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Girlfriend Getaways

They’re better than therapy.

"Girlfriend getaway" sounds so cliche. I mean, once you've completed the wedding circuit, you probably think to yourself, I need some time away from bachelorette parties and bridezillas. Right?

I say -- and when I say I, I mean I, Stephanie, because Dave's off doing his thing today...anyway, I say, wrong! Well, that's my two cents right now, as I write this, fresh off an utterly awesome and overdue girls’ weekend in Los Angeles. I've decided: Single, married, almost married, divorced -- whatever box you fall into, everyone should take an estrogen weekend every so often and leave the men behind.

Thing is, I hadn't had a solo escape in forever. But since I moved back to New York from LA two years ago, it's all I've thought about. When I moved to California, I got lucky enough to find some of the most amazing friends in the world. I had it all. Really, I did. I had girlfriends whom I liked to have dinner with. Ones I could confide in. Others who were good for some cocktails and laughs. My greatest friends, though, are the ones I still keep in touch with -- even after being away for so long.

Those girls were actually part of a book club I found by accident. New to the city, I was looking for ways to find friends. Well, did I ever! I joined my first ever Dirty Book Club! Oh, you don't know what that is? You should, because it's the greatest thing on earth. As my friend Hawlie puts it, “We read the wine labels more than the books at times.” But I can tell you it's saved us all from spending some serious dough on therapy bills!

Then, there are Shannon and Christina. I met Shannon through her ex, who was my friend. Though they didn't last, Shannon and I did! I can thank those girls for saving me from myself. They have the guts I will never have to just live for each day and laugh for what it's all worth. They brought me back to life.

Now that I live in NYC, I've flown 10 hours to spend less than 72 hours in California, and it’s been so worth it. We laugh, cry and vent about living the lives of the "almost married." I was chuckling to myself all day today thinking of the silliness that ensued on our trip.

How much effort do you put into girls' weekends? Do you feel rejuvenated afterward?

Stephanie Tsoflias is a reporter for WPIX in New York City. You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter (@lifeofareporter). Dave Siegel is a standup comedian and writer in New York City. You can see a list of his upcoming performances at and follow him on Twitter (@StandUpDave).

-- Stephanie and Dave