Back home

So, as most of you know, I’m back home in Wisco. Although the weather is ridiculous, I’m so happy to be home, sleeping in a bed, next to my puppy and able to eat more than once a day if I want. If I ever had need of a vacation from my vacation, though, this would be it.

So, in sum, this was my Sundance experience:

1.  Celebrities: Robert Redford, Ben Kingsley, almost-Steven Spielberg, Colin Firth, Adrian Grenier (twice), Sarah Jessica Parker, Dennis Quaid, Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Josh Hartnett, Mischa Barton, Martin McDonagh, and Tom Arnold (I’m not sure he counts).

2.  Movies: I saw Be Kind, Rewind (A-); Absurdistan (A); Donkey Punch (C+); Choke (D); Assassination of a High School President (A-); August (D); and Chronic Town (B). Movies I wanted to see but didn’t get to: Bottle Shock; The Broken; American Teen; Alone in Four Walls; Be Like Others; The Deal; Frozen River; In Bruges; Funny Games; The Great Buck Howard; Hamlet 2; I Always Wanted to Be a Gangster; King of Ping Pong; The Linguists; Love Comes Lately; Man on Wire; Mancora; Red; Riprendimi; Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired; Secrecy; and Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden?

3.  Weather: it was cold. Not as cold as home, but I don’t usually stand outside in January in Wisconsin for seven hours a day for ten days in a row. So, it was cold and I was very tired of carting around an extra forty pounds in layered clothing at 8000 feet. Rough going.

4.  Hungry: I ate a lot of Zone bars (free) and bagels (free). I did not eat anything actually hot or resembling a meal, really, until Sarayu got there and she and I only tried that a handful of times.

5.  Lonely: the first days were rough. It felt like a summer camp where everyone knows each other, but you know no one. And it’s not at all like summer camp because it’s freezing and there’s snow everywhere. But my roommates were really nice and I grew to like several people that I worked with very much. On our last day, also my birthday, they surprised me with a nice serenade, a cute card, and some delicious chocolates brought from California just for the occasion. Very, very sweet.

6.  Too much travel: Although Sarayu and I left Park City at 10:45 am on Monday, I did not get into Madison until 10 am on Tuesday. Spent the night in Cincinnati after my flight was repeatedly delayed in Salt Lake. Oh well. I’m home now and couldn’t be happier about that.

7.  Will I do it again? Sarayu has pretty much forbidden me from repeating this adventure, but I’m not sure. The thing is, I feel like I really didn’t get the system down until the end of the festival. It seems to take at least a week or so to learn how to navigate it all. So, as for next year, well, we’ll see.

The real question, though, is should I continue this blog now that Sundance 08 is over?  I’d really like you peeps to weigh in and let me know what you think.


13 Responses to “Back home”

  1. 1 sara h January 31, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    WELCOME BACK! Time and a little distance from the experience probably will help you decide if you want to do it again. But congrats on surviving!

    I love your blog and would definitely continue visiting it. Have you checked out some of our old lawprofs’ blogs? Althouse and Camic? I love Camic’s blog.

  2. 2 kateandgracie January 31, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    I always forget about Camic’s — thanks for the reminder. I hear she’s always traveling and blogging about yummy food. I’m going to visit it right now…

  3. 3 Sarayu January 31, 2008 at 4:52 pm



    Just thoughts. No pressure.

  4. 4 Kristin February 1, 2008 at 10:12 am

    Keep on blogging I say! It’s super fun to come in here and talk about Runway and movies and such.

    Glad you’re home. Everytime I thought over the last two weeks I just thought Brrrrrrrr. 🙂

  5. 5 kateandgracie February 1, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    I just found my blog on the web, which blows my mind. I was sort of leaning towards keeping it, but with only three voices weighing in, I’m not sure.

    It was brrrrr, K. Very brrrr. And while I managed to stave off the cold while there, it’s hit me big time now that I’m back. And Gracie insists on me petting her every second I’m home, which makes blowing my nose difficult.

  6. 6 Kristin February 1, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    Oh Gracie. What a good dog. Maybe if you decide to do it again you should stipulate that you need to bring her. That would make it much better, yes?

  7. 7 Heather February 2, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    I vote Yay on: the blog, obama, bucky badger, sweet p (her name is just silly, although i didn’t see this weeks, she could be gone), and jillian (ditto on her), and gracie.

    I vote Nay on: return to sundance, the patriots, and wisconsin winters existing past Feb 1.

  8. 8 kateandgracie February 2, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    OMG, that would make it so much better. And Park City is so big on dogs. They’re everywhere.

    This make me a supermodel show is not very good.

    And why are my flickr pics not showing up?

  9. 9 rose February 4, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    I vote yay on the blog!
    Do not take the delay of a response as a negative.
    I agree with the comment on the supermodel show…not so good.
    Oh since heather brough up obama, can we talk about that? Is anyone else slightly torn in the dem race at all? I was going to vote for hillary but I’m kind of leaning towards barack now…..

  10. 10 kateandgracie February 5, 2008 at 9:58 am

    I vote nay on Hillary and yay on Barack, if those are the only two choices. I still think I’m going to vote for Edwards when Wisco’s primary finally rolls around. I just love him.

  11. 11 Kristin February 5, 2008 at 10:35 am

    Viva Barack!

  12. 12 Mary February 5, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    even tho I have not said much I vote yes on the blog and nay on Sundance. You need a warm weather break where there are good films….

  13. 13 Mary February 5, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    wanted to add that Clancy (the sweet dog at the top of the blog)may have made a break through at daycare. Report card yesterday stated he “listened well and played well with others” Hurrah.

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