We finally made it home from Mardi Gras with over 100 pounds of beads! Seriously! One of Cap's friends shipped most of them for us and it took three boxes! Now I'm trying to thaw out from some seriously cold weather in South Louisiana of all places. It even snowed one day!!! I've been to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, but I don't think I've attended parades that felt as cold as ones in Lafayette and New Orleans. Before I left I selected a number of tops that would tease but not reveal. I could hardly wear any them was just so cold. Still I had a wonderful time. New Orleans is absolutely crazy, and maybe I'm too old, but just not a lot of fun. Bourbon Street was awfully crowded and while some of the people were OK the jerks were really jerks. We managed to find a crowd that was just as festive but in a much better mood. They were mostly locals and just about every one of them had some kind of Saints wardrobe. I felt terribly underdressed. They were great. Lafayette was a different kind of atmosphere. Everyone, and I mean everyone was great, gracious and made sure we were having fun. The parades weren't as big as New Orleans, but the crowd was just as lively. I got my share of beads but I also got a coconut, an oversized beer mug, four stuffed bears, frisbees, blinking stuff, a spear (???) and just a whole bunch of crap. There was a beautiful little girl standing next to me on St. Charles Street in New Orleans. I shared most of my catches with her. She paid me back with a bear hug at the end of the parade. I wanted to give her everything but her dad said no thanks! I'm definitely going back next year. We were supposed to go to the country for a different version of Mardi Gras but never made it. Hope it's warmer next year.