The Sunday Salon [11.13.11]

The Sunday Salon.comIt’s Sunday again and time for my weekly apology for my lackluster blogging appearance. Once again it was a week where I read very little and blogged even less. Thank goodness for audiobooks is all I can say right now because without them, I’d pretty much be finishing nothing. So far this month, I have finished three books (The Radleys, Fallen, and Liesl & Po), two of which are audio (and the only reason I finally finished the print book is because I was trapped on a plane).

At least this week I have an excuse. We were in Pittsburgh last weekend for Ben’s sister’s wedding. No reading time there. And later in the week, my best friend from high school and her husband arrived for a short visit so I’ve been busy with them.

Let’s do storytime (since I need to entertain you somehow). Twelve years ago, two 16-year-old girls planned a 9-9-99 party. They had so much fun planning and throwing the party. At the time, they did everything together, so it seemed only natural that they would be best friends forever. They vowed to throw another party on 11-11-11, when they were 28. Meanwhile, they parted ways for college, met their future husbands, and settled into homes 1200 miles apart. They remained friends throughout but naturally saw a lot less of each other. Yet when 11-11-11 actually began approaching, they knew they had to make this happen. So on 11-10, one friend + one husband hopped on a plane so they could all be together on this insignificant significant date. And they had jello.

I am incredibly lucky to have such a friend.

[Pretend there is a picture of us at 16 here. I was going to pull one out but Janelle is sleeping in the guest room where the albums are and does not appear to ever be waking up.]

Me and Janelle yesterday

Update: She woke up. I couldn’t find a picture of us from 16. But here we are at 18 at our senior prom:

6 thoughts on “The Sunday Salon [11.13.11]

  1. Colleen November 13, 2011 / 12:08 pm

    What a great story! It so nice to have friends that have known you so much of your life – I have some close friends like that and there is an ease in being with them that is not found with other friends. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

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  2. Helen Murdoch November 13, 2011 / 12:26 pm

    That is so awesome! I love that you guys made the effort to get together on a promise made long ago!

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  3. Sandy November 13, 2011 / 9:24 pm

    I love that story! Love the pictures too. I hope you got some elephant ears and cheese stuffed pretzels at America yesterday. I have had a mega reunion thing going on with three of my high school friends for the last several years because of Facebook and it is really a wonderful, almost spiritual thing. You just can’t replace that kind of friendship.

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  4. zibilee November 14, 2011 / 11:56 am

    I find it so inspiring that you and your best friend made this plan and stuck to it! It’s so wonderful to have friends like that and to be able to celebrate with them years after life has set you on different paths. I have a good friend from high-school that I got in touch with last year. It’s been interesting seeing how much we have changed and how much we have stayed the same. So glad that you were able to celebrate with your best friend!

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  5. Michelle November 23, 2011 / 4:58 pm

    Ok, first who can go wrong with jello? Isn’t that reason enough for friends to get together. Pffft to momentous days and all that. BUT, ultimately isn’t it great to have that kind of friend. Where you can not only remember (fondly) these kinds of pacts AND follow through on them. Looks like fun was had by all. 🙂

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