I have been rolling out of bed at 4:30 AM, feeding dogs, showering, getting dressed, on the road by 6:15 to drive to Albuquerque to pick up my high school assistant, then on to Santa Fe. We park in a very special garage (given the price for a day of parking, it must be very special), then to the old Federal Courthouse. Spend the day in trial, drive back to Albuquerque, drop Haley at her house, go to the office to research issues, print off cases, etc. Drive home and be there by 9:30. I did it Monday, and Tuesday, and this morning — up til the point of being in trial. A half hour into today the Assistant United States Attorney ran seriously afoul of a rule of evidence and ultimately the District Court Judge declared a mistrial. That means we start over with a new jury on January 18th.
I am so very weary, but will take tomorrow off to play with the puppies (photos, I promise), and to do some housework. I’m pretty worried that if I don’t take vacuum in hand the County might condemn my house. That would be bad.
A VERY huge thanks to “Jean from NM” who gave the puppies an afternoon meal and played with each of them this week. She kept me from going over the edge.