Monthly Archives: January 2008

Rodeo 101

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So the minute I sit down at my first rodeo, I thought, “I have NO idea what happens at the rodeo.” I’m still not sure what happens at a rodeo.

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Protocol clown. I lost brain cells on his jokes…at least the ones I understood through the jumbotron.

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So, they pray beforehand.

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Are you ready to rumble?

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This is what happens when Big Animal turns on Little Human.

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This one had mega hops!

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Rodeo novices. Aside from that guy behind, obviously.

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Non-cowboys.

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Real cowboys.

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Rodeo yoga.

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Katharine and Strawberry Babies

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Love you so much!

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Our January Birthdays

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Our happy birthday song.

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The Hares hosted us. Thanks, guys!

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My new commuter bag. Thanks, Kato!!

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Good times with the Blaylocks.

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Dickie.

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Happy trooper Hales.

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Those deeply missed! Give Seattle a hug for me.

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Christmas in Egypt

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The felucca ride was a highlight for me. Thanks, Robert, for the idea of going at sunset. This boat, across from us as we docked, seemed to have a lot of people. On ours, we only had Robert, Shirley, the guides, and me. So relaxing (Aswan, Egypt).

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The Pyramids and Sphinx were my first sites upon arrival to Egypt. They were incredible.

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Giant pyramid, tiny people.

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The Sphinx was awesome. I loved its paws (not pictured).

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Very bright. Hi, camel.

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Since Robert lived in Cairo for a year, he introduced us to several delicious restaurants. This one had sparkly lanterns.

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Tasty food at sparkly restuarant.

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Wonderful lentil soup from a different restaurant.

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Cairo by night.

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Pomegranates in Islamic Cairo.

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Islamic Cairo.

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Robert helping us make some friends with his Arabic skills (Islamic Cairo).

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Always, always someone there to volunteer as our tour guide. Many tips to follow (Islamic Cairo).

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One of many mosques. They stand out with their signature neon green lights.

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The wonderful in-laws who made this trip possible. Thank you for the generosity!

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Taking a snack break. The tahini was incredible. We didn’t sample the salad.

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One of my many Egyptian buddies. He wouldn’t eat any of the snacks I offered him, though.

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Another buddy under my chair. Why won’t you share my meal?!

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Robert said they’re not really pancakes.

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Ruins near the Step Pyramid.

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So I stand in line with the other sheep and squeeze through the tiny hallway, only to see that there were three empty platforms inside. Very interesting treasure.

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Guard on camel near the Step Pyramid.

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Don’t they look lost? Actually, they’re just trying to find bas reliefs of ritual embrace. Robert is pondering the universe.

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Aswan, Egypt.

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Everyone serves you Hibiscus as a hospitality beverage. Me thinks it tastes a little like soap or flowers. Robert drank mine.

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Robert signing are documents over for the cruise.

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Guava.

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We took a little boat excursion to the island where the Temple of Isis is. This family dined with us on the larger cruise boat throughout the trip. They were awesome and very friendly. They too got sick like we did.

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Temple of Isis.

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Temple of Isis.

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Bas relief.

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Back to felucca photos. I loved this little water fun.

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Happy Robert.

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Happy sky.

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Nice boatman.

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I was really beginning to feel ill during this excursion. It would be the last trip off the boat for two days for me (Kom Ombo, Egypt).

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Large bas relief

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View from our cabin. Robert trying to keep hydrated.

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Things started okay with our festive New Year dinner.

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Then this seafood dish arrived. That’s a baked potato under all that mystery sauce.

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This topped our meal. A guava dessert stuffed with cocoa cereal flakes.

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Before New Year dinner.

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After New Year dinner…recovering.

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The sunsets were worth it, though.

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Photos of Egypt Coming Soon

I have returned to the States and am happily getting back into my very busy schedule. Egypt was incredible and a little sad since I, along with my traveling party, fell very ill during a portion of our trip. Still recovering! Anyway, I am excited to post new photos shortly. Please stayed tuned. Welcome to the New Year!

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