Friday, September 9, 2011

Thrill On The Hill Pictures 2011

As I posted Mr and I went to Thrill on the Hill this last weekend in Cloudcroft, NM.  TOTH is a FJ Cruiser rally put on by Desert Sun Motors in Alamogordo, NM.  This was the first rally we have been to with Abby (our FJ) and we met some AMAZING people!  The trips were great, everyone was super friendly, the runs were killer and the BBQ was Delicious!!  

Here are some pictures from a couple of our runs.  Enjoy!  If you have an FJ Cruiser or Toyota I suggest you try to make TOTH next year!  It is more fun than you can imagine!  It is such a bang for your buck!  This year the registration fee was $95 but that included 2 meals, free camping, bag full of goodies, and TONS OF FUN!  

On our way to Cloudcroft, following Bob and Rick.  Bob was our fearless leader!

New Mexico can be stunning!

AWESOME Voodoo Blue FJ Cruiser!  This FJ is owned by our trail leader from Saturday, Chris Adams. 

On our historical Saturday run with Chris Adam.  I think we had 10 or 11 Fj Cruisers.

All the FJ Cruisers got together on Friday evening for a group picture.  

Getting ready to head out on the historical run.

Our first stop.  Such an interesting trip!  I learned more about New Mexico history in 7 hours from Chris Adams than I EVER learned in school.  

Heading to John Tunstalls murder site. This was probably my favorite part of the whole trip.  Not many people have seen where he was actually killed! Expect another post about this!  SSOOO INTERESTING!!

Rainy Ruidoso

Day #2- Valve Stem Trip- What mud????

FJ40- Getting ready to go through

Not as bad as it looks!  He made it through the whole thing!

Ed cracked me up!  He is on 3 tires trying to navigate the rocks and he looks at his son and says "Don't tell your mother about this" 

On our way home :(  So sad to leave.  We had such a blast and can't wait for next year! 

Thursday, September 8, 2011

New Mexico- The Land of Enchantment

Some of my favorite pictures of New Mexico.  :) I had intentions of posting a picture a day but with the crazy labor day weekend it did not happen as planned.

4 Wheeling in the Puerco is always fun!

Balloon Fiesta time in Albuqueque!  

Most of the churches in New Mexico has history. This church is in Jemez. 

The things you'll find on an afternoon road-trip.  This "cabin" is near Madrid. 
Driving down the Sandias to Placitas. GORGEOUS DRIVE!

Taos Gorge and the Rio Grande

Taos Gorge again

New Mexico history is fascinating!  More about the historical markers later :) 

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Quick Update

Just wanted to let everyone know we made it back from Thrill on the Hill safe and sound but I have a HORRIBLE COLD!  I am finally starting to feel alittle better and hopefully I can post some pics tomorrow.

If anyone around you has this end of summer cold AVOID THEM!!  This is horrible!

A few pics from this weekend

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Thrill on the Hill 2011!!!!!!!!!!!

Mr and I are packing up our FJ and leaving tomorrow morning for the 5th Thrill on the Hill in Cloudcroft, NM!!!  We are very excited. We heard there is between 50-75 FJ Cruisers!!

Meet our FJ Cruiser Abby.

We will be back sometime on Monday.  To view our trip adventures visits Abby's blog: The Adventures of Abby the FJ

For more information about Thrill on the Hill please visit the website :)  Take care and look forward to seeing everyone's holiday projects on Monday :)

NM Fall Colors

I am so ready for fall!  This week I have been alittle MIA as Mr and I are getting ready for an FJ Cruiser 4WD Rally in Cloudcroft, NM called THRILL ON THE HILL!  So excited!  Pics to follow.

NM does get some fall colors.  Usually in Oct the Sandia Mountains will look like this:


Monday, August 29, 2011

New Mexico 4 Wheeling

One of our favorite things to do is take the FJ Cruiser out 4 wheeling.  The NM pic of the day is from the Rio Puerco about 10 miles or so west of our house.  When we had a jeep we would go out all the time with our jeep club.  Now that we have the FJ its a little more difficult to get in but we still go.  :)  Also we are trying to meet more FJ Cruiser people.

Anywho... here is Mr. and Rubi (my jeep) going down a killer hill in the Rio Puerco.  I walked down to take the pic. Lesson learned that was a HORRIBLE idea!


Sunday, August 28, 2011

New Mexico Feature

Many people has asked me what it is like living in New Mexico.  Is it hot?  Is it dry?  Does it rain?  Do you get snow? Do you speak English? Do I need a passport for New Mexico? Quick answer to all... Yes, Yes, Alittle, Sometimes, No I am typing in French (really!?!?!?!), and HA HA HA!!!!! No...

I've decided to share some of my pics and thoughts on New Mexico on a daily or every other day basis.  New Mexico is defiantly different place to live.  I grew up in Michigan and moved here for my hubby.  New Mexico needed to grow on me before I began to love it.  I miss the Midwest but I am slowly adjusting to New Mexico as my home.

The first picture I would like to share is a picture of the Sandia mountains.  The Sandias are the range closest to Albuquerque.  They are AMAZING!!!  My hubby took this picture on a four wheeling trip he did in Febraury.  See... New Mexico gets snow!

The Sandia Mountains (Tiwa (Pueblo) name posu gai hoo-oo, "where water slides down arroyo"[1]) are a mountain range located in Bernalillo and Sandovalcounties, immediately to the east of the city of Albuquerque in New Mexico in the southwestern United States. The range is largely within the Cibola National Forest, and part of the range is protected as the Sandia Mountain Wilderness. It is home to the Sandia Peak Ski Area. Its highest point is Sandia Crest, 10,678 feet (3,255 m).
Sandía means watermelon in Spanish,[2] and is popularly believed to be a reference to the reddish color of the mountains at sunset.[3] Also, when viewed from the west, the profile of the mountains is a long ridge, with a thin zone of green conifers near the top, suggesting the "rind" of the watermelon. However, as Robert Julyan notes,[4] "the most likely explanation is the one believed by the Sandia Indians: the Spaniards, when they encountered the Pueblo in 1540, called it Sandia, because they thought the squash growing there were watermelons, and the name Sandia soon was transferred to the mountains east of the pueblo." He also notes that the Sandia Pueblo Indians call the mountain Bien Mur, "big mountain".

The Sandias contain a location notable for prehistoric archaeology: the Sandia Cave was believed by some in the 1930s to the 1950s[7] to have been inhabited 10000 to 12000 years ago by the "Sandia Man," a cultural classification that is no longer used.[8] The cave can be accessed via a 1/2 mile trail in Las Huertas Canyon, on the northeast side of the range, near Placitas, New Mexico.
Ancestral and early Pueblo peoples have lived in the Sandia Mountains area for thousands of years. Examples of previous Pueblo settlements, now unoccupied, include Tijeras Pueblo and Pa'ako Pueblo, both founded around 700 years ago. Sandia Pueblo is a modern pueblo, abutting the Sandia Mountains on the northwest side of the range. Some of the foothills of the range are on Sandia Pueblo land; there have been disputes in the past between the Pueblo, the Forest Service, and private landowners over rights to various parts of the range. The people of Sandia Pueblo consider the mountains a sacred place.

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Peacock Personality

Every since I was a wee little Mandy I have loved peacocks.  I love their colors, their presence, and everything about them.  Everyone who knows me well always tells me "I have a peacock personality"  Finally I googled it.

SOURCE The peacock is a showy bird, with its bright colors and beautiful tail feathers. It struts around, flashing those feathers to attract the females. Thus, it's not hard to imagine that a person with the personality traits of a peacock is someone who adores attention. A peacock loves to be noticed. He or she is gregarious and talkative. A peacock sparkles and is the life of the party. However, the peacock can come across as cocky and irresponsible. A peacock is generally not great with time management or dealing with details.

I guess you could say I am a peacock :)  

I've always wanted one as a pet but that was a HUGE no go.  After talking to my husband he also said no to a peacock.  What he doesn't know is that as soon as we get some land I am totally getting a peacock and a Mini Sicilian Donkey.  TAKE THAT!

My husband knows me sssooooo well.  After pouting for abit he told me "You love inspiration!  Why don't you re-do the laundry room and use a peacock as inspiration" DONE!!!  Pouting over.  I have been on for almost an hour this morning looking for some inspiration for my laundry room.

My laundry room is about 7x7.  No windows. Just a washer. dryer and FERRETS!!!  Random ferret picture...

Ok... my laundry... as I was saying 7x7, no windows, no natural light.  Just pure function!  
I want ALOT of fun color in this space!  My house for the most part is punchy but not colorful.  I want a room that screams my apparent peacock personality.  

I am thinking about painting the walls the soft tan above for the sake of our house is a starter home and I don't want to repaint the laundry room :)  

I have a front loading washer and dryer.  Hubby will build me a counter top and I am thinking about tiling it with this tile.  HOW PEACOCK IS THIS!?!?!?!

Above my washer and dryer I could use more storage.  I like the idea of adding cabinets and shelving.  
My heart tells me to paint the cabinet a fun color but my brain says "do you really want to paint the cabinets back to white if you move?" This will depend on how much color the glass tile counter brings into the space.  

We also need to rip up our current linoleum.  My kitchen has slate tile and the rest of my house has oak laminate floors.  I am thinking a lighter tile on the floor as the room is not huge.  

Here are some more peacock inspiration that I love!!
Love the punchy purple flowers with the feather.

A piece of art like this would be perfect to tie everything together   

Thursday, August 25, 2011

A to Z

I was glancing at some blogs this evening and i noticed a post from C.R.A.F.T called A to Z.  I decided it might be fun to do since I am trying to relax from a long day.  :)

A. age: 28

B. bed size: cal king.  My hubby is 6'6" 

C. chore you hate: Cleaning my ferrets cage and loading the dishwasher

D. dogs: 2 meet them here 

E. essential start to your day: Mt Dew, blogging and a kiss from my hubby

F. favorite color: I love all colors!  Right now I am loving deep purple.

G. gold or silver: I have my moments of both.  I love antique looking gold.  Not a fan of shiny, bling bling gold

H. height: 5'2"

I. instruments you play: I played the flute when I was a kid and HATED IT! I am not a musical person.  I love music though.  Kinda weird...

J. job title: branch assistant, cop wife, blogger, crafter and budding interior designer

K. kids: I have 2 dogs and 3 ferrets.  We are at our limit :)  I like other peoples kids.  You can return them :)

L. live: Rio Rancho, NM

M. maiden name: Campbell

N. nicknames: Mandy, Mandy Jeanie

O. overnight hospital stays: a couple.  nothing major. I lived.

P. pet peeve: When I am relaxing on the sofa and my hubby starts shaking his leg.  I also will freak out if you leave the kitchen cabinets open.  I have been known to quit eating and go and shut the cabinet, come back and finish dinner. 

Q. quote: Imperfection is Beauty

R. righty or lefty: rrighty

S. siblings: 0 My mother felt I was enough :)

T. time you wake up: 6ish

U. university attended: O good lord I have tried just about everything :)  I prefer to be a student of life.  Atleast the student loans are cheaper :)

V. vegetables you dislike: I am a potatoes and corn kinda girl. 

W. what makes you run late: Blogger!

X. x-rays you’ve had: ooo I have had a ton!  

Y. yummy food: today we had Rudy's BBQ for dinner!  YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Z. zoo animal favorite: Polar Bears and Prairie Dog

Hope you enjoyed some random Mandy-Facts.  :)  If you re-post this on your blog, leave me a note, and I will certainly come check it out :)