Last week my crazy job on a gas pipeline construction project in South Louisiana came to an abrupt halt. The details are irrelavent, but suffice it to say I have never been fired from a job in my life and I was fired from this one TWICE! Call it politics, the good ol' boy system, back scratchin'....I don't really care, I was just grateful for the paycheck ("I was looking for a job when I found this one").
Sooooo, now I'm back in Lafayette (where I really wanted to be all along), staying with my best friend, taking a little break before getting down to the serious business of finding another job. And, since I have some spare time on my hands, I've been taking in a bit of the Lafayette night life. It's been a long time since I've stayed up late, dancing the night away, but gosh darn there is so much great music and fun places to go in this town you would have to be half dead to resist getting out and kicking up your heels.
So if you live in the Lafayette area and happen to see a fat, middle aged, square-looking broad with a Texas accent shaking her booty at Downtown Alive or Blue Moon and sweating like a virgin at a prison rodeo...it's probably me. Be kind, I'm flexing some social muscles I haven't used in a long time.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
This is my latest favorite thing...the Daisy Air Freshener from Bright-Air. These pretty flowers come in yellow, orange, white and fuschia, and sit on their own little stand Not only do they have wonderful scents, they are also sweet little accents on a table or countertop. My favorite is the yellow daisy with the combined scents of jasmine and honeysuckle.
Monday, May 23, 2011
In as much as I love to shop for clothes and household goods, and as much as I love to eat, and, occasionally, cook, I am absolutely phobic about giant grocery stores. I will buy milk and eggs at Walgreens or the Shell station mini-mart for 5 times the price rather than brave the acres of parking lot, and aisle after aisle of products I don't want or need. Even if I have plenty of time, money and a written list in hand, I become overwhelmed and disorientated and can never seem to get out with what I came in for. I have actually found myself getting lightheaded after a few minutes in one of these megastores and have been known to just leave my cart and race back outside to my car.
So, you can imagine my delight at bumping into a sweet, little family owned grocery in Centerville, Louisiana, practically a stone's throw from my workplace. This store has 10 aisles at most, and so neat and organized, like a pantry. Nothing fancy, but everything you need...plus hot plate lunches served out of the kitchen in the back of the store. Again, nothing fancy...red beans and rice, chicken, okra, cobler.
I might stop into this store a couple of times in one day. I love how the checkers call you baby..."Baby, you got everything you need? Awright, now you have good day, Baby" Don't bring your big city, type-A personality into this store. You might stand in the checkout line 30 minutes while the checker and the lady in front of you "catch up". But, they always include you in the conversation, "We just catchin' up, Baby. She used to live across from my Momma's...where you from, Baby?" I told you....Heaven.
I am so excited to announce my first contest is in the "works"!!! It should be lots of fun and the prize is wonderful. Stay tuned...details will be posted very soon.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
As my Cajun friends would say, I sure did "pass a good time" over the weekend at the Festival International de Louisiane, in Lafayette. This was my first time to enjoy this amazing music festival and I danced, and drank, and ate like a 20 year old....for which my 55 year old body paid dearly the next day. But, it was worth it! Amazing music from all over the globe along with several local favorites like Terrance Simien and BeauSoleil featuring the great fiddle player Micheal Doucet.