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Girls’ Trip 2013

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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“.

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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.

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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!

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We also hit The High Line, one of my favorite places in the city, to walk off the food.

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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!

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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! 

 

6 Comments

  • Reply Kita August 6, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Yes its very nice when you can have alone time with the girls. Looks like you enjoyed yourself loved the dress

    • Reply Jenni August 6, 2013 at 11:07 pm

      I really did have a great time! I’m glad Hubby understands and appreciates the fact that I took trips with my girls before him and it’s still something I need to do now. Thankfully, he’s always been good at taking care of RJ by himself.

  • Reply ShesWrite August 10, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Whoa, whoa, whoa. Gurl, you gotta break up all of this greatness into separate posts. There’s so many things on here I need to comment on that my swiss-cheese brain can’t remember it all.

    OK, let me try. The shrine that includes the most awesome picture frame, do you know where your in-laws got it? I would love to have that in my hizzouse.

    I love your freakum dress, so cute and sexy. Work it.

    Hold on… let me scroll up and see what else.

    Oh yeah, you saw Bey. Love her. I haven’t seen her in concert and it’s really a travesty. I almost did a couple (or was it a year and a half) ago, but for whatever reason didn’t get my stuff together to do so. I just left Chicago for Portland, Ore. and Bey doesn’t come to places like Portland. So, kinda bummed that I didn’t strike while the iron was hot but I will see her at some point.

    Also, love NYC and what is that yummy looking dish that you had at Spice Market.

    OK, I think that was everything, well, at least the highlights. 🙂

    • Reply Jenni August 11, 2013 at 9:43 pm

      Hi, Melanie! Thanks for stopping by! You’re right I should have broken this post up! I’ve done that before, but was lazy this time.
      My MIL got the frame from Burlington Coat Factory, but says she has seen it in Kohl’s and Target.
      The dish I had at Spice Market was Nonya Seafood Laksa Gulf Shrimp and Scallop. It came with noodles in the bowl, but was better with the sticky rice, it added more flavor.

  • Reply Cam | Bibs & Baubles August 13, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Whoa! You guys had a ball! Really making me miss NYC!

    That shrine of RJ though… They are not playing!

    Why am I the only one of my friends still working in TV. My friends are like you and your girls, they’ve all abandoned ship and gave up this crazy TV stuff. 🙂

    • Reply Jenni August 29, 2013 at 10:48 pm

      Girl, they don’t play when it comes to this little boy!

      LOL I still have friends like you. I can see them as lifers. It’s still fun for them, they still enjoy it. It wasn’t fun for me anymore. I just went through the motions for two hours out of my day. The job I have now can drive me nuts, but I love it!

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