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Making Memories and Other Stuff

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.

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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?!)

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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?!?!

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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.

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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!

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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?

 

 

Super Bowl XLVII Events Recap, or An Onslaught of Pictures

Living in downtown New Orleans has been amazing so far, and the last week has been the most exciting week so far!  I attended a phenomenal concert, ate at fabulous restaurants, attended several memorable events and met countless professional athletes, including some of the greats.  I spoke to politicians and public figures and spent time enjoying all of it with my friends.

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One of my favorite parts of the week was seeing Train perform live for VH1.  Shannon scored free tickets for us, and we were only a few rows from the stage.  I adore this band, specifically Patrick Monohan, and sounded just as incredible live as he does in the studio.  And there was definitely no lip-synching going on at this show.  We also saw a local Jazz sensation, Rebirth, who played before Train.

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I mentioned last week that Clint and I went behind the scenes at ESPN, near Jax Brewery, in the French Quarter.  We stood in the front row for ESPN Sports Nation, and we saw Eli Manning’s shy side when a band came on stage to sing an original song about him.  Eli’s smile and demeanor was endearing, but I’ll admit that I drank the Manning kool-aid a long time ago.  I experienced the Manning trifecta last week!  Clint and I spoke to Archie the following day, and I smiled and acted silly in front of Peyton Sunday as well. 20130130_141428 (2)

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Sunday I worked as a publicist since Leslie couldn’t be in New Orleans and New York at the same time, and I found myself at the NFL’s official tailgate party which was hoested by Courtyard Marriot.  I already liked Courtyard, but after visiting with many of their top executives from around the nation, I love it.  I met some fantastic people including my new favorite Saints football player, Lance Moore.  (Seriously, what is it about people named Lance?!  They’re all so handsome and nice to me! 😉 Ha..)  Darren Sproles was sweet too.  They made everyone feel like the most important person in the room, and that’s a cool feeling – especially when it comes from handsome, professional athletes from your favorite football team!

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My friend, Ally Burguieres who owns a gallery on Royal St. in the French Quarter,  designed the NFL’s limited edition official Super Bowl Mardi Gras beads which were commissioned by Courtyard Marriot, and they’re beautiful!  I couldn’t resist asking the guys to wear them so they did.  They also singed a couple for Ally and Me.  How cool is that? Mine are hanging on the ladder bookshelf in my living room now as a priceless reminder of the fun times I had last week.

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In addition to Saints players, I also got a chance to hear from the man who will likely go down in history as the greatest quarter back of all time, Peyton Manning.  He was at the tailgate, and he spoke about how difficult this game would be for the Harbough family, especially their parents.  His dad spoke candidly about that earlier in the week during the CNN Bleacher Report.  He also presented two lucky people with tickets to the Super Bowl which was only a few hours later.  (Seriously, Peyton…Would it have been too much trouble to call out my raffle ticket number?  It’s okay.  I forgive you because I adore you.)

Drew Brees was there as well, but we missed him because reporters were there filming a piece about Ally’s beads.  It was so much fun, and I know I’ll have opportunities to meet Drew in March so I won’t sweat it too much. 😉

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After finishing up at CNN, where we saw Howie Long and Chris Collinsworth among others, Matt, Shannon, Clint and I were ravenous so we searched for a restaurant that wouldn’t have a two hour wait like Manning’s.  We made our way to a snazzy little restaurant called Cafe Adelaide across from Harrah’s Casino. Clint and I were reluctant to go there because we felt the buffet at Harrah’s calling us, but as usual, Shannon was right!  She made the call to eat there, and we dined next to my favorite political figure, Chris Christie.  He and his wife, Mary Pat, were incredibly gracious, and speaking to him was really the highlight of my week.

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In addition to everyone I mentioned above, I saw Steve Gleason and Scott Fujita, who plays for the Saints.  I also stood next to Eric Decker from the Denver Broncos, arguably the sexiest man in the NFL.  Thinking about hot NFL players makes me think about the one person I wish I could have met last week, Tim Tebow.  It’s okay though.  I’m guessing I’ll have a chance to take a picture with him at some point too. 😉

There’s so much more I could say about last week, but I covered all of my favorite parts here.  I realize this post will likely bore many of you, but it was fun to write because I relived the moments I enjoyed again in my mind.  Thanks for indulging me!

I escaped to Mom’s house for the night so I could rest, recuperate and get some work done, and I’m glad I did.  Now it’s almost time to head to class, and I’m proud of the four-page essay that I completed before writing this post.

I’m still tired, but I have a few days to catch up before the craziness begins again.  There’s still a week of Mardi Gras left, and I’m trying to pace myself.  We’ll see how that goes.  Until then, as they say on the bayou, Laissez le bon temps rouler!