Monday, March 21, 2011

Girls and Boys Weekends

I sadly had to leave San Diego on Wednesday, but Forrest got to stay for the research convention. 2 of his classmates, Strud and Richard, took my place, since they were presenting their research as well. I got to go back to work, but since it was spring break, it was a light week! Since I would be alone all weekend, my girlfriends Randi and Deborah came to stay with me for a little girl time. What a fun time we had!! They arrived on Friday night and we went to KOBE to eat and then shopped for shoes. We stayed up late talking and laughing and reminiscing about old times in the sorority! Randi's birthday is in a few weeks so we brought her presents and had a mini birthday party, complete with Gigi's cupcakes (which I of course couldn't eat since Forrest and I gave sweets up for Lent) and presents! We also had a little excitement that night because I was puppy sitting Sullivan since his people were at the beach. Poor little baby didn't want to come in our house and I kept finding him laying on the porch at his house. He was also scared to death of my cats, and they didn't even do anything to him! He whimpered and whined for a while but finally settled down and we were all about to go to sleep!
The next day I got up and got us chicken minis for breakfast--delish! Then we put on our lake attire and headed up to my parents' lake house for the afternoon (although we stopped in Peppermint Pony on the way there, yes, in our bathing suits and cover-ups). We could not have asked for better weather! It was nearly 80 degrees and breezy and it felt amazing! We basically laid out on the pier all day, again, chatting and laughing and telling stories. My mom and sister, Aunt Sue, and Sara were there too, so it was like one big girls' day! Sadly, Randi had to leave around 4, but Deb got to stay for the rest of the day. We walked down to the Condras and had "happy hour" with Jay and Claire, and even Justin and Farrah came up to hang out! By the time Deborah and I got back to our lake house, Dad's ribs were ready so we sat down to a delicious bbq meal: ribs, potato salad, baked beans, salad, fruit, and bread. We were stuffed! Dad and Uncle John started telling stories on each other from college and we just laughed and laughed!

Deb took lots of pictures of Chip wearing her sun hat!

The next day, Deb got up early and went home and I went to Mass. Afterwards, I drove to ATL to pick Forrest up from the airport. I was SO excited to see him, but I wasn't the only one. The dogs went nuts when he got home and wouldn't leave his side. It was such a nice day out so we hung around outside playing with the dogs until time for dinner at my parents'. Now we are right back in the swing of things. Oh well!
You may be asking what Forrest was doing while I had laughing it up with the girls. Well, he and Richard and Strud got to explore more of San Diego, which makes me super jealous! They went to Balboa Park, which Forrest and I had to miss. They also went to Mission Beach and tried their hand at skim boarding like the pros! They even went back to La Jolla and ate at George's on the Cove--check out the view!

The thing I am saddest about missing is their day trip to Coronado Island. Doesn't this make you want to go there too??

Of course, they did a lot of conferencing. Forrest's research was very well received and he fielded questions about it for over an hour! Way to go!!! I am sad that I didn't get to see him do his presentation, but they wouldn't let me go as a non-dentist. Bummer! Now we are just glad to be safe and sound at home and are looking forward to our next adventure!

A few pics I ripped off of Richard's facebook page of the guys' weekend. I am coveting that burrito right now!

UABSOD presenters. Way to go guys!

Beach day!

La Jolla

Ferry to Coronado Island

Forrest's presentation!

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