so back in highschool i met a gal named leslie.  i can’t recall how we met. neither can she. but nonetheless, we hit it off and were best of friends.  the years have past but the friendship remains.  i sheepishly admit i lost touch with her over the years but every time we do talk (maybe once a year) it’s like we’re back in maui, just chillin’ and having a grand ole time.  considering it’s been 9 years since we last saw each other, it’s quite a blessing that we can pick up exactly where we left off.

she helped me ditch my very first time, EVER, from school to grab lunch off campus.  she let yoshi and i drive “The Bus” aka her van during highschool, since we didn’t have our license and mom was a bit too busy to let both of us drive on the weekends. we took AP government and politics together while yoshi suffered in AP chemistry and i joined her in photography when i saw a kid with a gun and was transferred out of ukulele class immediately. thanks mom. we used to do taco bell runs, bakery runs, jack in the box runs, all while not really ‘running.”  we would go to polo beach ALL the time and change in the hotel next door ALL the time. we made a mix for graduation that got played throughout the state of HI and were basically inseperable…the three musketeers.

well, considering how type-A i am.  you’d think i’d remember alot of things….like when your best friend from high school is visiting seattle. ha!  nope. i got a text message on friday morning (she sent it thurs night) that she was in town and to give her a call. oops. praise the Lord my work trip to MN got cancelled.  i was free!  so we spent the majority of the weekend doing toursity things….it reminds me of how much i love the city. sigh.  her friend noah gave her the majority of the tours- underground, space needle, pikes place, original starbucks shop….we made sure she got to visit the most important places.  1) thaiku for awesome food and yojhitos 2)kings hardware for a dark and stormy 3) cupcake royale 4) THE troll 5) gasworks 6) kerry park 7) our newly redecorated apartment.

well, i remembered to bring the phone out for some of the lovely excursions.  everyone, here’s leslie. leslie, here’s everyone.

friends are friends forever.

friends are friends forever.

cupcake royale. i couldn't resist. i had to take a bite first.

cupcake royale. i couldn't resist. i had to take a bite first.

trip to gasworks at sunset.

trip to gasworks at sunset.

shilshole. shithole. same thing. only in ballard.

shilshole. shithole. same thing. only in ballard.

it’s been real. it’s been fun. it’s been real fun.  can’t wait to see her again soon.  hopefully next time, i’ll remember to plug the dates into my calendar and we can go camping.  welcome to the great Northwest. nothing else like it here les!