On Sunday I returned from my 5 day visit to New Mexico. I attended a wonderful art workshop in Santa Fe and I also visited with my relatives who live there. It was such a great trip and the best way for me to tell you about it is to break it down into the 7 things I learned while I was there.
1. Red and green chile does not taste as good anywhere in the world as it does in New Mexico.
Let me just say if you don’t know about New Mexico’s chile then you should. The official state question is “Red or green?” and there is no wrong answer to that question. They are both amazing in my opinion. But if you can’t decide you can always answer with “Christmas” and get a little of both. That’s really the best way to go.
2. When you are delayed in the airport time drips by like molasses but if you have someone fun keeping you company then it flies by.
I experienced a lot of airport time on this trip. On my way out of LAX I was delayed two and a half hours. And then on my return flight out of Albuquerque (after already being delayed an hour) I found out my delay was going to be another three hours. Lots of bad weather. My cousin generously offered to come and have a beer with me while I waited and it lifted my mood tremendously as well as felt like a fun little bonus visit. I am completely grateful for that because I have to admit, I was on the verge of some sort of pathetic crying/kicking breakdown before he got there.
3. Don’t ever discard art supplies.
The workshop I took with Sandra Duran Wilson was amazing. She is a wealth of information and knowledge when it comes to all things artistic. I think the best little lesson I took away was never to discard any art supplies you might be using. She taught us to keep a throwaway piece of art next to us as we worked and to put any leftover paint, paste or collage onto the throwaway piece. Eventually that piece morphs into it’s own work of art. Brilliant.
4. The desert is in my blood.
I grew up in the Mojave desert in California. I have since lived in big cities, I’ve lived in the mountains and by the beach. I love them all but somehow while I was in the New Mexico desert, I felt really at home and a kind of magical peace. There’s such beauty there.
5. 5 days might be too long to be away from my kids right now.
Before I left, I admitted to having a little anxiety about leaving my kids. But I have to also admit, that once I got on that plane I felt great and I really enjoyed my much needed “me” time. However, by the fourth day, it hit me hard. I got the Mommy blues and was ready to see my munchkins again. A break is good but I think now I’ve figured out the right equation: 3 days would probably be perfect.
6. Buying turquoise jewelry in Santa Fe makes me very very happy.
I got this fantastic ring. Enough said.
7. Man, I have a cool family.
Spending time with people you love but don’t get to see very often is amazingly good for your soul. I spent so much time with my cousins on this trip and even though I thought I already knew them, I learned new things about every single one of them. They are the most fun and salt-of-the-earth group of people on the planet. I will be forever grateful for such wonderful relatives and vow to make more time for visits with them.
Overall it was such a great trip and I came home refreshed and with a new appreciation for my little life. I read this quote by Saint Augustine the other day and it has stuck with me: “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” Here’s to many more pages.