Ever since I felt like my friend life was less than desirable, I realized I actually have TONS of friends, I just need to be intentional about making time to be with them to develop the friendship further! Thus came my girls-only-wine night. The whole concept behind wine night is to get to know other ladies in a non-structured, hang out, semi-fancy setting. no husbands. no boyfriends. no kids. Being open and honest with one another. Sharing our hearts and lives together over a couple bottles of wine. There are always snacks invloved. Sometimes i'm not sure if i'm more excited about the snacks or the wine. Both are awesome. So far it's been lovely. :)
Feast your eyes on our food spread.
This weekend Josh is in Miami speaking at a TESOL conference and spreading the word about his super awesome website he and his sister started together. ESLbasics.com <--- do yourself a favor and go there. I'm pretty proud of them. I think their site is fabulous. So for now, Josh and I are apart again. It's very bizarre how much we've been away from each other lately. I really really don't like it. Especially because when I'm at home, even Willow isn't a comfort because she has grown to love my sister more than me and constantly scratches on doors to be in the same room with her. Which means a big fat giant empty California King bed at night. Boo.
With that Said...
we will be spending 11 straight days together starting next Wednesday when we leave for France! I can hardly stand my excitement. Here is our France itinerary for those of you who can resist the green goblin of jealousy.
- 1:20 pm - depart Nashville
- 4:20 pm - land in Washinton DC
- 5:48 pm - Depart DC
- 7:55 am - Land in Geneva
- 8:00 am - reunite with Nate, Jo and Ayla
- 8:05 am - do an awkward happy dance by baggage claim making all the Europeans feel uncomfortable by our loudness and tallness.
- 8:10 am - grab bags and head to this place of heaven aka Gimmelwald, Switzerland.
- Hike this...
- Drop Doug and Sarah off at the air port (oh yeah, they will be there, too) and head to Nate and Jo's place of residence, Chambery, France
- Stay in Chambery to learn french and integrate entirely into their culture in one day by drinking wine, visiting the market, wearing a barret, riding a bike, eating baguettes, etc., etc.
- Visit the burgundy wine region for an over night trip to paradise
- Hang in Burgundy. Bask in the gloriousness of being in France with 3 of my favorite people
- Head back to Chambery for a day
- Hang in Chambery.
- Get our work visas and prepare for our move to france.
- Day trip to wine region #2 near Lyon.
- Consider pretending like we've never heard of the United States
- Celebrate Jo Jo's birthday in Style in Chambery!
- josh and I head out on our over night adventure to Annecy, just the two of us.
- Eat at least one $200 meal while in Annecy. Extravagant - yes. Wasteful - no.
- Check out the alps. wear sweaters and scarves everywhere because THIS is the forecast
- Head back to Chambery. Pretend like it isn't our last day there.
- Drink and eat away the evening.
- Drive to Geneva.
- 12:00 pm: Leave for DC
- 12:05 pm: commence crying and massive sunday night blues (the feeling you get on sunday evening when you realize you have to go to work the next day, and would rather do anything else)
- 3:30 pm: Land in DC 9 hrs later. Should be 9 pm in our heads.
- 4:40 pm: Depart DC
- 5:49 pm: Land in Nashville.
- 6:00 pm: Fall asleep at the wheel driving home because it's 12:00 am France time and we refuse to believe we are back in the states.