I got a really great message from my favorite Boston redhead, Melissa C., last night….so great she actually requested that I write a blog post about it, so here I am 🙂
In her message, she relayed to me an awesome moment that if you are oh so lucky, you have the chance to experience. MC was walking down the street and came across two guys strolling along, laughing together and full of positive energy. They had no idea anyone was privy to their conversation, but my lovely friend was able to catch bits and pieces of it. However, it wasn’t WHAT they were talking about but HOW they were talking that caught Melissa’s attention. If you’ve ever noticed, a lot of people bustle around every day, complaining to a friend on their cell phone, talking with a co-worker about a project over lunch or deep in conversation with a friend about personal issues. How often do you actually witness two friends, walking with nowhere to be, laughing, smiling and enjoying each other’s company? It’s always nice to be reminded that at the end of the day, it really isn’t where you are or what you have that matters – it’s who you’re with and how you choose to spend that quality time.
It’s funny that Melissa is the person who left me this message because one of my favorite memories in life is the time she and I got out of work early on a sunny spring day in Boston, ate the BEST Indian food and ice cream cones the size of our heads, and just walked through the city and laughed for hours. My best memories of Boston aren’t the most exciting clubs I went to or the shopping and site seeing I did…. My best memories are laughing with friends on strolls down the street and coming home to sit on my apartment floor and drink cheap wine.
Good friends like that are hard to come by and moments in life when all you need to do is laugh to communicate are even more rare. So treasure them… and remember that true happiness is just a belly laugh away.
I know you have all been biting at the bit to hear about how Cinco de Mayo Southwest Style went…. Well it was fun – but probably nothing to write home about. I am fairly certain the homemade mojitos and guacamole trumped our “out of the house” plans by a million, but we live and we learn. The long and short of it all is, once we got to the Sandbar (where we thought we’d be dancing the night away), the line out the door was about a half-mile long and the cover was $20 a person. Call me crazy, but that seems like a bit much for a night of tequila and tacos. So, we had a delicious dinner at The Island and salsa danced afterwards… in the living room 🙂
Next up to cross off the Southwest/life-long bucket list? Glass blowing class! Way to go, Groupon! More to come on that after this weekend! Hopefully we will make some fantastic paper weight or something.
Side note to all of the Southwest fun: I took a yoga class last week that blew.my.mind. I have tried yoga a handful of times in my life and, surprisingly, have not loved it (which is weird). BUT, this class put me in SUCH a good place mentally and physically that I think every single human alive should try it. It is a no-judgment zone for sure – everyone in there was at a different level and the instructor kept reiterating that there was no pressure. “Yoga doesn’t hurt… yoga heals.” What a nice change of pace from normal fitness classes were people keep yelling to go faster and work harder! I did another awesome rooftop yoga class this morning… It was such a stress reliever – and as I have done a lot of eyebrow scratching recently (those of you who know me understand how compulsive I can be when I’m stressed).
SPEAKING OF WHICH – check out this blog post I found! http://www.confessionsofaninsomniac.com/?p=167 Speaks straight to the heart… I can’t believe so many other people create their own baby bald spots when stressed! Ahhh, there is hope for all of us yet!
Oh one more fun fact – saw La Cage Aux Folles with George Hamilton last night at the Gammage. Last set of tickets in our pack *tear.* But another fun thing to cross of the bucket list – mini season at the local theater!
Last but not least…
Question of the day: If you were to envision an 80’s all-adult prom, what would it look like? Your feedback and ideas are more helpful right now than you could EVER imagine!
Well, it is certainly starting to feel toasty warm here in Arizona…. so to embrace the changing of seasons, I have a fabulous Pinterest find to share with you all:
I really love this because it is something that all of us struggle with at times. We are so busy looking forward to what’s next that we sometimes forget how quickly our present will change… and it WILL change. So whether metaphorically our literally, embrace whatever season you are in!
Now I know we (M + C) spoke of the bucket list we have been working on for our time here in Scottsdale and I think I have something to add and fulfill all at once – Cinco de Mayo in the Southwest! Sadly, I don’t think I’ve ever really gone wild with the tequila and tacos that this “holiday” often brings – part of that is because I am usually busy that day and the other part is that the inner Spanish/Latin American Studies major in me knows it’s a pretty gringo-ized “fiesta.” BUT, I am bound and determined to find a watering hole where we can dance to our hearts content this Saturday. So far this is the most concrete salsa dance party I could find. Not sure…..
Turning to my Arizona friends now…
Where should we go to ring in the 5th??? All suggestions welcome! Pictures to follow!