Instant Friends

Getting to Boston was a bit frustrating as it finally rained stormed in St. Louis the night I was trying to leave.  Of course it barely rained in St. Louis all.summer.long., but naturally the day I flew it thunderstormed.  There was poor weather across the country as many people’s flights were delayed.  Thankfully, we all made it to Boston safely.

I’ve written before about how random people always seem to find me and talk to me, and apparently Meg and Chelsea have this gift, as well.  The airport was no different as I was approached by a guy who was also frustrated by our delay to Boston.  His name was Max, and it turns out we’re both part of “the tribe” (aka Jewish).  Instant connection.

Our flight was full and I ended up finding an aisle seat towards the back.  Soon, a guy (who I did not get his name, but I did get a picture) sat beside me.  He had just finished basic training for the Army, and after five months he was on his way back home.  Since we had nothing else to do on the plane, I asked for a picture and he kindly obliged.

You know you’re a blogger when… you ask random people you meet on the airplane for a photo… and you don’t know their name.

(Sidenote: I’m not the only weirdo blogger who takes pictures of new people they meet at the airport.  Meg and Chelsea are both culprits, too!)

My parents had taken me to the airport, and my mom packed me a turkey sandwich.  The sandwich came in handy during the flight as my belly began to rumble, so I opened it up and found a sweet note from my momma:

Moms are just the best, aren’t they?  Mine is!  The note made me just as happy as it did when I was in elementary school and my mom used to write notes on napkins.  The stickers were and still are a nice touch! The turkey sandwich hit the spot and was much more satisfying than the small bag of peanuts and crackers that are offered on flights.

When I got to the hotel room, Meg had a birthday present waiting on my bed.  Meg – the biggest tea lover of all time – found me birthday cake tea!  How amazing does that sound?  I’ve never even heard of tea in this flavor, and obviously itz my favorite flavor ever!  She also got me a darling mug, Lululemon headband, and wrote a very nice card.  Isn’t she the sweetest??

The tea has sprinkles in it! How amazing is that?  Plus, it comes from David’s Tea, which apparently is the best tea place ever in Canada.  Can’t wait to try this!

Meg, Chelsea, and I have so many similarities; one of them being we all wake up at the crack of dawn, even after going to bed late and not setting an alarm.  We had plans to attend a conditioning class on Friday morning at eight o’clock, but since we all woke up at six, we decided to hit the hotel gym first.

Photo courtesy of Chelsea

I ran two miles, walked half a mile at an incline, then jogged half a mile more for a total of three miles.  After a quick breakfast in the hotel room, we met the other girls and walked to an outdoor park to begin our conditioning class.  The park was awesome and had an entire area with equipment to use for workouts.

We didn’t use the equipment, but we didn’t have to.  Kristen had designed the class to where we used our own body weight (lunges, squats, planks, etc.), and resistance bands.

Another photo by Chelsea

At the end of the workout, we did some ab exercises including planks.  While it was suggested we bring a yoga mat, I did not want to pack, carry, and lug a yoga mat to Boston, so instead I tossed in the nicely packed Monkey Mat.

The Monkey Mat was perfect as it kept me dry on the wet grass.  And it matched my new headband!  Perfect!  It was a beautiful day in the park, and naturally all of us bloggers had to get a group shot at the end.

Check out our guns!

I love, love, love cities where everything is in walking distance, and after showering, a big group of us headed to Whole Foods for lunch.  We scoured the hot food bar, and filled our boxes.  When our tummies were full, Meg, Chelsea, Lisa, and I took a nice walk to do some shopping.

It was windy and our hair was out of control!  Take two:

We went to the one store that we all adore: Lululemon.  I ended up finding a new pair of workout capris with a darling ruffle on the side.

Not only were they on sale (score!), I used my birthday gift card to treat myself.  It was quite an easy purchase to justify as I live in capris, especially at the gym.  After Lululemon, we headed back to the hotel to check-in to the Summit, get our sweet swag bags, and get ready for the evening.

A group of us went out to dinner before the cocktail party since we knew there’d just be appetizers and we wanted something more substantial.  It was a good choice because dinner was phenomenal!  Plus, I got to meet Heather and Cait – two of the most gorgeous, sweetest girls ever!

We made it back to the hotel just in time for the kick-off cocktail party sponsored by Rebootizer.  We had loads of fun, especially with the stellar glasses that matched our pretty dresses!

The cocktail party lasted til ten, and we were more than ready for bed by the time it ended.  We had a big day ahead of us, so we wanted to make sure we got proper sleep and were well rested.  The next day was the actual conference.  Which you’ll hear about later…

Do you live in a city where you can walk everywhere?  (Sadly, St. Louis does not have many areas like this.)  What was your last Lululemon purchase?  (Send me some?)  What was the most random place you made a new friend?  (Or two?)

36 thoughts on “Instant Friends

  1. Your mom is wayyyy too cute! Love the added sticker to the note too :). Man, that soldier doesn’t look the tiniest bit happy. I don’t know why considering he’s finally getting to see his family!!

  2. I love reading HLS recaps right now because they’re letting me relive the trip! Ahh, I miss it (and you!) so much!

    And ok you’re going to laugh at me, but I went back to Lululemon yesterday and bought that grey long sleeve top I tried on… I should have just bought it tax-free in Boston! 😛

    • It is fun to write about Boston because it is like reliving it – I totally agree!! And you silly girl you def shoulda bought it tax free!!!! Next time I’ll pressure you more haha

  3. Walkable cities rock! Mine current one is sort of a mixed bag — the central area, which I live near, is definitely walkable, but the further out you get (and it’s not very big), the less walkable it is. I think part of a city being walkable is good public transit for when you’re not walking, if that makes any sense.

  4. Haha, that wind was killer! I love reading your recap!! I’m so happy we got to meet! And now I get to read your fantastic blog! I can’t believe I wasn’t before!
    I feel like I look really weird in these pictures haha…awkward angles at their finest;) I’ll blame my parents for being un-photogenic.
    I wish I could have made it to that outdoor workout, it looks like it was a lot of fun!

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  6. Nice re-cap and great photos! I especially like the one of our guns. 😉 I’m glad you enjoyed the workout. It’s hard to come up with a workout when you have no idea who will be in attendance. Though I’d love to take credit for the 2nd part of the class (tension bands) I have to give credit where credit is due. I used what I learned in a Corpbasics certification class (www.corpbasics.com). Though I will take credit for the many lunges and squats that you all so wonderfully pushed through. 😉

  7. I really wish I had gotten more time with you ladies! seriously you are all so sweet and so fun! I agree that waking up early seems to be my norm, doesn’t matter what happened the night before…I kinda like it though 🙂

    Any chance you are going to fitbloggin?

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  10. I can’t believe it took me til now to read this post. You are SO KIND to call me a nice sweet girl 🙂 and omg the ruffle Lulu capris? Adorable! So YOU! I love the pic of you guys with the wind blowing your hair all over hahaha. The David’s Tea with sprinkles looks TO DIE FOR holy moly. a cup of that with monkey bread? yes please!!! And the note from your mom made me melt. Like, the “lol” at the end sealed the deal.

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