Here are all the reasons why:
- Tessa and I got Starbucks at about 10am and later learned that Ryan Gosling was at that exact same Starbucks two hours earlier!
- I got my nails painted the prettiest bright peach you have ever seen
- I got my toenails painted the prettiest light pink you have ever seen
- The nail lady accidentally gave Tessa and I hot stone massages on our feet! That was especially appreciated considering we have the grossest feet from running
- I was brought to a restaurant named Tango and was greeted by some of my favorite people in the entire world: my aunts, my cousins, my sisters, my mom, my future mother-in-law, my future sister-in-law, my future Aunt (-in-law?), and Tessa
- There was a special recipe of Sangria and I had probably four glasses
- There was delicious Pasta Primavera and black bean soup. Yum
- My family is pretty sassy and I enjoy the sass
- I got to open presents! I laughed and I cried
- The Goettlichs had to leave :( but my family headed back to my parents' house where we continued to drink and relax
- I got to see my Uncle Vic who is the most mellow man in existence
Pre-Starbs and Nails
Post-Starbs and Nails
With Dylan Alper, getting ready to leave
With Tessa at Tango
With Kate, Kimberly and Joanne at Tango
Again with Kate, Kimberly, and Joanne at Tango
With Kylie at Tango
With Kate at my parents' house
Relaxing with the family
Relaxing with Joanne after a lot of Sangria
With Tessa outside
Just when I thought the day couldn't any better, the seven of us under the age of 30 decided to go out for the night! We quickly changed, ate some food, and then called two cabs to pick us up. The first cab arrived about ten minutes late and told us he could only fit 3 people in the cab, for reasons unknown. Kate, Lauren, and Kimberly jumped in the cab with the plan to get a table by the time the rest of us arrived. About ten more minutes later, the second cab arrived. As we opened the back door, we were bombarded by LITERALLY the loudest radio I have ever heard in my life. The worst part was the radio wasn't even playing music, there was just a DJs cheesy words being yelled at us.
"Can you turn the radio down??" Joanne screamed to the driver.
"Which radio? The cab radio or the music radio?" he replied.
"The music radio!" Joanne screamed again.
"Well there's no music playing, so you couldn't mean that one." The driver was super snarky. He did eventually turn down the volume. By that time, we had already gone deaf and no longer cared. Jaclyn also may or may not have sat on a bag of weed in the front seat as the driver grabbed her arm, looked into her eyes meaningfully and said, "Hey...It's cool."
Two minutes into the ride we learned that the first cab had broken down. That's right. We had sisters and cousins stranded on a road. We could hear their experience through the cab radio in our car.
"Uhhh, we need a new cab in Bryn Mawr...[static] Yeah at the same address... or just a little further." Finally, both cabs made it to Jake's in Manayunk. We grabbed a booth after having to beg the waiter to let us sit there. He told us he can't fit 7 people in a booth. I looked down at the 7 tiny bodies and said, "Uh. I think we could squeeze in." We ordered a few bottles of wine and chatted it up for a couple of hours. Finally, we left Jake's and walked down the street until we found another place with a DJ on the second floor. At that point, we were all pretty tired and some of us were in 4 inch heels, but when the DJ plays music, you dance. And dance we did. I would say we rocked hard at about 90% intensity level and looked good doing it. Even though I had to ice my feet when I returned home, and Tessa ruined her pedicure, I cannot remember a day when I felt more honored or had more fun with those that mean the most to me.
The whole fam
Waiting for the cab
Beside the broken down cab