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There are mornings when I wake up, and haven’t the foggiest idea of where I am. This is neither as alarming or as glamorous as it sounds. It’s usually in a hotel room somewhere. And more often than not, Rand is with me, so I can’t complain.

Travel enough, and I suppose it’s a natural side effect. Some places all start to look alike. And other places look … well, unlike anything, really. Certainly not as you’d expect them to look, that’s for sure.

And that’s where I found myself on the first day of the year. I couldn’t help but look around and wonder: where exactly was I? It was only one of many questions that followed …

Questions like, how on earth did I end up on a John Deere utility vehicle?

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Why doesn’t Rand look happier to be in the back?

This is the face of bemusement.

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Does wrapping plastic wrap around plants actually protect them from the cold? (Yes, apparently.)

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Do the sheep have names? (No. But the little ones have numbers painted on their sides.)

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Why are the branding irons green? (Because they were dipped in paint.)

In order to mark the aforementioned sheep.

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Is there manure on my boots? (A little.)

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Is it okay if I think that lamb is delicious, but still manage to find this guy adorable? (Let’s not think too hard on this one.)

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Is delivering lambs anything like delivering babies? (“They scream less.”)

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Do you remember the first time you met Rand? (“He was hollering. He does that when you hold him up by the toe.”)

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Can I touch the plants?

Oh. Okay.

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Is this one part tribble?

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Is this seriously the largest collection of privately owned succulents on the east coast? (The New York Times says yes.)

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Does this flower clash with my scarf?

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Are you mad at me because I almost touched the plant? Are you sure? Cuz before, you kinda yelled.

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What happens if I touch this dial? Okay, okay, I won’t. Maybe you should put up another sign.

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Where are we again? Oh, yeah. Jersey.

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Not what I had imagined Jersey would look like. You can’t really blame me for forgetting, right?

Can we come back here again? Soon? Okay. Good. Good, because I like New Jersey.

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Comments (10)

  1. 1
    Ian says:

    In your pic captioned “Is this one part tribble?”, there’s a rather suspicious looking cactus top left…

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    Félix says:

    how could you avoid making a joke about the cactus on the left of the tribble?

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    Taryn says:

    I like New Jersey, too! I grew up amid the farmland of South Jersey.

    It really is hard to believe you missed that cactus. You can always post an update ;-)

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    Melanie says:

    Thank you Felix! I laughed at the tribble comment then went, “Oh, wait a second….”

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    Rebecca says:

    loved the captions/ train of thoughts!

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    Lois says:

    The cactus to the left of the tribble makes me think ‘ouchy’

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    Ashley says:

    Haha Is is bad that I know exactly what a tribble is?

    Just started reading your blog. Love your witty comments and wonderful pictures!

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