Sweetest stranger at our door

My friend Jen makes elderberry syrup and she sent me two jars today, delivered by a dear friend of hers who lives near us. Full of light and love, Eve was a wonderful burst of kind energy at our door. We met as strangers and parted with a hug. It was a joy to chat…

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…

Hugs with our beignets

Mama and I decided to lift our spirits with fresh, hot beignets and our favorite Chicken and Waffle Sandwiches this afternoon. We love coming to Sonoma Crust Bakery and visiting with the chef and owner Anne. She’s got such a wonderful spirit, and she puts that love into her delicious food. Today’s #OneGoodThing was hugs with our beignets! What…

Kissing on the first date

A very dear friend who I haven’t seen in ages visited us tonight. Paisley was immediately enamored with Jen and showered her with kisses. We were surprised to realize we hadn’t seen each other since the Brain Tumor Walk in Golden Gate Park nearly six years ago (check out our team photo, we are the two in the…

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…

Lighting Chanukah candles with friends

For the fourth night of Chanukah this evening, Mama and I joined a couple of friends to light candles and celebrate. We sang prayers and a song, and we played a hilarious game of driedel with gelt and mini porcelain figurines. Our colorful, paper crowns from the Chanukah crackers added to the festivities. We enjoyed…

Cooking class with Gail

Today I got to see my friend Gail again and take a wonderful cooking class! I had signed up for the “Cast Iron Desserts” class a while back, but it was in danger of being canceled because no one else registered. Thankfully, Gail was available and interested — and I was thrilled to spend some…