Archive for April, 2011

It might be spring

It’s possible that it’s spring, but the signs are very confusing. For example, there is this:

Backyard snow, April 20, 2011

On the other hand, there is this:

Gracie with snow-surviving flowers

This week marks the first Wednesday Martin Luther King, Jr Blvd farmers’ market of the season! It’s always a small affair, but this year’s appeared smaller than usual due (I suspect) to yesterday’s craptastic snow/hail/sleet/rain storm, as well as today’s chilly weather. Still, there were some hardy souls.

First Wednesday Farmers' Market 2011

 

There was a wee bit of a green. And I mean a wee bit. One of the six stands was selling greenery – some tasty looking spring salad mix, which we bought. It warmed my heart to see. We gravitated toward it. And we weren’t the only ones — the proprietor told us someone had seen the salad from her office in the city/county building and come down to look and said, “I spotted green!” It’s a welcome sight.

Early spring greens

Aaron bought delicious cheese curds, as well, but the most noteworthy stand for me was the Jamie’s and Son dessert stand. Jamie’s used to be a cookie shop on State Street that served the world’s most delicious cookies. It’s been closed for a number of years (update: apparently it closed in 2007 — I had thought it was earlier), so I was heartened to see this apparent revival. The stand today didn’t appear to be selling cookies, but I’m keeping my eye on this one.

Revival of the great Jamie's cookie?

 

In sum, as I’ve said a million times, I heart Wisconsin.

Left turn at Albuquerque

Yikes! I knew it had been a long time since I had posted, but I had no idea it has been almost a month. Oops! Do I even have any readers out there anymore? I wouldn’t blame you all if you had abandoned me for more prolific sites.

In my defense, since returning from vacation, I’ve been swamped at work and it’s caused me to be a rather boring TV zombie at home. Even more so than usual. Things are starting to be more normal again, though, so I think I should try to return to other more normal things in my life, like writing on my blog.

I have avoided getting into all of the latest political events on this blog and I’ve repeatedly asked myself why. I’m actually not really sure. I think the real reason may be that protesting and reading everything I can about the day-to-day events has been too exhausting and draining for me to then sit down at night and rehash everything and attempt to get it into a semicoherent form. The other, even better, reason is that there are far more competent and knowledgeable folks than I out there writing great information about the political landscape we now find ourselves in. I’ll just say this: things are crazy. Almost every day I find myself saying, “Wow. I never guessed that this would happen” about yet another game-changer.

Spring has sprung in Madison, but we did not receive the amazing thunderstorms that everyone forecasted would hit us yesterday. Instead, we heard about one low growl of thunder and saw about three raindrops hit the windows. I’m glad in the sense that less danger is obviously a platform I can support, but I love a good thunderstorm and was looking forward to cuddling up with Gracie and listening to the rain. Oh well. It’s April now so there are sure to be a few storms in the future.

Speaking of April, I was supposed to head out to the great state of California this weekend to visit the greatest actress of our generation (GAOOG). But alas, wouldn’t you know, GAOOG has booked a part on a series that has taken her to Albuquerque for the next two weeks. Oops for me! But great news for GAOOG, as well as the rest of the world as we will soon be able to see GAOOG resplendent in saris and, rumor has it, a wig.

That’s about all I have for now. Boring, I know, but I’m just trying to get back up on that posting horse of mine. Giddy Up.


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