Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Sometimes It's the Simple Things

I grew up in the suburbs of Memphis.  And we often took family vacations to big cities.  And I always had the greatest time, and I always loved the cities.  So growing up I somehow got the idea in my head that I was a city girl.  Who needed dull ole suburbia?  In the town I grew up in, they practically roll up the sidewalks at ten p.m.  Yawn.  

Well, now that I am a city girl (as in I live right smack dab in the middle of downtown), I am here with a confession: in my heart I am a suburban girl.  Or at least a less-urban girl.  I love D.C. and all the great things it has to offer- I really do!  There is always somewhere to go or someone to call and hang out with. 

 But I miss the suburbs!  

This has probably been one of the most shocking things to me about moving to D.C.  Sometimes, I just long to get in my car and go enjoy all the great things that you get to do in the 'burbs that you can't do in the city so easily.  I know that sounds crazy.  But it's true.  So I've learned that the best thing I can do for myself mentally sometimes is to rent a car and get the heck out of downtown.  

And that's just what I did this weekend and it was awesome.  So what are my favorite things about the suburbs?

I started out at Target. 
That red cart is such a beautiful site to me!  And check out that bag- more to come on her later!

Oh, I also might have swung by a Chick-fil-a for a diet coke and a chicken biscuit.  Glorious.

And I also went to the grocery store.  I didn't snap any pics in there (I was already pretty weird snapping tidbits of the other seemingly-mundane things I did that day).  BUT let me just say.  I think the grocery store is one of my happy places in life.  WEIRD.  But true.  But only as it applies to non-crowded suburban grocery stores.  Grocery stores in the city are impossibly small and impossibly crowded and when I leave, I just end up so stressed.  (Which is why I've now switched to having my groceries delivered for major stock-ups.)  But I love going to the grocery store when I can just meander and chill.  It clears my mind or something.

I also went to another happy place- Home Goods.  
Now, we don't have a Home Goods in Memphis, so the D.C. metropolitan area definitely has something on my previous homes.  I freaking love Home Goods.  I have always loved Marshall's, but Home Goods just takes things to the next level.  Here are some of the goodies I found.
I love all things mercury glass.  I have a mercury glass lamp from Home Goods already, or I might have bought this one.  Isn't the shape fantastic? 

How about this chair?  I think it is such a great shape and I love the nailhead trim!

Finally, I thought this pumpkin was really cute and fun for fall.  I like the departure from the standard orange pumpkin.  I don't plan to decorate for fall at all, but I love to see what other people come up with to celebrate the season!

What about you? Are you a city girl or a country girl or, like me, do you just love the suburbs in a crazy way? What are some of your seemingly-mundane happy places?


  1. Gahhh Home Goods is my happy place. There's one about 2 minutes away from my apartment, and a target right across the street. Now that I moved last month I'm more in the suburbs, though Atlanta is sort of more suburbany than other cities anyway so even when I was living downtown these places were just up the street. But YES to home goods! I have so much stuff from there!

  2. I grew up outside of Memphis too...in Collierville. What a small world. I love reading your blog. You have the cutest apartment.

  3. LOVED this post! I bitch about my commute to a big city all the time, but I love my suburb and all it has to offer as well!

  4. @Jenn- So jealous of your suburban set up. I love that you and I seem to have different taste in home stuff but we can still find such awesome stuff at home goods!

    @Kelly- I grew up in Collierville! Such a small world. And thanks so much for the compliment and for reading!

    @Laura- I recently saw your town on a list of best place for retirees! Haha! it must be a fun and safe little town with good quality of life.


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