My friend Emily had suggested that I drop down to Indianapolis to check out her stomping grounds. It was appealing, a free place to stay but something was lacking….her. I about did a back flip when she called to tell me that her schedule was such that she could meet me and play my personal tour guide!
I picked her up at the airport, squealing with excitement upon seeing her and jumped out for a hug. There is something special about Emily. We were essentially set up on a blind friend date five years ago, her being the sister-in-law to one of my good friends who lived in New York. She was new to town, I was a girl about town so it was a perfect match. We hit it off immediately and proceeded to be the best of friends, our bond so strong it even survived her leaving me and Seattle for NYC.
I was so excited to see where she grew up and check out some of her favorite places (turns out Walmart is a favorite for people watching) and most of all hang out with a good friend. When we were walking the aisles in Walmart we decided that we needed a challenge. We each were to buy the other the most ridiculous thing for under ten dollars. I was pretty sure I had a winner with a black t-shirt with a large lion wearing a bow tie and glasses that said “If I said I wasn’t a nerd I would be lion” but Emily was victorious in her horribly placed horizontal striped tank top, hair scrunchies (they still make those, and I am considering bringing them back) and mesh hot pink gloves. This outfit was meant to be used for “Emily’s Bootcamp”, being the supportive friend she had “planned” a workout for us however the outfit ended up being used instead for a late night dance party and pottery throwing evening.
The time flew by fast and before we knew it goodbyes were being said. We each took a mesh glove Parent Trap style with plans to reunite them when I get to New York.
I wish I could take you through “Emily’s Bootcamp” however we ran out of time and decided instead to take a nice hike. I am better for having been to Indianapolis and Martinsville, Indiana, I am not skinnier, just better.