So close to home 1

We left Albuquerque today and drove the soon-to-be familiar road to Farmington. We were shocked to see green. I’ve been to this city a lot in my life; I was born here, after all, and came here for many years for Christmas. It wasn’t until yesterday, though, that I realized I’d never been here in ...

So close to home

We left Albuquerque today and drove the soon-to-be familiar road to Farmington. We were shocked to see green. I’ve been to this city a lot in my life; I was born here, after all, and came here for many years for Christmas. It wasn’t until yesterday, though, that I realized I’d never been here in ...

The long way across Texas 5

The long way across Texas
How many ways are there to say it? We left Austin shortly before noon and turned west, through the Texas hill country, through Lost Creek and Lakeway and Lago Vista, past Horseshoe Bay and Marble Falls, Kingsland and Llano and then to Brady where we finally left the little hills of Central Texas and meandered ...

Between lives 3

On Friday we leave Austin for Shiprock, our final destination on this tour of Texas and New Mexico. It’s been strange having all this free time, traveling as though we’re on vacation when really we’re between homes, between jobs, between lives. Tonight we ate dinner at a cheezy Mexican place in Austin called Baby Acapulco. ...

That blazing Texas sun

The sky here is huge. I’d almost forgotten how vast it can seem. Especially while driving south on 35 from Dallas to Austin. White clouds make the blue landscape appear to stretch forever. I made this drive so many times when I was in college I could have done it with my eyes closed. On ...

Texas at last 2

Three days and 1500 miles after leaving New York, we arrived in Dallas. We spent Tuesday night in Memphis with a friend of M’s from residency. She put us up in her spacious two bedroom apartment, allowed the cats free reign of a bathroom, and cooked us two wonderful and delicious meals. One thing the ...

Time to say good-bye

It’s hard saying goodbye to friends that have become family. We’ve dragged our farewells out over the course of the last few weeks. Both M and I have gone out almost every night as individuals with various friends, final dinners that turn into late night crying fests–or in my case, further attempts to delay feeling ...

Roanoke, VA 2

Roanoke, VA
When I told M out first stop for the night would be Roanoke, Virginia, she responded that she hoped we wouldn’t disappear. A quick Wikipedia search told me she was thinking of the Roanoke Colony of North Carolina that vanished without a trace back in the 1500s. I’d describe The colony’s modern day namesake except ...

Moving day 1

They arrived nearly an hour early. Little m had only just finished her breakfast and we had yet to even brush our teeth. M was still in the shower when her phone rang. “This is United Van Lines. We are in front of your building but don’t have the apartment number.” They came upstairs and ...

Grand Finale 1

Coming home is not so difficult when you have no job to come home to. Little m and I took our usual walk this morning through the hotel and out around the pool. As we stared out at the ocean, I felt good about leaving. Sure, I was going to miss the place, miss the ...