Friday night was the highly anticipated reunionwith Southern Sunshine after two long years. It was basically everything I could have hoped for and more. We met in Chapel Hill and enjoyed a leisurely dinner at Carolina Brewery and a wonderful bonus surprise of a quick visit with my sister!
Before arriving on Franklin Street, however, I needed some quick beautification. I hit the road immediately following work and was ick nast at it's finest. Thankfully I had thought to throw my makeup, brush and flat iron in the car with me. About half an hour outside of Chapel Hill, I needed to stop for gas. I wheeled into the Flying J Travel Plaza, filled up and found myself a nice parking spot. I brought my hair and cosmetic necessities with me into the bathroom and set up shop. I was looking so much ickier than I had initially thought, so I set to work washing my face (the hand soap provided in the bathroom and paper towels... it ripped my skin off), wetting my hair in the sink, then re-blowdrying it under the hand dryer. Unfortunately, the hand dryers were positioned very low to the ground, requiring me to squat underneath as I finger dried. As I was squatting, four people came into the bathroom. When they saw me, three gave me odd looks, and one turned around and left. When my hair was fluffed and in a dryer state, I plugged in my straightener and went to work styling. I also reapplied my make up and continued receiving strange (and, yes, dirty) stares. In fact, one woman came in the bathroom three times over the course of twelve minutes and just gawked at me. They must have thought I was preparing for my night shift on the street corners of Carrboro.
All in all I'm thrilled I spent the extra time getting pretty because Southern Sunshine looked nothing short of gorgeous, although, with her, that's par for the course. We paused long enough to snapped a few shots of the event, and hopefully you'll see that the truck stop tune up did me well.