So, I’m new here. I am not only a new Contributor on Albuquerque Mom’s Blog, but I’m new to Albuquerque, to New Mexico, to this side of the country…I’m new. If I can help other moms who are new to the area, I’ll be happy. If I can make native New Mexicans laugh at me, then I guess I can settle for that, too. I am originally from Ohio, and have also lived a couple years in Georgia. It is a different world! I come from COLD winters, HUMID summers, and very, very green grass and vegetation. We have mountains on the East Coast, but they’re half the height of the Sandias. Ohio will always have a part of my heart, however,
New Mexico is making a big impression on me so far.
This is a short list (or not so short) of a few things that I’ve learned. Pass this list on to those new moms you know, the military wives you may know, the out of town family who will visit, or just other New Mexicans who would like to make fun of me!
- Tumbleweed is a real thing. This stuff isn’t just in old westerns and Wile E. Coyote cartoons.
- There are volcanoes! Who knew??
- You can eat green chile on EVERYTHING. It’s even listed on the Mickey D’s menu!
- You can drive an hour in any direction from ABQ and see something vastly different, and again think that you’ve only ever seen this stuff in movies.
- You can still get sunburnt in the Winter.
- Breaking Bad is the greatest show ever…even greater when you live in Albuquerque. When bored during the day, I can be seen driving past various filming locations like a giant geeky fangirl.
- Lizards are everywhere! My kids go bonkers every 10 minutes when they spot an unsuspecting lizard sunning itself on the wall out back.
- Hot air balloons are everywhere…and sometimes make you think they are going to land on your roof. (What was that loud blasting noise?)
- Old Town is the cutest, coziest little town to shop and eat. Backstreet Grill?? I’m obsessed with their street tacos!!
- Dust devils are to be taken seriously…roll up your car windows when passing them, trust me.
- Roadrunners are like really fast chickens. And, they are WAY bigger than you think.
- Black Widows are everywhere. Have your husband or other willing individual check under your patio chair and your kids’ picnic table every day. Again trust me on this.
- Pink mountains are awesome. If you see a minivan on the side of the road while the mountains are pink, it’s me taking pictures.
The Grown Up Grilled Cheese at the Sandia Crest House is sinful! (And driving up the back of the mountain is beautiful).
- Tinkertown is bizarrely cool, and the kids love it.
- There are casinos everywhere. (Where I grew up, the only casinos were four-hour plane rides away!)
- We could live at the BioParks. The Zoo is amazing, the Aquarium and new Bugarium make for a great afternoon, and the Botanic Gardens are a sort of oasis in the desert!
- Winter pretty much ends in January—Hooray!! (Thank goodness I never got around to packing away my trusty flip flops!)
- You’ll buy obscene amounts of chapstick.
- Nosebleeds happen a lot. Vaseline in the nostrils is the difference between my kids waking up happy and clean, and waking up looking like they’ve been brutally attacked in the middle of the night. (And giving me a heart attack)
- Native American culture is amazing. Amazing.