Although every weekend is good, some of them are 100 times better than others. We had such a great weekend! And today I’ve definitely needed a bit of weekend unwind to recover. If I could have changed anything about the weekend, I would have totally had more people along for the ride, but that is it. We had So. Much. Fun!
For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been planning for some of my girlfriends from Hattiesburg and Jackson to come down to the Coast for a Mardi Gras parade. It wound up that only two of my friends could make it, but that was just fine. That just meant that we all fit in Sweet Husband’s truck so he could be our Designated Driver. He could have been in New Orleans with some of his boys, but he chose to be with me…and to take care of me and my friends. I know, right? I’ve got the best husband in the world.
If you’ve never been to a parade, y’all make your plans and come on! Because we do love us some Mardi Gras around here. This weekend the first big parades started rolling.
Before the parade rolled, everyone was ready . Nothing crazy had happened yet, but that changes as you wait for the parade to roll and then begin to gather your loot…or fight people for the throws. Remember – if the beads or doubloons or moon pies hit the ground – leave them on the ground. They aren’t worth getting your fingers stomped on, and there will shortly be a little kid scurrying out from under the barricades and picking up what you wanted.
It was a GORGEOUS day! The high was supposed to be 60 with a breeze. It felt amazing to be standing in the sun, enjoying some warmth and beauty at the end of January. There were a couple of moments when I wished I’d had the jacket I’d brought but left in the truck. For the most part, though, we were having too much fun to worry about a little chill here and there.
There are some traditions that are a part of almost every parade that happens on the Coast, and one of them is the Old Biloxi Marching Krewe. I think I have a photo of my best friend Shannon and myself getting flowers and giving kisses from our first Mardi Gras – in 2005. As my friend said and you can see in this not-so-great photo, Mmmmmmmmmm…sweat. Tasty! But it’s fun so you kiss a sweaty cheek and get yourself a fake carnation. How do you not love that?
Look at how sweet that husband is! Isn’t he handsome with his beads? He was so sweet that when he got good beads, he gave them to me. And if there were other good beads to be had after he’d given me his choices, he passed them on to my friends. Best beads from the parade? My cowboy beads – with a cowboy boot, a cowboy hat, & a pony – and some chili peppers from the Chili Pepper Queens. Lots and lots of fun!
Aren’t those party hats fabulous? Bought for $5 each from a woman wander the parade route making some extra money.
I’ll bring you more photos from the parade later in the week because I have a ton of them.
After the parade, we were going to wander around downtown Ocean Springs because it is an incredible little district, filled with great shops and art galleries, but we made the mistake of heading into a local watering hole with SH and perhaps didn’t leave until it was time for us to travel back towards the house for an excellent dinner at Bacchus on the Beach.
Once we were back at the house, we made use of our lovely front porch and sat outside, enjoying the weather, the atmosphere, and the company. I might have made some pecan pie brownies for the crew because pecan pie brownies make everything better. I loved every minute of it. My word of the year is HOME, and being at home with my friends, my darling SH and having that time is exactly what I wanted when that word made itself known.
Sunday, as always, has been about recovery and preparation. Our friends left around noon, after a lovely brunch at Salute, and I proceeded to do those mundane chores – laundry, some paperwork for work, a few other little things. SH left to go to a friend’s to watch the Super Bowl, and I got ready to head back to Meridian for more training.
All in all, an excellent weekend. I’ll take more like this, please.
Ugh. I didn’t really do much to think about what I want to accomplish this week. Or this month, for that matter. I meant to but then we started visiting and talking with friends. All thoughts about what I wanted went out the window. Which is not to say that I don’t have plans for this week. I have big plans.
This week I’m going to be launching a Photo Friday blog link-up. I participate in a couple of link-ups each week – notably on Thursday and on the weekend. They give me the opportunity to interact with all kinds of interesting bloggers, read other perspectives and thoughts, make new friends. I love that! Because I do a Photo Friday post most weeks, I was looking for link-up for Photo Friday and I couldn’t find any that are active. That to me says, “What are you waiting for?” So. I’m going to do it. There’s a ton of stuff to get done this week to make it happen, but I’m excited about that. I hope that if you have pictures to share, you’ll come back and check it out.
Beyond that, here’s what I thinking about this week:
- Update resume
- Work on job applications
- Create a schedule for working with teachers
- Drink water
- Send 2 notes to friends
- Make doctor’s appointment
- Visit other Meridian locations for my See Mississippi series
- Create a See Mississippi landing page for the blog
- Finish Facebook page promotion
- Unify social media templates
When I look at this list, it doesn’t seem like too much to do, but as I think about all the pieces that are inherent in many of these tasks, I realize that there’s a whole bunch I need to do or get done in the next 7 days. It’s going to take some focus on my part…and deciding that these things are actually the things I want to do.
How was your weekend? What did you and yours get into? And what are your plans for the month of February?