Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A Three Chatchi's Reunion!

During the summer of 2001 I traveled to Cambridge University in England for a summer semester abroad.  I had just turned 19 and I left my friends and family behind to travel out of the country for the first time - by myself.  There was a large group of us traveling from Florida, however; I didn't know any of the other students going with the group. 

When we all had to stand up and introduce ourselves there were two students in particular I just knew I was going to hate would not get along with.  One was sitting directly behind me with his Mom and he was freaking out (quite loudly) because there wasn't going to be a TV in his room while at Cambridge.  For this exercise we will call him Mr. Obnoxious.  There was another guy sitting across the room and during his introduction he made sure to tell us ALL about his amazing photography skills and love for working out.  We will call him Mr. Arrogant. 

Lets just say first impression's can be deceiving.  By the end of our first week in Cambridge Mr. Obnoxious and Mr. Arrogant were two of my very best friends...and the way I feel about these two guys has not changed over the last ten years (wow - has it really been that long since fate brought us all together that summer?)

T & Lou on the Selwyn lawn at Cambridge.

Lou & me on the Selwyn lawn at Cambridge.

Mr. Obnoxious, aka Lou, lives in Florida so we see him pretty much every night when we're there.  He also tries to visit us in Lexington quite a bit each year.  Over the years Lou went from being one of my best being one of Mr. D's best friends too.  Even though they gang up and out number me sometimes, I love how close Mr. D and Lou are.  In 2009 Lou was a Groomsman in our wedding and it meant so much to me and Mr. D to have him up there standing with us and supporting us.  My family considers Lou to be part of our family...and I think of his Mom like family (I even call her "Mom" sometimes).

Mr. Arrogant, aka T, moved from Florida to Philadelphia to England and unfortunately I don't get to see him as often as I would like.  Although, he does write an amazing foodie blog, which I follow and encourage you to check out.  Sadly, it's been almost five years since I have seen T and the last time the three of us were ALL together was spring of 2006.

2007: Lou visits us in Kentucky for the first time.

Mr. D & Lou before our wedding June 6, 2009.

Sharing a dance with my Lou at the reception.

T (modeling my tank top) and me at Cambridge.
T & me in Florida, 2003.  Haha - we look like little kids!

All of this is about to change....TOMORROW!!!  AHHHHHHHHHH!  I am so excited I can barely function right now.  Tomorrow afternoon Lou, T and his beautiful wife, Shaan (side note - I am SO excited to finally meet Shaan!!!), will all be coming to stay with Mr. D and I for the weekend!!!!!!!  That's right!  The Three Chatchi's will finally be reunited!!!  (Can you hear that?  I believe it's the hallelujah chorus playing faintly in the distance.)  In case you haven't already gotten the memo...I AM VERY EXCITED!!!  This will be T and Shaan's first trip to the bluegrass and Mr. D, Lou and I will be playing tour guide.  I know when Sunday comes I really won't want the weekend to end (and knowing me I may even shed a tear or two).  In fact, I'm considering not sleeping the whole time they're here just so I can soak up all the time I can with my friends. 

The Three Chatchi's.
Lou, me & T circa 2003 in Florida.
(Mr. Obnoxious, Lady Smirnoff & Mr. Arrogant)

Those two guys I thought I was going to hate?  Turns out the only thing I hate is being without them. 

Mrs. D
(Formerly known as Lady Smirnoff of Selwyn)


  1. So fun!!! Have a wonderful time and I can't wait to read about it! Wish my weekend was going to be that fun. :)

  2. So sweet! What an exciting weekend you have planned. It is always amazing to have friends back together. I can't wait to hear all about it.

  3. How fun!!! Great post!

  4. I can't wait for them to get here! I haven't seen Lou since the wedding and can't remember the last time I saw T! Ahhh!!! I'm really excited too!