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In Summary,

Happy New Year!!

This is how we celebrated New Year’s Eve, at a tacky sweater party! As you can see, we take tacky very seriously!

So, the people at wordpress send bloggers a summary about the blog. I have been thinking about a summary of the last year and about goals for the new year. I feel like we’ve met the biggest goal of starting to travel, it took so much preparation to get out on the road, and I’m so glad that we did! Other goals we’ve accomplished: snowboarding, spending my 30th birthday with my best girlfriends, attending my best friend’s wedding, and finding a life outside of work! I don’t really like the thought of actual resolutions, because to me they have a negative connotation, like giving something up or making sacrifices. Making yearly goals sounds much more forgiving to me or maybe I like goals because I’m an OT and that’s what we do. So, 2011 goals: floss DAILY, get back into running & run 5Ks in every new city, and start financial planning for the future. I don’t like having too many goals, because then I’ll never be able to remember if I’ve met them!

Blog Summary:

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,400 times in 2010. That’s about 6 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 29 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 192 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 582mb. That’s about 4 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was September 22nd with 775 views. The most popular post that day was TSL Weekend Edition.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for travel sized living, computers christmas, colorado canyon, “stop multi-tasking” ohsheglows, and canyon rock.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


TSL Weekend Edition August 2010


About August 2010


The Cut September 2010
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48 Hours in Erie September 2010
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Just STUFF it! August 2010


Dark Days

The past week has been mostly gloomy here in Colorado Springs. The cold weather is here…37 degrees is typical. The chill plus the time change has put a damper on outdoor activities. We did manage to get a hike in at Red Rock Canyon and the Husband checked out the mountain bike trails and the freeride mountain bike park.

The gloomy weather infiltrated into my mood this past week. Although I’d sometimes like to pretend that I am solely focused on new adventures and the fun stuff outside of work; it’s not completely true. As a therapist, we spend a great amount of time with our patients, and a majority of that time is spent challenging, pushing the limits, comforting, and consoling them.  Also, healthcare professionals will tell you that sometimes life just isn’t fair, and that’s what I’ve been having a hard time dealing with this week. There are times that I’m on the frontline when a person hears news that will change their life forever, and often times the physician leaves the room and I’m there to answer the questions, hold the hands, and dole out the tissues. A fellow therapist said that we often spend more hours a day with our patients than our families and that they become friends and family to us. I feel compassion and empathy for these friends and sometimes I just can’t help but take that home with me.

To combat the dark days of this past week, I’ve been listening to some tunes like Adele, Ryan Adams, and The Beatles while looking through some thought-provoking blogs:

fasterbarnacle– blog about the wild execution of life

terriadams– “tweaking how people think about disabilities”– I think this guy was on Oprah– great videos & current events that impact all of us– ever wonder where service dogs come from? well, here’s one story– a mother raising girls, one of which has multiple medical concerns.– adapting the wheelchair lifestyle with outdoor recreation & sports

The forecast for this week? Mostly sunny with a high of 62* 🙂

Let It Go

This post was supposed to be about the amaizing corn maze, but instead it can be about “the day I learned how to read a calendar properly”. We drove down to Amish country on Sunday, I was super excited! I mean, I’ve been thinking about this corn maze for 3 weeks! Well it turns out that I read the calendar wrong and it was not open on Sunday (or any Sunday for that matter, you mean that other Letter “S” on the calendar is Saturday?). To make matters worse, there was another corn maze that WAS open on Sunday, but we had to get there before they stopped selling tickets-and we left way to late for that (we were watching our New Orleans Saints get their only loss of the season).

The Mary of days past would have freaked out, screamed, cursed, and turned beet red after driving over an hour to a corn maze that wasn’t open. But the new, improved Traveler Mary is getting used to the unplanned. So, as soon as we turned around in the parking lot, I LET IT GO. Not just pretended to let it go, but really I did. It may have been easy this time because I had no one to blame but myself, or maybe because there were tons of Amish shops and food to explore!

I purposely did not take any “recognizable pictures” of any of the Amish people that we saw on the roads. I did some research and found out that they feel that taking a recognizable picture of them is making a graven image, or engraved image, which is cautioned against in The Bible in regard to idol worship. We did take notice that some buggies have battery operated blinkers, who knew?

It was really beautiful throughout all of Lancaster Country, I wished we had more time to explore the countryside. We looked through quilt shops, wine shops, produce stands, and ate at a real-life Smorgasbord! I only got the soup and salad menu, buffet style just wasn’t made for me, I’m just too picky-but my husband enjoyed it!

I will say there was also tons of outlet malls, miniature golf, and even a theme park, all that was really unappealing to me in such a naturally beautiful place.

We have 5 days left in PA then the trip back to La for a week to visit family and off to our destination for the next rotation- Colorado Springs!



Life Without a Full Length Mirror

It’s not the first thing that came to mind when thinking about what I would miss as I ditched most of my possessions. However, the absence of a full length mirror has been an adjustment. You see, in order to adopt this traveling lifestyle, my husband and I would have to store or sell a majority of our stuff; and the mirror didn’t make the cut.

Most women, whether they realize it or not, have a love/hate relationship with the mirror. I remember fondly a full length mirror that I shared with 3 other women in a college apartment- we called it “the skinny mirror”.  Something about that mirror made everyone look taller and thinner, also the lighting was terrible in that cramped hallway, which I’m sure covered some of the imperfections.  I also know the feeling of dreading the 360 degree dressing room mirror complete with fluorescent lighting that illuminates every bump.

Now that I have simplified my belongings into only what can fit into a Toyota Prius, I found that there is something liberating about not having the option of full length body reflection. I have found that I don’t obsess over how I look. I don’t change my outfit 5 times and end up settling on something that is completely uncomfortable. Going reflection-free from the shoulders down has taught me that I’m comfortable being and looking like myself-not a perfected version of me.