Saturday, August 31, 2013

New Mexico

We took a road trip in August.

We drove through the Oklahoma Panhandle.
We had dinner at our favorite steakhouse in Guymon the first night.

Driving out of town the next morning, we saw this vision of loveliness.

Her name is Calamity Jane and she was a 60th birthday present for the man of the house. The woman of the house loves it when people stop and take pictures.
The dogs on the porch weren't so sure about it!

Hello, New Mexico!

Hello, Taos!

We stayed at the La Dona Luz Inn
This was our fourth stay at the Inn. 
It is very charming and homey.
I loved these beautiful flowers on the breakfast patio.

One day we walked the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge.

On the way back to Taos, I noticed these road signs.
I love that New Mexico is strange.

We walked lots of galleries and saw beautiful art.
Paintings, photographs, furniture, jewelry, fabric art. 
This was posted in one gallery.
How true.

We ate a lovely restaurants.
Lambert's of Taos - This is our favorite. Go in and say "hi" to Frank at the bar.
Mosaic Fine Dining - The food here was good. The owners are a nice young couple.
Martyrs Steakhouse - We just had an appetizer here. It was delicious.

We took a nap every afternoon when the clouds rolled over the mountains and the thunder, lightening and rain came.

We read books.

There was a car show on the Taos Plaza our last night in town.

We drove home through Texas.
See those big fluffy clouds and beautiful blue sky?
The sky was beyond gorgeous the day we left New Mexico.

We stopped in Amarillo for the night so we could eat at The Big Texan.
No, we didn't eat the 72 oz steak.
There was someone there who was close to finishing it,
but we didn't stay to see the final result.
I knew I could check the Hall of Fame later.
He didn't conquer the steak dinner that night.
Poor guy.

Home the next day.
Laundry storted and started.
Suitcases stored away.

When's our next trip?

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Road Trip - July 28-29, 2013

Yes, I'm posting about a trip from a month ago. Sorry, but my OCD does not allow me to skip it.


Sunday, July 28th we took the train out of Chicago to the western suburbs. We visited the daughter of some of The Husband's oldest Connecticut friends. We met her adorable twins and spent a pleasant couple of hours visiting and playing with the babies.

The Husband was very happy to meet the babies. When he moved back to Oklahoma from Connecticut, their mother was about the age they are now!

We returned to Chicago by train and started walking. It was a glorious day.

I love these iconic Marina City buildings.

Beautiful flowers.


Monday, July 29th we slept late, walked Chicago streets again and then took a train to Wrigleyville for a Cubs game!

We had a great time in Chicago, but it was time to the head home the next day.

Monday, August 26, 2013

BlogHer13 - July 25-27, 2013

Below is the post I drafted to describe my BlogHer13 experience. I just can't seem to get the mojo to finish it and we've even been on another trip since then. So, I'm going to hit "publish" on this post and just move on to new blog posts!


The agenda for BlogHer13 was jam packed.

Thursday, July 25

I started off by attending Evening at the Expo.  On the shuttle bus from the hotel to McCormick Place, I met Juliette of Mahogany Mommy and Francesca, who uses her Facebook page as a type of blog. They were kind enough to include me in their conversation, when my shuttle seat mate didn't want to talk to me.

We all checked into registration and then waited for the Expo to open. We walked around and took silly photos.

Here I am with the Lazy Boy guys. Their suits are made of upholstery material available for their furniture.

I've wanted to meet Poppin' Fresh for years!

There were only photos of Minions, I didn't see any in person.

I was happy to meet Amy Goyer at the AARP booth.

After walking through the entire Expo, I took the shuttle back to the hotel and met The Husband for a bite to eat at Shula's Steak House.  The Husband left me and I chatted with Kel and another very nice lady. I would tell you who, butI can't find her business card. (bad blogger)

After leaving Shula's, I stopped in at The People's Party. I found Juliette there, with a group that included Lianne of The Makeup Girl and Karen of The Not Mom. I had met Karen at the BlogHer12, so was pleased to see her again.

Friday, July 26

My first session was Find Your Instagram Style. I joined Instagram a week or so prior to BlogHer, so I have a lot to learn and this session was very helpful.

Then it was lunch time and the keynote with Guy Kawaski.

Followed by returning to my room to lay down, due to my aching lower back! Oh, my aching lower back! I don't know what caused it to hurt so much. I wore sensible shoes the entire time, I promise.

After I rested for quite a long time, The Husband and I went to dinner at Ruth's Chris, which we thoroughly enjoyed.

We returned to the hotel and I attended a couple of the late night parties.

Saturday, July 26

This day started with Breakfast and the interview with Sheryl Sandberg.

After the interview, I participated in a Lean In Circle.

I had lunch and watched the presentation by Lourds Lane.

I walked through the Expo again and visited more sponsors.

I then attended the Midlife Bloggers session.

At then end of the conference, I attended the interview with Gale Ann Hurd, the producer of The Walking Dead.

I wrote about BlogHer11 and BlogHer12 in these posts.

I'm ambivalent about attending BlogHer14. While I enjoy traveling to different cities for the event, I'm not sure I learn enough new information to make the trip worthwhile. However, once they announce the location for next year's event, I might change my mind!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Roadtrip - July 25, 2013

Beginning odometer: 56,656
Ending odometer: 56,914

After sleeping late, we opted to pick up a quick breakfast and eat on the road. Nothing exciting happened during the drive, other than the stop for our sign picture.

While The Husband was setting up the tripod, some people stopped to make sure we were okay and not having car trouble. How nice of them!

We continued on our drive and finally arrived at our destination at 4:00 p.m.


Specifically, the Sheraton, which is located right on the river.

And, why you ask, were we there?

For me to attend BlogHer13, of course!

My next post will be about my BlogHer experience.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Roadtrip - July 24, 2013

Beginning odometer: 56,417
Ending odometer: 56,656

After a quick breakfast, we drove to the Missouri state capital and took a walk around.

We walked to the Lewis & Clark Trailhead Plaza.

The Husband wanted to be part of the action.

He'd be a great explorer.

We found a perfect spot for a photo of the two of us. 
Here's The Husband setting up the shot with our little tripod.
Why, yes, we are dorks. Thanks for noticing!

After leaving the state capital, we went to a couple of antique malls. 

I walked into the Missouri Boulevard Antique Mall 
and the first item I saw was a beautiful Wilendur roses tablecloth.

I have a couple of cloths in this pattern already, but needed another one 
so I can layer them over my dining table when it is fully extended.
I've been watching them on eBay, but they can be very pricey.  
I picked this one up for $12. 
Yes, $12! 
I was doing a happy dance, I must say.

We also shopped at Yellow Moon Antique Mall.
We didn't purchase anything there, even though the place was full of goodies.

After shopping, we got in the car and headed to Burlington, Iowa.

Here I am waving to a tour bus full of people. The driver waved back.
I couldn't see in the tinted windows to know if any of the passengers waved.

And, here's my posed photo!

The Husband picked Burlington, Iowa as a stop on our trip,
so we could attend a Burlington Bees game!
He loves baseball and makes it a point to see games at stadiums, 
large and small, during our travels.

The mascot was greeting fans at the gate.

It was a perfect night for the game.
We had awesome seats.
The weather was pleasant.
The beer was cold.
The crowd was enthusiastic.

Unfortunately, the Bees lost.
Other than that minor detail, it was a great night at the ball park!