12 September 2013

Today, I...

Today, I drove the car around all by myself and did not hurt anyone or anything, though I am weirdly extra cautious on the road now.

Today, I ate a meal I've been dreaming about for two years: soup and salad.  And it was delicious.

Today, I received ninety-five cents in change and truly did not know what to do with it.  It stayed in my hand for a good five minutes.  And then my fingers smelled like coins?! And then I stashed it somewhere in my clutch.

Today, I rode the Metro for the first time in a good number of years and I was that dorky person smiling and looking around me because it was so very wonderful.  And then I was that person taking selfless on the Metro and today, I was ok with that.

Today, I discovered that Pumpkin Spice Lattes are kind of super sweet?! And my new coffee-drinking self struggled to get it all down. And it was five dollars and I am trying not to think about how very expensive that feels to me, five days out of Cambodia.

Today, I walked around Washington in a neck of woods where I interned...oh...eight years ago.  And I remembered it well and it was affirming and fun and fantastic, all wrapped up in one. I reveled in every step today.

Today, I visited Peace Corps Headquarters and took what is probably a shockingly terrible picture for an I.D. badge.

Today I felt even more like I was home. And today was great.


  1. I love your hair! And your lipstick! Rockin' it USA style :)

  2. Welcome back to America! Panera was one of my first places to eat when I got back in the country too. Enjoy "christmas" when you reunite with all your stuff that you unpack... :)

  3. I can only imagine the adjustments you're going through! Glad you made it home safe!

  4. Such a fun post!! And your hair...just love it :) Too funny, we had Panera the second day we were back in America :)

  5. thanks all! and the panera was sooo good!