I spent some time last week in Dallas. When I booked the ticket a couple of months ago, it was to attend a weekend wedding extravaganza for a friend I’ve known since I was four. Four! How does a 29-year-old person have 25-year-long friendships? HOWEVER, a few weeks ago, that friend, after a heart wrenching process and a lot of crying group therapy sessions and emails with our friends, decided to call the wedding off. It was a tough, but right, decision, and it resulted in a whole different kind of weekend for me.
I never get to go to Dallas and just hang out. We are always there for a reason – holidays, events, family things. Never just to visit. All of a sudden I had four days to fill with whatever I wanted. It was awesome.
~ ONE ~
I landed in Dallas Thursday afternoon. My parents picked me up from the airport and we talked about going to a sports bar somewhere to eat and watch the basketball tournament. Somewhere in the conversation it came up that there was a new ALDI grocery store in Mesquite, my hometown. Then we had an obvious breakdown in communication, because when I was saying ‘go out to eat and watch basketball’, my dad was hearing ‘go to ALDI and look at weird food with a bunch of crazy people’. So that’s what we did. It was fascinating.
Then we played wii swordfighting.
~ TWO ~
Friday morning my mom and I, armed with nothing but a Gap coupon and some fairly comfortable walking shoes, headed out for a full day of shopping. We went to multiple Targets in search of the Liberty of London line (seriously, y’all! Look at this! and this! and this! and this! and this! Oh, how I wish Aaron wore ties regularly.) We loaded up on notecards and tops and dresses for little girls we only kind of know but who HAD to had them because they are so cute. We walked a GIANT outlet mall circle and found great deals on sandals and dresses and… ponytail holders. So fun.
Then we played wii ping pong.
~ THREE ~
We got back just in time for me to turn around and have dinner with two of my most favorite people: Allison, my high school friend, college roommate and bridesmaid, and Julie, our awesome friend who was also one of our youth leaders when we were in high school. She hates it when we tell people that. We had pancakes and crepes at Cafe Brazil and then hung out at Allison’s total jealousy-inducing Pottery Barn-ish house in the M Streets. Great night that ended with the creation of the phrase “Fake Asian Babies For Christ”, which I would explain to you if I could. But I can’t. So I won’t.
Then I went home and played wii bicycling.
~ FOUR ~
Saturday morning I had brunch with my friends from high school. I know I write about them every time I go home, but I can’t help it. I have eight awesome girlfriends that I have known most of my life. Who has that? Not many people, that’s for sure. I am very lucky. We had monkey bread and fruit and talked about turning 30 and having babies and canceling weddings and how things are never quite what you plan them to be. It was wonderful and restful and comforting. I love them.
Then I went home and played wii basketball.
~ FIVE ~
I never seem to hang out with my mom and sister without getting our nails done, and this time was no exception. We were on our way out the door for mani-pedis when my dad came down the hall asking if he could go. That’s right, my big dad with his mangly feet (sorry, Dad) got a manicure and pedicure with us. It was awesome. That poor girl who had to scrub his ticklish feet.
My sister and her boyfriend work at one of those movie theaters where you can eat dinner. So Sunday after our nails were done we headed over there to watch Alice in Wonderland in 3-D and eat fried appetizery things and ice cream sundaes. For free. I loved the movie, the food was great, and all it cost me was a few dollars for a tip. Can’t beat it.
~ SIX ~
After the movie, I ran across town to have dinner with my friend Jon and his family. Jon and I have known each other for a long time… he was my first real boyfriend and we have a lot of history together. I don’t know how it turned out that we are actual friends after everything that went down and how much time has passed, but I am thankful for it. His wife is awesome and his kids are hilarious and we had a really nice time.
Then I went home and played wii jetskiing.
~ SEVEN ~
Before I flew out Monday afternoon, I met up with an old pastor of mine. We didn’t really have a youth pastor when I was in high school, but right before graduation a guy named Paul and his wife Jill came in and took over the youth program. It was life-changing for me – they were young and fun, and I volunteered with them throughout college. I always thought Jill’s life seemed awesome because she got to teach English and be a youth pastor’s wife. (I obviously did not live in a church culture that let me believe that a female could be the real youth pastor.) Anyway, they were one of the only functional youth programs I’ve ever been a part of, and Paul is now a pastor of a church really similar to ours in Nashville, so it was really great to spend some time just talking with him. He gave me some much needed encouragement and perspective on my current situation and future plans. So helpful.
Then I went home and played wii canoeing.
I love going to Dallas – it’s always relaxing and fun to see all my old people. This trip turned out to be an unexpectedly good one, and I am thankful. Especially for the wii.