The Big Easy (and Other Rambles)

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I hope you weren’t coming here today to read something wise or heartfelt or deep and intellectual, because I’m about to ramble for a bit. Mostly about New Orleans.

1// I’m going to New Orleans on Thursday! My super-amazing, generous, wonderful, fabulous best friend surprised me with a last-minute bachelorette celebration. We’re going to the Big Easy for 3 days and I’M PUMPED. There will only be a few of us since not many people could skip town with barely two weeks notice, but I think I like it better that way. Small groups are easier to manage, especially when you are traveling.

When Jess and I get together, it is always a blast. I have no doubt that this trip will be another raging good time.

When Jess and I get together it is ALWAYS a blast. I have no doubt that this trip will be another raging good time.

2// I’m not 22 anymore, so last minute trips aren’t quiiite as easy to swing these days. (Because, you know, I actually have a life and a few responsibilites now. Effin’ adulthood.) So naturally, I have a ton to do and very little time to do it in. Whatevs, I got this. And don’t worry, I’ve got some awesome guests stopping by to post for me while I’m gone!

3// Going to New Orleans for the weekend means missing Joey’s first birthday, which is on Friday. I know, I know…WORST FUR-MOM IN THE HISTORY OF FUR-MOMS. I promised to make it up to him when I get back. I’ve already found him an adorable party hat and I plan to make him some homemade peanut butter doggie treats to nom on before Mr. B and I take him to Petsmart so he can pick out a new toy.

4// I’m finding myself wayyy too concerned about things that aren’t actually problems these days. Like the fact that I won’t be here to feed Mr. B for three days. Why am I worried about this? The man is almost 30 years old. He’s not going to starve to death if I leave him unattended. And all the preemptive grocery shopping in the world won’t stop him from eating nothing but quesadillas and Nutri-grain bars while I’m away. Like I said, things that aren’t actually problems. I need to worry about actual problems, like the laundry that I’ve been putting off for far too long. We are running out of underbritches.

5// My WordPress Android app won’t let me respond to comments on the blog. It’s frustrating the crap out of me. Does anyone else have this problem, or does my phone just hate me? I think it’s time for a new phone. Too bad I’m not eligible for an upgrade for another year. Womp womp.

6//It’s embarrassing how much I am looking forward to eating on this trip. I love trying new foods and exploring local cuisine when I travel, but I’m ridiculously excited about what New Orleans has to offer. I can’t wait to eat all the food. Make me feel better and tell me I’m not the only one who gets like this. (Lie to me if you have to.)

7// Poor Daisie has dry skin, so I bought her wipes that promise to “soothe itch and pain” with a “bitter taste that stops licking and chewing”. I just tried them out, and good news- they work. She stopped chewing her little legs immediately. A few minutes later I forgot all about it and touched my mouth. I know why they work so well, and I can’t get the AWFUL taste out of my mouth. Maybe you should have washed your hands, dumbass.

8// The beautiful Amber over at Mr. Thomas and Me has a little giveaway going on right now. If you haven’t entered already, you should go check that out.

So yeah, that’s what is going on in my head right now. What’s new in your world? Has anyone ever been to New Orleans? Any tips or suggestions?


  • I would LOOOOVE to go to New Orleans someday! My sister has been and she had an absolute BLAST! I can’t wait to hear about all the trouble you get into there! 🙂 I worry about my man when I’m not around, too. I also worry about our dog. “Did you feed him?” “How much did he eat?” “Did you give him water?” Okay, I worry about our dog more than I worry about him. Whatever. Sorry, not sorry. 🙂

    • HA. I am so worried about the dogs! I’ve already started giving Mr. B “friendly reminders” and I will be leaving him a list of “don’t forget!” items on the refrigerator. I feel silly stating the obvious to him, but he’s not in the habit of doing it everyday (plus, he thinks it’s acceptable to fill their bowls with tap water) (okay, so maybe I am a little nuts about the dogs.)

  • LOVE New Orleans! My husband and I are postponing our 1st anniversary celebration until March because we are going to Mardi Gras! I think I already tweeted you some ideas, but definitely go on some kind of fun tour–like a swamp tour or a ghost tour; go to Jacques-Imos for some delicious authentic cuisine; DUH you totally have to get some beignets at Cafe du Monde; the Palace Cafe is also another delightful restaurant; and, finally, take FULL advantage of the open container policy and get a frozen beverage to go! Also, I’m going to need to try these dog wipes–our dog chews at her feet CONSTANTLY and it worries us, so maybe it is dry skin.

    • Mardi Gras would be amazing, what a fun way to celebrate!
      The wipes are call Itchwipes by Petkin. I found them at Walmart for like three bucks, and they’ve been working like a charm.

  • Katie @ A Beautiful Little Adv

    !!! I’m so jealous that you’re going to NOLA for your bachelorette party! So fun! Can’t wait to hear all about it.

    • It was AMAZING! Seriously – coolest. city. ever.

  • So jealous! I’m going to get to New Orleans someday!

    Don’t worry about Mr. B if he’s anything like Tyson he’s waiting for you to leave so he can do what men do when we aren’t home. Which I’ve been told is watch TV in his underwear on the couch and drink, I’m not sure how it’s different than any other time but I just go with it.

    • Definitely put it on your bucket list – it’s such a unique city! I already can’t wait to go back!

      I suspect that’s very similar to what happened here…except I came home to a *spotless* house! He said he didn’t want me to have to worry about doing anything when I got home. That boy makes me swoon.

  • Amanda

    I honeymooned in New Orleans, and it was BLAST! What a fun city with amazing culture, people and food. You will love it. Make a point to go to Frenchman Street (a less touristy and smaller version of Bourbon) and eat at Three Muses. Then, in the French Quarter, the best seafood nachos I have EVER had (like, literally, lick the plate good) were at 809 Royal.

    • That would be such a fun honeymoon! I’d really like to go back with Mr. B sometime.
      Three Muses was DELICIOUS, thank you for the recommendation!! Didn’t make it to 809 Royal, but those nachos sound divine.


    Second, I’ll be gone tonight during dinner time. I seriously asked Jason if he needed me to make him something that he could heat up. WHO THE HELL AM I?

    Third, I’ve never been to NOLA at night. Can you please have a few for me? I’ll be cleaning house and cooking dinners.

    • You’re welcome! Thanks for hosting such an adorable little giveaway!

      Ha! I, too, am shocked by my own domestication. Seriously, how did that happen?

      NOLA at night is crazy – I definitely recommend putting it on your bucket list 🙂

  • I hope you are having an absolutely amazing time in New Orleans- can’t wait to hear all about it!

    • Thank you! It was incredible – I’ve never been to such a funky city before!

  • DID YOU GO TO MOTHERS?! I need to know because it is seriously THE BEST FOOD KNOWN TO MAN.

    Remind me to tell you my stories about NOLA sometime. I have lots. 🙂

    • No, we didn’t – which I’m thinking was a total fail because several people have told me it was a must-do. Oh, well. I’ll make it a point to go there next time I go to NOLA, because there will MOST DEFINITELY be a next time.

      And I really look forward to hearing all of your NOLA stories 🙂