I posted a bunch of these pictures on Insta and my friend Maya said, “Lots of genuine happiness showing through in these…” The Internet and social media definitely have so many negative contributions to life, but without it, I may never have made such true, real friendships, like with Alyson, and Bill & Jessi who we also had the opportunity to spend time with earlier this summer. It sucks that there is so much distance between us but when we get the chance to reunite, it’s literally a party and Maya is so right – you can tell that my smile is real in these! And Henry is, well, Henry.
Alyson and Ryan are both FitBit users so they understood my need to meet my step count for the day and suggested that we take a stroll through the nearby Greeley Park. I kept thinking of the metalcore band Greeley Estates and it was making me nostalgic for Warped Tours of yesteryear. Anyway, this park was so beautiful and forest-y.
Henry looks exactly the same in both shots lol.
I was really this happy all weekend!
The main attraction was the FAMOUS BATHROOM that serves as a backdrop for wedding portraits and the like. I can confirm that, for a public restroom, it really had the most majestic facade. Here’s a picture of NO PICTURES, PLEASE Henry.
Alyson snapped this one – we tag-teamed him and he was not pleased, lol. Two people obsessed with taking his picture? Oof!
I mean, I was drunk, but I didn’t think Henry was – this picture says otherwise!
You guys, I love them so much, lol!
Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm Flailing Tube People.
We had such a fun time running around like dummies, watching Ryan climbing a tree (Henry, alleged Tree Climber Extraordinaire according to his mom, suddenly “didn’t feel like” climbing the tree. SUSPISH.), and sitting on cannon things!
Henry found one of his beloved TOBY TREES so we all pretended to be pre-teen Henrys, tokin’ on Tobys. (I still don’t really know how/why anyone would smoke these?? I surely never did as a kid?!)
When we came back to the Wilson abode, Ryan and Alyson got to work on some clandestine dinner which turned out to be 순두부찌개 (soondubu jjigae)!!! I could NOT believe it and came very close to crying because it meant so much to me that they were willing to cook something Korean for me (ugh, apparently Henry was their consultant on this matter, but I give Alyson and Ryan all the credit!). I actually haven’t had any kind of 찌개 in quite some time so it tasted extra good and heart-warming!
Honestly, it turned out so great and was the perfect “I’ve been drinking all day” dinner!
And then a FRUITY PEBBLE CUPCAKE! It was so rich, a real chunky boy! Bigger than my fist! The cake itself was lemon, which is my second favorite cake flavor, next to almond, so I was super content. Korean food and a cupcake? The perfect birthday dinner!
As if that wasn’t enough, I was then gifted with the most recent GOT7 album and I screamed, especially when I pulled my bias Youngjae’s photocard! This was Ryan and Alyson’s first time watching a Kpop album unboxing and they were like WHOA.
“No one buys it for the actual CD,” Henry mumbled.
“Yeah, it’s all about the photobook and other surplus items they throw in,” I explained, holding up a sheet of stickers.
Ryan admitted that this was pretty smart marketing and now I want him and Alyson to do a whole boxed set with a photobook and stickers when they record their metal album about the notary stuff. (Alyson let me see her song list and it is EPIC.) She said she wants one of the pictures to be her angrily stamping papers.
I’m high-key obsessed with this album coming into fruition now.
Day One was so much fun! In honor of my new GOT7 album, I will end this with their member Jackson Wang’s new solo song, Cruel, which just came out last Friday and I watched it before we left for the weekend while Henry was doing all the work packing the car, and maybe this is why he forgot our entire toiletry bag and therefore had to make an early-morning Rite Aid run the next day.
I really love these pictures of you all. Definitely happiness going on! (And a cool park!)
Thank you!! Next time Alyson and Ryan make it down this way, you’ll have to meet them – Alyson was at my baby shower but that was in 2006 and you probably didn’t really get to talk much! She asked how you were doing though!
Tag teaming photos of Henry! Shooting the cannon at Massholes! Clandestine dinners!! (“Henry, can you come look at this?”) THE FAMOUS BATHROOMS! “You used to smoke these?”
You should be my photographer for my future box set. I’ll get all my stamps and papers, and we can go to the famous bathrooms, OH MAN it will be epic. My photocard can be at the Famous Bathrooms as well.
We made so many happy memories; I Tolhursted several times while reading this.