It's time for our annual girls' weekend trip! But this year it was a little different.
I'll back up.
In March, Horsewhisperer let us all know she was going to be in town for a wedding at the end of June. The wedding was on a Saturday, so she was going to come in early and wanted to know if we were free the Friday before. Of course, we all jumped at the chance to spend time with her. We love her! We miss her!
We also knew it probably wouldn't be feasible for her to fly out twice in June, so instead of a full weekend, we decided to just do a girls' overnight - spend the whole day Friday with her, and then part ways on Saturday so she could go to her wedding.
We came up with a couple of plans, but ended up deciding on a resort not too far from where her wedding was.
And then life happened. Life always happens, doesn't it? Horsewhisperer wasn't going to be able to make it after all. There was some discussion about changing weekends or locations, but in the end we decided to keep it just as we had planned.
On Friday we all met up at the resort. As usual we spent a fair amount of time catching up in the hotel room before heading down to the main attraction - the pool!
Jurisslave had brought a stand-in for Horsewhisperer, not a replacement or substitute, because you just can't replace someone like that. But the new girl was so thankful to be included that she got us all reserved lounge chairs just off the pool. And like any good group of moms away from their families we took full advantage of just being able to sit.
We also took full advantage of the hot tub, complete with waterfall.
We tried out the "Lazy River" but with water fountains shooting at you, rapids, a waterfall, and a ton of children there wasn't much lazy about it. So we found our way back to the adults only pool. Know why it's adults only? See that palapa?
Swim up bar! And we also took advantage of that.
We spent the entire day in the water or beside the water, sipping fruity frozen drinks out of our brand new souvenir tumblers.
Eventually we realized it was getting late, and we were getting hungry, so back up to the room to change. We headed to dinner and sat around talking more. It's funny how when you're with some people you never run out of things to talk about - and that's how it always is with us. After dinner we bid adieu to Jurisslave and her friend and headed back up to the room where we talked some more until we all fell asleep - probably early than we do back home. Because we're old ladies.
The next morning we parted ways. I always feel so recharged after our time together, and it is never ever long enough. I love catching up with some of my closest friends and getting away from the thing that brought us all together originally.
But this trip was extra not long enough, not enough time, not enough talk, not enough indulgent behavior. We're all older and less crazy than we were - and none of us were especially crazy to begin with. I mean, our idea of adventure is a swim up bar!
Sometimes it doesn't take much to indulge though. Just a little twist on the ordinary - a day at a nearby resort, or adding peanut butter to chocolate sauce. Both seems so simple, so obvious, but they're things we just never think to do. So be like us. Take the simple and obvious and just go for it.
Malted Chocolate Peanut Butter Sauce (From Cooking Light)
1/4 cup chocolate malted milk powder
1 can fat-free sweetened condensed milk
1 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
2 Tbsp peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
- Place malted milk powder, condensed milk, and chocolate in a medium saucepan. Cook, stirring constantly over medium-low heat 6 minutes or until smooth. Remove from heat.
- Stir in peanut butter and vanilla. Serve warm.