*I managed to attend my 20th year high school reunion. Facebook is great for updates on friends, but nothing beats and in-person chat, served with dinner and cocktails. I was so proud of my new shorter, layered ‘do until I saw that my sister got the same exact haircut that week. That’s what name tags are for, right?
* I had kid duty with the cousins (ages 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13) a few days, so we explored the Durham museum and Gene Leahy mall. After a decade away from the Big O, my niece had to lecture me on the importance of waxed paper when visiting the big slides downtown. So, I looked like a complete nutter and bought six butts worth of waxed paper from some random mom.
*I got to catch up with two of my oldest (longevity, not age) friends over dinner. You get instant permission to skip the small talk when you’ve known each other forever (especially when they’ve seen you with extra-thick Strawberry Shortcake glasses and through the big hair years). After a decade away, I still miss being connected to everyone back home!
*LaCasa pizza. Runza fries. Every trip!