I still feel like I’m swimming in deep water after a long break off work, the holidays and a vacation back east. The Christmas tree is still up, and we’re already in the thick of practices and homework and a communal stunned silence at the credit card bill.
We had a good time though and my head is still there. Nice holidays and then a trip east to see my Dad and visit the nation’s capital. I must admit I wasn’t all that psyched about this trip (I only ever want to go to the beach, really), but whole family dynamic got turned down several notches to a much more soothing gentle place. And in honor of that, I’m going to put up some happy photos of the last month, soothing and calming, as I let my writing brain wake more slowly in this new year:
Our part of the world had a beautiful, reasonably timed (5:30 am) view of the total lunar eclipse last month. We watched for a while and then hurtled ourselves, pajama-clad and clutching hot chocolate, into our truck as the moon set out of sight to watch the last little bit before it got too light. Rick caught a lovely shot just above the Jemez mountains.
Bets are off on when the tree will come down…
We saw the big attractions of our nation’s capital, the needle building (Washington Monument) and the ice-cream-cone-with-a-cherry-on-top building (the Capitol). I was reminded that my kids, coming from the southwest, haven’t seen much of that style architecture. Since they acted like ex-cons in a mugshot line-up for most photos I took, here they are, blurs, on a beautiful day in front of the needle building.
This fat guy was sitting in a tree at Mount Vernon and stopped all of us in our tracks. We aren’t birdwatchers, but we don’t see cardinals here in Santa Fe. He just makes me happy to look at him.
Within a day or two of getting home, right out the back door….