Rose: Worlds Collide in Philly

This past Friday night was exactly what I needed. The weather was warm. The air felt like spring. And, after a hectic work week, all I wanted to do was unwind with some good friends.

This night has been on the books for a while. The plan was to go see my friend’s play and then stay at Jenna’s and run a 5-mile race in the morning. In hindsight, that may have been a bit overly ambitious. Even though the play was over by 9:30 p.m., there were so many people to see–and there is so much to do in Philly! Plus, Jenna’s been feeling run-down, and I had to run 9 miles (and didn’t want to do so at a speedy pace). And so,  we made the executive decision to not run the race. I don’t ever like being a “quitter” but sometimes you have to choose fun and yourself. And honestly, it was the best decision for all of us. This photo (taken wellllll past our bedtimes) says it all:

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I just LOVE this lady. Honestly. I texted Jenna today and said that being in Philly felt like home. I was around the people I loved for several hours and just went with the flow. It felt so wonderful and freeing. Normally I’m an old lady and thinking of my bed-time. It was refreshing to have organic fun again. And, so many random, unexpected things happened.

For starters, I got to see Sam (my buddy in the play). He is so talented and engaging, and I could talk to him for hours. We only had a few minutes to chat after the show, but it was worth it. We’re planning to meet up again soon.

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While hanging out after the show, Jenna’s friend Christina met up with us. She’s randomly in town from Florida! I’ve been following her on Instagram and feel like I know her through chats with Jenna. She showed up, and it turned out her sister knew Sam. Um, what? I never knew Philly was so small. Christina hung out with us for a bit, and it was so great meeting her in real life!

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Other odd sightings: I ran into an old classmate of mine from college. I haven’t seen him in SEVEN YEARS. At least. Also, my cousin (not Jenna, but another cousin) spotted M outside the bar. Like I said, I never knew Philly was so small.

Suffice it to say, you should always leave room in your schedule for organic fun. The people you see … the places you go. It’s funny how life has a way of bringing everything full circle.

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  1. Pingback: Jenna: Long (painful) Run | The Nine to Five Balance

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