Good morning from The Little Goat House!
We woke up to snow, which is my personal favorite weather. We’ll see if the goats concur. They’ve had their first taste of snow back in October, but today we’ve got full coverage…can’t wait to take them out for a hike later! (Photo below is from first October snow hike, taken by Emma!).
The holidays are upon us, and we have our Christmas lights up. There’s no tree this year, as space in the main room is limited. Plus, I’ll be traveling. Next Wednesday we have a sweet repeat guest coming to stay with us in the loft, then we’ll all be checking out, and leaving the goat house to renters who will be here for both Christmas and New Years!
I’ll be celebrating Christmas in Santa Fe this year, continuing a well-loved tradition. Papa Savas, his dog Murphy, and the Little Van Goat (pictured below) have already made it back to Albuquerque, and have our valiant steed awaiting my arrival. The steed is my dad’s Ford Fusion, which he opted to keep when he sold his house in Albuquerque and moved to full-time van life in his Coachmen Crossfit. Before this transition, he’d been working at Avis-Budget, checking rental cars in and out at the Sunport Albuquerque airport. Luckily, this gave Papa Savas an in to permanently store his vehicle for our traveling convenience in the airport parking lot for free!
Prior to Christmas, I’ll be headed down to little known Truth or Consequences — named after a 50’s radio quiz show — for a mini 2-day personal retreat. I booked a brand new airbnb listing in a consistent vintage, ’55 Spartan Imperial Mansion RV! I’ll be enjoying the hot springs on site and at fan-favorite, the Riverbend Hot Springs, which runs alongside the Rio Grande.
On Christmas day, we’ll be cooking up a feast at my dear friend Jack’s apartment in the Santa Fe Railyard, with his two fine felines, Pippy (pictured below) and Pluto, in attendance. My friend Debbie is also planning to drive down from Durango to join us for our dinner.
Ski Santa Fe has a 40” base, and we have lots of downhill and cross country epicness in store. Mostly, I can’t wait to eat empanadas and drink hot toddies in Totemoff’s mountainside bar, followed by a soak at Japanese Spa, 10,000 Waves. And of course, shopping at the Double Take, where my magnificent Baphomet door handle was procured last summer during my Earthship Internship with the Earthship Biotecture (if you don’t know what an Earthship is, we can talk more about this later). And finally, most importantly, consuming the consummate “egg croissant” at Clafoutis.
Is it strange that a $5.95 sandwich still holds my captivation after a full decade?! Not when it has green chile on it. The price may have gone up by about a dollar since I was in undergrad at St. John’s College Santa Fe, but the egg croissant is still the deal of the century.
After the Christmas festivities, my friend Emma will be flying out from New Jersey for the New Year. We’ll be staying in an awesome airbnb in Abiquiu, and enjoying the hot springs at Ojo Caliente. We may spend some of New Year’s Eve on the Santa Fe Plaza, listening to my friend Alex Maryol sling some acoustic tunes. I’m sure this will also be peppered with plenty of tarot readings for the new year. I fly back to Spokane on the 1st, which is the same day my guests will check out. My mom and I plan to write out our affirmations for the coming years on the 2nd.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this meandering itinerary of my life for the next few weeks, complete with unintentional abbreviated New Mexico tourism guide, and I wish you all a fantastic holiday season! If you haven’t yet, feel free to email or direct message us your mailing address, and we’ll send you a Christmas card with code for a 15% discount on your next booked stay or experience at The Little Goat House. Or, if you’re a local business, a discount on mobile goats for your next event!
Tanya, Petunia, John, David, + Shop Cat