a piggy bank! [possibly my favorite keepsake from the day-o-fun described below]
friday after thanksgiving, katya and i had an afternoon ride planned. often, if i don't knock my workout out in the morning, i lose motivation, as was the case on this particular day. so i texted her "not so motivated today..." hoping she would give me an easy out :). instead, she replied, "we won't go too long and we'll make lots of stops." dammit! it was a bit chilly and windy out, but I'm not one to bail, so i threw on some unmatched cycling clothes (unfortunately this included the capris that james thinks look like i took a dump in the pants). Katya showed up at my place and gave me a cute little wedding card with a "Free frozen yogurt" card inside. score!
it was kind of random since my wedding is in a month, but i just thought it was nice. we hopped on our bikes and headed to the coast (about a half mile from my place). i assumed we were going to head north, but i asked her what she felt like and she said , "south". ok. whatever. damn, i am pretty easy going! someone asks me to ride and i don't even bother asking where or how long or anything i'm just always so glad people ride with me. so we turn left onto the 101 . and head up the little hill in encinitas. i see a few girls at the top, next to Berry Happy Frozen Yogurt. one has a blue zoot top on and looks like colleen. but Colleen told me she wasn't riding, so it's not colleen. WAIT!!!! yes it is! Why is she with Kerrie and Kristin and Caroline and WHY was I not invited??? Oh, I was pissed!
"SURPRISE!!!", they yell.
ahhhhhhh haaaaaaa......talk about friends who know you well. a surprise bachelorette party on BIKES that starts at a frozen yogurt shop. GENIUS! it was totally unexpected- I had told everyone not to bother with a bachelorette party or a shower or any of that (because i honestly get really uncomfortable when people "bother" about me.) luckily, i have awesome friends who put something together anyhow and it was the most fun i've had in a long time.
FIRST, was the frozen yogurt. self serve, of course!!! but, i only got the fro yo after they dressed me up like a lulu in a tutu, veil, a couple of sashes and a flower headband. i was a good sport for sure. no complaints!
i also was given a little orange backpack for collecting clues and treasures...because this was a SCAVENGER hunt biking backelorette party...with lots of special clues, written by Edgar Katya-Allen Poe-Meyers.
each of the clues were on cute little blue paper scrolls that a little elf had planted all over north county from la jolla to encinitas. along with the clues were little prezzies and trinkets perfect for a bride to be...the first scroll said this:
"What to do for a most athletic bride-to-be? Why a biking scavenger hunt seems the best activity! something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue... here's your list for a first step towards wedding bliss! To complete each task, all you have to do is ask: "Have you something here for me? the MOST beautiful bride-to-be?"
and then i was given the first clue.....and we were off! at each clue location, in order to get my goods, i had to ask, "Have you something here for me? the MOST beautiful bride-to-be?" again, i was a great sport, I must say! the clues led us all over North County...here are a couple of the clues/stops...
Clue # 3: Flat tire, broken chain no prob. for the guys at this shop. if you don't know them, it's your loss... you need to head here for that _________ to toss!
Off we went to B&L! We quickly found Matt wearing my garter and I was proud to do the honors. Sexy legs!!!!
the girls at the bike shop Clue #5 Hill repeats or during the La Jolla Half,
cresting the top always brings a smile and a laugh.
At the peak you will find treasures of all kind- words of wisdom for many years of happiness to come!
and off we went to the top of Torrey Pines! darn it, i had to climb up. they may be nice friends, but they didn't wait for me on the climb! even caroline, fresh off of IMAZ smoked me on the way up. but at the top, i found my clue and we took a little photo opp-
at the last stop (the Brigantine) I got one final scroll....
"don't think you're leaving without a toast. here's to the beautiful bride who means the most!"
AND after this, I found out that our little ride was just the beginning of the day-o-fun. i was given just enough time to shower and change and we all met back for a yummy dinner, all girled up at Pacific Coast Grill.. the girls had also planned a dinner shower with cute (and sexy!) gifts and a HILARIOUS game...they had emailed james a list of questions about us and I had to guess his answers. let's just say we won't be going on any newlywed shows anytime soon. He had some fine answers...how about these:
"What is Beth's favorite physical part about you?" James: "Everything"
"What is your song?" James: "Low, by Flo Rida" (you know...Apple bottom jeans, boots with the fur....) sweet. glad he took it so seriously!
after dinner and wine and fun, we went home. yes, home. no nasty bars at 2 am and licking shots off mr. smooth's shaved chest, no fireman knocking at the door, no you-know-what straws and necklaces...none of that.... all of it was JUST MY STYLE. THANKS, GIRLS!