Friday, March 28, 2014
No one told me how groggy it would make me but the commercials are factual...it clears you up. So...what is the point of me telling you all of this?
On Monday, I meant to take a photo of The Calvinator and me watching Dancing With The Stars but I was so out of it when I got home, I fell asleep after I walked him. So far this year, I have missed two days of taking photos and getting something posted.
Tuesday MORE than made it for it. You see...
There I was minding my own business at work and I happened to look out the window just a bit before 12:30p.m. There was black smoke to the north of the building. I commented that it looked like something was on fire on I-10 because that happens from time to time but then we realized it was much closer, the fire was getting bigger and we could actually see orange flames!
What's fascinating about this structure, is that it was built right next to to a cemetery and there had just been a news story about it! Coincidence? I think not.
I can honestly say that I have never seen a fire of this magnitude. It was almost of biblical proportions.
You can read more about it here.
The original plan was to have a small dinner at the home of John and Becca Cason Thrash but when the RSVP number started to swell, the party was moved to The Corinthian.
This is photo I snapped of them dancing to Etta James' At Last. You can read more about in Shelby's column here.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
It also worked well for my Try Not To Eat Meat On Fridays During Lent observance because...
One of the menu items was crab cakes with fried green tomatoes! I ordered a Caesar salad to go with it but only ate half of the salad. It was good and I would order it again!
On my way home, I noticed the sunset while I was at Washington & Shepherd. The clouds were catching the suns rays.
This is a pic I snapped when I was walking The Calvinator. You can tell by the blurred asphalt that he was speed walking that night. I really was having trouble keeping him on the leash.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Today is International Happiness Day which was started by the United Nations Foundation. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement, "The pursuit of happiness lies at the core of human endeavors. People around the world aspire to lead happy and fulfilling lives free from fear and want."
The UN has teamed up with Pharrell to bring us 24 hours of happiness. Each hour, a new video is unlocked on the timeline. See how people around the world are celebrating being happy.
Spread the word and let's make today a #HappyDay
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
If there is a sign that states NO PARKING
and if there is a red line painted on the curb that states FIRE ZONE
you shouldn't park there or this will happen to you!
|I snapped this photo from inside the parking garage when I was leaving work on Tuesday.|
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Friday, March 14, 2014
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
I know that Mardi Gras is over and I should be repenting and not thinking about Mardi Gras in 2015. However, every now and then something will take me back to my favorite time of year.
On Monday, I stopped by the little Starbucks on West Gray at Shepherd. As I was approaching the store I saw this window display in the store next door. I was going to retake the photo but on second glance I decided I really liked the reflection. That in turn had me humming Reflections by Diana Ross and The Supremes for the rest of the day. Oy!
There's something magical about this photo.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Monday, March 10, 2014
On Thursday (03.06.14) I received a last minute invitation to go to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Now, this may seem like a big deal to you but it was to me because Reba McEntire was performing AND I the ticket allowed me access to a private suite on Level 4.
It was a sweet deal because it was open bar, food and a bathroom. Throw Reba into the mix and it was a fun night! This wasn't the first time I had seen her perform at the rodeo so I knew that I would be entertained. In fact, Reba has performed 19 times at the rodeo and to honor her, they named a scholarship after her.
I have several favorite songs recorded by Reba: The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia; Sunday Kind Of Love; Does He Love You; and Fancy. Of the three, Sunday Kind Of Love is probably not high up on the most requested songs so I didn't expect her to sing it at the show and she didn't so I wasn't disappointed.
She closed out the show with Fancy and I'm glad she didn't do an encore because there is no way to top that song!
Sunday, March 9, 2014
After being at Orpheuscapade on Monday night, we ventured out on Tuesday morning. I had awakened at 7:00A.M. and heard the rain outside. I'm not sure what time it started but at 10:00A.M. when we walked down the street to meet up with the Saint Cecilia Society marching group, it was still raining.
Due to the weather, there were many last minute costume changes made. For many of us, it was about staying warm and dry.
And this Mardi Gras started out a bit different. I was staying in The Marigny. There really is a sense of community in this neighborhood. From what I could tell, many of the people who gathered to walk with St. Cecilia live in The Marigny.
We walked from The Marigny thru part of the French Quarter, to Jackson Square, to the river. All of this time, a jazz band was playing music as we walked in the cold, pouring rain.
When we arrived at the river, the festive atmosphere took a turn to the serious side. The music went from festive to solemn. The faces stopped smiling.
Several people walked down to the river to scatter the ashes of four people. While this was being done, the band played a dirge version of Just A Closer Walk With Thee. It was a very emotional experience for everyone.
The rain continued and we decided we needed to get to a bar and get something to drink and to warm up. The streets were nowhere near as crowded as they usually are on Fat Tuesday. The bars were very crowded. And it turned out to be an early evening for us. We were back in The Marigny by 6:00P.M. or so. And as I previously stated, it was still a fun time!
You can see more photos from the day on my Facebook page.
Friday, March 7, 2014
What's great about this is that the parade comes to you inside the convention center. While you're waiting there are bands playing. Also, it is BYOB and BYOFood. I think it is a bit on the comical side to see people all dressed in formal attire lugging ice chests, grocery bags and boxes of Popeye's Fried Chicken.
You can see more photos from the party in my Mardi Gras photo album on Facebook.