Birthdays have been some what of a thing on the job I've been on. But of course, not everyone is going to have a birthday over the course of a 5-month project.
The birthday of our fearless leader, the production designer, happened to be one of the few people that didn't have a birthday that didn't land in the months of our schedule.
So, it was decided his half-birthday would be a suitable stand-in.
Skye had decided to bake herself a cake this year, so this would a wonderful opportunity for a test-run.
I mean, seriously, who would raise a fuss over a botched cake on a half-birthday, which honestly is just an unbirthday like the one in Alice in Wonderland. It has about as much legitimacy as the other 363 days that one wasn't born on.
That said, the cake Skye made was a delicious carrot layer cake decorated by committee. Skye did the frosting and the maze (pieces provided by the art department), mostly my concept and characters running through the maze provided by our talented art department.
Skye's birthday gift/celebration is coming up this weekend in Atlanta. Her actual birthday however was last Saturday.
We kicked off the birthday marathon with a trip to the cinema to see Man of Steel.
It did not disappoint, although we all felt that the CG action scenes went on a bit too long.
The next morning we decided to have Birthday Cake for breakfast. Another successful carrot cake by our culinary wizard. As I was setting up the candles, I was having a hard time believing she was turning 15. How time flies....
Then it was time to hit the road south to New Orleans for a day in the swamp on an air-boat followed by a luxurious dining experience at Jim Besh's Restaurant August
.And hit the road we did. We were flying south, looking forward to some delicious indiscretions at Dat Dog, when we suddenly hit a traffic jam that cost us an hour's time.
We were still able to grab a couple of dogs, however the stress level, well lets just say that it was a great relief to finally be sitting down in the air boat.
There was a little confusion at the dock for the Jean LaFitte Swamp Tour which landed us in a smaller boat than what we had originally booked (smaller being better in this case.)
And off we went.
It wasn't nearly as loud as I had expected. And much faster. It was amazing the maneuverability of these air boats.
The highlight of the tour were the alligators, of course. The larger ones swim out to greet the boats, being conditioned to show themselves to receive treats, "swamp crack" as our guide told us, referring to marshmallows which I'm sure aren't good for the gators.
I imagine someone thought it might be a good idea because of "marsh" being in the word.
Any how, after our host had figured that we'd seen our fill of snaking alligators he went inside an ice-chest and pulled out this cute little baby gator to pass around to anyone willing to hold the little critter.
Skye and I were the only takers. I was sort of surprised because she has a more than healthy respect (fear) of snakes. But I guess the addition of legs, regardless of how small, is significant enough to make all the difference.
I love the swamp and bayou areas, so it was a nice treat to get out and see them from down on the water. None of us had been on an air-boat, so I'm glad we gave it a try. We all felt pretty much the same. It was a cool experience and we're all glad to have done it, but we really preferred the quiet of small boats or better yet kayaks or canoes. And the guid,e while entertaining to be sure, wasn't quite as knowledgeable in our areas of interest, say history or ecology and such as we've had on tours in the past.
Overall a really lovely time was had by all.
An absolutely divine dining experience, to put it succinctly.
We've been attempting to watch what we eat which is practically impossible in this part of the country, so we limited ourselves to splitting a few starters, and a main dish, and then we splurged and ordered 3 deserts. We split it all. The service was impeccable and the food was all sublime.
I could go on and on, but I am already days late in getting this posted and behind in regards to a couple of other posts and I must get back to work and living life, so I have something to blog about later.
Go to Restaurant August if you can. It's well worth it and lives up to the hype.