Anyone else wondering how this fabulous holiday weekend sped by at warp speed? I flew into San Diego Saturday morning to meet my friend Kristi. She’s living in La Jolla for the summer and is less than a 10 minute walk from the beach, and the oh-so-yummy view of surfers lapping up the southern California waves.

Agave at dusk, dark, La Jolla, CA

La Jolla at dusk.

We drove to LA to visit friends and spent the next three days stuffing ourselves with international food, movies, surf and sand and shopping. What’s a trip to LA without a coveted stop at Paper Source — home to all things good? (If you were ever wondering what my one true financial pitfall is, it would be pretty paper. I love writing letters and for whatever reason, it makes perfect sense to me to spend $100 on envelopes, pens and stickers, although I’ll gripe about my $75 electricity bill until I’m blue in the face. Silly? Yep.)

Santa Monica through a dirty windshield

Ocean Drive, Santa Monica, Ca.

We also visited Carlsbad, my most favorite spot in southern Cali. We took family vacation there for years, spending a week on the beach with our boogie boards. It makes me miss my family and childhood something fierce when walking through the shops and thinking of the many happy summer days I spent in this little seaside town with my loved ones. One day, we’ll return.

Fins of an acrylic sort

Carlsbad Pipeline, Carlsbad, Ca.

I love the craziness that is southern California. From the homeless man I saw in Santa Monica, pushing his cart and chatting on a cell phone, to the party I attended where both ricecream and tofurkey were served. A fabulous Fourth of July indeed.

Photos from Sprinkles Bakery in Bevery Hills, CA

Cupcakes at the Sprinkles Bakery off Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. If you are ever in the area, try the coconut cupcake. They are $3.25 and as close to heaven as food gets.

Watering can

Everything grows so easily in California.

Breakfast at Cora's Diner, LA

Best huevos rancheros ever, Cora’s Diner, Santa Monica.