A sassy, crafty mama bird from Los Angeles
raising a very sweet little girl with Autism
and a new baby boy in the Midwest... and other stuff, too.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

I Scream for Ice Cream!

"Those days before I met you, girl
were just ice cream falling down on the shoes of my world."
-Wallflowers
It's just too tough to see ALL the people I want to see when I visit Los Angeles. My husband and I both lived there for 25 years and formed amazing friendships- many that have stood the test of time. Those really are the best kinds of friendships: the ones where you could let a month, 6 months, a year or more pass without being in touch and then once you reconnect, you're right back where you left off. The best.
During our first trip home to LA, after moving to Michigan 7 years ago, we came up with a great idea: don't go nuts driving all around the city and valley to see everyone, let them come to US! Since then we began holding an "open house" where they'd all come to see us and eventually Little Bird, and often each other since some of these peeps wouldn't see one another any other time. We usually make it a BBQ, but this year, it was an ice cream party complete with caramel sauce, hot fudge, cookies, nuts, and sprinkles because really, who doesn't like sprinkles?!!
Some of my very favorite people came to visit and I even got the best surprise ever when an old friend showed up without me knowing- one of those friends who I love so much but rarely get to see, whose presence made me a little teary for all the right reasons.
I lived with these amazing souls in San Francisco. Those years together made us the people we are today.
I have some amazing friends. I don't know what I'd do without some of these friends. When you go through a tough time in life, you get the chance to see who will really stick around for you. I have had some friends really really really let me down, but I've also been blessed and pleasantly surprised by others. I am so grateful for each and every one of my friends. I miss my friends in Los Angeles more than anything else. Yes, more than In N Out cheeseburgers with grilled onions, more than tuna from Brent's Deli, and even more than Coffee Bean coffee- that's pretty serious, people.
Jenn and I bonded when we were pregnant at the same time. Look how cute our little ones turned out!
At 1 1/2 my family moved in across the street from Stacie. That means I've known her a long time. She waltzes in and out of my life, but it's always really good to see her.
Josh and I met in the orthodontist's office getting our braces tightened when we were 12 and have never NOT been friends since.
Jason and I met in Junior High, but lost touch over the years. He might be my most favorite part of social networking sites.
Anderson and I bonded while working on a late-night love/sex talk show. Nothing makes us blush anymore.
If I didn't get to see you while I was out there (and even if I did), then please accept my invitation to come out to see me! Summers here are fantastic!!
BeeTeeDub, I'm disappointed I didn't get a pic with Cindy B, Dina, or Jen H. Espesh since they are so special to me!!!
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