Wake up at the godforsaken hour of 2:30 a.m. to be out the door by 3:30 a.m. to make it to Toulouse airport by 5 a.m. to board flight to Amsterdam at 6 a.m.
Spend five hours wandering around Amsterdam airport. Lots of shopping and the sushi bar opens at 9:30 a.m.
Board flight for Memphis, land in Memphis and spend 3 ½ hours wandering around Memphis airport. Pulled pork sandwich at Corky's BBQ?
Arrive New Orleans at 9 p.m. Go to my pied-à-terre in New Orleans (Ron and Michael's) and have homemade butternut squash soup that Michael is making. Possible walk to the Quarter to have a drink. Depends upon fatigue level.
Wake up at 4 a.m. (a normal occurrence after a flight to the States) and sit staring at the computer screen while I wait for the others to wake up so I can go downstairs and make some much needed coffee.
Go help Ron and Jerry pick out tuxedos at the Men's Warehouse for Jerry and Leah's upcoming wedding. Ron is best man so tux's have to match.
See friends in the Quarter.
Help load throws onto Krewe of King Arthur floats.
Got to the Quarter and watch Krewe of Barkus and wait for call from Michael who is in King Arthur parade to let us know when they're close to Canal Street so we can walk down to see him and several other friends riding on floats and catch some of the throws that we helped to load onto the floats earlier in the day.
Go to King Arthur Post Parade Event.
Rest. Jet lag should be gone by now.
Eat fried shrimp Po' Boy, either at Elizabeth's or Deanie's.
Get Stateside errands done before the city is inundated with visitors.
Possible Scrabble game at Mary's.
Spend the day with Donna.
Possible trip uptown to the St. James Cheese Company because I'll be needing a cheese fix by then.
See what's new on Magazine Street.
Dinner out with Donna to celebrate our birthdays, which are just 10 days apart.
Nothing scheduled during the day. How is this possible???
Dinner at Jerry and Leah's.
Rest, get some work done, rest some more.
Possible lunch at Cochon.
Gather strength for the next five days.
Krewe of Muses parade rolls at 7 p.m.
Calvin arrives from Rhode Island.
Parades and quality time with Donna and Calvin.
Watch the city fill up with Mardi Gras revelers and Laissez les Bons Temps Rouler!
February 2 through 5
Many festivities to attend - too many to list.
Beans and Booze on Bourbon Party.
Societé of St. Anne parade.