This past week my girlfriends and I reunited for our annual Fine Wines Club event, (Check out my first blog "Fine Wines Club") this year we had 4 more of our friends join us for a fantastic trip to the beach. Sophia, Lois, Indigo, Naomi, and I were joined by 2 members of my “general council” Laura and Claire as well as Sophia’s sister Alicia, and Heather. In case you don’t read the first blog, although I strongly suggest it, here is a summary. My best friend Sophia organized a girls trip to Atlanta last year with myself and 3 other girls that we all went to high school with. I had stayed in contact with them over the years but the relationships weren’t what I would call BFF status. I was a bit unsure of how the trip would go down considering we all have very different personalities and lives. It turned out to be one of the best times ever! We embrace each others differences and support each others decisions. So we decided that we need to do this every year, and so we have. Everything is pretty much the same among the original members except Indigo is recently single. Here is some background on the new additions.
Laura and Claire both welcomed sweet little girls last spring that I plan on being best friends with Angel as they get older. Laura is married and her husband is in the Coast Guard. She works from home and also has a son. I keep waiting for her to call me and tell me she is pregnant with number 3! Claire is a busy stay at home mother of 3, who home schools her children. Alicia is married, the mother of 2 boys, and a nurse (although I am not sure I would want her to take my vitals ;). Heather is married to her high school sweetheart, a busy mother of 3 who coaches gymnastics and is heavily involved with her son’s baseball team. Another year of a very diverse group of women. All of them are married with the exception of Indigo and me. I hope next year that won’t be the case. We all have children, which is our one common ground.
This year we decided to take a much needed relaxing trip to one of Florida’s beautiful beaches. The first night it was just Sophia, Lois, Naomi, Laura, and me. After a nice dinner on the beach we headed back to our condo to sit around in our p.j.’s and catch up. Like last year, we discussed our lives; kids, jobs, getting older, sex, farting, BOTOX, husbands (or lack thereof), and old times. It was so much fun. My face was hurting from laughing so hard. I guess you would have to know these girls to know how special they are and how HILARIOUS they can be! Sophia can make the dullest moments exciting and Lois is so matter of fact that her bluntness can sometimes leave you with your mouth hanging open. We all went to bed and I fell right to sleep. It must have been around 3:30 when Laura, who was my roommate, woke me up asking, “Do you hear that?” I vaguely heard what she was referring to which sounded like loud music. I thought perhaps there was a car outside the condo or that someone next door decided to throw a late night party. I was dozing right back to sleep when she sat up and said, “I think someone is in here! We’re sitting ducks!!!” I fell back to sleep, but she got up to check it out. Turns out someone had set the alarm on the Bose system to 3:30 AM, no big deal. Laura yanked the cord out of the wall and headed back to the room. She said she couldn’t go back to sleep, so she laid there going over scenario’s in her head of what she would do if someone did break in. I am pretty sure in one of those scenarios’ she pushed me out of the bed towards the door and hid in the closet leaving me the “sitting duck”.
The next day we headed to the beach to relax and wait for the rest of our friends to arrive. Of course I was picked on because I had my giant sun hat, SPF 100, and sat under the umbrella, remember Melasma? I don’t know at what point my skin turned on me, but the sun makes me have brown splotches on my face and white dots on the rest of my body???
Claire, Heather, Indigo and Alicia all arrived and we enjoyed the rest of our day at the beach and around the pool. Of course Laura was tired from her 3:30 wake up call and tried to nap, and I am sure she dreamt of ducks.
Sophia, a.k.a “The Ring Leader”, has a thing about us all getting dressed up and going out. I think in her mind we are the girls from Sex and the City + 5 going out in NYC. What we really looked like was a bunch of old ladies going to a Homecoming dance. The only thing that was missing was our corsages. We went to P.F. Changs, Sophia’s favorite, for dinner and then headed out. This is where things get really funny. We headed to a local watering hole and should have known we were out of place as soon as we pulled up. We got out of the car and heard someone yell with a chuckle, “A MINI VAN??? YOU’VE GOT TO BE KIDDING???” That’s right people, we pulled up in Claire’s MINIVAN! Don’t worry the car seat was in the very back, we made sure we moved it so all 9 of us could fit in. We stumbled (I say stumble not because any of us were drunk, but because it was extremely hard to walk in our high heels through the gravel parking lot) to the front door. I think the door man carded us only to make us feel good. We walked in and it was like something out of a movie, a record scratched, the music stopped, and a spotlight shown on all of us. Okay that didn’t happen but that was what it felt like. The people in there were younger than us and just like last year the younger the girl the shorter the skirt. We made our way to the bar to order drinks, all except for Claire who was our DD (we are responsible in older age as we all have children to think about). We all stood around shouting at each other over the loud music. The music playing was nothing any of recognized so we all kind of stood around. We totally showed our age when the DJ played "Bust a Move". We all screamed and headed straight for the dance floor. The DJ must have recognized that we were a tad bit older than the rest of the people in the club so he went retro for us and played "Come On Ride that Train" and "Baby Got Back". Shortly after the oldies throwback we decided that this wasn’t the place for us so we headed out. Before we left we had to pay our tab and one of the girls pulled out her Disney Visa Card to pay. She was totally called out for it and her response was, “I have to earn points for our trip to Disney!”
The rest of the trip was a total blast! There are so many other things I could write about like, eating nothing but dips, dreamsicles, bad restaurant service, and dancing on the back of a yacht, but I will keep that for us. These are things that will be kept between all of us, not that any of it is bad. It is just stuff about ourselves and our time together that I know we will laugh hysterically at again at some point in time. Hopefully on one of our future trips. It is an absolute blessing to have each one of these Women in my life. We may not talk all the time, but when we get together we pick up right where we left off and that, in my opinion, is a sign of a true friendship.
Looking forward to next year with the Fine Wines Club!