I have mentioned on this blog that my current roommate is my 30th. Over the years I have shared apartments with 30 different women. They have each taught me much and almost all have been positive experiences. That said- some have risen to the top and become life-long friends while a few more have made an indelible impact on my life. In my fantasy life I would live minutes away from all these special friends. We would swap recipes, watch each other’s kids and be there for hugs and comfort. Sadly most of them live away from Utah (and even the one’s that do have a life. Afterall, we aren’t living in a Norman Rockwell painting!). Still, my heart yearns for the friends I do not regularly see. I miss them and wish they were here.
Lately I have felt a little lonely so you can imagine my excitement over a recent trip to California for a ROOMMATE REUNION! One of my most prized friends/former roommates Emily Alvillar Whitman came to my sister Megan’s in Palo Alto, California and I joined her. The three of us then had a lovely weekend of reminiscing and catching up. It was very nice of Megan to host and allow us to sleep on her coach! The weekend was simple- nothing too flashy- but it was great to reconnect with an old friend. Plus, I got to spend time with Megan and her family. Seth was very nice to watch the girls so the three of us could go to San Francisco for the day. (Thanks Seth!). We went to all the sites Golden Gate Park and Bridge, Chinatown, Piers etc. Emily got some jewelry and we converted a magnet into a keepsake ornament to help us remember the trip.
On Sunday we enjoyed spending time with my family for my grandma Wagner’s birthday party. She is such a wonderful woman and loving example in my life. I will have to write an entire post about her someday. Emily was a good sport and seemed to enjoy herself at our family party (sometimes being at someone else’s family function can be awkward. Thanks Emily!).
On Monday it began to rain and then Tuesday it was torrential downpour. I don’t think I have ever seen it rain so much in Northern California. It was so bad that on Tuesday the rain made the battery short out while driving Emily to the airport (after visiting the temple). We ended up putting Emily in a yellow cab and then Seth came to my rescue. Hopefully the car won’t sustain any permanent damage. If it does I will feel awful.
We made some cute crafts on Monday. I am a volunteer for festival of trees and as such we are each responsible for creating 8 gifts that can be sold at the festival. For my gift I am making long sleeve t-shirts with Christmas symbols on them. I hope they turn out ok. It’s kind of complicated how you make them but basically you cut out a stencil out of freezer paper and then you iron on the paper to the front and back of the shirt. Then you pain the shirt with textile paint. Once the paint has dried you set the paint with the iron. If any of you have cute and inexpensive craft ideas for the festival let me know. It has to be something that does not require sewing or knitting.
Anyway, it was a wonderful trip and I hope we do it again. It is important to reconnect with friends. You never know when you will need them or they will need you. I believe that people are put in our lives for a reason and that we will be accountable if we throw people aside as if they are worth nothing. Relationships are worth sacrificing for and certainly worth preserving. Why is I seem to be in the minority in this view? It seems so logical to me!
One last comment is on Friday I went to hear Ingrid Michaelson sing at a concert in Salt Lake. She was a great performer with a beautiful voice. What made it more exciting is the tickets were only $15 plus fees! Anna and I went and it made me all the more grateful that she is here. I’m so glad that we are not only sisters but that we have so many common interests- even enjoy the same concerts. I am sure the time will come when she is busier with friends and school but for the moment we are spending a lot of time together and I love it! The only downside to the concert is it was standing room only. With my foot condition it is hard for me to stand for hours (I told Anna that I am not as young as I used to be! I’m too old for this stuff!). I am not sure how I am going to get through the Regina Spektor concert at the same venue but somehow I will figure it out. It is worth it to see such amazing talent and spend time with my sister. I can’t wait to hear Regina sing!