Oh my heavens, this post is SO OLD. As in, it’s been sitting in the queue waiting for me to actually WRITE IT for like, more than a month. School, I tell yah.
So Emily and I planned a ‘girls’ weekend’ in August, and in the interest of saving money, we opted to stay in and Emily made the trip here. She arrived on a Thursday night and within hours we were at the gym for spin class! Like our headbands? Get more info here.
My summer internship forced me to work out in the afternoons, and after it was over, I stuck with my T/Th 4:30 spin class. I just love Sarah! I’ve been able to make it about once a week so far with this community nutrition rotation I’m in right now, but starting next week, the rotation changes. Oh well :(
After spin, we hooked up with Andrew and the three of us went to Arriba for Mexican food. It is one of Emily’s favorites.
Friday morning, Emily joined me at the gym for Pi-Yo and then kickboxing–we were beat! But, so fun to have her join me for my favorite classes!
After showers and snacks, Emily set up her massage table right in the front room to give me a MASSAGE! I’m a lucky girl, I tell you. Emily is like the ‘brain-surgeon’ of medical massage, and it was amazing how quickly my shoulders and back felt better. In fact, with school having started (stress, book bag, gym bag, not sleeping well, etc…) up again, I’m due for another. If only she lived here…
After the massage and assessing my ‘plant situation,’ we headed to a local nursery and then Home Depot to get supplies. The project: re-pot some of my plants and create some new ‘arrangements’ with succulents. (Best idea ever, Emily–succulents are amazing!)
We spent the afternoon covered in dirt and playing musical pots with the plants. A couple needed bigger pots, one needed a new pot and all my succulents had to go into the empty pots. Emily is such a good plant-teacher. She is like the ‘Yoda’ of plants for me. Whenever I’m in her presence, I want to say something ridiculous like, ‘teach me, o wise one.’ I don’t even like Star Wars that much!
I’m pretty sure we did some porch-sitting after that strenuous potting session…but I can’t remember.
That night, we stayed in for dinner: beet/coconut/ginger soup, simple salad and sweet potato/kale pizza. And wine. I love having someone for whom I can cook these fancy-schmancy, uber-healthy, strange-ingredient meals. Sure, Andrew will eat kale and sweet potato and things, but he wouldn’t love the soup, nor would he want the goat cheese on the pizza…it’s all just a waste on him. (That’s OK, he has other strengths.)
For dessert, I had saved two slices of the blueberry lemon birthday cake I made myself this May, knowing I wanted Emily to try it. At the time I put them in the freezer we hadn’t made our trip plans yet, but I just knew she’d enjoy that piece. So glad I did! (And, it was shockingly good for having been frozen for three months!)
Weekend project #2: Operation Clean-Out Holly’s Closet!
Earlier in the summer, I was experiencing great frustration with my closet. You know, the ‘I-have-nothing-to-wear-but-I-have-a-million-things-all-over-the-place’ kind of mess. I needed help! ‘Editing’ your closet is just like editing a paper…you always need ‘fresh eyes.’ Emily begged me to wait until her visit, so I did.
We systematically pulled and dragged and dumped whole drawers of clothes all over the place and sorted through each one. I was shocked at how much I was getting rid of…more than an entire basket! It felt so good.
On Saturday, Emily and I drove to Hunter’s Creek to take a mid-morning hike in the woods. In our matching boots. (Birthday gifts to each other this year! I mean, come on, they’re TEAL. And super comfy–HIGHLY recommend.)
We had one of our best hikes yet–filled with lots of great exercise, talking, tears and hugs–and I love that it’s kind of our ‘tradition’ to go on a hike/walk each time we’re together.
And then we get coffee. Obviously, a stop at Taste was in order.
Saturday afternoon was a bit anti-climactic: I had to take some photos for the newspaper, so I did that before our coffee and we also stopped at the Made in America store for treats for Emily to bring home to Dan.
That night, Emily cooked dinner for me!
It was SO FUN to sit, sipping wine, while she worked in the kitchen. Such a treat. Normally, I’m kinda OCD about being in the kitchen, but this time it was no problem. (The wine probably helped.)
Salmon, cod, kale and yellow squash!
The next morning, we had our customary Charlie’s breakfast before Emily hit the road. It is just the perfect place for a last hurrah before someone leaves. We sat outside and it was gorgeous.
Emily, THANK YOU for your friendship and for your visit and I am SO SORRY this is so late! I love you so much :)