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  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.
    “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 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.


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