So what have I been up to? Well for once quite a lot of productive "real" work getting to grips with various websites and business things. But also a fair amount of proper Lib Dem stuff including two days of excellent "Next Generation" training (which I ought to properly post about at some point), the East of England regional conference, and our local party AGM.
The Council is keeping me busy of course. We are heavily into the budget process at the moment. Which is always more of a trial than a pleasure. This is the third budget that I have played an active part in putting together and every year I get angrier about just how mad the system is. Discount any talk you hear about central government valuing local government or even about working in partnership. He who pays the piper plays the tune - and that tune is a rather off key jig that makes the dancers jump through very large hoops.
However, I do notice that I've spent a rather a lot of time on events and meetings associated big picture economic and housing growth stuff. Something else that deserves a proper post at some point.
But I note with concern not enough campaigning. I even missed the planned trip to help in the Camden by-election that a few Luton activists made last Saturday. Which meant that I missed out witnessing the encounter my ward colleague Clive had with a bear at Kentish Town Station. Clive assures me that the bear was drunk; "you could tell by his glassy eyes".
However, all is not lost. I did get to meet some lemurs last week.