An amazing thing happened this past Saturday. I was catching up with my oldest and dearest friend, T. (this T.), and we were daydreaming about taking a girl’s trip to some sunshine. We kept talking about how amazing it would be to sit by a pool reading and to dine over dinner. The kind of long, leisurely dinners that are filled to the brim with girl talk.
One of us said, “are you free next weekend?” at the same moment the other said, “what’s your budget?” Suddenly, I knew. We weren’t daydreaming. We jumped on google and booked a trip to Fort Lauderdale. The entire conversation, including booking the flight and the hotel, took thirty minutes. Spontaneity, for the win.
We leave tomorrow morning.
Once the trip was booked, the real daydreaming began. I’m counting down the minutes until I’m lying poolside with my Kindle and an iced coffee. I want to escape into a good book and flip through magazines imagining my summer wardrobe. And the ability to spend the weekend chatting with one of my best girlfriends?! Ah-mazing. Capital A.
Even better, I realized I will come back from the trip and begin two days of Blogshop, a Photoshop class for bloggers. Serendipitously, I lined up my calendar for five perfect days in a row. Sheer Stacey Satisfaction!
Since I’m smiling over a weekend of sunshine, today’s Smile List is focused on my perfect pool side carry-on. I will pack a carry-on full of items just like these:
And in my beach bag: the ultimate in pool side reading. Elle with Kerry Washington on the cover (love her)! The Best of Us, the new Sarah Pekkanen book about a group of old college girlfriends back together again. I’ve read all of her books and think she does an amazing job depicting relationships. In fact, I even imagined the plot to this book in Wednesday’s post. And the lastest Grisham (The Racketeer), because, let’s be honest, who can resist a thriller?
Travel essentials packed and covered. Bring on the Sunshine! Capital S.
And you? What is a must-have for your beach bag? Have you ever spontaneously booked a weekend away?
Until next time!