Sunday Snaps 2-8-15

 Snow in the desert is really quite magical

Snow in the desert is really quite magical


 Made this friend on the way to a hike in remote southern NM. 

Made this friend on the way to a hike in remote southern NM. 

Guys, Its February! That means we’re only 2 months away from April, which is only 2 months away from June. Therefore, its almost summer. Kind of. Work has been so stressful lately: so many evaluation, spikes in caseload, and no promise of respite any time soon. Summer, hurry up.

I saw this the other day on Instagram. Yes. 

Remember all those home updates and projects and Pinterest crafts I've been meaning to do? Haven't done them. Whoops. I'll let you guys know when there are updates on those, but so far? Yeahhhh. No. Except for the fact that I took all the ornaments off our Christmas tree. But for the tree itself? Still dead in the corner and making a complete mess. Hey February.

Speaking of home updates and DIY, I need to mention something amazing. My friends Kathy and Carl like build and redo their own furniture. Carl built this amazing barn wood table, on like a spare Saturday, from what I can tell, and they both worked together to paint and antique this bar for their apartment. No. Big. Deal. It just looks Anthropologie or Pottery Barn. Perfect. #icanteven

 They built this

They built this


 And then turned this into something fabulous.

And then turned this into something fabulous.


I'm still doing Crossfit, which, like all exercise, I have a love-hate relationship with. I love feeling stronger and seeing changes in my body, but I hate feeling sore frequently. I understand that that is the nature of weightlifting, but sometimes I am so sore and it just hurts. I also am kind of an anomaly in the Crossfit world, because although I do care about health and fitness immensely, I really just want to look good naked, and I don't care how much I can or can't life. Honest. As long as I feel so tired after that I cannot possibly do another rep, it seems like a good workout to me.

There's a giant Roadrunner in New Mexico.

Seriously, it is giaaaaant. It is so cute and southwestern, and made out of recycled things and items and old running shoes, so this giant bird on the side of the road is quite literally, a roadrunner.


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I don't know where I was headed with the roadrunner thing, other than if you're in Las Cruces, you should check it out in passing. You may never see a roadrunner this big ever again in your entire life. Now you know.


In mid January, I went to D.C., which was so wonderful in so many ways. I had a long weekend, which is tough to see everyone, but I almost got around to seeing everyone that I loved, which is the best.


 From L to R: Dianne, me, and Sandra in our matching blanket scarves, that was totally unplanned. I love these girls so much. 

From L to R: Dianne, me, and Sandra in our matching blanket scarves, that was totally unplanned. I love these girls so much. 

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 Lipstick-selfie line

Lipstick-selfie line


I visited all my old haunts (Tryst, Sweetgreen, Georgetown, Dupont, Woodley Park, Studio Yoga DC, AdMo) and some new ones (Mal Maison, Perry's, Pete's) It was a fantastic weekend, full of so much love, and I cannot wait until I see everyone and D.C. again

 D.C. Metro

D.C. Metro


 Sweetgreen, the greatest salad shop

Sweetgreen, the greatest salad shop


 Georgetown

Georgetown


Visiting D.C. was initially so strange: I hadn't been back since I moved in July, and I almost felt like I was going back to see an ex boyfriend. I knew I was going to go to all the places and neighborhoods I had spent so much time and so many nights in for 3 years of my life, but this time I was coming back as an outsider and not as a resident. The time I lived in D.C. had some of the greatest memories of my life, and I was so blessed to make so many lifelong friends in that vibrant, exciting city. After all, I met CK there, earned my masters, started my career, and started this blog. D.C. has treated me well, and I realized that D.C. will always be a city that I am passionately in love with.

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During my trip, one of my favorite moments was going to Perry's Sunday Brunch in D.C., which not only has all-you-can-eat great food with paleo options (chimichurri beef, bacon and eggs, sushi, curry roasted cauliflower), but also has drag queens that dance through the restaurant in beautiful dresses and full makeup and loads of fantastic perfume and 9 inch heels. Thanks to the flowing mimosas, I made it to my flight home 6 minutes before boarding, with enough alcohol in my system to really experience a whole new kind of takeoff and landing.





CK and I are trying to plan out new trips of the next couple of weeks and months, and we think we need to stick to the southwest, since although we've explored a good amount, we've really only scratched the surface. The states in the southwest are literally so huge; there are so many things to do and see. We know we want to go to Big Bend, Gila, Taos, Horseshoe Bend, and the NM Badlands, but what have you guys seen in the southwest? Anything in NM, AZ, or TX that you just absolutely loved?  We’ll also be most likely driving to upstate Nevada in May for a friend’s weeding (eeeek!) so is there anything good to see along the way? Let me know!

I will now leave you with these gorgeous shots of winter in the high desert. Have a great Sunday and a productive week ahead! 



 Kilbourne Hole, a volcanic crater

Kilbourne Hole, a volcanic crater



 Kilbourne Hole

Kilbourne Hole


 Bar Canyon in the Organ Mountains

Bar Canyon in the Organ Mountains


 An old outpost in Bar Canyon, Organ Mountains

An old outpost in Bar Canyon, Organ Mountains


 Hiking

Hiking




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