The Best Best Friend Weekend Ever.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

For the record, this is the most overdue post I ever plan on writing (and perhaps the most wordy). If it wasn't about my closest friend and one of my favorite weekends of all time, I would just scrap it. However, this really is among my most treasured memories and, if for no other reason, I want to dedicate a post to it so I can look back and smile for years to come.

This one, this one is for us, Carina.

On September 25th, 2010, I picked up my closest gal at the airport and we had one of the best times I can remember in our 27 year friendship. The two of us hadn't had a weekend all to ourselves since she so generously drove with me from Seattle to Las Vegas pulling a u-haul through the desert for my big move. So, as you can probably imagine, this weekend was looked forward to, and counted down to, for months.

Let's get a little timeline going, shall we? I'll be sure to pepper it with quotes that had us rolling and not one, not two, but 27 photos. (Surprisingly, Carina and I haven't had pictures that we both liked of the two of us in years. Well, we sure made up for lost time.)


Drive to the airport. Surprise Carina with a sign that says Dr. Leo Marvin at baggage claim. The Finer Things 2010 Tour (inside and verrrry old joke) has officially begun. Hug, laugh, comment on Carina's (and I'm using her words here) inadvertent "youthful goth" new hair color. Let my best friend know that I have taken care of the schedule for the entire day to celebrate her belated birthday. Play her my new favorite song in the car. Dance. "Like a Cholo?" Long pause. "No, Carina, Ridin' Solo." Make a much anticipated tour of the Neon Boneyard. Carina: "I didn't read that document I just signed." Kathleen: "I've never read a single document I've signed in my entire life." Giggle fit #7 of 436. Think we might die of heat. Why didn't we bring water? Let's get an ice cream cone. Lunch at the Artisan. Surprise Carina - who thinks we're staying the night at my green shag palace - with a room downtown at the newly renovated (and super modern) Gold Spike (only $45!). Ask my best friend, very nicely, thank you very much, to leave for a little while. Decorate the room for her birthday. Leave out presents, white lights and approximately 23 magazines for her enjoyment. Let the (belated) bday girl back in. Go down to the pool. "Did that old man just try to touch my tattoo?" (While getting a tramp stamp when you're 18, you never realize that lecherous old men will try to touch your lower back at the pool for the rest of your damned life.) On the way back to the room, a crack head loudly tells Carina, "I love your hair, girl!" Much to my best friend's chagrin, almost die laughing. Relax in the room. Start getting dolled up for an evening out. Apply each other's makeup. Introduce Carina to my favorite drugstore false lashes. Take as many photos of ourselves as we did in junior high. Make Carina wear the birthday princess hat and over sized pink glasses. Walk through the Fremont Street Experience. Surprise (not really, it is our favorite place) the bff with dinner at Firefly. Enjoy a delicious dinner and some sparkling sangria. Deem this night "Tapas and True Friendship". Enjoy the walk back down Fremont knowing that in less than a week, I will be having knee surgery. Kathleen: "I plan on being hopped up on pain killers and showtunes the rest of the night." Make ourselves comfortable at one of my newest and most favorite spots in Vegas, Don't Tell Mama. Order shots of Patron. Fall in love with Dre, the amazing singer, at Mama's. Carina: "If you don't know all the lyrics to Journey's "Don't Stop Believin' " - I don't think I can trust you." Truer words have never been spoken, my friend. Let's order another round. Accidentally give the dreaded double thumbs up to Dre when requesting her to sing my favorite song she sings, Pink's "Sober." Run into a handsome feller named Jenner. Kiss that handsome man. Wait, that was just me. Stumble back to our hotel. Carina: "Not counting insomnia, this is the latest I've been up in years."

*The next few days were far less eventful than the first, but no less fun. And thank goodness. I don't know if the two of us could have handled another day as busy as our first. At least, not at our age. Let's just keep it real here.


Ouch, my head hurts. Yours, too? Pack up our little room. Have breakfast at the Cracked Egg. Go to the now dearly departed Liberace Museum. Really, really can't believe how bossy the older woman giving the tour is. Meet up with Jenner at the green shag palace. Depart for our new home, Palms Place. Check out our new one bedroom suite. Swoon. Home suite home. Kathleen: "I think this is how Jay-Z and Beyonce live." Immediately take my first of seven baths that overlook the strip. Think this might perhaps be heaven. Call Jenner and tell him he's got to see this place. Show off our new digs to the boy who is never impressed and much to our delight, discover he is indeed pretty impressed. Go to dinner at the Pink Taco. Realize this was a mistake and decide we never want to leave our new home again. Settle in on our new couch. Watch television. Fall asleep giggling, just like the old days.


Two words: Pool. Day. Literally, this entire day focused on hanging out at the pool, taking a quick (yet, oh so glamorous) drive to my doctor's, a snack stop at Golden Spoon, an amazing steak dinner at Simon and kicking back on the couch again with my sister/best friend/soul mate. It was perfect. Throw in a little girlie getting ready time and a cocktail or two and it was one of my favorite days, ever.

When it was finally time to say goodbye on Tuesday, it was just too soon. That's the thing about my friendship with Carina. It's been 27 years and, I can tell you, it hasn't been nearly long enough. Like so many of the memories we've collected since that first day on the beach in 1983, I will never forget these perfect few days filled with laughter.

C, you know you're family to me. I couldn't love you any more. Xoxo.

PS) I can't wait for our next weekend adventure!


  1. LOVED reading your post! I can't tell you how fun it is to see you two together - you see, that's how I remember both of you - together!

    You're both amazing, beautiful, and talented!

    Hope you're well (knee & all)!!!

  2. A finer tribute, I cannot imagine...
    You left out one of my favorite quotes:

    When the crackhead (literal crack.head.) said, "I LOVE YOUR HAIR!" youthful goth indeed.

    And, though there are some awesome effing photos included in this post I'm highly disappointed to see that the double thumbs up didn't make the cut!

    I love you sweet friend of mine and cannot wait to vacation with you again, cause let's face it you and I enjoy the finer things in life. Until then, I'll be ridin like a solo cholo.

  3. This looks and sounds so perfect. I love this girl already!

  4. Jen, that is so sweet of you. Thank you!!

    Ali, I love that you already love Carina. I know she'd love you, too!

    C - I threw my head back LOLing (and you know I NEVER write that) at your comment. You can feel better knowing that I have edited the post to now include the story of the crackhead who loved your hair and my unfortunate double thumbs up. I thank the universe that I have you to enjoy the finer things with. <3

  5. Love this post - sounds like you girls had such a great weekend!

  6. Umm, I so need to come to Vegas and do it up, Kathleen-style! You two are ridiculously adorable, and there is nothing like BFF time!

  7. oh my god, you guys are WAY too much fun! i love your photos and all that you managed to pack in to a weekend. visits from your best friends are the best!

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