Friday, March 1, 2013

"I found out what the secret to life is: friends. Best friends."

I've always been pretty lucky when it comes to friends.

(Well, except for that time in 4th grade when Sarah Gonzalez moved to town and turned all my friends against me and I was sort of a loser until I met Candace in 8th grade.)

When I first moved to Orange County five years ago, I only knew my roommates, Katie and David. And that was fine because we all got along well and I was dating this guy and things were going well and I thought I'd be moving again fairly soon, so I didn't bother to make much of an effort at getting to know anyone.

But then everything changed and here I am, five years later, still in Orange County and with no intention of leaving anytime soon.

Of course, making the decision to stay meant needing to get out and meet some people. Which I did.

And while I am still super close with friends from Utah and other parts of California, my girls in Orange County have become such an important part of my life that I just can't imagine not knowing them.

Because the Oscars are always right around my birthday, for the last couple of years I've planned my own birthday party for Oscar Sunday. But this year, Marly basically forbade me to do so. And then n Tuesday evening, she sent me a text message that just said they were coming by the next day (my birthday) around 4:30 to steal me and not to make any plans.

So I spent my birthday doing a bunch of stuff just for me. I had a therapy appointment first thing in the morning, and then met up with my friend Michele for breakfast. And then, following a tradition I started years ago, I went to the movies. Silver Linings Playbook. Again. Because I love it so, so much.

And then I went home and puttered around the house relaxing and reading and waiting anxiously patiently for the girls to come and kidnap me.

While Marly ran to pick up dinner, Rachel and Stacey and I went to one of our favorite places. Target:

My roommate, Laura, suggested I wear a tiara. You can tell you live near Disneyland when you can wander around town in a tiara and no one even blinks.

Marly picked up one of my favorite dinners: BBQ Pork Salad.

It was a happy day when Cafe Rio opened in Southern California.

While Rachel and Stacey and I were at Target, we picked up Essie nail sticker thingies so that we could give each other manicures. They're supposed to last up to 10 days and mine are already coming off, but that's okay. They sure looked awesome that night.

We were all supposed to do them on each other, but Marly ended up being the manicurist for everyone. Only because she's so great at it.

There was root beer and laughter and food and ice cream and laughter and Clueless and it was just a perfect night.

I love my girls.

You are awesome. And if you share this post, you'll be even awesomer!


  1. That does sound like a great night. Glad it was a happy day!

  2. So glad you have awesome friends around you! Looks like a great weekend!

  3. Glad the girls treated you right for your birthday!

  4. awww how fun! I'm glad you have a great core group of friends. Life is so much happier when you have those friends to laugh with. Glad you had a great brithday!

  5. So glad you had fun with your friends! Happy belated birthday, Karen! I LOVED Silver Linings Playbook, too! Can't wait to catch it on DVD! :D

  6. Friends are the only way to survive life!! Yours sound fabulous and you know what they say - birds of a feather flock together so clearly you're fabulous too!! Happy belated birthday by the way! :)

  7. Yes! I think we should do this every week. Celebrate you, eat good food and watch Clueless. Soooo perfect :)

  8. Happy Birthday! I'm glad you had a great time.

  9. Glad to read it was a great night, I like the look of the fingernails hope your birthday was everything you wanted it to be..........and you don't feel any older just happier and more content

  10. Having good friends is so important. I'm in a place where all my friends are about to move (the end of residency has some bad things about it.) And now that I'm a 30-something with 3 kids, I'm not sure at all how I'm supposed to make new friends. So I guess I'll just keep blogging.

    And Happy Birthday again.

  11. I always thought that I didn't have to have girlfriends if I had my husband around, as my best friend. Boy, was I wrong. They are necessary!!

  12. Looks like so much fun! I wish I had been there to celebrate with you!

  13. You mentioned my name in two blog posts! Now I'm famous:-) I had so much fun celebrating you! My birthdays out! P.S.My nail wraps came off the next day too:-)


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