Some long time blogger friends invited me to come visit when they were in New Orleans. As badly as I wanted to I didn't know if I could make it. However, despite obstacles galore, my final decision was that, if I didn't go, I would regret it - if I did go, I most certainly would not regret not going. Well, it turned out to be a fabulous evening (except for getting lost coming out of New Orleans at 10:00 p.m. Will blog about that later.)
I have a confession to make - since I had the "medical experience" in April, I have had a big problem with anxiety and its very hard for me to leave the house and I get exhausted very quickly. My girls thought I was crazy - but they don't blog. If I hadn't gone, I would have missed meeting some fantastic people who have been a part of my life for over two years as well as having one of the best nights of my life.
We met in the courtyard of the hotel, ah those fabulous New Orleans courtyards, what a way to meet blogger friends for the first time! Within a few minutes I felt like I'd known Candy for a long time. The evening started with a visit to a martini bar with the smoothest martinis in the universe, (and the funnest conversation in the world) and a small, elegant restaurant for a spring roll for me and onion soup for Candy, bread sticks and butter - we found we both love butter. The spring roll was so delicious it gave a new meaning to spring rolls. Then we scooted off to a concert - fabulous show,, an eighteen piece orchestra called The New Leviathan Oriental Fox-Trot Orchestra, specializing in music from the first third of "this Century." The talent was incredible as was the sharp-witted tongue in cheek humor. This orchestra has a new fan! So how Chicagoans could find the best in New Orleans when I have a hard time finding anything besides the normal tourista traps, I don't know.
Candy Minx and Anthony Stagg are two great people. Candy is a long legged elegant, energetic blond artist and how can I describe her: an amazing intellect. One of those people you just know can do ANYTHING they set their heart to do. Stagg is a tall good looking sweetheart of a guy and a tremendous artist as well. The couple they were with were also in the arts and it was a stimulating experience and a treat meeting them as well. I could write pages on what a great time I had. And, even more importantly, I felt as if I'd known Candy and Anthony forever and my heart knit to them. I wish we lived closer to each other. So thanks guys, and I so enjoyed meeting your friends too! Words can't completely convey.............
Pics to follow after I fix grandson's breakfast and get him off to school. Daughter on her long night shift........and its raining cats and dogs and everything else out there - the roads are so dangerously close to be flooded already - - I wish it would quit!