Friday, March 25, 2011

Happy Hour AKA So, here's a toast!

Yay! It's Friday again! I can't wait to get home and drink a big ol' glass of water!! (Like I've been doing all day!) It really helps me feel good...oh water, you hide your wonderfulness behind your lack of good taste. I will drink you up now though, because you make me feel good!


Today, I feel like I want to make some toasts. I hope that everyone will pull out their beverage of choice (adult or not) and join me. Because, really, who doesn't enjoy toasts?

~( one )~
I have 5 days left at my Craptastic Job. I can't wait to be free from this place. Life is going to improve TONS next Friday when I walk out the door forever! The Mine, you have been a steady pay check that I won't miss!! So, here's a toast to moving on to newer and better!

~( two )~
Today I am going to start packing up my desk at the Craptastic job. Seriously, I want the bare minimum at the office next week! All of my personal stuff is going home and all of the stuff I won't need is being transferred to my wonderful coworker. Good luck ma'am...I'm leaving and I'm not looking back! So, here's a toast to lightening the load!

~( three )~
Since I'm leaving my Craptastic Job, I have a much better job I am going to be doing full time! I'm thrilled. I LOVE my boss...he is awesome and totally doesn't put any pressure on me and appreciates my hard work. What's not to love about that? So, here's a toast to great bosses you can appreciate more because of the bad ones!

~( four )~
My new favorite word is Craptastic. I found it while reading someone's blog, I don't even remember now who's, and I love it. It really says all I want to say. So, here's a toast to the blogging world and all you've taught me!

~( five )~
Of course you know that L&L had a baby in February, beautiful Parker, and I love her to death!! She's just about the cutest thing I've ever done seen!! And I'm super proud to be her aunt! And, it was just officially announced that one of my cousins is going to be having a baby in November. I am SO happy for them both. I am also SO happy for me. They'll keep everyone busy for awhile so no one will notice that we're NOT having a baby!! I want to enjoy this time just being newlyweds and am so happy that these people I love so much are taking the spotlight off of me!! So, here's a toast to wonderful babies, wonderful parents, and the freedom they allow me through all of their hard work!

~( six )~
Today the hubby is out playing golf with a friend. I am SO envious! I love golf. I like going to the course. I like the fact that I can take my time and that's acceptable. I like driving the golf cart (who? me?). I like the peace of being outdoors and working my body. I wish I was the friend he was playing golf with today. So, here's a toast to all of the golf I'm going to play when I'm done with this (craptastic) job!

~( seven )~
And we'll make this the last thing, I am looking forward to a quiet weekend at home. Mr. B and I were so busy until February that this month is the first one we spent quietly at home. I've loved it. Next weekend we're visiting family in San Antonio and I'll miss the quietness of home! So, here's a toast to home and hearth. And Mr. B.

Everyone have a great weekend. Enjoy whatever drink you have in hand and whatever plans you have!!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

So 2000 and Late - Part 3

So, for Christmas/Our Honeymoon, we made a trip to Cleveland, Ohio and from their made our way to Washington, D.C. and ultimately down to Charlotte, North Carolina before heading home. We had a great time, got to see family and friends, and just generally enjoyed our time. 

So, we're going to start off with Day 1 of our trip. December 23, 2010.

December 23, 2010
Mr. B & I ready to embark on our trip!
We were heading first to Cleveland to see my Grandparents, my mom's parents, for Christmas. My Papa's health is deteriorating and unfortunately he was unable to come to our wedding. So, we planned to visit them, along with my parents. This also lent us the perfect trip to do something we both love - ROAD TRIP! So, we planned our Honeymoon to be a part of this trip and hit the road.

We left right after work on the 23rd. We wanted to drive as far as possible that night so that we could avoid being caught in a storm the could possibly produce ice on the roads and make the rest of our trip more difficult. The plan was to drive until we (Mr. B) couldn't drive anymore. We expected to stop around 2 or 3am and sleep a little bit before heading on the rest of the trip.

This is one of the last things we were able to see before it got dark that night:
Entering the state of Mississippi
Fun Fact about the B's, Mr. B's Grandparents lived in Jackson, Mississippi.
So, we kept moving onward. We had a lot of driving ahead. Eventually I couldn't keep my eyes open any longer and fell asleep. I leaned the seat back and took a nap. I would wake up every-so-often to check on Mr. B, even asleep I was worried about how tired he was! But, he kept driving.

2AM passed...

3AM passed...

4AM passed...

5AM came...

....and I finally was awake some. Mr. B also had to stop for gas, so we stopped, and traded places. It was now Mr. B's turn to sleep. So, he told me to just to get back on the interstate, we were taking it the rest of the way. So, I got back on the interstate, and he went to sleep.

Now, by this point we had made our way through several states, passed up the storm and were just trying to get to where we were going. And, it was cold outside. Seriously cold. I believe we were in Kentucky when we stopped, and it was not the same as when we left New Orleans. Matter of fact, when the light came up, it looked something like this:

This is in either Kentucky or Ohio, I can't remember now!
What you are seeing is the road, and for you southerners,
the white stuff is snow.
Yes, this G.R.I.T.S. woke up to snow. Mr. B told me a really cute story, as he was driving in the dark, he could tell that things had changed as far as the ground was concerned, but it took him awhile to figure out that it was snow covering the ground...for awhile he really thought that he was looking at sand! 

It didn't make much sense, but that's what he was thinking. (He was also way sleepier than I would even like to think about!)

So, in a matter of 24 hours, I went to New Orleans winter to ground covered with snow. It created a beautiful drive the rest of the trip. When we got to Cleveland I called my parents to let them know we had made it (they had already arrived) and were going to try and check into the hotel. (We weren't sure they would let us check into the hotel at 9AM. Yes, the did let us check in.) So, we settled into the hotel, climbed into bed and went to sleep.

It was now Christmas Eve Day and there were things to do that evening. So, it was a nap and then seeing the family - you'll hear more about it in the next post. 

Aren't you glad for Christmas in March?

Monday, March 21, 2011

So 2000 and Late - Part 2

It's that time again. Time to reach back in my picture archives and bring something out to blog about. Not because I have nothing else to blog about, trust me, I have plenty of things to tell you all about. But, today I wanted to make sure I blogged about some things while they still existed in my memory. That really is a large part of what blogging is about, isn't it? So, today, we're going all the way back in time to December.  Yep so long ago.

Mr. B and I had only been married a few weeks and they came to see us but more to see West Monroe High School (my Grandaddy's alma mater) play in the 5A Football State Championship game. Sadly, West Monroe lost, but we still had fun! 

Mr. B & I at the game!

My ticket and program from the game.
(I'm openly admitting to how long this post has taken!)
If you look at the ticket it lists 1A/4A/5A Finals 1PM 4PM 7P. Three playoff games were played on December 11 and they were all included in the price of one ticket. Mr. B and Grandaddy thought it was a swell idea to spend the entire day at the game. And that they did. Yay for them. And lucky me - Mr. B had someone else to go do this with - it would have tortured me!

Mamaw & I at the West Monroe Game.
First, my Mamaw is so CUTE! I love her to death and enjoy spending time with her. It worked out well, while Mr. B and Grandaddy were at all the football games, Mamaw and I spent some girl time together! We went to Bed Bath and Beyond to pick up my Christmas gift. (I got the shredder/slicer attachment for my KitchenAid Stand Mixer. Yep, that baby's awesome!) We also went to the infamous Sucre. It was delicious, I had chocolates, Mamaw had a cupcake. We picked up some lunch and then went to the game. (We were interested in the West Monroe game.) We watched the game and kept each other company!!

The next day, we grabbed L&L and went to Celebration In The Oaks. This was my first time going in the 3 years I have lived in New Orleans. It was awesome seeing it and we had a great time. It was chilly but fun none-the-less. We saw the awesome miniature train and talked to the gentleman there for awhile. He told us so many interesting things about the trains, some about the care of the trains, some about the restoration after Hurricane Katrina. It was fascinating.

The miniture train 
After that is was off to walk around the park and see the lights. They were beautiful and it was fun to see all of the different things they did. I think the highlight of it all was the large tree that had lights around all of the branches. It was beautiful and a great picture spot!

L&L in front of the awesome tree!
And after some more walking we also found this beautiful poinsettia tree. It was beautiful and also another great chance to take some pictures!
Mr. B & I in front of the Poinsettia Tree.
Also note, gloves and scarves and jackets for all! It was chilly!
We went to dinner that night an Dot's Diner. And then we all went home - it was late and time for bed! During their trip we were also able to get the whole gang together and go out to Reginelli's for dinner. It was delicious like usual, and we also took the chance to get a picture of all of us together.
At Reginelli's.
(L to R) Grandaddy, Mamaw, Wendy, Win, Lee, Lindsay, Me & Mr. B
Before Mamaw and Grandaddy left town we went to lunch at Tiffin Inn. It was a nice way to end the trip and see each other one last time! It was so exciting to have our first house guests as a married couple. We've had a few since then but it will always be special that Mamaw and Grandaddy were the first!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Happy Hour


Ah, welcome to Happy Hour again! Tonight when I get home I'm going to sit down with a big ol' glass of water and relax. It's going to be a nice evening I'm sure!


Today I've really been thinking about what it means to be the "bigger person".
 
People use this term to indicate that they didn't react "in kind" when people did something against them. And it's usually used to make them look better than the other person. And generally I've found it is used as a way to gossip and talk bad about people. You know what I mean, we've all done it.
 
"I was talking to so-and-so and you wouldn't believe what she said. I on the other hand was the "bigger person" and didn't respond to what she said."
 
And, at this point, I think you're no longer the bigger person. At this point, you've stooped to their level. You've now talked bad about them behind their back. You've gossiped. To me, the term "bigger person" just leaves a bad taste in my mouth. So, I've been thinking about what it means to be the "bigger person" and I think I've came up with my own definition.
 
To me, if you're the "bigger person" you did the "right thing" because it was the right thing to do. You don't tell people you did the right thing and you don't talk bad about other people to make yourself and your "right thing" look better.
 
When I think about this, I relate it to the parable of the Pharisee and Tax Collector. Christ tells us that "those who exalt themselves will be humbled and those who humble themselves will be exalted." To me it seems that telling people how you are the bigger person is in essence exalting yourself. And, that is at least one thing Christ is teaching us about in this parable. The danger of exalting ourselves.
 
Quickly, let's define exalt. I dropped into dictionary.com and this is the definition they give: to raise in rank, honor, power, character, quality, etc.; to elevate. In Betty's language: to make something look good.
 
Is it hard not to exalt ourselves? Yes. I struggle with it, It's human nature to want to be praised when we do good. We want, I'm going to venture and say we need to be praised when we do good. And, I think that's why Christ didn't just tells about the Pharisee. If he just told us about the Pharisee all we would have learned is that we can't exalt ourselves. And that if we do, we will be humbled. And, In my experience, when God chooses to humble you, boy, that's not the best place to be because it usually hurts. It usually hurts my pride more than anything, and that I think hurts the worst. But, instead Christ continues and tells us about the tax collector.
 
He tells us about the tax collector and that "those who humble themselves will be exalted." Wow. That's kind of amazing if you think about it. When we do as God tells us and are humble. (Yeah, I know that pride thing's creeping up again...yuck...) ultimately we get the very thing we need. We are exalted. It is awesome how God works.
 
Now, I know that not every time will we be exalted immediately. Sometimes we might not be exalted until we get to heaven with God. And you know, I'm sure that SUCKS. But, I can't help but imagine that that is ultimately the most rewarding exaltation we will EVER receive. And to me, that is awesome.
 
So, all of this is to say, being the "bigger person" is so different than when we say it. The truly "bigger person" will do the right thing because it is the right thing. And when you're the bigger person, you won't feel the need to exalt yourself. Because Christ will be exalting you, and really that is so much better.
 
So, here's a toast to the weekend, a good bottle of wine or water, and doing the right thing.
 
<3 Mrs. B
 
This parable is found in Luke 18:9-14, if you want to check it out for yourself.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Thirteen Years

Thirteen.

A number with so much emotion.

If it's a Friday, people don't like it so much.

But, if you're twelve turning the elusive "thirteen" it's a big deal.

What if it's your brother's Thirteenth angelversary?

How do you feel about "thirteen" when you know for the next year that is how long your brother hasn't been with you?


Michael Lee
My Wonderful Brother
5/26/89 to 3/15/98

Each year is a little different. At first, it was really hard. He wasn't there, I was used to him being there. Now, I don't feel my heart is ripped out when I think about it. I've reached the point of acceptance. I miss him, I think about him everyday. Sometimes I think, oh, he would have loved this. Or, Buddy hated this. Sometimes, I even want an Ihop pancake because he loved their syrup. And, I can do this with love and happiness.

And sometimes, it's sad. The day I got married I missed him tremendously. I was happy, it was my wedding, but I missed him. He wasn't there. It's weird though, I can't imagine 21 year old Michael at the wedding, he doesn't exist. I can only imagine almost 9 year old Michael there.

Jibber Jabber
One of Buddy's Favorite Toys
And that leaves me wondering - who would he be today? Many people might not have been able to see it, but I know his personality. I know what he liked and didn't like. To this day driving down some of the streets in New Orleans I can't help but think Buddy would LOVE these bumps. Even when my poor car is having a rough time with the bumps, it can put a small smile on my face thinking about the laugh he would have on those roads!! (He really would have loved these roads!)


I think the hardest part of it all though, has been forgetting. I was 11 when he went to heaven. He's been gone for over half my life and most of the time that he was here, I wasn't even entirely aware of life. And that hurts sometimes. It saddens me that I can't remember his face in perfect detail in my mind anymore. It saddens me that I can no longer remember the sound of his laugh. It just saddens me that my memory of my brother has been eroded by the ocean of time, and it saddens me even more when I think that I have another 50 years or more without him.


Michael

I know he is in heaven, and I know that I'll get to be with him again one day. But, on days like today, sometimes I just hurt because he's not here. Because I can't see his goofy grin, I can't shake his jibber jabber for him and I can't hear him laugh.

So, I'll take a few minutes today, like I do every year even though I'm miles away from my family that I long to be with and I'll release a few ballons to him. Maybe if they have one, I'll even release a dalmation ballon, because he loves dalmations.

101 Dalmations VHS Cover
This was Michael's favorite movie.


Monday, March 14, 2011

Surprise!

Mr. B is always surprising me with things. Sometimes a movie, sometimes a king cake, usually something I've said I wanted and forgotten about and he remembered. Yeah, my hubby is just awesome that way! I really appreciate that he is always finding little things to do for me.

And usually, I don't get to surprise him much. Fact of the matter is, most of the stuff I know that he wants costs a lot of money <insert playstation 3 here>. So, I'm just not often in a position to surprise him with things. But, I got lucky!! Earlier this month I came up with a surprise and a way to buy it for him!!

Mr. B has been itching for a single coffee cup maker. So, I did some research and decided that I liked the Keurig machine the best. He wanted the Tassimo machine, but it makes more of an espresso type coffee, not regular coffee and I though Mr. B would prefer the Keurig. So, after I made a decision on a $150 coffee maker, I now needed to figure out a way to pay for it.

Mr. B would have let me have the $150 if I would have asked because he is just wonderful like that, but I was hoping not to spend our regular money. And that's when I hit the jackpot. While searching for stamps in my wallet I ran across our gift card for Bed Bath and Beyond and realized it had EXACTLY how much money I needed on it!

We had decided to keep the remaining money until we had some time to determine what we still wanted off of the registry. But, I realized at that moment, I hadn't thought of the registry in months. Literally. We had all of the essentials off of it and the vases I thought I NEEDED 4 months ago, I didn't really WANT now. And I really WANTED to get Mr. B this coffee machine. So, I made the executive decision to pay for the coffee maker with the gift card.

So, I tell Mr. B I need to run an errand and I'm off to Bed Bath and Beyond with a quick call to L&L to see what their research had told them on their Keurig. They research things like Mr. B researches things and I figured since I could ask Mr. B, L&L would be my next best source. So, I got the answers I needed and it was time to go shopping.

And shop I did!!

And I got home, and Mr. B was SURPRISED! He knew I was getting something for him, but he had no idea what I could possibly have up my sleeve! (I usually "surprise" him with tickets to a baseball game each year, but it's not baseball season so, he was clueless!) It really made my day to do this for him! Fact of the matter is, he's just amazing and I like to do things to make him happy and, the best part, when I told him it cost us  nothing because I used the gift cards! That was worth all of it!!

Mr. B pulling the Keurig out of the box!
Mr. B - very excited to have a Keurig of his very own!

And the unwrapping continues!

All unwrapped and ready to go to the kitchen to be set up!

Mr. B doing the final set up on the kitchen counter!

Ready to brew!! Time for Coffee!!

So, the review: We LOVE it. We can each have flavors we like and it doesn't effect the other! The clean up is super easy and when only one person wants coffee, it is REALLY easy to make just one cup! For us, the name Keurig has become synonymus with coffee. Mr. B asks me in the mornings "Want a Keurig this morning?" Yep, it is that awesome!

My Birthday

March 10th was my 24th birthday and I filled the week with celebrations. Really, birthdays are the only days we get to celebrate us. So, I like to have as much fun with it as I can.

Thursday, March 10th:
I woke up with the worst migraine I've experienced in quite awhile on my birthday...talk about something that sucks! I headed to work with the hopes of surviving the day, but that didn't happen. At 10:30am after just 2 hours of work, Mr. B picked me up and took me home. I climbed into bed and went to sleep. After a few hours, I finally felt good enough to get up, and I did. Then I decided it was time for my birthday present from Mr. B. He got me Twilight, New Moon and Eclipse. I was THRILLED. I LOVE the movies and enjoy watching them. They are some of my "go to" movies. I love just having them on while I do other things. It was an AWESOME gift! Thanks, Lup!!

After that, I took a shower and got ready to go out for a little bit of Birthday Celebration. Mr. B and I were meeting L&L and my adorable niece, Parker at one of my most favorite places in the world - Sucre!  We enjoyed some FABULOUS desserts and a some good hang out!

The Birthday Girl!!

The Birthday Treat!!!
Lemon & Vanilla Cupcake
Lemon Curd Gelato
All VERY delicious!!

Mr. B laughing about something...

Lee & Parker

Lindsay & Parker

I'm soooo glad that L&L and Parker were able to come out for a little while on my birthday! It really made my day to get to see them! It had been awhile since we had seen them and it was good to catch up! (Plus, I love sharing an excuse to go to Sucre with people who I know appreciate it!!)

After a nice long visit, L&L needed to get Parker home and Mr. B and I had to go get something real for dinner! So, we said good-bye and headed our separate ways. Mr. B and I finished up the evening at PF Chang's eating our usual Kung Pao Chicken and Peking Dumplings pan fried. Mr. B also treated me to Fried Rice which made my evening!!

Then, it was home and to bed.

Saturday, March 12th:
Saturday was dinner with friends. John & Jennifer & Robin joined me for dinner and it was great to see these wonderful people!! I love them all to death and they are "regulars" to the birthday celebration. We headed out to Copeland's and couldn't eat there and ended up eating at Zea's. It was delicious - and I forgot my camera, so no pictures.  :*(   Boo!! It was a great time anyways and I am so glad that I got to spend the evening with them. They are some of my best friends and I always appreciate seeing them!! (And I'm excited to get to spend Robin's birthday with her next week! Yay!

Sunday, March 13th:
It's tradition with Mr. B's family to get together for cake, singing and a gift exchange. It's always fun and it's great to spend some time with the family. So, it was over to L&L's and Mr. B's mom and dad were there too! Mr. B surprised me with MORE Sucre for dessert - a king cake and we finished off the Mardi Gras season in style. And with a few more pictures!!

First step's first - hold Parker!

And make sure plenty of pictures are taken!!

And make sure you get a good picture of her beautiful face!!
My niece is the bestest!!

L to R: Me w/ Parker, Lindsay, Wendy (MIL), Win (FIL) & Lee
And enjoy some good hang out with the family!
Note: Mr. B's foot is in the bottom of the picture!

And an important part of hanging out - a nap!


And then it was time for a delicious piece of Sucre King Cake!!

Me & My (King) Cake!!

And then it's time for Uncle Gene to hang out with Parker!!
I LOVE the size difference of Mr. B to Parker!

And, finally, a neck pillow sized for Mr. B!
AKA: A Boppy. Who knew there were so many uses!

So, that's my Birthday week celebration! I had a great time and enjoyed spending so much time with the people who mean the most to me!! Now, it's time to settle into regular humdrum life again - but I'll always have the memories!















Friday, March 11, 2011

Happy Hour


 
Today, I was following a link from a  link from a link....well, you get the idea, and stumbled upon this WONDERFUL new blog Love is Home. Joelle's honesty and openness made me feel at home on her blog in half a second. And then, I found her wonderful little fun time "Happy Hour". So, here's a new way to end the week.

This week has been a roller coaster. Work Monday (no bueno). Mardi Gras Tuesday (bueno). Work Wednesday (no bueno). Migraine Headache Thursday (no bueno). 24th birthday Thursday (bueno). Work Friday (no bueno). See - roller coaster of a week. But, it is now Friday, I am now 24 and life is good. I've got an awesome husband at home who just fixed the annoying whine on the upstairs toilet. { LOVE }

I can't wait for a quiet weekend at home and more Wii Fit Plus this weekend. Also, considering getting Zumba for the Wii with my birthday money. Either that or a Kat Von D. eyeshadow palette from Sephora. I can't decide...girls - give me your votes!

So, here's to Friday - and the weekend ahead!


And below is Joelle's rules for playing. Stop by and join the game!

We do happy hour all day on Fridays. Because it's five o'clock somewhere, right?

What are you drinking today?

Happy Hour is my weekly blog party, where we get to meet new friends, find new blogs to read, and destress from our week.  We're all busy ladies and sometimes we just need to get out with some friends, chat, and have a drink.


How to enter the party:
  1. Must be a follower of Love is Home to participate. If you aren't already a follower, just click that "follow" button over there to the right.
  2. Scroll down to the bottom of this post and click on the link to enter. 
  3. Add your blog's information and button. 
  4. And you're done!
How to play:
  1. Write a post about anything you want to write about. Do you need to vent about a stressful week? It's okay, we all have them and that's what we're here for. Vent away. Did you have a fantastic day? We want to hear about that too. Or do you have big plans for the weekend? You know what to do...
  2. Visit two other blogs linked below and leave a comment, saying that you are from {Where We Love} Happy Hour.
  3. Come back and leave a comment below telling us who you visited and any wonderful new blogs you found.
But there are some rules...
  1. Don't paste and run...that's not cool. And if you do, your link will be deleted.
  2. I thoroughly dislike "copy and paste" comments...you know, the ones that say "I'm a new follower from Happy Hour, I would love for you to follow back..." blah blah blah. Don't do it, please. I don't want to have to delete a link for doing that either. The purpose of this is to find new blog friends and support each other. We like authentic followers, ones that actually enjoy our blogs and aren't blindly following a bunch of blogs in hopes that they will gain more followers. 
Hope to see y'all at Happy Hour!!

Friday Favorites: Sunday Nothingness

Welcome to the return of Friday Favorites! This week I'm honoring the two things I love most about Sundays, BESIDES Mr. B, of course!

You see, Sundays are my "do nothing days". Everything to be accomplished on the weekend, must be done on Saturday because Sunday is my day. I don't want to do anything productive. I want to veg in front of the TV, watch more movies than is acceptable, maybe take a nap with Mr. B and just generally "bum it". (Seriously, I might not even put in my contacts and brush my hair. All of that is optional on Sundays.) So, here are two of the things that make my lazy days the wonderful nothingness they are!


Friday Favorite #1:

My Recliner














Now, I wish my recliner was this attractive, but it's not. And really, I'm OK with it. Fact of the matter is, it's comfortable and I refuse to get out of it on Sundays. It's just that wonderful. I frequently tell Mr. B that I'm not leaving that chair all day. And, I frequently don't except to go to the bathroom and other things Mr. B can't do for me.


Friday Favorite #2:

My Pajamas















Again, I wish they were this cute!! I really need to invest in some because fact of the matter is, if I'm not brushing my hair (yes...I'm partially ashamed to admit this on the internets, but if I can't be honest here...) I'm definitely NOT getting dressed and comfy pajamas just make my life better!! I'll wear them all day while I sit in my recliner. It's awesome!!

So, here's to Friday. And Sunday Nothingness. Two of the best days of the week!! I hope everyone has a good weekend!!










*I found these photos through google. I was at work and couldn't spen the time finding out more about them. If they're your's, let me know, I'd love to give you credit!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Sometimes, the Answer is "Yes"

I'm a VERY hard sleeper. Generally, noises just don't wake me up. I always joke that you can have a war on the other half of my bed and you would have to tell me about it when I wake up. I'm a hard sleeper, and that's a blessing and a curse.

But, this morning, I woke up to thunder and lightning around 6AM. That's weird for me but, it didn't really phase me. I said hi to Mr. B who was also strangely awake, gave the window an evil glare for daring to allow this much noise and went back to sleep until my alarm went off.

When my alarm went off (for the fifteenth time) I got up and got ready taking into account the wonderful rain that had been falling for way too long. I headed downstairs and Mr. B and I packed up lunch, grabbed our coffees and out the door we went. My last thought as I was grabbing everything was "God, please let the street be flooded. I just want another minute at home." I stepped out the door, and saw concrete.  I pulled myself together, and started to get into the car, when plans changed.

Mr. B walked to the end of our driveway only to learn that the street was indeed flooded. Matter of fact, our street looked something like this:



The flood waters on our street.


More of the flood waters on our street.
Notice how high the water is on the SUV. It had actually gone DOWN at this point.
This is also as the water is getting shallower, it's deeper behind the SUV.


This is about 20 minutes after I got outside.
They were just starting to let people go through and they still advised against it.


My praises started to God IMMEDIATELY!!! We quickly assessed the situation. Cops were blocking our road at either end, but we were on the edge and could possibly get out of the neighborhood another direction, but lo and behold, all reports coming back were saying the rest of our neighborhood was WORSE than our street. Could my luck be this good? Apparently. So, I called in to work and told them I would be late as I couldn't get out of my neighborhood.

While we were standing there talking to our neighbors, we learned something that explained A LOT. You see, there is a tree behind our apartment on the neighbors property. It's just a little tree, but a tree none the less. And, come to find out, the REALLY loud thunder we heard actually belonged to lightening that hit that little tree. It's a shame to see the tree damaged, but it also explains why thunder and lightening woke me up!


Mr. B checking out the tree.



Mr. B still checking out the tree.
The limb that's blocking the neighbors garage is the limb the was hit.

So, I got into work an hour late, and everything had just about cleared up. It was nice, it gave me an extra couple of minutes at home and I appreciated it! But, now I'm at work (on lunch!) and life's back to normal. And thankfully, it's Wednesday!!

Monday, March 7, 2011

"To Meet Some Friends of Mine for the Mardi Gras"

Well, this weekend was one of the best weekends I've had in awhile. On Friday night, two of my very best friends in the world, Mark & Shauna came into NOLA for a quick visit. The original plan was to hit up a Mardi Gras parade on Saturday night, but thanks to a cold front that came through there was rain and no parade. They moved Endymion to Sunday night.

So, in a fashion only Mark and Shauna could provide, we had lemons, and we broke out the tequila and salt. The rain might stop Endymion, but that was not going to stop us. And, so with that mindset it was off to the French Quarter we go.

Shauna & I, in the car and on our way.
Mr. B & Mark (not pictured) are in the front seat.
 After surviving the drive, we made the decision to pay to park on the outskirts of the French Quarter and walk around. We shelled out the $20 on our parking spot, faced the steepest inclines EVER in a parking garage and started our walk in the rain. We decided it was first and foremost necessary to eat lunch. So, we decided on something local and delicious and went to Acme Oyster on Iberville. (Very delicious for any non-locals reading.) And like always with Acme Oyster, there was a wait for a table. So, Mark, Shauna and I decided that a drink was necessary to start the day. And we walked to the corner of Iberville and Bourbon Street for our first drink of the day.

We started off with a Jester.
It's made with 151 Rum and Everclear.
We suggest NOT drinking this on an empty stomach.
So, we waited in line for way too long and drank too much of these babies on an empty stomach. It was a frozen drink and quite delicious. We all enjoyed them. The strange thing about them was when you would take a sip you would feel it sliding down your throat and hit your stomach. We couldn't drink these fast enough and sadly had to pour them out when we got our turn at a table. But, fact of the matter is, it was too much alcohol for an empty stomach!! (We had a buzz before lunch...it was awesome.) 

Us sitting at the table for lunch.
Note 3 things:
1) Mr. B is in this photo - it's one of the few he didn't take for us!
2) Mark's peace sign. It's in pretty much every posed picture.
3) Our (sadly) empty Jesters. 

We enjoyed some yummy  food!!
If you're going to Acme, the Chargrilled Oysters are a must!

Once lunch was up, it was time to experience the one, the only, the infamous, Bourbon Street. Being a local, I didn't really join in on the bead catching, but it was fun to watch Mark and Shauna try to get a few!

An awesome photo of Mark and Shauna trying to catch some beads.

After a bit of a walk without a full drink in our hands we reached The Funky Pirate. One of my favorite bars on Bourbon Street. Big Al Carson sings the blues to you here on a regular basis. It's a great experience and they serve my most favorite drink ever, the Shark Attack. If you're ever in NOLA, on Bourbon Street and looking for a delicious drink, stop by The Funky Pirate, relax to a set of Big Al Carson's blues, and knock back a Shark Attack. It WILL be grand fun. I promise.

Us with our Shark Attacks. 

After quite a walk, it was time to try and catch a few more beads. Ok. And maybe for the sake of photos (and under the influence of a drink or two) I joined in the revelry on the Bourbon Street. It was time to be a tourist at home. It was fun, but it doesn't quite live up to catching beads from a float! Darn you Endymion.

The three of us catching some beads.
And no, no one showed anything for their beads.

Finally, it was time for another drink. (Really, we were on Bourbon Street...what do you think we did!) But, by this time I had to PEE!! I knew of a bar I might be able to go to the bathroom at without buying a drink, but I didn't want to buy another drink and get stuck buying yet another drink just to use the bathroom. So, I skipped the Hand Grenades. Needless to say, I didn't have to buy the drink at the bathroom stop. And I still didn't have a Hand Grenade.

This made me very sad.
(No One realized I was making this face in 3 different pictures until later!)
By the time I finished going to the bathroom Bourbon Street was getting quite crowded and we'd been there for awhile so, we decided to hike back to our car and go get something for dinner. But, that's another story for another post.

We had fun drinking our cares away on Bourbon Street. We wish we would have had a parade to experience too, but it was a great time with friends! I hope everyone's weekend was as fun as mine was!! Now, good luck to everyone with the Monday grind! I'll make it through on a wing and a prayer...and good memories!











*The title is a line from the Tim McGraw song "Something Like That". Mr. B suggested I title the post "To Meet Some Friends of Mine for the Mardi (Tim Mc)Gras." I told him that was too much for me...but, I still thought his idea deserved a nod on this here blog.
 
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