We spent Spring Break in New Mexico! I didn’t get to sit on a beach or by a pool like in my daydreams, but it was pretty satisfying. It has been over a year since I took more than a couple of days off at a time, and more than a year since I’ve left the state. I was ready to get away from the daily grind for a while, and to get some vacation reading in. We went to visit my husband’s family, to have some family adventures of our own, and to devour enchiladas at every opportunity.
I visited two book stores in Las Cruces: Zia Comics and Coas Books. I missed out on visiting the Mesilla Book Center because the kids were done for the day, but it’s been my favorite in the past.
They always have great recommendations for the kids. The lovely lady at Zia Comics was super helpful and pointed out a couple of fun reads for my 6 year old, and Coas always has great deals (though their kids’ room could use some freshening up). I also bought a book on our day trip to Deming, which is home to the Deming Luna Mimbres Museum, a volunteer-run history museum that has a fabulous collection of Mimbres pottery tucked away in a little corner. I have been in love with pictures of that pottery for a long time and not gotten to see it in person. I was not disappointed. The book I bought is Mimbres Painted Pottery by J.J. Brody, and I can’t wait to dive into it.
Most of my vacation reading was done in the car, where the whole family listened to 3 Roald Dahl books (are all of his books revenge-themed?). Everyone enjoyed the books, and the 3 year old was repeating lines from the BFG like a champ, in the narrator’s accent. “I is whizpopping all the time!” I managed to binge-read How to Walk Away by fellow Houstonian Katherine Center, which was a great vacation read. I toted around my hard copy (why did I choose to read this of all books in hard copy? It’s HUGE!) of The Count of Monte Cristo but really only got a few pages read. I’m seriously going to have to pick up some Cliff’s Notes to make sense of the political discussions about Napoleon and the king.
We managed to go hiking in Las Cruces on some trails just east of town; at City of Rocks just north of Deming; and at Franklin Mountains State Park in El Paso, Texas. The weather was beautiful and hiking felt so good. We ate so much food! Favorites were La Posta and El Sombrero. I am so burned out on rich food, though, I can’t wait to eat some veggies and fruit!
Did you get away for Spring Break or fit in some vacation reading?