Girls Day Out

Today I am excited. I’m pumped. I’m raring to go.

It’s my annual trip to the tennis with three of my best friends and it’s always an awesome day.

It doesn’t matter if the tennis is ordinary. It doesn’t matter if the weather is inclement. It doesn’t matter if the trip down is tiresome.

It’s always, always a great day.

I can’t remember the first year we ventured to the NSW Open (as it was then called). I do remember the first few years we travelled to White City at Rushcutters Bay until the tournament was moved to Olympic Park in 2000.

In the beginning we would eagerly scan the day’s play and work out which courts we would visit at what time so we wouldn’t miss the players we wished to see. It was about the experience and the tennis and it was fun.

In recent years we have been more than happy to just take our seats in Ken Rosewall Arena and soak in the featured matches there while we get busy catching up with the main aim of the day – spending time together again.

This year will mark 18 years since we all met as new recruits in the public service. That represents literally half my life (I started out as a very green and naive 19 year old), a not inconsiderate amount of time!

As the years have gone on and we have changed employers and moved cities, our annual trip to the tennis has remained a very important constant in our ever-evolving lives.

We have complained about work,  commiserated over break-ups, celebrated pregnancies, and congratulated each other on life’s triumphs while we watch that little yellow ball be struck from one end of the court to the other.

I love the real and genuine friendships where you can always pick up where you left off, regardless of how long it has been since you last saw each other.

These friends of mine, my tennis buddies, they are the real deal.

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I know they will be my friends for life.

I know that I really, really need a girl’s day out.

I know that I am going to have an awesome day!

As it’s Friday, I am flogging with Grace, flashing with Bree and knowing with Miss Cinders.

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Here’s to an awesome day for you too!

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30 Responses

  1. iSophie says:

    I have a few friends like that too. I may only see them yearly but they are always there if I ever needed help.

    Enjoy your ‘tennis’ 😉
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  2. Sounds like a day full of fun for you and your friends!
    Enjoy!!
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    • Kirsty says:

      I do look forward to it every year – I’m thinking that we should do it more often though, pity the tennis only comes around every January…

  3. Me says:

    I would love to have friends like that – sounds like you will all have a great day today. Enjoy and stay safe !
    Love, hugs and positive energy !
    Me
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    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks Me. I got a touch of sun (which seems to happen to me every year, regardless of the sun precautions I take…) but apart from that I stayed safe and well. A big yay, too, for positive energy – we all need bucket loads of that, don’t we?

  4. Have an AWESOME day Kirsty! I think it’s fabulous how you have this day planned every year to spend with such great friends 🙂

    Thanks for linking up!! xxx
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  5. Have a great day at the tennis Kirsty!
    I’m the same with my long time friends. It doesn’t matter where we are, or what we’re doing. It’s the spending time together and catching up that is the important bit! Although, if you happen to do that at the same time as doing something you love, then it’s a bonus 🙂
    xx
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    • Kirsty says:

      That’s so right Tracey. We actually had the conversation yesterday as to whether we continue going down to Sydney each year (which has gone down in the quality of players in recent years) or whether we try something new. I don’t think it matters what we decide, as long as we still get the opportunity to meet up and have fun.

  6. Emily says:

    I really hope you’re having the best day ever, especially after the shit day you had mid week! And then you’re off next week so YAY. Enjoy the break – Emily
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    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks Emily. I did need this day out and while it didn’t turn out exactly as I expected (one of my friends couldn’t make it in the end) it was still awesome to meet up with the others and have a fun day out. Thanks goodness I now have 3 weeks off work to recover!!! 😉

  7. Rita says:

    That is such a lovely post! I agree so much with this quote too! Have an awesome day at the Tennis!
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    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks Rita. I know I sometimes forget about the value of true friendship in the swirl of everyday life so it’s great to have these reminders that true friends are always there for you, no matter how regularly or irregularly you may see them!

  8. Emily says:

    Have a fab day! Nothing better than spending the day with great friends.
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  9. Janet says:

    My friends and I have a girlie weekend at the beach around March each year and it’s awesome!
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    • Kirsty says:

      Janet, a girlie weekend would be awesome. We may need to work on that idea once all our children are a little older and we can find it easier to duck away for a weekend somewhere!

  10. I know exactly what you mean, I have a couple of friends who I met years ago in our first foray into the world of work. With been through a lot together and I know I can always count on them no matter what, and even though we are now on the other side of the world, if and when I return to the UK it will be like I never left.
    Enjoy the tennis 🙂
    FYBF
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  11. Martine@themodernparent says:

    Hope you are having a fabulous day! I am so lucky to have a few different groupsof wonderful friends. Some of the best times ever x
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    • Kirsty says:

      It was a great day, despite one of my friends not being able to make it due to family illness. Friends like that need to be treasured!

  12. Kevin says:

    I was going to wish you a great day but byt the looks of your comments you succeeded.

    You got to love those friends when it just easy.
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    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks Kevin. When I first read this I got a bit worried as I had a few glasses of wine last night as I began commenting back and had to end it lest I made a ‘drunk comment’ in the manner of a ‘drunk tweet’. I was a bit concerned that maybe I had done just that…making people think that I had a ‘really good day’ if you know what I mean…

      Thank goodness I read too much into that – I’ll just go and have another lie down now…!

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  14. Rhianna says:

    Gosh how wonderful to have been doing this for such a long time. Sounds like such a wonderful day I hope it was. Fairy wishes and butterfly kisses lovely
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  15. Grace says:

    Oh, that’s just amazing! There’s nothing like a group of gals that you can call on.
    I know you’re going to have an awesome day too! Can’t wait to hear all about it! 🙂
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