We finally explored the place we currently call home. Cormac had done a little bit of wandering while I was at work these past two weeks, but was constrained to the travel radius of our aging pup, Addie.
On Saturday, a member of my A100 class organized a trip to the Capital Area Food Bank. Cormac and I volunteered to go and had a surprisingly fun afternoon sorting food for delivery and making boxes of hygiene products for local shelters. I think we both came out of it with greater knowledge of which foods and hygiene products are useful for shelters, and what you should just throw away… like your old shaving kit or exploded bottles of Ax body spray.
Afterwards, we grabbed lunch with the other volunteers at the Brookland Cafe. There was a great mix of vegan and meat dished on the menu so everyone was able to eat a real meal. Cormac tried the faux-bbq sandwich and thought it was pretty tasty! (upon reading this he informed me that it had a strange texture…)
When I took Addie (the dog) out for her morning walk on Sunday, we discovered a huge bike race going on right outside our building. We were able to watch the race from our balcony while we ate breakfast, and then felt inspired to ride our own bikes.
We rode from our apartment, down the Mt. Vernon Trail, to Old Town Alexandria. Cormac did little bit of work on his thesis at a coffee shop and then we rode home for lunch. We are really excited to ride on more of the bike trails in the DC area, and hope to ride all the way down to Mt. Vernon for a tour one weekend.
The bike races were still going when we got home, but had turned into a shorter 2km circuit race. It was really fun to watch as the bikers sped around pretty sharp, and unevenly paved, turns.
It’s hard to believe that tomorrow I’ll start the FOURTH week of A100! Less than two weeks until Flag Day!