Four years in DC and still so much to do!

Tidal Basin
Out enjoying DC, year 1

This week marks my fourth year in DC. I’m a big milestone person, noting anniversaries, birthdays, recognitions, etc, as if I work for a card company or something. (Thankfully, I have friends who do the same, so I know I’m not alone in this.) As I think back on the four years I’ve spent here since I left school and Ohio a semester early, I realize I’ve been through a lot, but that I have so much more coming my way. Journey with me?

Since February 2007:

  • I’ve lived in three apartments and had four roommates
  • I’ve had two jobs, three titles, and six (and a handful of dotted line) bosses
  • I continued a long-distance relationship, and broke it off
  • I’ve rekindled old friendships, made many new ones, and lost friends I thought were for life
  • I’ve consulted for 2 amazing entrepreneurs whose companies I believe in
  • I’ve held five parties, all but one Cajun-themed
  • I’ve watched the Saints win the Superbowl and LSU win the BCS Championship
  • I’ve gone through two couches, two mattresses, two comforters, two shower curtains, and two lamps.
  • I’ve gone kayaking, hiking, museuming, and attended tweetups
  • I’ve run my first three races here and scheduled my next two
  • I’ve watched the July 4 fireworks every single year, either on a rooftop or on the Mall
  • I heard Ted Kennedy speak, voted in person for the first time, attended President Obama’s presidential inauguration, done a West Wing tour, and a Capitol tour.

All that and a lot more in these four (short/long) years. But, what’s even better is that there is still so much to do! I’ve decided to create a fifth year “bucket” list, or more appropriately named, a “Must Do” list. I’ll want your help – I’m going to start it here, and I want your suggestions! Anything and everything goes, from restaurants I should try, to the cheesy and touristy, to activities I need to do, to places to hang out in. Help me fill out my Must Do list for year five!

Must Do for Year 5

  • Go to the top of the Washington Monument
  • Eat at Art & Soul
  • Visit Ben’s Chili Bowl (I’ve only had it at Nats Stadium)
  • Attend a Caps game
  • See a concert at Verizon Center
  • Hike the Sugarloaf trail
  • Visit Mt. Vernon
  • Visit the Library of Congress
  • Visit the Supreme Court
  • Run the Capital Crescent trail
  • Do a night monument tour
  • See a full show at the Kennedy Center (only saw a Millennium Stage show once)
  • See a play at the Shakespeare Theater
  • Eat at Ray’s Hell Burger
  • Visit the botanical garden
  • Visit all the museums that I’ve missed so far
  • Visit the National Archives

What else?

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