Snowbirds And Future Plans

It’s hard to believe, but we’re only in New Hampshire for a few more weeks! We’re looking ahead to a warm summer in the Southwest, with the plan to spend most of our time in New Mexico, with visits to Tucson and Austin as well.

I recently wrote this blog about ten spots that are great for snowbirds like us who want to escape winter. I hope reading about these spots warms you up today!

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A Whirlwind in NH

Ross and I have been so, so busy! This past weekend was memorable because it gave us some well-earned time off. We spent time with some of our closest friends and family, and it was wonderful! (I saw my friends Tom and John as well as my brother Robbie, and Ross spent time with his best friend, Pat. I also saw my mom for a bit.) Thanks to everyone who is making time to see us during our stay. It’s made our time here so special.

I recently wrote a post for Outdoorsy with some nice autumn campfire treats. I hope they inspire you to enjoy your culinary adventures this season!

An Evening in Laramie, WY

Ross and I recently headed to Laramie, Wyoming. While our main goal was to get some homemade ice cream, which I will be sharing about here, we also were able to fit in a visit to the Wyoming State Prison.

Laramie, WY | Ross and Jamie Adventure

The location for this prison is absolutely gorgeous. It was pretty awe-inspiring, honestly. We also noticed a few RVs parked there, so I imagine they allow overnight parking. When we arrived, we only had an hour left until they closed, so it was a true whirlwind tour.

Laramie, WY | Ross and Jamie Adventure

Seeing the cells (and going inside them), reading the stories of the outlaws and the women and men who probably didn’t deserve to be imprisoned…it was powerful and truly fascinating. Wyoming was a really tough place for a long time, and that was definitely clear here.

Laramie, WY | Ross and Jamie Adventure

After our visit, we visited a game store and headed downtown for homemade ice cream. And then we went for Mexican, which ended up being pretty delicious and easy, even gluten-free. It was a great night!

Laramie, WY | Ross and Jamie AdventureLaramie, WY | Ross and Jamie AdventureLaramie is a college town and the downtown is both quirky and cute. I will enjoy a future, return visit, and we were glad we stopped.

Thanks for reading! And if you enjoyed this, consider giving our affordable visit to Delaware a read.

Return to Boulder

We recently returned to Boulder. We visited some of our favorite spots, including the bookstore and a delicious fast casual Brazilian restaurant called Five on Black where almost the entire place is gluten-free.Boulder, CO | Ross and Jamie Adventure

Unfortunately our yoga class was canceled due to rain, but we did visit a tasty chocolate food truck to sample drinking chocolate and a truffle, and we still had a fun gig at The Laughing Goat.Ice Cream Social, Fort Collins, CO | In Search of a Scoop

We also got to meet Shack, a wonderful blues performer who opened for us. He’s extremely talented and will be representing Colorado and competing at the international competition this year! Ice Cream Social, Fort Collins, CO | In Search of a ScoopWe’ve only got a few weeks left here, so we are doing our best to make the most of it and not get stressed about the silly stuff. We are also continuing to work on booking gigs in our free time.

We are excited to return to New England. From visiting family and friends to eating at our favorite places and cooking with local produce, there’s a lot to look forward to. And we have tons of teaching and performing to do too!

Thanks for following our journey, and let us know if you have ideas for us this fall.

RV Tailgating Tips

If you know Ross and I, you probably know that we are basically clueless about sports and fine with that. So you might be shocked to learn that I was recently asked to blog about RV tailgating tips for Outdoorsy.

I may not care about football, but I know how to research and I like being paid to write. So here’s my article on RV tailgating tips. Enjoy! And thanks for stopping by.

Want us to perform near you? We are seeking work in New Hampshire, particularly places we can perform our original music (cafes, theatres, restaurants, yoga studios, libraries).

Further out, we are booking Raleigh, D.C., Greenville and anything else near those East Coast cities in late November and December. Suggestions and contacts are welcome.

Thanks, and have a wonderful day!

Knowing When To Say No

I’ve been struggling recently with knowing when to say no. When do we say no to a job opportunity? A networking opportunity? A discount for a thing we wouldn’t have done otherwise?

I’ve been spending a lot of time working on articulating what is essential and what is flexible in my life. The answers are constantly evolving. What does it take for us to settle down? Is there a perfect job? A perfect location? When does it get close enough to perfect that the difference isn’t of much consequence?

We are truly in love with Colorado. Yesterday we visited Greeley and Windsor; two more great communities in the corridor that we could envision ourselves living in.

And yet, we are nowhere near being able to afford a house here. Is that okay? Will we ever buy a house? Is living in an RV (or maybe a pet-friendly apartment) and renting a small studio space good enough? And if so, how long will that be true?

There are more questions with every answer. For now, we’ll keep the faith and do the work and trust that if we build it, they will come, whether they are clients or job opportunities or a clear next step or location.