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Sunday, January 24, 2016

It's Carnival Time!

An early Mardi Gras this year means that we've been cramming all our Carnival activities into just a few weeks.
Like, making my ball gown for the Thoth ball. This year it's a muted teal satin halter. I bought the fabric a long time ago - I grab fabrics I like whenever I see them - but now that I'm working on it I'm discovering that it's really cheap and thin. It's very hard to work with.
Whenever I use satin, I use it inside out: the sheen is so much more elegant on the back of the fabric.

We're also eating plenty of king cake. Last week we had a king-cake tasting party to go to, and of course I made a cake (this was traditional filling; nothing fancy to confuse peoples' palates).

The party was small, and some guests brought drinks or savory food instead, so we ended up with just three cakes to taste - and I GOT THE BABY IN ALL OF THEM. What are the odds?! Do I have to buy three more cakes now?!

David's been busy with last-minute parade details. The other day I took his car so he could bring mine in for a brake tag on his lunch (because, you know, when you're a lawyer you get to eat lunch. If you're a pharmacist you just have to starve to death). I stopped to do groceries on the way home, and when I opened his trunk, it was full of hundreds of nerf footballs, all blowing out in the windy lot! I had to run and chase foot balls down (while clutching a loaf of bread).

Next up? Parades, our block party, Thoth, and our newest Mardi Gras hook-up: friends with a balcony on St. Charles!


  1. Hahaha. I'm jus imagining all the nerf balls blowing down the street being chased by a bread-toting lady.

  2. I think it is so cool that New Orleans has all of these traditions and rituals around this time of year.

    I'm looking forward to seeing how your dress turns out! Bummer that the fabric is tough to work with, though

  3. I'm so impressed that you make your dress! I usually buy, recycle or rent the runway. I bought a new one for this year, but I'm also toying with rewearing my 2008 gown. So jealous of the king cake tasting party, I'd love to do that. We usually get one from Sucre delivered here, and then when we go to Mobile, my best friend's dad's homemade one is the other I get to eat (plus the ones at the ball, but those aren't very exciting, and I'm usually afraid to sample many b/c I have a nut allergy).

  4. I have no idea what any of that Baby=3 more cakes of fabric means ... but I want that delicious treat in my stomach right now. Thank you.