Tuesday, December 19, 2006

My Balcony, with Etta

At the left is my balcony, complete with my dog, Etta. People who live in the Quarter all know Etta, while I'm just known as her walker. The picture was taken in September, roughly a week after I took possession of the apartment; since then I've added to group of plants and furniture. The split-leaf philodendron was inherited - it used to always wind up in my old apartment down the hall during hurricanes.

Right now my life revolves around my job, walking Etta and what I'm reading. Since I work for the government (meaning I really shouldn't discuss work, not that it's that interesting) and dog-walking is very repetitive, I'll discuss what I'm reading....

Currently reading:
Memoirs of the Duc de Saint-Simon (vol 1 of 3)
The gossipy account of life in the court of Louis XIV through the Regence of Louis XV and finally his Royal Court. Similar to Pepys's brush with fame, but Saint-Simon is not quite the amusing scamp as Pepys (he is just a little to concerned with good friars for my preference). Definitely an ongoing project.

The Sitwells, A Family's Biography - John Pearson
Literary gossip, a guilty pleasure because I'm only familiar with Facade.

In the wings:
Pages from the Goncourt Journals - Edmond and Jules de Goncourt
More guilty pleasure, but then I'm going to visit my family for the second time in 2 months. It's still better than reading old issues of Star.

Put down to be picked up later:
A Spot of Bother - Mark Haddon
The Natural Disorder of Things - Andrea del Cannobio


Anonymous said...

I came across your blog while looking at another blog and loved your bolg name. as equally as i love the pic of Etta (as in E. James?) on that beautiful balcony. It makes me want to cry. I envy you for living in, what I call, the best city on God's green earth...oh, and nice reading list. I'll take a look at The Natural Disorder of Things. I'm reading 'We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families'-Philip Gourevitch. Just a little light reading, I know :) Take care ad thanks for sharing!

cotedetexas said...

ditto the above = saw your comments and liked the name - damn! I wish you posted more! What a life you must lead right there in the quarter - God, I'm jealous of you and Etta. Decorna has a dog like that - if you haven't read her - visit and look up a post named "ricky" from about a week ago = it was hysterical - your dog reminds me of hers.