Hello, Fellow Sybarites!
I'm baaaack! There will be no mea culpas offered for my prolonged absence from the blogosphere; I've been having too much fun!
One of the reasons for my absence was the fact that my trusty laptop of 10 years finally decided that it had had enough. The system still boots, but the machine shuts down after 3-5 minutes, over and over again. I did everything I could think of to keep her going, but it became apparent that it was time to upgrade my technology. So last week, I procured a delicious new laptop. It's a Toshiba Satellite, and I couldn't be happier. Huge hard drive, lightning fast processor, nice big 17" screen, and all the bells and whistles that I desired. This machine has an integrated webcam, so now I can begin to Skype with folks around the world, or at least take a foray into the "art" world like my sisters Peaches and Gyps.
So where to begin on what else I've been up to? Short of work, nothing monumental to report. I have been actively taking advantage of all the food and culture New Orleans has to offer. There seems to be no shortage of festivals here in the Spring, and the weather has been extremely pleasant. While I worked during JazzFest, I spent time wandering around the stages at the French Quarter Fest and enjoying a variety of music by local acts. I've also seen several performances at Wednesdays on the Square, another free weekly event during Spring that takes place in Lafayette Square. Trombone Shorty, Amanda Shaw, and Marcia Ball were standout performances.
I had the good fortune to join my sister Peaches on the Golden Lantern carriage again this year for the Easter Parade, and I can't remember when I've had such fun. We were resplendent in fantastic bonnets and threw beads and candy to the throngs that lined the parade route. A more detailed recap of the day with photos can be found on Peaches' blog.
I've also committed to exploring more of New Orleans. There's so much more to the City than the French Quarter. Today I plan to head over to City Park and walk around. It's a muggy day, but I'll take heat and humidity over the cold anytime. Have a luxurious day!