Monday, September 13, 2010

A nice day for a drive

One of the cool things about being new to an area is exploring. Even though we’ve actually lived in the DC Metro area for a year, we still have a lot to learn. With traffic being a royal pain in the ass, we tend to spend our weekends running errands since doing them during the week is impossible. And running errands around here on the weekends takes up half of your day (if not more) so needless to say, we don’t really have the chance to do as much fun stuff as we would like. Oh and did I mention that during football season, nothing gets done on Sundays? Yeah…Sundays are for football so aside from a long run and some cooking, we don’t leave the house.

But that’s another story.

Anyway, Saturday morning we got up and decided to go for a drive. It was a gorgeous day, sunny and 75, so getting out early worked in our advantage. We just decided to drive with no place in mind. We ended up driving into Manassas, VA, which has a very bad reputation, but we actually had a great time.

We bumped into a farmer’s market

manassas farmers market

Where we bought some zucchini, tomatoes, a spaghetti squash and some Honey Crisp apples.

honeycrisp 9.11

And we found a mystery veggie.

weird zucchini 1
They labeled it as a zucchini (and it could be!) I just have never seen a zucchini look like this before.

weird zucchini 2
But the best part came after.

We were feeling frisky (not that kind of frisky!) so we stopped at a housing development a few miles north of where Dennis works and randomly toured about 5 model homes. And we fell in love.

The kitchens in these places?! Hello double ovens, islands, counter and cupboard space galore! They were all gorgeous (and quite surprisingly in our price range) so we have done nothing but talk about how badly we want to move in. Like now.

Unfortunately we just signed another year lease on our townhouse, and oh yeah-we  need to keep saving for a down payment! At least we have a goal to look forward to now. And the fact that I’d need to find a new job doesn’t help. The traffic from there would be horrendous and totally not worth it.

Do you own a house? Is it as exciting as I feel like it is? (besides the money-suking part)


  1. oooh very exciting indeed! We are currently building a new home which is super exciting! But yes - also super daunting when we think about the mortgage!

  2. I think that might be called a patty pan squash. We own a house, and it's exciting, but also a lot of work. :-)

  3. Yup, that's a patty pan squash. Did you try it? Home ownership is the best Nicole . . . hard work, but well worth it as it's your own place and you take more pride in all that hard work.

  4. oh fun! we do that too. I love to go tour homes. We don't own one yet, but some day. :)