When I began writing this I lived in New York. I still love New York, but I’ve been making some pretty awesome memories in New Orleans. Living in the heart of this city has definitely opened my eyes to things that I never knew I missed before. I love being close enough to spend the weekend at Mom’s house if I want to, and I love the festivals, parks and live music.
Friday night I spent the evening at French Quarter Fest before heading to the House of Blues, then Spirits, a dueling piano bar on Bourbon Street, with friends to hear live music. We ate dinner, and I limited myself to two alcoholic beverages even though I definitely could have enjoyed a few more. It’s nice to live so close that I can walk to the French Quarter because it seems like there’s always something fabulous going on there.
Saturday was a busy day too. It started with a Spring fashion show at Macy’s and a conversation with Clinton Kelly. I’ve loved this guy since I started watching TLC’s “What Not To Wear” almost ten years ago, and he was as kind, respectful, funny and all-around amazing as I dreamed he would be.
I have to say thanks for my friend, Tammy, for making me aware of his visit! I met some lovely ladies, and I was blown away by the crowd’s support and acceptance as Clinton and I discussed dressing my changing, oddly-shaped body even though I’m not a size 4. (Have I mentioned that I love this man?!)
After he signed my book and chatted with me, I headed to East Bank Cyclery to see my favorite bike guys. I wanted to be sure that my bike was in good shape because I’m ready to take advantage of the bike paths on the levee. I’m not sure how far the path will take me, but I know that I can easily work up to 20 miles which is all I’m trying to do right now. Doesn’t my bike look ready to go outside?!?!
Mom called while I was at the bike shop to let me know that she had arrived in New Orleans. She stayed at my house Saturday night, but we did a little shopping and visited City park for my friend, Candi’s, birthday celebration before heading to my place. We had a picnic after dark, and everyone had a great time. I was excited for Mom to meet some of my friends, and she loved them as much as I do. That’s my pal, Jeff, between Mom and me.
Thunderstorms woke me up Sunday morning so Mom and I headed to church before going to a crawfish boil with friends from school. It feels a little odd to say that I’ve been to church two weeks in a row, but I like it. I’d like to be there again Sunday, but I’ll be out of town. I do plan to go back the following week though, and I’m looking forward to it. I’m sure I’ll eat crawfish again next week too.
New Orleans gets a bad rap when it comes to food because it’s all so delicious and so bad for you, but as my friend, Alyssa, pointed out, seafood is an exception. Crawfish and shrimp is loaded with protein and very low in fat and calories. It might not be so amazing for those who suffer from hyper-tension, but as we discussed recently, my heart is in great shape so bring on the crawfish!
It was served in a boat which I thought was pretty awesome. Being at the crawfish boil with Mom also gave me a chance to check out Audobon Park. It’s across from Tulane, but I’ve only ventured in a couple of times. It’s another great spot to ride my bike. Can you tell I’m in the mood to put the peddles to the pavement?!
Last night I spent some much needed relaxation time with Shannon and Matt, and I’m looking forward to spending a little time with friends today before heading out of town to be with the family. I’m looking forward to celebrating my niece’s 4th birthday, seeing Disney on Ice with her, going to high tea and having a princess themed birthday party. I’m looking forward to spending time with the rest of my family too.
My workouts were weak last week, but I’m back in the game. I’ll be sweating my guts out at the gym before class, and I’m going to be conscious of my food choices because I want to see a loss when I’m back at my Weight Watchers meeting next week. I’m also just craving a nice endorphin rush.
Now it’s time to
watch The Voice, study for the quiz that I have to take later today. Wish me luck!
What kind of workout will you do today?