do people still blog? - a year in review

, 1.07.2014

the year of 2013
We packed up our stuff into a u-haul and left our house in Colorado in the hands of some really friendly renters. I learned that you don't realize how much you hate your stuff until you have to load it and drive it yourself across the country.

I interviewed for and then accepted a real job somehow! We settled into the routine of day-in-day-out. We learned that marriage after grad school involves copious amounts of netflix binging on evenings and weekends.

I got in the habit of running more, and began to run between my office and the train, racking up about 3.5-4 miles everyday. I balanced this out with eating a shit ton of cookies because my mormonism taught me that there should be opposition in all things. My mormonism also taught no swearing but I don't think it's doctrinal.

Sam's birthday! I made cake. He ordered himself presents that he wanted from Amazon.

We drove to Montreal where the rain is romantic, the French is Canadian, and the drivers are polite. Also maple syrup.

Liz convinced a music camp director to let me teach with her so we hung out for a week together in Washington state. It was fun pretending to be a real musician!

Dad visited for Father's Day, June 2013

July in DC is terrible so I mostly blocked this month out of my memory. I do remember that I met my fiddle hero Kevin Burke. He is very nice. I think we may have attempted to participate in the Fourth of July festivities.
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We lasted exactly one hour in DC on the 4th. Not even my carefully chosen summer outfit could help us. July, 2013.

We hopped in the car and went to North Carolina to visit some lovely, lovely people who have great taste in restaurants among other things. I have been dreaming about the black-bean bennie I ate ever since.

I'm pretty sure nothing happened in September.
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Rehoboth Beach. Sam is frolicking in the waves. September 2013

The government shut down. I had to spend two weeks on the couch watching Doctor Who. It was awful. I also took a weekend trip to hang out with family in Utah because my sister and her family only visit the continental united states every 150 years like Brigadoon so I couldn't miss it.
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Chillin with girls little and big, Utah, October 2013; Andrew and Heir, and Liz and me in Portland, ME, October 2013.

We went to NYC and saw a Broadway show (Cinderella, very nice), I did a conference in Atlanta, and then we hopped on a plane to Utah to visit all the family members there. It was also my birthday, so we spent a day in Park City and remembered mountains and snow and ate whatever we wanted. Then we drove to all the family members and hugged and kissed and ate orange rolls.
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New York City, Nov. 2013
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We spent a week on a staycation - visiting DC, baking bread and other holiday stuffs, and spending time with nice people.

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DC, December 2013

Christmas goodies

, 12.24.2012

Individual quiches in small ramekins: a good way to use up the extra pie dough. The recipe: Flaky Butter Crust (from Joy of Cooking.) Place rolled crust into ramekins. Filling: 2 eggs, 1/4 c heavy cream, 1T creamy Swiss cheese, cream together. Pour half of the mixture into each ramekin. Add salt and pepper to taste. Bake at 375 for 20-30 min.

Recipe for raspberry pie from Spinach Tiger ( I used my favorite pie crust from Joy of Cooking.

Almond sugar cookies from the Cody Kitchen blog. (

Russian tea cakes from allrecipes.

Cinnamon roll cookies! Recipe at Indigo Scones. ( I used my own cinnamon cream cheese frosting recipe (2 T butter, 3-4 T cream cheese, vanilla, cinnamon, 1-2 c powdered sugar (the more sugar, the stiffer the frosting)

Raspberry ice cream: 2 c heavy cream, 1 c milk, 5-6 c raspberries, vanilla, 3/4 c sugar. Stir sugar into milk and cream until it dissolves. Stir in vanilla and raspberries (thawed or fresh), then put it in your ice cream maker.

New house

, 10.07.2012

We're all moved in... Except for a microwave, which we will pick up from Lowe's in a couple weeks. Here our some photos.


, 6.18.2012

I piled my sleeping bag, some clothes, a cooler of food, a camping chair, and a tent in the back of my subaru, picked up my friend Kerry, and headed to the north. My first destination was Bozeman.

We were starving when we pulled into Bozeman. So we went to the Montana Ale House for dinner. I had bison meatloaf. As I took my first bite I realized I was someday going to be a resident of Montana. This is the place for me. The first night, I parked my car on a residential street and slept in it. Kerry slept in her friend's van. 

The next morning, I woke up really early. I walked to the corner grocery store, bought some new ice to replace the slightly melted bag of ice in the cooler, rearranged the stuff in the subaru, and then woke Kerry up. She and I wandered downtown Bozeman, window shopping at all the cool gear stores, coffee shops, tattoo parlors, etc. Then we woke her friend up (the owner of the van) and the three of us drove to the trailhead of the hike that goes up to the "M." It was a short hike, but steep.

That afternoon Kerry and I busked in front of the Chocolate Moose store downtown. We made a grand total of $8.

That night I slept in my car again, this time in the parking lot behind a Church of Christ. The next morning, I said bye to Kerry and got in the car, bound for Kalispell.

I stopped about half-way in Missoula. I got a maté at Liquid Planet, a coffeeshop downtown and wandered for a bit. Missoula is gorgeous.

Then I continued onto Kalispell along Flathead Lake. I pulled into my campsite and Spruce on the River, which is right along the Flathead river. My campsite was about 20 feet from the banks. I set up my tent and went to bed.

In the morning I got up, showered, and then set off for Glacier National Park. The road to the park was gorgeous - towering snow-capped mountains, the wide Flathead river, and the green foothills. I finally got to the entrance, paid the fee, and drove along the Going-to-the-Sun road. 

I had to get moving, so after seeing some really beautiful scenery, I turned back, exited the park, and continued north. 

I drove north on the 93. The towering mountains slowly gave way to rolling pine tree-covered hills. I soon came to the Canadian border. I was disappointed to find out that they wouldn't be stamping my passport. I want a Canadian stamp!

I stopped in Cranbrook to get online, pay some bills, chat with Sam, who is in Switzerland. Then I drove north some more through Radium Hot Springs, and then up into the mountains toward Banff.

The drive was incredible. The northern Rockies were dramatic, and wildlife was everywhere. I saw three bears, a bunch of deer, lots of eagles, and a coyote. I got to Banff in the evening, checked into my hostel, ate a salad, and then went to bed.

In the morning I drove to the trailhead of short hike around Johnson Lake. This time, thankfully, I didn't see any bears. After hiking, I got back in the car and headed out for Edmonton via Calgary. 

The scenery decreased in appeal as I got closer to Calgary. Calgary itself is an unappealing, sprawling city, with new McMansion developments strewn all over. I finally got to Edmonton in the late afternoon, checked in to my dorm room at the university, ate, showered, and took a nap.

I'm here in Edmonton for a few more days attending a Conference. Then I'll begin my trek south, this time via Helena and Jackson Hole.

Downtown Bozeman

At a pastry shop in Bozeman

Hiking up to the M

me and my friend Kerry

At the Co-op bakery in Bozeman

Busking in downtown Bozeman

Up by the Beaver Bowl ski lift

Downtown Missoula

Flathead Lake

Flathead River by my campground

North arm of the Flathead 
Gateway to Glacier!

Lake MacDonald in Glacer NP

Canadian mountains - and a train!

Johnson Lake - Banff National Park

Campus - University of Alberta, Edmonton


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