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…not necessarily together.

Mardi Gras 2011

Mardi Gras is officially upon us here in the Big Easy. The first parade was last weekend (Krewe du Vieux) and the Muses had their float viewing party on Sunday.

We headed to Avenue Pub on Saturday instead of the parade because it looked like rain, and the last place in New Orleans you want to be when it’s raining is the French Quarter. I glittered some shoes yesterday for a friend riding in Muses and somehow managed to also edit the paper last night.

This weekend we may head to some Metairie parades, which I tend to like because they’re a lot more laid-back than parades in town. There is no pushing or waiting hours in advance for these week-before-MG parades. I usually get to the Clearview Mall about 40 minutes before the parades, waltz right out onto Veterans Memorial and have about 100 feet of roadside to myself. It’s a good warm up for the following weekend.

Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras 2011

Stacey will be coming in town again for the big parades in two weeks – Muses, Orpheus, Bacchus, etc. and for the aMUSEment party where Joan Jett will be performing next Thursday! I cannot wait to see her live; I really think she’s the perfect girl-power performer for the party. But my biggest point of interest in the coming weeks is that WILL FERRELL will be reigning over the Bacchus parade. I have waited a long time to see him – maybe I’ll get my chance next week.

And for once, I’m way ahead of the game for Valentine’s Day next week. I got Wesley something very sentimental and something very practical – they balance each other out I think.

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Escapades

Now that I actually have a few local friends, I am getting a chance to show off all the places I’ve been and things I’ve learned about New Orleans.

Cynthia, a friend from high school, came into town on Friday for her spring break.

We started the trip off by stopping by Plum Street Snoball – awesome as usual.

We grabbed some sandwiches from Favori and headed to Phillips Bar dot com for some pre-gaming and pool.

Afterwards, we headed down to Bourbon Street with a few other friends and had a ridiculous but fun time. We started off at a bar called Beach where we all rode their version of a mechanical bull – a mechanical whale. Although, I have lived near the beach my entire life and I’m pretty sure there usually aren’t whales around…

I can’t really remember what happened next…but it was fun.

However, I was taking a chance by going out at all after a nine-day sickness that was just finishing up. And lo and behold, this morning I woke up feeling worse than ever and had to waste this beautiful day by laying in bed reading and watching tv.

On the up side, I got to watch a bunch of Sex and the City. This show is just amazing! Some of my favorite quotes:

“I like my money right where I can see it…hanging in my closet.” -Carrie
“Last night Steve and I spent an hour and a half holding hands and watching….the fire. He was looking into my eyes; I was looking for the remote…” -Carrie

“I once was broken up with by a guy’s doorman. ‘I’m sorry Ms. Hobbes, Jonathan won’t be coming down. Ever.'” -Miranda

“The most exciting, challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you find someone to love the you you love, well, that’s just fabulous.” – Carrie

Anyway, for the rest of the weekend we’re going to head to W.I.N.O. and do some other stuff that is yet to be named.

I started The Help today and it seems like a really great book so far – I’m excited to get into it.

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I was on Bourbon Street when the Saints won the Super Bowl

After the Super Bowl on Bourbon Street

The unimaginable has happened, hell has frozen over and the Saints are Super Bowl Champions.

We watched at Finnegan’s Easy on St. Peters Street between Royal and Bourbon.

Bourbon Street after the game was ridiculous. It was like the national championship in Gainesville times 1,000. Local anchors compared it to Times Square on New Year’s Eve for the millennium.

After almost getting trampled getting out of the bar, I immediately had what I think was a beer spilled down my entire backside.

The cameraman we jumped in front of on Bourbon Street

The cameraman we jumped in front of on Bourbon Street

We got to be on TV because we were some of the first people down to Bourbon and happened to see an anchor on the street talking. Yes, we were some of those crazy drunk fans screaming at the TV camera.

Needless to say, finding a cab was impossible – until we did.

Krewe of Barkus dogs

Before watching the game, we walked around town and saw the leftover dogs from the Krewe of Barkus, which is a parade we will be sure not to miss next year. The dogs were super cute.

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Out on the town

Yesterday, I took a break from job hunting to ride the street car into town with Wesley. It definitely cleared my mind a little and eased a little bit of the stress from this week.

Me, dancing with an alligator at Riverwalk

Me, dancing with an alligator at Riverwalk

We rode the car down to Canal Street and walked around. It was hotter than I expected — I didn’t think about the fact that there is no AC on those things! But the windows were open and the breeze was nice and it only cost $2.50 for a round trip, which I don’t think is too bad considering it’s about 10 miles away.

We visited Jackson Square and the French Quarter, walked up Bourbon Street and stopped in for some PJ’s Coffee. We even walked all the way down to the Riverwalk shops and got a snoball (that wasn’t as good as the ones from Plum Street). We also went down the road to Jefferson to the Lowe’s — it was literally about a foot past the New Orleans line. We got some stuff to hang curtains because we had what may have been a “peeping tom” the other night. Which reminds me: the New Orleans cops rock!

We looked out the window around midnight the other night to unexpectedly find an older man peering through our blinds. Needless to say, I was definitely freaking out, so I called the NOPD non-emergency number. Well, the non-emergency number takes you to 9-1-1, FYI. I told them it wasn’t an emergency, but within 10 minutes, three or four cop cars and about six to eight cops were on our front lawn asking us questions about the supposed “tom” and which direction he had gone. I think the response was a little excessive, but I’m pretty impressed. At least I know that if I’m ever really in trouble, they are ready and willing to respond with full force!

Goals for today: job interview, a visit to the public library and finding a cheap laundromat. I’ll keep you updated.

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