Getting back into the swing of things here in NYC after two wonderful weeks with family - four-legged and chubby-cheeked members included - on the opposite coast.
It was sweet to be back - and sweet to return, too, to friends who bring confetti to the park; who come over late at night to bake macaroons; who think it's a good idea to hop onto the fire escapes of buildings taller than ours, just for the view. (For the record, that was a good idea.)
Just five days old, 2014 has been full of jolts and twists and shocks and wonders. I'm happy about that, and I'm looking forward to living the rest.