Today is my last day in New Orleans as we are heading back pretty early tomorrow since I have to work Wednesday.  I had a great time spending time with my family.  We don’t always get to do things like this.  We woke up today had breakfast and went to the French quarters.  After three times being in this city, I finally got to have beignets at cafe du monde.  I recommend the frozen coffee, it was fantastic.  My sister, mom, Mamaw and I all shopped all day and like I said before, it was great spending time with them.  

   I went into peaches records and I can’t believe what their mark up on vinyl is.  A vinyl I bought in New York for about 32 dollars was 89 here.  I was really looking forward to going there and looking for records but their price tags were just too steep for my taste.  But, they played one of my favorite songs of all time while I was in there, “Valerie” by Amy winehouse and I thought that was pretty awesome.

   I’m pretty pooped, as much fun as this vacation was, it was short and fast paced and I’m ready to get back to the routine.  I broke even I would say, down in the casino.  I took my dad to play the tables and he really enjoyed them.  We had nice dealers who told him how to play the games, (my dad is blind) and really worked with him and he had a lot of fun, I did too.  

We have this amazing bathtub in the hotel room and I had a nice warm bubble bath while reading my book.  It was nice, carefree and just what I needed to wind down. 

 
  I still have my devotionals to get after here in a bit but everything is pretty much on track, minus my gallon of water a day.  It’s kind of hard to do that here as there aren’t clean bathrooms just everywhere.

Next week is nutcracker market!  A family tradition every year of shopping and shopping and more shopping!  It’s actually really extraordinary.  All kinds of little shops and things to buy we truly enjoy it.  I’m ready to get back home and get to work on my house. I’m kind of sad that I didn’t find any decor here but dad got an idea of how he wants to build my shower so that’s good!

The thing about life, is its not just mine.  It’s my families too.  I think about all the decisions I’ve made over the years and how those decisions effected them and, I’m really glad I’m on a better path now.  Not that I was ever on a horrible path but a not so great one none the less.

Being alone isn’t the worse thing that can happen to you.  Being alone gives you time to center yourself, be one with your creator and find out what makes you happy.  How are you going to love someone if you can’t first love yourself?  I think about this all the time.  It’s easy for someone to fall in love with you, but hard for you to fall in love with yourself.  Why is that?  We should be our own biggest fan.  The only person that I am certain to grow old with is myself and how am I going to do that if we don’t get along?  Something I’m still working on, but will master the art of someday.  Goodnight from New Orleans!

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