Things I am grateful for: a week of gorgeous California November, and approximately two dozen of my favorite people to share it with. Friends who will pick you up from the airport (or the BART station); take you to their favorite butchers, bakers and coffee-makers; make you dinner; play portable Catan by candlelight under the redwoods with you; let you kiss their adorable elfin babies; or welcome you into their homes and make you a part of their families. The ability to run and walk and hike in the crisp air, and to bake and laugh and drink champagne punch in the warm kitchen. My loving and supportive family.

And, of course, moments like these:

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