PHEW! YOU GUYS. I cannot believe I just came off from keeping one of the biggest/longest secrets I’ve ever kept from someone who knows ALL my secrets. I am NOT a good secret keeper so this is a huge breakthrough for me ;)
One of my closest friends, Sarah, turned 30 over the weekend and her friends had planned a huge Masquerade Ball for the big event. Well, Sarah lives in San Francisco and I was starting a new job and tickets aren’t exactly cheap… oh, and I have two kids. So the probability of me going to Sarah’s birthday (even though she’s been not-so-subtly dropping hints that I hadn’t been out to visit her in 5+ years…. hehehe, love you, Sae!) was slim to none.
But then, one day a couple months ago, the stars aligned. My project got pushed back (AGAIN), my husband and parents were able to watch the kids Fri - Sunday and I miraculously found a round trip ticket from Washington, D.C. to San Francisco for the cheapest cost of pretty much any flight I've ever booked. Done and done.
And… the best part? I didn’t tell Sarah. I wanted my arrival to be her biggest birthday surprise.
You should know that I talk to Sarah almost every day. It’s rare that we go 2+ days without so much as text and we have lengthy phone conversations at least 3x a week. (Don’t ask me about what, I couldn’t even tell you). Not to mention, she’s one of my oldest friends so I knew keeping this secret wouldn’t be easy. I apologized profusely that I wouldn’t be able to make it, didn’t tell her my project got pushed back, and she of course understood.
AND, in an even more amazing turn of events - Sarah’s other close girlfriend Lisa was able to get out of a commitment she had last minute and booked a ticket to come to San Fran, too! We decided to surprise her together since our flights arrived 15 minutes apart from each other… talk about fate.
The days leading up to the big surprise were some of the longest of my LIFE! I couldn’t WAIT to see Sarah’s face when Lisa and I showed up on her doorstep together. I had rented a dress for the occasion, packed my cutest travel outfits, bought the most adorable Masquerade Mask, and was just waiting with baited breath for the day to arrive. There were countless times I talked to Sarah and had to literally cover my mouth from blurting out, “I’M COMING TO YOUR BIRTHDAY PARTY!!!!!!!” But I didn’t!
Finally the day came. The plane ride was excruciating! Could NOT wait to get there.
Lisa and I ended up going to her apartment to change while she was at a bar with friends. Then we very oh so casually walked up to the table and I said, "Hey, mind if we join you?" She totally did one of those leap out of her chair/cover her mouth/scream at the same time things. It was great! Here we are right after surprising her.
The next morning was her actual birthday and we spent it getting pampered at the spa - manis, pedis and massages while chatting and catching up and sipping champagne. So much fun.
Then Sarah went to get the most amazing blow out at Dry Bar while Lisa and I napped/started getting ready for the evening!
Rent the Runway - "Last Call Dress" by BCBGMaxazaria
Sarah's Dress is also Rent the Runway - "Aileen Dress" by Slate & Willow
Sunday was spent being completely touristy. I hadn't been to San Fran in years, and not since Sarah moved there so she pulled out all the stops and we spent all day touring around the city and hitting all the major landmarks.
You can see Alcatraz in the distance!
Driving across the Golden Gate Bridge
The Painted Ladies
And of course, Clam Chowder in a Sour Dough bread bowl from Boudin's!
The weekend was so much fun - a great break and getaway for me and I know Sarah had a memorable 30th. And a huge shout out to my main squeeze for holding down the fort while I was gone and being way too cool about me having a girls weekend at the other end of the country. ;)