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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11 Responses to “Left turn at Albuquerque”


  1. 1 Sara H April 12, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Hi Kate! Your vacay looks FAB!

  2. 2 kateandgracie April 12, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Sara!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh, I’ve missed you. How’s it going? How’s the Little One? It’s so great to hear from you — I know that probably sounds weird, but I’ve been thinking a lot about you and missing you. Glad you’ve popped in! And St Maarten was totally fab. I highly recommend it.

  3. 3 Sara H April 12, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    It’s my second day back to work…. nice to have hands free to check your blog! Brenna is good – she didn’t seem too upset with me last night for abandoning her at daycare. 😉 And I haven’t cried today at all! It is good to be back, even though I know we are heading toward more of all the political hullabaloo as the budget heats up. Can’t wait until July, when for better or worse all of this should be done. Glad to see you have been taking fantastic vacays and new puppy pics! Or at least posting them? That’s a very summery pic of Gracie.

  4. 4 kateandgracie April 12, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Welcome back! And hooray for not crying! I don’t think Brenna will be the least bit angry with you — I’m sure she’s in complete love with you, as you are with her. I, too, would like to see this budget mess settled. The unevenness of everything, and the utter chaos each day seems to bring, has me on total edge. Before we left for St Maarten in March, I really thought I might lose my mind. Vacation was good. And that is a pic from Gracie Vintage April 10, 2011. We went out to watch the muskies jump over the dam by the zoo, but Gracie insisted on cooling off before we got all the way there.

  5. 5 Mary Lloyd April 13, 2011 at 5:01 am

    so happy your are back in the saddle.

  6. 6 Sara H April 13, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Are you still on the union board, Kate? I’m pretty sure you resigned, yes?

  7. 7 Raoser April 13, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Sorry that I’m a little behind on the blog! So glad you’re back at it. I can completely understand why you might choose not to blog about all the crazy, draining politics. You’re so invested and immersed, and while the blog can be a great place to vent, it can also be a brilliant respite from the chaos and drama.

    I’m so sad that we’re not going to be in LA together this weekend. Working is great but I think our weekend would’ve been a great respite for both of us! Well, we still have much to discuss about our options.

    I hope you get a thunderstorm soon. There’s just nothing like a good hard rain and some cuddle time with baby puppy!

  8. 8 kateandgracie April 14, 2011 at 10:44 am

    I’m sad no LA too, but I’m so proud of you working!

    Sara, I am not on the union board anymore, but not because I resigned. I served my two-year term and got out, choosing not to run again. I am, though, on the union’s bargaining team and we have been working closely with the board the last few months, so I’ve unfortunately been really involved in the whole thing again — meetings at night, weekends, etc. It’s been a drain. Right now, though, even though things are so unsettled, it’s been a break because no one knows what to do. If the law gets published, it’ll all start back up again, I’m sure. Argh.

  9. 9 Heather April 14, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Glad to see the blog back, but what happened to our spring? A cloudy, windy, 50 degree day just doesn’t cut it for me anymore. Guess next year we’ll need to spend all of March AND April in SXM.

  10. 10 kateandgracie April 15, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Good plan. SXM 2012.

  11. 11 Mary Lloyd April 15, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    that picture of Gracie is hilarious. She has such a zest for life!


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