Monday, March 16, 2009

The Fat Frumpy Five

Get comfy, this is a long one.

So, Jason never showed up to kill us at the cottage on the lake in the woods this weekend, although there was a guy named Brian staying in the cottage next door that a certain member of our group hoped would break in.

The group of ladies (and I use the term "ladies" very loosely) that went are known as The Fat Frumpy Five. We're working on becoming the Fabulous Fantastic Five, but for now we're all still fat and frumpy.

The FFF: Ashley, Tina, Stephanie, Sylwia, me.
Please excuse my hair--I had been walking in the rain.
And please excuse everyone else for not wearing bras.

Oh, and notice that we were cottage number 5. That was total coincidence.

The cottage we stayed in was gorgeous. The park is run through a military program, so to be honest my expectations weren't huge. But it was great.

The first night we arrived, settled in and had dinner. Then we had to drive the half hour back to our church building for a talent show. Ben played "The Sleeping Beauty Waltz" on his clarinet with his teacher, Stephanie (who is a Fat Frumpy Five member). He did pretty well considering he had practiced only 3 times.

Then we headed back to the cottage. First we made maxi pad slippers and then we spent the next several hours talking. And talking. And laughing. And talking some more. Around 2 am we all wandered to bed. Sylwia thought this would be an opportune time to scare the bejeebers out of me by telling me there was a guy on the porch and then knocking on the wall, which sounded like it came from the door. Then she talked and talked at us all from bed, despite the calls to SHUT UP, until we all found ways to tune her out and sleep (headphones and an MP3 player worked wonders). Four hours later we got up. After breakfast I went for a walk (see--I kept up my exercising even on vacation), and then we spent the rest of the day talking. And talking. And laughing. And talking some more. And crying. And crying some more. And then more talking. And more laughing. It was about 2 am again when we finally wandered to bed.

This time I was sharing a bed with Sylwia (the sofa bed was horribly uncomfortable). I turned over and tried really hard to fall asleep before she could start talking again. Alas, it didn't work. So, she and I talked and talked. And directly above us Stephanie and Tina talked and talked. Ashley was somehow able to sleep. Two hours later Stephanie and Tina made their way down to our room--if we were up, we might as well be up together. A few minutes later Ashley woke up and joined us. So, all five of us spent the next hour piled in one bed talking. And talking. And laughing. And talking some more.

Around 5:30 am we finally went to bed and slept for a couple of hours. Sunday morning we ate, packed up, and headed to church.

The FFF slightly less frumpified.
It was nice to be the heaviest one there by only 5 pounds rather than, like, 85.

It was the best weekend in a very long time. There's so much more to write, but I figure this is long enough already.

By the way, the creators of this game are geniuses. This is the second girl's weekend in 13 months that I've brought it to, and it's been wildly successful at both.


  1. Sounds like a blast! You look adorable with your red shoes, too. You look great. I've never heard of the game. I'll have to look into it.

  2. see I knew you could write this so elrquent! I am going to copy yours into my journal as well.

    we really had the best time. I can't wait until we do it again and we are the Fabulous Fantastic Five.

  3. wait a minute, i wasn't the only motor mouth on the retreat! mrs. tina did just as much talking in the night, she was just upstairs and a bit harder to hear in her hot rainbow room!

    i'm proud to be fat and frumpy, but if our leader (brandi) tell us to become fabulous and fantastic, i guess i have no choice...

  4. That sounds SO fun! The maxi pad slipper were awesome--you should have made tampon earrings too(because I've never, ever done that!)

    AWESOME black dress with red shoes. There is nothing frumpy about red shoes.

  5. I forgot the most important question: Did you bring your Snuggly?

  6. Nope, didn't bring the Snuggie, but I was wishing I had. It was a rare cold weekend here.

  7. Sounds like so much fun! Girls weekends are so needed in every stay at home mom's life. Good for you guys. I totally need to check out that game, I love boardgames!

  8. There's soemthign about maxi pads with glitter that just makes me giggle. (and use alliteration)

  9. Do you notice that when you spend the weekend with your girlfriends (even with very little sleep) you come home totally refreshed and ready to face the week? By the way my little group includes 4 and we call ourselves "The Ya-Ya's" We have funny hats to wear. Of Course not nearly as cool as those slippers. Girlfriends, one of God's greatest gifts. Love you! xoxoxo

  10. Sounds like you had so much fun!

    You're making me miss our little trip to Lancaster. I miss that game! You better not have told anyone my secrets. Oh the frog...
    I'm due for a weekend away. Anyone want to join me?

    Hey...where can I get that game anyway? It would make Monday Madness a little more interesting. :)

  11. I'll have to wait until Friday (saturday my time) to see the total finale. I have no other way to see it. And my big worry since the season started was that NOTHING has happened. Sure, we had a little mutiny, but past that not a darn thing is going on! How are they going to wrap up the show when they've done nothing in the 8 leading episodes? GRRRR....

  12. The company that made The Chick Game went out of business in December, but I bet if you check e-bay or craigslist you might be able to get your hands on one.


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