Ya’ll, Spring is officially here! And I am here. for. it! We had great weather on Saturday, the kind that makes your allergies act a fool. Ya girl almost went sleeveless. ALMOST. Now that everything is thawing out, I’m all about that GOMO: Going Out More Often. I told my husband I’m going out every other day while it’s warm enough. He thinks I’m playing.
Going-going, back-back to the Blacksonian
On a whim, I texted another family this past weekend to ask if they wanted to go to the Cherry Blossom Festival with us. The festival brings tons of folks out for the pretty pink trees, fair food, and music. Our friends thought it was a good idea, so we met up near the National Museum of African-American History and Culture. They have two cute little girls around the same age as Bean and Button. To my surprise, my friend had tickets to the NMAAHC! This makes my fourth time going this year and I still haven’t seen the whole museum.
So that’s my first recommendation if you’re hitting up the DMV this Spring/Summer: MUSEUMS. Do as many Smithsonians as your tired feet can manage. And sign up for a pass to the NMAAHC! The July 2017 tix become available on April 5 at 9:00am SHARP.
After we toured a bit of the museum, we headed over to the Tidal Basin off the National Mall to see the cherry blossoms in bloom. Beanie ran to take some freshly picked
weeds flowers to her BFF and skinned up her arms. My poor baby cried for 30 minutes straight. She was right as rain after a while, sharing my funnel cake and chasing her friend. Thank God for the short memories of little kids, right? Button, as usual, was unbothered by any of the festivities.
I’ve taken to browsing the D.C.-area page of Eventbrite.com for cool events to attend. If I was ever going to be an extroverted human and plan an event, I’d use their site because they have such user-friendly format. Like I said, now that spring has sprung me loose, I’m good for going out as long as the weather cooperates. You might get a little sick of my Instagram feed. Sorry not sorry!
Sip/sew/shop a little something…
One of the lituations I’ve been scheming on going to for the longest is the Sip and Sew. Cecily Habimana teaches you a sewing lesson where you can make your own African print clothes. It’s so dope! I’ve already slept on and missed out on April’s class. Now I’m just trying to decide if I want to do the top for June or the dress for July. HALP! Which one would you vote for?
I’ve recently discovered less of a dislike for thrifting. My favorite thrift store on New Hampshire Avenue has a ton of good quality clothes for the girls. My success there has made me adventurous. I’ve also decided to check out Fia’s Fabulous Finds, a Black-woman-owned thrift store in DC. On April 16, Fia’s is having a “Fill-A-Bag” event where you fill a bag with as many vintage clothes/items as you love for only $25! It’s free to register (I’m going!)
Art + Love =Artomatic
If shopping or sewing isn’t really your bag, but you still like artsy stuff, you might dig Artomatic. Artomatic 2017 is an artist vending collective and celebration hosted in Crystal City, VA. Bean, Button and I went to the one in Potomac in the fall, and we had a blast.
Into something a little more earthy?
Me, too! That’s why I am adamant on going farm picking with Bean this year. We might even pick some beans (hyuk, hyuk. I’m corny; I accept myself!). I’ve actually never been strawberry or blueberry picking. Strawberry season reopens in Maryland around mid-May, so I’m planning on going around then.
Until that time, I’m just going to enjoy hitting up all the local markets. And by local, I mean in the entire DMV. I briefly visited Union Market for the first time this month. I hit up Eastern Market a few months ago and fell in love. Silver Spring’s FRESHFARM weekly farmer’s market will be a little more palatable with the warmer weather.
Did I forget the food?
I have a confession to make. After that disastrous call for restaurants that led me to the collard green fiasco, I still don’t have a favorite restaurant in the DMV.All this talk about how good the food is around here? Eh. Meh. There’s a ton of “Taste of…” events coming up to help me decide. So maybe my mission for this spring and summer will be eating my way across DC and Baltimore? I might regret this, but…if you got recs, send them my way! I’m hungry.
The bucket list item…
Last, but not least, I’ve been dreaming of doing the Color Run 5k since my bestie brought it up last year. It’s on September 17 at the National Harbor. Am I a runner? HECK, NO! But GOMO is all about stretching outside your comfort zone. My house makes me a couch potato. Going out more often helps combat that and makes me feel good about myself.
So there you have it, folks, my non-exhaustive guide to GOMO in the D.C. area. What would you do to go out more often and have fun? Live in D.C.? Maybe we can GOMO together!