Robbed yet Resilient

This Sunday I will not be watching Super Bowl LIII.
And it's not because I'm bitter, or because I'm a sore loser.
I'm not watching the game this year because I honestly believe a non-call, seen and ignored by multiple referees, cost the Saints their win for the NFC Championship and their second chance at the Super Bowl.
For those calling Saint's fans sore losers, forget about the fact that there are rules in place for such situations to be remedied (which were also ignored) and understand that for Saint's fans, this is more than just a game.

Hurricane Katrina nearly killed our city. The lack of preparation led to devastating loss of life, infrastructure, and spirit. Ask anyone what lifted our city up and gave every New Orleanian hope for a better tomorrow, we will tell you Super Bowl XLIV. It wasn't just a game; it was an odyssey, a telling. Our city and our team were building the same story. We could and would win. We could and would rebuild. That win meant more than just a trophy and title. It meant our city and home was going to make it. New Orleans would come back better than before, because we loved it so.

Drew Brees posted to Instagram today his first real response to the loss on January 20. His words spoke so true to every fan and every resident of NOLA. There were no words in anger,'s Drew. Just an understanding of our mutual feelings of loss and frustration. An understanding of how we saved each other in our weakest moment roughly 13 years ago. An understanding that this is not just a game for us, it's a real-life fucking metaphor for our home.

So on Sunday, I won't be watching Super Bowl LIII. Instead, I'll be watching something that led a city to cry tears of catharsis. I'll be watching my boys in Super Bowl XLIV lift their city up one more time.

"This will make us stronger, this will bond us tighter, this will be a source for our success in the future. 
There is no place like New Orleans. There is no community like ours. No fans like the Who Dat Nation. I refuse to let this hold us down. I refuse to let this create any negativity or resentment. I embrace the challenge. 
So keep your chin up, hold your head high, puff your chest out because WE are the Who Dat Nation and WE will always persevere." -Drew Brees.

Vintage: Great spot for coffee talk, drinks before dinner, and book club

A few months ago, I decided it was time to add something a little extra to my calendar that would be strictly just for me.

I had always wanted to be in a book club, but didn't know enough people close enough to me who could meet up once a month during the week. So, being a member of my neighborhood Facebook group, I decided to post about it there and see how much interest there was. Apparently it's a lot.
After a few days, we had about 74 members, and it is grown to over 90 since then.

Now granted, the same five ladies show up and participate each month, but I cannot tell you how nice it is to have a "girl's night" to just sit around and discuss whatever. Of course, we discuss the book we read and figure out our next reading material. But more than that, we each end up sharing a little bit about ourselves and the people in it. We share about our holidays, kids, pets, events we have been to or are going to soon. It has been a priceless way to get to know my neighbors... and who doesn't love wine and cheese fries!?!?

Which brings me to my favorite "me time" spot in town. Vintage. What was once Ignatius on Magazine Street, has now become a spot to wake you up in the morning, and whined you down at night.
A coffee and cocktail bar, the other draw is their amazing cinnamon and sugar beignet bites. Oh, and the AT2 cheese fries...I can't go to a book club meeting without getting some.
And then there's the wine. If I can give you anything to help you sleep better at night, it's for you to always order the 9oz glass of wine. Perfect for a book club night.

For those not only interested in a great spot for just about any time of day, but also in a fun read, I highly suggest "Ready Player One." If you've seen the movie, great. But the book is different, more intense, and more deep into 80s culture. Do yourself a favor, and pick up the book at your local library, pull it up on your Kindle, or make use of your Amazon Prime like I did.

Now that's a glass of wine

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Back and In Action

The phrase being said repeatedly is, "New year, new me."

2019 and thinking back to 2018 and all that has happened in those 12 short months:
We have welcomed two new members of our family, Ringo and Callisto.
My sister has brought a new godchild into our life, Marion.
We have sold our first home together and bought a second home, truly cementing our roots into the Irish Channel.

2019 and looking forward to what this new year could be:
Focusing on family and each other.
Gifting yourself with time for your needs and wants.
Blog, Blog, Blog.

We'll see where this goes, however I have a few ideas. Festivals and music throughout the city. Restaurants and photos of food. Parks and walks with the puppers. Home life and Sunday naps. Traveling and pictures of our adventures. And lots and lots of selfies.

Jumped the Pond to Habanero's

After our trip to Canada, my mom had been itching to see all of our pictures and get the lowdown on our surprise adventure. And that's w...