As I am sipping coffee I recognize that I still need to tell you all about the World’s Best Floating Music Festival, The Rock Boat. Remember when I was worried about what to pack? I made list after list planning for themes, the days before in New Orleans, and fluctuating weather. I was nearly obsessed because I didn’t want to bring “cranky” along on that trip. Why the Worry? For the past 18 years, I have budgeted and reserved this special time for me. What started as an opportunity to have a fan girl weekend with my favorite band, Sister … Continue reading Vacation-The Rock Boat Recap
I really need my coffee this morning. Why on earth was this 40-something single mom out so late? I was making memories with my daughter. One of my Christmas gifts for her was a promise to take her to see Crown the Empire. And months ago I knew this was a School Night. Still this morning it wasn’t easy to get up and move…for her, myself or her best friend who went with us and spent the night. Call me crazy. I am not insane though. It was a fun night. Way more fun for the teens than me. This … Continue reading Being Out on a School Night
I have mentioned my maternal grandmother, Claire, in previous posts. She is my inspiration as well as my spiritual and life mentor. Even though she is no longer present here on Earth, she continues on in all aspects of my life. It is because of her that Strength and Dignity are my 2018 words clearly described in my Vision board on each area of my life. I come from a family of strong women. Strong in faith. Strong in spirit. Strong in heart. My grandmother’s sister, Nelly was another great inspiration. These two sisters had amazing stories and left with … Continue reading Strong Women
I am sipping coffee and contemplating why I always have loved Valentine’s Day. I find it to be one that can evoke many feelings based on your personal season in life. Many of us as children exchanged cards and candy with classmates. We all had those teachers that creatively guided us through many art projects made from the shape of a heart. My mother (I miss her on holidays) never missed an opportunity on any holiday, even St. Patrick’s Day and 4th of July, to give gifts. When I woke up on these “little” holidays, I would make a beeline … Continue reading Happy Valentine’s Day!
Growing up with a French speaking Grandmother, I always knew that Mardi Gras was French for Fat Tuesday. I also knew that it was the day before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Lenten season. Being raised Catholic Grandma made … Continue reading Happy Mardi Gras! History, My First Krewe Parade
The French Quarter is a world in itself. It is colorful and musical and wonderfully unlike anything in my desert oasis home of Phoenix. Waking up in the Big Easy in The Prince Conti Hotel, mere steps from Bourbon Street … Continue reading New Orleans…Day Two…Eating on the Bayou
Are you ready to travel along with me and hear about my 2-week adventure? You helped me pack and plan. Now I am ready to explore. I didn’t even sleep a wink like I suspected. I don’t know about you, even at 47 years old I still anticipate the trip and stay awake the night before my vacation. I tend to watch movies and triple check the packing list because the last things to pack are important: hygiene, health, and beauty items. So with no sleep I headed to the airport with my bestie Trish. And on each flight our … Continue reading New Orleans-Day 1 Reflections
Saturday and Sunday I started packing, I organized myself and got down to brass tacks. I am sipping coffee and reviewing my lists. Because, well, do any of you live in New Orleans? Southern Florida, Cozumel? I think I may need to adjust my plan. I see lots of rain and plain old chilliness on some days in the next two weeks. I did the laundry, got the suitcase out of the closet and checked the weather forecasts. Then I put only definite items in the case and set it aside. Because I decided today was the day to look … Continue reading Seriously…What to pack?
While standing at a register buying a cup of coffee in a local Circle K a couple of weeks ago, my cashier said to a nearby employee, “It isn’t like going to Blockbuster anymore.” How long has it been since … Continue reading Blockbuster is so not Netflix-Not To Me
I started writing this post Sunday morning but something kept pulling me away while I sipped coffee. That something was mostly my mind. Ever have days where your mind wanders and you lack focus? That was me yesterday. I thought it was because I was thinking about my trip and needing to finish packing and delegating at work and home. So I put the blog post in draft and walked away. And drank more coffee. Then I turned on the television and caught up on my DC shows on The CW Network. Escapism is not productive but it was what … Continue reading Managing Mondays-Expect the Unexpected