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Tonight Mardi Gras starts for me.  There has been parades going on for a week or so now, and balls and what not for even longer, but tonight will be the first parade I go to this season.  After the success of last season, I'm going to stick with some new rules. 
  1. Don't try to go to every parade. 
  2. The best parades to choose to go to are ones where you know someone on the parade route.  Everything is more comfortable with a bathroom and some place warm to go. 
On a slightly less happy point of Mardi Gras, one of the web sites is showing the parade going right past my house tonight.  Do Not Want.  We didn't get any advanced warning, and they haven't closed the street yet, so I think the web site is just wrong.  At least I hope so. 

Finally, right now I am wearing three pairs of pants (well tights, long underwear, and jeans).  I hope that is enough for the standing outside.  It may be worse tomorrow, when there is supposed to be sleet during one of my favorite parades. 
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Tonight Mardi Gras starts for me.  There has been parades going on for a week or so now, and balls and what not for even longer, but tonight will be the first parade I go to this season.  After the success of last season, I'm going to stick with some new rules. 
  1. Don't try to go to every parade. 
  2. The best parades to choose to go to are ones where you know someone on the parade route.  Everything is more comfortable with a bathroom and some place warm to go. 
On a slightly less happy point of Mardi Gras, one of the web sites is showing the parade going right past my house tonight.  Do Not Want.  We didn't get any advanced warning, and they haven't closed the street yet, so I think the web site is just wrong.  At least I hope so. 

Finally, right now I am wearing three pairs of pants (well tights, long underwear, and jeans).  I hope that is enough for the standing outside.  It may be worse tomorrow, when there is supposed to be sleet during one of my favorite parades. 

Yay!!!

Feb. 7th, 2010 09:51 pm
pinksonia: (nine hug)
So the Saints won.  Now I wonder when all the horns honking and fireworks are going to stop.  Looks like it will be an ear-plug night tonight. 

One of the things I love about New Orleans is how it seems that everyone and their mother plays a brass instrument.  The game had not been over for a minute before there were people out on the street playing the trumpet and second lineing.  We got a couple of renditions of Saints (When the Saints Go Marching In), one of Second Line, and then one of a WHO DAT? cheer, then the impromptu mini parade went back inside. 

When I called my mother earlier she said that the news in Philadelphia was reporting that New Orleans had already closed the schools for tomorrow.  That may be a little overboard.  Of course, if my company decided to cancel work tomorrow that would not be over board at all.  Not one little bit. 

Yay!!!

Feb. 7th, 2010 09:51 pm
pinksonia: (nine hug)
So the Saints won.  Now I wonder when all the horns honking and fireworks are going to stop.  Looks like it will be an ear-plug night tonight. 

One of the things I love about New Orleans is how it seems that everyone and their mother plays a brass instrument.  The game had not been over for a minute before there were people out on the street playing the trumpet and second lineing.  We got a couple of renditions of Saints (When the Saints Go Marching In), one of Second Line, and then one of a WHO DAT? cheer, then the impromptu mini parade went back inside. 

When I called my mother earlier she said that the news in Philadelphia was reporting that New Orleans had already closed the schools for tomorrow.  That may be a little overboard.  Of course, if my company decided to cancel work tomorrow that would not be over board at all.  Not one little bit. 
pinksonia: (Will/Emma - Hugs)
Yay!  I didn't think they'd make it but they did.





Between the super bowl and Mardi Gras, February is going to be a crazy month in New Orleans.
pinksonia: (Will/Emma - Hugs)
Yay!  I didn't think they'd make it but they did.





Between the super bowl and Mardi Gras, February is going to be a crazy month in New Orleans.
pinksonia: (am I)
This weekend I went to Art for Art's Sake the night that all the galleries along Magazine hold late hours and offer wine, cheese, and other delectables to the public.  This was my third time going and I now have a couple of questions:
  1. Is it really possible to get all the way from Nashville(ish) down to Julia in the time frame provided.  I'm inclined to say no, but then maybe it is possible for other people.  
  2. Where did the shop with the really good punch move to.  I was disappointed with the lack of punch this year. 
  3. Do you ever really reach the point where going to art galleries no longer feels like you are playing at being sophisticated and is instead fun in and of itself. 
It occurs to me that the point may just be a failing of mine.  I've always been much more of a performance art person than a visual art person.  For instance, going to the theater has never struck me as OMG culture, but as "I want to see this show" or "I love watching people on stage."  But when looking at art I always have "this is supposed to be educational" playing in the back of my mind. 

Also, I need to remember to check out Blue Frog more often (even if there was no barbershop quartet this year) because yum.

pinksonia: (am I)
This weekend I went to Art for Art's Sake the night that all the galleries along Magazine hold late hours and offer wine, cheese, and other delectables to the public.  This was my third time going and I now have a couple of questions:
  1. Is it really possible to get all the way from Nashville(ish) down to Julia in the time frame provided.  I'm inclined to say no, but then maybe it is possible for other people.  
  2. Where did the shop with the really good punch move to.  I was disappointed with the lack of punch this year. 
  3. Do you ever really reach the point where going to art galleries no longer feels like you are playing at being sophisticated and is instead fun in and of itself. 
It occurs to me that the point may just be a failing of mine.  I've always been much more of a performance art person than a visual art person.  For instance, going to the theater has never struck me as OMG culture, but as "I want to see this show" or "I love watching people on stage."  But when looking at art I always have "this is supposed to be educational" playing in the back of my mind. 

Also, I need to remember to check out Blue Frog more often (even if there was no barbershop quartet this year) because yum.

pinksonia: (sunshine)
Today is supposed to be the St. Patrick's Day parade in New Orleans.  It's currently raining, so I'm wondering how that is going to effect the schedule.   I was really excited about actually trying to make an Irish stew this year.  See during the parade, instead of throwing beads like at Mardi Gras (although they do some of that too) or just marching like paraders in other areas, the floats all throw carrots, potatoes, cabbage, celery and other stew like ingredients.  Some people, of course, branch out into banana, raisins, chips, and other things I atleast wouldn't but in a stew.  Then there is the handing out of flowers and kisses by the walking crews (including the Rolling Elvi who are always ammusing.  Who wouldn't want to see a bunch of people dressed like Elvis riding on Vespas).

Hopefully, if nothing else, this rain will stop before 2:00 when I'm supposed to attend a crawfish boil at the Bulldog. 
pinksonia: (sunshine)
Today is supposed to be the St. Patrick's Day parade in New Orleans.  It's currently raining, so I'm wondering how that is going to effect the schedule.   I was really excited about actually trying to make an Irish stew this year.  See during the parade, instead of throwing beads like at Mardi Gras (although they do some of that too) or just marching like paraders in other areas, the floats all throw carrots, potatoes, cabbage, celery and other stew like ingredients.  Some people, of course, branch out into banana, raisins, chips, and other things I atleast wouldn't but in a stew.  Then there is the handing out of flowers and kisses by the walking crews (including the Rolling Elvi who are always ammusing.  Who wouldn't want to see a bunch of people dressed like Elvis riding on Vespas).

Hopefully, if nothing else, this rain will stop before 2:00 when I'm supposed to attend a crawfish boil at the Bulldog. 
pinksonia: (sunshine)
Tonight is the first swing dance party of the season, which means that I am super, super excited.  The woman who runs the parties just opened her own studio, so no more over heated church with creepy resident in plaid pants glowering in the corner.  Yeah! Also, it looks like the parties might increase in number from once a month and also take on Argentinian Tango and Salsa in addition to swing.  Granted I do not know how to Argentinian Tango, and while I do know how to Salsa (and am probably better at it than swing) I'm not as huge a fan as most other people seem to be. 

I think my problem with the salsa (and the majority of the other latin dances) is that I don't regard myself as sexy in anyway.  Cute I can see, and graceful, while not a common state of mine, does poke through from time to time.  But sexy -- not really happening.  Which is why my favorite ballroom dances go in the order of 1. Jive, 2. Waltz, 3. other standards. Now if I could just find a class that would cover the dances I like, leave out the ones I don't, and meet every other week.  Yeah, I know, not terribly likely. 
pinksonia: (sunshine)
Tonight is the first swing dance party of the season, which means that I am super, super excited.  The woman who runs the parties just opened her own studio, so no more over heated church with creepy resident in plaid pants glowering in the corner.  Yeah! Also, it looks like the parties might increase in number from once a month and also take on Argentinian Tango and Salsa in addition to swing.  Granted I do not know how to Argentinian Tango, and while I do know how to Salsa (and am probably better at it than swing) I'm not as huge a fan as most other people seem to be. 

I think my problem with the salsa (and the majority of the other latin dances) is that I don't regard myself as sexy in anyway.  Cute I can see, and graceful, while not a common state of mine, does poke through from time to time.  But sexy -- not really happening.  Which is why my favorite ballroom dances go in the order of 1. Jive, 2. Waltz, 3. other standards. Now if I could just find a class that would cover the dances I like, leave out the ones I don't, and meet every other week.  Yeah, I know, not terribly likely. 
pinksonia: (*headdesk*-stella_belli)
I am once again in the process of looking for a roommate.  I seemingly have horrible luck in roommates, at least with regards to their turnover rate.  I feel like this shouldn't really be the case.  I'm literally in the apartment eight days a month.  How much annoyance can I cause in eight days, spread over two four day blocks. 

The first one who left I understood.  Her boyfriend proposed and she decided to move in with him.  Totally fair, I just wish I had been consulted before she was let out of the lease not after. 

The second, much, much worse.  I came home from a ten day and she was just gone.  Her room empty, all her stuff removed from the kitchen - just gone.  And there was no note.  Now if I had needed to leave very quickly I think I would have a.) called or  b) put a note on the table or kitchen counter or my roommate's bed which explained where I was going and how to contact me.  All I got was the keys mailed to me two weeks later in an envelope with out a return address and once again no note.  She still owes me $600 and ignores my attempts to contact her. 

Anyway, back to the roommate search.  It amuses me all the people to reply to ads who clearly have not read the ads.  I clearly state no pets, because my landlord does not allow them, yet I continually get replies from people describing how well behaved their pets are.   I'd love to live with your sweet, cuddly, house-trained cat but not enough to get evicted over.  Also, when I say I need someone to sign a year lease, it is not okay for you to be here for three months, unless of course, you want to continue to pay for the other nine months while you are not living here.  I could get into that arrangement.  Finally, saying you like to remain single and there for need an open-minded roommate and then asking for my picture does not make me want you living here.  In fact, it really creeps me out and makes me worry for the person you do end up living with. 
pinksonia: (*headdesk*-stella_belli)
I am once again in the process of looking for a roommate.  I seemingly have horrible luck in roommates, at least with regards to their turnover rate.  I feel like this shouldn't really be the case.  I'm literally in the apartment eight days a month.  How much annoyance can I cause in eight days, spread over two four day blocks. 

The first one who left I understood.  Her boyfriend proposed and she decided to move in with him.  Totally fair, I just wish I had been consulted before she was let out of the lease not after. 

The second, much, much worse.  I came home from a ten day and she was just gone.  Her room empty, all her stuff removed from the kitchen - just gone.  And there was no note.  Now if I had needed to leave very quickly I think I would have a.) called or  b) put a note on the table or kitchen counter or my roommate's bed which explained where I was going and how to contact me.  All I got was the keys mailed to me two weeks later in an envelope with out a return address and once again no note.  She still owes me $600 and ignores my attempts to contact her. 

Anyway, back to the roommate search.  It amuses me all the people to reply to ads who clearly have not read the ads.  I clearly state no pets, because my landlord does not allow them, yet I continually get replies from people describing how well behaved their pets are.   I'd love to live with your sweet, cuddly, house-trained cat but not enough to get evicted over.  Also, when I say I need someone to sign a year lease, it is not okay for you to be here for three months, unless of course, you want to continue to pay for the other nine months while you are not living here.  I could get into that arrangement.  Finally, saying you like to remain single and there for need an open-minded roommate and then asking for my picture does not make me want you living here.  In fact, it really creeps me out and makes me worry for the person you do end up living with. 
pinksonia: (Peeking)
Louisiana likes to think it is famous for the number of festivals it holds each year: more than 365.  Somehow, I don't think that fact is well known enough outside of Louisiana to really make them famous.  Either way, I went to two of those festivals this weekend.

First on Saturday there was the was the French Quarter Fest.

Then Sunday brought the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival.
And if that wasn't enough, my parents are coming down in two weekends to attend Jazz Fest
pinksonia: (Peeking)
Louisiana likes to think it is famous for the number of festivals it holds each year: more than 365.  Somehow, I don't think that fact is well known enough outside of Louisiana to really make them famous.  Either way, I went to two of those festivals this weekend.

First on Saturday there was the was the French Quarter Fest.

Then Sunday brought the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival.
And if that wasn't enough, my parents are coming down in two weekends to attend Jazz Fest

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