Wednesday, April 24, 2013

My Whereabouts (or let’s be friends!)

Happy belated Earth Day!  Today I wanted to pop in to tell you about a new development, one that I thought I’d never do.

Friends, I have joined Pinterest.  And I’ve discovered that I’m already inept at it, which is just fabulous, right?

I know that Pinterest is no longer new and shiny; it’s more like standard practice for bloggers.  I resisted for a long time because I just didn’t want another on-line thing to suck up my time and energy.  This week I caved because after a weekend trip to Austin, I realized that Pinterest is kind of perfect for bookmarking road trip ideas and destinations and then being able to share them with your traveling companions.  Even better, if you have a smartphone (which I do not because I am a dinosaur, but Paul does!), then you have easy access to all the information you need to navigate while exploring a new city.

Perhaps more importantly, Pinterest makes me feel excited and motivated to start planning our summer trip out west.  I have a very basic plan in mind right now: 12-hour drive from Texas to New Mexico, hang out in New Mexico for a day or two (or three), then four-hour drive up to Colorado, where we will spend the bulk of our time doing fun, outdoorsy, hippie stuff, like hiking, exploring Denver, and drinking mojitos outside.  Then back through New Mexico (with another day there to break up the drive?) and home to Texas.

What’s great about this trip is that time is on our side.  I think we need to sketch out some general expectations on budget, but from where I sit right now, we have very flexible schedules.  So, for example, if we fall in love with New Mexico and want to stay there for just one more night, it’s totally do-able.  With time on our side, our very definition of “vacation” can expand as we see fit.  I don’t think I’ve ever felt that kind of freedom before, and it’s exciting!

And that, dear readers, is a very brief update.  Before I go, I thought I’d extend you an invitation to be my friend, either on Pinterest or on Facebook.  I am far too lazy to have a separate Facebook account for the blog; honestly, this blog is me.  It’s a journal of my life and my interests.  So why not be friends with me on Facebook rather than a “fan” of the blog?  (Besides, the idea of having fans is too far removed from the reality of writing a personal blog.)  Finally, do you have any suggestions for fun things to see/do/eat/drink in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, or Denver?  I’d love to hear them!


Chrissy (The New Me) said...

I am following you and have friended you! I used Pinterest a lot when we were wedding planning, and now I just pin the occasional recipe. But it is a good way to bookmark and keep track of things! And I feel the same way about "fans" on Facebook. One account is more than enough for me! Lastly, that sounds like an awesome road trip. I like the idea of being so laid back and relaxed, though I don't know if I'd be able to do that myself - I'm too much of a planner! But a girl can dream.

Rosiecat said...

Hello, dear! Thanks for befriending me--I already see a pin of yours I want to poach for reference (Ashley's egg experiment. She's so great!).

Re:planning: ha! I am SO not a planner when it comes to travel. I find the unknown terribly intimidating, and I also fear setting myself up for disappointment. But since this trip was my suggestion, I feel a sense of obligation to, like, put some effort into planning. I am, however, content to plan our days with just a general idea rather than a detailed itinerary. We'll see how things go. Since I should have more time this summer to write, I will be certain to report back!

Happy weekend to you!