Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Basking in the Afterglow

Yesterday I had THE best time. In fact, I'm still experiencing the residual happiness from the night I had. I was finally able to get together with one of my best friends, Rachel. We haven't seen each other in far longer than either of us would care to admit, but it was like we saw each other only days before. It's always so reassuring when you know you can pick up right where you left off no matter how much time has gone by.

Rachel had the day off, so I left work a little early to get to her place at a reasonable time. We started our evening off with some fresh juice that we made using her new juicer. I've never made juice like that or had it for that matter, and it was quite the tasty experience. Not only did it taste good, but it was fun to make! It sort of makes me want to jump on the juice train!

Once we finished our glasses we were off to get pedicures at Bella Nails. I generally opt to paint my own nails, but this was a special treat and I needed the pampering. Desperately.

The spa pedi we went for was the Milk & Honey Glow. I thought I was in heaven. The description did not lie - it was truly an extraordinary 60-minute experience. We got the most amazing foot/leg massages and we were also able to enjoy a bottle of Prosecco, which we brought in ourselves.

So as we sat in our massage chairs, sipping bubbly, and getting the royal treatment, I couldn't imagine having a better Tuesday evening. Of course we didn't just stop at the pedicures, we went for the manicures, too. Rachel went for a muted, mossy green for her hands and a foresty green for her toes. I opted for more moody, gem tones with a deep, emerald green on my hands and a dark, navy blue (nearly black!) for my tootsies.

My nails already starting to wear from all of the filing at work...I should know better!
Once our nails had thoroughly dried, we headed over to Vault 164 in downtown San Mateo for drinks and a bite to eat. We each stuck with the Prosecco theme and ordered a Bonnie & Clyde and split an order of flatbread which came topped with figs, prosciutto, arugula, manchego, and balsamic. It was everything I could have hoped for and more. Seriously. Before we got to ordering anything else, Rachel's friend Chelsea came by! Rachel just knew I was going to love her...and I did! She was such a sweetheart and so easy-going. I was really happy that Rachel invited her to come out. Since Chelsea had just eaten, she didn't partake in the bread, but she did indulge in a Lychee Martini. Since I knew I still had quite a drive home, I didn't have one, but I did take a sip of Rachel's and the flavor was amazing. I'll be adding that to the list of drinks I'd like to have, or drinks I'd like to try to make!

After Rachel and I split the Parisienne salad, we jumped straight to dessert where the three of us split the Baked Alaskan. Delicious. And of course it was quite the show because who doesn't love seeing their dessert set on fire? It's almost like getting to blow out the candles on your birthday cake!

All in all, it was truly a fantastic evening. Chelsea still had other plans for the evening, so we parted ways and Rachel and I headed back to her place. I wasn't ready to call it a night yet, so I stuck around for a while longer, met her boyfriend, threw the ball Gizmo the cat who plays fetch, and just hung out. It was a MUCH needed night of friendship. I probably stayed out a little bit longer than I should have, but I don't often get to bed late and I was enjoying the company. Now that Rachel and I have finally gotten together again, I know that we'll be seeing a lot more of each other and I couldn't be happier because I've missed her so much! I'm looking forward to our next adventure...even if that adventure is sitting on the couch while watching movies and sipping our own homemade cocktails. 


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