First, I apologize for being MIA for the last week; it was pure laziness rather than busyness. I am back!
Last Sunday-Monday I got together with my college housemates. There were five of us that randomly lived in the same dorm suite our freshman year, and we quickly became best friends and rented a house together for the rest of our time at JMU–the Dollhouse.
Amazingly, all five of us still live in Virginia, so it’s not impossible to reunite a few times a year. This week we traveled to Norfolk and stayed with Leah. Before I left Andrew asked what we had planned for our time together, then said, “Wait, let me guess: eat breakfast and talk…go to a coffee shop and talk…eat lunch and talk… find another coffee shop and talk…” 😀 It’s true; we’ve noticed that when we get together, we just talk as we move from one eating establishment to the next.
We all arrived around noon Sunday–two of us from Richmond, two from D.C.–and immediately drove to a coffee/sandwich shop near Leah’s apartment. Then we walked around by the water for a bit.
…And Sarah decided to test-sit a stranger’s boat…after climbing over a locked gate to reach it… 😉
After a while we found a place to sit by the water and enjoy the day. And talk. And laugh. And talk.
Leah, with Kate’s help, reenacted a scene in which she fell while on a run and was groped (she suspects intentionally) by a homeless man who helped her back up. Hah! (Leah, don’t kill me for posting this photo… you are hilarious :-D)
From the water we headed to the grocery store, then back to the apartment to make dinner: quesadillas and bell peppers…
…+ homemade salsa and sangria
I’d also like to mention that our quesadillas were vegetarian because, while none of us are vegetarians, we all decided that the packages of raw chicken were just too gross to touch, and we’d rather go without. Andrew’s mind was blown by this, but it’s one of the millions of reasons that I love these girls. 🙂
It was a beautiful evening so we ate dinner on the back porch, then talked for hours about life and love and pranks we pulled in college (and a few we’ve pulled since…) Then ate ice cream & half-baked cookies. Then talked until we fell asleep. Glorious. 🙂
Monday morning, Leah made us waffles with a strawberry syrup, all from scratch, with strawberries she’d picked herself. It. Was. Delicious. After breakfast, Hannah and Sarah went for a walk while Kate, Leah, and I went running. If there are two things the five of us share, it’s a love for food and a love for fitness. 😀
After running/walking, we cleaned up and drove to the beach! We took lunch to go from a cute sandwich shop and ate on the beach.
It was awesome. Beautiful day… At the beach with my best friends…on a Monday. All I could think was, “It doesn’t get any better than this.” Complete in-the-moment contentment.
That is, until Leah turned around and said, “Uh, check out those clouds…”
To the East: perfect beach day. To the West: rain clouds of doom. We sat in the sun and denial for a little longer until I finally said, “You guys, this really is coming towards us. It’s probably already raining on the car.” We packed up, and after trying to wait it out in the car, gave up and headed back to Norfolk.
In our final hours together we parked ourselves back on Leah’s porch, ate pizza (yes, I ate more dairy this weekend than I have in two months,) and squeezed in a few more laughs.
I miss these girls like crazy when we are apart, but thanks to regular life-update email chains, we are always able to pick up where we left off when we do reunite.
(Our one, super-grainy, self-timer iphone photo group shot ;-))
Hehe welcome back Catherine! I love girly reunions (and you are totally right – for reunions these days my friends and I suggest all these fun ‘activities’ to do but we just end up spending the whole day in a selection of cafes so that we can catch up over tea and cake 😉 ) and you are super lucky that so many of your close friends live close by (I hope this will be the same case when there’ll be a mass outflux of my friends and I out of London when we want to go somewhere quieter!). Glad you had a fun week and have a good weekend!
Thanks! Yeah, we usually plan a few things, but all we really want to do is catch up on life 🙂 I hope some of your friends stay nearby!
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