Sunday, August 29, 2010

KaBOOM, houseguest, K+5, beer auction and more

So, it's been a busy week. I was at work Monday and Tuesday, and then had off the rest of the week. On Wednesday, I attended the KaBOOM Prep Day- I ended up drawing Build Captain signs, priming wood (which... now that I think about it, I have no idea where those pieces ended up) and organizing bolts, screws, and nuts. It was fun, and it was a beautiful day. There was a crazy neighbor lady that wanted us to stop what we were doing to "her" park, but other than that, things seemed to go quite smoothly.

Thursday, after a breakfast at Surrey's, I cleaned the house, did laundry, went to the store, and picked up the lovely Sarah for her week long visit in New Orleans. She's staying with us- our first houseguest here! She reports that the air mattress is actually quite comfortable, BTW. We met up with another friend and had dinner at Byblos and drinks at the Rendezvous and Parasol's. Then, early to bed, because the next day was an early wake-up call for BUILD DAY! Finally, the day that I'd been working towards for months. Got there early to set up, and discovered that the Marriott folks had taken care of that. So, I worked the registration table, and then once that was done, I kind of drifted around to see how things were going. Helped out as needed. A lot of volunteers came out so there wasn't much that needed doing!

Unfortunately, the weather turned ugly in the afternoon, after lunch- thunder and lightning. However, we'd been so well ahead of schedule in the morning that still, almost everything got completed! Pictures to follow soon...

Friday night we ended up going to dinner at Cafe Atchafalaya that's right in the neighborhood. Tom and I had gumbo, Sarah had the soup du jour, then I had the Pasta Atchafalaya, Sarah had the fried green tomatoes with crab and remoulade, and Tom had the Beet Carpaccio. We finished up with the cheese plate and a chocolate dessert that was kind of like a pot au creme, but different. It was nice! Also, several cocktails in the game there.

Saturday: Rain and beer!

I dropped Sarah off at Elizabeth's in the Bywater and went to the Saturday's farmers market for the first time in ages- it was inside because of the downpour, but still quite manageable. Apparently I missed out on ALL the eggs. But I got some shrimp and fish and muscatels and delicious bread and other stuff.

Then it was off to The Avenue Pub to partake in the Gulf Foundation fundraiser! It was a ticketed affair, which included several beers and the opportunity to bid on rare beers in a silent auction format. We drank a lot of beers, and bought a lot of beers. Ah well, it's for a good cause, right? We were there for like 8 hours, but had so much fun.

Sunday was pretty mellow, but we did go to Maya on Magazine for brunch. We had tostones, tamales, pork, and sangria. Very nice! Then, naps and I cooked dinner- shrimp and grits. Sarah headed out to a pub crawl out in the Marigny/Bywater, but all I wanted to do was nest and chill out before heading back to work after a 5 day weekend of craziness...

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