Sunday, May 29, 2005

Rainy Swim

The rain poured down hard on the way there and it poured harder on the way back. Somehow though the skies managed to clear long enough over Lacombe to let us get in the first swim of the season.

Saturday, May 28, 2005

Speaking Of The Zephyrs

What a wierd game the New Olreans Zephyrs had last night in Tennesee against the Nashville Sounds! Pitcher Rick Helling was impaled in the arm by a shard from New Orleans' Craig Kuzmic's shattered bat. The rest of the details are here.

Nashville still gave the Zephyrs a real whoopin' with a win of 13-3.

Friday, May 27, 2005

Finally Friday

I wish for us all to have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend. There's a ton of fun stuff going on around town to do. Summery delights such as NOWFE, The Greek Fest, Zephyrs Vs. Salt Lake Stingers, and for a taste of the really unique, the opening of the Seven Dolls Imagination Parlor.

Remember: Tip well those who serve you well. Like everything it comes back around to you.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Oh We Got Us Some Smart Ones Here....

The force definitely wasn't with them!

Blog Candy & The Mint Oil Gods

I've got a bucket full of hot water and Crest-O-Mint ready to tackle the tail end of my spring cleaning tirade. We have an architect coming to the house later today to measure for the plans on our intended additions. Which means I need to put it in turbo before he gets here. First however, I need another cup or two of ambition and a few moments to catch up with today's news and blog postings. Both of which have been a virtual buffet of eye-popping brain ticklers. I'll leave a few of the ones I liked the most here:

Over at the food porn ladden, Gumbo Pages, Mr.Taggert has some funny commentarty on one of local food critic, Tom Fitzmorris' "Hardest To Eat" food lists. Ernie The Attorney points out a creepy story that reads more like urban legend but, looks to be legit. Blue's sister seems to have her own wild kingdom going on with a duck eating gator in her pond and an unsolved chicken murder mystery. Se7en over at It's A Dog's Life had me choking on my coffee after reading his rather un-appetizing tale of what can go horribly wrong with human waste disposal and deep sea diving. It aslo looks like Loki added a few members to his team at Humid City with poetry by Mathew Nolan. All good stuff!

Now I'm primed for some serious dust bunny annihilation!

Wednesday, May 25, 2005


Garbed today in a pretty dress instead of her usual blue jumper my eldest has just skipped off to school excited for kindergarten graduation. We'll meet her there in an hour from now to watch with the rest of the parents as our kids walk together to the stage and go through the first of many milestones to come. It's been a whirlwind of a time and I am about as sad to see it go as my daughter is.

Monday, May 23, 2005

Hot Like Cayenne!

For the first time this year I opened the back door in the morning and, was greeted not by the cool morning breeze but, a wall of airless heat instead. Goodbye short but sweet Spring. Hello Hades. Now everything will slow to a crawl with physical effort calculated carefully between heat indexes. I'm starting to look forward to the end of October already.

With the heat goes the greater part of our tourist dollar. Support you local hard working service industry by getting out and spending your dollars local. Eat a good meal, leave a decent tip and pass the word on!

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Rewind & Rewound

We had quite the good time out last night and boy was it needed! It took us two Sapporos (him) , one small sake (me), and two coctails ( us) before we finally relaxed our shoulders and stopped looking for work fires or rugrat catastrophes. Halfway through Micah Herman and the rest of his crew (including a pleasant surprise appearance by Rebecca Barry), the week's weight seemed to lift away from us. For the next couple of hours we relaxed with some nice cigars and enjoyed the sounds and sights of a lively pre-summer night.

Now I'm sitting here working on a catalog and listening to my honey snore through his much needed siesta. I think the kids are hatching some sort of world domination plan that I'm sure to have to thwart before bedtime. We're taking the easy way out for dinner tonight and noshing on a famly size lasagne. It's no effort self is in the oven heating up right now. A glass of wine with a little crime fest television and Monday shouldn't look so big and bad.

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Online For Saturday Night Offline

We have more than a few errands to run today. At the moment, however, lazing in front of the digital cable god and surfing the music listings to find something good for tonight holds higher priority. It is Tulane's graduation tonight so things may get a little bit crowded especially most of the better retaurants. I'm also going through my summer apppetite which means I don't really feel like anything heavy or too over-portioned, which usually leads us to eating a heck of a lot of sushi. That's not a bad thing for raw fish fans like us but, it will leave a gap in "dining reviews" here for awhile. I mean, how many times can I rave at how amazingly yummy, Ninja/Sake/Wasabi was the nght before? Okay - a lot - but even I would bore myself.

I'm afraid tonight's music choice won't veer far off the recent rut I've gotten us into either. I want to catch the first half of tonight's show at the Howlin' Wolf -Mexico 1910. They are playing with Rotary Down and Big Blue Marble. All of which I've heard without being overly impressed, but I like Mexico 1910 and wouldn't mind catching them before heading up to Dos Jefe's to see Micah Herman (who I don't think we've seen before).

I'll let the size of the crowd and the chance of parking less than three blocks from the car cement my decision. Either way we get out for a while with no work or kids between us . After a week like this past one, that is all that matters.

Friday, May 20, 2005

Skin Canvas

Tonight at One Eyed Jacks, in the French Quarter, there will be a "Flesh Art Body Show" featuring artwork painted on live models by such artists as Michaloupolos, Rosemary, Susanne Saunders, Eric Buchanan, Tanner and Adelita Solorzano. Loki over at Humid City has the rest of the details. Looks like fun!

Sunrise & Pralines

I started this Friday morning on a sweet note by having a piece of prailine from Ms. Tee Eva's (left over from yesterday's snoball run) with my coffee while watching the sun come up. My nieghborhood's bird population is warming up it's symphony and the squirrels are already chasing each other back and forth between the oak trees. Not an unpleasant way to greet the end of a long week.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Orange Tree Residents

Here's one of the doves sitting dilligently on her eggs. I love these guys! We have three or four pairs of them that live in our fruit trees pretty much year round. They keep the bugs to a minimum and the ground clear of rotten oranges.

I think this is an oriole, but I'm not sure. He was singing his little heart out. I swear the little bugger was actualy posing for the camera!

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Half Full Wednesday

Wow, this post's prior incarnation was way super-long-winded and overtly personal. I don't mean blogging personal. I mean, "Who the heck cares about this but me?" type personal. So, I'll revamp the feelings in short form.

My youngest gave herself another at-home haircut yesterday (always the top of the head! grrr) + I'm almost seeing the light at the end of my work list's tunnel + the week is nearing is swansong. Which for me = a blessing and a curse. Good because I'll be further along in what needs to be done and bad because my house will be the absolute definition of chaos come the weekend.

I'm just going to have some more coffee now.....

Monday, May 16, 2005

Tiger By The Tail

The house is half in order and the eldest has been whisked off to school. I'm grabbing the chance for a coffee break. I've also been catching up my daily reading of blog postings and news items and it seems to be an especially good day for blogging; so far I have been delighted by:

YatPundit, who today explains (with pictures) a local favorite - the Hubig's Pie. He shows all three varieties including the elusive family size pie.

Then over at Portals and KM, Bill Ives points out a new experiment in audio blogging that Amanda Wallington has just tried. She made a short little friday the thirteenth video post from her home office. It really shows the growth that blogging has gone through and the possibilities for development ahead.

I have noticed that as blogging becomes more popular, what people choose to do with their blog grows, too. There are those such as myself who, for various reasons, keep more than one blog. Then there is the growing trend of collaborative/team blogging. Examples of which can be found at sites like the newly launched Humid City and at New Orleans Metroblogging. Both have more than one writer contributing to the same blog. It should be really interesting to see what comes out of this medium next.

Well, writing this has helped get my brain sparked up. That means it is time to get some work done. I hope everyone has a non-painful Monday!

Friday, May 13, 2005


Originally uploaded by Harmony St.Charles.

I was wondering when the sky would finally give up the strike and open up. My plants will at least be happy.

Frightening The Thirteenth

Now, I'm not much for being superstitous but the origins behind big, bad Friday no. 13 have always fascinated me. Personally, I don't care what what cloak Friday comes dressed in just as long as it comes. It's been a long mind-scratching week; we are definitely in need for a break around here. A little bit of park time with the kiddos and some adult time out Saturday night should really do the trick.

I hope it is a safe and happy one for all!

Thursday, May 12, 2005

What Part About Bigger And Faster Do People Not Get?

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Tasking Tuesday

The vast ammount of files open on my desk top glare at me with reproach as I power up this morning and I realize that some major end tying is in order. I've just had one too many irons in the fire at once and it has caught up with me in the form of unorganized details. So, today I'm forcing myself to wrap up some of the most tedius items to just get them out of the way. Mostly renaming and saving a few hundred images and updating my inventory databases. By the time I'm done I should be able to stir my brain with a fork. I just keep telling myself that at the end of it all lies a key-lime flavored snowball (which is regular lime flavor with condensed milked scooped over the top) from Ms. T later.

For a change of work environment, I have set up outside for awhile. My yard's bird residents and the live stream is providing today's soundtrack. The energized three point five year old is providing the distractions. Well, at least I'm not bored!

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Good Mamma Day

A prettier weekend to celebrate the art of mothering could not be had even if it were custom ordered. We had a nice laid back time out last night; stuffing ourselves like seals with sushi and lounging at Dos Jefes to the sounds of Tony Green. After this kind of week, we definitely needed the downtime.

My mom stays the night when she wathches the kiddos. So, we were able to spend time with her this morning beofore she headed to work in the FQ. After dropping her off we picked up some pastries, took them to my ma-inlaw's and liesurely ate outside. Now I plan to spend a few hours accomplishing pretty much next to nothing. Bliss.

Happy Mother's Day!

Friday, May 06, 2005

Mean Java

I know it's going to be rough startup when I wake up on Friday morning with both milk and sweetener totally out of supply. Well, at least I'll be wide-eyed and perky today! Yeah, right. I'm going to need more than that come this afternoon. It's "Fun Fair" at the eldest boo's school today and I'll be helping out, of course. Sugar-charged elementary kids on the loose, watch out! It should be a good time and, a real feel-good to way greet what looks to be a nice weekend.

They forecast looks fantastic. I hope locals and tourists alike have the time and sense to get out to enjoy it all before it disapears into one hot, sticky mess. They don't call it a paved swamp for nothing.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

I've Been Meme'd!

From Blue Today:
"The following is a list of occupations. Of this list, I must choose five of them and elaborate what I would do should I be enjoying this occupation. At the end, I may add some to the list and so can you, should you be chosen as my victim. And I get to choose three victims……"

If I could be a scientist...
If I could be a farmer...
If I could be a musician...
If I could be a doctor...
If I could be a painter...
If I could be a gardener...
If I could be a missionary...
If I could be a chef...
If I could be an architect...
If I could be a linguist...
If I could be a psychologist...
If I could be a librarian...
If I could be an athlete...
If I could be a lawyer...
If I could be an innkeeper...
If I could be a professor...
If I could be a writer...
If I could be a backup dancer...
If I could be a llama-rider...
If I could be a bonnie pirate...
If I could be a midget stripper...
If I could be a proctologist...
If I could be a TV-Talk Show host...
If I could be an actor...
If I could be a judge...
If I could be a Jedi...
If I could be a mob boss...
If I could be a backup singer...
If I could be a CEO...
If I could be a movie reviewer...
If I could be a filmmaker...
If I could be a sherpa...
If I could be a ninja...
If I could be a cab driver...

Okay, the CC Dark Roast hasn't kicked in just yet so, I'll keep it simple:
If I could be (1) a scientist and (2) a farmer, I'd work to invent and plant seeds of all veg. and fruit types that would grow under the absolute worst conditions such as drought ect.

For (3) I'd be a librarian because then I'd know the dewey decimile system by heart

As (4) I'd be a linguist because then I could speak in something other than spanglish and southerndrawl.

Okay, (5) is a toughie because, I wouldn't really want to be any of the others (already do the "writer" thing IRL so that's out) so, I guess it would have to be architect because I could study in the style of Frank Lloyd Wright.

Alrighty then my vics are:
CrabAppleLane (always has a great/wierd blog of the day)
Humid City (good recipe today for bbq shrimp, the real way)
It's A Dog's Life (latest post is an amazing story about a diver's death)

Play on...

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Back To The Living

The head cold that plauged our house last weekend was thankfully short lived. We are all bouncing back to normal already and the week is just half over. Much better than fighting the croup, that's for sure. Now, it's time to get out the handy dandy Crest-O-Mint and de-germ the place.

Before any of that gets done however, the littlest boo and I have a tea time appointment under the orange trees in the backyard. There's no way a day as pleasant outside as this gets away without us spending a couple of hours enjoying it.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Yes Indeed

It's good to know we're ranking number one in something positive for a change.

BizNewOrleans: News

Monday, May 02, 2005

Okay Blue, Here's Another One For The Sign List:

Somebody better test the well water from wherever this boy is from.... - Foxlife - Out There - Special in the Deli Section: "Special in the Deli Section"

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Beautiful Ugly

As Loki points out today, the catapillars are on the offense this season. Every oak tree in town has their own over population of the beasts. Here's the current bad guy of the season in all his spiny glory. There were a ton of them at the park today but, all the kiddos playing there seemed pretty savvy at avoiding injury while concentrating on the worm's destruction.