New Mexico

Last weekend I went to Albuquerque, New Mexico for my friend Rachel’s wedding! It was so fun, mostly because almost all of my friends from college were able to go too. Our official five-year Colby reunion was actually the weekend before, but in my opinion, this mini-reunion in the southwest was way better! The six of us have been friends since our freshmen year when Colby decided to put us in one of the worst dorms on campus. We made the best of it though, and even became known as “the Drummond girls” (after the name of our dorm).

Five years ago at our Colby graduation

Five years ago at our Colby graduation

Five years later and now two of us are married and one friend is about to give birth to her first son/daughter at the end of July! Even though so many things have happened to all of us in the past five years, it was so easy and natural to fall back into the old swing of things, laugh at our old jokes and feel genuinely comfortable around each other.

And now, in Albuquerque!

And now, in Albuquerque!

Anyway, on to New Mexico. It was hot and dry, as expected, but neither as hot or dry as I was expecting. I think the highest it got was 91, and given that it was 95 and humid here in NC right before I left, 91 was just fine. The landscape was beautiful, but what really impressed me were the skies. It’s amazing how much sky you can see out there.

Panoramic view of Albuquerque from the Petroglyphs National Park

Panoramic view of Albuquerque from the Petroglyphs National Park

The altitude was also a factor. Turns out Denver isn’t the only mile-high city; Albuquerque sits at around 5200 feet and Santa Fe (where we went on Sunday) is even higher. After walking around Santa Fe all morning and drinking an entire water bottle I was feeling kind of funky. But as soon as we ate lunch and I proceeded to drink three giant glasses of ice water, all was better.

Downtown Santa Fe had almost all adobe buildings.

Downtown Santa Fe had almost all adobe buildings.

Speaking of food, we ate a lot of “New Mexican” food, which is similar to Tex-Mex but with lots of green chili (what New Mexico is famous for) and fry bread, which is like friend dough. I had a fry bread taco which was super gluttonous but delicious.

Fry Bread Taco--don't worry, I only ate half!

Fry Bread Taco–don’t worry, I only ate half!

All in all, it was a great trip, both because I got to see my friends and celebrate Rachel’s wedding (which was simple and beautiful and almost perfect) and I got to visit a place I’d never been to before.

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Rachel getting married!

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Happy Birthday Chelsea, and Hello Nostalgia

My little sister, the cute one in the middle there, turns 23 years old today. That in and of itself of course is a joyous¬†occasion. But usually my sibling’s birthdays don’t really hit me the way this one is. It’s probably because in less than three weeks SHE IS GETTING MARRIED.¬†

Of course I am overjoyed, proud, excited, and most of all simply happy for her and her fiance, who I’ve known for a long time and is already part of our family.

But just allow me a moment to be nostalgic for the days of yore.

Times like…

When I was so fascinated to have a baby sister I couldn’t stop putting my fingers in your mouth.

When I made you laugh like a banshee by flinging my hair around.

When we got a baby brother and you were so excited you wouldn’t ever let him nap in peace.

When we played journey, pretending my bed was a covered wagon headed west on the Oregon Trail.

When we fought and then left each other apology notes on our pillows.

When we played Power Rangers and we argued over who got to be the pink one because obviously the yellow one wasn’t as cool.

When we played on the same field hockey team.

When we put on layers and layers of plaid and won “plaid night” at youth group.

When we shared a bedroom.

When we performed together in our high school’s talent show.

When we went to El Salvador together.

When you came to visit me in Santiago and we took pictures of Mom being scared in the teleferico.

When I went with you to try on wedding dresses and cried because you looked so beautiful.

Happy Birthday, Cha.

See you in five days to make a whole crop of new memories.