Girls’ Weekend 2013 is in the books!! To say we had a blast, would be an understatement. This group of girlfriends and I all worked together at the FOX affiliate in Charlotte. I was a director, Rose was an anchor and Wanna was a producer , the Bronze Goddesses. *Yes, we have a name and it’s corny, but we love it!* None of us work in tv anymore. Wanna and I are in education and Rose is a lawyer. It has been about 3 years since the last time we got together. In that time, we’ve gone through many life changes and we were overdue for sharefest.
I’m off on Fridays, so I flew out early that morning. Both of my friends had to work and we wouldn’t meet up until late that night. My father-in-law picked me up and I spent the day with him.
The shrine to my child on a wall at my in-laws’ house. Grandparents…
We had lunch and watched crazy shows on MTV. *I hadn’t watched shows on MTV in years!* He knew them all! It was hilarious and a lot of fun. Around 9pm I had my brother-in-law drive me to Rose’s apartment in Kew Gardens, about 12 mins from my in-laws. Once there, I dropped off my bag and we jumped in the car to pick up Wanna from the airport.
Then, it was time to get the weekend started. We headed to Time Square for drinks and dessert.
The view from The View Lounge, a rotating bar in the Marriott Marquis Hotel.
Operating on little sleep, we got up and out early Saturday morning and headed back to the city. It was a dreary, cool and wet morning.
However, with limited time, we had to brave the elements. We bought tickets to take the ferry tour around the Statue of Liberty and were told we would make the 12:30pm ferry. Well, we stood in the line, but did not make it. It would be an hour before the next ferry. *We didn’t have time for that.* We found the guy we purchased our tickets from, got our money back and went shopping! We also went to the 9/11 Memorial. It was a beautiful and humbling experience.
After the memorial tour, it was time to hit the subway and head back to get ready for the event the trip was planned around… The Mrs. Carter Show!!! In February, I started being more consistent about making exercise and being mindful of what I eat a part of my life. I fall off sometimes, but overall I’ve been doing well. Going into this trip, I’m happy to say that I was within one pound of my pre-pregnancy weight and in pretty good shape!! In honor of Queen Bey, I dipped into the back of my closet and pulled out a dress I bought at a boutique in Savannah on our 1st wedding anniversary, nearly 7 years ago! I call it my “Freakum Dress“.
We got all dolled up and headed to dinner a couple of blocks from the apartment. Then, we jumped on the Long Island Rail Road and head to the Barclay Center. We missed the opening act and though we arrived at the arena a little after 9pm, we still had several minutes to spare before Beyonce hit the stage.
It took me two days to get those tickets and we were sitting so high I could shake hand with God, but we were there! I have a fear of heights, but I didn’t care. I’ve seen Beyonce in concert before, I don’t know if it was the seeing her in NYC, in Brooklyn or just the energy of that PACKED arena, but I was crazy excited and amped! The show was A M A Z I N G!!! I danced and sang and damn near cried. *Don’t judge me* All I can say is “Heeeey Mrs. Carrrrterrrr!”
Sunday morning I got the ladies up so they could go to mass with me. I found a church which wasn’t far, or so I thought. We walked to where it should have been, but upon further inspection of the address, it was in Kew Garden Hills not Kew Garden…fail. So, we headed into the city for Rose’s birthday brunch at Spice Market in the Meatpacking District. The food was yummy and the restaurant is beautiful!
We also hit The High Line, one of my favorite places in the city, to walk off the food.
My girls and I parted ways later that evening. I wasn’t leaving until Monday evening, so I headed to Brooklyn to stay with my godmother. Late that night I drove over to Williamsburg to visit my brother and his girlfriend. They have the best view ever!
Monday I was able to squeeze a trip to Flatbush to visit more family. Then, it was time to head to the airport for my 6:30pm flight home. It was wonderful trip. I try to get together with my groups of girlfriends as often as I can. I believe it’s extremely necessary and cathartic.
Getting together with my friends and my family is great, but I think there is something very special about alone time with your girls!