Friends + Family

Anna and Nicole.

Last night I got to see my oldest (and prettiest!) friend, Nicole McConville, for the first time in far, far too long. We grew up together (I’ve spared both of us the embarrassment of including any pre-1992 photos in that collage), but now we live 700 miles apart. Despite that distance and despite gaps in contact over the years, our lives have taken very similar paths. I am so lucky to have known Nicole for all this time. She is so special to me; I am so proud of who she’s become.

We went to Blossom for dinner with our matching, geeky husbands. The main courses were really super-delicious, but the desserts and coffee…not so much. It was just a couple of hours of time together, but it was enough to remind me that I really need to make an effort to see this girl more often.

p.s. This is Nicole’s house. Yes, seriously!!

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  • Reply Adam June 26, 2008 at 10:17 am

    That sounds really awesome! I’m so glad you two got to see each other. True friends are people that sometimes you don’t see or get to talk to for great lengths of time but when you do make contact you pick right up where you left off.

  • Reply megan June 26, 2008 at 10:54 am

    oh my gosh, that HOUSE! i’m in awe. and your husbands do match. 🙂 hooray for old friends.

  • Reply kara June 26, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    You both are gorgeous. BTW I read your blog all the time and I love it!

  • Reply Jo June 26, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    Lovely photo. You could be sisters! Share the secret of your lashes ~ is it nature or mascara?

  • Reply Anna at D16 June 26, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    Jo, my lashes are naturally pretty long, but they are HEAVILY supplemented with Diorshow waterproof mascara (and a lash curler).

  • Reply nicole June 26, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    I LOVE YOU! it was such an amazing treat to see you while i was in the city. i seriously don’t think i would be able to leave without seeing you. despite the distance and the time, it *always* feels effortlessly natural, a sincere joy. the good news is that i highly doubt it’s going to be as long before we see each other again. wishing i could run back for just one more hug … x.

  • Reply Jo June 27, 2008 at 6:34 am

    Ooh, thanks for sharing. Guess what I am going to be trying out on these stubby lashes o’ mine this weekend!

  • Reply cissi June 27, 2008 at 6:48 am

    That house, WOW!

  • Reply Anna at D16 June 27, 2008 at 7:40 am

    Jo, I recommend you also invest in an oil-based eye makeup remover at the same time, and this stuff is TOUGH to remove, and as the non-waterproof formula just isn’t as good. I personally like Almay’s eye makeup remover used with a cotton square.

  • Reply Janelle June 27, 2008 at 9:01 am

    Oh. my. stars. That place is awesome.

    (And you two and your husbands make quite a funny picture.)

  • Reply april June 27, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    how absolutely weird: I found your blog through a blog (etc, etc.) and while perusing today, I clicked on the pic of your friend Nicole’s place. It looked instantly familiar and I realized its a building here in Asheville where we live! We have long admired this particular building when we lived on that side of town and hoped someone would rescue and turn it into a restaurant/studio/fabulous dance hall. Such a small, small world sometimes….

  • Reply phil June 30, 2008 at 3:15 am

    what incredibly gorgeous ladies!

  • Reply Alicia January 8, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    Holy crap. I have just learned of your blog and while my job is a bore, it gives me the opportunity to search out ideas for my current reno. I was just reading this entry and clicked on the link to Nicole’s house only to discover that she is my neighbor. I live about a block south of this building a drive and try to peek in the windows and side door to see what they have done. West Asheville is the best! So many interesting people and homes and even better… lots of artsy do-it-yourselfers. Love the blog!

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