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Home again!

Ohhhh it is good to be home. I’m currently lounging on the couch, Chupi is curled up next to me asleep and snoring into my leg, West Wing season 3 is on, Javier is studying, the house smells like pesto pasta and life is GOOD. I’m so happy to be back! Humming House was on the road for three full weeks and then I spent a week out in California doing as many photo shoots as I could before coming back to Nashville finally on Nov. 4. Ohhh es bueno estar en casa. Estoy sentada en el sofa, Chupi esta hecho bolita al lado mio durmiendo y roncando en mi pierna, la serie West Wing esta en la tele, Javi estudia, la casa huele a pesto y la vida el buena. Estoy tan feliz de haber vuelto! Humming House estuvo de gira por 3 semanas completas y luego pase una semana en California sacando fotos antes de volver a Nashville por fin el 4 de Noviembre.
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I’m not really sure how to adequately recap the entire month. One thing is certain – it was an amazing few weeks and, miraculously, I stayed healthy almost the whole trip. There was one low point for me in St. Louis when I started to feel the annual fall sickness coming on, but by the time we were in Colorado I was fine again. There are a few other totally random things I can say with certainty about the trip: an 8 hour drive is now something I consider to be a relatively easy haul, 12 hours is about where we cross the line into pushing it (this, coming from the girl who doesn’t ever actually drive the van – I try to stay awake for moral support). I swear by zinc tablets now – those, and oregano oil in my water for fighting colds. Colorado is still my favorite state, but wow the northeast is just beautiful in the fall. Even though it is supposedly the original, the cheesesteak from Pat’s King of Steaks was pretty mediocre. Speaking of food – chipotle burrito bowls and Panera autumn squash soup are THE #1 food options for the road. And speaking of the road, we have some truly amazing friends and family across the US that are willing to put us up for a day or two, feed us and tolerate our late night entries and early morning exits. The best beer was in Colorado, but Gella’s Diner and Brewery in Hays KS was spot on. One of my favorite performances was busking on Pearl Street in Boulder – probably because it was something different, but it was really fun. And finally, speaking of fun, I couldn’t ask for better travel companions / band mates, and that’s that. No estoy segura como relatar este mes de manera adecuada. Una cosa es segura – fueron unas semanas geniales, y por algun milagro, me mantuve sana casi todo el viaje. Hubo un punto bajo para mi en Saint Louis cuando comenze a sentir el tipico resfriado anual de otono, pero cuando llegamos a Colorado ya estaba recuperada. Hubieron un par de cosas que puedo contar del viaje: manejar por 8 horas es muy facil ahora, 12 horas en mas o menos mi limite (esto viene de quien no maneja la van – yo soy solo apoyo moral!). Puedo jurar que las tabletas de zinc hacen milagros – esas y aceite de oregano en el agua para combatir resfrios. Colorado es todavia mi estado favorito, pero el noreste es precioso en el otono. Aunque se supone que es el original, el sandwish de carne y queso de Pat’s King of Steaks es mediocre. Hablando de comida – burritos de Chipotle y sopa de calabaza de otono de Panera es la opcion #1 cuando estoy de viaje. Y hablando de viajes, tenemos muy buenos amigos y familiares en todo Estados Unidos que nos ayudaron a alojarnos, darnos de comer, y aguantaron nuestras llegadas a altas horas de la noche y salidas temprano en el dia. La mejor cerveza esta en Colorado, pero Gella’s Diner and Brewery en Hays, Kansas es muy bueno. Uno de mis shows favoritos fue tocando en la calle en Pearl Street en Boulder – seguramente porque fue algo diferente, pero fue muy entretenido. Y finalmente, hablando de entretencion, no puedo pedir mejores companeros para viajar y de banda, eso.
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There’s so much more to say about the trip – but I’ll post photos instead and move on to the next point. I didn’t expect to see so much of my family over the last month! When we were in Colorado we stayed one night with my cousins Suzy, Brian and Sarah in Rifle, CO. They’ve come to stay with us a few times in Nashville but I hadn’t ever been to their neck of the woods and I was totally blown away by how beautiful their part of CO is. All of CO is gorgeous, but the drive from Denver to Rifle was breathtaking and the view from their back porch was fantastic. My cousin Grace came to see our show in Denver – she’s from San Diego, but she’s currently at school just outside of Boulder so that was a fun meet up. After Denver I flew out to Seal Beach to stay with family and do some photo shoots, but I’ll save that for another post… Hay muchisimo mas que escribir sobre el viaje – pero pondre fotos en vez de escribir mucho. No esperaba ver tantos familiares durante el ultimo mes! Cuando estuvimos en Colorado nos quedamos una noche con mis primos Suzy, Brian, y Sarah en Rifle, Colorado. Ellos han venido a visitarnos a Nashville un par de veces pero nunca habiamos ido a visitarlos a ellos. Me impreciono lo lindo que es esa parte de Colorado. Todo Colorado es precioso, pero el camino de Denver a Rifle te quita el aliento y la vista que tienen desde su casa es fantastica. Mi prima Grace nos vino a ver en el show en Denver – ella es de San Diego pero asiste a la universidad cerca de Boulder as ique fue entretenido verla. Despues de Denver, vole a Seal Beach para quedarme con familiares y sacar fotos, pero guardare esa historia para otro post…
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