Home sweet home(town)

Last Friday I made the trip to Charlottesville to visit my family for the weekend. I don’t live all that far from my hometown but lately I haven’t been visiting frequently. I guess its just part of becoming more adult and developing a weekly routine. I also attribute it to the fact that I have just reached the 3 year mark of living in Raleigh and I am now, more than ever, very comfortable here and have a wide group of friends and activities I am rather attached to. These days, I consider the Raleigh area and all of its elements (my apartment, my office, my boyfriend, my dog, my friends, my day-to-day life) to be “home”.

Still, whenever I am making the journey to Charlottesville I still say that I am going “home”. The statement is still accurate of course because when I am there I still find similar elements that bring me comfort (the house I grew up in every day of 18 years before moving off to college, the various venues of my part-time jobs in high school, family, and memories of a day-to-day life I once experienced). So I guess, at 25 and beyond, you learn to embrace multiple homes: your home and your home(town).

The house I grew up in. Ah, memories.

The house I grew up in. Ah, memories.

I appreciate Charlottesville much more than I did when I was a teenager. (Really, do we appreciate anything appropriately when we’re teenagers?) It’s such a beautiful area and, even though it goes through some changes, it always seems to stay remarkably the same. I wasn’t much of a runner in my younger days so running during my visits is always especially fun because it’s a way to experience my old neighborhood in a new way, which believe me is hard to do after 18 years in the same house.

And run I sure did. After dragging through my week and exercising minimally while trying to recover from my cold, I was DYING to run. This is a feeling I haven’t had in quite a while. Don’t get me wrong, I love running, but I am not always finishing one run and immediately amped up for the next. But that’s how I felt all weekend long – and I still feel that way this week. So, although I was cursing my cold last Tuesday, I think I am now oddly grateful for the renewed since of enthusiasm it has given me, especially because I start my slightly postponed and revised marathon training schedule next week!

Obviously my weekend consisted of a few enjoyable runs.

Such a pretty and fun neighborhood to run in.

Such a pretty and fun neighborhood to run in.

I'll clarify that it was not any less hot and humid in VA last week than it was in NC. Here's my post-run sweaty lobster-face photo as proof.

I’ll clarify that it was not any less hot and humid in VA last week than it was in NC. Here’s my post-run sweaty lobster-face photo as proof.

I did do a few other things besides run this weekend. Don’t act surprised. I had two great dinners with my family accompanied by even greater conversation. My brother and his girlfriend came in from Richmond on Saturday so I got to spend some time with them. I wandered around town with my Mom. I played in our big backyard with Juneau. And I even did nothing; I sat on the couch with my iced coffee and my dog and read my magazine while not giving a single thought to where my friends were or what they were doing, what part of my apartment needed to be cleaned, or what I would return to at the office on Monday. It was wonderful and I really ought to make myself do it more often.

Juneau in her usual spot (on the back of the couch, like a cat), iced latte, Shape magazine. There is nothing bad to be said about this picture.

Juneau in her usual spot (on the back of the couch like a cat), iced latte, Shape magazine. There is nothing bad to be said about this picture.

What did you do last weekend? Any big plans for the one coming up? What’s your idea of home?

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One thought on “Home sweet home(town)

  1. Sounds like a great weekend. And it was. We always love having you and Juneau and Jeremy when he can come. Your dad WAS a little disappointed that you didn’t mention the car wax job you got for free (in the 95+ heat).
    Mom

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