• dogs,  eat and drink,  gus the goldendoodle,  recent happenings,  washington dc

    Recent Happenings – February 26, 2015 Edition

    This edition of Recent Happenings brings you lots of exciting and not-so-exciting developments on the home front! Dog(s)As you know, we brought our goldendoodle Gus home last August. He is now a big soon-to-be nine month old puppy. We decided to add a second dog to our family, but we wanted to adopt this time. I steal socks. It’s my thing. We scoured the web for a few weeks, and finally, found this little guy in Santa Fe. Carson says hi! He is a miniature poodle mix and around 2 years old (according to the shelter) although I think he is more like a year old.  Gus and Carson are totally…

  • eat and drink,  las vegas,  other US travel

    Valentine’s Weekend in Las Vegas

    Hope you all had a fantastic Valentine’s Day and for those of you who are single, a happy Singles Awareness Day! Raisin Bread and I spent two lovely days in Sin City. It had been a very long time, over 5 years, since we last visited Las Vegas and there have been lots of changes!  We left Albuquerque early on Valentine’s morning and had a beautiful view of the Grand Canyon and the mountains on our approach to Vegas. After dropping off our luggage, we spent the morning at the Bellagio. This is one of my favorite hotels because it is so classic and doesn’t seem to have aged much. Many…

  • geisha,  international travel,  japan,  kyoto,  miyako odori.

    Miyako Odori

    Miyako Odori is “The Dance of the Capital” and occurs every spring during the month of April in the old capital of Kyoto. The first Miyako Odori took place in 1872 and has been a popular event for locals and visitors ever since. During our trip to Japan last spring, I desperately wanted to see some real geisha (geiko) and not just catch a glimpse of one at night on the streets of Gion. We were so lucky that our visit coincided with that year’s Miyako Odori. Miyako Odori is a dance and musical performance put on by the maiko and geiko of Gion Kobu. Maiko are apprentice geiko, who are…

  • colorado,  eat and drink,  other US travel,  pagosa springs,  ski,  spa,  wolf creek

    Ski Vacation in Pagosa Springs (Colorado)

    Skiing was not the only thing to happen on our trip to Colorado! We rented a three-bedroom house in Pagosa Springs for the duration of our trip. At its height, the house was occupied by six people and two dogs. It was a zoo, but a fun one! The house had gorgeous views of the San Juan Mountains from the kitchen window and backyard. After a full day of skiing, there was nothing more pleasant than returning to the house and hopping into the hot tub! Definitely something I could get used to! I, of course, took advantage of the hot tub multiple times. The last time with a nice…

  • colorado,  other US travel,  ski,  winter,  wolf creek

    Ski Vacation to Wolf Creek Ski Area (Colorado)

    I went on my first ever ski vacation (skication?) last month! Raisin Bread, my sister-in-law, some friends and I spent five days in southwest Colorado to enjoy the snow. Source: Wolf Creek Ski Area We visited Wolf Creek Ski Area and stayed in nearby Pagosa Springs. Wolf Creek is said to be one of the best kept secrets in Colorado because not only is it off the beaten ski path but it also gets the most annual snowfall in Colorado, at an average of 430 inches. It is a 3.5 hour drive from Albuquerque or a 4.5 hour drive from Denver. There is also no on-resort lodging, so out-of-towners must…