Two weekends ago my girlfriends Emily, Shannon, Natasha and I went to Emily’s cabin for a much needed mini-getaway. Short trips away are really important to me to recharge, take time for myself, spend time with girlfriends, etc. I try to plan these and take them without any lingering feelings of mom guilt for being away. Juliet gets to spend the weekend with her daddy and the two of them have a great time. It helps with the mom-phase she’s been going through to get one-on-one time with Erik and he really loves it too. Win win all around. Mom guilt, be gone. I don’t have time for you.
The blog was quiet last week with the exception of Juliet’s 19 month update. I wasn’t feeling the greatest all week and in fact, I went to sleep about three of the evenings at 7:30, the same time Juliet went to bed. I was exhausted and getting 11 hours of sleep those nights barely helped. I was recovering from a whirlwind of the week before at work. Things were crazy and I was prepping for a huge client presentation. I worked late from home a bunch that week, worked late at the office, and was up almost every morning working. The presentation went alright but I can’t tell you how happy and relieved I was that it was over and what a welcomed getaway this girl’s weekend was.
We arrived at Emily’s cabin around 8pm on Friday and immediately opened a bottle of wine. Thank goodness for wine. We drank plenty of it (and vodka and beer, etc).
Emily was in charge of dinner the first evening and she made a really delicious meal that included this pasta with peas, shrimp and buttermilk-herb dressing as well as roasted kale. I made brunch on Saturday morning (after sleeping in until 8am, woo hoo!!!) and served herbed blue cheese quiche and breakfast potatoes. Then we hit up a local flea market. I’ve never been to a flea market so it was pretty cool, but a little too chilly outside to spend much time there. I really wanted to buy a cast iron pan (I know, I don’t have one, what???) but I didn’t see anything there, unfortunately.
We spent the rest of the day lounging in the cabin in comfy clothes, drinking booze (including mango margaritas I made with my new Blendtec, you better believe that thing came with me on the trip). I follow the mango margarita recipe pretty closely but I don’t include the sugar, mangos are sweet and these margaritas don’t need it. PS, it is so nice having a blender that pulverizes ice with no questions asked. I’ve never ever had a blender that could do that, and in about 30 seconds, damn what a beautiful thing.
Emily brought a huge variety of nail polish so we could do manicures and pedicures. It’s not a girls’ weekend without, right?
Shannon made an amazing dinner Saturday evening that included roasted cauliflower and mushroom quinoa salad with balsamic vinaigrette and braised coconut spinach with chickpeas and lemon.
I’m sure you’ve noticed by now that my girlfriend’s are major foodies. We had really awesome, gourmet food all weekend long. We did have one food fail and that was a roasted beet humus. It was way too earthy and just no good. You can’t win them all. Sunday morning was really lovely. The weather was crisp but sunny and we had our coffee on the dock. It was peaceful and we just sat out there for a while and talked and marveled at the beauty of the quiet lake that looked like glass.
I made pineapple banana and kale smoothies in the Blendtec for Sunday morning breakfast. Emily said “that blender is FU&%^%iING magic” and Natasha thought the smoothie tasted like ice cream. That’s how smooth and delicious it was.
Do you guys know about self-timer apps for your phone? I just found out about them. I love having a self-timer to take selfies of Juliet and I and for capturing everyone in a group. I use the basic app called TimerCam (it’s free).
The colors were vibrant the weekend we were there. The trees covered the road in explosive yellows and oranges as we drove home Sunday mid-day.
What an awesome weekend. I’ve also traveled to San Francisco/Sonoma and Las Vegas with these gals. Getaways with these gals are always a great time and I’m always sad to see it end. Until next time…