The majority of the day was pretty much us, just hanging out. We prepped the van, had some cafe....ahhh cafe'. (Since we were sick for so long, we didn't have any cafe' for just about 2 weeks!) We ran some errands, worked on some computer stuff then headed over to Chandler Village...the mall. It was such a gorgeous day out, I wish I had brought my camera with me. After doing a 50 minute walk-around, we wanted to get a lot of 'steps' in today since we feel better, we sat outside of the food court at a table and chairs and soaked up the sun and great energy in the awesome fresh air! It was just awesome! We strolled back through the mall and back to the van...we had a little bit of driving ahead of us! Today we would be visiting a longtime girlfriend of mine, Krystle. We met back in 2000 where we worked side by side in a cubicle at AAA...I was about 20 and she only a couple of years younger. Our friendship sparked almost immediately bonding over just about everything...good times. We both parted ways out of the company, moving to different states but have kept in touch this entire time. The last time I saw her was when her little baby boy was only 3 months old...he's now 11 years old! Time flies. She is now married with a 5 year old little girl...I think now is the perfect time to go for a visit, wouldn't ya say!
We drove towards her house, which is in the North Phoenix area and I'm glad we started driving when we did...not used to the whole rush-hour traffic starting at 3:30!! We don't live in that world anymore. It was a beautiful drive up I-1o, getting off the highway only to drive through mountains and nice neighborhoods. We piddled around by her neighborhood until it was time to meet, by 5:30 we were pulling up to her house with everyone waiting outside! Now how's that for a welcome!! She is so cute, she was jumping up and down, so excited, then there I was jumping out of the van into her arms...hugs, hugs, hugs!!! I love hugs, especially from my peeps! Her hubby, Nick, is just thee nicest guy and her two kids are beautiful and handsome...and growing like weeds...craziness. We showed them around the van as they were very curious as to how we live, as many people are, with a couple and dog living in an Astro van! We finally made it inside where we got the tour and then sat outside by their fantastic pool with a gentle fresh breeze. We talked for quite some time before dinner time. They just started a 7 day Vegan cleanse, so dinner would be a bit different but I thought it was totally awesome and could actually make it for us some time. Dinner was Taco Salad but the meat would consist of Quinoa, crushed walnuts and crushed almonds (they also made some ground beef for us and the kids, how nice!), pretty much everything else was the same: green peppers, onions, tomatoes, lettuce, cheese (for us) and a zinger of a homemade salsa Krystle whipped together.
[caption id="attachment_4009" align="aligncenter" width="350"] Nick, this one's for you![/caption]
It was awesome and I actually had to get myself a second helping of their "meat", it was super delish. She's funny, she said, "I know it doesn't matter what we have, Kalani will eat whatever I put in front of her." True story. Even after all of this time apart, she still knows me pretty good! haha Oh, they even have those rad little tortilla dishes you see on the tele...and they work amazingly. I swear if we had an oven, we'd have some of those in our cookware inventory. I was actually really excited about them...yes I took pics! haha
[caption id="attachment_4004" align="aligncenter" width="350"] Tortillas in a snap![/caption]
I don't think one breath was had during dinner or any conversation. It's so nice to be able to be around good people, especially when those peeps are your friends. It makes me miss her so much more now that we've embraced and were able to look at each other while having a conversation. We had such a great time, it was hard to leave...but we're friends and we'll always stay that way so it's just a, "See ya later"...never a good-bye.
[caption id="attachment_4006" align="aligncenter" width="350"] Our 'cheerleader' pose! ha[/caption]
Life is pretty perfect. Stop and take it all in once in a while. You might be surprised at what you find...or who.
Have you stopped to smell the roses today? Don't have roses...some weeds smell pretty good this time of year...just sayin!