Back in the saddle again.

Well it’s 2010, and my new year’s resolution is to stop neglecting my blog.

Lucky you.

Seriously, though, it would be absurd to try and catch up on everything that has happened since I last wrote what I would consider a “real” blog post.  It has been so long, I sort of don’t even know how to start back again. It feels like what I imagine being separated from my husband would feel like, and we’ve just decided to try and work things out, and I don’t really know how to begin, but I’m determined to try. For the children, you know. I’m a martyr like that.

So what you missed—or rather, what I failed to report—is this:

1. I finished finals.


It wasn’t an easy task, I can tell you that much. Look how bad I looked on the last day of my last exam.

Finally it was done, though, and that was all that counted.  Except for grades, of course: I got an A- in one class, an A+ in another class, and have yet to receive the grade for my third class because didn’t you know? My last final was on the twenty-damn-second of December. As in, three days before Christmas. As in, just in time to write the exam and then drive straight to Arizona and make it here just in time for Christmas Eve.

2. My dear friend Chelsie came to visit me in Canada. I would show you a picture of all the notable things we did like yoga and ice skate and sushi, but we didn’t do any of those things, and instead forfeited them all to spend hours watching seasons one and two of Gossip Girl™ in my basement.  It was pure heaven and I can’t wait until we can do it again.

3. Then we—Poor Kyle, Chelsie, and I—drove down to Arizona for the holidays. The drive down looked a lot like this:

IMG_0025We were exhausted from our hard work watching all that smutty television.

4. Then my parents, Poor Kyle, and I all flew to Texas on Christmas morning and flew back to Arizona on Christmas evening. It was fun. Exhausting, but fun.

grandpaWe saw my Texas relatives while we were there. My Texas relatives are awesome.  Here’s my Grandpa.

5. Two days later, my family all loaded up into two vehicles and boogied over to California to visit Mickey and company. The first day, December 27th, Disneyland was insanely crowded and I swore I would kill myself before I ever went back to that place. The second day was much more calm. We all had a blast, especially my awesome little nephew who had massive meltdowns every time he had to get off the rides. He didn’t much like the idea of sharing with the other kids.

disney tram

I meant it when I said the kid was awesome. See that awesome 70s-inspired coat? I bought it for him for Christmas. He hates to take it off. Awesome.

bug's life

Poor Kyle and I rode the kiddie rides at California Adventure with fervor.

AliceinwonderlandDitto my sister and me.

squashed teacupsDitto my whole family. Can you believe we squished all of us into one teacup? It was unprecedented, and also awesome.

6. After Disneyland, we headed to the sand dunes for four days of miserable camping in a tin-foil trailer in the midst of a vast arid desert where every breath I took coated my lungs with yet another fine layer of dust. It was pretty bad, and was made worse by the fact that I think I caught the Swine Flu from those snot-nosed kids at Disneyland. Needless to say, I didn’t take any photos of this phase of my life. We were there over New Years’ Eve, and I was in bed by eight p.m. Pathetic.

Lastly, and most importantly…

7. I ate a Choco Taco for the first time in years. It was delicious.


Anyway, I’m home now, and feeling still under the weather, but I’m hoping to be healed in time to enjoy the remainder of my holiday.

And how have you been? Please, fill me in on anything new in your lives. I feel so out of touch with the blogging world, and I want to repent.

About Camille

I'm Camille. I have a butt-chin. I live in Canada. I was born in Arizona. I like Diet Dr. Pepper. Hello. You can find me on Twitter @archiveslives, Facebook at, instagram at ArchivesLives, and elsewhere.
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12 Responses to Back in the saddle again.

  1. Rachel says:

    Welcome back to the saddle! I’ve been neglecting the blog world as well, both my own and all my favorites, so can you guess what my big resolution is? I must say, it is nice to start my day with a little Archives again. Happy New Year!

  2. anna says:

    Um, that’s a lot of traveling. I didn’t want to “travel” during the holidays… meaning I didn’t want to drive 2 1/2 hours to see my husband’s family. Glad it was mostly fun.

  3. Whitney says:

    I hardly blog anymore. its just too hard. But im glad to read about your vacation. Sorry about feeling under the weather.

  4. Maureen says:

    mmm choco taco. i don’t think i’ve ever actually had one, but i’ve always been curious.
    yay for back to blogging! fun times.

  5. welcome back. it’s about time.

  6. DeAnna says:

    Welcome back, looks like you had some great excuses not to blog! Not much new here, just more cold, more snow and more work now that the holidays are over. I am so glad that the holidays are over and life can go back to some routine normalcy!

  7. cyndi says:

    Happy New Year! What a great-looking family – I’m exhausted just reading your adventures! Things have been pretty magical around our house – 6 is definitely a great age, so your nephew will just be even more awesome soon ;-)

  8. niki says:

    hello dear friend. glad to see you had lovely holidays! we’re headed to D Land next Tuesday:)

  9. On December 26th I was going into QT and there was a ridiculously large truck parked outside that could only belong to PK. And Lo and Behold there he was. He’s like a celebrity to me, I almost asked him for his autograph. Glad you’re back : )

  10. Cristin Lassen says:

    I’m glad you’re back, I missed you! My brother-in-law, Steffen, came home from his mission. He asked if I was still blogging. I answered, “Yes, and I really like your friend, Camille.” So, thanks for blogging again. It makes my day.

  11. Jen says:

    It was great to see a recap… BUT I have to say my favorite part was choco-taco. I haven’t had that in years… its my favorite ice-cream thing-o-magig. :-)

  12. chelsie says:

    I was so out on that trip that I didn’t even know you took a picture of me. Imagine my surprise when I came across a sleeping chelsie picture.

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