L.A. lunch with girlfriends

Today was the final day of my L.A. getaway, and I enjoyed a fabulous lunch out at a gastropub with two of my best friends. What a joy to spend time with these two, who I’ve been friends with for most of my life. After returning from our late afternoon lunch, we discovered a third…

Yogurtland and pedicures

Today’s big L.A. plan was pedicures. It felt glorious to be pampered along with one of my besties. Alyssa and I selected cheerful, bright spring colors for our toes. It was a lovely day, finished off with scrumptious frozen yogurt. Meanwhile, Mama enjoyed a wonderful visit with our friend Ellen and embarked on a hunt…

My L.A. getaway

In the wee hours, I kissed Mama and Paisley goodbye and got a plane to Los Angeles to visit one of my besties! It’s a short trip, but I’m so excited to spend time together. Our first stop was breakfast at the beach. Then I got to cuddle with her sweet dog, Yofi, for an…

An afternoon of laughs

I spent the afternoon talking and laughing with one of my best friends over a delicious, leisurely lunch at one of my favorite Santa Rosa restaurants. It was one of those afternoons that’s better than therapy. Angelina and I first met at an interdepartmental staff meeting at The San Francisco Chronicle more than a decade…

Planning a lunch date

One of my besties called me this evening, and after a bit of catch up, we set up a lunch date in a few weeks. It’s been months since I’ve seen her, so I’m super excited! Today’s #OneGoodThing was planning a lunch date with Angelina! What was your #OneGoodThing today? Please share in the comments! Day 14 of…

Crunchy Autumn leaves

Today started wonderfully because Mama’s childhood friend Diane was here, having stayed over last night. We got to spend the morning together, before she drove back home, a couple of hours across the Bay Area. In the afternoon, as is our new tradition, Mama and I took a walk in our neighborhood. We loved the…

Exactly what I needed

This weekend I spent quality time with one of my besties in a little Wine County town nearby. Alyssa and I stayed in an adorable bungalow in an original 1950s hot springs resort in downtown Calistoga. It wasn’t at all fancy, but it was the perfect girls’ getaway for us. We focused on relaxing, enjoying…