The last several weeks have been quite busy, with lots of outside-the-norm activity.
THEATRE AND LUNCHEON
Ever since I started watching Downton Abbey, I prefer to say “luncheon” instead of “lunch”. It sounds much more dignified and proper.
A few weeks ago, I attended a play with my daughter and some of our family with whom she is now homeschooling. The play was Morningside, and it was written and directed by a Mississippi Native.
The scene was a contemporary living room in a quaint southern town, and a baby shower hosted by quaint southern ladies. A family drama with lots of laughs, the production and performances were fantastic.
I don’t get to the theatre much these days for plays, but I do love live productions and make a promise to myself every time I attend one that I’ll do it more often. Maybe I’ll keep that promise this time.
After our morning matinee, we headed over the Brent’s Drugstore, a not so secret diner in Fondren. I’ve seen Brent’s featured on news stories and even on the big screen, but I’ve never tasted their famous milkshakes. Until recently.
I savored the patty melt and fresh cut fries. Yummmmm.
Their special shake for the month was Salted Caramel, which only proved that it was divine intervention that led me to this gem of a place in the heart of the Capital city because I LOVE caramel anything.
It was a fun outing and one that I hope to repeat with some of the most fun-nest 😁 ladies in my family.
My mother’s and sister’s birthdays are less than 10 days apart on the calendar so I decided that, this year, I’d treat them both to something they need more than they often admit: a night away from their families!
We all love the ones we care for, but we all, also, need a break from the frustration that is the day-to-day stress that goes with those responsibilities.
So I scooped them up one Saturday morning and we headed to the MS Gulf Coast for an evening of laughs.
Anjelah Johnson was headlining at the Hard Rock Casino, and she put on a great comedy show.
We visited Dolce Bake Shop in Long Beach for, ya know, midnight snacks to keep in the room, and we were not disappointed with the selections. My favorite? The cookie butter. I don’t know what heavenly concoction was placed in that cupcake, but it was simply divine. Such a cute little shop, too.
For dinner, we opted for Lil’ Ray’s, and each enjoyed some crazy good po’boys.
I liked their philosophy. I need a sign like that in MY office!
The next morning, we enjoyed a fabulous breakfast before doing a little shopping and heading to our respective homes.
It was a long overdue trip for us three as we rarely get to just “hang out” much these days.
I hope we don’t wait so long before we get away again.
OCTOBER IN THE BIG EASY
I had the pleasure this past weekend to attend a seminar hosted by my employer at The Ritz-Carlton hotel in New Orleans.
The speaker was there to teach us about leadership and employee engagement. It was unlike anything I’d ever really heard and presented in a way that I found both interesting and thought-provoking.
The Ritz, I learned, has one of the lowest turnover rates in the hospitality industry. No small feat and one that qualifies them to teach others the lessons of their success.
As a Psychology major, learning about human behavior, what motivates, what fosters problem-solving, etc. – these things are both interesting to me and things that I find are often overlooked in other sectors of the workforce.
The seminar was, in short, great, and our employer was generous enough to accommodate us for two nights at The Ritz.
I’ve lived in the south for 25 years, but have only visited NOLA 3 times. I have to say, bar none, this was the best trip yet.
Though we were hoping for some fall-ish temps, it was hot and humid for the duration of our visit. Still, that didn’t slow down our exploration of the city, or diminish our appetites for some of the best food in this part of the country.
The food and drinks were spectacular, living up to the reputation they boast across the world.
From Mexican fare to freshly shucked oysters, pineapple-cilantro margaritas to the famous Pat O’Brien’s Hurricane, my tastebuds enjoyed the city tremendously.
And, of course, I finally got to visit Café Du Monde for the Beignets!
The travels are winding up now for 2018, but what a year it has been. It’s time now to save up for some new tires so 2019 can have some adventure as well.
Laissez les bons temps rouler!