Most of the jobs I’ve had since becoming an adult have warped my sense of time. When I worked in book publishing, we always planned and designed our fall catalog in the spring. When I worked in magazines, we were working two months out, so we’d be planning a Halloween issue in the heat […]
Get ready to peel n’ eat – there is a new seafood spot in town. Seafood Sally’s swung its doors open this spring on Oak Street, welcoming a post-pandemic crush of New Orleanians looking to get their hands dirty with some choice jumbo blues supercharged with a chili-butter slather. While the menu is straightforward […]
Opening this summer in the Warehouse District, the new $80-million Virgin Hotels New Orleans will feature multiple dining and drinking outlets – including the Pool Club. The rooftop pool and lounge, situated on the 13th floor, will serve as a haven overlooking the New Orleans skyline offering food, libations and dancing. 550 Baronne St., […]
It’s Monday morning and the warehouse space behind Whole Foods on Broad Street is a hive of activity. That’s because the community nonprofit Top Box Foods operates out of the building, packing as many as 500 boxes full of fresh and mostly local fruits and veggies for pick up and free delivery to its […]
With the end of summer comes that lagging summer feeling – the heat and humidity seems never-ending; vacations have been planned and taken; students face another school year; diets and healthy eating practices for “swimsuit” season have come and gone. The summertime blahs. And yet, we can flip that script and take a refreshed look […]
Dear Julia & Poydras, I remember as a child we would get, I believe it was a free, sample of ice cream at the creamery on Carrollton Avenue and another creamery on Airline Highway. Not sure if Brown’s Velvet, Walker-Roemer, or Borden’s. What a treat! – Ray Gremillion (New Roads, LA) By the creamery […]
Family is one of the most important things for us all. – Dr. Sartor According to The Brookings Institution, a public policy organization based in Washington, D.C., a baby bust is on the way. A group of researchers associated with the nonprofit predicted that the public health crisis – COVID-19 – and the subsequent recession “would […]
Flirtatious, dramatic, eccentric, colorful. These words, and more, can all be used to describe both the city of New Orleans and the art of burlesque. Burlesque as we know it today, came to the United States in the late 1800s from Great Britain, but burlesque – unsurprisingly – has been a part of the […]
Stay cool in this lightweight Kora dress by Corey Lynn Calter. Its loose silhouette, flouncy ruffled hem and delightful tropical toucan motif will help you feel pulled together even as temperatures soar. Available at Saint Claude Social Club, saintclaudesocialclub.com Shield your skin with this gorgeous wide-brim Lola hat by BrunnaCo., complete with a linen inner […]
White Linen Night The Arts District of New Orleans is bringing one of the Crescent City’s iconic summer social events back with White Linen Night. It will be scaled down a bit this year, and some details were still being worked on with vendors and the city at press time, and yet, the party will […]
Have you noticed? There is a fleet of new RTA buses around town. Look at their upper right side corner – there in full glory, written in bold script is a phrase which has been flummoxing me for years: “Laissez les bons temps rouler.” That statement, which translates into “Let the good times roll” […]
When Brennan’s staff brainstormed 75th birthday celebration ideas, wine director Braithe Tidwell found unlikely inspiration. “I dreamed we changed our entire cocktail menu to French 75s. I woke up and thought, “That is completely ridiculous…. Or, maybe a good idea!” She acknowledges the drink has a permanent home at Arnaud’s, but thinks this selection […]
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Much has been written about the emotional value of having a pet or pets. Pets make us laugh, warm our hearts and even lower our blood pressure. Why not then consider our furry friends when designing our homes? Susan Currie of Susan Currie Design, owner of two precious dogs of her own, offers some […]
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Most of the jobs I’ve had since becoming an adult have warped my sense of time.
When I worked in book publishing, we always planned and designed our fall catalog in the spring.
When I worked in magazines, we were working two months out, so we’d be planning a Halloween issue in the heat of August, a Christmas issue while skeleton decorations were hanging all over the office, a Valentine’s issue while everyone else was singing Christmas carols.
And then there’s the academic world, in which the “new year” starts in August.
I still make resolutions on Jan. 1 (and then break them by Jan. 6) like everyone else, but I get my biggest “fresh start” rush at the start of every school year when I open my new academic calendar, spruce up my office, and meet all of the new students.
As a mom, too, I get jazzed every year to buy new clothes and new backpacks and put the list of Important Dates up on the fridge, fully believing that this year we will have a great homework routine and a bin of healthy after-school snacks at the ready and I’ll never again forget dress-up days or somehow drive my kid all the way to school without realizing that she’s barefoot and her shoes are back at the house. (These always go the way of traditional resolutions, for the record.)
This year, the changes are even more pronounced than usual, the prospect of a clean slate both more promising and more intimidating.
My stepson will be officially headed off to college after doing his freshman year from home due to COVID-19. My older daughter will be starting high school at a new school. My younger daughter will be switching from the school she has attended since the age of 2 to a school much closer to our house. This will be our first year since COVID-19 where we will be totally back in-person. And of course, we will be doing all of this without having my mom as backup, as she’s been for my kids’ entire lives. I’ve never had to fill out an emergency form without her on it, and it makes such a mundane task exquisitely painful.
Ultimately, I’m excited for all of them. The freedom and independence of campus life will be good for my stepson. My older daughter will have a chance to explore her passions and hone her identity. My younger daughter will get to meet new people and spread her wings a bit.
But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t also scared and worried. High school and college are higher stakes; the peer pressure intensifies; the choices get much bigger; the course work gets more challenging. What if my younger one doesn’t make friends? What if she struggles academically? What if she gets lost? How strictly is the uniform policy enforced?
Every new beginning, whether it comes in January or August, has this same blend of exhilaration and thrilling possibilities … and blind terror of the unknown, of what’s to come, of what cannot ever be fully anticipated.
As anxiety-provoking as it can be, though, I’m lucky to get this opportunity not once but twice every year. Because if I don’t get it right this month, I can always try again come January.
Happy New Year, everyone!