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Who doesn’t love a good parade?


Gotta say…I love a good parade.  Especially for St. Patrick’s Day!  I’ve celebrated in five different cities so far.  I look forward to experiencing other celebrations in cities around the world….like Ireland!

The amazing parade floats, drinking in public, and avoiding the flying cabbage on the streets of New Orleans is fun times!  My favorite, so far, has been the giant parade in Denver, one of the biggest celebrations in the US.  I also love small town parades, like in Fort Collins, which are all about the community.  Last year was definitely the weirdest, being in another country.  Chile obviously doesn’t celebrate the holiday, or even understand what the big deal is.  Gotta love it!  🙂

This year’s parade time found me in Colorado Springs.  Definitely a different experience.  I got to enjoy the festivities with a sister and brother who live here, as well as with a new friend I’ve made.  The “holiday vibe” was very different here.  The police presence was pretty huge (this town has violent tendencies).  The parade was more of a big advertisement opportunity, rather than the community participation that I prefer to see.

Usually, I would hit up an Irish pub with friends, but today I ended up at a Jamaican restaurant for lunch, with a Red Stripe in my hand instead of a Guinness.  But that’s okay, it’s all good.  I’ll save the Irish Stout for the 17th!

Here’s a couple snapshots I took today with my phone:

Bagpipers marching in the Springs parade

Llamas! And baby llamas!!!

Quite a big difference from last year.  No parades, of course, but I did find an Expat pub, in Santiago, Chile, that was celebrating the holiday.  Had a fabulous time and ended up meeting a ton of amazing people, both expat and local.  Since I don’t have many pics, I’ll throw in some pictures from last year’s celebration at California Cantina ….

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Foto Friday


Right…so…remember when I decided that I would do this daily photo thing this month?  Yeah, that was before realizing I don’t have my camera cable with me.  So now we have Fabulous Foto Fridays!  I’m excited.  🙂

And because it’s all I have, we’ll start off with some really crappy phone pics!

Here’s my week:

Herbie sighting! This amuses me to no end.

In training for St. Patrick’s Day.

Check out the awesome clover on the foam!

One day it’s warm and lovely, the next day is freezing and snowing sideways.  Come on Colorado, we’re ready for Spring!

Holy Brrrr, Batman!

Minimalism March


It’s the 1st of March! (aka March 2nd)

Yesterday morning I woke up with a brain-child and  announced to my little turtle pillow that March was officially “The Month of Minimalism”!  I was very excited.  I also decided to give myself the highly creative goals of:

  • writing a blog post each day in March, and
  • taking a photo every day (to make my posts that much cooler).

For awhile, I basked in the glow of my new and lovely ideas.  Drank a pot of coffee.  Then promptly distracted myself by cleaning the kitchen, doing the laundry, and other such personal and household chores that I only do when I’m avoiding something.

I’m brilliant that way.

Then I remembered…minimalism!  Right.  Spent the rest of the day working away in my sister’s basement – labeling in-boxes designated for “donations” and “selling”, sorting through items, tearing down recyclables, and generally making a big disaster of it all.

Fun times!

I even went as far as to pull out the camera to see the make & model so I could make an informed reply to a blog post I had read.  And then put it back in it’s oh-so-fashionable camera case without even turning it on.


Which brings me to the 1st of March, part 2.  But that’s okay.  Who’s judging anyway?  I’ll just keep trudging away at this and maybe eventually I’ll get the hang of it.

Here’s a photo to get me started…

Jasper the Travel Gnome visits Air Force Academy in Colorado, USA.