Friday, November 21, 2014
So now I am home actually have my pictures in order and can post about my five days in New Orleans. And now that task feels extremely overwhelming. In reality things happened each day of my trip that in themselves would have made a great blog post, but I can't really post five posts over the next few weeks about random stories that happened on this trip, right?
The Warmth of Other Suns which gives multiple narratives to the Great Migration, which was the time period from World War I until the 1970's when 6 million African American's moved from the South to the North. I had read about half the book before coming to the conference and was just completely taking her her. Corrine (my boss, friend, and partner in crime/work travel) and I decided to buy her book and get in line to have her sign it... and so did the rest of the conference. Long (LOOONG) story short, Corrine and I waited over two hours to get our books signed. The author was only suppose to sign for an hour, yet my optimistic spirit won Corrine over as I talked her into waiting when it was OBVIOUS we were not going to get to meet her. Then she extended her time, then she extended it again. Then I gave up, thinking there was still no way she would get to us before she had to leave, only to have Corrine's (rare) optimistic spirit come out and her convince me to stay in line. In the end the author added a last 15 minutes and we got our books signed with about 2 minutes to spare. IT WAS THRILLING!
I also presented my capstone at the conference, which was exciting. If felt good to be part of the collection of information at the conference, and not only an observer. Next year I hope to present again, and since I am working on getting over my fear of public speaking (MY CLASS NEXT SEMESTER HAS 150 FREAKING PEOPLE IN IT) I think I may try to do an oral presentation. Moving on up in the world of research.
Cafe Du Monde... but not at the original location near the French Quarter... I liked the ones in the outlet mall. (SHAME)
ommander's Palace, Emeril's restaurant and a place called La Boca where were accidentally had a seven course meal. (Really). I went to two receptions, one for the alumni/staff/students from University of Kentucky and the other for Delta Omega Honor Society who sponsored my poster presentation and were nice enough to give me a cash prize.
the Garden District (MANSIONS!)
Now, I wish I had one more picture to plug in to show you I randomly got to meet up with some old friends, Justin and Emily, who were also in town for a completely different conference. It was awesome to see them (haven't actually had eyes on them in something like three years) and I wish I had remembered to document it for the blog! But at least it happened!
So that's it. Five days away. Felt like a very long time. While I loved the conference and LOVED New Orleans, I must admit I was more than ready to get back home to my babies.
They were very happy to see me too :)
Thursday, November 20, 2014
So I am flying out this morning and I don't need to head to the airport for an hour or so, so I figured it was the perfect time to do a real New Orleans blog post. I got my laptop out, made my coffee, possibly cracked my knuckles in serious writing preparation, them clicked on Firefox. Turns out my new hotel (stayed closer to the airport last night) doesn't give free WiFi. What?? Who doesn't give free WiFi? That's like saying my room doesn't come with free television. Weird.
Anyway, just wanted to let all you who are dying to see the details of my trip (my mom... and maybe Charing) that you must wait one more day. I will tack on another picture from my phone, just so reading this doesn't feel like a total waste of time... I am considerate like that.
Here is a picture from our tour of New Orleans when we stopped at one of the oldest cemeteries in the city. Did you know that there is no limit to the number of family members that can be in those above ground graves? So some have dozens spanning over 100 years. And no, they werent cremated... really strange stuff happening in the city of the dead. Anyway, I will be back tomorrow with lots of pictures and random stories. Stay tuned!
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
So, I am in New Orleans. It's amazing. I am in love with this city, and more specifically I am in love with their food. I have walked a million (trillion maybe) miles and yet am still pretty sure I have put on five pounds in the two days I have been here. (Worth it)
As of now I have lent out my laptop so I am typing this on my phone, so really it's mostly a "I am alive and love New Orleans! " post. someday soon (tomorrow?) I think I can actually do a real post, but for today here is a picture of me winning my award for my capstone project, which I present this afternoon. Very exciting stuff going on here in NOLA !