"I've discovered that my own little postage stamp of native soil was worth writing about and that I would never live long enough to exhaust it."
- William Faulkner

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

recent happenings

My apologies for disappointing all my loyal readers (all three of you) for being absent from the blogging world the past few days or so. Nothing too exciting going on in my life since my last post, but I’ll update on a few things.

This past weekend, my fun cousin Will and his fiancé, Meredith got married. The wedding was in Batesville, Miss. at a small church, and the reception was held in the booming nearby town of Como. Great food, great cake. It was pretty much a Hubbard Family Reunion and a veritable Who’s Who? of Panola County. I have no pictures from this event, so you’ll just have to take me on my word that I was there. Needless to say, my dad, Harris and I were the only Greeks for miles.

Monday my boss, Kristen, and I left for New Orleans for a site inspection for an upcoming event that Mississippi tourism is hosting during an international tradeshow (another chance for me to get to use my Japanese business cards). Since we worked so hard until lunch and had such a difficult drive from Jackson to NOLA, we wandered around the Shops at Canal Place until it was time for dinner. On a search for some new unmentionables, I found a great boutique! I am always on the lookout for unique clothes that not everyone will have, but I of course don’t have a lot of $$$ to spend like many other state government employees. Francesca’s had really great clothes at such good prices and tons of jewelry that was really different, too. I got this dress to wear to dinner that night.

When we got back to the hotel, I had to wash hair – quite the undertaking for anyone who knows me or my high-maintenance hair. While getting all my hair equipment ready, who do I see on the TV? My dear friend and fellow Rho Chi/Gamma Chi alum, Laura Buchtel McWhirter! She’s a meteorologist in the area on WWLTV, and I was so glad to catch her broadcast. Of course with a Mississippi State degree and a lot of talent and poise on camera, she did a fantastic job and warned me of the storm systems moving into my current area. Move over, Al Roker!

After I spent the usual 2 hours from shower to dry, “fixed” hair, we went to dinner at Luke, John Besh’s newest restaurant. For those of you unfamiliar with John Besh, he’s a great up-and-coming chef and restauranteur in New Orleans. He’s been the guest chef at a culinary weekend at the Viking Cooking School, so I naturally feel a bond with him and am compelled to support his endeavors. I had Seafood Gumbo a la Creole, Louisiana Speckled Trout Meunire with Sautéed Haricot Vert (fancy term for French green beans) and Walnut Bread Pudding with Irish Crème House-made Ice Cream. Everything was amazing, and I recommend Luke or any of Besh’s other NOLA restaurants if you’re ever in the area. The next day, we had a meeting and came back to Jackson. Not nearly as exciting or fun. I did, however, pick up a Hurricane Guide featuring WWLTV meteorologist Laura Buchtel at a Subway in Hammond, LA.

On another note, Happy Late Birthday, Ashley Crawford Jones! ACE was born 26 years ago yesterday. I wish I had a baby picture, but this will have to do.

(Darren with his lovely wife Ashley. Junior Miss would be so proud.)

Sorry my blog is so boring. I’m thinking of freelancing Heather to write my new material.


The Hutton Family said...

Your blog is not boring! I check it everyday. You know, I was looking at the picture of your friend in New Orleans, and I was thinking that I knew that face. Do you know that I was in broadcast meterology for a little while and I think we must have had classes together? I did it to get out of state waived, but I quit once I joined the infamous Mississippi State choir (you know with all my talent). Anyway, it is always good to see familiar faces from State, particularly Ashley Crawford's!

Hope all is well. Enjoy all this freedom before all the little babies come around.

Katie said...

I love your blog and am a faithful reader. I can't believe it takes you 2 hours to fix your hair. WOW! I can shower and be out of the door in 30 minutes... makeup, hair, etc. However, I am bald... yes, B-A-L-D!

Trey and Heather said...

I am relatively cheap, consider the work I produce. I charge by the hour and do not use spell check, believeing the natural form of writing is the best form of writing.

I also believe in exaggerating stories, even to the point of lying.

And lastly, I love parenthesis.

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