Tuesday, March 16, 2010


My life has been crazy, hectic, and busy, with a few mellow days in between.  I’ve not had a chance to blog at work because I’m actually WORKING.  I know – amazing concept! =.)  Real estate seems to have finally picked up.  I hope it stays this way! =.)

So, here’s a little rewind of my life for the past month.

A month ago, I was in New Orleans for a convention for my company.  I got to fly down, stay at a nice hotel with pretty much everything, save a little souvenir spending, paid for.  It was great.  It’s my first time to NOLA.  What an experience!  It was the weekend following Mardi Gras, so there were still some crazies down there.  And it was right after their big Super Bowl win, so I think they had been partying constantly.

My hotel roomDSC05324

View from my balconyDSC05387 DSC05391Some of my favorite sights from New Orleans

Seriously?  Beads EVERYWHERE!DSC05355A river boatDSC05343 River Cable CarDSC05347St. Charles Avenue Cable CarDSC05357Robert Lee Memorial DSC05358Spent some time in the WWII Museum  DSC05377 DSC05372DSC05375DSC05371DSC05383 And my favorite find?DSC05379 Isn’t it great?!? =.) I love it!

Neat story – one of the owners of my company knows somebody who is business partners with the owner of a major hotel in New Orleans.  The hotel owner, let’s call him Mr. Big.  Mr. Big lives in the penthouse (of which it’s named after him, and you need a penthouse key to even get to the penthouse floor) of said hotel.  It has a view of Bourbon Street, Canal Street, and everywhere east and west.  Half of the penthouse is his patio, which has a hot tub overlooking Bourbon Street!!  He had a private party, and everyone who was in NOLA from my office was invited.  Seriously?  Coolest party ever.  There were musicians playing quietly while everyone mingled and munched. It was a bit chilly, but the rooftop view was just amazing.  So gorgeous to see the city from above all lit up.

This is Canal StreetDSC05402 Opposite of Canal Street, towards MississippiDSC05405 

And I have pics of his actual patio, but that might be a bit too private to post.  So cool, though! I had already left, but apparently, Gr*mmy winner E*rving M*ayfield showed up to play some before they all headed to his club off of Bourbon Street.

And now, the most jaw-dropping part of the evening?  We’re all just standing around chatting and meeting people, when out comes Mr. Big’s pet…KANGAROO!  Really, a kangaroo!  With Saints colored beads on!! =.)DSC05408 So cool! =.)

That’s pretty much my whole trip to NOLA.  I didn’t go to Bourbon Street at night…just not my scene.  We had lunch down there one day, but it was on the end of Bourbon close to Canal Street, so I still don’t think I “experienced” Bourbon Street.  I don’t think I’m missing anything.  Just my opinion, though. =.)


The weekend after I returned from New Orleans, I spent some time at my brother’s house.  He put up this huge rope swing for Allie, my niece.  She wanted to show us how high she could swing.  It’s crazy, but TONS of fun.

**I took the pictures to make it look like she was swinging super high.  She was high, but not as high as it might appear.  I promise!**

She loves her swing! =.)DSC05441 DSC05434DSC05420DSC05423 DSC05428And Ava – she’s just a cheese ball!  Every time I pointed my camera at her, she would grin…she’s such a mess! =.)DSC05435DSC05430She didn’t want to be left out! =.)DSC05445DSC05454 DSC05444


This past weekend, we headed down to Beaufort for a relaxing weekend with Chad and Katie.  We had a GREAT time!  Thanks for letting us tag along, y’all! =.)

We didn’t get down there until around 10:30 pm on Friday night.  We slept in a little, then had some errands to run for Chad.  We spent Saturday afternoon with Brad’s parents, who were down there, as well.  Please continue to keep his family and friends in your prayers.

Brad’s niece, Maddie, was loving on some Marc.  She was so cute!  She would just snuggle up to him on the couch.  He was eating it up, too!  She’s been really clingy to all of Brad’s friends.  She’s only 5 years old, and if it’s hard on us at 26, I can’t imagine what it’s like for her.

We headed back to the house to hang out and watched some ACC basketball.  We might have napped just a little! =.) Then we headed over to Johnny & Jan’s condo and played Just Dance for the Wii all night.  It was so much fun!  Makes me want the game!  But really, I think I just want it so I can practice, because Katie and me were awesome!  We are so going to beat Jan and Jessica next time!! =.) Haha!

Just Dance makes for some awesome action shots!! Chad & KatieDSC05513 DSC05478Marc and I (don’t you love the audience?)DSC05492  Brian & Chad (to Eye of the Tiger)DSC05496Serious air guitarDSC05514 Cooling off on the balconyDSC05525DSC05526  Katie & I =.)DSC05464

On Sunday, Katie took me down to Front Street so I could explore a little.  I’d never been before.  And I finally got me a pair of Croakies – they’re pink! =.)

DSC05544 DSC05527 DSC05532 DSC05536DSC05535I love all of the old houses…DSC05540DSC05541I love the sailboats on the gate!DSC05546 Low tideDSC05543 DSC05539DSC05531 DSC05538I could so live there! I miss it already! =.)

If you made it through all of the pictures, thanks for reading! =.) Have a great evening! =.)


1 comment:

Brittany Ann said...

I totally understand. NOLA is fun, but Bourbon St. isn't my scene either! Still, what a cool experience you had!