Happy birthday to me!

This was the big 5-0 for me – I really can’t believe it. I had a great day of relaxing – John went to a magic workshop in Maryland, and my friend Cathy treated me to lunch, followed by shopping and a pedicure. In the evening, we met our friends Jim and Mary at Harry’s for a wonderful dinner and John joined us on his way home. Thanks to Jim for a birthday book and to Mary for a beautiful bunch of fresh flowers!

The best part of the day was hearing from so many friends, either on Facebook or by phone – even David calling from Diego Garcia. Nice to be remembered!

Friday night we went to a small get-together at Brian’s apartment downtown – a good way to end a long week.

On Cinco de Mayo, I went to the Consular Affairs American Citizens’ Services office for a small after-work party. Our Juarez desk officer was nice enough to invite me to stop by. It’s like going to the mother-ship for me – I’d love to work there if we do a DC tour. They work with the ACS offices within the embassies around the world on ACS cases – very interesting. I met the woman who is working on Haitian adoptions, and reconnected with an old friend who, as it turns out, worked on the two case of the two American journalists who were held in North Korea.

We changed Hebrew teachers this week, so we have different instructors. It’s been a difficult adjustment for me with one of them, so the week was a bit frustrating. We’ve been in class 10 weeks now or so, and I feel like I have a lot of information in my head, but it doesn’t always make it out of my mouth in the proper order! Hopefully, this week will be better.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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