Monday, November 21, 2011

Birthday Convention

For nearly two years, my friends were all a plane ride away. Now that I’ve moved back to the East Coast, they’re all a car ride away. For those of you who don’t know, DC traffic is known to be the WORST traffic in the U.S. Absolute worst. Leaving DC on a Friday afternoon/evening will only result in sitting on the freeway for hours on end. Let’s just say that in the amount of time it took me to get to my friend’s house on Friday, I could have flown to Utah.

My GPS even asked me, “Would you like to switch to pedestrian mode?” because that’s how slow I was going for so long. Nearly four hours later and I had made it to Richmond.

Friday was pretty low-key. Three of us went to the mall and then out to dinner for a total gab sesh to catch up on each other’s lives {we each live in a different area of Virginia} We finished the night by watching Bridesmaids. Hilarious.

Saturday during the day, we went back out to shop where I scored not one but TWO bargains on handbags. Love me some purses! I made another purchase which I’ll be excited to debut once Thanksgiving is over! That night, a bunch of us went out for my friend’s birthday celebration!

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Me with the birthday girl!

It was a fun time had by all. I spent a portion of the night watching the end of the Tennessee game {finally a win!} and another portion on the dance floor. The place we went to always plays the greatest music so, it was hard to resist. Oh yeah, and some guy referred to all of us as “the good-looking birthday convention.” Hmmm.

When I lived in Salt Lake City, it was so difficult being so far away from my friends and family. Not only did I miss out on birthdays and other life events, but I couldn’t just meet up with a good friend or even drive a couple hours for a fun weekend getaway. Making new best friends wasn’t an easy thing for me to do. I truly believe that creating memories {and taking a bunch of pictures} is a huge part of what this life is all about. That’s why it makes me happy to know I have something planned for pretty much every weekend into the New Year already :)

The drive home only took about two hours so I entertained myself with music from 2gether, B*Witched, and other awesome groups from 10+ years ago. I’m pretty sure I’m one of the only people who has the 2gether album(s). I’m fine with that. The temperature was warm, the sunroof was open, and when I got home I was super productive. I’d say it was a pretty good weekend :)

I’m grateful for my friends. We’re each so different – different styles, different tastes, different careers, etc. I’m grateful for the insight they all give me and for their constant support. Even though most of us live in different cities, I’m grateful for being much, much closer and for the relationships that continue to grow each day.

14 comments:

Karen said...

Looks like so much fun! I am laughing that your GPS asked if you wanted to switch to pedestrian mode :)

Kate @ Daffodils said...

Looks like a great weekend! I hate being so far away from family and friends :( Your DC traffic story did make me cringe though -everytime the hubs and I talk about moving back there, we also remind ourselves about that. I think now we are leaning toward Richmond or VA beach, just close enough, but not so crazy!

Erica [pocket full of chuckles] said...

It's so true about DC traffic. I've lived here for almost 4 years and it just keeps getting worse! It makes it so hard to go anywhere!

Katie said...

you look gorgeous in that last pic! I love your hair wrapped back like that. Luckily not many of my friends have moved away, but I'm sure at some point some may. Have I told you Billy wants to visit DC this upcoming year?? We'll see!

Lindsey said...

"Would you like to switch to pedestrian mode?” hahahah nooooO! That is horrible. I'm with you though, traffic may be the worst thing known to man.

You look gorgy in all the pics, yay for good friends being close!!

Jodi said...

looks like lots of fun!

CALLIE said...

Yay for such a fun weekend with great friend!!

I just about died when you said "Would you like to switch to pedestrian mode?" Hysterical!!

Raquel said...

You look gorgeous dahling! :)
And omg yes...DC traffic most definitely IS the worst ever!

Lindsay said...

OK reading about the traffic in DC makes me feel a little better about the traffic here in Boston... I don't know how you do it! I would go crazy stuck in the car that long!! (Plus I have horrendous road rage which means I'm not very fun to be with when we're stuck in traffic. oops.)

Inna xoxo said...

I love how the guy in the last picture looks like hes sleep standing! haha!
Sounds lika you had a fun wknd! Happy monday darlin!
xoxo Inna :)
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Alexandria said...

I'm glad you finally made it and had a good time :) DC traffic is the absolute worst!

Miss K said...

i hate traffic, that sounds like a nightmare! glad you made it safely though! you look so pretty in the pics too, your hair looks extra fab!

Michelle said...

While I began to read the paragraph starting with "When I lived in Salt Lake City, it was so difficult being so far away from my friends and family"... the sound of a winning slot machine when off in my head. Everytime I see Edie's dark hair among my blondies, I half expect to see myself... I love you guys, can't wait til Dec 17th!!! We will commute to Richmond from DC together; however, I suggest oldie pop songs like the Spice Girls as our roadtrip CD!

P.S. Hope those plans up into the New Year involve DC on the 31st!!

Whitney said...

I remember the band 2gether. I bought their cd back in the day too! Haha!