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…

Planning girl time

A Crohn’s flare-up derailed my planned library excursion with Mama. I spent the day mostly horizontal and feeling miserable. But my mood was considerably brightened when one of my besties called to hash out plans for our upcoming visit. I am so excited to spend some quality time together! Today’s #OneGoodThing was talking and planning…

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…

Fantastic international surprise

One of my dearest friends, who I haven’t seen in years, surprised me with a visit this afternoon! It was most unexpected, since she now lives in Toronto, Canada. We used to live on opposite sides of Lake Merritt in Oakland, and we’d hang out all the time. That seems like a different lifetime ago,…