Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Adios, Quirkyville

I am leaving Albuquerque. I am leaving New Mexico. I am leaving the Land of Enchantment that I love. I am headed to Washington, D.C. to bolster communications for Atlas Economic Research Foundation. It's a bittersweet move - although I am more than ready to make it (my moving van is now 2 days late).

There is no organization I would rather work for than Atlas, but leaving the Land of Enchantment is almost heartbreaking. I love this place. I love the people.

In my absence, I wish everyone well and truly hope the politics and safety improve through the efforts of those who truly believe in liberty, because this is a magical place.

And I plan to take Hal Stratton's advice. He said, "Go, get the job done, then come home." And that's what I plan to do.

Until then.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Got Milk?

Anybody want a milk mustache?!

To encourage moms to focus on family time and set the table with milk to help build a strong family, the national "got milk?®" Milk Mustache Mobile Tour is traveling coast-to-coast to celebrate those special moments that families share around the dinner table.

And guess what?!?! They are coming to Albuquerque this weekend!

Saturday, March 20: Rio Grande Zoo from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Sunday, March 21: Cottonwood Mall from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. AND 2 – 4 p.m.
Monday, March 22: Albuquerque Aquarium from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

This year's theme is about building strong families. A recent survey found that most Americans are not regularly sitting down for dinner – and kids are missing out on some big benefits that include better grades, leaner weights and more nutritious diets. You can find more information on whymilk.com.

I don't know about you, but I love milk. In fact, I am drinking a glass right now! Cheers!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Souper Bowl, Roadrunner Food Bank, Albuquerque

It was a cupcake of an event. Literally.

Icing was available for the asking, and cupcakes too, but that wasn't the focus of last month's fundraising event at the Roadrunner Food Bank in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The focus was soup. Lots and lots of soup. Creamy this and meaty that, and vegetarian variations too. I had no idea I could get full so quickly. After all, the bowls were sample-size, but that didn't seem to make any difference since there were dozens of soup samplings to taste!

My favorite, hands down, is Kelly's Creamy Green Chili Chicken Soup. I swear it's like pure cream with just the right amount of green chili tossed in around huge chunks of moist chicken breast. I literally crave it now, on a daily basis. And although that would normally not be a huge temptation, since I can walk to Kelly's in about 3 minutes, it's become a real challenge.

The Mayor was there, he made his 1 minute comment. The band was delightful. The people came in droves (thankfully we were part of the first wave of about 50 people and moved through that place at lightening speed - after all, there were chocolate covered strawberries to find).

I would recommend this annual event to anyone and everyone. Dress warm, the warehouse is on the cool side at the beginning of the event, but it warms up as the day progresses.

Kudos to the organizers, the shuttles were there before you even had your car parked, ready and waiting to transport you to the venue. The layout allowed people to move through the booths easily and lines to form without blocking traffic too much. And voting was easy as pie.

My one "hmmm" was over the silent auction tickets. The pricing was such that someone who wanted to spend $40, wouldn't. They would tuck one of those $20 bills back in their pocket, because whether you spent $20 or $40, you got the same number of tickets for the silent auction. If you spent $50, you tripled the number of tickets, but how many people want to spend $50? I think they could have made a lot more money if they had put a bit more thought into their ticket pricing.

Anyway, I loved every minute, slurped every soup, licked the icing off several cupcakes, dropped 10 tickets into the silent auction chests (no call yet, guess I didn't win) and left with a $20 bill in my pocket. It was a souper event.

And Starbucks, I can't forget Starbucks! They had coffee waiting for us as we arrived to stand in line early, and then throughout the day. Thank you, thank you!

And all for a good cause, feeding those whose current situation makes it difficult to even have bread.

How lucky we are.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Blog CPR Beginning

It's been over 3 months since I last posted to The Q (on the QT) and whether anyone has missed me or not, I have missed blogging here. (Yes, I have blogged elsewhere, but not much AND I have just done some serious blogosphere spring cleaning and deleted several of my other blogs - yet another indication of how much I really enjoyed this one, since it's still here!)

So the bad news is, if you don't care, I'm back anyway! And the good news is that the Blog CPR was successful, we have survived a long break and I am returning...with gusto.

My thoughts on Things in and around Albuquerque will resume post haste.

Let the blogging begin, again!