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Sep. 24th, 2017 | 09:59 pm

Or I will ingest them, just to prove I can.

Been in NM since Friday night. It has been a short but very food-focused trip. AA got me here perfectly on time with a stop in DFW, where I ate chicken nuggets and tried to get steps in by roaming terminals. Upon landing I got my rental car without incident. A Kia Soul, which has more room than I'll ever need but less oomph than even my little Cavalier. I would very much like to be able to get to the top of hills, Alamo Rent-a-Car. I navigated to my usual Sonic and got a bag of delicious salt and grease plus a limeade as my first stop, because traditions are important. :)

That makes 2017 the first year since college that I've flown three different airlines (AA, B6, and DL). It's been good for my wallet and my free time to book whatever works best instead of being blindly loyal to just one.

Anyhow, I spent a not very exciting but comfortable night in a new hotel off the interstate, then woke up early for showering, breakfast burrito-snagging, snack shopping at Smith's, and repacking. Then I drove off to Pecos, meeting Mom and Earl at noon at El Arbolito. We got ready in a mild frenzy and then set off for the church to attend the wedding. That old building is close to exactly the same as it's always been, though they now have new pews? I'll write more about the wedding, reception, and long intermission between those two events in a dedicated post later.

We spent last night in Pecos, then went to Mass at the Monastery this morning, because even a wedding with full Catholic Mass embedded (including communion wafers!) doesn't count for some reason*. Once we got out of there, we went straight to Frankie's for brunch with Aunties Laura and Martha. It was crowded but the food was super great, and we lolled there for a good long time.

From there we packed up our bags, went to Auntie Laura's house to see her remodel and the new RV. Both insanely nice! Can I please retire so I can build a sun room and a gazebo and a new deck? Thanks, universe. I also followed her dog a lot, a super adorable husky mix. Then we popped over to Uncle Arthur's house to catch up, and it was a merry battalion of children with Araceli and Vincent's kids. Nice to hear from everyone about what they are doing, though. Robin is a sheriff's deputy! We then were doled out leftover food from the wedding catering and drove home. I've done very little here but move stuff around at my parents' request, then we had grilled trout and salad for dinner. At least there is wifi, so I am now reasonably caught up on news, LJ, and internet browsing.

And I participated in this friending frenzy. Pop on over if you want to make some new LJ friends.

Tomorrow I leave here around 11 for the long drive back to ABQ and then fly back to DC. I arrive at 10:45 pm assuming all is on time, kind of crappy but not as bad as the 11:53 pm arrival I was going to book originally! Just because airlines need to push their equipment to max utilization doesn't mean I need to be on flights at these nutty times.

*The masochism inherent in being a Mexican Catholic?

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Hein

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from: fub
date: Sep. 25th, 2017 06:03 pm (UTC)
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Sounds like a good food-filled trip!

I don't think you technically have to be retired to build a sun room -- why wait until then?

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Sep. 26th, 2017 06:29 pm (UTC)
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I suppose I just need a house first. :)

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Chronic Multiplicity, Chronicled.

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from: spiral_meter
date: Sep. 25th, 2017 07:04 pm (UTC)
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thanks for the plug!

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Sep. 26th, 2017 06:30 pm (UTC)
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Anytime.

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think of me sweetly.

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from: aheadsuretospin
date: Sep. 27th, 2017 07:19 pm (UTC)
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All the green chile!

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Sep. 28th, 2017 12:39 am (UTC)
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It was pretty excellent, perhaps because the harvest just happened so all the chile is super fresh!

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