Done with the LJ

I finished posting all my old LJ entries and am now deciding whether or not to delete the account. I never go there now, but some how it feels weird to just wipe it out.  I am glad that I created an archive of my nonsense, especially the post-K stuff.  I was trying to figure out when something happened the other day and referred to those postings.

So do y’all go back and delete your old accounts on abandoned websites or do you just let it float around as the flotsam of social interactions of yesteryear…


Blast from the past: LJ June 2011

June 30th, 2011 09:27 am
Long time no see
Hey LJ! Did you miss me? Seems like I’m on twitter too much to be here. And, really, did I ever have anything of real value to post? I’ve chatted with a few LJ friends from back in the day, and, yeah, they’re not really on here much either. So, once again, I’m just a lemming.

Thanks to the random Russian spammers who made me actually check my old account.

Blast from the past: LJ January 2010

January 6th, 2010 05:53 pm
And we all know what that means…King Cake.
Today’s cake was at work and was La Louisiane plain. It had good crunchy sugar, the dough was OK, but the icing was a bit too sweet for me. How many cakes will I sample before the season ends?

January 12th, 2010 08:56 am
#2 & #3
#2 – Picked up a yummy plain cake from Hi D0 on Friday and shared it with my oldest brother & his kids that night. It was very fresh and the sugar was the superfine variety. It probably would have been a little better if I hadn’t left it in my extremely cold car Friday afternoon. But if I had brought it into work (ran & got it during lunch), I probably would have had none to share that night.

#3 – Dropped some stuff off at my Mom’s on Sunday and got to gobble up the last piece of a king cake she made. It was a little gooey, but the icing was slightly flavored with lemon so that was tasty. Plus it was made with extra love since it was made at home.

January 13th, 2010 09:42 am
4th king cake (almost included the hashtag, clearly I am on Twitter too much): Rouse’s (it was really Robert’s) grocery, cream cheese filled. It was good for grocery store KC, very cinnamony. And I managed to avoid the lump of cream cheese filling, blech. Then again I’m almost never a fan of cream cheese filling.

January 17th, 2010 06:27 pm
King Cake 5
Stopped by Boulangerie after getting my haircut yesterday. They make both NOLA & French style carnival cakes, but I was after a NOLA style. In the smalls they only had filled left, cream cheese, chocolate & raspberry. I went with the raspberry and it’s like the cake is filled with really expensive jam. Yum. I want a piece EVERY time I walk by the box.

January 21st, 2010 09:27 am
KC 6&7
Because LEM got the baby from the Boulangerie cake, he picked up one on Tuesday from Laurel Street. It’s a really dense cinnamony cake. I like it but it’s hefty.

Today @ work, my coworker K made a sourcream king cake with almond filling. TASTY. I admire her ambition.

January 25th, 2010 10:48 pm
KC 8 &9
oh dear. I will way a million pounds by Mardi Gras
#8 was a slice of Haydel’s at my niece’s after carnival ball party. It was tasty and I was good & only had a sliver to give me enough of a sugar rush to get myself home.

#9 is a king cake at home using the old McKenzie’s recipe but purchased from Tastee. LEM said he would eat this version and nothing else for the rest of the season. It’s simple & tasty & full of nostalgia.

January 28th, 2010 01:30 pm
in Black & Gold from Randazzo’s Camellia City Bakery.

And #11 was an apple filled from Rouse’s.

I think I may actually be burning out on King Cake. Unheard of.

Blast from the past: LJ February-June 2009

February 2nd, 2009 03:17 pm
KC #7
Was a slice (so a little stale) which I purchased at Il P0sto, the cafe around the corner. But it was baked at B0ulangerie. I’ve never had their plain New Orleans style, this needed a little something, jam or butter, maybe. But it was sitting out on a counter so I won’t complain too much.

February 6th, 2009 08:39 pm
8 & 9
Just got back from a crawfish boil and my lips are still burning from the artichoke that was soaked in cayenne (in a good way).

KC#8 was from a westbank coffee shop called P@rrot Pete’s (I think). It was layered, light and cinnamony. The icing was gooey & the sugar was nice and coarse. Good stuff.

KC#9 was from G@mbino’s. It was a little stale & heavy in comparison.

Did I mention that I also ate a Valentine themed cupcake? But I did resist the banana pudding.

February 8th, 2009 06:12 pm
King cake #10 was one my Mom made for my niece’s 13th birthday party. Good sugar & icing and not overworked (like when she tries to make a braided one), very McKenz1e like. And I got the baby.

February 10th, 2009 09:53 am
Was my first filled king cake of the season from Ant0ine’s (via Walgreen’s). And it was filled with apple. Pretty good. I miss getting the super fresh Ant0ine’s cakes from around the corner. That building flooded to about 2 feet and is ungutted, but I did notice it is for sale. I can only hope for another bakery.

February 14th, 2009 10:20 am
I splurged on a more expensive king cake yesterday from the fancy pants pastry/gelato/chocolatier shop, 5ucre on Mag. It’s delish but not what I would call traditional. The instructions say to warm it up and it was like eating a warm stick of butter wrapped in dough, in a good way. But next weekend (for parade company) I’ll probably get one at a boutique bakery. Their cakes are $$$ but good.

February 17th, 2009 09:03 am
Feet on the Street
I just finished Roy Blount’s memoir published in February 2005. Though it is small, it took me a while to finish, mostly because I found it really sad.

I think Blount got much of New Orleans, right. But the New Orleans he knew in the 1960s as a cub reporter for the local paper, is as gone as the pre-K NOLA that his memoir is set in. He discusses the “what-if” possibility of a big storm hitting the city…a little too prescient for my stress levels.

I hope his book had good sales from February to August. Now it’s just sad.

February 21st, 2009 10:22 am
13 & 14
I think I’m maxing out on king cake. Unbelievable. #13 was brought to us from Lake Charles; it’s their “best” king cake from a local grocery, I think. The icing is frightening, like cake icing. So I took that off. It was also apple filled.

#14 was from L@urel Street bakery. Nice and light. Good stuff…and no icing, only sugar.

And I think E just came home from the grocery with another one….oh dear.

June 28th, 2009 09:42 am
vintage sci fi
I’ve been reading some vintage scifi in the last year, like the complete works of Theodore Sturgeon (I’m up to v.6). But yesterday I started reading the collected stories of Roger Zelazny (in 2 volumes). What’s different about these stories from the Sturgeon ones is that I’ve read most of them before…but not in 20 years for most.

The sensation of reading these again 20 years later is disconcerting. Who I am has changed and how I relate to these themes and allusions has altered. What’s disconcerting is that many of these stories are among my favorites. And it’s very odd to find them different than I remember. But it doesn’t make them any less moving.

Blast from the past: LJ January 2009

January 5th, 2009 11:10 am
Hello! Who are you again?
So with all my other social networking sites (I’m so Web 2.0), I’ve been neglecting LJ. BUT…
it’s almost that time of year again, so be prepared for obsessive minutia regarding king cakes.

And, yes, my mother did try to convince me to have one yesterday since the Pope decided that the 1st Sunday of the new year is now Feast of Epiphany. But I will remain all pre-Vatican 2 and staunchly hold until January 6th.

See you again tomorrow with KC #1 for 2009!

11:15 am
Previous year’s tallies
Despite the various lengths of carnival season (epiphany to Mardi Gras day), my tallies have been pretty consistent:
2008 – 10
2007 – 13
2006 – 12

This year is a long season (Jan. 6th – Feb.24th) so let’s see how much I eat. This is why I NEVER resolve to lose weight for new year’s.

January 6th, 2009 10:01 am
King Cake #1 for 2009
Plain from H@ydel’s …~insert semi-disgusting chewing smacking noises~

Like I need KC today to feed the food baby that I have from dinner last night.

10:19 pm
Book tally 2008
53 books. & here’s a dump from my Excel file
The Winds of Marble Arch & Other Stories Willis, Connie
A Mapmaker’s Dream Cowan, James
Krewe: the early New Orleans Carnival Comus to Zulu Laborde, Errol
The Line Between Beagle, Peter S.
French Women for All Seasons Guiliano, Mireille
Rebel Fay Hendee, Barb & CJ
All Seated on the Ground Willis, Connie
D.A. Willis, Connie
Ultimate Egoist: v.1 complete stories Sturgeon, Theodore
Microcosmic God: v.2 complete stories Sturgeon, Theodore
Yume No Hon: the Book of Dreams Valente, Catherynne M
All Together Dead Harris, Charlaine
Or Else my Lady Keeps the Key Baker, Kage
Quiet, Please: Dispatches from a Public Librarian Douglas, Scott
Killdozer: v.3 complete stories Sturgeon, Theodore
Girl’s Guide to Witchcraft Klasky, Mindy
In War Times Goonan, Kathleen Ann
The Sandman v.5: A Game for You Gaiman, Neal
Wind in the Willows/Classics Illustrated Grahame/Plessix
Free for All: Oddballs, Geeks, and Gangsters in the Public Library Borchert, Don
Television without Pity Ariano, Tara & Sarah Bunting
Trickster’s Choice Pierce, Tamora
Trickster’s Queen Pierce, Tamora
Thunder & Roses: v.4 complete stories Sturgeon, Theodore
Voices from an Early American Convent Clark, Emily
Name of the Wind Rothfuss, Patrick
Perfect Host: v.5 complete stories Sturgeon, Theodore
History of the World in 6 Glasses Standage, Tom
The Sandman v.6: Fables & Reflections Gaiman, Neal
On Agate Hill Smith, Lee
Watchmen Moore, Alan
Botany of Desire Pollan, Michael
Torturer’s Apprentice Biguenet, John
Typhoid Mary Bourdain, Anthony
Fragile Things Gaiman, Neal
Chalice McKinley, Robin
The Sandman v.7: Brief Lives Gaiman, Neal
The House of the Stag Baker, Kage
The Accidental Time Machine Haldeman, Joe
The Sandman v.8: Worlds’ End Gaiman, Neal
An Ice Cold Grave Harris, Charlaine
The Bell at Sealey Head McKillip, Patricia
Bloodline Gaines, Ernest
Reap the Wild Wind Czerneda, Julie
The Sandman v.9: the Kindly Ones Gaiman, Neal
The Sandman v.10: the Wake Gaiman, Neal
The Sandman: Endless Nights Gaiman, Neal
A Lick of Frost Hamilton, Laurell K.
The Best American Non-Required Reading 2008 Eggers, Dave
The Sandman: Dream Hunters Gaiman, Neal
The Thirteen Orphans: Breaking the Wall Lindskold, Jane
Tales of the Slayers Whedon, Josh
The Graveyard Book Gaiman, Neal

January 8th, 2009 01:46 pm
NOLA weather
Lots of complaints about the weather down here. So someone on another blog posted the record high temps for the last 20 years.

I knew the one for Dec. 25th 1987 (79 degrees). Why did I know that you ask? Because I went to pick up my grandmother for lunch at my parents’. And her house was boiling because she didn’t have central a/c and because she was leaving she didn’t open any of the windows. While I was helping her finish up, she fainted while sitting on a stool in the kitchen.

My grandmother was taller than me and at the time outweighed me. But I lifted of slumped body off of the stool and lay her on the ground. Then ran and called my Mom.

Scariest Christmas ever. She ended up being fine, just overcome by the heat. Eventually her cardiologist told her she had to get central a/c because her ailing heart could not take the heat.


January 10th, 2009 07:18 pm
real celebrity sighting
I saw Jennifer Coolidge while out shopping this afternoon. She is really tall, but looks pretty much the same as in the movies, except prettier. I refrained from calling her, Stifler’s Mom or doing the Bend & Snap.

January 11th, 2009 02:25 pm
Sienna & the horsies
Sienna met a couple of quarter horses (big feet, but smaller than clydesdales?) today on our walk. Where were we walking? Down our street. Random horses in the neighborhood.

Sienna was very excited and really wanted to go sniff the horses but the driver (cart/trap thingy) thought that was bad idea. I wasn’t really going to let her; I would hate to have to explain to LEM why the dog went to the emergency room because of a horse kick.

Sienna trotted along the sidewalk after them sniffing the air and clearly wanted to hang out. If for no other reason than they might offer her some delicious (in her mind) manure.

Every day is adventure.

02:29 pm
And I’ve already posted more this month then I did September-December of last year. Curious.

January 13th, 2009 12:20 pm
French King Cake
Sample #2 for 2009 is a French King Cake from Le M@deleine. The almond paste was delish, but I think the dough was a little overworked in the piece that I had.

If I seem to be slow this year, it’s because I still have birthday cake at home + brother #1 brought a H@ydel’s cake last week and left it. I will endeavor to do better soon.

January 15th, 2009 04:33 pm
I had “Don’t you wish your girlfriend” stuck in my head. Luckily SOMEONE had posted the Push It video on YouTube so I’ve switched to that. At least I like Salt-n-Peppa.

07:11 pm
King Cake #3
A slice from CCs, courtesy of my honey. It was a little stale (but he bought it midday), very cinnamon roll-ish, gooey icing and purple, green, and gold jimmies. So pretty good and very unexpected.

January 20th, 2009 09:49 am
KC 4 & 5
#4 was purchased at my local grocery, Z@r@’s and was made by the P@rty P@l@ce in Kenner. It was OK, too much icing for me and the dough seemed a little undercooked.

#5 was at work at this morning and is a plain from R0use’s. Again it was ok, lots of icing but nice crunchy sugar and again it looked a little undercooked.

January 26th, 2009 10:17 pm
KC #6
Since I had to be on the Westbank this afternoon for a dentist appointment, I stopped at Hi D0 bakery on my way back. I had their king cake for the first time a few years ago, but haven’t since. So I bought one for work tomorrow and a small one for me & E tonight. I could have eaten the entire cake in one sitting; it’s so good. Kind of like a fresh, moister, slightly richer, plain McKenzie’s. I can see why they won the newspaper sponsored contest for a couple of years. AND you can order your cake in shapes! Fleur-de-lis, crawfish or crab.

Blast from the past: LJ September-December 2008

September 24th, 2008 10:20 pm
Very cool

filmed on magazine street sometime this summer

September 25th, 2008 12:34 pm
Quote of the Day
“Also, please stop making jokes to me about how Sarah Palin looks like a “sexy librarian.” Every time you say that, a unicorn dies.”

October 5th, 2008 10:57 am
I think I just received a FB friend request from my cousin’s old boyfriend. The one who punched her in the face at least once.

When I realized who it was, I wanted to go kick his ass all over again. And it’s been over 20 years.

Instead I will just ignore the request.

October 30th, 2008 10:33 am
because I haven’t posted in so long
The Bay City Rollers just jumped into my head. S-A-T-U-R–D-A-Y Night!

Someone please make it stop.

December 2nd, 2008 11:15 am
Missed me?
I didn’t post for the entire month of November. I blame jury duty. When you live in NOLA, your service is 7 days over a month. Luckily, I was never at the court house past 1 or 2. And most days I was back at work for 12. I caught up on some reading, watched some daytime TV, texted Quintulus about the Price is Right alot, and met some interesting people. Despite the time it took, jury duty in Orleans was much better than Jefferson. Or maybe it’s just the voire dire that’s better.

December 15th, 2008 12:46 pm
ear worm
I have Christmas Kisses by the Ray Anthony Orchestra stuck in my head. I think it’s the weird kissing noises that did it.

Blast from the past: LJ August 2008

August 4th, 2008 08:49 pm
makes you wonder
Been obsessing about my missing camera for over a week, I was sure I just misplaced it. Tonight I discovered a prescription pill bottle (from the dental surgery on June 30th) that was missing about a dozen pills. HMMM…

I think that camera might be gone.

August 7th, 2008 09:57 am
vacation woes
I haven’t had a vacation this summer, my own fault mostly. Then LEM called on Tuesday and asked if I wanted to go to the Catskills next week, even though he wasn’t working the summer music festival up there. I, of course, said “YES!” Scheduled the time off at work, LEM bought me a ticket. And then…the other guy who proposed the trip, well, his wife freaked out completely. Turns out he pitched the idea of leaving her home alone with the kids all week by saying it was going to be a guys only trip and then LEM invited me.

So now if I go, he can’t go. And LEM feels like he can’t go, if other guy can’t go. So guess who is staying home.

But at least, I bought tickets and booked a room for a long weekend in NYC next month.

August 9th, 2008 09:54 am
some students better come in soon
I complained to the loud, rude, cursing HVAC guys about their equipment, supplies and tools being strewn about in the walk through areas this morning. Since we are open today and students do need egress. But so far no students, no anyone. I hate to be a bitch for no reason.

August 11th, 2008 11:23 am
This past weekend:

Watched the opening ceremonies and was moved by the spectacle that the Chinese committee put together and then was offended by the NBC commentators and their cultural imperialism.

Worked on Saturday for half the day; walked in to discover that the A/C subcontractors did not know we were going to be open and had strewn sharp metal bits around the entrance to the library and left the library standing wide open before we got there while they took their smoke break.

Continued my ongoing war against the jasmine on the fence; since LEM bought me a electric hedge trimmer, I am now winning. We filled 3 96 gallon trashcans with yard detritus.

Went out to breakfast at a new place in Mid-City and had a brie & portabello omelet.

Floated some drywall.

Cleaned up and went to an opera association cocktail party, but I was too tired & hot.

this is where we’re staying in NYC next month:

August 28th, 2008 08:45 am
what is my subconcious up to now?
First thought this morning? Why is LEM’s alarm going off at 3:30?
Second thought (after being told it was 6:30)? Contrariwise.

The word just popped into my otherwise empty brain. So what does that mean? I’m doomed to a day of perversity or that I’ll meet Tweedledee (or Tweedledum) sometime today.
09:59 pm
We’ve had a houseguest since Sunday afternoon. He has consumed all the soft drinks, all the laundry detergent, and allowed LEM to buy dinner tonight.

I am being petty, I know. But it’s rude.

August 29th, 2008 08:42 am
Three years ago
Three years ago today, I slept late and woke up in LEM’s aunt & uncle’s house in the country. The room we were staying in had not been redecorated since the early 70s when it was his only girl first cousin’s room. Think lots of white frilly with (thankfully) blue country-ish wallpaper.

And really the rest is a blur. I know we raked and walked around to see all the trees that went down. We didn’t lose power, but LEM’s Dad was going crazy from broadcast only TV. And we thought we were OK. That we would head home the next day or so. We were wrong.

So today, I have a tight chest and my Mom sounds like she is freaking with the idea of evacuating again. And LEM is working like a crazy person to get our house ready and “protected” because the neighbors started in on how many houses in the neighborhood were robbed post-K. But we will leave if a mandatory evacuation is called.

August 30th, 2008 05:33 pm
Gustav nonsense
Looks like we’re leaving in the morning. We’ll head to LEM’s cousin’s house in rural Louisiana on the westbank of Baton Rouge. Hopefully, we will turn around and come home on Tuesday.