All of these lines across my face - tell you the story of who I am - so many stories of where I've been - and how I got to where I am - but these stories don't mean anything - when you've got no one to tell them to - it's true - I was made for you. B. Carlile

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

America's longest running house of....

....what, is in Butte, Montana?

That would be prostitution.  I learned something new about our town tonight.  Not sure how I feel about it, but if any of you come to visit maybe we'll take a tour of the Dumas Brothel Museum. 

It was built in 1890 as a three-level brothel, guess they were busy.
It closed in 1982, making it the longest running house of prostitution in America. Wow.


Music Monday on Tuesday

"Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent." V. Hugo

Please don't take this title to mean that I am going to do this music thing with any regularity.  I am not a great planner and don't remember things too well.  We'll see.  To start this tribute to tunes off I am giving a shout out to F.B. Williams.  He has been in Africa for some time and I haven't talked to him in a while.  We have listened to a lot of music on a lot of trips.  I am also going to post 3 videos today.  I figure that 3 is a good way to get this thing going; so if I don't post for a while then I can say this post is for the next 3 tuesdays.  Enjoy!!!

Because of the lyrics:

Because it takes you there:

Because it doesn't get much better:

Sunday, January 1, 2012

"Hey, Kids, I heard on the news that an airline pilot spotted Santa's sleigh on it's way in from New York City."

“The most enduring traditions of the season are best enjoyed in the warm embrace of kith and kin.” Clark W. Griswold

Bare was on his way back from Alabama, but I decided to try to get in the holiday spirit the week after Thanksgiving.  We stored all of our decorations in the garage so I wouldn’t have to dig through boxes in the basement when the time came.  I learned one important lesson—don’t store snow globes in garages in Montana! It was completely frozen—thankfully it did not bust.  Our decorations are going in the basement now!

Our Christmas cards brought lots of smiles! I decided I needed a way to display them, so thanks to Pinterest I came up with this!

This spurred on craftiness in me that I had forgotten about, so I made these! I’ll take orders for next year, but they take FOREVER so request early!!

Bare finally made it back to Montana, so we bought—yes, bought our 1st Christmas tree! Maybe next year we will go into the mountains of Montana and cut one down, but this year, we relied on the nice guy who lived in the camper to help us pick out the perfect tree! And perfect it is—I can’t bring myself to take it down.

“We're kicking off our fun old-fashioned family Christmas by heading out into the country in the old front-wheel drive sleigh to embrace the frosty majesty of the winter landscape and select that most important of Christmas symbols.”
Clark W. Griswold

It was decorated with Bare—not really, but he thought this pun was pretty funny.  He supervised, while I perfectly spaced the red, silver, gold ornaments in my own little OCD way! Our 1st ornament hung was one of our favorites—a fly—given to us last year by these dear friends.  It only seemed appropriate.

Bare and I started our Christmas a week early in Big Sky thanks to Groupon Getaways! He spent a couple days skiing while I relaxed, read by the fire, and spent a few hours at the spa.

I was on call December 22-25, so we were home—so I baked and baked and baked some more for coworkers, friends, and Christmas dinner—using a total of 34 eggs!!

Many hours were spent listening to holiday music and all the classic movies were watched!

We decided to start a tradition of having seafood on Christmas Eve, so Bare cooked some amazing bacon wrapped scallops, ahi tuna steaks, butternut squash stuffed ravioli and asparagus.  We spent time skyping with the family on Christmas Eve and day, which made being away a little easier.  It was by far, the most laid back Christmas I have ever had, but I guess that’s fine every 30 years or so.

Christmas 2011

We didn’t have any visitors so these words were not murmured— [To Eddie] “Can I get you any more egg nog? Get you something to eat? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere, leave you for dead?” Clark W. Griswold

For auld lang syne, my dear…

“Youth is when you're allowed to stay up late on New Year's Eve. Middle age is when you're forced to.” ~Bill Vaughn

“But I don’t do either. I’m special.” ~Bare, my husband

“Yes, you are special.” ~Me

I have never made a New Year’s resolution. Why, because I do not want to fail, ever.  Perfection is good at times, not so much at others.

If I were to have resolutions, they always seemed so boring and predictable…lose weight, be consistent, keep in touch with others better, pay off debt.  Don’t get me wrong. These are all good things, but something about putting them down in writing.  But not this year, maybe because I’m an official grown-up now—I’m 30 and, I’ve had the same professional job for a year.

So here they are—in print and here’s to 2012.  May it be a year worth living!!

  1. Lose weight and Be More Active—the good ‘ole lose weight one. But this summer I want to hike in Montana and Yellowstone without feeling like my chest is going to explode at any moment. And, I only put a swimsuit on once last year, but we are planning to see the beach this summer!
  2. Journal—handwritten journals. As a child/teenager I was a diligent “journaler” but starting in college I became “too busy” and only do when I remember…mostly when I’m really anxious or upset about life!  My Mama Jean still gives me a journal each year for Christmas and I plan to start filling them up again.
  3. Learn to sew/smock and fly-fish
  4. Become a better photographer
  5. Start being the wife, daughter, granddaughter, sister, aunt, friend, coworker I want to become.
  6. Volunteer
  7. Travel and delight in the beauty around me.
  8. Read/Finish several Classics—The Scarlet Letter, Jane Erye, Little Women.
  9. Be gracious—with my time, money, self
  10. Grow spiritually

“Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.” ~Benjamin Franklin