Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Old Gold Friends

Most of us know the old Girl Scout song about making new friends, but keeping the old...with one being silver and the other gold. Ha. It's kind of cheesy, but I couldn't get it out of my head when writing this post, so I'm just going to go with it...

Over the past couple of months, I've been making a concerted effort to make new friends here in Portland. Being the extrovert that I am, having time to get out and socialize with girlfriends is really important for my mental well-being. And because Cameron and I are planning on staying here in Oregon, I feel like I can really invest in building strong relationships with people here for the long term. I've been fortunate and have already met and hung out with some really awesome people, and I'm looking forward to getting know these "new" friends better in the weeks to come. 

However, this weekend really reminded me that there is something about an "old" friend that is truly irreplaceable. (And when I say old, I don't mean in age...ha!)

An "old" friend is the one you've made years and years of memories with. The kind of friend that you've experienced life milestones with like getting your driver's license, graduating from high school, going off to college, going through breakups, celebrating engagements and weddings with. The kind of friend that knows where you come from, knows your family, and has been over you childhood house countless times (and vice versa). The kind of friend that you can completely be yourself around without any pretense, because let's face it, they've already seen you at your worst...probably many times, ha! This is the type of friend where stories don't need explaining because they already know them well. The type of comfortable yet valuable friendship that can only come with the passage of time. I'm fortunate to have a handful of these "old" friends in my life that I really cherish. We all went to high school together and although we all went to different colleges, we all went to schools in Michigan and stayed close with one another. Now, we are spread all over the country (and even in London--hey Katie!) and it makes it a little more challenging to see each other as often as we'd like. This summer, three of my "old" friends got married; it was awesome to be able to see each other a bunch of times in a row, but now that wedding season is over (for this year at least) opportunities to see each other are a little more scarce. That's why I was really glad that my friend Meaghan was able to come out to Portland this past weekend and visit me! I had a great time showing her my new city, and I wanted to share some of the photos from her (short but sweet) trip!

 We spent Friday doing a few different touristy things...this photo is a must. Obviously.

 We did go to Voodoo Donut, but I'll have more pictures in a Portland donut post I'm working on!
 Getting ready to go out to dinner :)
 Take two--I'm also planning on (finally) putting up some photos of our apartment this week!
 Had to go to Salt & Straw for ice cream!

 Saturday morning, I took Meaghan to see the PSU Farmer's market--check out these flowers!
We drove out to the Columbia River Gorge, which is always so pretty :)

 Stopped by the Vista House to take in the views...
 ...it was super windy though! Ha!
We were able to make it to Multnomah Falls before dark and snap a few pics :)

 Definitely a must-see if you're visiting Oregon!
 The weather Sunday morning in Portland was gorgeous!
 We had a great time walking down by the river after brunch, it was gorgeous!


I had a great time showing Meg around Portland, and I definitely feel like I've settled into a groove of living here. It's still a little overwhelming to decide what to do and where to take people to eat when they visit from out of town (seriously SO many choices!) but I feel like I'm figuring it out! I'm so glad she was able to visit me, and I'm really thankful for all the old / new / silver / gold friends in my life!


10 comments:

  1. Looks like a lovely trip showing your friend around :)

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  2. so fun! i've been dying to go to crown point

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  3. Awww some classic Portland stops! Sounds like you had a great time. Loved the post :)

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  4. ahh these are all the things i do when i have guests that are not from portland!

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  5. looks like a fabulous trip! the pics are gorgeous!

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  6. Love the houndstooth sweater! beautiful photos :)

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  7. It's always so fun to explore your city when you have friends in town. Always makes you see it with different eyes! Looks like a great time!

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  8. oh this makes me miss my friends back home! moving abroad you really learn who your 'true' friends are and the ones that stand the test of time. my best friends we can go months without talking but once the stars align and we can schedule a quick Skype date (hard with the 14 hour difference!) it's like we just talked yesterday

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  9. Aww I love when longtime friends come to visit! You showed her some great local sites. Glad you had a nice weekend!

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  10. ahhh, these pictures are amazing. That waterfall is seriously awesome. xx

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