Hi, Amy. Welcome to the other
I know your area well. Buck and I lived in Silver Spring for 30 years and spent plenty of time in Alexandria, Annandale, Fairfax, etc.
You sound like my twin sister. I'm a gadget/cookware-aholic, too. Wish I had a room I could devote to all my toys, but I make do.
Stick around this is a delightful place. Glad you found us.