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After living in six different houses, 2 different countries and 1 hubba hubba tent for the first 4 years of our marriage we now have a home of our very own! Yesterday we closed on a gorgeous condo in Reston.  It was a crazy process… we went from thinking, “Why not contact a real estate agent?” to making an offer in just 4 days.

There were some definite twists and turns, but in the end everything came together in a way that seemed orchestrated.

Of course, the timing is a bit bizarre as we hit the trail in just 2 weeks… but we’re trusting that there’s a plan for that too!

After the CDT we will have lived a quarter of our marriage in a tent… but it’s good to know we’ll return to a house a bit more sturdy than ripstop nylon.

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bike to work day

Dan's bike

For my birthday Dan gave me his bike and souped it up mad. I’ve got a bike rack, a pannier, a rear view mirror, a bell, a front light and back light and best of all a BRIGHT orange and green neon safety vest. So sexy. Dan got a new (used) bike from Craig’s List that’s pretty sweet too.  It’s been awesome zooming around on my d’lux bike. Traveling around Reston it’s often just as fast to bike as to drive and plus my hair gets a free blow-dry and helmet head styling. I’m not looking forward to biking in snow and ice come winter, but for now biking is a breeze!

All I need to do is get a hold of this bike when I’m headed to the Farmer’s Market!

But even if you’re not such a biker babe, grab a two-wheeler Friday May 21st for the Washington DC Area Bike to Work Day.  Lots of info here.  It’s so easy to just get in the habit of driving everywhere, but having a bike in good working order where your helmet and lock are handy definitely pays off – make the most of this gorgeous spring weather (and all the bike paths around, especially in Reston) and bike to work this Friday!

D+P

Last week we had the most phenomenal visit from Dan’s parent’s D+P.  We’re so glad the Icelandic volcano calmed down and they were able to fly west safely. We showed them all the lovely local spots – from the charming antique shops of Middlesburg to the mighty marble monuments of DC to superb sushi at Ariake (get the Crispy Power Roll… yum!).  Nothing like having visitors come to town to make you appreciate all that your own “backyard” has to offer.

It was great getting to show them a taste of our live here since the only other time they visited was 4 years ago for our wedding so they didn’t have a chance to do much sight-seeing. We especially enjoyed walks, picnics and shopping around Lake Anne in Reston which opened their Farmer’s Market last Saturday (8am till noon every Saturday from now till October).  In DC, we went for a ride on a pedi-cab, meandered through the Bishop’s Garden of the National Cathedral (where Pietro photographed every last flower) and went on a heart-wrenching tour of the Holocaust Museum.  But as per usual the visit went by far far to fast. We’re hoping to entice them to move to one of the graceful lake-front houses in Reston but in the meantime we’re maximizing memories and anticipating this Christmas when we’ll be together again!