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Good lord it's been a long time since I posted... and I've been sitting on pictures from Mardi Gras for almost two months now.

Mardi Gras (back in the first weekend of February) was a great trip. Ryan and Alison were gracious hosts. Had a great time with Kim and them in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Got my pictures uploaded.. here's a sampling... You can also see them all in the gallery.


Getz me some Sonic! Getz me some Sonic!
Yumm! I've gotz to get me some Sonic whenever I get near one. :)
First Beads First Beads
Alison, Ryan, Paul: Our first beads and Ryan got me and him coozies. "Shuck Me, Suck Me, Eat Me Raw"
Fun Times Fun Times
Alison, Kim
Fun Times Fun Times
Paul, Ryan: with the "S Word" that lasted a few nights before getting broken by beads and then stolen.
Waiting in Line Waiting in Line
Paul: waiting in line for breakfast at Mother's with "feather" beads that I caught the day before
Stopping by Brad & Angelina's Stopping by Brad & Angelina's
Kim, Alison, Paul: We stopped by Brad & Angelina's but things were quiet there.
Say Cheese Say Cheese
Bead Heaven Bead Heaven
Rolling around in the beads -- end of the weekend we had probably around 200lbs of beads -- seriously!
Kim & Paul Kim & Paul
Jazz Brunch at Commander's Palace
Ryan & Alison Ryan & Alison



Since Mardi Gras, it feels like a lifetime has passed -- hard to believe it has only been 7 weeks... I've been SO extremely busy at work. Got somewhat of a promotion -- or at least a new job function -- being the admin for my department for a new software package that the company is adopting. I've been frantically developing linkage from my software into this new software so that our business can still function. The timelines for the implementation of the new software has been crazy tight... April 7th is the "go-live" date... I've been working until 2-3am in the morning a couple nights getting everything in order.

Tomorrow I leave for NYC for a week of training. I'm so excited about being in the big city for the week. I love it when the company puts-you-up and I get to be "corporate traveler". I'm hoping to catch a play and shop in the village and meet-up with a college friend. Oh, yeah, and train and work too...
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OK... caught up on some overdue LJ reading...

Leaving on Wednesday for Mardi Gras (New Orleans)!! Whoo hoo!
Quite excited about it. A little nervous -- travel nerves and wondering what-all we will do down there for the weekend... My friend sent an itinerary this morning scoping-out all of our plans and that really helped put it into perspective that there's lots to do and I'll be with good company (fun and knows what to do there). The plans really helped ease my concerns about "what will we be doing while there".

A little nervous about spending "so much" money when I really don't have it. But I'm not going to think about financial stuff while there... will have taxes and bonus coming in a month to help with all that... so yay for credit cards.

Other than travel nerves, another thing kind of causing a little trepidation about the trip: clothes. I need more comfortable clothes. Or, I need to loose weight to make my clothes more comfortable. But, I'm also not going to think about that... I'll take what I do have that's comfortable and just make-do.

I'm very excited about the trip... a whole weekend of travel and fun and adventure. I've told a couple people that it's a "Girl's Weekend" because I'm going without Barry. I feel a little weird about the fact that I'm going without him... it will be my first trip / weekend without him in a very long time... like two years?? He's going to Boston for the weekend... which I feel a little jealous about... is that odd? I guess it's only human.



In other news:

We got a small camera (Olympus Stylus 760) for us to be able to take pictures on trips and such without me having to lug around my Canon 20D. I'm excited about the new toy. Barry's taking it to Boston... I'll take my Canon with me to Mardi Gras... but it's always so heavy to be walking around with it... but I feel photographic right now. However, I'm sure after a few hurricanes I won't be thinking of being artistic with a camera.

Barry got a job (starting in a week or two?) -- yay! Hopefully the debt hole we've fallen into will go away over the next few months with two incomes again.

Went up to the campground two weekends ago to check on our site... all is well -- a little snow cover on the ground -- the camper looked so "sleepy".

Speaking of The Woods, I've been hard at work developing new things for the website. Most recently: the photo gallery, which is dynamic so that the owner can upload and label the photos and "for-sale" items. I've been up late working on that and some other "geeky-fun" things. I *heart* web development.
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Oh yeah baby!  Just purchased my flight tickets to Mardi Gras 2008!

I had said in the past that I probably wouldn't ever get the chance to go back to Mardi Gras... but...
*dreams of* good times, New Orleans, atmosphere, friends, shopping, food, parades, gala balls, the boas and frill, the hurricanes, beignets...  
Just something about it all that keeps drawing me back... 

Just four months... whoo hoo!  Can't wait...

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