Friendships, lost posts, BlogHer day 1

Yesterday, in the midst of a stunning Santa Barbara afternoon, I spent a lazy hour on the patio of our rental house. Trisha was driving home, Paige had just left for a work event, and Amy was across the coffee table from me, tapping away on her laptop.

I wrote a long post about deep friendships and taking time for self and friends. It was a good piece, well-structured and reflective. I hit "save" and the screen froze. I tried everything but to no avail, and it was with real sadness and disappointment that I shut my computer and accepted the loss of the thoughts and memories I'd just spent so long lovingly recording.

I'd hoped to try again tonight, but I'm too tired and so will wait for a slower day. After a last breakfast together, a walk on the beach, a saunter through an outlet mall, more laughs and lunch, Amy dropped me off at the LA hotel where BlogHer '16 is being hosted.

I've spent the past few hours catching up with a great pal I met last year at BlogHer in NYC -and going to Wine & GYN together, a delightful kick-off to BlogHer '16- and am now ready to hit the sack. Instead of my thoughts on old friends and the restorative value of taking time for self, I'll leave you with some pictures and plan to check back in soon. I hope you're all well!

 California produce is just absurdly good.

California produce is just absurdly good.

 Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea

 a mid-afternoon coffee

a mid-afternoon coffee

 Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara

 Montecito

Montecito