Wednesday, October 31, 2007


At long last, the existence of spectral, otherworldly entities has been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt. Yes, the world's first video camera footage of a ghost has hit the internet, and it comes from no less haunted a locale than Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Watch, dear reader, and know that there are, indeed, more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy:

For instance, there are, undeniably, fuzzy bits of something-or-other that float near cars in federal building parking lots.

(Just for today, I'm going to pretend that this hasn't been debunked yet.)

Sunday, October 28, 2007

This Weekend

took the dogs to the river, startled some sort of giant crane that has descended en masse into the bosque...

had a halloween party, carved pumpkins and bobbed for apples, pretended we were werewolves...

got lost in a maze, was saved by corn...

searched for a restaurant on the basis of a photo of pancakes, turned back at a $9.50 price tag.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Balloon Fiesta, Finally

Okay, I finally got some time to sort through the 200-something photos we took at Albuquerque's Balloon Fiesta. All-in-all, it was a pretty incredible spectacle, and we're all glad that we went, but man, the traffic was horrific going in and going out. In fact, after sitting in a traffic clog in the parking lot for about an hour, Courtney wound up placing a call on the non-emergency police number, which is a story in itself, but one that has to be delivered in person for the full effect. Still, the sight of over 1000 balloons lifting off all around you is a truly fantastic thing to see, utterly dreamlike in fact. Everyone was so giddy as these balloons were sprouting up from the field like toadstools and flying away (unlike toadstools) it was like we all regressed to pre-teens and started running around like we'd had too many bowls of froot loops on a Saturday morning.

Anyway, here's a link to the photoset on flickr, just click under the picture of the giant green goofy-ass German thing:

Balloon Fiesta 2007!

But to really give you a good idea of what it was like, we here at Radio Free have pushed the limits of our media enterprise and FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER uploaded a VIDEO TO YOU TUBE! Yes, we are now officially VLOGGERS as well as BLOGGERS. But don't worry, this isn't a video of me screaming incoherently into the camera about Britney Spears, but a pretty cool little clip of a balloon lifting off. If you've got the time, watch the whole thing (about a minute and a half I think), because I really think it gives you a decent idea of the scale of the festival.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Today I learned

That this site is the #2 entry for the search term "40,000 skulls".

Perhaps this post will put me over the top?

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

This is new

In every sense of the word.


Friday, October 12, 2007

My God, I Have a Backlog

The backlog for this site currently includes about a billion pictures from balloon fiesta. I should get that up early next week.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

More Baby Stuff

I have created a baby registry on It seems safe to do it at this point. Honestly, I have very little idea of what I am going to need, so if you have recommendations, I am very VERY happy to get them. Leave a comment!

Thursday, October 04, 2007


Just a heads up that there's a new article on my other site: Forgotten Albuquerque

I'll be doing three articles about the tuberculosis immigration into the city, so this is kind of a big deal for all of you TB fans.


Things that go "bump"

It moved! I swear I felt something move, and no... this time it was not gas.
In the past two days, I occasionally feel what is kind of like a muscle twitch directly under my navel. It "twitches" two or three times, then stops - just in time for Ty to get his hand on my belly.
Got my first set of maternity pants yesterday at Other Mothers, a resale shop carrying maternity and children's clothing and a whole lot of baby stuff. The pants are great! I got jeans that I don't have to unbutton whenever I sit down, and some nice black pants to wear to work.
The kid seems to be growing nicely, based on the fact that I constantly look like I just ate way too much. I've been insisting it's just bloat for about a week now, but my case seems to be getting weaker by the day. We'll have another ultrasound next Monday to see whether the placenta previa has corrected itself. My midwife is very encouraged by my complete lack of symptoms during the past three weeks. Keep you fingers crossed!
In the event that the previa remains, the sonographer will also do a Doppler test for placenta accreta, a condition wherein the placenta has completely lodged itself into scar tissue, or in my case into the not-so-flexible lower part of the uterus. If this is the case for me, it would mean a C-section and the possibility of a hysterectomy to stop the hemorrhaging that may occur. We hope that we don't have an accreta.
We'll try to get a video of the next ultrasound. The sonographer has instructed me to bring (get this) a VHS tape to the appointment! Can you even buy a VHS tape anymore??

Tuesday, October 02, 2007


The job I have or the job I want.
I have this job. It looks great on paper. In theory, it should be a great job. So why am I so unhappy with it right now?
I know that no job is perfect. Things don't always go according to plan, and the only way to ensure that almost every possible scenario has been anticipated, planned for, and added to the policy&procedure manual is to work for a huge bureaucracy that drains its employees of the need for independent thought and creativity.
The problem with my job right now: it often (very, very often) seems that nothing has been anticipated, that there is NO plan in place, and we are every day guessing and blindly moving forward.
I understand being comfortable in ambiguity. I understand flexibility and creativity. I don't understand a complete lack of strategic planning coupled with a flippant attitude that "everything will just work out."
I am getting nervous. I no longer have a specific, clearly defined goal: recruit sites for participation in the study. I've done this. Now, my job involves scheduling. The problems: what am I supposed to be scheduling? How long does each event last? Do we have staff available to complete the task? Nobody seems to know. At any rate, I have to get it done by this week.