Last Sunday, before I had a chance to fully unpack from Japan, let alone recover from jet lag, I left for a quick work trip to New York. Since I arrived in the afternoon on Sunday, I took full advantage of the free time to unwind in my hotel room with a magazine and a glass of Champagne. After my first meeting on Monday at 8:00 a.m. (I woke up at the equivalent of 4 a.m. Los Angeles time, but who's counting?), things barely slowed down till the evening. I love New York and had an amazing time—even with my crazy schedule—but I'm always happy to return to my decidedly quieter, calmer neighborhood, toddler meltdowns excluded. This year, more than ever, I'm looking forward to celebrating G and my anniversary. Date nights have become so much more luxurious since having Sloan, and after a weekend away, this one couldn't have come at a better time.
I also wanted to address something that's been in the comments recently. As many of you know, we parted ways with Alina last week. We initially didn't say anything because this is a company matter, but we understand that a number of you are looking for an explanation. While we share a lot of intimate, personal stories on the site, we aren't going to elaborate any further and hope you can understand the sensitivity of the situation. We value the contributions she made to Cupcakes and Cashmere and wish her the best in her future endeavors.