Look what happened now...
I started blogging about ABQ and my local adventures with guest here. Then got swamped at work and totally forgot to finish. #FML
Anyway, one of the places we visited was the Islets Pueblo. I didn't take many pictures because we were too busy laughing and having fun. #Truestory But, I had business on the reservation the other day and popped into the casino/resort for a coffee. (Okay, and some light slot playing.) So I thought I would file this under "Local Adventures ABQ".
Here is your history lesson for today:
I love all the native displays and artifacts. These seems to change out regularly too, so there is more than just shopping and slots here.
I think I've been to this casino 3 times? It is on my list to take people when they visit me. We usually go during the week, in the middle of the day. It breaks up a day of sight seeing natural wonders or shopping. The casino hasn't been crowded when I've been there and the people are super friendly, just like the rest of New Mexico. I guess I should mention the casino is very clean and modern, not like some of the cheesy casinos you see in Vegas, thank God.
The resort is on FB if you want to know more.
How is your long weekend progressing? I am working hard to delete all the old, never finished posts here on the website. (I keep finding more and more. Do I ever write anything? WTF?)
I probably should have deleted this one as well, but I have been missing life in France so much lately that when I found this I knew I had to finish it.
So lets return to the idyllic south of France. Where the food is fresh, the people are chill and time moves at an entirely different pace.
I suspect these pictures were taken with my older iphone. This was late September, 2014.
My older Mac took its last breath during our 3 months here. Luckily the flat came with its own PC. I just had to relearn how to operate it. #Fail
This was our 1st day...the move in day, as it was. The place is simple, clean and efficient. It always makes me consider why the Hell we insist on purchasing so much crap at home, you know? Do we really need so much? And couldn't that money be put to better use, like say living in France? Lol
I brought tea and some necessities, but mostly we ate and shopped locally. Okay, I will admit I did have a couple of Amazon orders delivered while we were there, but you know, mostly we shopped locally.
I think the food is so good because it isn't rushed. The French do not rush preparing it and you are not expected to rush to eat it and race back to work. You are expected to take your time, slow down and enjoy eating, meeting up with friends or just sitting outside at the cafe. People watching and reading at outdoor cafes is an art form in France.
Local castle...It is a family owned restaurant and small hotel. It is a destination for weddings and other events. People are surprised when they turn up for their events and find that the Rugby pitch is in the front garden, lol. But such is life...
The weather was perfect until right before we left. Three months of cool nights and warm days were irrupted by flash flooding and heavy winds as massive storms moved in. But all in all it was a great 3 months!
Not unlike riding in the UK, but also not exactly the same...the French trains are much faster and newer!
See you at (the French) airport-
This is another really random post of collected food from the last month or so. No real recipes, and no "plated" fancy food photos - just honest food my family mowed through, lol.
Now that the Farmer's Markets are going strong and fresh produce is arriving daily, I'm cooking more. Fresh is always best and fortunately we have a good selection of veggies here in New Mexico.
Are you ready to see what vegans actually eat?
Last month was crazy at work! I have been so tired after all the meetings, that I just wanted to go home and go to bed. But, as I said I did make a resolution to cook more and eat less junk.
Luckily I have a pantry full of fresh fruits and veggies and that makes it much easier.
Also I have been shopping for healthy staples at Thrive and Whole Foods.
Have you tried Ancient Grains? I seem to be eating a lot of Quinoa and ancient grains lately. They are much easier to digest and so much better for your overall health.
I'm excited to try new veggie combos and different fruit mixtures. I have collected a few new recipes I want to try out. The more "fake baking" I do the more I love it! So expect more food picts on my feed..
I think the boxes are getting better and better! They are definitely worth the small price of $23.18USD #OMG! How do they deliver so much for so little?? Why haven't you ordered yours already? It's Vegan and you gotta admit it's nice getting snacks in the mail, lol.
Catch you later-
And Other Adventures
And suddenly it's over!
Kinda feels that way, doesn't it?
This weekend was no exception. I wrote about the balloon and such here - and then realized I hadn't finished this post from the 8th. I could actually do a whole tag on "Weekend Adventures I Never Finish" lol - I didn't work that weekend either and rather than go out of state (or country) I stayed around here.
Saturday was still busy and over too quickly. I ran errands and went to visit a friend and marvel over their garden. We had snow just a few days ago and the weather was quickly shifting to Spring. #Yeah!
You saw most of my weekend on SC, but if you missed it I shall surmise it below.
It was a day full of surprises!
I could/should do a whole post on that..perhaps some other day.
For now lets just enjoy the roses.
We had a lovely visit!
Her back yard has raised beds, trails and waterlily pond! (But they are a work in progress and she would kill me if I posted pictures though - so just take my word for it.) It was lovely to be outside and catch up. #Bestway2spendSaturday
Sunday I was hoping to start that new book and lay in bed all day. #Goals
That of course didn't happen.
But that of course, didn't happen. I was hoping to sleep in and read until noon, but my friends had other ideas.
I love all the hiking trails and open spaces here. But I admit I rarely take the time to enjoy them.
The weather cooperated and we had a lovely day!
It was another awesome day to be outside with good people. We were only gone a few hours, but we should have packed a picnic. I was famished! Fresh air and all the climbing made me uber hungry - so I volunteered to cook.
So from there it was a quick trip to the market and then back to my house for brunch. I made pancakes and egg less "scrambled egg"s + of course I always have fruit.
For it to be a low key weekend, it was really nice. One of my goals this year was to work less, and make more time for simple things.
So far, so good :D
Catch you later-
So I was having coffee outside in the back garden this morning....
Totally minding my own business, when I look up and see a hot air balloon in the distance.
Cool, right? Let me take some photos -
If you follow me on SC then you saw the whole story, lol.
I will surmise it below if you missed it.
And closer still.....
No one was hurt...they had their "spotter" is that what it is called? Close by and were packed up and driving away in no time! Although it did make for an interesting morning adventure. I think my neighbors were at church so they missed it!
And it's amazing how HUGE the balloons are up close. I've never been that close to one.
New Mexico is famous for the International Balloon Fiesta (read about it here.) It's in October and if I am here and not traveling I shall attend. But who knows if I shall be, but who knows where I will be next week for that matter. And who knows what will fly over tomorrow, lol.
The other exciting news today was "Fireworks Oreo's"
My son had bought some cookies and asked me if I knew about them? "Err are they red, white and blue for 4th of July?" Was my total uneducated guess-
But nope, they are made with Pop Rocks in the frosting! #OMG (Who would have guessed that?)
They are popping fun!
Have a great week -
Just a Woman in the World. Sometimes a lonely traveler, sometimes with the Krewe. Eating, shopping and meditating my way through life...
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