Marianne arrived with GIRLS' TRIP 2012 necklaces for all of us, which you can (sorta) see us boasting in this picture, taken at Target for last-minute supplies on our way down south:
As you can guess, a van full of five girls meant hours of talking about friendship, relationships, sex, and hot celebs. Also: racism, misogyny, religious discrimination, and international political unrest (hey, we're complex creatures). As we rolled into Orange County just in time for a late dinner, I thought: Carrie's boyfriend's restaurant! I gave Carrie a ring and voila, she met us at The Corner in Huntington Beach, which we agreed in unanimity was THE BEST MEAL we had the entire trip.
Carrie: even more adorable & hilarious (and tiny) in person!
Unfortunately we were too famished to take pictures of the food before we scarfed it down, but let me just say that it was delectable. I had mashed potato tacos (you heard that right) that were somehow even more delicious than their description, and a roasted beet (& burrata & arugula) salad that I'm desperate to recreate. Also: vodka lemonade cocktails with mint leaves. Carrie and Chris were so wonderful that I can't wait to go back (and spend more time with Carrie). Like all my parentheticals in this blog post? (Ha!).
A quick sleep in our hotel, and then Saturday morning we were off to San Diego to have a Cinco de Mayo Mexican lunch on the beach with my dear friend Elena from grad school. She recommended a spot in Del Mar that was perfect for margaritas and festive Mexican food. The food was great, but best of all was the company: it was so neat for me to witness the merging of worlds as my Girls' Trip 2012 girls met Elena! After lunch, we hung out on the beach for a while before grabbing a coffee & trekking back up to Anaheim to prepare for the main event: the Angels vs. Blue Jays game.
Elena & me on the beach!
sweet twinkies on the beach
Marianne was chomping at the bit to get to Angels Stadium, so we headed over there an hour early to try to find her main man, C.J. Wilson, warming up. My friend Dave & the twinkies' cousin Moses met us at the stadium, so we had quite a group to cheer on C.J. (minus Faiza, from Toronto, who was rooting for her Blue Jays!).
a healthy dose of internal rivalry
the view from our seats
Much to Faiza's dismay & Marianne's delight, the Angels proceeded to kick some Blue Jay ass, and Marianne and her homemade poster ended up on the JumboTron! It was certainly the highlight of the evening, and so sweet to see Marianne floating around on cloud 9. Almost as giddy as she was Sunday morning when she woke to a tweet from C.J.! (To be clear, C.J. Wilson, a two-time World Series pitcher and first class hottie, has tweeted at Marianne now 6 times).
see Marianne on the JumboTron in the bottom left?
"you're tigers, you're tigers"
I was lucky enough to meet up with Amy (she's been one of my best friends since middle school), Dave, and their adorable 2-year-old, Sammy, for brunch before we headed back up north. Again, it was so cool to have friends from different eras of life around a table together.
Baby Boy Lazzaroni #2 arriving this fall
We got back up to the Bay Area in no time, and I was sad to see all the girls off on Monday morning. It was especially hard going back to work after such an incredible time with such good friends. Hard to believe that next time I see Micaela, she'll have a little baby girl! I'm so lucky we've been able to do this two years in a row (but we missed you, Jessie!), and I can't wait to see what we plan for next year. It's time to start brainstorming!
See pictures from our Girls' Trip 2011 here.