Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Thursday 13



Thursday 13

13Things I loved about Living in Washington, D.C.


1. Public Transportation. To me, its so much easier than driving places. Plus, its just so efficient there that its quicker too.

2. Walking everywhere. I lost a lot of weight and really toned my legs up.

3. The city is very pet friendly. Dogs are welcome on the patios of most restaurants.

4. People are more open minded. Oklahoma is not exactly a hotbed of new ideas. I'm a fairly progressive thinker and often don't feel that I fit in well back home, but not so in D.C.

5. D.C. is just a few hours from NYC. Which, if you've read my 100 things about me, is my favorite place ever.

6. The national history. I was humbled to see the actual place Lincoln was shot and the bed he died in.

7. Roommates. It was fun to live with young girls after being married. Not that I don't love being married more than anything, but it was fun to pretend like it was college again.

8. Shopping. As may be inferred by #4 above, Oklahoma does not have all the cool stores that D.C. does.

9. Meeting people. D.C. has so many different people from so many different walks of life. I learned so much about myself and improved my social skills in so many different settings. It always really improved my self-esteem to know I could make new friends, because I've known all my current friends for years.

10. Feeling independent. I am fiercely independent, but moving to a new city all alone was a little daunting. This also helped prove my self-esteem.

11. Everyone works. A lot. I am a self-proclaimed workaholic and it was nice to see that there is a place where a lot of people share this trait.

12. There is ALWAYS something to do. Again, please reference #4.

13. Vegan friendly. Although I wasn't a vegan when I lived there (I made that change when I returned home after a health scare) there are tons of vegan and vegetarian places there.




48 Comments:

At 9:52 PM, Blogger EmilyRoseJewel said...

I'm first!! A friend of mine recently moved back there and she loves it. It is more fast paced. I have never been there, but would love to go and see all the historic sites. Public transportation is a great thing. I wish we had it here where I am. My list is up!

 
At 10:20 PM, Blogger Libragirl said...

I love DC. I hadn't been in so long, and was there this past Jan. Loved it. I forgot how amazing it is. Of course I hadn't been there since I was 14 and I am 35 so I probably didn't think it was amazing. I told my sister we needed to take the princess when she is older.

 
At 10:31 PM, Blogger YellowRose said...

My hubby travels to DC on business alot, and he loves it there..I will have to tag along sometime and explore the area for myself! You make it sound fun!!

Happy Thursday!

 
At 10:53 PM, Blogger PixiePincessMom said...

Oh I'd love to visit Washington DC! Hopefully people are better to clean up after their pets there than they are here.

 
At 11:08 PM, Anonymous david said...

I went to college in Oklahoma (from Washington State, aka the Other Washington) and it took me a couple years to get to actually not hate it. Then I moved back.

I've never been to DC (or the east coast) and I'm torn on whether to go that way. Lots of great stuff, don't know if I'd actually enjoy it. Oh well...

 
At 11:18 PM, Anonymous Tania said...

Loved your t13... I have never been there. Hope to go one day soon!

 
At 11:31 PM, Anonymous dawn said...

I am not a city person, but I did enjoy my several visits there

my list is up

 
At 12:02 AM, Blogger Blog-o-licious said...

I loved visiting DC, it was overwhelming, the obvious history.

 
At 12:34 AM, Blogger Tess said...

I visited DC my junior year of highschool for a band competition, and have wanted to go back ever since.

 
At 1:08 AM, Blogger Christine said...

I had such a great time in D.C.
All the history, and scenery (Potomac River). The Shopping in GeorgeTown. Fun Fun Fun!

 
At 1:15 AM, Blogger Geggie said...

I never lived there, but dated a boy who did, so I visited alot in the mid-90s. I'm sure it's changed alot, but it's such a great place. Have a great day!

 
At 1:37 AM, Anonymous FatedHearts said...

Im glad that you love living in DC, I can see that you fit in there! when i was living in Singapore, the public transport there are also more convenient than driving yourself but as for walking, well it's not as fun as in DC coz we dont have lots of parks coz mostly buildings and bricks in Singapore. Happy T13! mine is up.

 
At 2:39 AM, Blogger mar said...

I love public transportation in large cities, it gets you places in no time, specially if you are a tourist! I enjoyed your list, must visit that city some time in the future... I was there in 1975, I am sure it has changed a bit since then! happy TT

 
At 4:14 AM, Blogger Cheryl said...

Yes you sound very brave!
You also make DC sound like a very attractive place to be.

 
At 5:07 AM, Blogger Louise said...

Really want to visit DC and New York. If I ever find the time (and money) I would like to do an East Coast trip - including states like New Hampshire and Massachussets. Hey-ho, will just have to find a job that earns me more money.

My list is up.

 
At 5:20 AM, Blogger ladydaria said...

Didn't live in Washington, DC but did work at MCI in Crystal City years ago. Lived in Olney, MD and then transferred to Perpetual Mortgage in Vienna. Hated traffic on the Beltway. However, the DC zoo ROCKED! Happy TT!

Dariana
http://daridonovan.net/blog/

 
At 5:23 AM, Blogger Carol said...

Nice post. Been to DC many times in my life (I'm nearby in Pittsburgh) and it's just oozing with culture, creativity, all the things you mentioned. Great city to walk in also.

Mine is up.

Best Wishes,
Carol

 
At 5:43 AM, Blogger Chaotic Mom said...

Looking at DC through YOUR eyes, I LOVE the place. NYC, too, for that matter. But as a tired mom of three little boys, I could only enjoy it fully w/o kids. WITH kids can be fun, but soooooo much more tiring. Maybe better when they're older. ;)

 
At 6:07 AM, Blogger Natsthename said...

Much the same way I feel about living near Boston! I think DC has better weather, though! (milder winters)

Makes me want to take a visit....

 
At 6:35 AM, Anonymous Janet (fondofsnape@gmail.com) said...

I'm with you on everything except 11 & 15; 11 cause I'm just way too laid back and 15 cause I'm not, altho really I'd like to be!

 
At 6:49 AM, Blogger Becky, Mom, Mommy, Hey you, said...

I've always wanted to live in DC...or New York or somewhere fun.

I've been in Oklahoma. (Altus) and Hated it...

 
At 7:13 AM, Blogger Chi said...

D.C. sounds like a great place to live...I especially like that it is such a pet friendly place. *s*

 
At 7:38 AM, Anonymous Karen said...

D.C. is so pretty. and Humbling is a good word. but I've not lived there, so I'd think taking it for granted would be easy. I think D.C. & Oklahoma probably couldn't be more different...

 
At 7:58 AM, Blogger Reverberate58 said...

I went to DC when Joshua was 6. We walked the mall and saw the Smithsonian and monuments. I hope to be able to go back. I think my youngest brother is temporary on assignment for the post office right now. And I would love to go to NYC some day!

 
At 8:58 AM, Blogger Kelly said...

I love your list!! I was in DC back in January for a 3 day training class and I had such a great time. DC is a Fabulous city!

 
At 9:27 AM, Blogger Warm Fuzzies said...

It would be very exciting to live in D.C! I've never been, but one day hope to visit!
Cheers!

 
At 9:39 AM, Blogger Heather Smith said...

Great list! My dad and brother had to work in DC for a while.
Mine are up here and here!

 
At 10:10 AM, Blogger Ashley said...

i'm glad to know that there are good things about dc. i've been several times. once for school (barely remember it), once with my parents (i had fun then), and once with my husband. when my husband and i went i absolutely hated it! it was not fun at all! it was pretty (cherry blossom time) but it was awful. although, to be fair to dc, we were staying with friends in maryland and maryland was a big bust! it probably put a damper on dc!
good list though! mine's up if you have time

 
At 11:26 AM, Blogger Melli said...

Well, I'm 35 minutes outside of DC, and I have to say I agree whole-heartedly! DC Rocks!!! We love going down the the museums and the theatre, the festivals! The culture is awesome! I DO love it -- but this IS home to me! I was BORN in DC!

 
At 11:26 AM, Blogger the_yecart said...

DC is one of my top ten American places to visit. I too love the history of the city.

 
At 11:47 AM, Blogger Wendy Boucher said...

I LOVED living in D.C. I hope to get the chance again someday. Thanks for the list!

 
At 12:32 PM, Blogger Laura said...

never been there but darling daughter #3 is headed there on sunday for a field trip. she is very excited.
my tt is up

 
At 12:42 PM, Blogger Suzy said...

DC? The Cherry Blossoms are enough to sell me! Next week, you should do a list of your faves in NYC - I live there and I'd love to see what other people love about it, too...

 
At 1:10 PM, Blogger Mrs. Cranky Pants said...

It's the one place I've never been or really thought about visiting.

 
At 1:44 PM, Blogger Moogie said...

I've always wanted to go to WDC but never have been there. Neither has my family. That is one of our goals in the next few years. Great TT!

Mine is up!

 
At 2:16 PM, Anonymous Melissa said...

I hope you have better tire luck than me! Sorry I haven't called you back, it's been a crazy week. What have you been up to?

 
At 3:00 PM, Anonymous Karen said...

I would LOVE to go to DC - NY too for that matter. I just can't seem to get my husband interested though. Which is weird, he's a history buff so you would think...

Ah well, maybe some day.

My list is up.

 
At 3:03 PM, Anonymous Tricia said...

Sounds like a great place! I find Toronto (Canada)where I live to be very similar to what you are describing. It's great to be in a city that has so much for all isn't it?

 
At 3:43 PM, Blogger Wystful1 said...

I love, LOVE Washington D.C. too!!! Tho I live far far away from there, I've been there many times and would go back at the drop of a hat!!!

My t 13 is up

 
At 3:45 PM, Anonymous Christine said...

When my mom lived in Maryland we went to D.C. a lot. I loved the history myself. My oldest just went to D.C. for his eigth grade trip and the very first night he called me and said, "You need to come out here. It's beautiful."

 
At 4:05 PM, Blogger craziequeen said...

Number one [bitter laugh]

see my TT for my take on Public Transportation!

cq

 
At 6:03 PM, Anonymous Lifecruiser said...

Almost sounds like you're longing back there.. Never been there, but maybe sometime...

 
At 6:08 PM, Anonymous Empress Juju said...

I've never been, but you make me want to go!

I feel the same way about living in Los Angeles, I have a permanent link to my L.A. T13 on my blog, for people who visit my city!

 
At 6:36 PM, Blogger Emily said...

love, love LOVE DC. i adore visiting the US history sites. :) i grew up in ohio, and we visited DC about every year. and the cherry blossoms? how did that not make your list? j/k. :)

 
At 3:07 PM, Blogger mar said...

A picture of my black sandals is posted now :)

 
At 11:08 AM, Blogger chosha said...

Your capital sounds more interesting than the cold capital of Oz (Canberra) where I live.

Now I'm going to go read on in the blog to see why you're there. :)

 
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