In recent weeks I’ve had a couple “Girls’ Night Out” get-togethers with good friends. Except that, technically, they were “Girls’ Day Outs” since we’re not as young as we used to be – and nobody wants to see a couple mid-50-somethings prowling the streets after dark.
It’d be way past our bedtime by the time the nightlife got started anyway, so it was a good thing we stuck to mid-afternoon for our fun. Indeed, no one wants to see a mid-50-something nodding off over her glass of wine in the middle of a conversation.
And in defense of my other friend, she’s nowhere near 50, but she has three little kids and it’d be a lot tougher to arrange an evening out unless it included her husband and children. And even then, it’d be an early evening due to the kids’ bedtime. So, same issue.
Nonetheless, we made the most of our afternoons.
By the way, I aimed for brevity – but failed miserably – so I will split this blog into two parts.
Girls’ Day Out, #1.
In the first get-together, my younger friend and I – let’s call her “S” – did the classic mani-pedi thing. (I’m calling her “S” because I don’t know if she wants her name disseminated all over the Blogosphere. And it’s definitely a name you’d remember.)
Anyway, “S” and I met at a restaurant in the mall. We planned to have lunch and then hit the salon for a pedicure. Only she’d had a stressful morning involving the dentist, which requires no further explanation, and she wanted to have a beer before we started.
It was the most fun noontime beer I ever had!
We talked and drank beer and thoroughly enjoyed our girl time, laughing over silly things. What made it even funnier is that “S” was valiantly trying not to drool as she’d had enough Novocaine to numb a horse and she couldn’t feel her face.
So once I finished giggling and pointing at her…
Nah, I kid. Fortunately, I’m not the kind of person to make fun of a drooling friend, so she soon got over her concerns. Or maybe it was just the beer.
I dunno. Either way, we talked about everything from our past to our future as well as her children’s futures. We covered a lot of decades and tried to solve all the world’s problems. Not a bad effort, either, I’d venture to say as we totally believed we fixed some stuff.
Eventually, we headed to the salon and had our tootsies buffed and polished and then threw caution to the wind and decided to have our fingernails done, too. We picked out cheery, summery colors that perked up our spirits and brightened our day even further.
Or maybe it was just the beer.
Later, when I looked at my fingernails in the sun, I thought the color rather resembled the color of those Day-Glo Orange Safety barrels, but I embraced the bold and kept the color for almost two weeks.
We then went back to the same restaurant and had lunch, this time sans beer. We talked some more and admired our snazzy nails before hitting a couple stores at the mall and doing a little retail therapy to round out our afternoon.
It’s not like we really needed the retail therapy because our talking pretty much took care of any issues that crowded our thoughts – but, c’mon – we were at the mall. How could we not do a little shopping?
It was one of the best times I’ve had with “S.” Don’t get me wrong; it’s not that I don’t enjoy the times we get together with our husbands and her children. But there is something to be said for one-on-one time where you can really talk without interruption. Because, let’s face it, chicks can talk. And, boy, did we ever! Hey, don’t knock it – it’s how we bond.
I drove home in a great mood and happy that “S” called me on the spur of the moment to get together. And we vowed to schedule another Girls’ Day Out soon.
I’m looking forward to it. Hmmm…wonder when her next dentist appointment is scheduled?