Ohana Means Family

This weekend I went to SLO and got to feel really old. I’ll tell you what I mean.

Saturday, 3/5/2016

After leaving from my friend Michelle’s birthday (see previous post), I hit the road and drove up to SLO. Just over 3 hours later, I arrived at the home of my good friends Jordyn and Jesse! We hung out with my others friends Shoshana and Allen and relaxed before having to go to the sorority event–the main reason why I went up for the night.

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One of my favorite humans, my grand-little Jordyn! Featuring my sexy bionic knee.

Of course the first time I go up to SLO in 2016 is the one time there is a huge downpour. My windshield wipers were at full power as we drove the short 5 minutes to the event location. I arrived and was greeted by many hugs and lots of “what happened to your leg?” I ended up making an announcement before speaking in front of the group (oh yes, I gave a speech). It was weird that there were so many girls I didn’t know, but also nice to know that my chapter is growing steadily.

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My good friend Danielle! I was her formal date last year 🙂

I gave a quick introduction about who I was, when I graduated, and who was a part of my sorority family. I spoke about my time in the sorority, mainly as a way to reach out to the newest members. I won’t go into too much detail about what I said, but I really tried to encapsulate what my time was like in the sorority and how special it and all of its members are to me. I’m not the best speech-giver, but I tried to keep it casual and lighthearted, which I think everyone appreciated. After I spoke, everyone went around and shared a favorite memory. It was really nice.

I then left to go meet my big sister Rachel for dinner. We went to one of my SLO faves, “Sushiya.” I celebrated a couple of my birthdays there back in college. Rachel and I hadn’t had a chance to sit down and talk for a long time, and it was so good to catch up and reconnect.

By the time we finished, it had started raining even harder! But I had to go back and meet with the sorority once again, because it was time for big/little reveal! This was always my favorite event when I was the new member educator, because it bonds certain sisters even closer. I would be getting a great-great-great-grand-little, which made me feel ridiculously old. Here are some lovely snapshots of the evening!

After welcoming the new members to the families, everyone headed out for the evening. I went with a few sisters to get some yummy donuts from SloDoCo (short for SLO Donut Company), a SLO staple. We talked and ate and then all braced the torrential downpour to go home. It was quite unfortunate that I could not run to my car. Stupid knee.

Sunday, 3/6/2016

Although the rain soothed us to sleep, we were woken up by gorgeous sunshine! I took Jordyn to breakfast at the “Apple Farm,” a cute little hotel with a delicious restaurant. Jordyn is turning 21 this upcoming Thursday, and since I can’t celebrate the actual day with her, I wanted to do something special. I’d only ever had desserts from the Apple Farm, so I was eager to test out their breakfast food. I got their “California Benedict,” complete with artichoke hearts and avocado, and it came with an apple streusel muffin on the side. It was amazing. We documented the occasion with some selfies.

We then walked around Downtown SLO and went shopping! It was a lot of fun, although a bit too much walking around for my knee. Overall, a lot of fun though!

We headed back to her house and relaxed for a bit. Then Jesse came back home and my little Rebecca came over too, and the 3 of us headed to my all-time favorite sando shop, “High Street Deli.” I make it a point to eat at HSD every single time I visit SLO. I ended up only eating half of my sandwich, a rarity for me, and saved the rest for what would be my dinner that night. After a round of goodbyes, I hopped in my car and headed home.

Always so fun to visit SLO, even if just for a short 24 hours. I’m really looking forward to my next trip in April! Until then, more LA adventures to come!

-Girl in San Luis Obispo 🙂

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