Three weeks and counting! Made a couple of mental lists while driving around the ‘burbs today.
Top Ten Things I Won’t Miss about NoVA
1.) Women in minivans yakking on cell phones. Going ten miles under the speed limit and/or making very slow, wide left turns with one hand. You know who you are.
2.) Guys in white Dodge vans doing the same thing. Except they are whizzing along the Beltway and changing lanes without looking.
3.) Freezing cold grocery stores. I HATE that starting in May, I have to keep a sweatshirt in the car for grocery shopping. I have never had to do this in any other country. It’s a peculiarly wasteful and irritating American habit.
4.) Freezing cold restaurants. I don’t get that either. I hate it.
5.) Deer. They are everywhere, and should be culled big-time while there are still a few azaleas and hostas left. This week. Bring on the bow-hunters. I’ll duck–I promise! And you can leave some venison on the porch for me, OK?
6.) The Design Review Board.
7.) Public high school. I’m sorry. It worked out really well for my daughter. But for the teenager–not so much. We’re pretty much over it.
8.) Dragging my kid out of bed at 6:30 AM. See above.
9.) Too much salt and/or too much sugar.
10.) Waivers, privacy notices, and permission slips. Enough already!
Top Ten Things I Will Miss About NoVA
1.) Cheap ethnic restaurants. God, I love ’em.
2.) Thrift stores. We probably do 75 percent of our dry goods shopping this way, and find some pretty cool stuff, too.
3.) Free and inexpensive museums. With signs in English!
4.) The Goya section at Giant Food.
5.) Farmer’s markets and roadside produce stands.
6.) Having a garden (even with deer chomping on it all the time).
7.) Nearly everyone being nice. Yes, I mean it. Americans in the DC area are nearly always pleasant to interact with, at least on an everyday basis. You don’t know how great that is until you’ve lived a couple of years in Eastern Europe. I’m going to approach Vienna with an open mind in this regard, but I don’t know, it’s just three hours from Prague…
8.) The Virginia countryside and associated Civil War geekery.
9.) My stitch and bitch group. Yeah, I know I can start another one at post, and I know we’ll stay in touch. But it really helped me stay sane over the last year. No one else would have understood all the crap we were going through. Thanks, ladies!
10.) Being able to drive down and see my daughter every few weeks at UVa. OK, I was spoiled. But it really was nice!