A few weeks back Stephanie tagged her friend Olivia and I both in a meme on Facebook. That led to me asking, “is it weird if I friend her?” to which she replied, “no it’s not weird at all, you should!” So I did. We all started a group chat and we both found out that Stephanie hadn’t seen Hocus Pocus. The plan for a girls’ night was on! Here’s how it went down and why I’m proud of myself for making it happen, this year especially with the chaos of everything going on.
- Meeting Olivia/Olive/Liv
So as I’ve gotten closer with Stephanie, one of my roommates (and her husband Dillen) over this year, and in previous years, we have talked and bonded about having very few trusted friends. I knew that Stephanie has a best friend Olive (or Olivia or Liv) for many years who’s been a constant in her life. Olivia seems very sweet, genuine, and especially down to earth. She just got married recently and I know she works very hard and is a great, trusted friend in Stephanie. I have had a few good short conversations with her on social media and it feels like a nice natural friendship.
She came in the door greeted Stephanie and gave me a big side hug! It was just nice and effortless. I knew she was tired from work but I didn’t mind- I just wanted to give her and Stephanie, myself included a relaxing night. As we sat at the island bar, we just chatted about our day and filled Olive in on the plan of the night, drinks, snacks, and Hocus Pocus movie and doggo cuddles.
- Making drinks & surprise matching cups
So before anything began, I told them I had a surprise! I planned it a week ahead of time and I had my other friend Ashley create these gifts. So I ran into the other room and grabbed them. I surprised them with these vinyl decorated 20 oz tumblers themed with Hocus Pocus on them. They each came with a straw and a cue coffee lanyard that she also made. The back was decorated with cute facts about the movie too. Liv used hers for water right away- which made me happy that they both liked them SO much!
- Snacks and Hors d’oeuvres
We started by putting the lasagna in the oven and sat out some snacks, antipasto plates. Stephanie and I made our drinks, Sangrias, and Mojitos, which turned out delicious! We sat down to start the movie, Liv and I had seen hundreds of times before along with Stephanie who had NEVER seen it. We had to rectify that ASAP! We talked through a lot of it, drank, ate, and cuddled the dogs. We got up every 30 or so mins to check the lasagna. But with a convection oven- it took a much longer time. We sat at the counter for a bit and as we did, Bouncer the naughtiest dachshund got into our cheese and ate a whole big stack of it! OOPS! I wasn’t watching them close enough and within five mins, he also decided he couldn’t wait to go number 2 in front of the back door! I was so embarrassed- so I learned they need to go out and I have to watch my food closer when it’s within reach at any point.
- Hocus Pocus <3
We watched the movie and only got about halfway through before Liv had to go. Which was a bummer but okay since she and I had seen it before! It is a really cute movie if you’ve never seen it I highly encourage you to. It’s about a virgin lighting the black flame candle and bringing the Sanderson Sisters Salem witches back from the dead. It’s not scary at all. Actually, it’s quite funny and easy to re-quote. I have a sweatshirt that I wore that says “AMUCK! AMUCK AMUCK!”
- CBD/trying to pay for it
At the end of the night, we showed Olivia our Man Cave/Game Room/Den, she loves it and said that her husband would be into the computers. She wanted to try some CBD that we had for sleep/back pain, so we gave her an extra pack. She tried to pay Sean for it in which she hid money in the top of a candle and said, “yeah don’t light your candles”. We laughed and it was comical, a few days later it was there, Sean still wouldn’t take it so it’s coffee money for later.
- Plans for the next girls’ night!
We are so excited for the next girls night soon. I think we are planning for after Stephanie and Dillen get settled in their new place here soon. I don’t know what we’re going to do but I’m sure it’ll be fun and involve wine or doing something girly. I’m excited we could have this night together before they moved out and I got the chance to make a new friend in Olive. She is great and I hope we continue to build a friendship and talk. I’m thankful for this time most of all, the end of this year has been pretty awesome.
If you take anything from this post, I hope it is that this year isn’t over and it is NOT a waste. Every day still counts and you can still achieve things you wanted to get accomplished. Try a new hobby, get to know new people, go on an adventure, start a new job or make future plans. Don’t just call it! The