Wednesday, May 9, 2012

NOLA Reprise

High above the mountain tops we flew off to New Orleans for JazzFest.  Could it have been a more fun week/end?  I think not!  New Orleans is, to me, the end all be all for good times.  We got married in NOLA and do love that musical city.  Honestly, I doubt I could come up with a better way to spend five days than surrounded by good friends, good music and fried foods!  We ate, drank and laughed our way through the long days and even longer nights.   It’s amazing what two people not tethered to a toddler can accomplish (or not, as the case may be).

While we are excited to one day show our monkey all around the French Quarter and beyond, wrangling a little boy through a music festival with temps hovering around 90 degrees was just not on our agenda*.  He stayed home with one extremely capable (and now extremely exhausted) grandmother.  Given that she lives across the country, it was pretty much a win-win-win.   We clearly won the most.  Actually, while in New Orleans I did win $65 at the casino.  Cha-ching!  I was feeling pretty good about it until our friend told us he cleared $3,000 playing Blackjack.  Then again, he started playing with $1500 and I started with $40…so.

I think New Orleans is one of those cities that you can’t help but love.  The service is slow, the heat is oppressive, but the music is pervasive and so is the kind spirit.  Even the luscious trees feel like they are hugging you. There is such a uniqueness to the architecture and the hidden alleyways.  You can pop into a bar almost any day of the week and hear a great local band ripping up the stage.  And the food!  Everything I own fits like skinny jeans now.  

On our agenda:  eating beignets, dancing wildly, sleeping past 7:30, staying up past 2, day drinking, naps, ignoring emails and voicemails, foot massages, catching up with old friends.

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