Colorado/Albuquerque trip: Day 2, Sunrise on the Dunes

Colorado/Albuquerque trip: Day 2, Sunrise on the Dunes

Day 2 of our trip to Albuquerque had us waking up early in Alamosa, Colorado, for our Sand Dunes day! (Because of the time change.) Since we were awake and fairly close to the Dunes, I got a wild hare to drive out there and see if we could catch sunrise over the Dunes. So we jumped in the car. … Continue Reading →


Colorado/Albuquerque trip: Day 1, travel

Colorado/Albuquerque trip: Day 1, travel

Whilst planning our trip for England, I had another trip dropped in my lap. It was a work trip, but I could tack some personal travel (at my own expense of course) travel onto it. And if Doug and Elena came with, we could do some fun stuff together. So we went for it! In early October we headed to … Continue Reading →


Butterfly Garden - September 2017

Butterfly Garden – September 2017

In late September last year, we managed to get a hike in at the Glendening Nature Preserve, a place we really like. We’d last been there when I was pregnant, and this time we had a 10-month-old in tow. We also wanted to test out a back pack carrier we’d bought for an upcoming trip to Albuquerque and Colorado. It … Continue Reading →


England Day 8, London, part 2

England Day 8, London, part 2

Back to our day wandering London. By this time we were needing food, so we ducked into a pub. Elena of course had a big poop and there were no changing tables so I changed her on the floor of the bathroom. :-/ Worked out ok. I had fish and chips which was just so-so. Doug had a pot pie … Continue Reading →


England Day 8: London, part 1

England Day 8: London, part 1

Our 8th and last full day in England had us in London – and we had the whole day to explore. We knew we’d be getting just the highlights and had already accepted that we would be missing a ton of stuff. (I really wanted to do the Tower of London, but they suggest getting there firs thing, and our … Continue Reading →


England Day 7: Abbey Road

England Day 7: Abbey Road

So obviously, as someone who is a big Beatles fan, one of my life goals was to disrupt traffic to get my photo taken crossing Abbey Road. So I can now tick that of the bucket list. AND, I had warned my mom that we’d be doing this so she could watch on the webcam, but then things got hectic … Continue Reading →


England Day 7: London, Kings Cross and the British Museum

England Day 7: London, Kings Cross and the British Museum

On Day 7 of our trip, we woke up to rain in Liverpool. We had plenty of time to get a cab to the train station… but then the taxi we had the hotel call for us was teeny-tiny. We had become accustomed to the big black cabs – so note that if you need one of them, ask for … Continue Reading →


England Day 6: So much Beatles, part 2

England Day 6: So much Beatles, part 2

After our fish & chips lunch, we hustled back over the Albert Dock for our second Beatle tour of the day. We didn’t have a lot of time in Liverpool – if we’d had more, I would have scheduled the Beatle tours on different days. It was a lot to ask of a baby. But, we had exactly one full … Continue Reading →


England Day 6: So much Beatles, part 1 1

England Day 6: So much Beatles, part 1

On our first (and only) full day in Liverpool, I had booked us several Beatle tours. I mean, this was my big chance to see all the Beatle things, or as much as I could cram in. Though there are a lot of different tours, I knew I definitely wanted to see Paul and John’s childhood homes – and the … Continue Reading →


What I Was Up To - December 2018

What I Was Up To – December 2018

I just read a sad article about a woman whose child has leukemia and about funerals for friends of a friend, and I needed to cheer myself up, so here is December. I rarely have luck catching wild shinies in Pokemon, so I was pretty psyched for this “couch catch” from home: Ok, this one is pretty shiny. The Amish … Continue Reading →


What I Was Up To - November 2018

What I Was Up To – November 2018

So I’m only 3 months behind (!) on my “what I was up to” posts, and significantly more behind on specific posts about travel and other big stuff. So I thought I would tick off November, while we’re in the midst of our Aug/Sept England trip. November 1, and my fav tree is looking pretty sharp. After living in Maryland … Continue Reading →


England Day 5: Liverpool, part 2

England Day 5: Liverpool, part 2

On our first day in Liverpool, we hit a John and Yoko exhibit at the Museum of Liverpool, thanks to a rec from a friend. They had all kinds of special memorabilia, some of which I never expected to see. The exhibit was definitely way Yoko-heavy, but she curated it, so there you go. So, John met Yoko, at the … Continue Reading →