Hi everyone! I arrived in LA on Tuesday morning from Hawaii. Had just enough time to drop my bags off before heading straight to Santa Catalina Island. My birthday is not until the 16th but the celebrations and ingestion of enormous quantities of sugar have begun! To be precise, seven cakes have been consumed so far and if the past is any indication, many more are on the way. I am blessed with the best friends in the world, who not only understand the importance of dessert, but seem to have decided it is their mission in life to spoil me to death. So far, I’ve celebrated my birthday in Hawaii on Monday, in Catalina on Wednesday, and yesterday in Santa Barbara. To put cake aside for a moment…my three weeks in Hawaii were beautifully productive. Some work, and a lot of pleasure. Swimming is one of my absolute favorite activities and I did plenty of it, including an unforgettable swim with a pod of dolphins. I worshiped the sun, had numerous al fresco meals with dear friends, visited Lanai, my favorite Hawaiian island, and absorbed the endless array of beautiful vistas. Oh, did I mention I had a lot of cake?