Hi From Charlotte!

I woke up at the blissfully late hour of 7:30 this morning — and I woke up in a big bed in Charlotte, NC!

My trip is off to a great start. I worked from home yesterday, which was far busier and more stressful than anticipated.

Some good news: I called my doctor yesterday and pretty much begged him to prescribe me some Prednisone. I told him that I’m confident this is a flare-up — I’ve been through this enough times to recognize the symptoms. He said he trusted me and was able to call in a rush order of the Steroid to my pharmacy. I got one dose in me before I even left for the airport.

Mentally, that’s a huge weight lifted. I’ve now taken three doses (I’m on a pretty low dose so it may be a slow process) and while I don’t feel any better physically, I am a bit calmer knowing relief is on the way.

My flight last night was delayed, but I was plenty occupied and entertained with the wireless access in the JetBlue terminal at JFK (love that).

The flight was uneventful and I landed at 7:18 pm where I was greeted by my best friend and bride-to-be, Becky.

We’ve been best friends since we were 4 or something small like that.

Obviously we made a "Best Friends" photo album
Sorry for ruining your birthday present photo, Becky...

We were inseparable.

Tiny athletes. Check out my outfit. Blue unitard = hot.

We wore matching outfits. It’s amazing we had any other friends.

We had poodle skirts custom-made for Halloween one year.
We danced to Ellie the Elf for a first grade dance recital.

We danced together and did, well, everything else together, too.

Look how strong I used to be!

But now, Becky lives in Charlotte and I’m in NYC, so we don’t see each other nearly as often as we’d both like.

I was so honored when Becky asked me to be the Maid of Honor in her wedding. So I’m down here visiting and doing wedding things all weekend.

Last night we got a yummy Mexican dinner at Cantina, a restaurant near Becky and John’s (her fiance) house.

Becky and me at dinner

This morning we slept until 7:30, which was outstanding, then headed out for a 3.5 mile run. We have dubbed it the “Becky and Alison 5K” and will hopefully turn it into an annual event.

Sweaty friends, post-run

Only in the future I hopefully won’t have to stop midway through at a Harris Teeter grocery store to use the bathroom.

So yeah. Still not healed, but so happy to be spending a weekend with my best friend.

Now I’m signing off because there’s lots to be done — we’re going bridesmaid dress shopping, getting pedicures, hitting up a mall (I miss malls!) and addressing Save the Dates.

Have a great weekend, friends!

TELL ME: Do you have a best friend? I refer to lots of people as my “best friend” but Becky is affectionately known as my “Real Best Friend” (capitalized because it’s her formal title).



0 Responses

  1. I love the idea of an annual 5K with your Real Best Friend.

    I do have a best friend, although I don’t talk to him nearly enough. I have several old/close friends, but not very many that take the title “best friend”

  2. I have best friends from all phases of my life – growing up, high school, college… My best friend Christina, though, has been my bff since we were 5. I don’t know what I would do without her. PS love those flashback photos- so cute! I def have some old school dance recital photos hidden away, featuring me in some awesome costumes as well. 😉

  3. I get the same way with cipro. Anytime my pouch gets iffy, and i know it’s pouchitis, I get my docs to send in an order stat. Like you they always trusted me. Unfortunately, my docs left me and I had to get new ones so I hope theyre as trusting! But as soon as I get that first pill in me I always feel so much better!

    And I have 3 “real best friends”, and I can’t imagine life without them!

  4. I have a true best friend kinda like “your” Becky! My BFF was also my Maid of Honor at my wedding and I was hers at her wedding 🙂 I wish we lived closer but we still make sure to see each other a few times a year 🙂 Have a great weekend with her and enjoy every moment 🙂

  5. This sounds like me a few months ago! My best friend is getting married in two weeks and I’m the Maid of Honor — it’s been so much fun planning her wedding! She’s moving to Oklahoma right after and I’m moving to NYC, so the distance is going to suck, but I know we’ll be fine.

    My boyfriend is my best friend, but Liz and I refer to each other as “my person.” Old school Grey’s Anatomy reference, and it’s stuck with us. She’s on a completely different level than anyone else.

  6. Soo cute!! Childhood friendships that continue into adulthood are so special! It’s great that you guys have remained so close over the years. My friendships have changed a lot over the past few years, but there are a handful of people I know will always be there for me.

  7. Hi most definitely had matching poodle skirts with my BFF in grade school! Have the best time and I hope you start feeling better ASAP!

  8. You look exactly the same now as when you were little! Your face hasn’t changed at all, that is crazy! I only call one person my best friend, and that is my best friend Rachel. I met three of my closest friends in first grade — Sara, Rachel and Emily. Rachel and I went to the same high school and the others didn’t, and we became truly each other’s best friends then.

  9. Ah, you’re in Charlotte?? Sounds like you’ll be pretty busy so probably won’t have time to see any of us Charlotte girls, but if you do, shoot me an email or tweet or something!

  10. Aw, the pictures of you guys are awesome! Are you seriously holding her up like that?

    I have “best friends” but only one person is my bestest best best friend. So sad she is moving to Key West in 2 weeks!

  11. man, i need to get me a unitard now…

    i have two “best” friends. one is my friend lauren, and then my boyfriend is my best friend (I SUPPOSE…just kidding!). ooh yeah, my mom is a best friend too so maybe three..and my sister, so maybe four… 🙂

    have tons of fun! looks like you are off to a great start!

  12. I have “best friends” from different parts of life, so I like to refer to them as “best friend from college” and “best from from Teach For America” and “best friend from high school” …. hmmm.

  13. This post is adorable. I went home and saw some of my childhood best friends a few weeks ago and it was such an awesome trip. It is so refreshing to be with people who have known you forever. Have a fun weekend!

  14. I have a lot of “best friends” from different points in my life (high school vs college vs med school) and refer to them all as “one of my best friends!”

  15. Those pictures of you guys as kids are just too cute. They seem to be less awkward then most photos from that era (at least mine anyways!). I have large group of friends, but not really a best friend. I think that is really cute. Have a good trip.

  16. Aww…it’s so fun when you have a friend who’s been with you throughout life. Have a fabulous time with her this weekend, and i hope the meds start working soon!

  17. This post is so cute… as is the unitard. I had a similar one in purple-I usually coupled it with a pink tutu. So cool. My best friend is Katie… and her grandpa introduces me as “Elizabeth, Katie’s best friend”. Everybody knows we’re inseparable! But she is moving to Savannah, GA at the end of the month 🙁

  18. awww so cute – what a great weekend you two have in store! I love that you two have been friends for so long – but what I really love? That blue unitard, hot stuff! LOL

  19. oh, also: the shiny blue unitard? might be the hottest thing I’ve ever seen you in, and considering your massive collection of stylish leg warmers, that’s saying a lot. please buy one in my size and gift it to me for my next birthday.

  20. I also have at least 24 “best friends” and I really don’t know if I could select a Real Best Friend.

    Have fun in Charlotte! I miss your shiny green circle on gchat.

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