Look who is here! SARAH! :) She has never been to DC, and was nice enough to offer to come be dragged around on our house hunting mission. I am so glad she is here with us!
We started off yesterday by searching for more places online in the morning, and then heading over to Eastern Market for brunch around noon. We took the long way to brunch so that we could take Sarah through the National Mall and she could see some of the monuments.
It was perfect and sunny and breezy weather – such a nice change!
We headed to my favorite little spot in Eastern Market – Le Pain Quotidien. I think this is my fourth time eating there! My favorite part, all the delicious artisan breads…
That come with their amaaaazing jellies and spreads!
Including this jar of dark chocolate deliciousness.
Which I generously spooned on about ten pieces of bread. What can I say? I was stressed! :)
Lunch was a yummy Asian style tofu salad, over a bed of rainbow slaw.
The rest of the day was spent at the mercy of transportation. My friend Blake was nice enough to drive around the Georgetown area and Northern Virginia while we searched out places and sat in traffic.
While Sarah and I went a little crazy in the backseat.
And tried to recover from the food coma we were slipping into after eating that whole basked of bread!
We looked at a few more places that were all very wrong for us, and eventually gave up the search again for the evening since it was getting so late. I’m not gonna lie guys, things aren’t going very well. I feel bad because I don’t want to whine and complain and sound negative, but if you want me to be honest, I’m feeling pretty down.
There were more than a few tears shed yesterday with the frustration of this house hunt. I feel like we just don’t know the area well enough, and it is SO hard to figure out such a big city in this short of an amount of time. All the amazing DC bloggers and tweeters have been so helpful, but I’m worried that what we’re looking for just might not be here, and I don’t know what to do.
Because of our dogs, we HAVE to have a house or condo, or something with an outside entrance of it’s own – no high rise or apartment buildings. Not to mention 90% of the places available will not take pets. I love my dogs, but MAN are they making things complicated! I’m starting to lose hope and lose steam, and I’m not really sure what the next step is. We have a few more showings to see today, but to be honest there’s just not much out there. Every time we decide we like an area, I run back and check Craigslist only to find that there is nothing there for rent! We are considering heading further out into the Silver Spring or other more ‘burb type areas to see if perhaps what we need is out there. I’ll keep you posted!
The rest of our night was spent feeling kind of drained, and also at the mercy of public transportation.
We decided to head north for dinner to see if we liked the Maryland area, and ended up on the wrong train headed to Bethesda instead of Silver Spring – whoops! So then we went into Bethesda and discovered that by 9pm it was deserted. So we went BACK down to DC to Dupont Circle to try a fun veggie Indian place, only to discover that it was out of business – awesome! Eventually we found a Mediterranean place where we finally stuffed our faces at 10pm.
We waited for Metros for another hour, and rolled into our Virginia hotel just around midnight – what a day. Crossing my fingers for a miracle today!