Monday, October 6, 2014


At the beginning of each month I always think, "Hey I should try to write a blog post today. It's the start of a new month. I should recap or set some goals or something."

And sometimes I even start, but mostly something happens and I don't write a post and before I know it we're a week in.

I love October though.

It's my birthday this month, the weather gets cooler, it's pretty outside, there's balloon fiesta and halloween and it's not quite Christmas and Thanksgiving but it will be soon. I think between now and New Year's is my favorite section of the year.

So it's October, I hope yours is going great, and here's a couple pictures from my outing this weekend to Albuquerque's most international attraction - Balloon Fiesta!

We woke up really early to bike. 

The dawn patrol - the first few glowing balloons that go up in the dark - was in the sky on our way up, and we made it in plenty of time for the main event. 

First balloons up.

So many!

So it's really October here. I have to work the rest of the week on nights, so maybe I'll catch some balloons in the sky as I'm walking home. 

Just a couple hours until I go in for the night and still a few things to do.

Luna says hi.

Thanks for reading, see you soon.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Colorado Road Tripping

I'm on vacation!

I'm taking a 2 day test (Step 3) with 2 of my days, but more importantly I'm out of town, with friends and we're here for a wedding!

I worked Saturday but yesterday we made the drive from Albuquerque to Denver.

It took us 6 hrs and 20 mins with just 1 stop for gas. 

And this stop. We didn't see a speed limit change for construction. :/

Headed out of town.

Southern Colorado.


And now after a nice night of catching up we're cruising downtown Denver. 

Thanks for reading, see you soon.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Empty Fridge Stew

I've been working for 2 weeks straight and I am pretty tired.

Fortunately, I'm about to be on vacation and also fortunately this stew is super easy.

Because we're leaving town, we've tried not to buy anything the last few days and just use up what we already had. It was pretty sparse.

The fruit stash looked pretty sad.

And the fridge not much better. But we have all the garlic.

So in an effort to use up the fresh stuff without buying more, I made the very ugliest awesomest Empty Fridge Stew last night.

Veggies in the fridge (mine were an onion, a head of cauliflower and part of a broccoli crown)
Water or veg broth or a mix
Cooked rice or dry pasta or quinoa or some other grain
16 oz lentils (or however many you have)

You can tell this was a precise recipe. 

1. Sautée your tougher veggies (onion, potato if you have it, celery etc.) in oil or earth balance
2. Toss in some minced garlic if you have it and seasoning. Be a little heavy handed if you're just using water, or you can go a little lighter if you're using a lot of vegetable broth. I used ginger (from a jar, of course I didn't have fresh) cumin, coriander, salt, red pepper flakes, parsley, onion powder, and garlic powder. This would also be great with a bunch of curry powder but John isn't into that flavor so I left it out.
3. Sautée another minute.
4. Add approx 6 cups water or veg broth or some mix thereof.
5. Throw in lentils. Cover and simmer.

From this point the cook time is about 30-45 mins, so if you're using a dry grain or pasta time it to be just cooked at the end. For example, if you're using macaroni noodles that take 10ish mins to be cooked, toss them in about 20 mins down the line and at the 30 min mark everything should be cooked.

Happy scrounging!

Thanks for reading, see you soon.

Monday, September 8, 2014

La Luz Labor Day

A week ago, since I'm on elective, I had a much-coveted day off for Labor Day. I can't remember the last time I was off for labor day, but a group of my friends were going on a hike, so I jumped right in.

The La Luz trail is one of the tougher hikes you can do right here in Albuquerque.

If you go from the bottom of the tram that goes to the top of the mountains, it's about 9 miles one way, with a 3775 foot elevation change (from about 7000 to over 10000 feet elevation).

We hiked one way and then took the tram down.

I left my phone on my rock during a break and we had to go back down and then back up about 1.5 miles in one of the steepest parts. I swear I'm a responsible person. Trust me.

I was a little worried we'd taken a wrong turn - and then this sign appeared. Like they knew.

Snack break!

Look - everybody reflected in Tiffany's sunglasses!

Almost there!

Excited face after I found my phone.

The top!

Albuquerque from the tram deck.

I really was feeling the elevation at the end - I'm not in the best cardiovascular shape right now, but I was so proud of all of us and it was really fun to hike with some friends and get to know some new people. We missed the group picture because we were on our way down the trail to find my phone, but trust me I'm not making up friends. Maybe.

It's been a week now though and look:

I totally got burnt and now it's peeling.

And this not that long after my post about safe sun. Embarrassing.

Anyway, happy September, whether you worked labor day or not I hope you're getting out and having some fun.

Thanks for reading, see you soon.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Happy Birthday John!

John and I got married 2 years ago at the beginning of the month, and today is his birthday!

I wish we could have planned a great adventure, but of course I'm on Jeopardy call today (the logistics of my call schedule are a whole other post that I'll tackle at some point). 

Essentially that means I have to stay close to town and be prepared to go to work at any moment, so much as I would like to go and do something exciting and fun, our plans are restricted to town.

Still, there was coffee, sleeping in, some time to just chill, and plans this evening for dinner. 

I wanted to say happy birthday to my Husband - that I hope this year is even fuller than the last, that I'm thankful to have had another year with you, and that I love you.

Happy Birthday!

The Happy and Sad of the Summer

It's September tomorrow and despite my best intentions I didn't make nearly the blog posts I intended this summer.

It was not without adventure though, and full of friends and family, so to catch you up, here's some summer photo highlights.

I lost someone this summer, and found some new friends too, and it's been quite the season.

These didn't come up in chronological order exactly, but it includes some local Albuquerque adventures and a trip to California where I got to be a bridesmaid for Tiffany's wedding.


Swing Dancing to the Cherry Poppin' Daddies

The Apothecary Rooftop Bar

Luna's Summer Haircut

Beach Barbecue - San Diego

Polite Provisions

Polite Provisions

Polite Provisions

Goleta Pier

Santa Barbara Courthouse

Summerland Beach Cafe

Cloudy Santa Barbara Morning


Dad and Nicola came for Language School

Oats at the Grove

Zoo Concert with Kellie and Jason. Miss you Kellie!

Landing in San Diego

Miss you!

Backyard Bowls

Summerland Beach Cafe

Summerland Beach Cafe

Rehearsal Dinner for my girl Tiffany!

State Street Santa Barbara

Getting wedding ready!

The bride!

The best smoothie ever - guava.

Father Daughter dance

Hike time

The last few are from a trip home to Oregon for about 48 hours to say goodbye to my Grandfather who passed away recently after a long battle with cancer. My family all came home for the service and it was hard. I loved him a lot, and I hope he knew it.


Sisters. They'll be so glad I posted this picture.


Walking Luna yesterday.

And that brings us to today. I'll have another post later because it's someone's birthday!

Thanks for reading, see you soon.