G is for Gambling #AtoZChallenge @AprilA2Z

Casinos aren't uncommon in New Mexico, and, like many in the U.S., a good number are run by Native Americans on their lands.There are a few in Albuquerque itself, but a good number are outside of the cities on the Pueblos. Santa Fe has quite a few nearby as well.As with most casinos, you'll encounter plenty of gambling but also buffets, restaurants, and shows. If you're looking for something a little different, or to see a concert, they might be a good bet.xoxo Sarah...
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F is for 505 #AtoZChallenge @AprilA2Z

New Mexico actually has two area codes: 575 and 505.The 505 dates back to being one of the original area codes established in 1947.Due to the demand for new numbers, the 575 was created in 2007. It actually covers more of the state, but the areas with higher populations are still under 505.Still, the state had one area code for so long that "The 505" is considered a slang term for New Mexico.Picture from Wikipediaxoxo Sarah...
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E is for Enchantment #AtoZChallenge @AprilA2Z

New Mexico has a pretty fabulous nickname: Land of Enchantment. Surprisingly, it only became the official nickname in 1999.What makes the nickname so great is that it encompasses so much of the state's history and landscape. Not only does New Mexico have stunning views (enchanting, perhaps?), but it was inhabited by indigenous peoples for a long time before Europeans explored the New World.The gorgeous scenery combined with the rich history of many peoples combines to make a truly enchanting place.Gorgeous morning! #nofilterneeded #nofilter #albuquerque #abq #sandia #sandiamountains #newmexicoA photo posted by Sarah Allan (@sarahallanauthor) on Nov 18, 2015 at 10:52am PST xoxo Sarah...
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D is for Desert (High Desert Climate, to be precise) #AtoZChallenge @AprilA2Z

Albuquerque's climate is considered to be high desert. It has extremely low humidity levels, which makes even the heat of the summer where temperatures average about 90 degrees F bearable. At night in the summer, it's not uncommon for temperatures to swing lower by 40 or 50 degrees--if you go out, layers are a must.Winter is dry for the most part, and definitely colder--sometimes just a sweatshirt will be adequate, and other times you'll need to bundle up. They do get snow, but it's more common in the Sandias.What a difference a half hour makes! #abq #albuquerque #snow #firstsnowA photo posted by Sarah Allan (@sarahallanauthor) on Nov 16, 2015 at 1:45pm PST Spring and autumn are more temperate, with pleasant temperatures and lovely weather.Some folks ask if the weather is like it is in Arizona, and the answer is no, at least not in ABQ, because of the elevation. It doesn't get nearly as hot for as long as in...
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C is for Central Ave (US Route 66) #AtoZChallenge @AprilA2Z

The place where the song says you can get your kicks runs right through Albuquerque!Pic from WikipediaHistoric highway U.S. Route 66 is better known as Central Avenue in ABQ. It runs concurrently with I40 through a good chunk of the state, but in Albuquerque it's a centerpiece.Along Central Ave, you can find plenty of unique restaurants and even the UNM campus. The city has made an effort to embrace the historical route, and often you'll see signage that reminds you of the 1950s and 1960s. Pic from WikipediaIf you get a chance to make a road trip through New Mexico, check it out if you have a chance!On to D tomorrow.xoxo Sarah...
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B is for Breaking Bad #AtoZChallenge #BreakingBad @AprilA2Z @BreakingBad_AMC

Breaking Bad is, probably, and I'm not exaggerating, one of the best-written television shows I've seen in a long time. I almost did an "Awesome Writing in Media" feature on it, but figured I could do this first.Full disclosure--hubs and I didn't watch it when it aired; we binged on it from start to finish over a period of a couple weeks recently. Thank you, Netflix.Because when we moved to Albuquerque, most of the time the first question out of someone's mouth was, "Have you seen Breaking Bad?" So it was mandatory viewing. "Yeah, bitch!" as Jesse Pinkman would say.Even only having been sort-of familiar with the city (we've lived in New Mexico since last summer), it was evident that the location was its own character on the show. No, it didn't overshadow Walter White or Jesse Pinkman, but the city shone in its own way. I'm one of those people who Googles stuff about shows afterward--trivia, filming locations, etc.--and...
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A is for Albuquerque #AtoZChallenge @AprilA2Z

Albuquerque--New Mexico's largest city (but not the capital--that's Santa Fe), is probably best known to most folks due to a certain cartoon rabbit's wrong turn.But it's so much more than that. It's relatively in the middle of the state, and sits at about 5,000-6,000 feet above sea level. The population of the area is a bit over half a million people.Bordered by the Sandia Mountains on the eastern side and sloping down westward, the sunrises and sunsets are something to behold. The scenery is lovely--yes, it's mostly brown, but there's something beautiful about it.There's a lot to do, a lot to see, and so. Much. To. Eat.So instead of making that left turn at Albuquerque, stop by for a bit.I'll be hitting a lot of Albuquerque stuff in the coming days as well as New Mexico as a whole. I hope you enjoy my A-Z Challenge posts!Lovely morning! #abq #albuquerque #sandiaA photo posted by Sarah Allan (@sarahallanauthor) on Oct 13,...
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And my @AprilA2Z #AtoZChallenge theme is…

Since we now call the Southwest home, I decided that this year I'll be doing our new city and any surrounding things that catch my eye.So, my official theme for this year's A to Z Challenge is......NEW MEXICO! Pic from WikipediaI hope you all enjoy my posts in the coming month! C'mon back in another week or so for awesomeness from the Land of Enchantment.xoxo Sarah...
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Back at it!

Just a quick check-in...So, now that things have calmed down a bit here (still checking stuff for damages, but we're doing really well on that!), I'm going to get back to writing.The problem was that for a few days, I was convinced I'd misplaced everything I had for Fate's Awakening. Whoops.But never fear! I excavated it from a plastic bin (it was hiding among other look-alike folders, the bastard) and I'm gonna be all over it like a fat kid on cake.I'm also working on what to do for the April A-Z Blogging challenge this year. Any suggestions would be appreciated!xoxo Sarah...
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#AtoZChallenge Wrap-up!

                                   Okay, folks! It's been a bit since the final post for the 2015 A-Z Challenge went up, and all of the participants have started to recover from their blogging-induced carpel tunnel.  So I wanted to write a bit about how the challenge went for me this year and what I discovered.First of all, I wrote all of my challenge posts in their entirety ahead of time and scheduled them to go out at the same time each day. Yep. I was "done" with the challenge by March 31st, and you know what? It was super relaxing. It gave me more time to explore the other blogs in the challenge, and didn't leave me scrambling for time and content at the last minute. In past challenge years I've done several entries at a time (maybe a week ahead at most) but never the whole...
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