i will admit that my initial attitude was poor -- reluctant and unexcited, specifically -- about joining allie's family on a christmas trip to albuquerque.

but it quickly changed, and i'm so glad it did. it was one of those agenda-free trips, full of idle time, cold air, bright skies, and cozy couches.

here we are outside out santa fe lodging (made of putty).

although it was cold as ass, the christmas eve stroll through endless trails of luminarias, farolitos, and bonfires was something tranquil and special.

christmas day. nothing to do and nowhere to go.

we checked out a mission; allie was too busy looking glamorous to notice it.

the feared monster of santa fe strikes again.