“Frends 4Evr”

01/18/2010 at 9:48 pm | Posted in Friends, Travel | 5 Comments
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I’d like to introduce you to the honorary fifth girlfriend on our beach weekend, Big Blue Bertha. She’s more than just a gigantic sectional sofa. She was our home, our landing pad. We hardly left her cozy, faux-suede embrace.

The weekend was wonderful. Exactly what I needed. Pajamas and “leisure wear” were the designated uniform, and showers weren’t required. We all harbored serious envy over mama-to-be Kristen’s sock monkey pj’s.

We ate and ate and ate. And the conversation flowed non-stop, breaking only for sleep, movies and one unfortunate basketball game (what’s up with the freaking Tar Heels?).

In between Cheetos courses, we scarfed an amazing chicken marsala dinner prepared by Laurie and yummy breakfast burritos that Kristen made. The cheese consumed — both real and processed — was epic. We also hit Morehead City for some fried shrimp on Saturday night. I’m still full.

Also, the reading was pretty intense. Serious literature of course.

We did see daylight. Saturday was too beautiful not to take a walk on the beach. We came across a gaggle of pre-teen girls running around, doing cartwheels and cheerleader jumps near the surf. I couldn’t resist taking a picture of this declaration they’d scraped into the sand:

I also got a ton of sleep. Two mornings in a row (two whole mornings!) of waking up on my own terms. Bliss. But the best part? The best thing about this trip simply was being with my friends. Laughing. Being silly and not giving a shit what we looked like. Sharing joy and commiserating with each other on the not-so-joyful experiences in our lives.

Letting go. If only for a couple of days.



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  1. Completely lovely post about your completely lovely weekend – Big Blue Bertha looks awesome :-).

  2. You definitely deserved a great weekend Sis…so glad it turned out as you wanted…relaxing, delicious, and comforting! Speaking of…where can the rest of us find those awesome sock monkey pj’s?!

    Ps. Kristen looks beautiful…so stoked to meet baby!

  3. Your long weekend looks like heaven! I loved that you caught up on your serious reading. I also loved seeing Kristen’s baby bump. Have a great week.

  4. Kristen and her pjs! That’s the image freshest in my mind from this weekend!

  5. […] what I could tell by watching my friend Laurie cook this dish during our beach weekend, it’s pretty easy to make. She substituted cream cheese for the mascarpone, and it was […]

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