Back to the Basics

Remember when…

Desiree and I hung out for the first time in the beginning of 2011, only about two years ago.   So when Cinco de Mayo rolled around that year, it was one of our first mini adventures.

We decided to go to Tex Mex, which was, at the time, one of the few popular Mexican bars in the suburbs.  We were meeting our friend Heather and her boyfriend.  We drove up and down side streets before finding a spot 52 blocks away, give or take a block or two.  Then proceeded to wait in a line 100 people deep, and that is NOT an exaggeration.

That was our first Tex Mex experience together, and it was an awesome time.  Heather smelled the margarita and starting walking into people so her boyfriend left with her around midnight.  Desiree and I, of course, weren’t going home at midnight on Cinco de Mayo, so we drove the few miles to the PJ’s in Blue Bell.

We met some characters there, and code names were enforced (Stove).  It was one of those simple nights.  Nothing life altering happened, I’m sure people have had better Cinco de Mayos than that, but it was so easy.  So chill and fun…

And then we met those cover band boys.

We needed a night to go back to the basics.

Gotta Get Down on Friday…

Best friends

Best friends

The question of the night was where to go yesterday.  We bounced from Manayunk to South Street then remembered the PJ’s days.  So Desiree, our two friends Billy and Carmen, and I set off for Tex Mex.

No better way to start the night then a couple of margaritas, and I even got a parking space behind the bar!  It didn’t hurt to have a couple of extra strength 5-hours on the drive up either.

After our margaritas, just like Cinco de Mayo, we drove over to PJ’s and enjoyed some shots of jager, a little dancing and a good night.

Sometimes the best nights are the ones that go unplanned.


Code Names

The Beginning of Code Names

Birthday in Conshy, 2011

Birthday in Conshy, 2011


Ever since we first started going out to bars together, Desiree and I would make up code names for people.

There was a Stove, a Mr. Brightside, Girlfriend of the Year, and even a Psycho.  All those names were relevant to the people, and if they were around, we knew how to talk about them without having them ever know what we were doing or who we were referencing

When we first moved in with BK, we discovered the TV drama, 90210, on Netflix.  People then were awarded names that matched the characters Dixon, Liam, and Austin.

Grey’s Anatomy

Now that we have watched all of the seasons of 90210, we spend our free time watching Grey’s Anatomy, and we’re only halfway through.  The characters on this show seem to mirror many people and situations in our lives, minus being doctors and the surgical aspect of course.

Meredith and Cristina

Meredith and Cristina

Desiree is Meredith, the show’s main character, who is best friends with Cristina Yang, my alter ego.  They fight and stop talking, but they’re always there for each other, and if the day is bad enough, they drink tequila and dance it out.  A little drinking and dancing tends to cure life’s problems… at least for a little while.

What it comes down to is having that person who balances you out.  Nobody is perfect, and everyone has their flaws, but when Cristina can only see the black and white, Meredith shows her the gray.  And when Meredith can’t pick herself up again, Cristina reminds her of how strong she truly is.  Meredith is Cristina’s person. Desiree is mine.

Unfortunately, McSteamy and McDreamy just do not exist in our real lives…. yet.  However, we have awarded Burke and Karev to two individuals, but trust me, you don’t really want to be either.  Not in these cases.

What we really need is to find a George.

“Without parents to defy, we break the rules we make for ourselves.  We throw tantrums when things don’t go our way.  We whisper secrets with our best friends in the dark.  We look for comfort where we can find it.  And we hope.  Against all logic.  Against all experience.  Like children, we never give up hope.” – Meredith