Penny & S, Photo: Carly
Right, so I live in Sacramento. It’s….fine. There are worse places to be, of course. David and I live in a super cute highwater craftsman in a nice neighborhood near downtown, our parents are both close by, the weather is mild. I could deal with living here for a few more years, if my friends hadn’t all left.
I do still have friends around, but my BEST GIRLS are gone. And, I need The Girls to feel complete.
Carly moved to Boston two and a half years ago for grad school and now works as a writer in the city.
S moved to NYC in the summer of 2008 for med school.
L moved to Phoenix 4 years ago and STILL hasn’t returned. She can’t like it there that much!
H currently lives in Philly, although she’s from NYC. But she gets a pass because we met in California while she was here for college.
So my problem is this, we talk on the phone, we IM, we email, we sometimes send love notes…..but we don’t see each other nearly enough. Conversations with these four friends nearly always evolve into plan-hatching; vacations and visits. Where we might meet up (last year it was Palm Springs), when I can make it to see one or more of them (NYC to see S & H last October) or visa versa and how on Earth we will find the money to do so.
Even now, I am talking with H in G-Chat about going to Hawaii this fall to stay with her best friend, and Carly wants me to visit Boston in July (when I have to take a week off of work – forced), which would be so fun!
So then, friendships are important, but what’s a girl on a budget to do?