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Ready, Set, Jet!
On the countdown to Vegas!
I'm so ready for some R & R and Vegas is a great place to just chill! I can't wait!
It's hard to believe I haven't been since Sept 2013! What!?!
Read about past Las Vegas Adventures here.
I'm sat here listening to the rain drumming my windows and I'm happy as a clam.
I'm diligently working on another road trip post, well I'm still sorting the pictures actually. I have an idea of what I want to share, but first I really need to clear some random pictures, so that brings us to this random post.
How was your March, by the way? It's been an odd month for me. I was swamped with work after being in Iceland and NYC, had out of state company, went on several amazing road trips, bought more stuff for the new house and tried to 'will' spring forward so I could work in the garden. I haven't posted all that much this month, with only 12 posts in 28 days, but I have been taking photos. So let's explore the pictures I've found but not posted....
I did not blog about this months Vegan Cuts box. Not that it wasn't great, because it was, but I was tooo busy. Here are the pictures I took before we mowed through all the Vegan snack goodness.
I've also been experimenting with more new vegan cooking this month. Refining the 'go to' Hummus recipe, making the best Kale Chips and I of course made stir fry for company. They loved it and the organic Sushi Rice stole the meal.
If you follow me on SC then you know I was caught in a detour due to production work last week. It wasn't that bad, actually I was just grumpy because I had been working too much. (And I wanted to pick up fresh peppers and spices for dinner. It's always about food, isn't it?)
People here remind me of the people in France when it comes to TV/Movies and actors. They pretty much "don't care" so there isn't a big rush of people flocking to watch the filming, which is cool, because the devour was bad enough, lol. Its surprising how much is filmed here, I thought Austin (Texas) was busy, but it's noting compared to New Mexico.
The weather has slowly gotten warmer so I took advantage of the sunshine to repot plants and added some flowers to the patio.
Okay next post should be a road trip update or full post...also new cruise in the works and a trip to Colorado! I'm so excited!
See you at the airport~
If you follow me, then you know I like to read.
I would rather read than watch television. I would rather read than visit with people and I would rather read than go shopping. (Unless I'm shopping for books, lol) But the trick, for me, is finding free time to sit down and settle into a book. But I am so happy I have started a new routine at work + the 2 new, super amazing admins have been a great help! Honestly. you have no idea how excited I am.. well maybe you do. Who likes to work 80* hours a week? No one, thats who,, No One!
But back to the books...To catch up on last months post on what I was reading Click Here. This week I'm reading a book on tidying up and astronomy. #WildWoman
The Life-changing tidying up book is translated from Japanese. I think you need to have a good handle on the culture to understand it. I was having a conversation about this book with someone last week and they drove that point home with me.
This lady was adamant that I "got" the book, which she thought was bat-shit crazy, by the way, because I understand the art of flower arranging and calligraphy, and have studied Feng Shui (I politely pointed out that was Chinese) and studies about Asia. Her not so polite point was that she didn't give a fuck. Not about organizing, not about energy or any of it. She felt she was too busy day- to-day to care if her laundry was sorted, much less folded with love. #Yikes!
Because folks as we know, there are few people out there busier than I am..
*See 80 hour work week and every blog post I whine about how tired I am.
But enough of that, I could have blown through The Life-Changing book in a few hours, but I wanted to actually savior it and think about the philosophy behind the art of making everything sacred. Yes, even the act of cleaning. So I read a bit and pondered it as I went about my day. There are some big lessons about not doing what every magazine story promotes as gospel, for instance don't clean one room at a time or only throw out one item per day. Ms. Kondo has some tips that make sense about tackling BIG spaces by sorting multiple items. The point too of touching everything and only keeping the items that you love seems very logical to me. But we established I was bat-shit crazy years ago, lol.
Now also I should point out my house is pretty tidy, okay my house is very tidy. I understand the rule of putting things back where they go immediately, but I did learn quite a bit from this book. And yes, I'm down with the philosophy of thanking everything.
I have mine labeled and sorted. When I realized that they were all going to end up in a box I stopped printing them. Well I do print out photo books as keepsakes, but they only contain the best pictures and go on the bookshelf! And it makes more BOOKS! #YEAHBOOKS!
Here is more on the poor astronomy book I'm not even talking about. It's actually a very good reference book. I learned a lot from it and will take it on the upcoming camping adventures.
Now I have books to finish, before my organic bubble bath fizzles out. Where did I put that candle?
Catch you later-
Did you see?
Canada's airports are modernizing to improve border-related services. They are implementing this service to meet the need of increasing volumes of international travellers visiting this under rated country.
I used a kiosk very similar to this last month when I went through immigration on my return from Iceland. It was pretty simple, I was asked to scan my passport, take a photo, and complete an on-screen declaration. Did you know with this new Canadian system you can download the CanBorder eDeclaration App so you can complete it in advance, and then you’ll just have to scan the barcode at a kiosk? How convenient is that?
When was the last time you went to Canada? I haven't been in a while myself.. but it's on the list to explore more fully.
See you at the airport-
I am actually asked that question frequently.
My answer is…. "I don’t think I travel that much."
Because, yes, you guessed it, I would travel more if possible!
So I shall ask you, dear reader, what inspires you to travel? Why do YOU travel so much?
Is it the freedom or the desire to make memories or do you just want to learn more about the world?
Come on, what motivates you?
I’d love to know…you can leave me a comment or as so many of you do, just email me. I will post the results in a few week.
See you at the airport-
This has been a much slower paced week - well I am still busy with work and all the normal stuff...but no major projects and no company this week. #MissThem
But I managed to sneak off for a mini road trip!
This was a short, one day only, road trip. I only drove about hundred-fifty miles, but part of it was slow driving as we navigated to another part of New Mexico. It was great to have the time to explore more of the area.
For this adventure we visited the Petroglyph National Park just north/west of Albuquerque, New Mexico (USA). You can read about the Petroglyph National Monument here.
I have been there once before -but this time we visited a different part of the park. There is a lot to see and many cool trails to hike.
Most of the petroglyphs were made by American Indians who either lived nearby or were passing through the area. Most of the petroglyphs were made by the Pueblo, Apache, and Navajo people. Later, early Spanish explorers and settlers also made petroglyphs. Some of these drawings are over 700 years old!
It was a great trip...we stopped at Sprouts to stock up on snacks and spent most of the day exploring the park. The weather is perfect right now.
Speaking of spring like weather, did you see my mini post on the (here) fruit trees? They are blooming like crazy! So many pretty pink blossoms everywhere!
Here are a few more pictures of my overachieving trees.
And because it seems like Spring I was just about to pack up the winter clothes and break out the shorts and tanks when the weather turned cool again! #Yeah
I'm excited to take the weekend off! I plan on sleeping in, catching up with friends and working on the raised beds. I have no idea the planting season for this part of the world, so thats something else on the list to research.
I also promise to sort the pictures for the next blog post. I have an adventure coming up soon and need to catch up on all the old posts before they get lost.
See you at the airport-
So how do you know Spring has (almost) arrived?
I'm hearing new song birds, or else the local birds are learning new tunes and the trees are flowering.
I think you can hear the birds in my super short video.
Welcome to my (I used to travel) blog, my healthy Vegan lifestyle blog and my life! It's a lot, but it's my passions and I just love to write about it. Here I share tips, stories and photos from my adventures and life. This is the place where people can find daily inspiration to travel and motivation to live healthier lives and laugh a bit too!
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