Reunited with Beth after almost 8 years. I spent two summers with her in England years ago – once as students at Oxford, and then as interns at Parliament. She hasn’t changed a bit! #friends #london (at Jamie Oliver’s Union Jacks Covent Garden)

” ‘Copper, you’re my very best friend.’
‘And you’re mine too, Tod.’
‘And we’ll always be friends forever, right?’
‘Yeah, forever…’ ”

– Fox & the Hound on Netflix. Why do I do this to myself?

This was the most classy, low key, and expensive New Years’ Eves I’ve ever had, but it was also one of the most magnificently fun. My dear Roomie (with whom I lived for 3 years when I was in Arlington), recently bought her first home with her husband, right outside of Atlanta. They opened their beautiful doors for us, and we headed into the city for dinner and drinks at the Sun Dial Restaurant & Bar – a rotating establishment perched on the 74th floor of the Westin, featuring stunning panoramic views of the city below! We were even too high up for the fireworks that went off at midnight 🙂

I’m not sure it was the type of thing I’d ever do again (it was so overpriced!), but I am still glad we did it. I’d say everyone should do it once, if you are ever in Atlanta! It’s probably somewhat cheaper when it’s not NYE.

In a pleasant turn of events, two of my old co-workers from DC were in Columbus on business this week.  As it turns out, one of Chuck’s old Marine friends from TBS was also newly in the area. Chuck and I met them out for dinner Downtown. I haven’t laughed so much in quite a while! Good reminiscing, dynamic conversation about what we’re all up to now, and jolly silly fun all ‘round.  I left feeling refreshed and energized!

It’s always good to catch up with old friends, and it’s always fun to combine both Chuck’s and my worlds in one lively evening! I do rather miss that sometimes.