Monday, August 31, 2009

One Of Those Weekends

This weekend was one of those weekends that was filled with wonderful friends and so much activity I was left completely exhausted. It was one of those weekends that made me incredibly thankful to have such great people in my life.

There was a concert that involved tailgating both before and after the show. An opening act (Darius Rucker) that was just as exciting and fun as the main show (Rascal Flatts). The heavy morning rain ceased, allowing my friends and I to fully enjoy the show as the sun set and night settled in. There was singing at the top of our lungs, dancing in the dark to both old and new melodies, and perhaps a few tears to the song “My Wish For You.” There was bonding in the parking lot with the people parked around us for a few hours after the show while waiting for the lot to empty. We swapped tales, funny stories, and memories of other concerts. After we left the venue there was breakfast at 1am just because we felt like it.

This weekend there was also a wonderful visit with friend from college and her sister that I hadn’t seen in over five years despite just living an hour apart. We caught up on life post-college, marriage, jobs, other friends, and hopes for the future over brunch and mimosas. We laughed over shared college memories. Four hours passed quickly before we even realized it. We meandered around a charming, historic part of a nearby city as we had done on lazy Saturdays while we were in college. We parted late in the afternoon with promises to not let another 5 years or even 5 months go by before our next visit.

The beautiful, somewhat fall like weather led to an impromptu evening of pizza and beer on the deck with various friends who just seemed to show up. There was card playing, music that was probably a little too loud for the neighbors liking, and lots of laughter. There was also a shopping trip with a friend that had us wandering through rows and rows of brightly hued fabric, perusing various wooden handles for a new bag, and trying to pretending like we understood how to read a pattern. There was also a heart to heart with the family friend who inspired the “Summer of Me” that left me experiencing a multitude of emotions.

It was just one of those weekends that made me realize how truly lucky I am.

It was one of those weekends that made me appreciate how amazing this summer has been.

23 comments:

SoMi's Nilsa said...

I hear Darius Rucker is doing really quite well in his reinvented country-singer self. A far cry from his Hootie days.

So glad to hear you're embracing and fulfilling the Summer of Me. Well deserved, my dear, well deserved!

Ashley said...

What a lovely weekend. Here's to Fall!

Little Fish said...

I'm so glad you had such a great weekend!

I loooove pizza and beer nights!

jnyfritz said...

That sounds like the perfect weekend in every sense of the 'summer of you!!' YaY to a great weekend!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

What a fantastic weekend! I would love to see Rascal Flatts in concert some day!

I also had one of those 'I am so incredibly happy' moments on Sunday morning. I did a 5 mile run on Sunday morning that went so so awesome, so was probably experiencing a runners high. It felt great to feel so happy - I always thought I'd only feel this happy/content if I found Mr. Right, so it's good to know that I can make myself this happy.

Amber (Girl with the red hair) said...

I love weekends like that. They leave you exhaustedly happy and content!

Elle Bee... said...

Sounds like a fabulous weekend, Mandy! I'm so envious that you got to see Rascal Flatts. :)

Stacy said...

Amen.

laurenfromtexas said...

so awesome, girl - it's nice to feel lucky :)

xo

amanda said...

rascal flatts in concert! love it.

i adore my wish for you. i belt it out in my car like no other. i hope you belted it out like no other at the concert. {no doubt that you did!}

deck parties are lovely.

alexa - cleveland's a plum said...

im right now trying to write a post about the kick off of fall.

i'm torn between happiness and sadness.

Katelin said...

oh yay for fun weekends. sounds like it fabulous.

Bayjb said...

That sounds like a great weekend filled with the best things: friends, tailgating and good music!

Kyla Roma said...

Sounds like an amazing weekend, that is also an amazing end to an amazing summer. Good on you miss!! It takes work but the 1 am breakfasts practically pay for themselves in fun from what I can remember of them =)

michellewoo said...

Yay, this blog is such a happy place. I'm finally loving, LOVING summer.

And now it's almost fall. FML.

:)

LBluca77 said...

Why can't it be summer all the time. Fall I am ok with, but not winter. Noooo summer please don't end.

Leah said...

That sounds like an absolutely perfect weekend!

Auburn Kat said...

I would love to go see both of them in concert someday!!! My sister went to a Journey concert over the wknd, which would have been fun too.

Seriously, I'm NOT ready for fall!

nory said...

Darius Rucker, eh? Wow. There's a blast from the past.

Glad you had such a lovely weekend. Beer + Pizza + patio sounds divine.

There a few more weekends that I think we can claim as "summer," so continue to enjoy, embrace and soul-search.

Frank said...

That sounds wonderful. I got to catch up with some old friends last Saturday and it was easily one of the best days I've had all summer.

Katie said...

This post just makes me feel that warm happy feeling you get after one of those nights.

I'm so glad you had a good weekend!

AshleyD said...

This makes my heart haappy.

Andy said...

I wouldn't call it an "ending" for the summer, but it's like a sum-up. Friends, good times, catching up, quality time, fun, happiness, etc. All what describes your summer :)