New Orleans – Episode 2
Originally, I was going to do one post for 2 days, but tomorrow is my birthday, and the things my best friends have planned for me have already made me cry with joy, so I’m going to dedicate an entire post to tomorrow.
And onto today’s episode -
WE MADE IT!
Flashback to 6:30pm on November 28…
Mel and I crawl into bed we were sharing at Miracle’s, freezing and uncomfortable, determined to get some sleep before needing to be up in a few hours to leave.
Needless to say, Mel and I are not good at going to sleep when we really don’t want to. It was a lot of talking and story sharing, and Pinterest-browsing. I think we were just too excited to sleep!
I think I got about an hour of sleep, Mel only 45 minutes, if that, before we were awoken by our alarms.
Fast-forward an hour: we have loaded all of our bags and ourselves miraculously into Miracle’s Prius, and hit the road!
...almost. The GPS in the car took us some crazy route before we were even able to get onto the highway.
But, as always, the show must go on! We switched to Google maps app on Miracle’s phone and then really hit the road!
I don’t want to bore you with the details of our the ten-hour car ride, but I will give you a… a montage, of sorts…
Picture if you will…
*”Life is a Highway” by Rascal Flatts begins playing*
The road stretches out before us.
Countless miles on seemingly endless roads.
Hours of music at our disposal
Pit stops for fuel - for the car and ourselves
A dark night, a foggy morning, and, eventually a sunny day
We laughed, we sang, we danced…
And we finally arrived in New Orleans…
And it’s perfectly picturesque…
We finally meet up with the 4th part of our trip clan, Ricky, check into our hotel, and it’s like the perfect afternoon.
We’ve spent the last 5 and a half hours hanging out, opening presents (!!!!), listening to music, and eating pizza.
So, we’ve yet to see anything really of NOLA (except for the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, which is visible from our window, because it’s RIGHT NEXT DOOR!!!!), but we get to do some exploring tomorrow.
Right now, we’re content to enjoy each other’s company.
Tune in tomorrow for Episode 3 – Torie’s Birthday Extravaganza!
So, for every television series, they have what’s called the “Pilot Episode.” This episode is the first one of the series and is used to launch the series, so to speak, and to help get the show started.
As I am about to travel to New Orleans on my first ever vacation that did not involve family, this post will be the pilot episode.
For the first leg of the trip, my best friend and I traveled to North Carolina. Yes, it’s out of the way of our final destination, but it was necessary, as we needed to pick up the third co-star of our little trip.
It was a trip that should have taken us 10-hours, if we didn’t stop. We got here in less than 10 hours, with 4 stops and 3 traffic jams along the way. I have a lead foot (I take after my mom) and drove the whole time, simply to see if I could. It was a blast. I sang and car-danced, and took 6 whole Thrive pills!
I had so much fun, but let me tell you, I think my best friend had even more fun. My best friend had only ever been out of the state once, when she was 3, and barely remembers it. So whenever we crossed into a state line, it was cause for screams, louder music, and more car dancing!
We drove through Florida (which took forever!!), Georgia, South Carolina, and just barely across the border into North Carolina. The weather is beautiful here! I’d forgotten what it was like to see leaves of the orange and red variety.
After meeting up with our third co-star, we slept… and shivered, and then watched TV, and I fell asleep again (for, maybe 10 minutes, but they swear it was 30. Whatever.), and have been running errands the rest of the day.
I am so so so ready to hit the road and finally end up in New Orleans! Once there, we will meet up with the fourth addition, here to fulfill his supporting role in this crazy adventure!
I’m excited for beignets, gumbo, jazz music, cold weather, good times and lots of laugh with great friends! Mel, Miracle, Ricky – I am beyond excited to begin this saga with you all!
Tune in tomorrow for Episode 2!
On Monday, November 30, I will be turning 26 years old…eek!
For some of you reading this, you’re thinking, “Oh, you’re so young! Don’t complain about getting old. Just wait until you reach my age!”
…and I totally get that. Please don’t misread this – I do understand that I am young.
However, life right now is not how I pictured it would be. When I was 12 years old, I pictured my life like this:
18 years old - job at Disney (hopefully as Belle), and living with my grandparents while I attend UCF for a degree in Marketing.
22 years old – Graduate from UCF along side my fiancé
23 years old – Get married!!!
25 years old – Raising my little baby girl, with visits to her grandparents as often as possible.
26 and beyond – Live happily ever after, growing old with my husband and watching our children pursue their dreams…
In reality, only part of that actually happened was the college part. I did attend UCF and lived with my grandparents, but no job at Disney, and I graduated with a degree in Hospitality Management. I do not have a boyfriend, and haven’t had one since I was 19 years old, so I’m not married, and I have no kids.
So life doesn’t always go as you planned.
You just have to be grateful along the way.
Which brings us to the main topic today – 25 things I’m grateful for. Since I’m turning 26, I wanted to share with you all 1 thing of which I’m grateful for each year I’ve been alive.
Here we go!
Okay, so this turned into a super long post. Way longer than I intended. For those of you who read through this whole thing… wow. I’m impressed. And super happy you did.
Well, I guess there’s no turning back – I’m turning 26. I’m ready to see what this next year brings me! Maybe I’ll be able to add a 26th thing to be thankful for next y
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you question everything because of your own morality? Where personal feelings are disregarded, put on the wayside, completely ignored, and you just have to do something because you’re told to do it?
This is what my mind is mulling over at the moment. And I’d like to know your thoughts.
Let me paint you a picture…
It’s a weekday afternoon; the day has gone by pretty fast. You’re thinking about your plans for the evening – dinner and a DVD with the husband and kids – when your friend calls you. She asks you about coming to a party she’s throwing. This is not your typical party. There’s not going to be loud music and booze and fun all around. I mean, yes, there will be fun, but it’s actually a make-up party. You start to consider, thinking that it’s been a while since you’ve last updated your foundation and you could really use some new eye shadow anyway. Then, the friend tells you the name of the make-up line. It’s one you’ve never tried before, but have heard about on the news and through different Facebook posts. This make-up company is rumored to have tested on animals. Instantly, you freeze up – you LOVE all things fluffy, and bunnies should be loved and cared for and petted and they certainly should NOT be tested on! But your friend is all, “Oh, they’ve changed over the past few months. It’s not as bad as it used to be. There’s only some animal testing.”
They’re still testing on cute, fury creatures?!
You tell your friend that your not interested, but she insists, saying, “Oh, I’ve been using this product for years, and it’s really great for your skin. They even have a men’s line of facial creams! You can try everything when you’re here. I think you’ll like it. And really, the animal testing isn’t that bad. A lot of companies do it; they’re just better at hiding it.”
So, now, your friend is telling you that it’s perfectly acceptable, and others have done it before, so why not?
At this moment, you’re torn between sticking to your beliefs or risk alienating a good friend.
What are your thoughts? Would you be okay putting aside your beliefs or morals in this situation? What about at work, if the company is asking you to do something you believe is wrong? Would you still do it, or risk losing your job?
Please tell me in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you!