Friday, December 17, 2010

Friday I'm in Love . . . with my Bestie!

Today, December 17, 2010, is a very special day.  It is my best friend Tiffany's 30th birthday!  What I would give to be celebrating with her over wine and laughs in some woodsy cabin right about now.  Sadly, for the past 8 years, we've lived across the country from each other. And although I talk to her several times a week, I still miss her all the time!

I wish I had a scanner and could scan some pics of Tiff and me in our incredibly mischievous early teens.  We tore up our high school!  Here are some of the antics we pulled off during our four years at Harrison High School:
  • Signed our meanest teacher up for a professional escort service
  • Came to school wearing only trench coats in an attempt to woo our Latin teacher
  • Put dried pasta in all the vending machines (where you get your change) just so people would be like huh???
  • Wrote an expose on a local theater director, accusing him of being sexually inappropriate (he was!), and placed them in bookstores around the town
  • Created an email account for the mean teacher and wrote ridiculous messages to students and faculty
  • Dressed up as . . . "ladies of the night" and tried to get a job at the Moonlight Spa, just so we could expose them as a secret brothel.  It kinda worked!  (Although at one point we got chased pretty far down dark streets by the angry Chinese proprietor).  Our constant harassment resulted in their installment of video cameras right inside the door.  (And for the record, they did get busted for prostitution not long after we went off to college.  Tiff's mom mailed us the newspaper article!).
Tiff in a tree

We went off to college together at Tulane University in New Orleans, and lived together throughout our four years there.  After college, Tiffany moved to Pittsburgh both for grad school and to be with her beloved, Matt, who was in a Ph.D. program at Carnegie Mellon, and I moved to San Francisco to teach poetry at San Quentin State Prison.  Now, Tiff and Matt are bona fide home owners and parents to the darling baby Aria (human) and to the darling-but-kinda-bad Mia (canine):

the Merriman-Prestons

all of us at Tiff's beautiful wedding (reception)
it was in an art gallery in Atlanta!

Tiffany, me, and our third college roommate, Brenna
at my mama's house in 2005
for Tiff and Matt's Mardi Gras engagement party!

I love you so much, Tiff!  I don't know if I would have made it through all these years without you.  You're all the things I'm not: modest, composed, calm, wise, and totally unselfish.  You're one of my life's greatest blessings.  Happiest 30th birthday!


Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

Happy Bday to T!
Dirty Thirty- rock it!

That is SO dangerous what you did to try and expose the 'night club'- you are so lucky nothing more went down- now stay safe-
Do I sound like a mother?

drollgirl said...

that is a helluva friend! and you two are TROUBLE together! lol!

happy birthday to her!!!!

nicoleciomek said...

Only wearing trench coats??? Wow. Y'all did get up to some mischief back at good ol' Harrison high. And I had no idea.

Y'all were always the cutest of friends. I remember your pink note books you used to write in. You could definitely tell there was a very special bond between the two of you.

Glad you are still wonderful friends and happy birthday to her!

bananas. said...

oh my gosh...the moonlight spa story is a riot!!! i wish you had photos to shard. i would love to see you all hookered up.

J. said...

oh, I'm loving those antics!! You REALLY need to find pictures!! :)

shelly said...

ahhhhh! yay for bestfriends and birthdays :)

Jen said...

Happy birthday to your BFF! Me and my BFF are doing the 30 thing next June, and your relationship with Tiffany sounds just like ours... down to how you describe Tiffany as everything you're not: modest, composed, calm, wise, unselfish -- that is my best friend to a T. :)

Micaela said...

the trench coat to woo latin teacher is HILARIOUS!! naughty naughty ;)

i love it!!!

happy birthday to your best friend! this is the sweetest and fun birthday wish :)


Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

Haha! wow! That list of antics is awesome!

ag. said...

I love that her wedding was in an art two sound like you've had some fun together!
Happy happy birthday to her!

Signe said...

Happy bithday to Tiff!!
And I can totally relate - my best friend Lynette lives up north in Norway and I live in Oslo. That is a 1,5 hour plane ride just to see her!

Wish you a happy weekend :)

Tiffany said...

I don't know if I can live up to this post, but thanks for the birthday love. You are the best (and in all the ways I'M not!).

Now, I do have a scanner . . . I might have to revisit some of those old albums . . .

P.S. Dear professional contacts, kids I work with, and Papa--if any of you happen to be reading this: This is, of course, a fictional account of our childhood. Never happened.

Marz said...

What a sweet, sweet post!!!! Loved listening to the mischeif you and Tiff got into in high school. I love that you two still keep in touch and seem as close as ever, even despite the distance that seperates you. And her p.s. in her comment cracked me up! :)

Meghan said...

NO WAY! Please tell me all of those antics are true - if so, you are my hero!!!

Happy Birthday to your friend!

Faiza said...

high school claire was naughty and hilarious!!!! loved hearing about your antics with your bestie!

{andthisiswhatshesaid} said...

haha love this. happy birthday to her.

Gracie said...

That is awesome! I can't believe what you got up to in highschool. I was so tame. Most of my stories involve crushes on guys and our adventures :)

What a great friendship though!

P.S. I'm glad your card arrived!! I'm so afraid that post has been getting clogged up. x

julianne. said...

theres nothing better than a best friend.
you guys sound like amazing friends.
happy birthday to her.<3

Miss Caitlin S. said...

that's seriously hilarious, you guys had a lot of nancy drew things going on!!! Best friends make the world go round and those ridiculous stories are so important to remember as we get older. Happy Birthday to your friend and I truly wish you had pictures of any of this ... especially your latin teacher :)

this free bird said...

This is awesome, Claire. And happy birthday to Tiffany! YAHOO for 30 years!!


Leesh said...

Gosh, you did a lot of crazy (and mean) stuff when you were younger. It made me giggle.