Wednesday, November 24, 2010

What's Up?

Hello! I've missed y'all and my time at the computer lately. Things have been so crazy here, I've not had time to play in Blogaritaville much! Here's a taste of what's been up with me...and I hope you'll leave a note telling me what you've been doing. And after all your Turkey Day doings are over and you've digested your food, come back by this weekend for a great contest with wonderful prizes. If you're a reader or a writer, you'll wanna enter! [No more hints for now. Aren't I mean? Mmwahahahaha!]

To say it was fun being an extra in the HBO series TREME would be an understatement. That's what I did at the beginning of the week. Got to be in on the filming for an episode at Commander's Palace in New Orleans for a Thanksgiving 2006 scene. If you're not familiar with this fabulous post-Katrina saga, you need to be. Cool cast, director, plot line! I think they said the second season will begin airing in April, so I'll let ya know if I "make the cut."

Now, how are your Thanksgiving preps coming along? Mine are just flying into place...because we're eating at Cracker Barrel this year! LOL. Family and friends are all spread out, plus it's *insert dark piano chords here* [bom, bom, bom...] hunting season, which means all the hunter men and women want to scoot out for the woods as soon as the last fork full of food is consumed. Yep, eating out is a great alternative to the "full bird spread" and all that cooking/cleaning involved in loading down the banquet table, y'all!

Besides, who can cook/clean/prepare with a whole like this in their kitchen ceiling? Yep, this is what happens in Gumbo Writer's world when we decided to have the attic insulated to save on utility costs for the Ledbetter clan. After a whole day of blowing insulation into the attic, a workman went to inspect the job and...well, you get the picture. So now, as we "speak," another workman is on his way back for the fifth time to work on patching/painting the large area that had to be re-sheet rocked. Soooo, no, Nana is not cooking this year in all that mess. But she is excited that her stepdaughter family will be arriving shortly. Hope they don't mind a few construction obstacles! Jessica and kidlets' visit reminds me to mention we'd all appreciate your prayers for her hubby who's serving a year in Afghanistan. The holidays are hard for them all. GOD BLESS OUR MILITARY AND THEIR FAMILIES!!!

Now, just to keep things really interesting, I've got an ethnography job (where you collect data for a research company) on Black Friday shopping and crowds. UG! But the money is good. LOL. Sooooo....I'll be out from 2:00 am til 7:00 am observing the insanity that is post-Turkey Day shopping. Oh boy.

So, no, I haven't gotten a lick of anything writing related done! How 'bout you?

Now...what've YOU been up to lately????



DL Hammons said...

I'm thankful for links.

Links that led me here to you, as well as the multitude of other blogging buddies that I draw inspiration and support from.


Christopher S. Ledbetter said...

Happy Thanksgiving, *cousin* Angie!! ;-)

Jessica Nelson said...

Wow, you've been busy, and with such cool things!!! I love the extra job and the research job. Those are both things I'd definitely do. :-) Hope you're ceiling gets fixed soon!

Melissa Marsh said...

You are one brave lady to be out there at 2 a.m. to see the mob of shoppers! I plan on being very cozy in my bed at that time...and don't want to wake up until at least 9 a.m. ;-)

I've been writing, working, rinse, repeat.

Very thankful for my family this year and all of God's blessings.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

lakeviewer said...

You're going out to eat? Smart lady! I wish I had thought of that.

Angie Ledbetter said...

Love y'alls plans and comments! (I think I emailed each of you.) :)


Terri Tiffany said...

Oh my goodness have you been busy with unusual things!! Enjoy the Cracker Barrell--love their food.
We were invited to a neighbors for dinner and are thankful for that. Daughter and grandson just spent two weeks here and we did an early Christmas! No more shopping!

patti said...

You are AMAZING...and our great minds are thinking alike.

American Thanksgiving at

Thai House

Bloomington, Il.
I know, but my boys picked it.

Memories will form. Of that I am certain.

Blessings, dear Angie.

Diane said...

Sounds like you're hogging all the fun for yourself! Please share some with the rest of us. Same ole here. hugs and miss you. :O)

Aliene said...

I was just surfing and saw Gumbo Writer. It caught my eye because only people from the south serve real gumbo. Looked at your blog and we are almost neighbors. I live right out of Baton Rouge in Livingston. Sounds like you have been and will be busy. I will be back to check your blog etc. out. Have a Blessed Thanksgiving.

Karen said...

Angie, oh my, your ceiling! That's what usually happens here-one project makes another....

We ate at Cracker Barrel one Thanksgiving, too. Was good and NO clean-up afterwards.

Oh, God bless our service people and their families. When will he get back?

Happy Thanksgiving!

Linda Hoye said...

Hey Angie! Hubby and I are going out to eat tomorrow too. It's all about simplicity this year! {{hugs}}

t i m said...

happy thanksgiving angie, i'm keeping my fingers one of the uk broadcasters buys treme soon so & screen it on uk tv too :)

Deb Shucka said...

Whew! What a busy time for you. I'm glad to know everything's okay. We stayed home, just the two of us, and I cooked for just the two of us - it was restful, peaceful, just what we both needed. I hope yours was wonderful.

Marguerite said...

Well, you've certainly been busy, sha! Cool about being an extra in Treme! And how lucky that you got to eat out on Thanksgiving! One of these years, I'm going to do that! And shopping at 2:00 am on Black Friday, gawd, you're brave! Cheers!

Anonymous said...

2:00am, do you want a paper route. That can be arranged. Why the dark music for hunting season. We try hard.

Jemi Fraser said...

I'm not a shopper in the first place and the thought of facing those crowds makes me kind of ill! Hope you survived okay!! :)

Gaston Studio said...

Well, you've been busy to say the least and a part on TV, cool! Just glad you had a great Thanksgiving, no matter how it was spent or where.

dellgirl said...

I know just what you mean about things being crazy and not having time to play in Blogaritaville much. It's the same for me. So, I hop on when I can and get as much done as I can.

I just wanted to say hello. Hope you have a splendid Week!

Angie Ledbetter said...

Glad you all had grand Thanksgiving gatherings and/or peaceful, lowkey events. :)

PS I wasn't shopping on Black Friday (there's nothing I need THAT bad!), but working a research job for 5 hours for some great pay!

JO PETERS said...

Hi Angie,
Glad you liked the making perfume post on my blog. I love your blog.. it is so full of such wonderful things ! I am curious about the ethnographic research project you did.. and how you connected with such an opportunity. I am in Southern California, doing freelance features, and would like to know more about what other writing jobs are out there. Please, tell me how to get such research work.
Hope you and your family have the happiest of Christmas times together...
my best,
JO Peters

Jo Peters said...

Hi Angie,
I am in Southern California and would like to do such a research project. How do I find something like that??
love your blog, love your writing, love your recipes !

JO PETERS said...

Hi Angie,
love your blog, your writing, and your recipes ! That research project sounds like fun.. how does a person get such assignments? I am in So. California, doing freelance features for small fees.. and want to expand my options.. any advice?

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