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Through a dirty window in Oklahoma

Kelly and I are finally back from our road trip to New Mexico (it's actually been over a month now), and I'm even more in love with that state after visiting a second time. It's hard coming home for me. I always get depressed, and I want to talk about our trip, but then I'm just struggling to wade through day to day hum drum of being back to reality so I usually fail at it. Just know that I had the time of my life! I dream of moving there someday. It's stunningly beautiful, and I love and value the diversity. The food is the best. The art is everywhere. The people are kind, and the history is thick. The landscape is my favorite thing, though. It's the most beautiful place I've ever visited so far and that included several countries in Europe.

Happy to my toes at White Sands National Monument

In other news, I used to take Polaroids with a
Spectra that I was in love with, and when they stopped making the film, I was heartbroken. I've purchased many cameras since then in the hunt for the next Spectra in my life. They have been unsuccessful, but I think I've finally found her. I got this in the mail, and I can't wait to start trying it out. If Kelly can set up our scanner at home, I might be able to post some photos here once I start snapping.

I'm attempting to be vegetarian, and I'm loving it so far! I've never been much of a meat eater at all, and I'm loving the new recipes I get to cook each week. I'd like to eventually attempt to become vegan, but I'm starting for a long time with just clean eating/vegetarian (long, long time). It's not for any ethical "meat is murder" reasons but more about my health. I know that meat eaters can be super healthy too, but I'm finding this to be easier for me. We'll see how it goes. I'm not doing it to lose weight so I haven't been weighing myself every day as I usually do. I just prefer the food right now, and it's easier for me to not eat shit when I do it this way. Why am I explaining myself? I don't owe you anything.

Kelly and I finished listening to the
S-Town Podcast a few weeks ago. We had been listening to one or two episodes every night in our living room. I joked that it reminded me of coming home and listening to an old time radio show. It was really wonderful, full of mystery, and heartbreak. I highly recommend it if you haven't checked it out, yet. As everyone has said, it reads listens like a southern gothic novel. It's special. It's also heartbreaking.

Because I am being disgustingly ungrateful at times, here are some things that make me happy:

1. We had a petting zoo at work recently as one of our final events for the semester (as I said, I work on a college campus so I never have to grow up). I made friends with many different animals, but my favorite was this camel.


2. Everything is starting to bloom and come up in our yard. I'm so happy it's mushroom season again, and the rose bushes are blooming.


3. Memphis date tomorrow with my love (we haven't been on a date-date in ages with art and vegan food and fingers crossed, a baby hippo)

4. Speaking of books, I'm over at
Goodreads (love new booknerd friends so feel free to add me), and I often get emails about giveaway contests for books I've shelved to read. I always enter them, but I never think I'll win anything. I won this week! I won The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware. I can't wait to read/review it.

5. Feeling better finally!  I've been sick all week, and yesterday evening/today is the first time I've felt back to my normal self.  

6. Mearl's birthday was a few Sundays ago. She turned one one, and we got her a pupcake. We had a birthday outfit. Yes, we're those people. See her below on Easter with her basket at Mom's house/birthday party photos.


7. Meeting next Wednesday about my art deco/Erté tattoo I'm desperately wanting and beyond excited about

Farmer's Market back in business as of this Saturday

9.  New season of Twin Peaks coming up which I am beyond pumped about

10.  I want to live in this post. These photos feel close to my heart right now.

Anyway, I'm back, guys!  

Date: 2017-05-05 09:25 pm (UTC)
kristy: Kristy red stars/hearts (Kristy red stars/hearts)
From: [personal profile] kristy

And nice photos, especially the pooch pic.


Date: 2017-05-05 11:57 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ashareem
Welcome back. I have a personal fondness for New Mexico, it being the state of my birth. We moved from there in 1967, but it's still home to me.

The picture from the Riga post are wonderful.

Date: 2017-05-06 03:30 am (UTC)
elainegrey: Inspired by Grypping/gripping beast styles from Nordic cultures (Default)
From: [personal profile] elainegrey
I too find New Mexico a wonderfully beautiful place ... but i haven't been back since 1990.

Date: 2017-05-06 11:34 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] beautyizdead
New Mexico is so pretty. I went there last September and loved it.

I wish I would have lost weight as a vegetarian lol. I've been one 9 years and weigh more now than as a meat eater. Just make sure you don't fall back on bad carbs and milk products. I started losing a lot when I was vegan. Goodluck!

Date: 2017-05-06 07:38 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] aaronlisa
That podcat sounds interesting, i will have to check it out.

Sounds like your trip was fun. Maerl looks adorable in the Easter picture.

Date: 2017-05-07 08:12 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] smokingboot
Lovely pics, especially the pug!

You've inspired me to travel to New Mexico at some point, it sounds so fabulous!

Date: 2017-05-07 09:16 am (UTC)
near_epiphany: Old picture of me, old icon! (me)
From: [personal profile] near_epiphany
Your mention of Polaroids makes me think I should start using my instax more. Instant film is such a neat medium.

You and that camel! <3!

Date: 2017-05-07 10:37 am (UTC)
askygoneonfire: Red and orange sunset over Hove (Default)
From: [personal profile] askygoneonfire
That camel looks incredibly happy to meet you! 🐫

Date: 2017-05-07 01:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] hazyl
I've been a vegetarian for almost 25 years and I love it. Weight loss happens more with being vegan, though, I've noticed. Eventually I think I will be fully vegan. My husband went vegetarian like 5 years ago and loves it too.

Date: 2017-05-07 05:54 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] anita_margarita
Adding you at Goodreads. I'm Barbara Rice.

Date: 2017-05-10 08:15 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] butterbyitself
Vegetarian cooking is really fun! I'm not a vegetarian anymore, but I feel like it opened me up to so many vegetables and spices that now I'm a really well-rounded eater. Most adults I know eat like unsupervised toddlers honestly.


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