Saturday, June 20, 2009

I’ve missed you, my friends

I’m back from my sojourn and boy, do I have some stories for you. I’m saving some of them for future posts, but . . .

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In a nutshell, I will tell you that my husband and I took a Road Trip to see lifelong friends who are currently living in Biloxi, MS. I went to school with W, and he’s been in the casino business for years and is an executive vp in the best one down there. I am not that into these kind of places. At all. But it was fun! And so very different for my husband and I.

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This week, I did a lot of things. I visited New Orleans for the first time in my life!

That road trip pic up there was actually a shop sign from one of the boutiques along the French Quarter.

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I had a chat with a beautiful mermaid. She told me that she didn’t mind the heat. It was 97 with an extra dose of humidity. Oh. My. God.

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I ate fried pickles. I had no idea such a thing existed but what surprised me even more is that I actually liked ‘em!

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I drove through the city of Atlanta on a foggy early-Sunday morning. Hi, Debra Rector and Deb!

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I stood humbly under the majestic canopy of one of my favorite trees: the Live Oak.

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I attended something huge called Club Tiki at the casino and saw Vanilla Ice perform. His real name is Robbie and he has pet goats.

I was surprised that he was actually pretty good.

I was in the VIP section, but I braved the crowds and the water that Mr. Ice was spraying at the audience to get you this photo. The girls were still clothed at this point and we left well before the orgy began. This is the part where I usually say “not really”.

Won’t be sayin’ it, however. (Oh, my).

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I ate the most incredible food. This was a sampler at a wonderful Asian restaurant at W’s casino. The chef sent it to our table as a compliment when he heard that my friend and his wife were dining at the restaurant with friends they’ve known since high school.

I’ll tell you more later. I’m tired and am taking it easy today. I’ve got a recipe for a new drink for you and a cooling salad later in the week. I’m glad to be home but even more glad that I got to see my friends. The long drive was worth it.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering as to why we didn’t fly, there were several reasons. My husband’s chemo and germs were one and George was the other.

(And George was a perfect angel and the perfect doggie houseguest). It made me very happy.

Until tomorrow, my friends . . .

43 comments:

A Scattering said...

Welcome back Kate! Looks like a marvellous adventure - of course George was the perfect houseguest. How could he not be? Love all the shots, the Road Trip one is a hoot.

T said...

New Orleans and Atlanta - very nice! I love both places and can't wait to get back.

Marla said...

It looks like you had a great time. Wonderful pictures.

Char said...

oh.............my favorite places to be NOLA and somewhere under a live oak. I can't wait to hear all about this. :)

Megs said...

I'm so glad you're back! I've missed reading your notes...

I'm glad you liked the fried pickles - I tried them a couple of years ago and LOVE them! (And that's saying a lot for someone who normally doesn't eat fried food!)

Looking forward to more stories from your trip!

Coloradolady said...

Oh, I love fried pickles....they are so good! Sounds like you had a great trip, I am so glad. Looking forward to more of your post this week.

Anonymous said...

so glad you had a good trip and lots of fun. i love the picture of you next to the memaid. welcome back!!!
-Lori

Living on the Spit said...

You were missed Kate! Glad you had a great time and I can not wait to hear and see more.

The Blue Ridge Gal said...

So glad George got to go with you!

DI
The Blue Ridge Gal

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you're back! I hope you are rested and refreshed. Give George a pat and maybe one for hubby too ;)

The Good Life in Virginia said...

hey there kate...good to get a glimpse of your road trip. looks like you had a wonderful time. wow...new orleans and atlanta.

looking forward to your posts.

have a lovely weekend.

LouDuk said...

God! I love your photography. I'm envious of your natural eye.

http://louduk.blogspot.com/

Andrea said...

Ah, fried pickles (delicious, aren't they?) and 97 degrees (under the shade of a Live Oak) - memories of my 20 years in the south! I'll bet you're glad you're home, though!

Kerri said...

I've missed you....but sounds like you had a wonderful time! Of course George was perfect....he could not be anything less!

susie said...

I've been to New Orleans a couple of times and had a blast every time! I love that city! Hope it's recovered from Katrina, which it looks like parts of it has in your pictures.

I tried fried pickles in Fort Collins, CO and I do like them too!
They're easy to fix, but messy if you want to make them.

Mental P Mama said...

Welcome home! So glad the trip was full of fun friends and food;) And I would expect nothing less of George!

Cindy said...

Welcome back! Sounds like a lot of fun was had by all. Now I want to take a road trip. I can't wait to see more photos and hear about the adventure. Thanks for sharing it all with us. Have a great rest of the weekend.

Cindy

Simply Heather said...

WOW!!! You ALWAYS share the best views of your life with us. What an exciting adventure, and I haven't heard of fried pickles but they don't sound too bad. I would have chosen to travel in car, anyway...never have I even been in a plane...well a field trip when I was young, but not up in the air.

My daddy is from Georgia...when you shared the photo of Atlanta, I felt a bit home-y.

Great...great...travels shared. I look forward to more!

Donna S. said...

So happy you are back!! I was just going to leave a comment today that I missed you!!! Heading down to Atlanta Wednesday to visit son & new baby (had fried pickles there). Have never been to N.O. & would like to. Glad you had a nice time.

Kathy's Klothesline said...

Glad you are back, safe and sound. Also glad that you had such a lovely time!

Georgie K. Buttons said...

Sounds like fun. I'm glad you had a good time!

Jeannelle said...

Welcome back! Looks like we're in for some great photo treats from the Deep South. All these are superb; I especially like the first two. Am glad to hear George made the trip, too!

Laura ~Peach~ said...

welcome home what a wonderful trip!!!!!

Astaryth said...

I LOVE Fried pickles! LOL! sounds like a good time was had by all, look forward to hearing more.

Mary said...

Welcome back, Kate! Love your travel photos. That live oak is so beautiful!

Hilary said...

Welcome home. It looks like you had a marvelous, colourful time. Looking forward to reading and seeing more. And I'm not the least bit surprised that George was perfect. :)

cottage farm villa (cottagecharm) said...

Oh my gosh...what FUN!! I would love to take a road trip. I adore the first picture! ..... and it is no suprise that George was well-behaved and a perfect houseguest! Can't wait to hear more.

elk said...

welcome to the south...97 degrees and all...glad all are safe and it sounds and looks like you enjoyed it ALL!!

FireLight said...

I must confess, I tried not to get too excited when I saw you were back...but gosh darn guurrrrrrrl...it is good to see you back on here!! I am glad you had fun and apologize for the steamy, sultry weather...that's what I DON'T like about the South!

from our front porch... said...

Yes, we are having a heat wave here in the southeast-ugh!
I love road trips. Would rather drive than fly any day...and that way you get more blog ideas, IMO!
Glad you are back. Now fry up some pickles (luv 'em) and kick back!

Misha

p.s. glad to hear George had a woofin good time!

Golden West said...

Your pictures are really good - I'd say a few are National Geographic worthy. Thanks for sharing!

Terri said...

Love all the pics!!!

I wanna try fried pickles ~yum!

I am so jealous you got to see Vanilla Ice...I loved him back in the day...he's pretty nice lookin too..did he sing Ice Ice Baby? hehe

The Road Trip sounds wonderful...glad you had a good time with long time friends!

Hugs
Terri

The Weaver of Grass said...

Glad you enjoyed it Kate - I bet George has some stories to tell too.

Jill of All Trades said...

What a great trip. Mmmm...the pickles look really good.

Deb said...

Wow! I can't wait for the future posts. Did I say I could hardly tell the difference between you and the mermaid?!?!!!

Daryl said...

I love you sitting next to the sculpture at Cafe du Monde .. xox

Maria said...

Aw, welcome back Kate. i love that picture of you and the mermaid. You can tell just from the colors in it that you're some place hot and humid. What an adventure in contrasts. Nature and camping to a casino and Vanilla Ice. Oh my!

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

Sounds like a really fun trip! I'm envious!!! I DO love fried dill pickles too-- with that delicious ranch style dip and a lime beer to wash em down. Vicki

imom said...

Welcome back! It looks like you had a great time, I love the pics! That food looks amazing.

Oliag said...

It's good to have you back Kate! These photos make me feel like I was part of the trip...without all the heat:) Love the treatments you have given some of them...someday I will have to give it a try...

I'm sure New Orleans has changed since I was there 35 or so years ago:)

TSannie said...

What a fun trip! That oyster dish looks delicious. And I love the photo of the lamp post.

Lins said...

Mmmmm! How much do I love fried pickles!?

Welcome back! We've missed you!

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