So, hi after more than a month since my last post!

Things have certainly changed a lot around here … namely, I am back to being a full-time editor, which has been great and exciting and super busy, which means that my wanderings around this fair city have diminished a bit, but I’ll get better now that I’ve settled back into a schedule.

The fella and I took a long and arduous bus trip Friday night to spend part of Memorial Day weekend with my parents — which also served as an early birthday celebration for me with them since June 10 falls on a Tuesday this year.

It was a beautiful weekend, both weather-wise and family-wise. We cooked out, talked, enjoyed the fresh country air that smelled of fresh-cut grass and woods and lilacs, thanks to Mom’s gigantic lilac bush in bloom near the end of the front sidewalk. The bush had been fledgling at best the past few years since she planted it, but between last spring and this spring, the bush exploded into about a bazillion blooms — and grew to be more than 20 feet tall! It was majestic, but see for yourself:

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We also ate the greatest birthday cake that ever was, and it wasn’t just because it was my favorite cake (red velvet with buttercream icing) with a surprise layer of fresh strawberries in the middle, but because of the picture on the cake.

By now you know that the Empire State Building is my most-favorite building in all the world, which is why this cake was so very special. Plus, it says “Happy birthday New York Nikki,” which means that maybe she’s finally accepting that I love being a New Yorker.

Behold this magnificent cake:

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It was almost a shame to eat such a beautiful cake … but if there’s anything “New York Nikki” can’t resist, its cake. Especially one for her own birthday. That she got to celebrate super early.

Hope you’re having a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!