for the sake of traveling and not for business 😛

This past weekend, I spent catching up on life and relaxing. Nothing crazy 🙂

I hope everyone has had a great few weeks and a super fun weekend!

 

 

Finally moved in :) 

I’m finally all moved into my new apartment! My mom and I spent all summer working in the stuff for my place and we brought all of the last bits over on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend 🙂 

I’m so excited to live there…well I have stayed there, but on,y for a few days because the first few weeks of work are busy with training and traveling, but that’s okay! the most important thing is that I love it and my bed is comfy 😛 

Here’s a quick tour of the place in photos, minus my roommates room…and the kitchen 🙂 

The photos and things are now hanging on my wall but here’s how they were laid out. 

I love love love the beach, so I wanted my house to feel beachy when I walked in. I decided on a color palate of blues, greys, white and pops of coral. My mom refinished furniture as part of her business, so she was a huge huge huge help 🙂 

The couch is really the only thing I spent money on…that and my bed totaled $650 plus some cans of paint for the furniture. My mom had a lot of the stuff already but we think we spent about $1000 finishing the whole thing. 

Believe it or not, most of the furniture was on the curb going to be thrown away…all it needed was a little TLC 🙂 

One of my favorite finds was the beachy fun fabric that we found for the ottoman. It goes perfectly with the couch 🙂 

The bar and end tables were a lot of fun to paint as well! The bar is actually a converted European TV stand that we added a shelf too (and painted :P). 

I’m just so in love with everything! Our apartment is so bright and homey now 🙂 


Furnishing my apartment was probably the most time consuming thing ever, but it was so worth it! Plus I got to spend a lot of time with my mom which I loved 🙂 I’m so happy that everything is in the apartment and I can finally settle in and start learning all about my new city…it was a great summer but I’m definitely ready to start working! 
—————————————————————————————————–have you ever refinished any furniture? 
Have you moved recently? 

A Lesson in Patience: Apartment Hunting Edition

So my roommate and I have been looking for apartments…as you can probably tell from the title of this post 😛 I’m moving to the Arlington area for work and I know the first thought many of you might have is why aren’t you living at home. I do live relatively close to the Arlington area…My parent’s house is less than an hour away, but if you know or have heard anything about Northern Virginia, you probably know that our traffic is the worst in the country.

It’s not an exaggeration…for the past two summers I interned in Rosslyn in Arlington. I took the metro to work and the metro is about 12-15 miles from my house. I kid you not, sometimes it took over an hour to travel that short distance on I-66…it was painful and it is not something I want to do every day.

So I’m moving. I don’t start work until September so I thought I had plenty of time to find an apartment, but apparently everything gets snatched up around June because in the last week or so, all of the apartments I’ve been interested in have disappeared off the market. I have to have patience. Patience, though many of my friends say it’s a strong suit of mine, is something that I feel I have a hard time with and I want nothing more than to know where I’ll be living next year.

Anyways…finding an apartment has taken up so much of my time. I spend hours upon hours researching and trying to find reasonable rent for a two bedroom, two bathroom apartment for my roommate and I and it can be very discouraging.

I’m fortunate that my job even allows me to move into Arlington (it’s also one of the more expensive areas in VA) but I definitely didn’t expect it to be difficult to find a place to live that cost less than $3000 a month. I’m attempting to save money for a car (my current one probably only has a year or two left) and just for life in general so I can do things like get a dog (the dream :P) and buy a house in I don’t know, 5-10 years?

Moving and looking for places to live, while coordinating with my roommate has been a challenge and one that I didn’t think would be a challenge at all. Well moving is just difficult no matter what, but actually finding a place to live is what I didn’t think would be hard. Especially finding one that has things that I really want, like a gym so I don’t have to pay for a gym membership…

Who knows…we’re visiting apartments today and tomorrow and hopefully we’ll find a place to live. If not, it’s back to square one and I’ll have to be patient and pray that everything works out.

Wish us luck as we go about the apartment hunt today!

 


Have you moved recently?

-Yes…I’ve been moving every year for the last 4 years. Hopefully I’ll stay in the same place for a while, but I just never know.

Do you enjoy searching for a new home?

-Sometimes! I like looking at all of the places, but I get bummed out when things aren’t going the way I’ve planned 😛