Happy Birthday, Jodi! (a.k.a. Asheville FTW)

Question: What’s better than a weekend spent with some of your favorite friends?

Answer: A weekend spent with some of your favorite friends AND some awesome new friends!

Last weekend, a group traveled to Asheville, North Carolina, to celebrate the birth of the lovely Jodi Dias. Some familiar (to me) faces were there, but Jodi also invited some of her good friends who I’d never met — but loved pretty immediately. (Don’t you love it when you can trust your friends to introduce you to wonderful people?)

We spent the weekend hanging out, with lots of downtime at the house we’d rented (think lazy mornings fueled with lots of coffee and mimosas + nights with Bananagrams and beer pong), and Saturday ventured into town to hit up Burial Beer Co., followed by dinner at Tupelo Honey Cafe and a show at The Orange Peel where we saw the ridiculously talented Brandi Carlile perform. The Brandi show (despite being behind some hilariously annoying GoPro-ers) was incredible. If you’re not familiar with her music, please do yourself a huge favor and check it out. I’ve loved her music for years but had never seen her in person, and her recordings — though wonderful — do not do her justice. It was the first concert I’ve been to that nearly brought me to tears. Seriously — if you get the chance to see her live, TAKE IT. You will not regret it.

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To summarize the weekend: Thank you to Jodi for being born and for having awesome friends to introduce Kevin and me to. (We’re already planning a trip to NYC to come visit you, Kels and Jordan! Hope you were serious about that offer…) 🙂

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(Oh, and Ashleigh wins the award for “Best Sport of the Weekend” for taking one for the team by sleeping in The Hallway Bed. You’re the best, Ash!)


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