1. Charity
    November 8, 2017 @ 2:53 pm

    MEOW WOLF. Go to Meow Wolf while you are in Santa Fe! Look it up first in case it looks like a thing you will hate, but I want to go to Santa Fe and it’s SOLELY because of Meow Wolf.


    • Sara
      November 8, 2017 @ 4:41 pm

      YES! Do this! Meow Wolf is freaking amazing and full of secret tunnels and rooms and whatnot.


    • christy
      November 8, 2017 @ 5:38 pm

      Yes! Absolutely Meow Wolf!


      • Jenny
        November 8, 2017 @ 5:48 pm

        We went to Meow Wolf this summer (we being me, my sister, and my daughters, ages 13 and 10) and it was amazing. It was a bit overwhelming for some so that’s worth considering, but there is nothing like it anywhere.

        The capitol is pretty amazing. It’s a round building with an unbelievable art collection. Totally worth stopping by, especially as it costs nothing.

        The Loretto Chapel has a staircase you will love (I think). It’s referred to as the Miracle Staircase. And the nuns hated it.

        If you get hungry, go to Cowgirl and get the baked potato dessert. (It’s ice cream that looks exactly like a baked potato. Order it but don’t explain it to your brothers ahead of time.)


  2. Nancy M.
    November 8, 2017 @ 2:55 pm

    let’s be honest— my mother sacrificed her entire being at the altar of her children; and Dad got to enjoy the benefits of that blood ritual, while drinking a cup of coffee and offering pointers… NOT THE SAME.

    I wish I could think of better words to say I LOVE YOUR WRITING.


  3. Claire
    November 8, 2017 @ 3:01 pm

    The vibe/design of the restaurant at the La Fonda hotel in Santa Fe is amazeballs. Look it up. Check out Canyon Road for artsy gallery hopping stuff.


  4. joan riker
    November 8, 2017 @ 3:03 pm

    Chimayo is just north of Santa fe- a beautiful quaint northern New Mexican town which is famous for its Santuario with the miracle dirt. While there eat at Rancho de Chimayo and ask for Christmas chile (red and green). It is usually fairly hot so they can leave on side. Friday evening (maybe other evenings)at Casa Sena where the waiters perform show tunes inthe bar area. A lovely courtyard and patio there also The La Fonda dining room has the prettiest windows -each pane is painted differently. I like it best at lunch for the light. In fact the La Fonda itself has fabulous art all over. La Fonda is wonderful for sitting in the lobby. Bar at Inn of the Governors is fun I hear but dont know myself. Just look at the authentic rugs at Maloufs on the plaza, location of the oldest trading post. Walk up Canyon road and stop in any gallery. Oh and there are some cool consignment shops on Guadalupe. Have fun !


    • Lara
      November 9, 2017 @ 9:52 pm

      It’s been many years but I always remember Rancho de Chimayo as having the best straight-up Margaritas I ever had.

      My mother lived in Santa Fe for many years and she (and I) loved perusing through American Country Collections (ACC). I believe thy have a store on the Plaza as well as one on Guadalupe.


  5. Kelly Fisher
    November 8, 2017 @ 3:05 pm

    Lol. This isn’t a good blog for judgers to follow… it would be a huge waste of their time. 😉


  6. Erin Edlund
    November 8, 2017 @ 3:07 pm

    You and your brothers shall/are having SO MUCH FUN!


  7. Tammy
    November 8, 2017 @ 3:12 pm

    Sisters of Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe – a must see for anyone visiting. https://www.lorettochapel.com/info/history
    “At the end of the Old Santa Fe Trail stands the Loretto Chapel. Inside the Gothic structure is the staircase referred to as miraculous, inexplicable, marvelous and is sometimes called St. Joseph’s Staircase. The stairway confounds architects, engineers and master craftsmen. It makes over two complete 360-degree turns, stands 20’ tall and has no center support. It rests solely on its base and against the choir loft. The risers of the 33 steps are all of the same height. Made of an apparently extinct wood species, it was constructed with only square wooden pegs without glue or nails.”


    • Nikki H
      November 8, 2017 @ 4:31 pm

      This! This is a must-see!


  8. Betty King
    November 8, 2017 @ 3:25 pm

    Visit my x sister-in- law, Ruthie at info@beadweaversofsantafe.com. Maybe you can even buy a beaded gift for your new sister.


  9. Carla Drain
    November 8, 2017 @ 3:30 pm

    Check out Ojo Caliente mineral springs spa one hour north of Santa Fe. Used to be an old-fashioned, hippie kind of place when we visited 10 years ago but looks like they’ve updated & remodeled. Lovely & peaceful, it was the highlight of our trip. Day passes are available & affordable ($20-$38) to access the mineral springs, mud pool, steam rooms & saunas or you can stay overnight.


    We also enjoyed the lush gardens during a stay at the El Rey Court motor Inn, built in 1936 along the old route 66.



  10. Laurie
    November 8, 2017 @ 3:34 pm

    My brothers are my favorite human beings on the planet too. Then one of them started making babies and I found that the minis also have our brains and senses of humor. Yay! More weirdos to hang out with!


  11. savannah
    November 8, 2017 @ 3:36 pm

    I have no suggestions whatsoever, but Sweet Mary Sunshine, sugar, these have to be THE.BEST.SENTENCES. I’ve ever read here on your blog:

    If this bothers you, you will have to take it up with someone else because I DO NOT HAVE TIME FOR YOUR JUDGEMENT.”

    You have won the Internet today1 (Well, as far as I am concerned!)


    • Patricia
      November 8, 2017 @ 4:35 pm

      Thank you Savannah, for saving me the time in writing the very same thoughts!


  12. Marianne in Mo.
    November 8, 2017 @ 3:39 pm

    I’m jellie! Would love to visit Santa Fe someday. We passed thru it year ago on our way to Tucson, but never got to see much.
    Sweet of Paul to get the job done while you get to have fun!


  13. Tattycoram
    November 8, 2017 @ 3:41 pm

    For an easy half-day jaunt: Frijoles Canyon. Just imagine getting a fridge in there.

    Cool bookstore and views: St John’s Canyon

    Great Japanese-inflected spa high in the mountains with outside private hot tubs: 10,000 Waves.


    • Laura Barnes
      November 8, 2017 @ 4:59 pm

      HIGHLY recommend Bandelier and Jemez Springs.


  14. Javachik
    November 8, 2017 @ 3:46 pm

    Grammar police gotcha: judgment


    • Lisa R.
      November 8, 2017 @ 3:58 pm

      I think both are “technically” correct?


      • Sue Scully
        November 8, 2017 @ 8:41 pm

        In American English, judgement is generally considered a misspelling of judgment for all uses of the word, notwithstanding individual preferences. In British popular usage, judgment was traditionally the preferred form, but judgement has gained ground over the last couple of centuries and is now nearly as common as judgment.
        Pay no attention to the myth, widely repeated on the web, that judgement is the original spelling and that judgment is a 19th-century American invention. This is simply untrue.
        I am from Canada (don’t know what that has to do with anything) and I spell it judgment.


  15. Pat
    November 8, 2017 @ 3:47 pm

    Just want to say, “Nice harvest.”
    Oh, and enjoy the nuptials.


  16. Lauren
    November 8, 2017 @ 3:49 pm

    Yay, someone else who casually whips out a laser level in the course of daily life!


  17. Jayne Z
    November 8, 2017 @ 3:53 pm

    I think Paul should be your favorite person on earth – it’s amazing what he can do. I’m sure the kittens supervised in your absence!


  18. Marilyn Strode
    November 8, 2017 @ 3:53 pm

    As an older (70+) home fixer-upper, I have a suggestion. Put plug ins everywhere high and low. Bookcases, cupboards, walls, etc. You might want to charge a phone on a shelf, put an alarm clock to use, nanny cam your dog, slow cook stew etc without taking up counter space. They are cheap to do when remodeling, but expensive to after market.


  19. Rebecca
    November 8, 2017 @ 3:57 pm

    A lot of really good suggestions already given, so I second (or is it third or fourth) the Chimayo visit. Oh, and if the chile is too spicey, order sour cream on the side. That’s what I always do. Love that you have such a great relationship with your brothers.


  20. fixitchick
    November 8, 2017 @ 4:10 pm

    Taos Pueblo. you MUST go.

    and yes, lots and lots and lots of outlets. and for your counter top appliances, for the love of kittens, mount them under the cabinets with a brick mould box so your backsplash is smooth. A light rail will hide these, and your under cabinet lights, nicely. If you dont know what I am talking about, just tell Paul. Paul will know. Paul is probably already planning to do this. Paul should be your favorite.

    As for the refrigerator, have you given any thought to my idea of a bump out in the wall over the bilco doors? or moving the window over them, and putting the bumpout where the window is? you could then have beautiful doors that open to the space holding the ugly refrigerator. and yes, it is an extra set of doors to open, but at least it will be pretty.


  21. Dana
    November 8, 2017 @ 4:16 pm

    SITE Santa Fe (newly reopened after construction); Bandolier National Park (hike the cave dwellings), amazing! La Fonda, for your hotel. Cafe Pasquale’s, The Shed, Blue Corn Cafe on Water St. for eating! The Collected Works Bookstore and Coffee shop. Georgia O’Keeffe Museum for the ambiance and early works, etc. etc. So many things to see and do.

    Love Santa Fe!


  22. Ellen Shook
    November 8, 2017 @ 4:29 pm

    We adore Santa Fe, and considered retiring there, but it has gotten very expensive to do so. Also, they ration water due to little rainfall. So, as people from the South where we are used to regular rainfall and lots of green, we decided against it because brown is my least favorite color. You will be fine for a week or two, but then you will need serious humidifying via expensive house systems and skincare. It is a fabulous place to visit, though. The last time, we rented a condo and stayed a month. Just go see as many museums and historical sites as you can, spend lots of money, eat everything in sight and plan to come back. We stay at La Fonda when we are only there for a week or so, but most any restaurant is very good, although you should try theirs, too, for the ambiance if nothing else. Their bar is the best people watching place in town. (You might see some celebrities, and do have a Silver Coin Margarita.) Ignore the pesky panhandlers as they are a well organized scam operation. If you can, see the Saturday Indian market on the Plaza.


  23. Kate
    November 8, 2017 @ 4:30 pm

    Visit one, or better yet, all 3 locations of La Casa Fina https://www.lacasafinasantafe.com/ Your type of stuff. Say hi to Seva for me.


  24. Susan macIsaac
    November 8, 2017 @ 4:39 pm

    Be thankful for your carpenter/handyman/mover of BFT’s. Mine fell and fractured and dislocated his shoulder and is in a sling for 3-6 weeks. My kitchen floor is half done and christmas is how many weeks away???


  25. Bernie
    November 8, 2017 @ 4:44 pm

    Is Paul flying out for the wedding? Who will be your dance partner?….I assume the bride might actually want to dance with her own husband. We have projects going in two houses, but NOTHING seems to be getting done in either one. 42 years of marriage and 3 home remodels later I am OVER it. A double wide in tornado alley sounds appealing, it could blow away and just get a new one every few years. My apologies to anyone who has ever suffered damage at the hands of mother nature ( I’ve lived through many direct hits from hurricanes)….I dont mean to sound so flippant, but some days…….


  26. Lindsey
    November 8, 2017 @ 4:53 pm

    Victoria, Lets get real. We are just thankful that you posted anything today. Its always a high point when I get to read your ramblings. Have a great trip and congrats to Matthew. I hope he lets you post pictures of the wedding! If not, maybe you can just share a few details of your wonderful time.


  27. Cheryl
    November 8, 2017 @ 4:59 pm

    Yep, it’s not enough info or pics but I know you will satisfy all desire for more with pics when it is done. In fact, so many pics, I will be able to imagine myself in your house, which I will love! This post is such a tease, anticipation building, good as Christmas waiting!


  28. Candace Ford
    November 8, 2017 @ 5:06 pm

    Two places I have, have, have to go in Santa Fe – The Cowgirl Café for sweet tater fries and the dime store on the plaza for frito pie with loads of jalapenos. There are non eating places too of course but just off hand I can’t think of them.


  29. Jennifer Laumer
    November 8, 2017 @ 5:16 pm

    The Shidoni Bronze Foundry! You will be SO glad you did!
    Look it up and take the tour, it’s phenomenally astounding and slightly overwhelming. Totally worth it, take a picnic (including wine or champagne, of course) and sit on the grounds to eat, after you wander around with your mouth hanging open. Then you can discuss the awesomeness of literally everything there!


    • Susan
      November 8, 2017 @ 10:41 pm

      Shidoni is permanently closed.


  30. Michelle
    November 8, 2017 @ 7:46 pm

    I think the Georgia O’Keefe museum is in Santa Fe… If I am remembering correctly from that ‘Breaking Bad’ episode…


  31. judy
    November 8, 2017 @ 9:17 pm

    Sounds like great fun,three rascals on a road trip. The inattention to the road ahead while laughing madly at childhood criminality should provide,arrests, numerous tickets and hopefully no crashing into the 18 wheeler ahead driven by a huge tattooed gentleman in a very very sour mood.

    If your brothers are half as articulate and inventive as you,there should be no problems making bail in time for the nuptials. Never fear- most brilliant writers have written from imprisonment-Oscar Wilde-Hitler? – perhaps a few of the present swamp dwellers in DC making confetti of our Constitution.
    Long life and contentment to the Fortunate couple and happy trails to you.


  32. Peggy R. James
    November 8, 2017 @ 10:24 pm

    I’m thinking food! We love Gabriel’s and Maria’s. We spend 1/2 of the year in Taos, so I recommend the High Road to Taos as well as stopping at Chimayo for lunch! A great place to eat and nationally recognized! You will see beautiful scenery and get a sense of the life outside of cities. In Taos you could visit galleries downtown, but a DO NOT MISS is the Rio Grande Bridge! It is stunning. Doc Martins at the Taos Inn on the Paseo is great, as are many restaurants in the area around the square.
    New Mexico is my heart. Enjoy it my dear!


  33. Susan
    November 8, 2017 @ 10:45 pm

    We love to stay at the Hacienda Nicholas. Fave restaurants include: Pasqual’s, Plaza Cafe, and The Compound. Stop by Nathalie’s on Canyon Road. Go visit the Nedra Matteuchi Gallery (formerly the Fenn) and go out to Museum Hill.


  34. Susan
    November 8, 2017 @ 10:46 pm

    Oh, and Tesuque Market is pretty cool.


  35. Anne Dabbs
    November 8, 2017 @ 11:24 pm

    Gabriel’s has the best Guacamole on the planet. I do not order margaritas anywhere else besides Gabriel’s because they will not compare. I’m serious! The Shed on the Plaza and the Tesque Market were our 2 other favorite places. Ditto on the High abroad to Taos/ Chimayo/ Rio Grande Bridge. Your brothers will love the bridge if you don’t warn them in advance. We lived near Chimayo 7 years ago and the food truck tamales at the Chimayo Sactuary were some of the best we had. Another short drive up to Abiquiu to see Georgia O’Keefe territory is a top recommendation . Have a wonderful trip!


  36. Sherry
    November 9, 2017 @ 6:43 am

    LOVED this post.
    Your other posts are fabulous of course but this one was crafted almost entirely the way my brain processes a n y t h i n g !


  37. My cat is my spirit animal.
    November 9, 2017 @ 9:36 am

    my reaction to this post…

    construction… blah blah blah. ~~ ROAD TRIP! Yippee! ~~ more construction details. and pictures of construction. uh huh, uh huh. A CORUCOPIA of veggies and bananas ON A PIANO-turned-KITCHEN-ISLAND. whATT?!?!
    (i obviously need more vacations, fresh vegetables, and repurposed pianos in my life.)


    • My cat is my spirit animal.
      November 9, 2017 @ 10:45 am

      damn it… corNucopia!
      “My spellcheck, my spellcheck! Why have you forsaken me?”


  38. Kim Arnold
    November 9, 2017 @ 10:50 am

    Santa Fe is such a magical place! I agree with the above recommendations about Bandelier, Gabriel’s, the Georgia O’Keefe museum, 10,000 Waves, and doing Canyon Road on Friday night if you don’t already have plans for Friday. Also, Santacafe is a nice place to eat if you’re down at the Plaza. If you weren’t spending time with family this week, I would have definitely been crashing your party! I’m only 5 hours away from you. The chance to meet the famous (and infamous!) Victoria Elizabeth Barnes would have been too much to resist! Oh, and I don’t know if they a lot of GFT in stock but you might want to check out Stephen’s Consignment Gallery on Cerrillos if you just need to scratch an itch… Have fun! Best wishes to the bride and groom!!


  39. Veronica
    November 9, 2017 @ 11:14 am

    I second the suggestions of Meow Wolf and Bandelier National Monument. I also love to visit Tent Rocks or drive along the Jemez Trail National Scenic Byway with lunch in Jemez Springs and many stops to get out and explore. Santa Fe Plaza is enjoyable to wander through, many beautiful churches to see. Enjoy your visit to New Mexico and time with your brothers!


  40. Diana C.
    November 9, 2017 @ 12:30 pm

    While you were busy choosing a non-refrigerator looking refrigerator, I found an almost giant, but fancy antique Eastlake parlor table at a yard sale ($10)… and immediately thought of you. You are my inspiration, even if the AGFT is currently living in a storage unit until we move.

    The fact you must have been sipping copious amounts of an adult beverage while blogging this to leave us hanging in the middle of an adventure, is hereby forgiven, but I do want to encourage you to see the staircase. Not only was it an unprecedented feat of engineering at the time, the mystery of the out-of-town stranger who showed up to solve the nuns’ dilemma, though it was never advertised, has never been solved. I won’t ruin the rest of the story, but this is a must-see. We will want to see pictures as proof you did not skip this part of your trip.

    And if you aren’t Catholic and never exposed to the austere practices of convent life, here’s a hint. Nuns frown deeply on laughing or other expressions of mirth or levity, so might want to button that down in front of the “miracle” staircase. Even Navy SEALs fear the glare of an offended nun! Still, the staircase is worth the penance of sobriety.

    Love your blog and all of your adventures. Enjoy your brothers and this brief respite from the boring construction. Keep those stories and photos coming!


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