Lessons Learned: Soulful Weekend

1 Feb

Bright and early on Saturday morning I picked up Lisa at a very packed airport (I think everyone was trying to flee this ridiculous weather are getting), greeted her with a classic Midwest Bear Hug, and we were off! This trip has been planned for only a month but it seemed like a long time coming; I think this past weekend was something we both needed: lots and lots of girl time.

Here are some of the things that I learned this past weekend:

* Apparently Mother Nature is nice and graces us with her lovely presence (as in 45 degrees and sunny) for special out-of-town guests. This will lead you to shedding your coat in favor of feeling a bit springlike. Don’t be too fooled, though. The weather will change after the sun goes down.

* Getting to the zoo within 30 minutes of them opening? Best idea ever. No lines to see the penguins!

* You know a lot more about the history and culture of your city than you think, but you always forget the Arch is 630 feet tall.

* Sitting on your bed, magazines askew, Generation X music on in the background? Reminds you both of high school, the days you couldn’t drive, and it is SO much fun. Nothing like just relaxing and being girls for a bit, no worries about driving, bills, plans, boys, nothing beats it!

* Celebrity gossip and looking at fashion is fun at any age. You’re also reminded of why you and Lisa are such good friends: your thoughts and tastes are incredibly similar.

* You might get totally giggly and say something like “smokes like a fish,” when you really meant “smokes like a chimney.” This will become a running joke for the rest of the weekend.

* Introducing your boyfriend to one of your best friends is really fun, especially when they like each other and get along really well.

* Mexican and margaritas is more fun when you’re celebrating a friend’s early birthday (and when the margaritas go down very easy).

* There are some bars in St. Louis that would be ideal for numerous episodes of “What Not to Wear.” We found one of those bars. We also think we should have a stack of Vogues to hand out to people who need some fashion advice.

* Chatting over a delicious breakfast with no agenda on a Sunday? Divine.

* Colin Firth is amazing and dashing, even when he’s playing a King with a speech impediment. (In other words, go see “The King’s Speech.”)

* Sex and the City is a lot funnier than you remember it being; so fun to watch it with a true fan!

* Spinach & feta stuffed chicken breasts are really good; maybe it’s the company (your parents + Lisa), the wine, and the fact that you were totally relaxed, but the recipe is definitely a keeper.

* When going to THE custard place of St. Louis, it’s probably a wise idea to call before you go, just in case they are closed for the season. (Lesson learned the hard way.)

* Sometimes the best weekends are the ones where you put down the camera and only have a few photos to share!

* You are incredibly thankful for the blog world and the best friends it has brought you and you will always wish they lived much, much closer to you.

* It is way more fun to drop a friend off at the airport when you know you’ll see them again soon!

* Fact: You need much, much more girl time in your life than you’re currently getting.


16 Responses to “Lessons Learned: Soulful Weekend”

  1. Lisa from Lisa's Yarns February 1, 2011 at 6:29 am #

    What a fabulous recap! It really was the perfect weekend, wasn’t it? I had so much fun – you were the perfect host! I really did love those hours spend on your bed, paging through magazines. It’s been years upon years since I have done that! So fun!

    And yea for knowing we’ll see each other somewhat soon! :)

  2. Kyla Roma February 1, 2011 at 6:59 am #

    Aw it sounds like you had such a fun time together!! :)
    I’m glad you guys got in your quality girl time, there’s nothing like it, Miss you!

  3. AshleyD February 1, 2011 at 7:42 am #

    Wow, it sounds like you girls had a busy, but super fun weekend! I can’t believe that I don’t read Lisa’s blog yet, so I must hop over there immediately!

  4. Erin February 1, 2011 at 8:04 am #

    I am a faithful reader of Lisa’s blog–and loved reading YOUR recap of the weekend you shared!!! It sounds like a wonderful time and I love that you both love SATC :) It is my all-time favorite show :)

  5. Megan February 1, 2011 at 8:07 am #

    What a great weekend!

    I’m lacking on girl time. With working full time plus school full time, most of my free time is spent with Husband. But I NEED some girl time. I’ll have to call my best friend soon for lunch.

  6. Becky February 1, 2011 at 8:52 am #

    What a great weekend!!!

  7. Amber from Girl with the Red Hair February 1, 2011 at 8:54 am #

    I’m so glad you girls had such a fabulous weekend! Girl time is the BEST THING EVER – so good for the soul :) I am in need of some soon!

    Sitting on the bed reading magazines sounds SO MUCH FUN too by the way. That totally takes me back to high school :)

    Great photos of you guys too!

  8. mandy February 1, 2011 at 9:08 am #

    So glad that the two of you had such a fabulous weekend! It made me so happy seeing the two of you together. Love and miss you both!! Girl weekends are something I think we can all use more often.

  9. pinkflipflops February 1, 2011 at 9:25 am #

    aww sounds like a fun time!

  10. SP February 1, 2011 at 11:59 am #

    Girl time is the best! That recipe sounds so good–spinach and feta–2 of my favorite things. Can you share it?

  11. Nilsa @ SoMi Speaks February 1, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

    Awww, I was hoping you’d write about your weekend with Lisa. Yay – sounds like the perfect balance for a short visit!

  12. Stephany February 1, 2011 at 3:21 pm #

    Sounds like such a fun weekend! I am in need for some serious old-school girl time as well. :)

  13. Habbala February 1, 2011 at 4:20 pm #

    I love this. I love the internet and how it brings people together who then go and have perfect weekends.

    Speaking of, when do you come here?

  14. Cait February 1, 2011 at 7:01 pm #

    Girl time is definitely one of the best things ever. Also, I love the excitement of friends meeting a boyfriend – it’s so awesome when they get along! :)

  15. Jessica February 1, 2011 at 9:17 pm #

    You are so right about out of town guests coming and bringing nicer weather. I think that happened with me and Erin this weekend. AND you’re right, bringing someone to the airport when you know when you’ll see them again is way better. Less sad :)

  16. terra February 2, 2011 at 5:41 pm #

    Sounds like an amazing weekend! And you’re right – we all do need a bit more girl time in our lives!

    (And I really, really need to go see the King’s Speech…)

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