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Katie Allison Granju is the married mother of five children, ranging in age from toddler to teenager. In addition to blogging for Babble Voices, she also publishes her own blog, Big Good Thing, and she works full time in digital media with a large cable network. When she isn't at work, blogging, or washing someone's socks, Katie enjoys working in her flower garden, riding her bike, and feeding the chickens she keeps in the backyard of her family's large and totally impractical, 113-year-old Victorian house.

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Live from Austin: My SXSW 2012 Photo Album

By Katie Allison Granju |

SXSW 2012 PhotosI have a great job. Seriously, I really have a great job. And I know it, so I never take it for granted. Every single day that I go to work, I kind of pinch myself on my way into my office because I can’t believe I get to do what I do for a living.

Of course, one of the reasons I am aware of how great my job is is because I haven’t always been this lucky. I have had some truly trying employment situations in years past. But as a working mama, I just had to suck it up and keep on doing what needed to be done. Those less than ideal jobs in my past make me extra grateful for what I’m getting to do these days.

As I’ve mentioned before, I do some traveling for my work, and I enjoy it, even though I do worry the whole time I am away that I’ve left Jon with too much on his plate. But he never complains, and he’s genuinely happy to see me get to go places and do things as part of my work. Plus, we’re both very glad that I have a good job that supports our family, given how many people we know who have dealt with unemployment in the past couple of years. So he’s good with me being away when necessary.

And I have to say that this week is kind of the perfect storm of great-job-meets-interesting-work-related-travel; I am spending four days with some of my fave coworkers at SXSW Interactive in Austin, Texas. I arrived yesterday, and have been going non-stop ever since.

This is an AMAZING event, especially for a first-timer like me; no matter which direction I turn, there’s something fascinating going on or being said or explained or demonstrated – all on topics that are my natural areas of interest. So far, SXSW Interactive feels a lot like Bonnaroo, if Bonnaroo were designed primarily for geeky digital creatives and entrepreneurial folks like myself rather than for serious music fans. And just like Bonnaroo, this festival offers some sensory overload, but in a really energizing way.

(FYI: here are my Bonnaroo photos from 2006 and 2005. Good times…)

I am taking lots of photos while I am here, and I thought I’d share for any of y’all who are interested. I will update this photo album each night with new pix, so be sure to check back if you would like to see the latest.

KATIE’S SXSW 2012 PHOTO ALBUM


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LIVE from Austin: my SXSW 2012 Photo Album

Waiting in Line to Pick up my SXSW Badge

The SXSW badge is the golden ticket to all events. If you lose it, you can't get a new one without paying full price for a new one. This woman with great hair was in front of me in line. While trying to discreetly take her photo, I backed into some kind of display and knocked the whole thing down with a huge clatter and commotion, causing hundreds of people around me to stop and stare. Yeah. embarrassing.

 

ALSO! I am not the only grrl Babble blogger traveling this weekend, leaving her husband home alone with the kiddos. Check out Serge and Monica Bielanko’s He Said/She Said LIVE BLOGGING of their city mouse/country mouse weekend. You will be entertained, I promise.

 

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Katie Allison Granju is the married mother of five children, ranging in age from toddler to teenager. In addition to blogging for Babble Voices, she also publishes her own blog, Big Good Thing. Katie also enjoys working in her flower garden, riding her bike, and feeding the chickens she keeps in the backyard of her family's large Victorian house. Read bio and latest posts → Read Katie Allison's latest posts →

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