My best friend Diana called from Arizona last night, wanting to give my daughter a new outfit for her first day of high school. As a veteran mother of two daughters who have successfully navigated (and completed) the murky waters of high school, her advice is worth its weight in gold.
My best friend and I met a score and a half years ago as college students in Orange County, California. It wasn't until I bought a house in Barelas - 12 years… Continue
Added by Barelas Babe on August 11, 2008 at 11:00pm —
Instead of walking to the Downtown Grower's market, I harvested grapes and plums from the backyard this morning. Yum!
Added by Barelas Babe on August 9, 2008 at 8:00am —
The last time I held a yard sale was almost exactly 19 years ago. I was 3 weeks away from giving birth to my firstborn, and had felt the nesting (and purging) instinct with a vengeance. We made enough money to buy items for the baby’s layette
and an expensive silk lampshade for a family heirloom antique lamp that I had foolishly decided should go in the nursery. (What was I… Continue
Added by Barelas Babe on August 4, 2008 at 10:30am —
Ever since Adelita posted this
, my family has been on a mission to find image # 2. Tonight, my son and I decided to hunt down the Happy Face. First, we fortified ourselves with fuel here.
And then we saw this on the way to… Continue
Added by Barelas Babe on August 2, 2008 at 11:00pm —
I’m up too late on a Saturday night (for reasons of insomnia, not fun) and feel too groggy to throw on some clothes and walk a few blocks down the street to the Church of Beethoven
this Sunday morning.
So I make my mug of Ohori’s Italian Roast
drip coffee, all the while dithering over whether I want to start my day with the New York… Continue
Added by Barelas Babe on July 28, 2008 at 1:30pm —
Ever since the summer of 1975, when I hung a foldout poster from Elton John’s Captain Fantastic album
on my bedroom closet door, I have been a sucker for posters. Earlier this month I stumbled upon Puerto Rico Literario
, a small gem of a poster art collection at the… Continue
Added by Barelas Babe on July 21, 2008 at 12:00pm —
Ever since I’ve been commuting from Albuquerque to the Capital City (not the City Different, but the one supposedly built on a swamp), I’ve been tantalized by glimpses of the old Albuquerque Airport terminal, built in 1939. Continue
Last week, I decided to see it up close and in person.
It was an adventure.
The first challenge is getting to it. Mapquest and Google…
Added by Barelas Babe on July 14, 2008 at 10:30pm —
Help! The trumpeter vine is taking over my house!
Added by Barelas Babe on July 9, 2008 at 7:33pm —
Airport – a neutral place between worlds.
Each time I’m at an airport, I’m always reminded of C. S. Lewis’s Wood Between the Worlds
-the pervasive lassitude and sense of being neither here nor there.
Obviously, airports lack the WBTW's lush green foliage and pools leading to different worlds in Narnian cosmology.
Still, the idea of bypassing TSA… Continue
Added by Barelas Babe on July 7, 2008 at 1:00pm —
Once again I’m blogging in an airport upon wending my way back to Albuquerque from (yet another) conference
These days the Sunport
seems more familiar than my backyard garden, now brimming with apricots and plums ready for cooking, canning, freezing, and drying.
I’m weary. It feels like I’ve been through the Sunport at least forty times this… Continue
Added by Barelas Babe on July 4, 2008 at 12:00pm —
So, I screwed up.
My flashdrive with all my blogs – pieces, musings, remnants, polished products – GONE! (Or at least it did not make the ride with me to our nation’s capital, which is currently more humid than a Finnish sauna and just as hot.)
So yesterday I got creative.
First, I racked my brain for Albuquerque connections in Washington DC.
I thought about a few – the scraggly pinyon pine… Continue
Added by Barelas Babe on June 23, 2008 at 4:23pm —
No matter how many years I’ve been in Albuquerque, it’s the happenstance that gets to me.
Over ten years ago, while waiting for a shuttle bus at the UNM South Lot, I struck up a conversation with a woman standing next to me. As we chatted, we discovered that we’d been corresponding with each other on a UNM issue over e-mail for the past month, but had never met face to face.
We laughed, and soon our… Continue
Added by Barelas Babe on June 16, 2008 at 11:30am —
I’m sitting on a folding chair in a storefront office in the South Valley and I’m terrified.
There are about 35 chairs arranged in a semi-circle -- all facing the front. Most peoples' heads are tilted upwards; what is happening up front has their rapt attention.
We’re not in a storefront church, but an MVD dispensary.
My son is getting his driver’s license.
The item that has captured everyone’s… Continue
Added by Barelas Babe on June 9, 2008 at 11:00pm —
Each year, right around the time when the Rolling Thunder
motorcyclists make their way into the nation’s capital, I roll out of town with a bootful of books, migrating back to Burque for the summer. This time I journeyed back with my history buff and computer geek son, who is (as they say) “transitioning” from high school to college. Here… Continue
Added by Barelas Babe on May 28, 2008 at 1:00pm —
On Sunday morning I woke up late, threw on jeans and a sweater, and dashed down 4th Street to check out one of the newest happenings in Barelas – the Church of Beethoven
. Last week I stumbled upon this story
in the Daily Lobo, and promised myself the next time I was in… Continue
Added by Barelas Babe on April 27, 2008 at 8:30pm —
I spent a good chunk of this weekend running errands from the North Valley to Barelas. I couldn’t help noticing that the lilacs are everywhere this time of year.
Whenever I see lilacs, I am reminded of Walt Whitman’s moving elegy to Abraham Lincoln
Oddly enough, I never made the connection between lilacs blooming and the time of year that Lincoln’s assassination must have… Continue
Added by Barelas Babe on April 15, 2008 at 12:00am —
A few days ago the Washington Post published a story on tortillas
To be precise, the story rated corn tortillas, giving WaPo
readers the lowdown on where to find the best tasting corn tortillas in the DC area.
After I stopped laughing, I starting thinking about why it is so hard to… Continue
Added by Barelas Babe on March 20, 2008 at 3:00pm —
The Rooster on Atlantic Avenue
I don’t know if Barelas has ever been without roosters. In my imagination, chickens arrived here shortly after Don Pedro de Varela put roots into this soil in 1662 and have maintained a presence in Barelas ever since.
When we moved here 11 years ago, members of my family mentioned hearing roosters crowing every morning. (Even… Continue
Added by Barelas Babe on December 23, 2007 at 8:28pm —
One of my favorite Albuquerque memories is walking along the luminaria-lined streets of Barelas through a light snowfall, following the Las Posadas de Barelas nativity and enjoying the sounds of Christmas carols sung in Spanish and English. My two children, dressed up as an angel and a shepherd, were old enough to carry their candles without setting themselves on fire, and young enough to take heed of mom’s words about the dangers of… Continue
Added by Barelas Babe on December 20, 2007 at 1:00pm —