Sunday, July 21, 2013


One of my favorite things about my life here is my commute to work. Not a common thing to love, I know, but hear me out. In the mornings, I walk 15 minutes up the street and through the plaza. I see all the jewelry sellers, restauranteurs, and shopkeepers setting up, and I see tourists slowly wandering through the streets. I walk past the oldest house and the oldest church in the United States. I walk over the (almost perpetually dry) Santa Fe River. On Wednesdays, I grab a copy of the weekly alt newspaper of Santa Fe. Then I get on the bus, where I have 15 beautiful minutes of uninterrupted time with whatever book I'm reading before I get to work.To me, this is the perfect way to start the day.

Today is my 3-month anniversary of living in Santa Fe, and I've been thinking a lot about all the little things that make our life here pretty wonderful. Included in that list are the things that make me feel like a real Santa Fe local. When I can give tourists accurate directions, for example, or the fact that I am a recognized regular at our neighborhood grocery store and our neighborhood liquor store. (Just FYI, they sell pints of ice cream at the liquor store, so we frequent it much more than we would if we were just buying beer.)

Lots of great important things have happened lately as well: Three of our friends from Colorado visited this past week, I just finished a 20-hour self defense course with IMPACT Personal Safety (the organization I work for!), Eric fixed up the garden and bought us house plants and added worms to our compost, etc. And the reason I am so happy about all of these things is that I love the feeling of settling into our house, into the community, into Santa Fe. Here's to many more months of happiness in the Land of Enchantment!

Our new New Mexico beer koozie! Now we are legit locals.

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