I grew up along different points of the Mexican-American border until I was 15. It's impossible to ignore the influence the border plays in daily life, or to underplay the significance of Mexican culture in the region. Of course, the whole area used to be Mexico, and I am also Mexican, so this all created a heightened awareness of the uniqueness of those borderlands. All of this to say that after being just two hours from Canada for the past 10 months, I've yet to feel or witness any of those same border feelings or Canadian influence. What's your deal, Canada?
December 20, 2015
October 26, 2015
Generally speaking, for birthdays and anniversaries we like to go places and do things instead of giving one another gifts. It's always more memorable to take a trip somewhere than to purchase an item to commemorate a special day. I remember that last year I was struggling to come up with an idea for Jarrad's birthday because there just isn't much to do in the Houston area, and we spent a day in Wharton, Texas. Luckily, this year I had a hard time choosing because there were so many options! Ultimately, I went for the cabin in the woods.
October 06, 2015
In late spring, I came across some blogs that mentioned "Summer Bucketlists." As you can imagine, I loath the word bucketlist, but I did like the idea of compiling a variety of events to undertake in a summer. Mind you, this is the first time in my whole life that I've ever attempted to do much other than grump and sweat in the summer. But Seattle summers are so incredibly splendid, that you actually want to spend hours outside. You know it's been a successful summer when you don't have sweat rolling down your back! In any case, my summer list is after the jump.
June 21, 2015
When we lived in Houston, the closest trip of any interest was a three hour drive to Austin, a city we'd lived in for six years. Other than that, the next closest point of interest was New Orleans, and we visited twice in a year. My point is, you are left struggling with cool road trip ideas when you're stuck in the armpit of America. Or really anywhere in Texas. That's yet another huge benefit of living in Seattle; we are so close to so many great sites: two hours from Vancouver, a little more than two hours to Portland, and just short ferry rides and drives to multiple islands and exciting mountain adventures. We decided to take advantage last weekend and explore the Olympic Peninsula.