I think my jet lag has kicked in. It's 11PM and I'm eating a pb&j, wide awake, and still so very hungry. If I were still in the Bay Area of California, we would be in some manner, eating dinner. Just starting, in the middle, or contentedly patting our bellies.
This was my first trip away from my family since Sophie was born and I had to marvel at the contents of my travel bag. Please note the absence of sippy cups, children's books, stuffed animals, crackers, and diapers.
This morning at 8:45, my plane landed in Lexington after spending 4 days in the Berkeley/San Francisco area of California. My best friend is getting married and it was time for her shower a la maid of honor, so with the help of 4 of her amazing friends in Cali, we planned an amazing day. Spa, dinner, slumber party complete with our own homespun version of Karioke (Nancy on piano, the rest of us belting out Bon Jovi and Belinda Carlisle songs) and lots and lots of laughs.
But first, I got to spend two days alone with my dear friend. I finally met her fiance (Shame on me for not doing so earlier!!) We had amazing food. We drove across one bridge to get to another and gazed through the fog at the city that we could not see. We went to Stinson Beach (freezing cold) and to downtown Berkeley and had really amazing meal after amazing meal. And I finally visited City Lights and bought a bumper sticker that reads, "Howl if you *heart* City Lights".
I went to California when I was 14 - to this area, in fact - but one can imagine my experiences this time were vastly different. I was completely overwhelmed by the amount of people in the area and the traffic made me want to curl up in the fetal position and whimper. But what a time!
We saw this:
And we ate here:
And we got this done:
And were thoroughly pampered in our one-size-fits-all Spa robes:
I got to meet Carrie's A.MAZ.ING California friends:
Have a fabulous slumber party: (this is Nancy, Lisa, and Jac making breakfast and yes we were all up in time)
And I got to spend time with my best, beautiful, amazing friend.
I am glad to be home. Glad to hold my little girl and snuggle with my husband. Glad to be in an area with a slightly slower pace of life. But so very grateful for a 4 day vacation, shot of perspective, and introduction to 5 truly remarkable individuals.
Best of all, now I get to look forward to the wedding - in Newton this September! - and seeing everyone again!