Saturday was our 11th wedding anniversary! Our weekend itinerary had us in 3 states in 3 days. We were a little tired when it was over, but had a good time along the way.
My bestie and her family graciously agreed to keep RJ for the weekend. I met her Saturday morning at a halfway point. She took RJ back to Charlotte with her and I headed back home. Our anniversary plans were very low key this year. So low key that our events of the day included going to the mall, Sephora finally had my shade of Fenty in stock, and having chips and salsa and Tin Lizzy’s!
Early in the week, I made dinner reservations at two restaurants, Husk and Jianna because I wasn’t sure where Ralph wanted to go. In Greenville, it’s best to make two reservations and cancel one because reservations fill up fast, not to mention it was Restaurant week. Ralph chose Jianna so we headed there for an early dinner,I highly recommenced the the ricotta crostini and the red snapper. With no babysitter to relieve, after dinner we headed to the movies and saw Jumanji and we really enjoyed it. We took a trip to the West Coast for our anniversary last year. That was wonderful, but there is something to be said for quiet celebration close to home.
Sunday we hit the road to Atlanta. My dear friend, Amber Wright, was hosting a chat and mixer to discuss her book Can We Talk? 10 Life Lesson to Finding Your Voice and Finding Yourself. I’m so proud of her and all that she has accomplished. She is such a positive, encouraging force. There was no way I was going to miss her event. So, while Ralph explored the College Football Hall of Fame with a family member, I attended the mixer.
When I tell you finally meeting Amber in person was EVERYTHIING, believe me! There is just something about being able to meet people you’ve made real connections with online, in real life. The mixer itself was an intimate discussion, in a space with other Black women, on setting boundaries and finding and using your voice. It was impactful and up-lifting. I can’t put the energy of the room into words. The icing on the cake was getting to see other blogger friends I’ve know for years online face-to-face, some of whom I hadn’t seen in awhile and others I met in person for the first time that day. That event was just what I needed at just the right time. It goes without saying you should purchase her book and if you have the chance to hear her speak, GO!
Monday, we headed to Charlotte. First stop was the hospital to see my brother. We arrived right after he’d finished his physical therapy for the day, which included getting him out of the bed and sitting up in chair. That takes a lot of energy and effort for him, so he was pretty wiped out for most of our visit. We stayed with him for a couple hours and then headed to my bestie’s house to pick up RJ.
Though he was happy to see us, he definitely didn’t spend the weekend missing us! My bestie’s family got a new puppy that weekend so he and our goddaughter spent much of the weekend wearing that poor dog out!
At the end of the weekend, we’d spent hours in our car but, as a result, we got to spend time with people who really matter to us. The same way we did on our wedding day. It was perfect!