Sunday, October 28, 2012

Durango-Silverton Train

Just a couple of short videos of the train ride (less than a minute each). We sat in the very last seat in the train and were just inside the back deck. These videos were taken from that deck. I was sitting in a lawn chair out there! It was magnificent! Glorious! Awesome!


Sorry this one is so skinny.
I forgot to turn my camera sideways.
DUH.


The "smoke" you see in these pictures is from the engine, which was way ahead of us since we were in the very back.  Some pictures below show you how far back we were.

Now a few pictures...



Inside our train car looking up.



Frozen waterfall.

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We are beat from the trip yesterday. My back is paying the price for all that rocking and jolting for hours. Probably not a good idea if you have a bad back. We're taking it very easy today, and I was smart enough to bring my heating pad with us, so lots of cabin couch time during NASCAR and football.

I think I see some brownies in our future this afternoon. When we get home, I am not eating until Thanksgiving. Hahaha.


Oh, I wanted to show y'all one more picture from the trip from Santa Fe to Durango...


This was on the Captain's side of the road (driver's side).

CAP:  Look, Pam! It's Penis Point!

ME:  OMG! Seriously?

CAP:  No. It's actually Chimney Rock.

ME:  Oh.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

I Threw a Fit (Surprise)


Just one picture from yesterday. This was taken from the Durango Burger King's parking lot. I'm so sure!  Even in the BK parking lot, it is picturesque!  

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Okay, let's get real here. We are a married couple just like everybody else, and even on vacation, we have our moments of marital stress. Yesterday we were taking a little drive and I had the map and was giving the Captain driving directions (NEVER a good idea and a perfect recipe for a blow-up). You know it's true!

Of course, he was not listening to me, and he's been doing this the entire trip...I tell him to turn this way or that, and he either completely ignores me or asks really dumb questions like, "What do you mean turn left?  Is it a hard left or just a veer in the road?"

WTF?  "How the hell should I know!! I've never been here either, but if you need to turn left, you probably should be in the LEFT lane regardless! DUH!"

And he went on and on about whether it was a veer or a hard turn, and I totally lost my shit with him and said, "IT DOESN'T MATTER!  Forget it! You have not followed my directions this whole trip! Just drive off the damn cliff for all I care! Don't ask me anything EVER AGAIN! I am really annoyed with you right now!  @#$%^&! (Understatement.) I pitched a huge hissy fit and wadded up the map and threw it in the back seat like I was 12 years old.

Ha-ha-ha! It must be the elevation sickness again. It is still sucking the life out of us, by the way. I thought you might enjoy knowing everything is not sunshine and roses every minute. I got over it after a few miles of silence, and everything was fine once again.

ANYWHO...

We will be on the train to Silverton and back all day today. Hopefully I'll get some great pictures and a little video to share from that trip. Thank goodness the Captain is NOT driving. 

Bye.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Durango Cabin Video

Turn up your volume or wear earphones to hear my narration.  I'm not saying anything important or earth-shattering, I'm just sayin.

Santa Fe to Durango

It was a looong trip yesterday because we kept stopping and wasting time.  The drive was beautiful though.  I wish I had pictures that captured it better.  These were some of the best I got, which just don't do it justice, but here we go...

Within the first 30 minutes, we stopped at two different casinos and went inside to pull a few slots.  The first casino kept us busy a whopping 10 minutes.  (We each spent $20.)  Then we left and stopped at the next one down the road.  I sat at a Wheel of Fortune slot machine for at least an hour, maybe a little more, on my $20 there.

Then we were off for the drive...


All of these were taken in New Mexico.






Oh, ur, um, hello Officer State Trooper!
Your state sure is lovely!


He and the Captain were best buddies before it was over.
No ticket.
VERY nice man!
(He took a picture with me too. Hee-hee.)

This is how the conversation went just as we were pulling over:

ME:  Oh, shit!  How fast were you going?

CAP:  About 70 in a 60.  Crap!

ME:  Do you have your badge?  Where is it?

CAP:  Yes, I have it, but it's in your suitcase in the back.

ME:  What the hell is it doing there!  GAH!  What good is it there?? (Bitch)

CAP:  WHAT are you doing?

ME:  I'm going to take a picture!

CAP:  STOP THAT!  Don't you dare do that until we find out if he's giving me a ticket!

ME:  Oh, he won't care!  (But I minded him until the business was done.)

After the business...(He and Cap talked about department policies and whether they had ticket quotas, the Trooper grew up in this area (Champa, NM) and told us to be sure and stop at Pagosa Springs, Colorado, just up the road.

ME:  Do you mind if I take your picture?

Officer State Trooper:  No, go ahead!  Get out of the car and get a good one!  Sir, do you want to get out and take a picture of your wife with me?

And that's exactly what we did.  I was cracking up.

Officer State Trooper:  You two be careful and watch out because I have two buddies just up the road!

Awfully nice of him to warn us, wasn't it?  The Captain was very careful to watch his speed the rest of the trip and not get so caught up in the scenery.  He really is not a speeder.

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I told you I meet furry friends everywhere I go...


This rotweiller was very BIG, but very sweet.
We had stopped at a BBQ Pit along the roadway.
However...


He'd get upset every time I started to take a picture.
His owner said he's always been that way,
He hates it!


Mr. Rotweiller's girlfriend was very pretty and sweet too.

The BBQ sandwiches sucked.
We were definitely NOT in Texas anymore!

I have lots of ass-sitting to do.  I'm very busy.  And this altitude is really messing with the Captain and I.  We are at 8,493 feet here.  We both kind of feel head-achy and breathless, and I feel super-bloated.  How attractive.  We are staying inside most of the day today and relaxing.  I made a BBQ brisket in the oven overnight, so we're having some better BBQ sandwiches today.

More tomorrow if you care to join me.
I love reading your comments as you follow along with me on this trip!
Bye, Friends!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Santa Fe Food & Animals


Tamales, Rice, Beans


Something called pupusa.
Better than the tamales!  Really good!


The best thumbprint cookie I've ever eaten!
(Apricot and coconut)


GREAT Apple Pie


Yes, a bobcat ranch!
It was next to the restaurant where we ate.


Not a bobcat.  LOL.
I make furry friends wherever I go.


Watching World Series Game 1.

Nightie-Night.

Do You Know the Way to Santa Fe?

Oh wait...that was San Jose, wasn't it?

Anywho...

Just outside of Santa Fe.
We got here at about 6 pm.


The view from our room.

We're switching hotels and moving to a B&B later today, but this place was so lovely and quaint!


It was just about to get dark, but this was coming off the Interstate and turning off towards Santa Fe.  None of the picture I captured showed the real beauty of it.  It was majestic in person!



Looks like we're just in time for all the beautiful fall colors!

We had a lovely drive in, and it seemed to go quickly.  We enjoyed each other's company and laughed a lot.

More tomorrow!

Love,
Vacation Girl

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Too Busy

Today was a very busy day, so no time for the knitty business.  I wasn't home all day until about an hour ago.  Tomorrow will be full of packing and last-minute stuff.  Yes, I know I said I was out of here the other day, but that was just because I didn't want to worry about blogging these last few days at home.  Turns out that I did anyway.

I'm pretty sure I'm going to start the hat all over again in worsted-weight yarn and larger circular hooks.  That is, when I get time to go get some bigger ones!  Beginners are just better off using larger hooks and yarn, just like when learning to crochet.  Duh, Pam.  I'm hoping I'll be able to pick some up while we're gone.  I could use more practice casting on anyway just to be sure I have it down.  I may not get back to it in earnest until we get back the beginning of November.

Bye!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Knitting Sucks

Hahahaha!

It's 38 minutes past midnight and I believe I have my cast ons done perfectly.  I'm having trouble with the joining and knit 2, purl 2 to make the ribs now.  My mind is sufficiently blown for the evening.  I'll tackle that when I'm fresh of mind tomorrow.

I made a command decision to forget about using the yarn I bought for this project.  Being a beginner, I need a thicker, sturdier yarn to use with all the ripping out and redoing when learning stitches.  That baby yarn was wearing out really fast.  So I started over with some Snowflake Wool yarn in pink

I'll figure out what to do next tomorrow.  Bye.

(Updated) A Little Knitting?

I have just about convinced myself to give the knitting needles one more try...this time the circular needles, although I'm not even sure I know what that means.  LOL.  I'm an idiot, or should I say knit-wit?  Ha-ha-ha.

BUT...when I saw THIS, I followed her link to the free Ravelry pattern.  Look how many people have made this hat!  2,329 people!  And that's just the number that took the time to post their project on Ravelry.  If that many people can knit this hat, so can I!  Right?

Plus, I have tried a time or two before to knit, and I just could not get the hang of it.  So you know what that means?  A challenge!  I can do anything if I want to bad enough.  I just haven't wanted to very bad in the past because my one true love is crochet.  It still is, but I just have to prove to myself (and now y'all) that I can do this.

I really really really wish that I had someone sitting here with me to show me how to do it, but instead I will rely on YouTube videos to teach me the stitches.  I taught myself to crochet, so I can teach myself to knit too.  It just may take a little longer.

Does anybody want to try this with me?  I don't care if you've ever knitted before or not, but it would be nice if you did so you can answer any questions I might have.  I do know a few of you who knit (like Lovestitch and Stitchy Mc Floss), but I would love some new knitters too so we can feel the pain together.  Ha.  Now that's not a very good mindset, Pammy Sue.  We will be so excited if we learn this new craft and make this hat!

Anybody?  Let's do it!

I even have several kinds of sock yarn in my stash that I can use for this.  I will, however, have to make a run to Hobby Lobby for those circular needles.  In fact, I'm getting dressed right now to go get them.  Hobby Lobby closes in an hour and won't be open on Sunday.

Where's my bra and car keys??

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This is the style of the one I am making and the colors.  HERE is the link to the Ravelry page belonging to the lady that made this one.  See her notes for her changes.

Here is the yarn I bought at Hobby Lobby for the brim, pom-pom, and the body:


I had to get baby yarn for the brim & pom-pom,  It's a bit darker than it shows here, but you get the idea.

Off I got to look at YouTube videos and get started!

I'm skeered!
But I shall not fail, even if it kills me!

Fake, Fake, Fake

Skirt & boots outfit from previous post:  http://www.polyvore.com/skirt_boots/set?id=47218215

Cheap!  (Except the purse, but who needs it?)

You know these are not the real pictures of anything, don't you?  I just found pictures on the Internet to match my story.  Similar, but NOT the exact pictures of places or things.  I just wanted to be clear so nobody thinks I'm lying and making shit up.  Ha.

You will see the REAL stuff either while I'm gone or upon my return.  I am taking the laptop so a post is possible and likely.

By the way, if there are any burglars reading, I have people staying at my house with big guns and big muscles.  As my dad always said, he will "Stomp a mudhole in your belly!"  So don't even think about it.  He will be among some of the menfolk staying here until our return.

Paranoid much?  Why, yes.  Yes, I am.


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Signing Off

If you need me, I'll be here...


Or here...


Or here...


Or here...


Here a lot...


And here a WHOLE LOT...


And I'll be wearing...


These...


And this...



These...


A lot of these (Yes, I'm sex-ay!)...



And these too!

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I'll be back in November, just in time for my birfday!


Pammy Sue

Monday, October 15, 2012

Mac & Cheese


I made this recipe for Macaroni and Glue Cheese the other day.  LOL.  I just said that to be funny.  It was really good.  It does kinda look and act like glue when it's cold.  I forgot to get a nice picture of it just out of the oven, so you get the sloppy unappetizing picture.

And I'm showing it to you only because I have NOTHING else.  I've been a bad blogger lately.  I'm just not feeling it.  I'm sure I'll come around soon.

Anyway, here's the quick & easy recipe I used for the Mac & Cheese...

Delicious and Easy Mac and Cheese

2 cups elbow macaroni
1 cup half-and-half
1 pinch cayenne (I used Sirachi sauce)
Salt and pepper
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese

Boil the macaroni for 6 minutes or until al dente (salt the water!)

In a medium saucepan heat the half-and-half with cayenne, salt and pepper. Add macaroni and 1 1/2 cups of the cheese and cook on medium heat until the cheese melts. Pour into a buttered casserole and top with remaining cheese.
Bake in a preheated 350 F oven for 15 minutes until the cheese melts.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Crochet & Quilt Ribbons

Here are a few of the ribbon items.  I'll just show them and not comment.  You can think what you may.  Sorry some are not great pictures.  I was taking the pictures of the crochet stuff through glass and sometimes couldn't get the camera to focus...

CROCHET...
You will recognize most, if not all, of these patterns.

The first one below is made of squares of material crocheted together.
Click on any of these for a larger view...









QUILTS...


The above quilt fascinated me.
Look at all of those teeny-tiny squares that had to be sewn together!



The above was the Captain's favorite.


I liked the above flower basket quilt the most.
I wish I'd gotten a better pic of it.


This one was prettier in person.
They all were, really.

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The Captain has a full-blown cold.  He started getting it the day we went to the Fair and shared drinks all day.  GAH.  Our trip is coming up in less than two weeks, so if I'm going to get it, I wish it would just come on.  I threatened to lick his face and up his nose so I could just get it and get it over with.  So far I have no sign of it.  (Knock on wood!)

When I tell people that we went to the fair, they always ask what we had to eat.  When we first got there, I had a corny dog (always a must-eat) and the Captain had hamburger.  Later in the day, we both had an ear of roasted corn on the cob with butter, salt, and garlic pepper.  The corn was THE BEST!  Then right before we left, the Captain had a big smoked sausage on a stick.  It was good, but I just wasn't hungry.  We didn't try any of the weird sweet foods, like deep fried Snickers or Oreos.  I swear, they had fried everything, including fried jambalaya and fried mac & cheese.  

I always ride only one ride...


I love the swings!

The Captain refused to ride it, so I rode it alone with the rest of the 8 year olds.  Hahaha!

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Have a great weekend!


Pammy Sue!

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