Heading North in the Winter

Because who doesn’t want to head to a colder climate in the winter? 

Anyways, this past weekend I traveled to Rochester, New York.  I wanted to see some of best friends: Heather, Laura and Brittany.  They all have blogs and exist in real life too.  Since we all run, have blogs and exist in real life…we must be the same person.  Right?

Let’s rewind to Friday. 

I drove up to Jersey City and got dinner with Danielle and Amelia.  It was nice to finally see and catch up with both of them.  It’s weird to think we haven’t seen each other since October!  Danielle and Amelia make up 2 out of 5 of my friends in New Jersey.

On Saturday am, Danielle and I drove to the JFK airport.  Danielle was visiting her sister in Rochester, so we decided to travel together. All I remember from that morning (and I’m sure she agrees) was: holy $hit it’s cold, how are we going to make it in Rochester?  The temperature at JFK was 10 degrees and felt like -4.

Warm plane.
Warm plane.


After arriving to Rochester, dare I say it that it seemed warmer?

In summary, the ladies and I had such a great weekend.

Some highlights:

  1. Eating an entire red velvet cake red velvet cake
  2. Meeting the owner of the James Brown Diner (review to come in Rochester
  3. Introducing Brittany to Fast Trac Coffee…need I say more?

    Oh we had no idea this camera was taking a photo...we are obviously just causally chatting over our gas station lattes
    Oh we had no idea this camera was taking a photo…we are obviously just causally chatting over our gas station lattes
  4. Just girl chat. There isn’t a need to “recap” the amount of fun we had just chatting.  These three women are three of my closest friends.  While I haven’t seen them since early last year, nothing had changed.  I’m truly grateful to have friends that I can talk to anytime.  We can go months without seeing face to face and still pick up just where we left (that being said, I do wish we were closer).

Enjoy this photoshoot…

girls weekend

girls weekend coffee

How did this even happen?
How did this even happen?

Sadly, Brittany and Heather left on Sunday.  Laura and I went and watched the Super Bowl at one of Laura’s friends’ house.  While I’m not into football, I enjoyed hanging out and meeting friends of friends.

On Monday a huge snow storm hit Rochester.  Rochester received between 12-16 inches of snow.  Laura, had to work and I ran at the gym and relaxed.

Oh goodie...
Oh goodie…

Then on Tuesday, Danielle and I left bright and early (4:30 am) to JFK.  After a perfect flight and arrival, we arrived at my car.  My car was completely frozen over and had an entire half inch of ice on top (including all locks).  We could not physically break the ice because it was so thick.  We were freezing, miserable and honestly had no idea what to do.  The security car couldn’t help us, triple A didn’t have any great advice and we honestly didn’t know what to do.  We spent about 45 minutes trying everything possible.

Then the JFK long term bus driver came by and helped us out.  Honestly if he had not helped us with an ice pick, I don’t know how we would have gotten in my car.  I will always be thankful for him (and made sure to thank him).  I’ll never forget his kindness as long as I live!

After dropping Danielle back in Jersey City,  finally got back down to South Jersey.  My car still had a bit of snow on it (not prohibiting my driving).  People were staring at my car yesterday.

Cliff notes: I had a great weekend and my friends are the greatest. 

Questions for you:

Do your closest friends live near or far?

What was the last act of kindness you did for someone? (or someone did for you?)

I know Danielle and I will always be grateful for the bus driver’s kindness.

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  1. Sounds like you had a great weekend with friends! Those pictures are hilarious- especially the candid one. I was just thinking I’ve been missing girl time lately. I could really use a weekend like this one! It’s hard when your friends live all over the place. That’s probably the only thing I miss about school.

  2. This reminds me so much of my life those first years post-college! My Long Island friend and I would travel to Rochester (in winter…why???) to visit our third amigo. Not a whole lot happened other than talking and laughing, but they were always the best trips. Take them as often as you can for as long as you can before life gets in the way and you have to settle for texts, phone calls, and Facebook. Despite the distance and 15 years passing since we graduated, these girls and I pick up right where we left off. Nothing better 🙂

  3. My closest friends – and I only have a few – are literally scattered across the globe. I don’t get to see them often, but that makes it more special when I do.

    My last random act was actually documented, even though I would have preferred it to be a bit less public! https://kevinbommer.wordpress.com/2015/01/07/family-that-lost-500-in-broncos-tickets-scam-receives-the-gift-of-a-lifetime-from-another-fan/

    Glad that all of your travel has been safe!!

  4. A lot of my closest friends are a mix of near and far, but I believe the ones I met and kept are friends from college (2 ha). Otherwise, I have my best friends from high school nearby but we never see each other??? We’re all antisocial haha.

    The last act of kindness… I’m going to go with being a patient driver. And just patient in general. Today at Wawa an older man apologized for taking long to gather his things at the checkout line and I assured him I wasn’t in a rush and if my coffee got too cold in the meantime, I would just nuke it at home. Haha!

    Your weekend looks like a TON of fun. I love the random photo with your friend’s leg in the air. HOW DOES THAT HAPPEN haha. Too funny!

  5. That’s seriously insane about your car. I thought we had bad weather up here, but I don’t think I’ve ever had my car frozen solid in a block of ice. Just buried under a few feet of snow 😆 And I’ve really been missing some quality girl time in my life lately. I just feel like everyone has been way too busy with their kids and families, so there isn’t much time left over to hang out.

  6. I’m cold just thinking of all that! But girl time away–can’t put a price on it. I am so looking forward to my Napa marathon weekend b/c it will be all about the time with my friends (and the wine). Maybe the run. ; )

  7. That’s such a nice weekend. My closest friends live about two hours away, which isn’t bad, except we’re all busy all the time and separated by a mountain pass.

  8. Aw, yaya for friend time! I cannot imagine the snow/cold Upstate NY is facing right now. My BFF from college lives about 40 minutes outside of the city, so I get to see her when she’s home for breaks. (She’s off being a boss at life and getting a PhD.) And yes, girl talk is the best!

  9. I legit laugh every time I see those photos… So ridiculous. I’m so glad we got to see each other again before you get all married and adultish or something.

  10. Wow it must have been cold if you wore a hat indoors! My best friend lives a quarter mile from me (all uphill though so I am dedicated when I go there 😉 The last random act of kindness I did for someone was give a loaf of bread to the homeless person sitting outside my job. It sounds cliché, but it actually happened. Oh, and I held in my gas at yoga tonight. You’re welcome Ithaca.

  11. OMG Rochester is brutal! I’m so glad you were able to hang with your girlfriends – there’s really nothing else quite like it!! And what, pray tell is this Fast Trac coffee of which you speak? Please share! Lastly, will you now be carrying an ice pick with you at all times? 🙂

    1. Fast Trac is a gas station with the best coffee ever..I’m all about the gas station coffee. Ha ha!

  12. I love weekends like that. In January J and I flew to Kansas to see my best friend… all my friends live far away, two of my 3 best living in other states so it’s challenging and lonely. cue netflix. 😉

    when we got back from kansas J’s car battery was dead so someone jumped our car at ohare which was nice!

  13. The snow has been unreal in February, with more on the way- I thought we were going to get off with a mild winter because January was so nice here in upstate.

    We had the nicest guy pay for our parking meter one frigid night when we were out to dinner. I was seriously getting annoyed with him for taking forever until I realized he was paying for both his car and ours. And the other day I left three gift certificates to Stewarts (yeah, Stewarts) on the table at my doctor’s office- I’ve had them for awhile but I can only get drive thru coffee- too complicated juggling hot coffee and a kid.

  14. We are all so precious. Those pictures kill me.

    I am so glad to have spent a weekend with you, it was way too short and we need to do it again soon!

  15. Wow, that does sound like the most wonderful weekend. There truly is nothing like good girl friends. I feel like you know you a friend is a life friend when you don’t get to see each other for an extended period of time an when you finally do, it’s like you saw each other yesterday!

    And seriously…. an Ice pick!?!? Holy cow, I literally cannot even imagine!

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