November 30, 2012

Home for the Holidays

Now that the holiday season has kicked off, we have already seen a few of our favorite out of town friends as they come home to spend the holidays with their families.  Other than my brother, our immediate families are all in the Twin Cities, so we are able to see them often.  Our friends, on the other hand, are located all over the country (and world for that matter.)

Keith & Whitney came straight from Hawaii the weekend before Thanksgiving.  Somehow, we got roped into a Thursday night outing.  Yikes.  We started at Joe's Lowertown apartment and then headed to a few of our favorite Lowertown establishments.  The Gopher Bar was a great choice with the cheap beer and Whitney's music on the jukebox.  We danced and sang songs and took lemon drops.  It is a fun group and even though we usually only get together once a year, it's always a good time.

The next night, we had a girl's slumber party at Kirsten's.  Tido was in town from Colorado and so it was fun getting all the girls together.  I met a few new ladies and we had some cocktails, played some games and ate a taco feast.

Growing up, I always thought I was a guy's girl, but now that I'm older, I don't think that's a real thing.  I think it's an excuse because meeting new ladies is sometimes difficult and uncomfortable.  Guys aren't any easier, they are just different and there's no real competition with them.  I've recently realized that I have so much fun meeting new girls.  This slumber party was no exception.  I don't think I've laughed that hard in a while.

My camera only captured three photos that night, but someone else was able to snag a group photo before things got too out of control.  Oh yeah, and we watched Magic Mike, but just the scenes with dancing.  I think Channing Tatum is attractive, but the dancing isn't really that exciting for me... just entertaining.

Just this last weekend, we were lucky enough to catch up with Andy (in town from Chicago) and Caroline (in town from Washington.)  Andy did his usual get together with his 70 closest college friends.  I was kind of glad I had to call it an early night because usually hanging out with that group leaves me sick for days.  I was happy to see Caroline too and find out that she's home for the whole month of December :)

Just when I think I've heard from or seen all my out of town friends, I receive a FB notification today that Amy has posted a video on my wall.  It made my whole day.  She is currently teaching in South Korea and we only get to see her once a year (if we're lucky) and we'd love her to move home soon, but in the meantime, a surprise note every once in a while will get me by.  Here's what she wrote:
I just posted this same vid on Brady's wall, and I thought... I bet this would make Steph smile.  To be honest, I have no idea if you were ever an NSYNCer, but since we see eye-to-eye on so much else... I thought that this random Xmas tune would start your day off right.

Love her.  I have great friends.  So, for that, I'm super grateful.  I now must pay it forward and find another ridiculous holiday video and post it on someone else's wall.  Happy Friday!

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