5.26.2010

Summer Road Trip Hwy 395

Where to start?

Last summer was epic. I spent a month in Paris with my sisters. I spent 3 weeks in the Airstream with T and Samson exploring Yellowstone National Park. I spent 3 weeks at home and worked two of them. Last summer was great, and a little overwhelming. I never really caught my breath. I blinked and it was over. I guess that usually happens with summers, or life if we are not careful.

This summer, I will probably blink and it will be over too, but not before a few road trips. Two things have happened in the last year with T that are shaping this years road trip. The first thing is that he learned to fly fish and the second thing is that he fell in love with Highway 395.

Highway 395 is the highway that runs up the eastern side of the Sierra. I did not know this until December when we drove up it to Tahoe for the holidays. T has driven it about six times since November. Apparently it is called "The King's Highway" and a lot of people know about it. T started talking about taking the Airstream up to the Bishop area a few months ago for a fishing trip and this has become our summer vacation.

Am I excited? Would it have been my first choice? Does T read my blog? The answer to most of these questions is no.

I have this feeling in the pit of my stomach. Maybe it is because I am teaching a class online this summer and I am worried about internet access. I am also taking classes and worried about internet access. Or I might be worried about the snake bite kit T bought. Or how he keeps telling me he doesn't think I will be able to handle "dry camping" for a week and half. Or the lack of a plan.

Actually, I think that is it. I am a planner and this "just hook up the airstream and go" thing does not sit well with me. Where are we going? What time are we leaving? What is the weather like? What kind of food should I pack? Is there a bathroom? Is there a plan?

The plan is to fish.

Ummmm. I don't fish.

You will.

Great.

In one week we leave for the eastern sierra and the only thing I know is that there will be fishing. I guess it's not a bad way to spend a summer. At least I hope that is the case....

5.16.2010

Five days until summer

On Friday I will officially be on summer vacation. My bio mentions that I worked hard to find a job that gives me free summers and I am defiantly counting down the days. This was my second year at my job and it was a lot harder than the first year. In a nut shell I had too much on my plate and that meant I did not complete everything I wanted to and some of the things I did complete were not up to my standards. Lesson learned. Next year I am going to be very careful with how much I take on.

This summer is going to be pretty chill. I have a few road trips planned and a camping trip with T but nothing like last summer where I was only home for three weeks. I also might be teaching my first class and will still be taking Grad school classes....

Overall I hope to cook, garden, organize my house and relax. I think I can manage that.

One thing I really love about my job is that each year is a new start. A co-worker and I were talking recently and it really dawned on my how lucky I was. I was thinking about how I could not wait for this year to end and how next year would be better. I remember having jobs were the only light at the end of the tunnel was the idea that I would not be there forever. I think it is important to remember details like this when life gets me down. I also think it is important to make the most of the breaks we get. That is why this summer, even though I am not globe trotting, I think it will be amazing. I can't wait!

5.13.2010

Mothers' Day Garden

For Mothers' Day my sisters and I planted a tea/ vegetable garden for my mom in one of her garden boxes. The Middle Sister and I are heading out again this weekend to do some more weeding and to check on the garden. Here is a short video as we were getting started. As you will see, there is a lot of work to do.


Mothers' Day Garden from everyAugust on Vimeo.

5.02.2010

Foods of April

I must have been really busy this month because I hardly have any pictures of my food. And I ate out less so that contributed to it. Never the less, I have pulled these few pictures together of some of my foods of April. The potatoes at the bottom were so good! I roasted them under a chicken. I can understand why roasted chicken is a common Sunday supper.