The other exciting news about my trip home was that I got a bike! I have recently gotten into riding a bit, but I have been renting a bike since I didn't own one. The man-friend and I had been looking for bikes to buy on Greenville craigslist, but figured that since we were going to be in DC there might be more options. Lo and behold, I found something that I liked in my price range without too much fixing necessary.
Now, since i'm not a hardcore cyclist, I felt no need to buy an expensive new bike. I plan on using this bike some for exercise, but not more than 1-2x/week. However, we definitely put in some effort researching good brands and luckily my mom and bf are pretty well versed in cycling jargon. I ended up buying a Giant bike in fairly decent condition.
The next step was to add/change/modify the different components to my liking. A trip to the bike store was a must. I bought a new seat, pedals, water bottle cages and a frame bag. Not too expensive and definitely made some nice upgrades.