Three days with my mom; power outages, flower arranging, cocktails, antiquing, cooking, plant purchasing, brunching, law and order watching, soap cutting, brownie baking. My friend Jenna, [who is about to be a mom herself] once was describing how she came to practice homeopathy...she said that everything in her life stemmed from her mothers influence. That has stuck in my head for a few years. I'm not the type to get to sentimental about these things - after all Mother's Day is a holiday that was created to sell stuff. Which is why i didn't feel bad when i didn't have any cash to pay for our brunch on Sunday. But i have been thinking about how lucky I am to have a mother who is so creative, encouraging, kind and tough. She's like the ultimate side kick, or maybe I am like hers. Either way we make good travel buddies.