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renniekins
Posting Finally
I miss my journal. I have been writing very little these days, both on-line and elsewhere. I feel its absence now, and I bet a few years from now (when I have little record of this year), I will feel it even more acutely.

What has been taking up all of my time? Well, work is a big part of it. My job is very intense, and I have little web-surfing time while there. (On the plus side, I just got a raise, so the job thing is going well at least.) Additionally, I have a 40 minute commute on a good day. That takes up time. I should try playing with some voice translation software, maybe I could learn to dictate journal posts in the car. That'd be kind of neat, actually.

Along with work, I've been working out a lot. I joined a gym and started working out with a personal trainer. I really want to get in better shape, so that I will feel healthier and my joints will hurt less. Oh yeah -- also so I can look fabulous in my wedding dress. Even more fabulous, I mean! It's already pretty spectacular. I know this because the photos look nice. I bought it a few months ago, and since then it's been waiting at the dress shop for me, so I can get it altered closer to the wedding date.

What's this about a wedding? Oh yes, I'm trying to plan the biggest party I've ever been involved organizing. That's taking up a good deal of the time I have left. We have recently booked a videographer and a florist, we've registered, we ordered rings, and we're trying to set up transportation. We are also playing around with decoration and centerpiece ideas, since we're planning on doing those ourselves (with the help of friends, that is).

When I have time leftover after that, I spend it with M, until he goes to bed. He gets up atrociously early, so I tend to be up for a few hours after he goes to sleep. During that time I catch up on my web-surfing, emailing, and general computer whatnot that I've been putting off all day. By the time I'm done reading and catching up, I'm usually pretty much tired of the computer. If I have time, I watch an episode of Lost (my new addition, I've just started Season Four).

So that's what I've been doing when not posting! I miss it though, like I said, and I miss having the written record of my life. I should work harder at writing the occasional small life-related post, even if I don't have time to be eloquent and write lovely prose. (I miss the lovely prose too though....)

Another fun thing going on is my upcoming Siblings Weekend! Years ago, my brother and sister and I would try to get together once a year for a Siblings Weekend, when we'd go on a short trip just the three of us to catch up. None of us live in the same state anymore, so we don't get to spend much time together. I miss them. After my bro had his first child, that fell by the wayside as Life intervened.

Since then he's had another child, plus joined the police force, plus finished law school. My sister and I decided that a great graduation gift would be to revive the SW tradition. We arranged with his wife ahead of time, who agreed to watch the kids. This one will be our gift to him, and all-expenses-paid trip to New Orleans!

I'm so excited; none of us have ever been. We are going tomorrow, and hopefully it will be a spectacular weekend. A nice long weekend too, as we are leaving thursday and not returning until monday night. There are so many things to do and see... I'm sure we'll only graze the surface. However I'm sure it will be an awesome time. It will also be so good to catch up with my siblings -- especially in an environment without children or parents complicating things. I love them dearly, and wish I managed to spend more time with them.

I am open to any "must-see" suggestions that folks may have. We're staying new the French Quarter, and have a guide book. Other than that, we'll mostly make it up as we go along.... I will miss M, and that will be the only sad part of the trip. It will be good to have some sibling time, but I will definitely be missing my sweetie.

Another interesting thing I'm going to try tomorrow is an "eBoarding Pass". That sounds handy: you just show them the screen of your phone, instead of painfully carrying a piece of paper around with you. Should be nifty!

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kyril From: kyril Date: September 30th, 2010 04:56 am (UTC) (Link)
You don't have to exercise to look good on your wedding day: you look good to me (however good I may think you look without creeping you out :) ), and on your wedding day you'll look stunningly awesome to the only person who really counts.

That said, I encourage everyone to exercise sensibly, because it does make you feel better. If you have joint pain, it may well help with that too--I know physical therapy helped my knee and all they really did was strengthen the rest of the leg.

Congratulations on what's gone well, and good luck with everything that is to come.
pi3832 From: pi3832 Date: September 30th, 2010 09:49 am (UTC) (Link)
I feel sad/embarrassed because I have nothing to contribute to a "Must See!" list in New Orleans.

I really don't spend a whole lot of time in NOLA. In general, the things I like about Louisiana tend to be the people, the little, out of the way places, and odd cultural things.

If anything, I'd recommend finding out what, if any, music festivals there will be that weekend. There seems to be something every most weekend.

Don't spend much time on Bourbon St. It's interesting, but it's mostly a tourist trap, and if you aren't drinking heavily, it gets old pretty quick. Though, should you desire, the best drunk-off-yo-ass drink is the Hand Grenade from Tropical Isle. Another pro-tip: Bourbon St is mostly gay bars at the eastern end, toward the Marigny.

Go to Jackson Square during the day for street artists and such.

Food and food lingo: eat a muffuletta (pronounced more like "muff-a-lotta", IME). One should feed three or four people.

I, personally, have never had good (what I would call) Cajun food in NOLA. Copeland's ain't too bad, but I've only every been to the one on the West Bank.

Arnaud's Remoulade in the French Quarter has excellent food, but it's pricey--expect $50/person. Wasabi in the Marigny has good sushi.

A pop is a "cold drink". (If you want a diet cold drink, 99% of the time Diet Coke will be your only option.) A "dressed" po'boy comes with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and mayo. Shrimp and crawfish are still available; oysters are more problematic, thanks to BP. If you can find a fried oyster po'boy (a.k.a. "oyster loaf"), get it.

Crawfish pies can be good, but most of them are rather short on the actual crawfish. Bread pudding is good. Hog's head cheese is not cheese, and is not good (IMO). Boudin ("boo-dan") is a spicy sausage with rice as a filler, and it's... meh.

If they call it "andouille sausage", don't eat it--"andouille" already means sausage. If they feel the need to explain what andouille is, they're going to give you some Pepperidge Farms crap in a tomatoe gravy.

Good gumbo does not involve tomatoes. If they give you gumbo and it's red, it's a sauce picante ("pe-kaun" not "pe-kantay") not a gumbo. Don't let the seafood gumbos distract you. Chicken'n'andouille gumbo is where it's at.

Pastalaya is like jambalaya but with pasta noodles instead of rice. I prefer pastalaya--it's too easy to over-cook jambalaya and dry it out. But if you're getting jambalaya, and getting it from someone scooping it straight out the pot, be sure to ask for some graton ("gra-taun"). It's the crusty layer at the bottom of the pot, and that there's some good eatins.

Cultural thing: There's "Mister" and "Miss". There's a level of address between "Mister Lastname" and "Firstname"--it's "Mister Firstname" (or "Miss Firstname"). It's familiar, yet respectful. (Sometimes, it's playful--an older person may call you "Miss Karen" just to put you at ease.) Seniors are often Mister'd or Miss'd. It can be useful if you're asking for a favor or some lagniappe: "Hey, Miss Anna, can I get some graton in there, yeah?"

Though, I should note, you're not old enough to be Mister'ing folks in their twenties. That'd just be condescending.

(If you want, I can send you my phone number for emergencies, getting bailed out of jail, and such.)


Edited at 2010-09-30 09:51 am (UTC)
From: writerwench Date: September 30th, 2010 11:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Hey, what a cool idea! Siblings Weekend, that is... without attendant families/parental figures to bring out any latent tensions, you should have a great time!

And it's good to see you posting again, sweetie!
jebra From: jebra Date: September 30th, 2010 12:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Find a street vendor selling boudin. Buy some of it. Eat it. Yum.
kivrin From: kivrin Date: September 30th, 2010 12:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm so glad you're busy with such happy, exciting things!

As far as getting back in the groove of writing, lately I've been using this website: 750words.com. It rewards you with a chart and little badges for writing 750 or more words each day for multiple days. I use it more for braindumping than for actually recounting my activities, but it could work for either... and I definitely feel like my writing muscles are getting strong again.

It's always good to see your posts. Take care and best wishes!
kevinnickerson From: kevinnickerson Date: September 30th, 2010 03:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Take a "walking tour". I think we did this one.

There are swamp tours too. Also airboat swamp tours. Mike & Carol (ok, probably Carol) arranged ours, IIRC. They picked us in the city.
operatic From: operatic Date: September 30th, 2010 03:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Great to see you posting! :) (Been wondering how you were doing.) Have a great time in NO! :)
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