This year was my first time without a traditional home. . . something so many people can't imagine. I'll admit, it's been really hard at times. But I try to think of home in more abstract terms now. And we've been so amazed by all of the people, many total strangers, who have opened their homes to us. I think we spent a total of maybe 10 nights in a hotel all year and another 5 or so camping, but otherwise we have been provided for by so many generous folks. I know we have a negative balance in the good karma piggy bank, so when we do have a house again I plan to have lots of visitors- musicians, travelers, friends-of-friends. . .
I know this is the time of year that we're supposed to be making resolutions and plans, but I am deciding not to do that this year. In fact, I remember some of my so-called resolutions from last year, most of which I have not followed through on, and one was to "live in the moment." A cliche, I know, but something I'm getting better at. However, even totally zen people like me (ha!) have to plan ahead a little bit. And that's the really hard part about where we are now. . . I feel like we've been on this crazy ferris wheel for 15 months and we're not sure if it's a good time to get off. And where do we get off? I've always said that one of the advantages and curses of our generation is the abundance of choices. Josh and I have cut ties, whittled down our belongings to a very small pile and seen what's out there. Now we have to decide whether to keep touring, go back to our old lives in Madison, or maybe start over somewhere different. It's an overwhelming decision, and I don't feel like I'm ready to make it yet. So for now I'm just going to reminisce about 2013. . . here are some of the highlights:
|the tiny log cabin in North Carolina where my paternal Grandma was born|
|Josh outside the farm in Massachussetts where my maternal Grandma grew up|
Mountains! Driving and hiking through the Rockies, the Cascades, the Alps, Appalachians. . . I just can't get enough of these huge geological marvels!
|the Highlands, Scotland|
|Mt. Rainier, Washington|
|Yellowstone National Park|
Food, Glorious Food our mantra for the last few months was "the diet starts tomorrow". We had so many amazing meals this year (and I got in the habit of taking photos of most of them. . . honestly, I should start another blog)!
|an afternoon "snack" in Austria|
|crazy good Vietnamese food in NYC|
|amazing gluten-free vegan pizza from Silly's in Portland, ME. . .and our homemade version|
|Josh performing with two of our favorites, Jeffrey Foucault and Peter Mulvey|
|one of many impromptu post-show jam sessions, in England|