Apparently, a nasty storm will be buffeting New Orleans most of the day; at this moment the sun is still shining but there's also that creepy, weird, pre-storm quiet/stillness outside of my windows this morning, which means it will be particularly nasty.
Yesterday I did chores; the bed linens are all clean now, two loads of dishes, and two loads of clothing were also run through the washing/drying cycles; I still have some dishes to put away this morning but at a glance, the kitchen is clean. We also watched the World Figure Skating championships yesterday, and got caught up on Big Little Lies, Supernatural, and Riverdale. We also are about five episodes behind on Bates Motel, but having now seen the first two episodes of this final season...well, wow, they are really knocking it out of the park on this season. Today I am going to answer emails, read, and do some writing while also doing some organizing of my work station--as always, there is filing to be done, which is incredibly annoying.
I've been doing some scattershot research lately; as I have mentioned before my mind is all over the place right now. I am reading up on the seventeenth century, to get a better knowledge of the politics of the time (I am pretty up on them, but getting better informed is never a bad idea, especially if you're planning on writing about the period at some point); I am also researching Alabama history because of another project I am thinking about; and I am also reading up on New Orleans history and Louisiana politics. My knowledge in regards to both, considering how much I write about both New Orleans and Louisiana, is not as up to snuff as it should be. I know basics about it, of course--the city was founded by the French; became Spanish after the French and Indian/Seven Years' War; was given back to the French and then sold to the US in 1803; fell to the Union army/navy in 1862; and so forth. Lots of gaps there, though, and more knowledge is always crucial in writing, even if most of it remains off the page.
Later this month, of course, I am off to both Alabama and Mississippi for events; I'm hoping that the trip to Alabama, in particular, will help in some ways for the Alabama project--which will probably result in a trip to the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa to do research at their library and archive. Paul and I are also considering a trip to the beach at some point; a lovely, relaxing long weekend would be absolutely lovely, methinks. I am thinking it's about time I got a tan again--although some basic research in tanning salons in Uptown New Orleans slapped me in the face with the knowledge that tanning beds apparently are no longer in vogue and people seem to prefer spray tans...which doesn't appeal to me in the least. I don't want my skin dyed, I want an actual tan, which apparently means going to beaches now. Although I suppose now going to the beach and getting sun is much worse for the skin than it used to be.
Heavy heaving sigh...but I think it's a good sign that my vanity is starting to resurface, which means I will be taking better care of myself. Paul and I have both decided to start eating more healthy, with a treat on the weekends--yesterday we got shrimp po'boys from the Please U; next week it will be deep dish pizza from That's Amore, which has now conveniently opened a location in our neighborhood.
I also want to get some reading done today....in fact, I'm probably going to do that before trying to write. I can't help but think reading Colson Whitehead will help in some ways. Or maybe I'll dive back into Mississippi Noir again. The day is rife with possibility.
Or...I may end up doing nothing today at all. It happens sometimes.
And now, back to the spice mines. Here's a hot guy to liven up your Sunday.