Happy 30th Birthday to the Best Friend There Is


Today is my best friend, Megan’s, 30th birthday. You may remember her from her trip to Germany last year, her wedding in May and our girls trip to Amsterdam in September. I never forget her birthday because duh but also because she would write it in my college planner on January 1st every year for four years. She would even put in a countdown on each month’s 15th day. Megan also recently started a blog called Capsule that you should definitely check out. Her writing sounds just like her if you’re having a conversation with her over a cafe au lait, which is the testament to a good writer.

To say that Megan loves her birthday is an understatement. Just this year I got a text on November 1st saying, “Welcome to the best month of the year.” So in honor of Megan’s birthday, here are 30 things that make her the best friend in the world, most things are going to housewives related or a GIF.

  1. Her Wit. If you want to laugh, hang out with Megan. She is quite quick to pull the trigger on a joke, most likely poking fun at me, so it’s best to be on your toes!
  2. Her love of all things Carrie Bradshaw. In college, we were roommates sophomore year and had a die that we would throw to decide what season of Sex and the City or Friends we would watch before going to bed.
  3. That we can get through anything. We’ve been best friends for 11 years and we’ve been through a lot together. We’ve never really had a fight per se but we’ve been through loves, loves lost, first jobs, buying homes, the long waiting period when you’re ready for your boyfriend to propose and yet he still hasn’t, a move 6 hours away and then an international move, wedding planning, marriages, the “when should we have kids” conversations and all the little moments in between. The fact that we have gone through so many life changes together & we’re still friends is just a testament to our friendship.
  4. Her ability to quote anything housewives on demand.
  5. Her fashion sense. She is always the best dressed.
  6. Her hair. Even though she thinks it doesn’t translate into photos, she is wrong and I’m jealous of her perfect curls.
  7. That we send funny texts to each other. Like when she texted me in the middle of the night, “Shannon and David are getting divorced. WAKE UP THIS IS REAL LIFE.” I laughed out loud when I woke up and saw that! (In case you don’t know, Shannon and David are from the Real Housewives.)
  8. The advice conversations. Like number 3, we have gone from studying together and being on team projects together to discussing money, real-world working dynamics and other adult things. For the past three years or so, I would say our conversations have gone towards the advice area. She gives me such a great perspective on things and thinks of situations differently than I do, which helps me so much. Plus, she can be pretty blunt, especially when I need it.
  9. The fact that we can just sit and watch TV and still have fun.
  10. Mariah Carey, “All I Want for Christmas is You.”
  11. Dancing. And usually the dice moves from Knocked Up.
  12. Her uncanny ability to eat whatever she wants and still look fabulous. We would get up early (sometimes) on Saturdays in college and go to Dunkin’ Donuts for an egg and sausage croissant and a French vanilla coffee and then just veg on our extra long twins for the rest of the day. I would be a bloated mess and she would be fine.
  13. Her money management skills. This may seem weird but now that we’re both in the stage of life where we are saving for a house down payment, I am in awe of how amazing she is at money management.
  14. The fact that we are besties because our first night out in college she spiked my drink (I was drinking a Mike’s Hard Lemonade as one does as a college freshman and she spiked it with a few shots of vodka) and we had the best night ever!
  15. That we are telepathic. We basically have the same mind and during conversations will say the same housewives, SATC, Friends or some other super random quote at the exact same time. It can be annoying to others but I love it.
  16. “Did you canuber here?” This one is to make her laugh.
  17. That we travel so well together. We have been on some amazing adventures together and it all started with a trip to NYC senior year of college where we stayed with some French guys whom Megan met while studying abroad in Spain. They were studying abroad at St. John’s in Brooklyn, so we crashed on their couch for a few days. Looking back, that probably wasn’t the smartest decision, but, hey, we’re alive and we had a blast.
  18. The memory of said French guys saying they wanted to take us to the best restaurant in New York…and they took us to Bubba Gump Shrimp in Times Square. And didn’t make a reservation.
  19. Her gift giving skills.
  20. The fact that she can speak Spanish and some French. She is one smart cookie.
  21. That our husbands have to explicitly tell us when we can’t tell each other something.
  22. Her ability to write the most hilarious haiku at the drop of a hat. In college, I would get a page (front & back) filled with the musings from Megan. I would inevitably die of laughter and still quote them to this day.
  23. How she will anticipate a great meal, or in today’s case, a birthday donut with a countdown and heavy workouts ahead of time to “compensate.”
  24. Oh, and her love for all things funfetti.
  25. That she kicks ass in a Soulcycle class.
  26. And then will immediately go to Starbucks.
  27. How much she loves dogs, probably more than most humans. And her dog growing up, Kelly, will always be number one.
  28. That her book recommendations never fail. She is always honest and will tell you if you should or should not read a book. I haven’t been disappointed yet!
  29. She’s a great running “partner.” I put partner in quotes because we have run three half marathons together but only at the beginning. She is pretty fast and has beat me several times. But it’s fun to train together.
  30. That she really is the best friend I could ever hope to have. We just have the best time together doing absolutely everything. And even though we have grown apart in distance, we’ve never been closer at heart. Love you to the moon & back!



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  1. Maureen @ Maureen Gets Real | 15th Nov 17

    Happy birthday to Megan! She sounds like an absolutely wonderful friend.

    • Jessica | 15th Nov 17

      You’re so sweet! She is the best.

  2. Megan | 15th Nov 17

    1. You’re right. I’m hilarious. Evidence below.
    2. Someone once told me that my hair looks like Carrie Bradshaw’s and it’s the highest compliment I’ve ever received.
    3. Thankfully virtual chat doesn’t require a long-distance cost per minute.
    4. “Do you think she can see ghosts?” – Meghan King Edmonds to her husband re: their infant daughter
    5. Luckily no one was wanting my OOTD from birth to college graduation.
    6. My hair does not translate to photos, but it IS my most distinguishable feature and I finally learned how to treat it right.
    7. Hard news doesn’t sleep.
    8. It’s so wonderful when a relationship has aged to a point where you know the best and worst about the other person, and getting advice from them can be easier as a third-party.
    9. Flew all the way to Amsterdam to watch Season 1 of RHONJ.
    10. Any time of year you hear “All I Want for Christmas is You” and don’t feel something, you may be dead inside.
    11. “I think he’s doing the dice too much.”
    12. This is a fallacy, but it is appreciated.
    13. My rule is: as long as you save as much as you can, you can buy anything you want with the rest.
    15. Speaking with one another usually devolves into just TV/movie quotes.
    16. Thank you, Bitch Sesh, for giving that gem to me.
    17. In hindsight, I’m so surprised that our parents let us go to NYC. And when we travel we always look up the hottest exercise class or Top Chef restaurant or Real Housewives haunt.
    18. The waiter asking if we’re ready to order and the table bursts out in French and we side-eye him and say we need a minute.
    19. I think I have good gift-giving karma because I usually end up buying something for myself at the same time.
    20. The best phrase I know in French is: Je ne parle pas français. (I don’t speak French)
    21. Surrrrrrrrre.
    22. I got Vinn in trouble in class because I wrote a haiku that ended with “I’ve seen your mom nude.”
    23. My first bite of food that wasn’t a donut today was at 2 pm. Workout starts tomorrow…if I feel like it.
    24. If it says “birthday cake flavor” anywhere I’m buying it.
    25. Soulcycle’s NSYNC vs. Backstreet Boys class was literally the best thing that’s happened to me.
    26. When it’s across the street how can you say no?
    27. RIP Kelly. She is reborn in Shamus.
    28. Closed 25 books this year. EVERYONE READ “A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES” SERIES.
    29. I remember we started the Madison one together, I split off, but just lost all motivation. Suddenly from behind me I hear a “hey!” It was Jess and we finished the race together. We should pick and distance and train for it!
    30. Ditto x 100

  3. Sara | 16th Nov 17

    This is so sweet Jess! What a cute way to reminisce and document your friendship. Just think about what memories you’ll have to share over the next 30 years! 🙂 Happy birthday to your friend!

    • Jessica | 17th Nov 17

      Thanks, Sara!

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