Our whirlwind of activities included a pedicure after my 6 mile run, which made me wonder WHY am I not doing this after every long run?? Oh yeah, money. But this was a nice treat and another tradition that we do when we get together:
And if you're wondering, yes, I did choose my nail color to go with my flip flops!
We went to the Greek Festival in downtown Santa Cruz for dinner:
Theresa waiting in line for the delicious gyros; T and B digging in (they were so good)!
First Friday was also happening downtown, so we walked around and checked out all kinds of art and shops - I had my eye on this linen dishtowel and also the cute mermaid, but wasn't ready to start spending so soon after the bra extravaganza, so we took a picture and I held off:
Seeing the picture again, I wish we'd gone back for these items!
The next day, we went to Palo Alto, for some shopping and lunch and the mecca of every young girl...the American Girl Doll store! What I love about Theresa being 12 years old is that she still has one foot in childhood (dolls) and is dipping a couple of toes into teenage interests (makeup, for example). I had a blast at the store and totally want the 70s doll and all of her accessories:
The doll was standing by the Bug - that wouldn't do! So Theresa and I had her go for a drive. BTW, that Bug? $350. I played with ordering everything I wanted for my 70s doll (banana seat bike, record set, cute rotary telephone, lots of clothes including clogs) and my total was a little over $1000. Holy moly. Wish I'd come up with this idea!
On Monday, Barbara went to work at her new job, which happens to be her alma mater, San Jose State University. I'm very proud to say that my friend is teaching two master's-level classes there this semester! She showed me around campus, and then we went to her office:
Nameplate on the door and everything!
While Barbara was teaching, my old friend Matt came by and picked me up for a quick visit. He was driving his restored 1963 red convertible Ford Falcon - the weather was perfect for driving with the top down, although I did laugh because when I got in the car, he handed me a tube of sunscreen - we pale people know the drill. Anyway, it was nice to get to chat with him in person, and I'm sorry that I didn't get a picture of us and the car. Instead, I give you this:
Hawaiian-style shaved ice - Matt knows all the fun places to get a treat!
The next day we did some shopping, and tried to go to See's Candies to pick up some birthday treats for Barbara's husband. TRIED. We got there and could not believe our eyes when we saw this:
CLOSED. What the heck???
We were peeved. Had to document with selfie. Unbelievable!!! It's not right to deny a See's chocolate craving.
We managed to move on, though. We went to visit our former director of volunteers, Dorothy Washam. You see, Barbara and I met back in September of 1977, during my first week of high school. I'd wanted to be a Candy Striper for years, but you couldn't be one until you were in HS. You better believe I was all signed up and ready to go as soon as I could - and that's when I met Mrs. Washam, and she introduced me to her second in command, Barbara. The rest is history!
Reading the caption, I have no memory of giving a presentation. Barbara must have done all the talking, as Shy Shelley wouldn't have been willing to do that.
That was a fun time in our lives! Barbara and I are front and center in this shot.
More adventures on Monday - have a great weekend!