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A NYC Bachelorette.

Week 2 of NYC Marathon training:

It wasn’t my best week. I had lots of things going on and certain things (ahem strength training and yoga) took a back seat. It’s okay and I’m back on it for week 3!

My Bachelorette Party!

Up until late last week, I knew absolutely nothing about my bachelorette party aside from the date (much like my bridal shower). It wasn’t until Thursday/Friday that I was told a time to be ready and what to bring besides myself. I’m going to be honest – I’m not the easiest person to plan something like this for; I’m not into clubs or bars all that much, I have a 17 year-old cousin who I wanted at everything, and I’m just generally awkward when it comes to typical bachelorette situations. BUT my two cousins are absolute champs and planned the perfect day/night for me and the ladies I love most.

Part 1: Nails and Champagne in Chelsea

Getting my nails done is one of my favorite indulgences so starting my bachelorette in a nail salon was absolutely perfect. We got pampered and drank a little champagne and I had zero complaints 🙂

Part 2: Drinks & Games at the Gansevoort Hotel

My cousins got to the room early and spent time decorating the space with all sorts of goodies. There was confetti (omg so much confetti, I’m still finding it in odd places…), banners, booze, penis straws, TEAM BRIDE sunglasses and buttons, shirts for everyone, and of course, an inappropriate game.

I’m way too awkward and just couldn’t handle the thought of a penis drawing on my blog…

Before heading out for dinner, we set up our own photo booth and snapped some shots. Most of us were already a few drinks in by this point and it completely felt like I was back in college, getting ready and pre-gaming with my favorite ladies.

Part 3: Dinner at Carmine’s

Carmine’s is one of my favorite restaurants so it was very fitting that this is the place my cousins chose for dinner. One of my best friends from college couldn’t make the bachelorette but she sent a gift card for us to use at Carmine’s (I made sure not to open it until dinner so I didn’t ruin the surprise!).

I got right on ordering the frozen cosmo (the BEST – but also super strong so I was a drunko in no time).

There were 8 of us and we had a few things to consider (someone who doesn’t eat meat, someone with celiac, someone with seafood allergies) so our menu consisted of:

  • Misto salad
  • Chicken parm
  • Prime rib special (GF)
  • GF giardiniera pasta
  • Linguini pomodoro
  • Eggplant parm

As always as usual, everything was unbelievably delicious. With all the drinks flowing, conversation got quite inappropriate (#sorrynotsorry, neighboring tables) and before we knew it, it was time to rush off to the next activity.

Part 4: Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man

We got to the theater with just enough time to get inside, get our drinks, and get situated in our seats. We had a bachelorette package which included front row seats in the “wet zone” (splash zone? IDK), a drink for everyone, a bottle of champagne and flutes for the group, and a promise that I would get on stage during the performance.

After the show, we were invited on stage for a photo (apparently this is also included in the package) and I just felt so lucky to have all these amazing ladies with me for the evening.

The show was absolutely hilarious, the perfect amount of raunchy, and for some of us, legitimately informative (lol). We had such a fun time and enjoyed every minute; but even if the show wasn’t as great as it was, it’d have been worth it for the last 2 minutes alone (oh dear lordy, it would have been worth it…).

Part 5: Night Cap

When we got back to the hotel, some of the group headed home and the rest of us, still on a “Stefan-high,” headed out for one more drink.  It was the latest I have stayed out up in what could honestly be years. #worthit

Part 6: Girl Talk & Sleep

Is there anything better than laying in bed with the lights off and talking and giggling with your best girls? This happens less and less as we get older and have lives and families outside of our friends but god damnit it is so incredible and we all need more of it.

Sunday Surprise

Surprisingly enough, come Sunday morning, Justin and I were in decent enough shape that we didn’t need to spend the entire day in fetal position on our couch (his bachelor party was also Saturday night). We weren’t at our best but we did have things to do and we ended up at our upstate house to surprise my parents with a completely unannounced visit!

They were super shocked and happy to see us and we ended up staying for a nice lunch and a little sun and relaxation before heading back to the city for dinner.

And then? Then we needed a weekend from our weekend…

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Next week: week 3 of marathon training and how I’m attempting to balance it all.

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