Author Archives: Carrie

About Carrie

I'm a Midwest transplant in SoCal...spending my time exploring, questioning, reading, writing, baking, skiing, and running.

Colorado Corona Resort Getaway

Six months and 100 years ago (or so it seems), in a time before social distancing, masks, runs on sanitizers, and hundreds of thousands of coronavirus pandemic deaths, we booked a three night stay at the Gaylord Rockies Resort & … Continue reading

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Quarantine Continued

Oh how utterly naive I was three months ago when the coronavirus hit the U.S. I was hoping it would only last a few weeks. Ha ha ha. I remember when the girls’ schools closed, I was so stressed because … Continue reading

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Quarantined Birthdays

This year, all three kids and Dan celebrated their birthdays in quarantine due to COVID-19. Prior to the lockdown, I’d reserved a birthday party space at one of our community pools for the girls to have a joint party, sent … Continue reading

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Escape to Arizona

Disclaimer: I need to preface this post by stating that no laws were broken during this documented escape. All social distancing and physical distancing protocols in place were followed. Masks were worn by all individuals during the two short indoor … Continue reading

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Life in the Time of Corona

It’s nearly 11pm. I just put the batter for Soft Malted Chocolate Chip Cookies in the fridge to cool overnight and a pan of Triple Chocolate Stout Beer Brownies in the oven.  I’ve also almost finished a bottle of Decoy … Continue reading

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VEP Holidays

VEP = Valentine’s Day, Easter, St. Patrick’s Day. Not in that order, though, of course. Prior to kids, our celebrations of these holidays were minimal – maybe a nice meal, a drink, some friends. Now, these holidays have expectations attached … Continue reading

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More Snow Before the Slow Down

Days before California, along with much of the United States, was locked down and nearly everything was closed and cancelled due to the rapid outbreak and spread of COVID-19, I took Vivian to Snow Valley Mountain Resort in our local … Continue reading

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Frozen II: Chambers Family Edition

For the second year in a row, our family road-tripped up to Mammoth Lakes for a “snow vacation.” We planned this trip in early January with another family and were anticipating a long weekend with lots of snow. In 2019, … Continue reading

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A Cold Ohio MLK Weekend

William and I went on our first trip of 2020 – to Ohio – in January. I know – it doesn’t really make sense. We went because my sister and her family had a break in their farming and ranching … Continue reading

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New Year, New Hikes

What better way to start out a new year – 2020, no less – than with some fresh air, green hills, and exercise in the form of a hike (it sure beats a hangover!). We took the kids to Cave … Continue reading

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