A Girl Trip Bucket List

Alicia & Chrissy, KC Girl Trip 2012Alicia and I recently went on a Girl Trip to Kansas City, MO for a weekend.  We shopped, ate amazing food and pretty much chill-axed the whole time.  It was the first trip we’ve been on together since the late nineties.  (Geesh, time flies by way too quickly!)  Now that we live within a days drive of each other I imagine we will be able to go on more of these weekend getaway’s in the future.  KC is a great city filled with all sorts of fabulous things to do and see, and it’s also just so happens to be a great halfway point for us to meet up at.  While KC will more then likely be the location of most of our Girl Trips to come, we have developed our own special kind of bucket list with the Girl Trips we dream about taking one day.  These are the places we would love to see together because in some way, shape or form, they symbolize our friendship and growing up together.

Trip 1 – A Literary Excursion to Prince Edward Island.  Why Prince Edward Island?  Well it just so happens to be the home of a beloved literary character, Anne Shirley, from the series of books, Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery.  Alicia wrote about her love of all things Anne a few months ago which you can read here.  When we were young girls we both devoured these books and watched the tv series over and over again, so this would be such an amazing trip to experience together.  Alicia is the one who stumbled on the Anne Vacation Itinerary on the Prince Edward Island tourism website.  There is so much you can see and do that are all related to Anne of Green Gables.  You can visit many of the settings from the books, like Green Gables, Avonlea Village, the Haunted Wood and the Lake of Shining Waters.  Doesn’t that sound simply wonderful?

Trip 2 – A Culinary Excursion to Hingham, MA.  So, what about Hingham, located near Boston, MA would make us want to fly all the way there to grab some grub?  A restaurant called, Wahlburgers.  Wahlburgers is owned by Mark and Donnie Wahlburg.  Do those names ring a bell?  I urge you to read a former blog post I did here, about a concert Alicia and I went to when we were teenagers, Marky-Mark and the Funky Bunch.  While we both really liked Mark Wahlberg, we were truly fanatical about a group called New Kids on the Block.  For quite some time in our teen years, we both ate, slept and breathed NKOTB.  Our favorite NKOTB member was Joey McIntyre but Donnie Wahlberg came in a close second!  Of course, if we ever do manage to take this trip we would find a few other things to do and see while in the Boston area, but eating at Wahlburgers is our #1 priority!

Trip 3 – A Theatrical Excursion to NYC.  Another shared love that stems from our childhood is a movie called Newsies.  It is a musical based on a group of newspaper boys who strike against the big newspaper companies of the day in New York City during 1899.  I will admit to the fact that a movie full of really cute boys may have had some influence on just how much we loved this movie, but it is also a really great story with loads of fun, catchy, toe-tapping tunes!  To this day we both still enjoy watching Newsies, and whenever one or the other of us catches it playing on tv we’ll send out a text, “Newsies is on!”  It wasn’t too long ago when I happened to stumble on a short video for the Broadway Musical, Newsies.  I quickly posted it to Alicia’s Facebook wall and another dream Girl Trip was added to our list! (I am really hoping Newsies will eventually go on tour and come to a city a bit closer to us, like KC, because that would make this trip that much more easier to cross off our bucket list!)

We have three Girl Trips on our bucket list so far.  Hopefully, one of these days when time and money prevail, we’ll manage to actually take one of them! We would love to hear all about the great Girl Trips you dream about taking with your BFF’s, too.

~Chrissy

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“It’s Just a Good Vibration”: A Little Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch Nostalgia

Flipping through television stations the other day in the hopes of finding something good to watch, I came across a movie starring Mark Wahlberg.  Ahhh, Mark Wahlberg, or Marky-Mark as most women in our 30’s first came to know him as.  He hates to be called that nowadays.  Placing myself in his shoes, I suppose I would hate to have people referring to me as Chrissy-Chris.  Hmm, well actually it might have a nice ring to it after I think about it!  As a teenager, I was a big fan of Marky-Mark the singer, the Calvin Klein model, and the younger brother of New Kids on the Block’s Donnie Wahlberg.  I was an even bigger fan of New Kids on the Block but I’ll save that for a future post.

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The first concert Alicia and I attended with one another was Marky-Mark and the Funky Bunch in the early 90’s.  My parents dropped us off in front of the Music Hall a good hour before the concert was supposed to start.  Our bangs were teased, our hair curled and our jean legs rolled up tightly.  Standing in line with hundreds of teenage girls brimming with contained hysteria was infectious.  Minutes ticked by achingly slow as we waited for the doors to open.  Three girls who were a couple grades behind us in High School pulled out a boom box, cranked up the volume and began performing a choreographed dance routine to “Good Vibrations” in front of the doors.  In today’s day and age, it would have probably been the start of a flash mob.  Back then, we thought they were showing off.  We didn’t get to see the whole dance, cause we heard a bunch of screams behind us as a tour bus drove by.  Was it Marky-Mark in that tour bus?  We’ll never know but whoever was inside it was trailed down the block by a mad stampede of screaming girls.

Once inside the Music Hall, we bought soda’s, found our seats and did some people watching while we were waiting for the concert to begin.  All of a sudden the lights turned off, the stage lit up and the announcer proclaimed, “Are you READY?”  AHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!  Yes, Yes!  We’re ready!!!!  The screams were deafening, never letting up the entire concert. Marky-Mark ran around the stage with his Calvin’s peeking out the top of his pants.  The beginning of what would over the coming years become a horrible trend among male youths.  Year by year the pants hanging lower and lower and lower.  Is that trend over now? Have the pants been pulled up yet?  Ok, sorry.  I wandered a bit off track there.

At the time of his concert he only had a few songs out, so it only lasted about an hour which was our only real disappointment.  We left the concert hall and stood on the sidewalk waiting along with everyone else for our ride to pick us up.  Our ears were ringing, our voices screamed away into oblivion, and we had big, goofy smiles on our faces.  We had a blast!  It’s too bad that I can’t seem to find a single photo of it to share here.  (Psst, guess what?  I found pictures! See below! ~A)  So how about a little taste of Marky-Mark and the Funky Bunch to tide you over.  Enjoy!

~Chrissy-Chris

Well my friend, I remember that concert very vividly!!  I will admit that you always seem to remember SO many more details than I ever do.  (They say that having children will do that to your memory, but I think it’s more that you are more detail oriented than I am!)  Anyhow, that concert was an eye-opening experience for me. 

I believe this was my first concert ever.  Chrissy had been to so many more concerts than I did, so I felt a little bit inferior in this category.  She always seemed to be so worldly to me.  She was always a few steps ahead of me on experiences, as I was so timid and shy (hard to believe it, I know) and I always appreciated that she would bring me into these new situations and let me do them with her.  So, having never been to a concert, standing outside waiting for it to start was pure excitement for me all on its own!  Ha ha. 

As you said Chrissy, Marky-Mark came rushing out and you could feel the electricity in the air.  I swear I felt every ounce of every girl’s excitement rush through my body!  I was filled with pure excitement!  I will also never forget something he did during the concert.  It was simply shocking to me.  SHOCKING!  At one point, he walked onto the stage wearing this big, white, fluffy bath robe.  I was so naive and was not comprehending what was going on.  WHAM!  Down goes the robe!  There stood Marky-Mark in nothing but his boxers.  Oh MY WORD!  I couldn’t even hear myself scream because of the deafening roar of the room.   This was my first exposure to the sexual side of music industry and it completely caught me off guard!  (I was used to listening to music from the Bee Gees and Neil Diamond for crying out loud!) I will say that this was no pornographic display.  He was just wearing very big boxers.  But he was a fine specimen of a well-toned young man so just showing off his abs like he did threw every young girl into a frenzy.  Sigh.  

That night was an exciting experience for us both I’d say and I was happy that I got to share it with you girl!  We had a lot of fun and I am happy we got to see Marky-Mark running around with his shirt off.  Oh, and that we got to hear his music too!  😉  LOL

~ Alicia-leash