Sunday, October 6, 2013

When In...New Orleans

We had an amazing time at SCMLA 2013. This is my fourth time presenting at the conference, and New Orleans is by far the best conference city (other cities: Dallas Fort Worth, Hot Springs, Arkansas, and San Antonio, Texas). It also helped that we were staying in my favorite ever hotel, the Monteleone. Our presentations both went really well, and here were the other highlights from the trip:

Bourbon Street with our teaching mentor, Rita, and Brendan's former French Lit. teacher, Rachel. Maybe not the best idea before my 9am presentation, but I pulled it off!

Checking out the New Orleans Museum of Art and Sculpture Garden (highly recommended!):

Jazz Concert in the Botanical Garden and dinner at Cafe Degas with my Aunt Annette and Cousin Elena.

Brendan got his Oyster fix the next day at Felix's. 

All the amazing readings we saw, including Natasha Trethewey, the U.S. Poet Laureate.

An outstanding, romantic dinner at Bayona. 

And seeing our McNeese buds.

Louisiana holds a special place in our hearts, and it was wonderful to be back for a few days. We are thankful to Midland College for sending us.

We are home safe and enjoying a day of rest before the work week begins. It's hard to believe, but I'm already prepping my students for their timed writing midterms...this semester does feel fast!

<3 S, B, L&Z

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