Monday, January 25, 2010
Wow! I can hardly believe it, but 2 Baci in a Pinon Tree turns 5 years old today! It was in 2005 that I ventured into the uncharted cyber waters of blogdom, dubbed myself a blogette because I thought 'blogger' sounded too amphibious to me, and began writing about bad haircuts, springtime tumbleweed slaughters, and my distaste for garage sales. I chronicled our near-drowning on the Rio Grande, cursed the obnoxious new neighbors who obliterated our beautiful view, and told about some of the beautiful places and traditions around our beloved New Mexico.
I revealed our dream of moving to Italy, and then detailed the plans and stages of the move. The name still reflects that New Mexico-Italia duality. Why 2 Baci in a Pinon Tree? Many have puzzled over it and quizzed me about it. I wanted something punchy (because why be boring if you don't have to?) Baci is our pet name for each other, sort of our equivalent of "sweetie" or "honey." It also happens to be our favorite Italian chocolate indulgence (dark chocolate-hazelnut, nature's perfect match!). Pinon is the state tree of New Mexico. It sounded snappy and a little funny. Besides, back then I didn't think anyone would actually start reading and following my journey!
Along the way I fulfilled my dream of living in Italia, became a freelance writer, and recounted the joys and tears of the past five years. I've received some nice accolades, helped others in their genealogical searches and Italian moves, and have met some wonderful people...all because I started typing into a keyboard and putting it "out there" for others to read.
Thanks for coming along on the ride. Stay tuned...as the journey continues!
To celebrate the birthday, I'm throwing a party...and to get in on the fun, all you have to do is show up! Just put your name on the guest list (ie, leave a comment) and you'll be registered to win a fabulous, tasty and cute Perugina Baci trinket - complete with candy, of course - from bella Italia. Just leave a comment before January 31 and one lucky birthday guest will get the door prize!