My best friends birthday

Today is my best friends birthday. I won’t share how many years she has but it is more than me.

hqdefault

With the exception for three months where I lived in Indiana, we have always lived a plane ride away.  So we don’t get to see each other nearly as often as we like.

But as a birthday challenge of sorts, I wanted to see if I could reconstruct all the times we have seen each other.

2006

We first met in April of 2006 at the Young Republican Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.  More specifically, she was sitting in front of me on the shuttle to the hotel from the Romanian Embassy.

 

1927878_7264215435_8588_n
Washington, D.C., 2006

 

We saw each other again at the Young Republican National Federation (YRNF) Cleveland Board Meeting but we weren’t really friends yet.

It would be at the YRNF Fall 2006 Board Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky.  This was when we would become friends.  I had just lost my race for State Rep back in Maine.  This was also the board meeting where I met Bryon.

185863_17695862840_6666_n
Louisville, Kentucky, 2006

 

2007

March- We had a YRNF Board Meeting in New Orleans.

1927878_7263730435_6379_n
New Orleans, 2007

Then there was the Young Republican National Convention in Hollywood, Florida in July.

198898_17697537840_386_n
Hollywood, FL, 2007

That fall I lived in Indiana.  I know there was an evening I was staying the night near Chicago and my work partner and I took the train in to have dinner with her and another good Chicago friend. Sadly, I don’t have a pic.  It was 2007.  I still used a flip phone.  Don’t judge.

She also took a flight to Louisville to work on a campaign.  We knocked on doors somewhere in Kentucky.  I don’t have any pics of that weekend either.

A friend and I drove up to Chicago one weekend and we went to Navy Pier.

205204_19062712840_4368_n
Chicago, 2007

Sometime in the Fall of 2007 was also the YRNF Board Meeting in Houston, Texas.

1928309_14272565435_5956_n
Houston, 2007

By the holidays, I was back in Maine.  Her family didn’t celebrate Christmas so she came to Maine to celebrate with my family.   She flew into Manchester, NH and my Michigan Best friend (who still lived in Maine at the time)  came with me to pick her up.  During a blizzard.

We celebrated the holidays in Maine.

218173_20168422840_359_n
Maine, 2007

It’s not a Sullivan holiday without a trip to the range.

215521_20168522840_4399_n
Maine, 2007

We then took a trip to Boston.  There were Irish pubs…

206372_20211357840_3275_n
Boston, 2007

…and Scorpion Bowls…

208516_20211237840_3435_n

…and some wicked bad karaoke.

205692_20211302840_4114_n
Boston, 2007

We also walked the Freedom Trail in the freezing rain.

218099_20211362840_5018_n
Boston, 2007

And we went to Cheers and these guys were our dates for five minutes.

1923562_16051110435_4652_n
Boston, 2007

2008

I was still living in Maine and I was traveling out to Albany for the New York State Young Republican Leadership Conference and she decided to fly in.  (This weekend was also when Bryon and my love story began)

227454_22212292840_2783_n
Albany, 2008

 

I had missed the Young Republican Leadership Conference that year because it was the same year as the Maine Republican Convention.  I guess when scheduling it, Maine didn’t matter or something.  But we had a Maine Young Republican Conference in Portland and she flew in for that.

10399075_28680327840_6826_n
Maine, 2008

She flew in that Fall to help with some campaigning.  There was a hurricane in the Gulf of Maine that weekend.  Luckily, it was far enough out in the ocean that we really just had rain.  But we ending up painting signs in a barn.

Oh and there was some more bad karaoke.

1930896_42873832840_3961_n
Maine, 2008

 

And then there was the YRNF Fall Board Meeting in Nashville.

774_50681447840_7278_n
Nashville, 2008

2009

First there was the Spring YRNF Board Meeting in Orlando.

1929233_67435042840_4205182_n
Orlando, 2009

Then there was the Young Republican National Convention in Indianapolis.  And I have no pics from us.  I feel like she may have worked and drove in late.  Or maybe I was a jerk friend who spent too much time hanging out with my boyfriend.  I was also running for Northeast Regional Vice Chair and I know I was consumed with that.

Since I have given you a lot of pics of bad karaoke, here’s one of Bryon singing good karaoke.

1936021_117072057840_3201554_n
Indianapolis, 2009

The Fall 2008 YRNF Board Meeting was in Kansas City, MO.  I had tonsillitis, went against doctors orders and I barely left my room.  I emerged for meetings because I was the Northeast Regional Vice-Chair and had to be there.  So no pics.  But we were both there.

2010

We both happened to be in Indianapolis for two separate events.   I was in town to watch Bryon’s alma mater’s basketball team play Butler in the Bracket Busters.  You were in town with your boyfriend for a race.  We met up for dinner at St. Elmo’s Steakehouse.  This was the winter of illness so I was out of it because I had bronchitis.

That spring she came out to visit me in Albany but I had picked up a really bad case of Gatroenteritis while working in the ER.  But she still came anyway, but I was not any fun.

2011

We did not see each other this year.  This is a sad year.

2012

And the beginning of 2012, she came out to Albany for my engagement party

326491_10150501472522841_315275259_o
Albany, 2012

Then there was my wedding

163351_10152007789837841_2022148149_n
Albany 2012 Photo: Heidi Benjamin Photography

And her wedding in Mexico

155434_10151974543167841_31777654_n
Mayan Ruins, 2012
432251_10151974546132841_134339416_n
Bachelorette Party, Mexico, 2012

 

74198_10151974547607841_391795972_n
Mexico, 2012

2013

We didn’t see each other in 2013.  We were too busy being newlyweds.

2014

I flew out to Chicago in February for your baby shower.  We went to the Sears Tower and we were both pregnant and stopped to rest on every bench we saw and used the bathroom every time we saw one.  A far cry from our old days.  No pictures because we both feeling tired and pregnant.

2015

Your family came to visit mine in Albany.  It gives me goosebumps to think that this would be the last time you would see Bryon.

1601034_10153810554167841_8492156544925461186_n
Dinosaur BBQ, Troy, NY, 2015
IMG_20150608_113852073
Albany 2015
IMG_20150608_123935024
Albany, 2015
IMG_20150608_181830527
Albany, NY

2016

Bryon had been in the ICU for 4 months and been transferred to NYC.  You made plans to come to NYC on Bryon and my birthday weekend and you arranged with my father to meet halfway between Albany and NYC so you could bring my daughter to see him.

But that weekend never happened.

Well it did.  Just not the way you planned.  But it ended up being a funeral weekend in Albany.  I was grateful to have you there for me.

2017

Life goes on.  And you made sure to make time for me this year.

First was Vegas in Feb.

16700598_10155290918157841_5532749944297157639_o
Las Vegas, 2017

Ann Arbor in March.

20170325_110149
Ann Arbor, 2017

And my daughter and I came to visit you in Chicago in July.

19884471_10155787920012841_673081566848258922_n
Chicago, 2017
20170716_141600
Chicago, 2017

We were supposed to go to Disney in September, but Hurricane Irma had other plans.

2018

I realized that I needed to use my Southwest credit from our canceled Florida trip.  So I came out to see you in March.  We took the girls to Wisconsin Dells and the Museum of Science and Industry.

20180323_103049
Chicago and Wisconsin, 2018
20180325_140840
Chicago, 2018

And this is where our story currently is.  It is so cool to see our girls growing in these pics and that they will grow up together.  Who would have thought that a friendship forged during drunken YRNF weekends would turn into a friendship that spans two generations?

And we get to continue our story this coming weekend. I am so excited!

Advertisements

One thought on “My best friends birthday

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s