Saturday, July 3, 2010

Summer Lovin

Hello Summer! Hello Friends!

Quinn has traveled all over. At the moment she is between Southampton and family in London, laying low and working on her thesis. Her advisers have accepted her topic of study, New Orleans as a port city, studied for the first time as a physical/archeological interest rather than historical/cultural. Recently she visited Denmark, where she and her classmates mapped, rowed, and excavated big Viking ships! She also has direct knowledge of boat construction technology, and a few splinters to prove it.

She is returning to the US! She plans to be in New Orleans for the middle of August (the hottest month).

Then she's spending some time diving in the Adriatic off of Montenegro. Could life get any sexier for her?

I have temporarily settled. I now live in an apartment (at 1442 Toledano St, NOLA 70115), and I begin my upgraded job as Maitre D' at Brennan's on Monday. Both of those could very easily hold me for a while, so Gram can put out one of her holy candles.

So much happening this summer! Weddings galore - Cat and Cody, Gary and Megan, Emily and Grant. I am receiving visits from Dad and Patrick just this week upcoming, and from Mom and Gram sometime later this summer. Also, Elliot and Audrey are moving/moved to Baton Rouge, which has proven disastrous to my productivity.

And heck, we just got back from intensely fun bro time in the Northwest!

Life, in all, is very good right now. The countdown to together is in days, not months. Do wish well for us, as our mental health clock rolls over from 'jog' to 'sprint' for these last weeks.

Oh, and we usually talk about food...
Alfonso's, on Frenchman Street, does three course, real Italian dinners for a good budget. The staff is family - yours and the chef's - and the food is creative and legit. I had fish baked with a crazy-good spicy/tangy cream sauce (paprika and cayenne were there?), covered in shrimp and crawfish. This after a heaping portion of pasta with real Italian (ie, runny) marinara sauce, a B+ salad, and tasty garlicy bread. And good wine. And fun company - thanks to Amanda for dragging me out (she had fresh fettuccine with cream sauce and tons of baby clams).

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