Friendship and Leisure in Atlanta

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap  —  August 19, 2014 — 5 Comments

This past weekend I took a much-needed solo trip to Atlanta to visit my longtime BFF, Lauren. I haven’t been feeling quite myself lately, but there’s something about spending time with someone who has been a friend for more than half of my life to help me remember who I am. It was the first time I’d ever spent more than a day away from Jack and I reveled in the luxury of not being responsible for anybody but myself for nearly 72 hours. We did all kinds of wonderful things I wouldn’t normally do-sat around and read during the day, drank as much wine as we wanted at night, got pedicures, and stayed up late talking about the past. It was, in a word, indulgent. There were even cupcakes.

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I usually don’t enjoy driving long distances, but I was able to load a couple of audiobooks from the library onto my phone and play them through the car’s Bluetooth. Yay technology! It was my first audiobook experience and I am definitely a fan. The miles flew by as I immersed myself in lowbrow literature. And I laughed when one of the characters, a psychologist, said to her longtime best friend as they were discussing past relationships, “I didn’t spend six years at Vanderbilt to have some punk I’ve known since before we got our periods tell me I don’t know what I’m talking about.” Lauren and I have, in fact, known each other since before we got our periods (too much information?), but neither of us would dare tell the other she doesn’t know what she’s talking about. And although Lauren is a successful businesswoman and I have a master’s in social work I look to her for emotional guidance as much as she does me.

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I really, really needed that short vacation. It was so refreshing. As for Nick and Jack, they survived, but yesterday morning Jack felt hot and a trip to the doctor confirmed that he has strep throat. I’m glad I’m back home to be with him. I missed his little face!


Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap


5 responses to Friendship and Leisure in Atlanta

  1. So glad that you made time to do that! Frequent short trips do more for the spirit than extended long vacations. Especially when you can really relax and be yourself. I go through periods where I do not feel like myself and I hate it! I have learned that eventually it will pass and life gets better. Thank God for GOOD friends and FAMILY! XXOO

  2. I’m so glad you enjoyed your trip!

    Fun fact about audiobooks that I learned from a friend and tested on a road trip to see you… Cracker Barrel has audio books that you can borrow for about $3-5 a week. But you do pay full price and then need to return to get the refund of the difference. You just need to find a Cracker Barrel on both ends of your trip :)

  3. Bridget from Cali August 26, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Great that you enjoyed a girls-gone-not-so-wild-weekend. Always nice to recharge with a good pal. I stick to tried and true tunes that I can sing-along at full volume to keep me focused and alert on the road. I find audio books far too distracting when I am driving, but I’m glad they entertained you on the round trip.

  4. It’s so nice to get away for just a little while!
    I’m driving out to Missouri this weekend and I’m super glad you reminded me that audiobooks exist! I’m downloading some now for the 14+ hr drive.

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