All posts filed under: New Orleans

Trying To Embrace Summer

. . .in August in Mississippi there’s a few days somewhere about the middle of the month when suddenly there’s a foretaste of fall, it’s cool, there’s a lambence, a soft, a luminous quality to the light, as though it came not from just today but from back in the old classic times. It might have fauns and satyrs and the gods and—from Greece, from Olympus in it somewhere. – William Faulkner, Light in August Yes. By August, people in the South are so out of their minds due to oppressive heat and humidity, that they hallucinate fall. I jest. Here we are with all of the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend vibes in the US and while most people are welcoming summer, I’m half dreading it this year. I’m likely not the only Yankee that is already wishing for fall by the time the hot hot heat sets in (that is, right about now, oh no, that was right about three weeks ago). With each year that I live here, I love the summers less and …

Carnival 2018, My Favorite Yet!

Lent is over and I’m just now sitting down to gather my thoughts about this past Carnival season. I feel like it was the best one yet in my 7 years celebrating. It wasn’t the special or unique costume that I typically spend so much time planning, but this year threw together kind of last minute. It wasn’t the chillingly delicious vegan King Cakes that I tasted, either (two new varieties this year!) I blinged out a new wig but wore an old costume It wasn’t all of the parades I went to, though those were as great as they always are, even if I only made it through one entirely because my cranky self got a little fed up with the people around me displaying poor parade etiquette. And yes. Parade etiquette is a thing. If you visit NOLA for Carnival, read up on it. It wasn’t the huge haul of sparkly throws that I received. With each year, I feel that I’m happiest with just a few specialty throws as keepsakes. It might have …

Bring On Summertime, New Orleans!

Happy July! The mindset of being on summer vacation is instilled in us as soon as it’s our last day of kindergarten. I’m sure I’m not alone in this: with the unofficial start of summer being Memorial Day, we have about 3 months to fill with an array of getaways, from a weekend road trip to a month-long retreat (or longer) in some sort of exotic locale. We’re not even halfway there yet! I’ve got months to fill… let’s get on it! It’s good to get out of town periodically, but it bears mentioning: I love living in New Orleans, but I especially love it in the summer. Yes, you’re reading that right. There’s that magical time after the colleges let out and JazzFest is over when the city becomes a lot hotter and a lot emptier. We can finally go out and get into places that normally are too packed for me to consider, places with stunning views like Tin Roof at the Pontchartrain Hotel. Hello, Staycations! Don’t get me wrong. It’s unbearably hot at …