Listening to Bridget Skype with Cora; they're happily chattering away, most likely planning their reunion sleepover this summer.
Anticipating the first weekend without a gymnastics meet since sometime in February.
But planning to sit down and write a season recap soon!
Scoping out some possible activities for our upcoming local-ish spring break. That will be equal parts moving prep. But I'm focusing on the more fun parts. So far I'm hoping: Bandelier National Monument, Acoma Pueblo, maybe a hike at Elena Gallegos Open Space (pictured), the newly reopened Utility Shack in downtown ABQ, trips to multiple Mexican bakeries, a grips-fitting at Ginnasta... what, you don't include grips-fittings on your spring break? Heh.
Giggling at the insert that came in our water bill this month. BECAUSE THIS WILL NEVER NOT BE FUNNY. Well, it isn't funny to our actual resident poop fairy, but it's HILARIOUS to everyone else.
Also giggling at this package that arrived for Matt with 81 first class postage stamps. Matt told me that there is a whole market on EBay for buying postage in bulk at great discount... !!!
Marveling at the latest wind hazard to add to my long list of wind hazards: violent tumbleweed. ABQ sent out snow plows in an attempt to clear roads today! All futile, as the winds are blowing in the 50mph range again.
Watching11.22.63 with Matt on a temporary Hulu membership. We're caught up to real-time now, only two episodes left but we'll have to wait for the next two Mondays for those. It's good, though not nearly as good as the book. I am always astounded when casting directors are able to find an actual real-live actor who is so perfect for a ridiculously specific role, like Lee Harvey Oswald.
Spending $5000 of imaginary daydream money in the newest Sundance catalog. I have most likely spent close to $100,000 of imaginary daydream money there over the years. Ha!
Maddie, Gracie and I took a road trip last month to Oklahoma City for a gymnastics meet; I like to tack on a few extra sightseeing adventures whenever possible when we travel for gymnastics, and one of the places we stopped on this trip was Cadillac Ranch. Are you familiar with Cadillac Ranch?
Located just outside Amarillo, TX (actually two miles further west than it used to be because it was moved in 1997, trash and all) it's an art installation that was created in 1974 by Ant Farm, a collective of hippie artists/architects/eccentric millionaires. It's a collection of ten Cadillacs ranging from model years 1948-1963, most purchased at junkyards and buried tailfins up at the angle of the Great Pyramids of Giza. It's never the same, because the whole point is to participate by spray painting them when you pass through on I-40. It's been repainted many times over the years—occasionally back to the original car colors, once all black when a member of Ant Farm died, all pink in honor of Stanley Marsh's (the eccentric millionaire) wife's birthday—WHOO BOY, if only Bridget could have seen that. If you look closely in Pixar's Cars, the mountains above Radiator Springs are shaped to mimic the Cadillac line of Cadillac Ranch.
I totally forgot to buy spray paint before we left (but please note I had an enormous gymnastics "hair kit" packed and didn't forget a single thing for that) but I decided we still had to stop to see it; a nice family leaving as we were walking up donated their half-empty cans of spray paint to the girls so they got the full experience. With some bonus Amarillo wind. It is super windy in the middle of west Texas.
Gracie made sure that Bridget was included, even though Bridget wasn't technically included since this was the first weekend the Dillows were split between gymnastics meets in the same weekend (Matt did gymnastics hair successfully, too).
I was quite content to take 8000 pictures.
We didn't see this sign (symbolic? tongue-in-cheek?) until we left our donated spray paint by the fence for some other gymnastics mama with a well-stocked hair kit and no spray paint. Well-played, state of Texas. Well-played.
Red, yellow, pink, green, orange, blue: six weeks of another Color/Colour Lovers with Andrea Jenkins and Xanthe Berkeley wrapped up! I love this project. I found this round to be the hardest, possibly because of New Mexico in the winter. Had there been a #colorcolourTAN hashtag I would have had zero trouble. Ha. I gave up trying to get the same number of photos for each color (my weird rule, not theirs). I didn't have a unifying photo that I used throughout (like the time I used my postage stamp collection) so maybe it felt a little less cohesive this time, the things I did use. But no matter–photo projects are still among my most favorite ways to spend time : )