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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Frugal Friday--Girl's Weekend

This weekend I am off gallivanting around SoHo with 'the girls'.  We make it a point to get together once a year with no men and no kids.  It's a time that we can all just be ourselves.  And if given the opportunity, we start the weekend as early as Thursday night, which is the case this year.

The frugal part of this whole weekend is that we take turns staying at each other's houses. So there are the comforts of home and while we have successfully crammed into a one bedroom apartment trying to recreate that feeling in a hotel room just wouldn't be as easy.

We plan meals, ok feasts, and we've come to learn that we'll all feel better (ie less stuffed) if we only plan a breakfast and a dinner; and of course some chocolate.

We all bring items that we have on hand to cook the meals.  This time we are planning around S's 7 pounds of breakfast sausage that she got a great deal on and three squash from the neighbor's garden.

There is plenty of time to relax.  The nice thing is that with seven very capable women is if you don't feel like helping cook or clean up after a meal you don't have to lift a finger.

We've been known to go bowling, thrift store shopping, spend two hours at Big Lots, eat a whole fish at a Chinese restaurant, go to a comedy show (little baby owls), see a gingerbread house extravaganza and lots more that I can't mention... but mostly because I can't remember it.

Might sound boring but when you're with friends it all becomes fun.

Of course you can sleep in to your heart's desire, but if you sleep too long you'll start to miss out on some of the fun and laughter that happens whenever two or more are awake.

Plus you'll start to develop your list of key words, phrases and series of insides jokes that only another girl from the group could possibly understand.  I will NOT tell you any...

We also usually do a craft together.  Last year we painted gourd birdhouses.  It's fun to see what everyone comes up with.  Some prefer the simplistic and others like to get more complicated.

There is the requisite chick flick, though last year we watched The King's Speech which is hardly a chick flick, but was certainly a great movie.

One more thing if you are thinking oh my kids have so much going on, I can't take the time away...I might miss a baseball or soccer game.  Your husband is quite capable of handling a weekend at home without you.  Jr will have PLENTY of games in his Little League sports career and while they all might seem important in the moment, in the grand scheme of things those darned kids grow up and leave home anyway.  All you are left with is your friends to make you laugh so you can stop crying.  BUT...

If you don't take the time now to foster, build and encourage friendships you'll find yourself alone.  Maybe you don't think that's a bad thing, but when you see a funny movie isn't it better to have someone to laugh with you about it?

Though there was that one movie theater in PA that I should never go back to because I laughed SO HARD and was all by myself.  That's definitely the exception though.

Anywhooo....  invite someone to lunch, a movie, invite yourself to their house for coffee and almond milk, or any event going on in town or at your church.  Then see if you can wrangle up a group of girls to hang out with for an afternoon or a weekend. You'll have a great time.  

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