This is Part 2 in my little series of guest posters. I really hope you’re enjoying getting to hear from some of my favorite bloggers, and I can’t wait to share all the exciting developments I have going on with you! I’m especially excited about today’s post because it comes from Jess, who is one of the most crazy awesome bloggers I know. Also, my dog hearts her dog. So without further ado…
Hey y’all! I’m Jessica and you can normally find me blogging in my own little corner of cyberspace, Heart on Homestead. I’m so honored that Anni asked me to guest post! I’ve been a huge fan of her photography and blog for quite a while and rarely a day will go by that I don’t talk to this girl, it’s amazing what great friends you can find over the internet.
To be perfectly honest, I had no idea what to write when I was first contemplating my guest post and I think that has a lot to do with the fact that Anni and I are very different. She lives in the bustling city of Chicago when my home is situated on a dead end road in the farm country of Virginia, more specifically, the Shenandoah Valley.
To look out my back window and see a fabulous view of the Blue Ridge Mountains is often breathtaking, but I guess I’ve watched one too many episodes of Sex and the City because I can’t hide my jealousy. It seems so amazing to have access to specialty shops, museums and entertainment just steps from your front door and that’s something that my small town just doesn’t offer. My life consists of a thirty minute commute to work and an even farther drive to anything worthy of a Saturday night out.
I’m drawn to the hustle and bustle of Washington D.C., only two hours from my one acre lot, it seems like an entirely different world! Within a few miles, you have the Smithsonian, memorials, the White House not to mention countless restaurants, theatres and nightlife. As fantastic as it all sounds to me, I’m afraid I wouldn’t fit in. I say y’all too much, talk to strangers and can’t parallel park. Reading a map is like looking at a different language and I’d probably be lost 99% of the time.
Now, just so this post doesn’t sound like an ad for Washington D.C., I do have to say that I wouldn’t give up my suburban life for anything. Even though the “country air” really just smells like manure and my next door neighbors are literally goats, it’s nice here. No, we don’t have a dog park but I love that I can let my dog out without a leash and let him run around our yard. A day trip for us means exploring the local wineries and marveling at the acres of vines. If we want, we can hike in the Shenandoah National Park or camp by the river on the weekend.
I guess the grass always seems greener on the other side, right? Had you asked me a few years ago, I would have jumped on the chance to trade my three bedroom house for a studio apartment a block from the metro. Nowadays though, I more than happy to be settling down as my husband and I celebrate our one year anniversary next month all while continuously renovating our little stone house on a dead end road overlooking Appalachia.