On Mondays I babysit Britten. We take naps and walks. Last week, I changed things up a bit and decided to strap her carseat in the car and go on an adventure. This has opened the door to a world of adventure that Merrifield has to offer.
Backstory: Britten’s mom is Caroline and I have lived with her longer than anyone outside of my family. We lived together in college and on and off out of college until I moved to Alexandria and she got married. A few years out of college Caroline bought a townhouse in Merrifield. I lived there for a while and the perks were it is convenient. It is close to lots of things: 495, Fairfax, Alexandria.The downside, it is technically in Annandale, which I have called: the armpit of Fairfax County. The kinds of things we had to do in the neighborhood were to hang out at a bar with a huge terrace that looks out onto a highway and a parking lot. Caroline always said that it was up and coming, and I always laughed.
I don’t know if you have been to Merrifield any time recently, but it is up and coming. There is a new urban shopping district, and it is fairly amazing. There is a fancy movie theatre, a sweetgreen is coming, Anthroplogie, Paper Source and a big fancy Target. They have been building the Target for quite some time and I have been wanting to get in there ever since.
Last week I heard it was open. It actually had been opened, I missed the grand opening. It made me sad, but it was time to pick up the pieces and keep going. Britten and I had a big day ahead of us.
Just look at that thing…pretty, right? Here is the sad part: the Target is actually just like any other. It isn’t 2 floors, as it appears from the outside, there isn’t anything different inside. It is just like the one you might find in Iowa City or Harrisonburg.
The building itself is fairly amazing and it was the sunniest, nicest day you could ask for.
After walking out of Target empty handed, a minor miracle, Britten and I decided to walk around (side note, don’t you love it when people talk about babies like that? That they are in on the decisions?). We ended up finding a Mom’s Organic Market (M.O.M’s). There was one of these right next to my house in Alexandria and I always wanted to go in, but never did. Today was my lucky day.
It was a touch intimidatingly cool in there. It does seem to be a good place to buy things, apparently it is cheap (that is what they told me). They had a lunch bar where they would make you a rice bowl filled with lots of healthy things. My favorite thing they had was this:
I had these cookies this summer in Massachusetts and have been dreaming of finding them ever since.
What a day.