January 24, 2008

My Calender : January 25- February 6

January 25
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.

January 26
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.

decorated balcony

January 27
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.

January 28
Rest. Jet lag should be gone by now.
See friends.
Eat fried shrimp Po' Boy, either at Elizabeth's or Deanie's.

po boy

Get Stateside errands done before the city is inundated with visitors.
Possible Scrabble game at Mary's.

mary's kitchen

January 29
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.

January 30
Nothing scheduled during the day. How is this possible???
Dinner at Jerry and Leah's.

Jerry and Leah in Milan

January 31
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.

February 1
Calvin arrives from Rhode Island.
Parades and quality time with Donna and Calvin.

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.

kevin, ron, jerry, shawn, walter


Societé of St. Anne parade.

anne parade

Mardi Gras

February 6
Recover. Pin It


Donna said...

I'm glad you don't have plans for the day on the 30th, because I work all day on the 29th. Sorry for the misunderstanding! The plan in my head was to do dinner and slumber party after work Tuesday, and hang out together on Wednesday! Hope this works for you...

Loulou said...

no worries! That works out perfectly! You're off Thursday too, right?
Have fun at the ball tomorrow and I'll see you very, very soon!

spacedlaw said...

That's a busy schedule!

If you are flying back via Amsterdam and have a little time for the duty free there, do try to get some VSOP Rypendaele cheese. By far tastier that your average Edam or Gouda, the taste is sharp and nutty, great to eat with slices of pear and a few drop of balsamico salsa.

bleeding espresso said...

I'm very jealous. Have fun (like I need to tell you that) ;)

The Late Bloomer said...

Wow, sounds like such a fabulous trip! One of my closest and dearest friends is doing her psych residency in New Orleans, and this is her last year there, so I'm sure she is going to live it up for Mardi Gras this time around. I was never able to make it for the actual big party, but I did visit her there in January three years ago... What an ambiance!

When I go back to the U.S. to visit, I don't usually have such a packed schedule -- at least I haven't the last two years... I spend a lot of time resting and having meals with family. That may change in the future, though -- who knows?!

Have a fabulous time!

Betty C. said...

How fun! Have a great stay!

I've done the Amsterdam route before, but it's really expensive to go to Seattle that way now. I just reserved for this summer -- through Frankfurt.

David said...

I'm impressed; you got to play Scrabble in English!

(I, for some reason, always lose when I play in French....it's all those darn verbs...)

Colleen said...

Oh my! That sounds tiring and fun!

Loulou said...

Thanks for the cheese recommendation. I saw it in the Airport but the sizes were so big and I was afraid of it being confiscated by the US Customs. I'll pick some up on the way home. It looked great!

bleeding espresso,
So far, I'm having a great time!

late bloomer
New Orleans is such a special place. Mardi Gras is crazy but a lot of fun!

Betty, I used frequent flyer miles this time, but the prices have really gone up! especially in the summer.

I've never played in French but imagine the verbs would trip me up too!

Exactly! So far it has been non-stop activity!