This weekend was….interesting. I can’t say that it was one of our best, but I can say that it will definitely be one of the most memorable.
It started out innocently enough – we woke up, went for a jog along Lake Ponchartrain, got some frozen coffee from Puccinos and went to put our names on the list to check-in early at the hotel. We would rather gauge our eyeballs out than miss Sheffield’s nap (because he becomes a not very nice toddler if it’s missed), so we wanted to make sure we could get a room and make sure bringing a crib up wouldn’t be an issue.
Hooray! It wasn’t. We got to check in way early, and then we headed over to the Louisiana Children’s museum. Sheffield played in a mini port with cruise ships and other boats – got to play climb around and read books in another section – and his favorite, play with the bubbles.
We let him roam around for about an hour and a half and then went to Cochon Butcher for lunch. I’ve always wanted to try their Le Pig Mac (basically a big mac, but with pork), so I got that for lunch and we picked up some mac n cheese for the kiddo. B had a yummy Cajun dog as well.
After naps, there was a break in the rain, so we decided to carry on with our plans for the day. Little did we know that wasn’t going to happen – we went into Walgreens to pick up some supplies, and the bottom fell out while we were in there. Also, if you’re in New Orleans and a flash flood warning comes across your phone — take that shit seriously. We got stuck and had to rely on a few amazing people, and one guy with a Jeep and some tow cables to get us out. Always an adventure when it comes to New Orleans…and luckily, no damage to our car. And if you’re wondering, I fed Sheffield M&Ms to keep him calm during this fiasco.
We got back to the hotel, and decided to do something fun for boogs, so we got in our swimsuits and headed to the indoor pool. He got to swim around for a good forty minutes before we took him upstairs for dinner, bath and bed.
We used the baby-sitting service again on this trip, and again, were super impressed by them. We requested the same girl we had last time, and she was just as sweet. B and I stopped for a few cocktails (at St Lawrence in the quarter, and also Latitude 29 – a tiki drink based bar) –baby gets M&Ms, mom and dad get booze— before heading to Red Fish for dinner. By the way, we had a whole night plan, but scrapped it as streets were still flooded from earlier. Best not to get stuck twice, right?
After dinner, we walked to Frenchmen Street for some amazing tunes, courtesy of the Stooges at Blue Nile. We danced and had a couple Abitas before heading back to the hotel room.
Sunday morning we got up and headed to the 7th ward for buttermilk drops at The Buttermilk drop – they’re just like doughnut holes except 20 times bigger and more delicious. And then stopped at District Donuts for a breakfast taco, and then headed home.
Definitely a crazy weekend, but it was full of adventure and a few things that have never happened to us while down there. If you’re interested, there’s an NPR segment talking about all the rain from this weekend – 1o inches that fell in a short period of time – that made people compare some of the flooding to Katrina. Crazy, right?
I hope y’all had a great weekend!