I think that it must be true that these weekends are our rewards for the purgatory that is the week spent away from all that I love and wish to be near. It has been another incredibly perfect and blessed weekend here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. I could pinch myself it was so very awesome. I’ll get to telling you about it in just a moment. First I’ve got to get past the frustration of today.
On Friday I stopped by Best Buy because they were running a trade-in special on the iPhone 5S. I decided that since my 4s went for a swim around Christmas and the speakers no longer work on it and my phone is over 2 years old which means the battery doesn’t last for anything anymore, it might be a good idea to get a new phone for free if I could. Sweet Husband and I were planning to replace our phones relatively soon anyway, so this was perfect for me. Yay new phone!
The only problem is that not all of my apps and their data made it on to my new phone. In particular, the authentication app required for 2 factor authentication to get into my WordPress account. And because my laptop has died I didn’t have access to any of the back-up codes or such needed to get into my account. And because I’m a self-hosted blog, WordPress wouldn’t help me. And my hosting company didn’t know what the heck was going on. None of the work-arounds that I saw online were available to me because I apparently I’m a self-hosted blog.
After fighting for essentially 4 hours this afternoon and getting increasingly frustrated -crying, believing that the only solution was going to be to start over in a different platform, I was able to find a previous log-in on a different browser. From there I was able to uninstall and reinstall my Google authentication widget. I think I’m good now. I think. I do not, however, know how to prevent this from happening in the future.
Those complications have led to me being unable to post yesterday, which means I missed Day One of the Ultimate Blog Challenge. *sigh* I had a post ready. It just wasn’t scheduled correctly. Very frustrating.
But anyway. Enough of that stuff.
Did I mention it was an incredible weekend? Because it was.
It started Friday night. Sweet Husband’s parents came down and spent the evening with us. We made our way to our favorite all-you-can-eat-crab leg buffet. We ate some great food, had some wonderful conversation, and laughed a lot. I don’t know that you can ask for better than that on a Friday night.
All of that was a prequel, though, to the incredibleness that was Saturday. Last year we spent the Saturday before Mardi Gras in New Orleans with our friends Ricky and Shelby. We had so much fun, we decided to do it again this year. Saturday morning, we loaded up chairs and the cooler, beer and king cake vodka, ice and cups and made our way across the state line.
Three parades rolled Saturday – Iris, Tucks, and Endymion. Shelby’s mom has been setting up at the same spot for the last 20 years, and it’s such an incredible spot – right on the corner of Commons and St. Charles. All three parades roll right by. One of the best things about New Orleans is how folks just welcome you in and love you like family. It’s possible that they only do that for Sweet Husband because he is so lovable, although I don’t think that’s true. I’ve been welcomed and loved ever since I got here.
I think the only time I sat down between 11:30 in the morning and 10:30 at night was when Sweet Husband and I had lunch at Serio’s Deli. The rest of the time, we were up enjoying ourselves – talking, laughing, drinking, catching beads, dodging beads, screaming our fool heads off. If you’ve not ever been to Mardi Gras, come down and I’ll take you. We had so much fun. I’m sporting a few battle wounds – I got hit in the face with an incredible bundle of huge beads, thrown off the 2nd floor of one of Endymion’s floats. Sweet Husband was clocked in the shoulder with a couple of bags of large pink beads. (towards the end of the parades, they just start hucking bags unopened.
Sweet Husband and I didn’t make it home until about 1:30 this morning. By the end of the parades, I had a pounding head and all of me hurt. It was a long day and with all of the screaming, the noise from the parades, the different smells, I thought I was going to die. We’ve got a weather change coming in, which means that I was also afraid of a migraine developing. I think we made it home just in time for me to get meds and water down.
I took almost 500 pictures during the course of the day and into the night. There is so much to look at, and I’m always slightly afraid that I’m going to miss it all so I take pictures. And then I’m afraid that I’m going to miss everything because I’m too busy taking pictures. But, I think I did a good job of creating balance this year. I’m going to be working on culling and editing throughout the week, so be looking for those photos. In the meantime, these are ones I posted to my instragram account (are you following me yet?):
Today, the parents dropped by for a visit as they were down for the Pass Christian parade. We didn’t go because quite frankly, we were tired. We slept until 10 this morning, which is really unusual for me. I never sleep that late. Of course, then I spent the rest of the day trying to figure out my problems with my phone.
With all of that resolved, that means it’s time to set intentions not only for the week but for the month as well.
This month my prime intentions are the following:
- Spend some time getting myself on track here – making some changes, creating some new regular features. I want to get things headed in a slightly different, or perhaps more focused, direction. I feel like over Christmas and into the new year I got off-track, and I’m ready to get back on track.
- Make my applications for jobs on the Coast. It’s that time of the year. I need to get that going. Schools are already beginning to make their decisions about what will be needed next year. I’ve got to get that pulled together and taken care of.
- Take pictures. In the middle of the month, I have a photography workshop. I want to apply what I learn there and practice it a lot so that it stays with me.
- Focus on my health. It’s time to get that pulled together as well. I’ve been talking about it, but it’s time. I’m ready. There’s no time like the present.
- Making my house a home. Spring break is coming. I’ve got a ton of projects planned and I need to get them knocked out.
To that end, this week, I’m looking at the following:
- Be creative.
- Organize my project/task lists so I can hit the ground running when spring break gets here.
I’ll work on the rest of it later.