Another realization has been germinating in my mind over the past week; now that I've settled into a routine and can nearly "auto-pilot" my way to work (although I'm not sure how advisable that is) I find that I'm recognizing how lovely certain parts of DC are. The trees are putting on a leafy show, the flowers are blossoming, the junipers are full and bright; animals, like squirrels, are bold around humans and rather fat. In the rush of trying to get to work on time and worrying about pleasing my supervisor, I neglected until this point to really take in the beauty around us.
When we were to church this morning in Arlington, we had more than enough time to grab coffees and bagels at the Metro Cafe (which is really nothing more than a glorified 7-11 with a deli counter and wine aisle) before our ride to church arrived. I think this will become a habit, because their bagels are quite good, and I find the coffee preferable in taste and price to the next-door Starbucks.
The afternoon was spent finishing my Individual Development Plan, a part of my portfolio which is due tomorrow. When it got towards time to leave for small group, I texted everyone to see if they were going. In the end, I took the metro to Huntington (yellow) by myself.
The ride to Alexandria is quite lovely. Once you're out of central DC the train tracks run above ground, and although the Potomac is filthy and brown, the view can still be nice.