Hey friends! Although I've been posting recipes regularly, I've been very quiet on the personal front, which seems a little eerie to me because, hellooooo this is my personal blog. If you've noticed, or maybe you haven't because you've been distracted by a lot of my fabulous recipes (I can't blame you, really), I haven't posted a Sunday Snaps in quite awhile. I didn't post one the whole month of September, and the last one was right when I left New Mexico.
If you're worried, I apologize. Things are great! Let me explain....
At the end of July, I left New Mexico. (You can read more about that decision here.) CK and I had been planning on leaving for a while, but we just didn't know when. He was searching for a new job, and had been practically living out on the east coast. Then, I had the realization that I was severely unhappy with my own work situation, and made the decision to not return; life is too short to spend the majority of your waking hours doing something you dislike. I had planned to stay in New Mexico until I had a definite, concrete plan, but then just decided to leave and do some road-tripping through the country because I firmly believe we all need to take a hold of these opportunities as they come.
As I departed, literally an hour into my open-ended road-trip of self-discovery, I received a call about a temporary, travel therapy position back in the D.C. area. Although temporary, it was just too great to pass up in so many ways. It brought me back to the city that felt more like home to me than Chicagoland, my childhood home, ever had.
So, I am now here, back in the D.C. area (Alexandria, to be exact), living it up in the city that I was beginning to think I would never be a resident of again. Its funny how life works, isn't it? I still don't know how long we will be here for (there are so many moving parts to this situation right now), but I am so appreciative for my time here. This period of uncertainty has brought me a lot of reflection, a lot of opportunities I never saw coming, and a huge life lesson of living in the shades of gray and being totally ok with it. (Who am I??)
Now, I didn't go on the 2-month road-trip I had hoped for, but I did drive across the country in my FIAT by myself, which in hindsight probably wasn't the best decision. However, I did meet and stay with an herbal medicine woman in Taos, experienced firsthand why Amarillo, Texas has its name, chatted with some farmers in Oklahoma, had one of the best meals of my life in Tennessee, and truly experienced some southern charm in Virginia. I saw some truly amazing, breathtaking sights, and I have a true appreciation of how vast, large, and diverse our country is.
So, in a nutshell, this is what I have been up to lately. I will get back to Sunday Snapping one of these weeks, but in the meantime, I will stop my rambling and share maybe a few too many pictures with you here today from my trip. I hope you enjoy!