I’m a week and a half late with a “reflections on 2010” post, but I decided to write one anyway. at the very least it’s good for my memory, and I never said I wasn’t sentimental.
it was a good and challenging year, full of big changes and even bigger surprises in terms of my feelings about those changes. it was a year with some heartbreaks and also some seriously good time.
to recap the first and (definitely much more fun) half…
saints football was good.
it was carnival again.
and I took a fun (but tiring, cold, and foot-hurting) business trip to the city I now live in that included a marathon music showcase, the improv everywhere pants-less subway ride and 16 hours in the same pair of boots.
I baked a failed king cake (still sore about that).
I had a party the night of krewe de vieux (my beloved and dearly departed teacup apartment was one block from the parade route… can you hear my wistful brokenhearted brooklyn sobs from where you are?!)
saints players in their victory parade
a truly fantastic and fun time.
THE NEW ORLEANS SAINTS WON THE SUPERBOWL!
then it was mardi gras! and a particularly good one at that, FULL of parades, biking, champagne, zulu coconuts and brilliant costumes.
another good one. (spring of 2010 was pretty awesome.)
my beloved and adored sister came to visit me. we had a fantastic time! we biked to the st patty’s day parade, which was a blast (and we caught beaucoup cabbage), we played with kitties, we drank fancy cocktails and too much rosé, we went to the UCM museum with E.
fierce competition with the UCM’s vintage arcade games
also, E and I somehow ended up hitting the louisiana crawfish festival and it was so fun! we ate copious amounts of crawfish, rode carnival rides (which he is not really a fan of, incidentally), saw a (very old school carny) live collection two-headed reptiles, played carnival games and took photos.
mardi gras indians at the first weekend of jazzfest
another good one.
I hosted a party and had fun at it. (may not sound like much but it was sort of a grownup and less-antisocial-and-introverted–than-usual move for me). huzzah!
E and I took a wonderful vacation to florida. we ate, swam, relaxed, lit sparklers on the beach, saw dolphins from our balcony and had a great time. I read. he fished.
we also took a really great day trip to fontainebleau state park where we observed and photographed lots of plants and wildlife on a beautiful breezy day:
first and foremost, I had the pleasure of traveling to washington state (where I had never really been before, if you can believe it!) to cheer on my aforementioned fantastic and brilliant sister as she graduated from college! I got to see family, and do all kinds of fun graduation-y stuff with K. good times.
my nearest and dearest pal, F, moved away from NOLA… ouch! sob! major.bummer. but alleviated slightly by the knowledge that we’d reunite on the eastern seaboard.
oh, and Nemo caught, killed and presented me with his first mouse:
(not that it was nearly as notable or important as the aforementioned may highlights. and yes, I photographed it.)
was one month ’til moving day and was decidedly less “light” than previous months… it’s when things started to get real. but, I have an excellently honed procrastination meets denial meets indulgence complex, so I did still manage to have some fun.
the moon over lake pontchartrain
I tagged along on an impromptu night sailing trip on lake pontchartrain on the boat of a friend of a friend (I’m not picky when there’s sailboats involved), which was lovely despite some light rain.
E and I had the good fortune to venture to a lake house in Mississippi with my amazing pal S, her hubby, and our cute friend A. it was a wonderfully fun time and included lakeside rambling, canoeing, swimming, blueberry picking, a bunk bed, and an unfortunate incident involving E’s car, fried chicken and a swarm of ants (an incident he gentlemanly allowed me to sit out, despite it being my fault. what a guy!).
E and I also spent a night in a fancy suite at the uber fancy roosevelt hotel, which was like a dream.
all in all, a pretty good month, despite the occasional crying jags, copious amount of packing tape, and bidding adieu to my wonderful writer’s group.