Thursday, October 30, 2008

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

New Orleans Saturday

Saturday morning we woke up and decided to spend the day walking and shopping. Our hotel was in the French Quarter and every street had shops. The shops ranged from typical souvenir shops to some expensive chain stores. We ate lunch at some cajun place (Chad wanted to eat cajun food the whole time we were there), I had a chicken club sandwich. Oh, we had spinach, artichoke dip also, it was good! The rest of the day we wandered around, in and out of shops, up and down the streets, just taking our time and enjoying the day. There were some streets that were blocked off and people had tables set up...selling things, reading tarot cards, fortune tellers, street performers, all kinds of interesting things...There were some pretty neat street performers, there was a construction worker walking up a ladder, holding a board, another was a man walking his dog, there were several of the people painted like statues. The party didn't start until 6:30 Saturday and it was only a couple of minutes from the hotel so we had the whole day to spend just exploring the shops. Here are pics from Saturday. I'll update about the party and after-party soon, enjoy the pictures for now.

During the day, the streets weren't very busy, but as you can see from some of the pictures at night, it gets packed at night.

There were Daiquiris and Pizza places all over

You can see the balconies in the pictures where people throw beads from at night. The balconies were packed with people later.
Corner of Iberville and Bourbon Street during the middle of the day on Saturday, looks a lot different than at night!

A beautiful Catholic Church, there were 3 weddings scheduled there for Saturday
A very cute donkey :)
I couldn't resist going up and talking to the donkey and then Chad decided to take a picture of us. The donkey was looking at me while I was talking to him :)

The Jax Beer Brewery
Chad getting all dressed for the night

Dinner at Arnaud's
Chad and I at Razoo Bar & Patio on Bourbon Street, listed as the best night spot in the French Quarter
Razoo Bar & Patio

Chad took this picture in front of us as we were walking down Bourbon Street. I can't even begin to imagine how busy it is during Mardi Gras, this was just a normal Saturday night and I don't think very many more people could have fit on the street.
Bourbon Street is behind me, we had walked up and down it all day long, but once it gets late, you can barely even move down the street, it is just packed with people.
Had to get a picture with the Mardi Gras mask!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

New Orleans-Friday

I have been busy this week, Spence Rogers training, and I have one more day left of it this week and then 2 days in a couple of weeks. I am just going to post info. about our trip to New Orleans as I have the time, so for those of you that are interested in hearing all about it, just check back periodically (ohhhh big word!) and I will be posting as I have some spare time (ha, does anyone have spare time anymore?!)

Last Friday, Chad and I left for New Orleans a little after 1. According to map quest, it was supposed to take 6 hours and 5 minutes from our house to the hotel. That would have been great, BUT considering we were traveling on I-10 and there is this little thing called ROAD CONSTRUCTION, it took us longer than that...There was a place in Louisiana where we were in traffic for a LONG TIME, it was 3 lanes of I-10 that had to all go down to one lane!!!! How the heck did they think that was possible?! We sat there for quite a while in all that mess.

We soon figured out that we would be really hungry by the time we got to New Orleans so we started looking for a place to stop and eat. We saw a sign for
Crawfish Town USA so we decided to try it out. I am not the biggest fan of seafood, so I had grilled chicken alfredo, it was soooo good and Chad had fried crawfish and something else. I tasted his fried crawfish and it was pretty good.

After eating, we were on our way once again. We had a slight problem with map quest's directions about the exit to take to our hotel, but Chad had printed out maps of the surrounding streets of our hotel and I was able to use those to figure out how to get where we needed to be. We got to the hotel around 9:30. We stayed at
Hotel Monteleone in the French Quarter, just one street over from Bourbon Street. It is a very old hotel.

We decided to change clothes and go out for a while. We tried to meet up with some friends, but our texting back and forth was always delayed and it seemed like we just kept missing each other. Chad and I walked along one of the main streets and then saw Harrah's Casino so we went in there for a little while. We didn't gamble very much, but I did get a Starbucks. Afterwards, wasn't so sure that it was a good idea to have that after 10 pm!

That was our Friday in New Orleans, Saturday was the fun part.....lots of shopping, going to the party, walking down Bourbon Street late on a Saturday night, and going to bars on Bourbon Street, check back soon for more details!

Also, I will hopefully upload some pictures today and get some of those posted, we'll see......I am pretty tired alrady.


Monday, October 27, 2008

'Twas The Night Before Elections

'Twas the night before elections
And all through the town
Tempers were flaring
Emotions all up and down!

I, in my bathrobe
With a cat in my lap
Had cut off the TV
Tired of political crap.

When all of a sudden
There arose such a noise
I peered out of my window
Saw Obama and his boys

They had come for my wallet
They wanted my pay
To give to the others
Who had not worked a day!

He snatched up my money
And quick as a wink
Jumped back on his bandwagon
As I gagged from the stink

He then rallied his henchmen
Who were pulling his cart
I could tell they were out
To tear my country apart!

" On Fannie, on Freddie,
On Biden and Ayers!
On Acorn, On Pelosi"
He screamed at the pairs!

They took off for his cause
And as he flew out of sight
I heard him laugh at the nation
Who wouldn't stand up and fight!

So I leave you to think
On this one final note-

Sunday, October 26, 2008

New Orleans!

We are back, had a GREAT time :), very, very, very tired, had a late night on Bourbon Street... I will post details and pictures sometime soon, so check back for those!!!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Old Pictures

I was looking thru some of the pictures that I used for our wedding reception slideshow and thought I would share some here!

Aren't we cute :)

The three of us with Grandma and Grandpa

I wish my hair was still this color!

Junior Prom, sure wish I could fit in this dress again!
oops, forgot to rotate the picture and don't want to go back and do it again, so turn your head sideways if you want to see it correctly!