1. We just spent 10 days away from home. Whew! I would normally not vacation for this long, but I had a family event planned for one weekend and a fandom event planned for the following weekend in the same area, and it didn't make sense to drive to MS, drive back to GA, and then turn right around and drive to LA in a few days. As a result, I haven't really been reading LJ/DW, so let me know if I've missed anything important. :)
2. We spent most of that ten days with my parents. It was a very good trip. Mom and Dad have a pool, so we'd swim two or three times a day. The weather was good. The girls had a blast; Fiona thought the zoo was awesome. She got to ride on a train. Dad's still lingering at the threshold of remission. He can't have the stem cell transplant unless he's got zero cancer markers, I don't think. Both he and Mom were pretty discouraged at the end of the week after he'd had chemo and gotten more test results. Not exactly sure what the treatment options are going to be now.
3. I got to have lunch with kaleecat
at a very nice restaurant with lots of gluten free options. She passed along a big bag of books, so I know what Emma and I will be doing for the rest of the summer. :) Kalee is a good friend and excellent company, and I hope we'll get to hang out again soon.
4. Then Josh and I went to NOLA for a small gathering of fans that had been active in Buffy fandom. We stayed at the Renaissance Arts Hotel in the Warehouse District (totally recommend; really nice hotel with a rooftop pool and a great bar). Josh and I met up with some local friends and got a driving tour of the city. We ate lunch at Cochon (OMG, so good) and then we walked around the Quarter until dinner time. I got some soap that smells like vetiver at a perfume shop that makes its own scents. Dinner was at Square Roots on Magazine. The food was good but the service was slow (if very nice) and they'd run out of a bunch of stuff. Would not go again.
Then I met up with the other Buffy fans at the hotel. I didn't catch everyone's internet handle, so I won't mention everyone who was there because I don't want to use RL names. hermionesviolin
was there, and I was really glad to see her again. I'd met chrisjournal
before at Writercon, and it was good to see them again. And then I got to meet some new people: rusty_halo
, [redacted], [redacted], and [redacted]. We had such a good time talking about fandom and fannish things.
Josh and I spent the next morning hanging out together and then we met up with people again for lunch at a place in the French Market that does gluten free and vegan good (Meals from the Heart; totally recommend).
I wish I hadn't had to leave early. I would have loved to stay longer and get to know everyone better. Hopefully, we'll do a get-together like this again next year. I'm so grateful to rusty_halo
and the others who planned this trip.