I'm back! I had a great Christmas break (if I'm not too old to call it that) and now am seriously struggling with the post holiday weirds. The weirds are such a curse, but the good thing about them is they mean you had a really good time. If you had a crappy week you would be ready to move on to the next thing, not sad all of your good times were over.
Anyways, this was the first year that I haven't been home for the holidays and I was worried it wouldn't really feel like Christmas. But it was so nice to really enjoy the season over the past couple of weeks with my family instead of stepping off a plane and cramming all of my holiday cheer into a few days. I learned, like the Who's in Whoville, that:
"We hadn't stopped Christmas from coming, it came!
Somehow or other... it came just the same.
Christmas day is in our grasp
So long as we have hands to clasp
Christmas day will always be
Just so long as we have we. "
Then we all held hands and sang "Fah who foraze Dah who doraze welcome Christmas . . ."
Next I headed to Orlando for a reunion with my best friends from college. We have planned a mini trip almost twice a year since we have graduated and they are basically the highlights of my life. We had a wonderful time, but the best part of the trip was a day at Disney's Magic Kingdom.
Growing up in Florida, I'm a Disney veteran but I haven't been in years. We had an absolute blast and really took a lot of Disney lessons to heart. The theme this year is "Dreams Come True" and we chanted that along with all of the princesses, Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and of course, Donald.
If you could have heard us interacting during our reunion, you probably would have thought we sounded a lot like Disney princesses. "You look so beautiful!" " Your hair is so long!" " I love that outfit!" " You look great!" " I am so proud of you!" " You are changing people's lives!!" Just like a princess we have found true love . . . with each other.
Next I headed to my hometown to ring in the new year with my 5 besst friends from high school and our dates. We last spent New Year's as a group in 2001 so this was a reunion AND anniversary celebration.
We've come a long way in 10 years, mainly in our (okay, my) hair styling choices, but I am so proud of all of us, and honestly so happy that we have remained such close friends. Not a lot of people can say they are still best friends with FIVE girls they knew when they were 14, and I think we're pretty special.
I wanted to blog on New Year's Eve, but I was too busy applying my fake eye lashes and hair extensions (more on that later.) I wanted to post my favorite New Year's Eve scene from a movie EVER. And no, its not When Harry Met Sally. It's this lovely part from the first Sex and the City movie where we see how all of the girls are ringing in the new year. Obviously a pregnant Charlotte and Harry are precious and Samantha and Smith in their sparkly robes- absurd but somehow appropriate. Anyway, the part I'm trying to get to is when Carrie runs across town in her pajamas just to let Miranda know that she's "not alone." I LOVE this scene!
I think female friendship is a really complicated thing that not everyone understands. I'm sure being obnoxiously bffs for the past 10 years has been irritating to some people, maybe ourselves included. But if you can say that in the past decade, no matter where you were, you knew having five best friends meant you were never alone- well, that's something worth celebrating.
According to my facebook news feed (people I know in real life) and twitter feed (celebs I wish I knew) everyone is feeling optimistic about 2012. As am I! Here's to a year of family, best friends, and dreams coming true!