Hola, good morning everyone. I’m thinking for today I’d like to make a little appreciation post of one of my dearest friends Lizzi! She celebrated her 25th birthday last Saturday (kicked it off right at the Obama event in Tampa.) I have been blessed in so many ways by our friendship over the years. There’s something to be said for the friends we make on the cusp of our teens, and who hang on in the tumultuous years of our early twenties. These are crazy times for sure. We met in the fall of my freshman year (her sophomore) at FSU. We were in the same pledge class in Phi Mu. We were in the same sorority family (B&B yeah!,) and our big sisters were friends, but we grew our own tight knit friendship over the years. We were roomies in London, and there’s no one else I would have rather spent that summer abroad with. We served on exec together my junior (her senior year.) She lived across the hall from Mandy and I in the house. Her parents lived in Winter Springs while we were in college, so we were close enough for little visits on holiday breaks from school (she’s the one who introduced me to Chiptole before it made its arrival in Tally!) Sometimes we went to church together. We watched results come in for the 2008 election together in the stadium. We’ve attended weddings together, had some of the best nights out, and best nights in. Our friendship transcended that weird stage post-college. I was lucky enough to get some “extra” time with her as she stayed in Tallahasssee for law school. I got to know her awesome boyfriend Drew. She shared yummy recipes, we had pool days, and book talks, and chick flick watches. We had countless Panera dates, and girly froyo meet-ups where she was always a good voice of reason. We are always able to share fully and honestly whether it be in really great seasons, or the less so ones. (She would calmly listen on days I was edgy with desperation in rough patches, and counsel with good advice. She’d share entertaining anecdotes to make me laugh. She’s a wonderful shoulder when I burst into ugly tears.) She is one of my favorite sister-friends and I am just so proud to know her. Lizzi may only be two months older than me, but I have always looked up to, and admired her. She sets and meets these incredible goals, she has such a positive outlook on life, she’s funny and smart and pretty. She’s so encouraging and seeing all the things she accomplishes is a motivator and inspiration to me in itself (like her running, etc.) So cheers to my amazing friend Lizzi! And now here’s a little trip down memory lane with a few photos, (since she’s made other appearances on photo posts here I’ll try and share some different ones):
Grey’s Anatomy crew!
Car ride over to the reveal!
Big sis reveal ’07, (we were sooo excited to get our littles!)
I think this was on the way to a 007 social, post pomping party.
Blackout game tailgating at Phi Tau, Fall ’07.
Black out game fall ’07.
Repeat, but it’s a favorite!
Parent’s weekend banquet fall 2007.
Fall Semester, Phi Tau party – November 2007.
At our founder’s college on the sisterhood retreat in Macon.
Pow Wow ’07!
Grandslam Philanthropy ’08!
Before seeing Hairspray at the West End!
Quatting it up at Tower Bridge!
And again at a phone booth.
We found Ty Pennington in a pub!
At the Peter Pan statue 🙂 summer 08.
Our fave – Revolution Vodka Bar.
This one was in the study abroad catalog for a few semesters. (Also, ABBA was our go to playlist for getting ready that summer.)
Alternated with the Across the Universe soundtrack. We were probably a bit delirious on the crazzzzy long bus ride to Scotland!
Jumping pic in Scotland (she’s REALLY good at these!)
Castle where Maid of Honor was filmed!
Our fave tour guide!
Oh this was an entertaining experience getting up there in Trafalgar square for this “sir fidel” shot!
Our home tube station.
Clock and Seal banquet!
We liked to endure the rainy FB games, together!
Her 21st birthday waltz!
Awaiting election results!
Relay for Life – in the tent in a rainy patch.
At Mandy’s wedding summer 2010!
Gasparilla Parade last year.
With hopefully a million more great times to come in the future! She’s living in Tampa now, so I obviously need to make some Central FL visits, and I can’t wait for them to come up for some games – eek!