Friday, March 11, 2011

The Answer You've All Been Waiting For...

My camera cord was on top of my microwave!

Wait.. that wasn't the answer you were waiting for?

Oh, right, my LIE from Wednesday's post. I'll run down my truths and lie really quick, because I've also got Mardi Gras pics! YAY for my super-awesome Friday post!

#1 I really can touch my elbows together behind my back. I seen videos of people doing it on YouTube, so at least I know I'm not the only one. I am the only person I've ever heard of who has a divergent sacrum and two pairs of coccyx bones. I'm thinking about donating my body to science. ;)

#2 I really did win two copies of Liar Society, one from Kimberly Derting (which I decided to keep for unforseen future purposes, mwah ha ha), and one from Elana J's blog (which I graciously declined). Of course, I was already knee-deep in the nook version by the time I learned that. :P

#3 Toes still blue. Krispy had the lead on that one.

#4 Ah, Melissa, you clever boots, you sensed my lie right off the bat. I've never even been skiing or snowboarding. I actually hate the snow. And I'm a little ashamed I didn't do more research on this lie, being as how I love research and am usually a stickler for accuracy. So there you go, folks, behold the power of proper research.

#5 I confess I have a deep love for organ meat. I was born in Germany (thanks to my Army Dad), and my German godparents were always feeding me weird meats and wursts and things. And no, I don't speak German anymore, even though I grew up speaking both German and English. So yes, I love sweetbreads, headcheese, and liver paté.

Okay, now that's done, on to the main event!

Here's Thursday night, Muses. I didn't get a shoe, but lots of people around me did, so I'm gonna say I brought them luck. ;) I did get an awesome Muses bracelet and a glittery notebook on top of a mountain of other throws. They know me so well. I'm going to use the heck out of that notebook!

There was a lot of rain the rest of the weekend—no surprise there—but Sunday was beautiful, so I wanted to share some pics from the Thoth (pronounced Toe-th) parade.
Here's the street in front of my friends' house, St Charles Avenue. Literally thousands of people were gathered along the Avenue in the Garden District alone. It's much more family oriented the farther uptown you go. Nobody's flashing flesh for beads.
 This one's for you, Tricia! One of the first Thoth floats was made to look like Pat O's!
The rest of Thoth's floats are very Egyptian inspired, which I love. Here's a pic of some of my friends (and a lot of people I don't know, lol) yelling for throws.

The parades also have high school marching bands, local and visiting, and other great brass bands. This one's called Minor Mishap. I wish I would've got a pic of the washboard player, she looked awesome!

Other clubs, like dance clubs and riding clubs, run between the floats.

Here's a pic of me on a ladder enjoying the view! Ignore my flipped out hair, it was under a hat all morning. Until the sun came out, it was pretty chilly.

This is my friend Beth and her sister. It was their birthday, but they're not twins, they were actually born two years apart. Proof positive people: gimmicks get you beads. Apparently so does crawfish. My friend Stacy traded a plate for throws during the Mid City parade.

Aren't they gorgeous? Burled (or boiled, however you want to say it) by my own sweet husband. Delicious! And yes, that's pineapple you're seeing in the bottom left. Spicy, juicy love!

Well, it's good bye carnival season, hello festival season! We've got the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival coming up (which I will post about at the end of this month), French Quarter Fest, JazzFest, Seafood Festival... it goes on and on, which is part of the reason I love living here.

Hope you liked my Mardi Gras pics. I had a blast. I wish all y'all could have been here with me!


JEM said...

Three things:
1) Your hair looked super cute.
2) Those crawfish look DELICIOUS.
3) I never want to see the words "organ" and "weird" next to "meat" ever again.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

You know what? I think the happiest place on earth is NOT the one with the amusement parks but New Orleans. Yup, you guys know how to have fun.
I love those pics, and thanks for throwing in Pat O's! I still have drink glasses and shot glasses from the first time years ago that I went there. They made me famous. ;)

Krispy said...

I was in Germany for 17 days for a high school German trip (I took 4 years of German, 2 semesters in college), and I LOVED the breakfast we had every morning because the bread and cheese was SO GOOD.

You're like a blue fairy! Love that crazy wig! It'd make a great Halloween costume too! Also, you have like the cutest hat hair. What the heck. Mine would be all staticky and flat! D:

I want some of that deliciousness you posted there! Thanks for sharing the fun pics!!! :)

Plamena Schmidt said...

Wow, you're like one of those secret agents--you looks so different in every picture that I'm not really sure how you look at all : O

And omg, #1 is not a lie!?

The Golden Eagle said...

I love the pictures! :D

I've never been skiing or snowboarding, either--despite the fact I live in an area where there's snow.

Jade said...

So jealous! I wish cool stuff happened where I live.

Barb said...

Thanks for sharing these. It's lovely to get such an insight on what happens in other places. As for that burled picture - I'm keen to give all of that a good nom!

Talli Roland said...

WOW! It all looks so fantastic! I'm so jealous - especially of the burled food! :)

Jen Daiker said...

Great truths and lies!!! Love the pictures! Look like you guys had an absolute blas!

Hannah Kincade said...

Those pictures are so much fun! That's one of the things I would love to see before I get to old to enjoy it.

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Amazing photos! Looks like such a fun time! I hope to be able to go to a Mardi Gras one of these years. So lucky. But thank you for sharing these! Those crawfish looks yummy. I've never had them in the shell, but they look sort of like shrimp, which I love.

Abby Annis said...

Dang it! I totally almost picked #4 too! I knew whichever one I picked would be the wrong one. Figures. ;)

Great photos! I don't know why you're worried about your hair being flipped out. It's super cute! Love your blue costume. :)

Looks like you had a ton of fun! I'm going to have to come down there one of these years and see what I'm missing. :)

Abby Annis said...

Bailey likes your blue hair and wanted me to tell you. :)

Abby Annis said...

Oh, I'm sorry. Bailey LOVES your blue hair. What was I thinking getting that wrong?!