I’m sad that I’m leaving D.C.; I’m going to miss Kona’s little face, exploring the gorgeous city, being around my brother and Karlee and the treadmill I bonded with. But, I get to go home to Mr. Grumples, my friends, and I have a fun mountain weekend coming up.
It’s going to be pretty rainy and gross out today, so hopefully the drive goes smoothly.
We all sat up on the rooftop Saturday night and had wine, brie with wheat crackers, honey, and dried cranberries, and my light 60 calories brown crisp treats.
We called it a night after 9:30 and I was in bed by ten!
Sunday, I watched the Lions lose while running the treadmill. I don’t know what the “weight” is set to on this treadmill, so the calories are not accurate.
After my run, Karlee and I walked to King Street to grab coffee at Misha’s. When I saw these little wild flowers in the alley, I had to use them in my photo 🙂
I ordered their pumpkin spiced latte with skim milk and a Cardamon Date Kate bakes Bar. Those are literally the most delicious bars ever. I had it last time I was in D.C. and I’m about to order an entire box for my place.
We walked past the Sugar Cube shop in Old Town Alexandria. In the window, there were about 20 jars of different flavored fruit slices. I felt like Charlie staring in the window at the candy shop. Fruit slices have been my favorite since I was a kid. When Karlee said she had never had them before, I was shocked! We went into the shop and I grabbed some for us to try. I bought the watermelon, mango jalapeño, and the pineapple guava. Karlee is now a new fan of the candy slices.
Old Town felt like Halloween town. Everyone was dressed up with their furry friends and Halloween decorations were everywhere.
We walked back and then hopped in the car to pick up Kona from doggy day care. It was so rainy earlier in the morning, and the he had so much energy, so I took him to play with his buddies for the day.
We picked up Potbelly’s for dinner on the way back.
After giving Kona a bath and an awesome blow out,(He’s literally the only dog I know that genuinely loves baths and the blowdryer. He’ll sit in the tub randomly during the day) I had my favorite salad ever! It’s not really my favorite salad ever, but it is my favorite salad from a fast food place. Their fat free vinaigrette is out of this world.
I get the chickpea veggie salad with feta, croutons, cucumber, tomatoes (picked off), chickpeas, and lettuce. Their salads are ginormous.
Kona and I watched the Panthers vs. Eagles and the Cowboys vs. Giants play, then fell asleep.
I decided to go up on the rooftop and catch the sunrise Monday morning. I bundled up, grabbed my camera, coffee, and Kona. We were on a sunrise mission.
Waking up early is beautiful.
The wind was blowing and my hands were about frozen off, but it was worth every minute.
Kona also loved the view.
I loved watching the planes appear through the clouds and disappear as they landed.
After our rooftop time, we headed down for a walk. When you’re up there, the skies are so colorful and once you’re back on ground level, the skies are just plain blue. Crazy what is out there that we can’t actually see, unless we go out of our way to find it.
Karlee and I headed to King Street to shop. I needed and outfit for a wedding dinner rehearsal and the wedding. Luckily, I scored with a really cute outfit under $100 (I’ll blog soon).
As we were walking, a man asked for money for food. I didn’t have any cash on me, so I just went into Whole Foods and grabbed him a giant Italian sub. He was very happy. Sometimes, you have to stop and thank the Lord for the life you’ve been given because it could be so much worse.
It takes one minute to do something nice for someone. It’s easier to walk away and forget about them, but one little kind act can change someone’s entire day. Even if it’s something as simple as a sandwich.
I’m sharing and posting this to inspire you guys to do something nice for someone else.
After picking up my outfit, we were hungry for lunch. We walked down towards the water.
It took us extra time because I had to take pictures of everything.
That is what fall is all about.
One of my readers left a comment about trying out Jackson 20, so we decided to have lunch there.
I decided to go with the build your own salad on their lunch menu. My cute little ceramic tray had romaine lettuce with salmon, quinoa salad, cucumber dill salad, and broccoli salad. Their salmon was cooked perfectly; just the way I like it.
I really liked this place. The atmosphere was fun and reminded me a lot of Nan & Byron’s (my favorite Charlotte spot). The staff was super friendly and the manager came out to check up on us a couple of times. They genuinely cared about our dining experience. I’m sad I can’t try breakfast there…maybe next time!
We stopped into Kilwin’s to check the place out. We always walk by it and couldn’t take the curiosity anymore.
They asked us if we’d like to sample fudge…of course!
I tried out the toasted coconut and pumpkin walnut. HOLY FUDGE! YUM!
The toasted coconut was my favorite and I ended up going back in yesterday to grab tons of flavors for my family and Nick’s parents (who are coconut lovers). My dad will LOVE the pumpkin walnut.
They also make jumbo caramel apples. Talk about fall <3
They also had festive fall flavored ice cream.
Karlee ordered the apple pie ice cream and I had a bite of it. It was incredible. This blows all the ice cream I’ve ever tried on king street out of the water. It had that homemade taste and ice melt texture.
Plus it was photogenic.
I wanted to try the pumpkin, but I was fighting a stomach ache.
We decided to walk around a little bit more and explore the shops. It would take an entire year to explore every single shop down here.
I found these at a little gift shop and thought they were the coolest. Their soap balls made from lama wool. They smell so good and they look cute. Karlee and I must have been living under a rock because apparently these are a thing…
Then we walked back and I had to take pictures of like 139435783045 doorsteps.
If you go to old town, make sure you walk on all the side streets. They’ll take your breath away.
If fall is this festive here, I can’t imagine what Christmas will be like.
Beautiful mums <3
Gotta love the pumpkins with warts…
I felt like Spring never left and joined fall.
That tree was crazy looking!
That was one of the most beautiful walks I’ve ever taken. I wasn’t feeling too great when I got back, so I ended up relaxing the rest of the day and then watching Dancing With The Stars.
I had a horrible headache yesterday, so I skipped out on running and decided to just do weights and strength training for 30 minutes.
I’m going to miss these two redheads.
I headed to Alexandria cupcake to picked up some for the family. I chose one of every flavor.
I also stopped at Blueprint Chocolatiers. It’s an adorable little shop on the corner. It has unique chocolate and espresso drinks. The chocolatier talked to us for a while and let us know all about the flavors. She had some fun seasonal ones and they were beautiful crafted. You could tell she loved what she does!
I bought a pack of six with different flavors. Karlee and I tried the seasonal flavor while we were there. It was made with maple rye whisky from Gimli, Canada, milk & dark chocolate with a pinch of smoked sea salt. (YUM)
Talk with you guys soon!