Monday, April 30, 2007
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Monday, April 23, 2007
Friday, April 13, 2007
From the website:
"Billy Sothern is the only writer in the world who can simultaneously convince you that the forsaking of New Orleans is so much worse than you thought it was, and also that you should move there immediately. The smartest, most in-love-with-the-world book yet written about New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina."--Rachel Maddow, host of "Air America Radio"
"As much as Down in New Orleans is a damning account of everything that went wrong after Katrina struck, it's also a deeply soulful and eloquent tribute-part paean and part eulogy-to a place [Sothern] loves almost despite himself. It's essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the past, present and future of this indispensable city."--Dave Eggers
I. Heading Straight for Us: The Days before and after Hurricane Katrina
II. This Could Be Anywhere: Katrina's Immediate Aftermath, Late Summer 2006
III. Personals: Departures and Homecomings
IV. Against the Ropes: New Orleans's Unlikely Recovery
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
So we worked our way through the massive renovation at Carondelet -which, by the way, had only the support walls and the floors for the second level left (yeah, no electricity, plumbing or anything like that) by the time we got to it- oh- and a staircase. We moved in on our first wedding anniversary, before the sheet rock was finished or electricity was hooked up. We took showers at the gym and ate meals at every fair priced eatery in town (over and over and over) until we were hooked up with gas and electricity. We lost track of the true color of our dogs due to the constant film of sheet rock dust that covered all things living or not. Not recommended living for good health, but sometimes you just have to work with it.
I am very fond (proud) of our lovely Carondelet home, but it is a little small (four live-able rooms) for us now. I teach at our dining room table and Billy works from home from a desk at the top our stairs.
So, we found the Jackson house, fell in love and went to work finagling our way to buying it. It looks great on the outside and in the first two rooms, but as with every old house...the trouble lies within the walls. The ceilings were caved in, the windows and roof leaked, causing many icky problems and a few sills were snapped, causing a lovely six inch dip in the dining room and back building that would allow a marble to roll through these rooms at a disturbing velocity.
In all though, these problems are very few compared with the job we did at Carondelet and especially those that people from flooded areas have had to deal with over the past two years, so we very lucky to be able to manage this project.
We are moving into what will eventually be the rental apartment this week, which I will hopefully finish up in the next few days (ha!). At least the plaster/sheet rock dust will be contained in the main house!
Some pictures of our dream house:
A small glimpse of the work:
Which causes sinking and a need to jack 'er up:
Someone stuck CARDBOARD under plaster!
BUT, why we love the pain:
The double parlor with huge, WORKING pocket doors. (The owners snagged the mantles)
FOUR basically in tact medallions!
We are so lucky and super-excited!
Monday, April 09, 2007
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
And I also have to take out the trash....excuse the picture quality, the caterpillars were chewing so loudly and dropping so quickly from the trees that I could not concentrate.
I generally like bugs, but not right now. They are crawling into my bedroom and looming over my bed. I feel creepy crawly!!!!!!!