I spent another long weekend in the Black Hills last weekend to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with some of my favorite people and foods! Although, I did switch up the food choices significantly this trip, which caused my coworker to wonder alarmingly……”Were you not feeling well or something while you were out there!?!?” I assure you, I was fine…..didn’t even wake up with a hangover any of the mornings! Whoop whoop for partying like an adult!!
First things first, I’m not going to attempt a 6 hour drive without a coffee the size of my head. Yes, I know, this is just going to cause potty breaks somewhere down the line….something my father would be very disappointed in me doing….but desperate times call for desperate measures sometimes. Luckily, Yankton entered the 21st century years ago with a drive through coffee shop…..much to my cousin’s snobby dismay. Maybe more on this later, it’s not the theme of today’s story!
Upon my somewhat tardy arrival to Rapid City…..mostly due to potty breaks and extreme gas use due to hurricane force head winds…..I proceeded directly to my beautiful Russian Bestie’s house! We were starving, so I didn’t even really stop to say hello to her beautiful, baby girl! The sushi was calling our names! We tried Jane’s favorite place, but there was apparently no one home. The sign said OPEN…..but the doors were all locked up. So, off to the new mall we went for Fuji and some baby clothes shopping! I haven’t had an oppertunity to see the Russian in a bit over a year, so it was so good to just catch up and hang out like we did in college. Ugh college…..the good ol days I guess!
I’m usually not much on babies, but the Russian and her Hubby have a very cute, very happy little one! She even let me hold her for awhile without doing that ‘sensing the fear’ thing that bees and babies seem to have in common in response to me! Plus she’s got a super stellar wardrobe that I had a fun time shopping around and adding too. In addition to sushi and baby cuddles I got to try some wine from Moldova and a fancy Russian cake that basically had the taste and consistency of tiramisu without the addition of espresso. All in all, a great way to spend a sunny Friday afternoon!
After shopping and snacks I headed up in the Hills to Lil B’s house. We initially had grand plans of getting Lewie’s…..but no one ended up feeling hungry. Actually….I didn’t even make it out to Lewie’s this trip, which was a bit sad but I mean there’s always next time I guess! I spent the night drinking. chatting, dancing around, and attempting to deter the girls from wanting to do makeover parties on my face. My makeup brushes still haven’t recovered from the last blush heavy makeover! 🙂
Saturday morning Lil B and I had some nice quiet coffee time. I suppose that’s what happens when you can hear the kiddos playing in their room until way past their usual bedtime. Nothing wrong with letting them sleep in on a Saturday I suppose. Eventually the littlest one climbed out of the blanket fort style sleeping situation they built for some breakfast. This was shortly followed by all of us going out to meet Heinz for brunch, and much to my surprise…..the littlest one pounded down a second breakfast of toast and an egg. Child after my own heart right there….no such thing as too much food….particularly breakfast foods!
I will say, nothing much beats milling around and waiting for a table at the Hickok House to get a heaping plate of chile rellenos, hashbrowns, and eggs. I’m not sure how they make the chili that they smother those little cheese stuffed puppies in, but I need to know. Do you ever have that urge to get a job at a restaurant just so you can figure out some of the secret recipes and then quit?! No…..!? Maybe that’s just me. The peppers seemed to be stuffed with extra cheese this time…..which made them especially amazeballs!
Saturday night we finally got up to some shenanigans, which may or may not have involved drinking in the street….which is allowed on St. Patrick’s Day…..and getting kicked out of a bar. Now, I wasn’t the one who was kicked out, but when you’re out with your people and one of you gets told to leave…..proper protocol dictates that you all leave. I wasn’t in the bar to see the events that led to removal….I was of course in the street getting beer…..but I did hear about it the rest of the night. Drama…..drama…..drama…..I tell you what. St. Patrick’s Day in Deadwood is a bit like New Orleans all the time…..just constant booze and beer all day long, wherever you want to be drinking it. It’s fine in small doses, but honestly isn’t a life I’d want any part of in the long term. Does that mean I’m becoming old and finally growing up?!
Sunday afternoon I had lunch at the Loud American in Sturgis…..which I haven’t been to in years. So long in fact, that the whole thing had been remodeled since the last time I was there. Apparently it’s been done for at least 2 years….clearly I need to get out way more often. I was also somewhat bummed that they have taken chicken tip tacos off the menu…..I guess things can’t always stay the way they were in the good ol’ days!
Sunday night, Lil B and I decided to take the girls to Spearfish for Taco Bell and Beauty and the Beast. Don’t judge us on our Taco Bell habits…..it’s Lil Bs favorite fast food, and I have no problems at all pounding down a chalupa or two. So bad….but so so good! The new movie was good, although maybe a little long due to the addition of some new songs. IDK, maybe I’m just an old school purist…..but I just wanted a live action version of the OG cartoon…..not some new and improved version. Oh well, it was still very good, although it meant that the girls got home past bedtime on a school night. Whoopsy!
Monday morning Lil B and I got the girls off to school, stopped and got Starbucks, and then headed off to college. Yes….I snuck into Anatomy class with B at BHSU. Now this was weird for several reasons…..firstly, as a tried and true, dyed in the wool SDSMT heritage student, it felt wrong……very wrong to be on the BHSU campus. It’s just not a thing that’s done honestly. Second, I was less than impressed with her professor. She assures me he’s very good and that this was just a test review day so he wasn’t really teaching…..but I’m skeptical honestly. Thirdly, ALL THE THE GIRLS WERE TINY AND TOTALLY ADORABLE! Was I that cute and adorable when I was in college?! I’m trying to think back and remember that I was, that we all were, but I really don’t think that’s the way it was. Maybe I can blame the fact that we all wore actual clothes…..jeans and shirts….and not just “athleisure” wear and maybe thats why? High waisted yoga pants will do slimming wonders…..so honestly I think that’s what I’m just gonna go with. I could have looked cute and little….fashion just wasn’t on my side!
I spent most of the rest of the day with Lil B at the hair salon while she got her hair done. It was nice to just hang out and chat some more, plus there was the added benefit of making her go to Subway with her head all full of foils. Ahhhh small town living….you’d never think of doing it at home, but out there, stuff like that just feels normal. I ended up headed home much later than normal, but that’s fine by me. Extra time spent in the Hills is never bad time. Plus, now that Spring has sprung, the threat of driving home in the dark on crappy snow packed roads has mostly left us. Now that I’ve written that, I’m sure we will get some sort of late season snow. I’m sorry….don’t hate me.
It was, like all my trips West, a very good time. Even though I didn’t get my jalapeño bacon cheese burger or phillies….I got steak tips, sushi, and Taco Bell and that works just fine for me! I didn’t spend any of my time nursing a hangover which is nice but also slightly depressing at the same time. Some of my best times bonding with my girl friends have been the times we’ve all been lying on beds or the couch hungover, laughing, and feeling like absolute butt hole. It’s how we spent more Sunday’s than I care to talk about in college, and how we spend a rare weekend together now. I say weekend now, because those mid 20 something hangovers linger! If you’ve had one you know…..it’s not longer hours of hangover….it’s days!