Thursday, April 26, 2012

Typical Thursday

Jeff is at Journal Club tonight.  He insists he doesn't enjoy it, but he's out eating at Tommy's for free right now.  Through these Journal Clubs, he has eaten at more nice restaurants than I have since we've lived in Nola.  And the annoying thing is that he could care less!  It's pretty much torture for me since my life nowadays seems to revolve around how I can find the time money to make it to the dozens of restaurants I have left on my must eat Nola restaurant list.

Meanwhile, I'm in pj's on the couch watching a DVR-ed episode of Revenge.  And Glee.   And Gossip Girl.  I woke up this morning with excruciating pain in my neck and upper back.  I've tried to numb it with drugs to no avail.  I'd say my only option is to get a massage after work tomorrow, wouldn't you?

Monday, April 23, 2012

Weekend Adventures

We've been having so many fun weekends in a row lately I'm beginning to feel like this may be what it's like to have normal jobs...although I have had to go into the lab the past few weekends.  I guess it could be worse.

On Friday, all the Ortho residents had a retreat at one of the attending's houses out in Luling and the wives were invited to come out after they were done taking care of important business.  Jeff signed his resident contract for his 5th and final year of residency!  Can you believe we're almost done?!

The house was beautiful and backed up to some water where there were air boats waiting to take everyone on swamp tours.  This was always something I've had on my bucket list of things we needed to experience before leaving Nola:

I had no idea the swamp would be so beautiful!

We even got to hold a baby alligator...keeping a somewhat safe distance from its angry momma:

The angry momma gator:

Next up was a gator known as "Big Al."  He was pretty tame and didn't seem to mind being poked and prodded.  Apparently it is mating season and he only had one thing on his mind.  And that didn't include worrying about some humans pulling at his tail and feet. 

Our tour guide was none other than Poochie, the Cajun guy from an episode of Wife Swap.  You may remember he swapped wives with a ballet dancer from California.  Needless to say they experienced some cultural divides.

Big Al

Our swamp tour group

Next up on the weekend agenda was heading down to the Warehouse District for some Navy Week fun.  They canceled the Blue Angels shows both Saturday and Sunday due to some heavy winds.  I heard this exact sentence no less than 20 times over the course of the weekend from Jeff: 

"I can't believe they canceled the Blue Angels." 

But I think we satisfied his need to see anything and everything military-related by touring the USS Wasp that has been docked here all week:

Giddy with excitement

There were soldiers at all these little stations throughout the ship where you could take your kids to try on their gear, hold the guns, etc. 

Yes, that is my husband.  Notice all the kids in line behind him.

Gotta love him

 I stood there and dutifully took his picture like a good wife, trying not to look embarrassed. 

I should also add that Jeff developed no less than 15 man-crushes on the sailors and marines that were there.

There were also these "flag ships," or pirate ships if you ask me:

Another great Nola weekend! 

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


Jeff and I have had a busy and exciting past few days...

Of course there was the match and the research competition last Thursday:

My poster

 I try to look as nerdy as possible during these presentations.  I'm convinced it makes people think I know what I'm talking about.  Maybe that's why I won?
Here I am with my award:

My fake check

And then Friday night Jeff took me out to eat at Muriel's for my 26th birthday.  Is it me or are birthdays not fun anymore once you're past, say, 23/24ish?

Jeff excited about his pork chop

I tried to get excited but a little part of me wanted to be home in my pj's with a glass of wine.

Anyone want to buy me an iPhone4 so I can take pictures with flash? 

Shrimp and grit cake

I'm glad we went though because the food was really good.  After dinner we went to Lucy's to meet up with some friends for drinks.  All in all a great night!
That weekend also happened to be French Quarter fest, so after spending some time in the lab on Saturday (my actual birthday), we headed down to the Quarter.  And in something that can only be described as a birthday miracle, we found a parking spot!  In the quarter!  On the street, not in a $20 lot!  If you don't think this is a miracle, come try driving through the quarter during a festival.  I heard on the news Monday that there were 570,000 people in attendance.  Miracle I tell you.
After eating our fill of crawfish and spinach bread bowls, meat pies, and seafood pasta from the food tents, we pretended to be tourists: 

Mardi Gras Indians, putting on a show

Artist of the Pete the Cat paintings, in action on the street

And for something you will only see in Nola- this artist makes paintings by controlling a puppet holding a paintbrush.  And...she sells them?

Thank you Nola.

Thursday, April 12, 2012


Jackson!  Here we come for Jeff's Sports Medicine fellowship starting August 2013!  Our #1 choice!

I'll now open the floor for pug names.

Update:  For those of you who don't know- Jeff promised me awhile ago that if he matched in Jackson I could get a pug (to get me more excited about the prospect of living there again).  This is a huge deal because I'm OBSESSED with pugs.  And they are Jeff's least favorite dog in the entire world.  So now that I'm calling him out on the internet I'm hoping it makes him stick to his word :)

Another Update:  A little tooting my own horn- Today, Tulane held our annual School of Science and Engineering research day where post-docs, grad students, and undergrads throughout the university present research they've been working on lately.  I won 1st place for the graduate student division- and more importantly $500!  Sometimes being a nerd pays off, literally!

What a great day for the both of us :)

Monday, April 9, 2012

A Very Nola Easter

I hope everyone had a great Easter!  The planets aligned and Jeff and I were lucky enough to both have off work for the weekend.  We went to mass at a new church for us in Old Metairie and then met up with my Dad, Uncle Mike, and Aunt Marianne for brunch at Emeril's in the Warehouse District:

Jazz Brunch Nola style

My meal:  Scallops Benedict with fried green tomatoes and prosciutto!

I'm mad at myself for not getting a picture of everyone together.  

After brunch, Jeff and I went home and fell into a food coma on the couch all afternoon - which I realize doesn't sound exciting to most of you but these types of days are few and far between for us.  I can't explain how nice it was to have my hubby to myself all weekend and not have to share him with the hospital or an Ortho textbook!

And I got to check another restaurant off my "Essential Nola Restaurants" list of places I need to eat at before we move to...wherever...which we find out on Thursday!