We don’t have swine flu


Mailbox, Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM

We spent a lovely weekend in Santa Fe, NM – Friday was a Mexican holiday and the office closed early on Thursday, so we drove up Friday morning. It’s about a 5-hour drive if you drive straight, but we stopped along the way for a famous Buckhorn burger. It lived up to its reputation.

We got to Santa Fe around 6 PM, early enough to stroll around the Plaza and have dinner. The next morning, we went to the Santa Fe farmers’ market. Funny story. Last Labor Day, we flew to San Diego. The plane stopped over in Albuquerque and this hippy chick got on and sat in front of me. The plane was jam-packed and she was really rude – immediately laid her seat all the way back and kept flipping her long curly gray hippy hair all over me. I asked her if she would mind not reclining her seat, to which she retorted, “Everyone has a right to lean their seat back!” I got up and moved to the one lone middle aisle seat left in the back of the plane. Well, who should we see strolling through the farmers’ market looking all BOBO’d out with her pull-along cart but rude hippy chick! What are the chances?

Anyway, we got a good laugh out of that and continued on to the Georgia O’Keefe Museum, which was really nice. We had brunch at Cafe Pasqual’s, which I remembered from 20 years ago when I was there. We spent the rest of the afternoon walking and driving around town. It rained some, but didn’t interfere too much with the day – and we got a beautiful end-to-end rainbow after the showers. John found several good used book stores, then we finished the day with delicious Mexican food with New Mexican chile sauce at Tomasita’s.

We drove home this morning – and still have Monday and Tuesday off! Tuesday isĀ another Mexican holiday, and the Consulate closed for business on Monday due to swine flu fears. Although we don’t think there have been any cases reported in Juarez, applicants come from all over Mexico, so we closed to try to limit travel. John calls it a snow day, since we don’t get any of those here.

We had book club at our house last Monday to discuss “The Closing of the American Border,” by Edward Alden – small group but a great discussion. Wednesday night we went to a dinner party at Matt and Daisy’s with some friends. Thursday we had a girls’ “swine flu vacation” happy hour at my friend Pam’s house.

We watched “Australia” tonight and thought it was really good. It got mediocre reviews, but we liked it.

Mom and Aunt Bonnie left this week for a 2-week Alaskan cruise – lucky them!

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