So I’m just going to document the rest of the vacation because I don’t actually like blogging about the past too much – I like documenting day by day and I’m talking about stuff that went on days ago. We brought ornaments from our mad dash to Target and Katherine found a branch and we had our Christmas tree.
Edda’s daily walk – weather was beautiful each day – we are in front of the Gila River, the last undammed river in the West(?)
Christmas Eve dinner – brussel sprouts and other things that were not as photogenic.
Christmas morning run with Bob. I’m so impressed – we are at 5000 ft elevation – he ran 4 miles with me at a good clip.
Wi-fi! Streaming youtube.
Boxing day housewarming party – all the neighbors and folks who helped with the construction of the house.
Donkey rides (with the donkey RUNNING AT FULL SPEED) with the neighborhood kids – another good thing I didn’t plan on, there was an 11 year old boy about a mile down the road. There were playdates EVERYDAY for Vince – most included a donkey ride.
Edda’s donkey ride. She is not well camouflaged.
Last day – last hike. Edda is not impressed.
After arriving in Albuquerque, we still had to drive another 5 hours in our rented and slightly dented Chevy Impala. We were all a little grumpy. Vince especially in hour 5 of the drive when Jeremy and I insisted on singing One Direction songs at the top of our lungs.
Then we inflated our air mattresses (bought last minute at Target – thank god for small miracles and last minute good decisions) and went to sleep.
As predicted, Edda woke up at 4 am, started making noise (which everyone was a very good sport about and as we all suffer a little from insomnia or not sleeping that well anyways from sleeping on the hard floor (we rotated spots on the air mattresses) was not really that big of a deal) – we all woke up to see the sunrise outside.
And got to admire the house in the morning daylight. Food! Coffee! All nice things.
We just got back from Katherine’s off-the-grid dream house in New Mexico. Even though I felt like this before we left:
I had the most wonderful, relaxing time. 99% of my vacations, I’m so ready to come home on the last day, but this vacation, I could have stayed out there another week easily. Actually, the whole experience made me kind of wish I was a famous, reclusive, family-free author in which I could split my time between my apt in Brooklyn and this house in New Mexico and just write all day. That’ll just have to be another life. I’m hoping of all the after-life scenarios that reincarnation wins out because there is simply not enough time to do all the interesting things. I promise promise to work on my subject/verb agreement issues and really, learn, how to use, commas, in the, famous author life.
In my defense about not being excited about this vacation, I present the following pre-vacation facts: 1. 800 sq foot, 1 room house – 7 people and there is no making Edda sleep past 4:30/5 am, 2. composting toilet in which you do your business and then pour sawdust over any deposit, 3. – the mattresses that were ordered had not yet been delivered and thus we were to bring our sleeping bags/pads, 4. got a heads-up email from Katherine that the house was cold – probably 62 degrees and finally 5. the source of heat was a wood stove which I imagined I would have to guard Edda from its insanely hot surface every 15 seconds.
So it was with that lack of enthusiasm that we boarded our flight to Albuquerque.
I had a chance to borrow some photography equipment from a professional photographer friend and have a bit of fun this morning. I haven’t spent a lot of time doing studio shots (actually never), I generally favor travelling light and using natural lighting and wide apertures, but somehow this weekend, everyone wanted a head shot. So much fun – I could have taken photos for hours. It’s actually a lot of fun taking photos of people who want their photos taken and you can spend time just chatting and relaxing them in front of the camera. You can get photos like this:
Here’s the lighting set up that I used. A single strobe with a radio from the camera.
Here’s Jeremy’s head shot – who is that old man?
And because I never get any photos of myself, I gave my camera to my friend who took some photos of us.
Nursing school ended (well at least the term) on Monday night and I feel like I’ve been given the best gift every back – the gift of time. This fall has been so busy, the thing that I cut out the most was socializing with and just “being there” for all my friends. I used to take long dog walks during the day with pals, go out to lunch, meet up to go shopping, drop off stuff because they were sick – but with so many things crammed into the fall, I really let all those extra things go. Which is a shame because there really is nothing like keeping up with someone day-to-day and not just once every three months or so. Last night, I got to spend some time with some of my youngest friends (well, I was babysitting for their parents) and I got these amazing cookies in return! As I showed up when all the kids were asleep, somehow I feel like I got the better end of the deal.