After being at home all summer, Lisa went back to Tallahassee last weekend. And we were pretty lost this past week without her cooking and overly enthusiastic opinions about coffee, music, and television shows. In fact, Lindsay and I missed her so much, we decided to drive to Talla-classy (our nickname for the side of town where Lisa lives- it has Whole Foods, The Fresh Market, and Trader Joe's, the food snob's grocery trifecta) after work on Friday for a surprise visit. Well, it was meant to be a surprise. Lisa figured it out about the time we passed the exit for Panama City because we were calling her a suspicious amount for 11:30 p.m. She WAS so excited to see us that she sacrificed a good night's sleep and took the couch so we could have a bed after our drive. Such a good friend, that one.
After sleeping in, Lisa decided we needed to do two things we couldn't do at home (Burgers at Wells Brothers and a trip to Trader Joe's), and one thing she just can't do without (Starbucks). At Wells Brothers, we had disgustingly delicious burgers (mine had bacon, cheese, peanut butter, and strawberry jam, Lisa said she wanted to throw up in her mouth because of it) and enjoyed watching all the undergrads who just moved back to school. Lindsay and I have been dying to explore Trader Joe's ever since Lisa's opened and she brought us some amazing food from there. We have a Whole Foods in Jackson, but I have to admit that I think Trader Joe's is better because it's way more affordable (and has a wide variety of junk food, which I always appreciate). We browsed the flowers, frozen foods, and candies before leaving a fair amount poorer than when we arrived. We also decided we would try our hands at keeping plants alive in our offices (I'm nervous about desk gardening!) and bought some potted plants for five bucks. Lisa then brow beat us into Starbucks (the 2nd of many coffee stops on this trip) so she could have the first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season. Somehow, Lindsay caught that moment on camera and Lisa vows to always cherish that photo.
Celebrating birthdays is just as much fun as an adults as it was when we were kids. Lindsay, Allie, and I decided we had to have a small party for Deb's birthday this summer, including a pretty awesome Angry Birds cake/cupcake combo. We spent the evening eating cupcakes, telling stories, and laughing until our sides hurt. Deb has been an awesome long-time confidant, friend, and mentor, and we are glad to know her!
We were so excited to have Lisa join us in Mississippi for the summer. After living together for years (5 for me, and 24 for Lindsay), it was weird when Lisa moved to Tallahassee to go to Florida State a few years ago. When she is able to come visit during school breaks, we are able to act like college students again. For Lisa, this means reading a lot of books and playing on her laptop 24/7. Unfortunately, school started back this week, so Lisa headed back to Florida. It's going to suck not seeing her for a month, especially when we are so used to her cooking dinner every night! We'll miss you, Lisa! Come back... next week?
If you know Lisa at all, this won’t surprise you for a second—but she bought Cards Against Humanity this summer. If you’ve never played this hilarious (albeit ridiculous) game, you need to buy a deck immediately. The gist of the game is simple: horrify your friends with the dirty and hilarious things that come up in your set of cards. The dealer pulls a black card with a prompt and each player puts down a white card they think matches. The dealer then chooses which white card they think is the funniest (or most inappropriate depending on who you are playing with). It’s pretty much an adult version of Apples to Apples.
All that is to say- play this game with your mother. Or sister in law in our case. It’s fun to watch their horrified faces.
We are humongous fans of Mr. Chen's Chinese restaurant (and the attached Asian market) in Jackson. This love affair started with Allison inviting us to try bubble tea (Boba) with her because she was obsessed. Well, we were hungry, so we ordered food, and found our new favorite Chinese restaurant! Seriously though, the food = amazing. And because it's attached to an Asian market, we always spend time wandering around the store as well. We've hit a pretty solid rhythm of ordering Boba Slushes, Pineapple Shrimp and Pork Hot Pot, eating until we can't eat anymore, then attempting to walk it off by looking at the super adorable bowls and toys in the supermarket.