Today was the first of 2 days of intense visiting. I only get back to Minnesota about once a year, and most of my friends don't get out to California. So every year at the holidays, I try to see as many people as I can who I'm friends with...mostly college friends, these days as I've lost track of high school friends.
Today I met up with ShinyThing. She might be wandering around the blog sometimes...which would be lovely. I got to see her new place, take a shower (thank the gods!...see note in previous blog about our sewer problems, if you are confused), meet Sadie the cat, and go have a fabulous lunch out at a neighborhood French Bistro. ShinyThing is one of those friends that I feel totally at ease with whenever we get back together. I don't have to have any pretensions around her and we can just talk about our shit. She's been having troubles this year and deserves so much happiness in her life. I hope it comes to her soon.
I went directly from there to go out to dinner with MarriedWithChildren and She'sGotBoys. MWC and SGB both have 3 children, and both this year and last year we had "girls' night out" when I was in town. MWC and I were best friends in college and have drifted. SGB and I were good friends as well and have drifted. It's sometimes challenging for me as a single woman with no children to relate to their lives, but I love them just the same. They are really genuine and care about their families. MWC and I have decided to stay closer by talking on the phone more often. We'll see how long we keep that up.
I'm exhausted. I feel like I ate non-stop today. And tomorrow I'm off to see MyMentor for lunch and MNDoctor and her partner for dinner.
Just a last note, my parents have graciously allowed me to use their car to go on visits. It is roughly the same square footage as the smaller apartment I will be moving into - boat sized, really. I'm just going to be so glad to not have to navigate this thing anymore!