Tuesday, July 26, 2011

#16 - Girltime is the Jam!

1. Host mah jongg night.
2. Make jam.  (Done!)
3. Host brunch. (Done!)
4. Go for a picnic. (Done twice!)
5. Go grocery shopping on my bike. (Done!)
6. Finish my year-end photo albums.
7. Take Fred to Lost Lake.
8. Rearrange the backyard.
9. Eat at the Space Needle.
10. Stay in bed all day.  (Done!)
11. <edited for privacy.>
12. Have a really girly slumber party.  (Done!)
13. Play a round of mini-golf. (Done!)
14. Get the craft room sorted and gorgeousified.
15. Go for a weekend in the San Juans. (Done!  Orcas at Memorial Day!)
16. Have an individual date with each NGS. (Done!)
17. Go for a hike.
18. Plan and cook a week’s worth of dinners.
19. Go to Portland to see old friends.
20. Perfect a signature recipe (one slightly more nutritional than Bundt cake.)
21. Go to the drive-in movies.  (Done!  Harry Potter at the Blue Fox on Whidbey Island)
22. Get a mani-pedi every month. (Done for Jan, Feb, March, April, May and July)
23. Go ice skating. (Done!  Colorado with the parentals!)
24. Find the perfect shade of lipstick.
25. Host a big tea party in the back yard.
26. Make a quilt top.
27. Take six dance classes of any kind. (THREE down.  Love the Little Red Hen.)  (Done!)
28. Ride on a Ferris wheel.  (Done!  Puyallup Spring Fair!)
29. Organize our finances and filing system.
        30. Plan an awesome 30th birthday party.

#16 was to go on a date with each individual NGS.  The NGS are..well they're an amazing group of ladies.  Some of my first Seattle friends.  The NGS is made up of Lisa, Jill, Paula, Krystal, Molly, Christyne and myself.  NGS stands for...well, its a long story.  Let's skip that!  Anyway, we're a hell of a group together.  Where to start?  We have seen a LOT of shenanigans together.  We go camping:

We go on an annual vacation that has varied from Lake Chelan:
To Long Beach:
And Mexico:

Clearly we like the water.

Ahoy there Skipper Christyne!

We're like peas in a pod.  It's never boring when the girls are out.  We've been known to get a little tipsy, break the rules, sing karaoke, accidentally start bar fights...ok that only happened the one time.  Anyway, mostly we like to hang out.
I don't have any pictures of the one-on-one activities, except for Paula, who helped me out with the wickedly fun mini golf which you already saw.  Krystal and I went to an amazing exhibit at Mohai on purses, and out to happy hour at Frank's Oyster House and Champagne Parlor.  (Yes, purse exhibit and truffle popcorn! Yum.)  Molly and I had dinner at my place, she put up with my experiments in salad dressing.  Christyne and I went to the Ballard Seafood Fest (twice!) and got to see Knut Bell, the band that played our wedding!   Jill and I had a slumber party in Portland which was super fun, girl talk late into the night.  And Lisa, pulling in for a heroic last minute save of the 30B30, took me out for drinks at a hip new bar in Fremont.  It felt great to get in a little extra girl time in the name of crossing things off the list.  So NGS, thanks to you all for helping me kick out #16, it was super fun.  Although lawd knows we could have fun hanging out in a cardboard box together so that's not saying a lot!  As a last NGS cameo, the below might have been the most fun day of my life.  Look at us.  Per the usual!!


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