clairebidwell No idea what to pack for a cruise. But this seems like a good start. 7h
  •   jess_herman Ooh I want that Megan daum book! 7h
  •   jennyfeldon 7h
  •   littlelodestar I keep seeing this book everywhere! 7h
  •   clairebidwell @jess_herman Sorry, package deal. You have to get the hat and shoes too. 6h
  •   jess_herman Haha goes without saying I want those, too. As long as they come with lessons for walking in heels. Gracefully. 6h
  •   kdwaas Puerto Rico? 6h
  •   lemead Can't wait to read this book 5h
  •   anderslara So looking forward to reading that book. 4h

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clairebidwell Who says Los Angeles isn't literary? Thursday night with Jillian Lauren and Jonathan Ames. 18h

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clairebidwell Thursday night. Celebrating One Story Magazine's 200th author issue. 20h

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clairebidwell Thursday morning. 1d

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clairebidwell I broke down crying over something important earlier tonight and the girls were just beside themselves trying to comfort me. Jules kept patting my leg and asking if I missed her. "I right here, mama." Vera first wrapped her arms around me for a big, much-needed hug, then brought me tissues, then brought me a picture of my mom. This all made me cry harder. So then she brought me two of my childhood stuffed animals and when that still didn't do it, she grabbed my phone. "Let's take a picture, mama." So here I am, crying and laughing, with my impossibly sweet kid. Fucking life, man. It's a trip. And I don't know what I would do without these girls. 2d
  •   jenblount Be proud. You are raising amazing girls!! Hope today is better and brighter for you. 1d
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  •   mamalahmelis Sending love and light 1d
  •   char1952 Your girls are the sweetest,I hope you are feeling better!! 1d
  •   facingwest99 Oh yes, it is. 1d
  •   mandyboles Love you Claire. Sending you support and hugs. If you need to talk I'm always here. 24h
  •   shanmaybe Wow. I had this exact experience (except it was my dad I lost last November) with my two daughters just last week. They were falling all over themselves trying to make me smile. Isn't life/death so breathtakingly beautiful?!! 20h
  •   allisilverfilm Thinking of you 6h

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clairebidwell Ballet Wednesday. 2d

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clairebidwell New money, suit and tie, I can read you like a magazine... 2d
  •   jessicai84 It's a favorite around here! 2d
  •   sarahjio Yessss 2d
  •   sara_dean My girls are obsessed with this song! On the way home from school it is a must that all windows are rolled down and the radio is turned up. 2d
  •   heathernapper I love tsylor swift too I listen to her new cd all the time also. 2d
  •   thesaltyshark Have your girls discovered the VideoStar app yet? My girl and her BFF are obsessed and just did one of Blank Space. The best. 2d
  •   bridgetmerlot My fave of 1989. 2d
  •   babybythesea Yes. Yes. Yes. 2d
  •   facingwest99 This is embarrassing but I'm listening to that song right now. Haha. #ihearttaylor 1d

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clairebidwell This photo of me and @sarahjio was taken the night we met, just over a year ago. We shared an editor at Penguin, and quickly discovered that we shared so much more. Her friendship over this last difficult year has meant the world to me. On Sunday Sarah and I are setting off an adventure with our combined 5 children for a week in the Caribbean courtesy of @princesscruises. Life is nothing but an adventure, right Sarah? Can't wait for all that is yet to come. 2d
  •   jilltucci So fun! @sarahjio is one of my fav authors! 2d
  •   evelynalauer I hope an essay or two comes out of this trip! Have fun, @clairebidwell and @sarahjio 2d
  •   lindsaybennun Awesome! No doubt you'll have a blast (and come home with some good stories). 2d
  •   sarahjio Friendsgiving in the Caribbean. I can think of nothing better. Cannot wait! See you in Florida in a few days!!!! 2d
  •   kristineahansen As I shared with you earlier, you will love that ship! I was on the inaugural sail for a travel-writing assignment two weeks ago. 2d
  •   facingwest99 Woohoo!!!!! 1d
  •   bernaselen Aa ! :) love sarah, love Claire! 6h

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clairebidwell Overwhelmed by all your pre-order enthusiasm. This baby is going out in the mail today! (Vera told me I should give it a good luck kiss.) First stop @shewillshine. 3d

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clairebidwell Another shot from yesterday. She was born in Chicago but she's got a heart full of California. 3d

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clairebidwell Tuesday morning. 3d

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clairebidwell The edge of the world. 4d

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clairebidwell Monday afternoon. 4d

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clairebidwell This is California. 4d

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clairebidwell Vera wasn't the only one striking a pose for @jelloet. 4d

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clairebidwell The girls and I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon with photographer Carolina Ines (@jelloet), whose work I've long admired. She's just as cool in person as she is on Instagram. 4d

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clairebidwell I'm so flattered and humbled by the early response to my new book, and so many of you have been asking to get your hands on an advance copy. I literally have THREE left. So here's what I'm going to do. I'm going to send out one copy of the book to be read and shared and mailed on to the next person on the list. To get on the list just preorder an actual copy from your favorite online book seller and email proof of your preorder purchase, along with your address to cbidwellsmith@gmail.com by December 1, 2015. I'll generate a list and we'll get it circulating! But you all have to promise to sign it like a year book and get it back to me once it's circulated through the whole list! 4d

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clairebidwell I still remember my first crush. His name was Carter Phillips. We mixed up our recorders in music class once and it was almost like we'd kissed. #veraandtownes 4d
  •   evelynalauer Lol...the recorder part 4d
  •   juliafierro Townes! I love that boy. Tell T and his mama C I said hi. 4d
  •   mimisp2 4d
  •   mimisp2 I love his name, too! When I finally saw his photo I thought what a perfect fit for a blonde haired California boy. PERFECT! 4d
  •   clairebidwell @juliafierro I will! Vera is head over heels, man. 4d
  •   bridgetmerlot Hahaha! I remember that kind of young love, too @clairebidwell! 4d
  •   pennylucas I'd love to know if he is named after Townes van zandt like Justin Townes Earle is.... 4d
  •   gilliembean Learned something today. I never knew Vera was from Veronica. Both great names. And Towne also! Was it fate their coat hooks were together? To think it may have all begun with "coat hooks, side by side"...... 4d

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clairebidwell Monday morning. 4d

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clairebidwell When your friends have zip lines in their backyards. 5d
  •   jenpastiloff She's like 9 feet tall. 5d
  •   clairebidwell @jenpastiloff Her head comes up to my waist now. And that's saying something. I have long legs. 5d
  •   cshowgrin That would've been my childhood dream. I loved ziplines so much. 5d
  •   gingerbreadnoble Awww....sweet memories. When we built our house 25 years ago, that was one of the first things I bought for the yard before we even moved in. Fun times! 5d

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