My Mother's Daughter: DC 2012

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Anyone who knows my mother, knows her love for  

gardening, however several years of chronic knee pain has caused

 her to give up her beloved hobby. In 2011, she decided to have both

 knees replaced. After a year of taking it easy, it was no surprise

 when she requested to see the Cherry Blossoms in DC. I invited

 my cousin and aunt and made it a Mother/Daughter Weekend. 

Ironically, the Cherry Blossoms bloomed 2 weeks early and were 

gone by the time we got there. It still turned out to be a special trip 

none the less. 

This was my first time using Priceline, but I was pleased with the results. 
The hotel is older, but the staff was dynamic. 
Random fact: 
This hotel was the location of Clinton's 1993 Inaugural  Ball 

My mom line at Sprinkles.  
The line over at Georgetown  Cupcakes was insanely long. 
Ms. Miriam got Lemon Coconut.
I got S'mores!
Two thumbs up!
The National Cherry Blossom Parade
52nd  Annual Sakura Matsuri  Japanese Festival

Babysis, my mom and Kiche. 

It was too much going on not to get a picture.
Anime characters 
Say cheese!

Brunch with the ladies was pure comedy! 
What is wrong with this picture? 

Hands down THE BEST tea I have ever had. 
No milk, honey, lemon, or sugar needed. 
Flora by

"Suddenly, through birthing a daughter, a woman finds herself face to face not only with an infant, a little girl, a woman-to-be, but also with her own unresolved conflicts from the past and her hopes and dreams for the future. " 
– Elizabeth Debold and Idelisse Malave

After the Cherry Blossom & Monuments Cruise

The Roses and Thorns of the weekend:
  • We had the best Cab Drivers in DC.  So open about love, logic and the roles they play in a relationships. 
  • The weather!
  • The hotel staff
  • My mom telling us she tweets Shintaro Ishihara. 
  • The company. The best of the 30's, 40's, 60's and 70's! 
  • Kiche and the weather were beautiful, but were driving my allergies crazy!
  • The street festival was too crowded to really enjoy. 

As always,
Thanks for reading!
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Miami 2011

I will be the first to admit, I may be the big 3-0, but I still have a smidgen of party left in me. Truth be told, I think I always will. Not like Paris Hilton- drunk party, but more like Don't Stop the Music- party. I am working on my dancing technique, because at the moment, I think I am a bit awkward on the dance floor. Kind of like this.

Just teasing. I like Kimbra.

Back in 2009, I reconnected with one of my good friends from high school. After months of gloomy chatter about men and work, we decided to leave the stress behind and head for
When we touched down the weather was windy, rainy, and cold. Perfect for sleeping and reading. Unfortunately, sleeping and reading was NOT apart of the plan.

She was playing these drums with everything she had.
The energy was insane.
Heeeey Tara!

The Clevelander was perfect for us. First and foremost, the rooms were CLEAN and clutter free. Secondly, it was budget friendly.
We were offered a free upgrade, but bigger isn't always better.
The location of the hotel was ideal.
This is what happens when the economy is a mess.
He got laid off from his job and
this is what he has been doing ever since.
How do I know? I asked him.
Clearly, I didn't see Jaws behind me.
Cheers to the Big..
Cheers to dreaming less and living more!
My Pizza Boo. I sat down and he started talking. I cropped me out. I was looking a lil off from being at the beach.
Hanging out in the Everglades. Taking it all in.

An alligator can jump 6ft in the blink of an eye.
Sometime I question my sanity.
This is the gelato shop where the kids from the Jersey Shore worked. They were open until 11pm every night and I was there every night. Pistachio and Hazlenut are my favorites.
The last morning of every trip, I get up before everyone else to reflect and gather my thoughts before heading back to the madness of my other life.
One day these lives will collide and I won't have to plan
Getaways because Everyday I will live in my element.
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