Five weeks ago, I became an aunt! My "little" sister (she's 20 months younger and 3 inches taller) and her wife welcomed their daughter and the whole family became instantly smitten. My husband and I took our aunt and uncle duties seriously from the start by bringing the tired new moms a complete steak dinner from Harris in the hospital (and we may or may not have smuggled in a dirty martini for my sister as well...). I'm looking forward for many more years of being "Crazy Aunt Lucy."
My Happy Place
Summer at Tahoe is glorious, and we've been lucky enough to get away for a couple long weekends so far. Petunia's a fan of snoozing in the sun on the deck, all the nature smells, and the wind in her ears... but not so much the water!
We went back to school just for a night - Cheese School, that is! Cheese School is a fun concept that gives you an in-depth look at cheese and beverage pairings, letting you taste and sample as you learn. My husband and I went with friends who had been before on an evening that just so happened to be my birthday, so while the three of them scribbled notes and debated pairings I happily munched on my cheese and sipped my wines and beers without a care in the world. Cheese? Good. Wine? Good. Cheese and wine? GOOD.
It's a cliche for a reason: there's nothing like a weekend getaway with your closest crew of friends to relax, refresh, and get a little bit of a new lease on life. If your group is looking for the perfect spot, may I recommend The Phonecian in Scottsdale? We went for four nights (we only do this once a year and don't all live in the same city, so we wanted to make the most of our time together) and we wanted a place big enough that there would be enough variety in food and activities while still feeling like a luxurious treat. This place definitely fit the bill: we tried all the restaurants, I do believe all the exercise options including a hike up Camelback Mountain, and a solid proportion of the spa treatments as well. Yes, my friends are all gorgeous, but they're also all amazing women who have always supported each other - I'm so lucky to have them in my life.