Happy birthday Ainsley!


PHOTO:  Me and my favorite old boss Darrell Issa (c) Sery Kim


Today was yet another gorgeous day in the Washington, D.C. area, and I feel so lucky to have flown back from California in time to catch all the sunshine of this weekend's picture-perfection.  Prior to this weekend, it felt as if D.C.'s cold winter would never go away ... certainly not for our precious cherry blossoms.  I always feel for our precious flowers when the weather is unnaturally brisk, but they finally had their moment of glory when the sun warmly came out.  Fortunately, their blooming nicely timed with the Cherry Blossom Festival's big weekend, which included the running of the massive Cherry Blossom Ten-Miler.  

PHOTO:  Ainsley blowing our her birthday candles (c) Sery Kim


While I didn't make it over to the Tidal Basin to look at the Cherry Blossoms, I spent both days outside, including time today for my favorite three-year-old's birthday.  Ainsley's party at Penrose Park in Arlington, Virginia was exactly what a think a little kid's birthday party should be.  It was fun, low-key, with plenty of homemade goodies such as this fantastic sheet cake made by her mom (my former colleague) from scratch.  The skill in this Paw Patrol cake was truly amazing!!  Way to go V!


I also got a chance to catch up with my old boss, former Chairman of House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Darrell Issa.  Working for him was the highlight of my professional career, and I absolutely loved those two years.  In fact, if I could go back in time, I would have stayed with him longer ... then again I wouldn't have embarked upon this amazing career as a food-and-travel writer.  I'm so blessed and lucky!


This upcoming week will be crazy with my D.C. day job, but I am looking forward to a lot of travel this month.  I'll be off on a romantic weekend away from D.C., a quick pop-down to Brazil, going home to ring in my birthday with the joy of my heart (my nephew Jackson Parker) in Dallas and potentially a pit stop to Seattle before going in hard to May with a weekend in Sonoma.  I know!  It's a lot of travel but life is fabulous that way!  Happy Spring!





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