Apr 27, 2015

Weekend Update and Random Thoughts - April 27, 2015 Edition

Happy Monday, friends! I am on my way to Washington, DC this morning and hoping for some nice weather. 

We took it pretty easy this weekend but also managed to squeeze in some fun. I had a minor surgical procedure on Thursday afternoon, and I was not sure how I would feel in the days following the surgery. I wound up feeling fine after Thursday night. No pain or bleeding! Hooray!

On Friday night, Raisin Bread and I headed out to dinner at Thai Vegan. This is our favorite Thai place in Albuquerque despite the fact that they don't serve any meat. We have not found a non-vegan Thai restaurant we like quite yet. 

I had a Thai iced tea and pad thai with soy chicken. Yummy!   


On Saturday morning, we went on a short hike with the puppers. I love the accessibility to outdoor activities that we have here.





Next Sunday, I am running the Run for the Zoo 10K, which will be my first 10K of the year. Yesterday, I got in my last long run before race day and put in 6.1 miles on the treadmill.  

Source: runforthezoo.com

The rest of Sunday was yucky weather-wise so I ran out to get some ice cream and have been checking out the new Netflix documentary series: Chef's Table


I mentioned a few posts ago that I got some planters for the backyard. My mom helped me pick out some plants and planted them while she was in town. They are doing quite well. No fruits or veggies to eat yet though. The herbs that we transferred to the outside are not doing so well, on the other hand. Sad face.



Finally, I have a love/hate relationship with virtual races, but I couldn't resist signing up for the this year's Beat the Blerch virtual race. Can't wait to get my goodies in the mail.  

Source: beattheblerch.com

Apr 25, 2015

Adventures in Santa Fe + the Tinkertown Museum

While my mom was in town last week, we took a little overnight trip to Santa Fe. All of my previous trips to Santa Fe have been day trips, so it was nice to go at a bit of a slower pace.

We left Albuquerque after lunch and made the one hour drive to Santa Fe. Our first stop was the very beautiful but very expensive Nedra Matteucci Galleries. 


The gallery is housed in a huge historic adobe with a beautiful sculpture garden in the back. The garden was so peaceful.




The galleries and sculpture garden of Nedra Matteucci turned out to be my mom's favorite part of our trip to Santa Fe!

After seeing some art, we took a break at Kakawa Chocolate House. They specialize in drinking chocolate "elixirs" and had eight on the menu this afternoon. I had the chili chocolate elixir which was made of unsweetened chocolate, agave nectar, ancho chili and Mexican vanilla. It was super rich and creamy, and the small size was just the right amount.

Kakawa also sells house-made truffles, caramels and other chocolates. We had to purchase a few pieces to enjoy later.


We spent part of the afternoon at Prairie Dog Glass, learning to work with fire and glass. This is something I have always wanted to do, and I was so happy to learn how to do it with my mom. The session takes place over one hour and you can make as many pieces during that time as you can finish.


The class is very hands-on and it sure gets warm in there! The instructor was so patient, gave great directions and kept a close eye on what we were doing.


 My first piece was also my hardest. I made a bowl and afterwards my mom made a paperweight.


We still had about 20 minutes left on the clock, so I made a few flowers. It was hard to tell what our pieces would look like because they were still hot, and we couldn't take them home with us until the next day. I was so curious to see how they turned out!


We checked into the Hotel Santa Fe and had some time to rest. But I decided, instead, to hit the treadmill for a 2.5 mile run before getting washed up for dinner.

 

We visited Mu Du Noodles that evening. I ordered a Thai iced tea, and we shared the Singapore and Pad Thai noodles. Our server surprised us with a complimentary appetizer of green beans. The green beans and pad thai were both yummy, but the Singapore noodles were super salty. 

Mu Du Noodles would not make it on my recommended list. Too pricey for what you get. 


The next morning, we enjoyed a lovely breakfast at our hotel before going to explore the Plaza


The first attraction on our list was Loretto Chapel.


The chapel is known for its "miraculous" staircase. The staircase has no visible supports and was built using only wooden pegs. Also, the identity of the builder was never discovered. I must admit that it is a lovely chapel!


We made our way around some of the Plaza and visited the native jewelry makers, galleries and souvenir shops.


After exploring the Plaza and grabbing some lunch, we headed back to Prairie Dog Glass to pick up our finished glass pieces. These are my works of art: a bowl and three flowers. I couldn't take a photo of my mom's piece because they wrapped it up really nicely for her flight home. But I can tell you that it also turned out very nicely!


We hit the road after that to get back to Albuquerque. 

On my mom's last full day in town, we, along with Raisin Bread and the two pups, visited the Tinkertown Museum in Sandia Park.


Tinkertown began as the hobby of Ross Ward, who carved, collected and painted his miniature town over many years. He was a born tinkerer.



Although Ross Ward has now passed, his wonderful collection is open for the public's enjoyment. There was so much to see that it was hard to notice every little detail that was lovingly created.




I hope my mom enjoyed her first visit to New Mexico and will see us again soon!

Apr 13, 2015

Weekend Adventures - We have a Visitor!

Happy Monday! This weekend was full of fun adventures, as usual, but it was extra special because my mom is currently visiting from California.

She arrived on Thursday night, just in time for us to have dinner. She was also able to meet the doggies and get the grand tour of our house before it was time for us to call it for the night!

Incidentally, Gus finally got his AKC STAR Puppy medal in the mail on Thursday. He passed the test at the end of January, but we had a delay in the paperwork so he just got his medal and certificate. Go, Gus!  


Do I get a treat now?

Friday
After work on Friday, my mom and I did something that I never seem to have time to do. Go shopping! Here I am trying on some duds at Marshall's. 


We discovered that poor Carson had a broken toenail on Friday as well, so that threw a wrench in Raisin Bread's schedule because he had to take him to the vet. Carson wound up having to have the nail removed. Poor baby. He looks so sad.


Gus, on the other hand, was very happy because grandma went to the pet store and bought him and Carson tons of treats. Lucky pups. 


How 'bout now? Do I get one now?

My mom has also been cooking up lots of homemade meals while she has been here for us to enjoy. 

Saturday

The morning started off with a 2 mile run with Gus. Carson wasn't allowed to be outside for a few days after his surgery, so it was just me and the puppy.



We spent our afternoon on the ABQ Trolley. On TripAdvisor, it is one of the top things to do in Albuquerque. 


The 85 minute tour took us to many of the major sights around Albuquerque, including Old Town, Museum Row, Route 66, Nob Hill and the University of New Mexico. 

Storefront in Old Town Albuquerque

Sculptures outside the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History

I don't watch Breaking Bad, but apparently, this is Jesse Pinkman's house

Cruising down Historic Route 66

Bart Price's "spaceship" house

If you are visiting Albuquerque, I highly recommend this tour. It is a great way to get an overview of the city and learn a bit about the history of Albuquerque. I even learned some things. For example, Albuquerque was named the fifth quirkiest city in America by Travel + Leisure. That's Albuquerque or should I say Albuquirky? 

Since we were already in Old Town, we made a stop at the Golden Crown for some biscochitos and empanadas. Yum! 

Sunday
My mom and I had a girls' trip to afternoon tea at St. James Tearoom for her belated birthday, which was at the end of March. For a more detailed post about my first St. James Tearoom experience, visit here

My mom and I both borrowed hats to wear for our tea time. Mine even matched my outfit. We were seated in the Munstead Wood nook, and this month's theme was "Sowing the Seeds of Victory" in honor of the WWII Victory Gardens. 


Tea menu

As always, the service and food were delightful. I love visiting St. James Tearoom. It is such a unique and relaxing experience.


After tea, it was off to run some errands including purchasing some plants for my new planter boxes. I am wanting to start a little edible garden in my backyard. Will update on the progress of the project!

I also totally forgot that I was supposed to run Agent Outerwear's "Be an Optimist Prime" virtual 5K last week, and then the medal came in the mail. I figured I wasn't allowed to open the package until I had run my miles, so I put in my 3.1 miles this evening on the treadmill.



I am a sucker for bling!