New Year's Goals and Why I Dislike Traveling by Train

Oh no! I haven't blogged since LAST YEAR!!!! This New Year's humor is brought to you by me, who cracks myself up on a daily basis. 
So, now that it is the 5th day of the new year, have you broken all your resolutions? I mean, there are still too many holiday goodies left over to actually diet anyway, right? So, instead of dieting, how about making goals? Well, goals are great if you actually write them down, figure out how you are going to achieve them and POST them where you have to look at these goals every...single....day. By the way, I just saved you the $20 and several hours of time you would've spent on a 250 page book that says essentially what I just wrote in one sentence. You're welcome ;-)
My only goal for the year is to make a schedule that includes "work" time scheduled for at least 5 days a week. (work is in quotes because I don't consider having this much fun to actually be work. )
To achieve this goal, I skipped town so that I am nowhere close to my torch, kiln or glass. Great way to start the year, and accomplish this one single goal, right? Well, I hated that my goal could be put to the side so early on, so I brought several ounces of sterling silver and copper rings with me for lots of chainmaille fun...hopefully to be listed next week on 1000 Markets after a dip in liver of sulfer, a bath in the tumbler, and a photo shoot. 
And something really cool to start out my new year is having one of my Nightmare Insomnia beads featured on the lovely Rose Works Jewelry's Treasury blog. Please go check it out if you have a spare second.
Here are a few photos from my very first train trip in no particular order because our mac notebook won't let me change the order of the photos. Aack!
We left from Chicago and traveled 18 LOOOOOONG hours to Denver. We had a family sleeper car. It was fine during the day. But at night, trying to sleep while jostled to death, and with a motion sick kid, I began to feel very claustrophobic. I think I'd prefer not being closed up in a room the size of a closet with 3 other people. We actually slept maybe 4 frequently interrupted hours. It was a rough night. At 3:30 am I was disappointed it wasn't 5:30 am and time to get up. (the fact I just uttered the sentence that I wanted to get up at 5:30 am is somthing I never thought I would say-I am NOT a morning person!)  I wanted the misery to end. 
This photo was from the very start of the trip when it was still fun.
Here's the motion sick kid once we got into Denver and waited for DH to pick up the rental car. She hugged this bucket for about 10 hours on the train and then another 24 or more hours as she still felt sick for a long time. It's been nicknamed "Barf Bucket" and is her new best friend. 
Outside Denver's Union Station:View from our room:
View from our room:Still holding her new best friend and briefly smiling:
View from the car as we drove to the ski resort:View from the car as we drove to the ski resort:

Comments

Ramblings of a lunatic mom and lampworker

Hi there,Not sure I would have survived the journey BUT wow! the view would have made it ever so worth it!!M.

Cindy Gimbrone

Hi Jennifer,Wow- what a view!!! So sorry about the motion sickness - my hubby gets it bad in the car and it's not fun. As for New Year's Resolutions, I like the idea of making just one. I'm sure you'll be able to follow through with it but first you had to make that fun trip to Denver.Thanks for sharing!Cindy

Rebecca Cameron

Oh, Jenny... that train ride. Poor Chloe! Hope you guys are having a great time now that the motion sickness has subsided. Try getting SeaBands for the return trip. I used them in FL last summer when Jeff took us on that deep sea fishing trip at the height of my morning sickness. They are amazing and don't cause the drowsiness of Bonine or Dramamine. Have a great time, and we'll see you when you get back! :)

Jennifer Cameron

M.~you are absolutely right. The view is spectacular. I have no photo editing software at my disposal right now, so these are the "raw" untouched photos. I just had difficulties breathing the first 24 hours or so at an altitude of 8,000 ft. And my beloved Diet Coke is disgusting because there's so much air bubbles in it at this altitude. I guess that's one way to kick the habit. LOL! I've been drinking lots of tea.

Jennifer Cameron

Cindy~having one goal definitely feels do-able when not confronted with 10 other goals and feeling overwhelmed. My plan of action for today is to make a schedule for next week, see how it goes for the first week and then tweek as necessary.

Jennifer Cameron

Rebecca~after listening to her for hours on end, I want the drowsiness. LOL! Plus, I am not sure I am going to be able to find seabands in the Colorado mountains. LOL! But I am headed to the store today while the boys are skiing to pick up a few things and will look for these while I'm there. The walmart in town is rather slim pickings though. I didn't even know there were walmarts that don't sell groceries.

pickleberries

I feel for your poor little pumpkin! I don't do well on trains either.

Aunt Stacy :-)

One picture paints a thousand words. The picture of the travel sickness victim and her new best fiend the "barf bucket" says it all. I hope she's feeling better now that she's on solid ground. Thanks for sharing the trip and your wonderful sense of humor. Hope the trip back is better!

Jennifer Cameron

Thanks for letting us crash at your place the night before. We REALLY appreciated it and enjoyed the visit. All the stress about where to park was a total waste of energy...typical.

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