THE BEST OF TIMES, THE BEST OF ALL TIMES
Y’all, this weekend. My heart is full. I feel recharged. Ioved every moment.
I got to see some of my best gal pals from college for the first time in over a year, have lots of lady date adventures, play tourist in my city, and remember nostalgically that these wonderful friends used to be moments instead of miles away. It was a much needed fun few days. I’m thanking my lucky stars we were able to coordinate our lives and schedules to finally reunite.
To debrief on all the pictures, because it was such a picturesque weekend:
Stray Local played in Philly! I was able to get out of work early on Friday to make it to their show. My friend Hannah has such amazing vocal talent it’s almost stupid. Every time she opens her mouth, the sounds of jaws hitting the floor resonate wildly and you can’t help but be transfixed by her singing and performance style in general. The trio has truly established themselves with a distinct sound and polished style, and they were an absolute blast to watch (complete with flat footing and a rather festive jig by Nick, the percussionist)! I couldn’t help but feel continual pangs of nostalgia during the whole show; they included in their set a few songs that Hannah and Jamie learned originally back during our junior year of college, and the difference in their performance of said songs between then and now was absolutely mind blowing. I was so proud to see a genuine evolution from then up until now, and can hardly wait for their new cd to come out in September! This fan is already signed up to receive one as soon as humanly possible :)
After the show, I took H and R out into Old City and some authentic Philly cheesesteaks and some girl hangs at my favorite beer garden alone the river. Perfect ending to a Friday night!
Saturday morning consisted of brunch at Sabrina’s (always winning), more hangs, and then R and I dropped Hannah off at the train station so she could go meet up with the band in Lancaster for another show they had booked that night. From there, R and went back to Old City for another round of Philly cheesesteaks! I showed her where S works (always entertaining), and we also visited my favorite little movie themed smoothie shop, where we tried..BUTTERBEER! Finally! I seriously had not tried it until Saturday, which is kind of really absolutely absurd if you know me even a little. I wanted it to be the most delicious thing on the planet but it was just okay. So now I am determined to get down to the park in Florida and try THE REAL THING! (As if I wasn’t determined before…haha).
R and I wandered around Old City a bit, stopping in a used bookstore and a record store and unearthing some gems in both. We each walked away with books (alright….an armload of books for me! Necessary) and the record store proved fruitful too. From there it was a quick stop out in Center City to hit up an art store for some last minute supplies I needed, and then we walked out to LOVE Park.
As you can see from the progression of photos, I obviously paid a nice man $3 to hold a boa constrictor that is as long as I am tall. I loved it. Poor R absolutely does not like snakes at all, but she was a trooper and snapped a whole bunch of photos for me holding Rosie. After handing Rosie back (reluctantly, she was quite sweet) we got a picture under the LOVE statue :) You’re always guaranteed to meet some really nice/interesting people there, and this day was no different.
At that point, I was entering crunch time to finish my pieces for a series I designed for a cafe, so we headed back and had Netflix and crafting and new record listening.
Sunday morning was Sabrina’s round two, “See you later” to R (wahhhh!), and a mad dash home for a fundraiser and to hang aforementioned canvases in said cafe. My pieces will hang for about five weeks, through August. I genuinely don’t care if I sell any or not. It would be neat, but I also kind of selfishly want them all back! Artist struggles, I tell ya what.
Here it is, Monday afternoon, and I am still exhausted from the perfectly wonderful weekend. Not even complaining one little bit.
Cheers, sweet friends.