I sincerely hope that I have made it abundantly clear in previous posts about my sister and I: we are boring. So when I say “take on” in the title of this post, I mean during daylight hours. When we hang out, there are very little nighttime goings-on. No shame. Don’t get me wrong, we did fun stuff on our Sister-Weekend. But Judith is the kind of person who got excited to try a particular sandwich because a podcast we listen to always raves about it. And in truth, I’m no different.
This visit had only been a month in the making. Judith managed to squeeze me in between her summer fellowship and going back for her junior year of college. As I have only lived in Atlanta for a month, I didn’t exactly have a full itinerary planned for us. But we were able to find a good balance of activities that we each wanted to do. Judith flew down on Friday morning and flew home Monday afternoon, which meant we had a full weekend of sister-bonding.
How do these sisters bond?
We plan our entire weekend around photo opportunities… And having fun too, I guess.
One activity we (I forced) did do purely for the fun of it was seeing Heathers: The Musical by the OnStage Theatre Company in Decatur. Let me tell you: FLAWLESS. I laughed, I almost cried, and I jammed along to the 80s-style tunes. The hidden greatness of going to this show actually laid in my sister and I arriving too early. We were about to hunt down the nearest Starbucks when I glimpsed a sign about antiques. Judith saw the sign as well, particularly the part where it said the shop was still open on a Friday evening. So of course we abandoned the Starbucks search in favor of drooling over antiques we can’t afford. Solid decision. Kudzu Antiques is the best antique store of my life (read: most dangerous). I signed up for their email list, so I’m already a goner.
For day two I had planned anticipating what my sister would want to do: go on a hike. I took the liberty of researching one that would allow for beautiful pictures. In the end, we ended up at Cascade Springs Nature Preserve. It’s not a very long trail, but it definitely lived up to it’s “hidden gem” reputation. The trail is approximately 1.5 miles long, although it took us 3 hours because we’re millennials who spend most of that time taking photos of each other… Gotta stockpile those Instagram shots.
Our last full day was a pretty long one.
We began at the Ponce City Market, wandered up the Beltline to wrap up at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens! I had heard good things about the Market and I was (happily) not surprised that my assumptions about it were true. The market is aesthetically pleasing – an industrial-bohemian mix. Our main objective for the day was the botanical garden, though. It seemed like a good idea to walk the Beltline between the two places… And it probably would have been, had I been wearing an activity-appropriate outfit. I did enjoy the Beltline itself. If I had a dog (*cough cough still had Albus cough cough*) it would definitely be my preferred path to walk him. I won’t go too much into the Botanical Gardens, if only because I feel it deserves its own post.
I love when my sister and I get the chance to spend time together. Since we no longer live under the same roof, getting along is much easier. Of course we still have the occasional tiff, but I attribute that more to the fact we are so much more alike now. The person she has become makes me so proud (but I won’t say that to her face). It’s only been a week since I saw her, but I already miss her. Good luck on your junior year, Judith! Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do.