Why, yes, I am still alive, thanks for inquiring! I'm not sure where last week went, but it was probably consumed with the taking down of Christmas finery, the putting out of Mardi Gras excess, and our first ever Endymion Coronation Ball. Pepper will be riding on a brand new super float, throwing trinkets to the masses, and getting properly lubricated for the Extravaganza that follows the parade on February 18th in the Superdome.
The Coronation Ball was pretty impressive -- it staggers the imagination to think of the logistical nightmares that accompany an intimate dinner service for 5,000+, but it was pulled off with style and flair (even though we left before the Second Line parade -- the Second Line parade that kicked off at 2:00 a.m.! Pepper and Bouie had a date to go bird hunting early on a foggy Sunday morning.)
So, it's beginning to look a lot like Mardi Gras here at Moogie's Mansion! We're expecting anywhere from 4 to 9 guests for the big second weekend. I guess folks are finally accepting that this could be our last Carnival season as New Orleans residents (translation: free bed and breakfast a block off the Uptown parade route). Here's a little bit of the finery --
The dining room is my favorite spot to decorate for Mardi Gras because we spend a lot of time at the table -- and you have to go through the dining room to get most anywhere downstairs.
The front parlor is fun, too.
Then, there's the upstairs tribute to my Krewe of Muses, the night-parading, all-woman Krewe. I usually leave this good loot out all year 'round so our houseguests have an adequate opportunity to develop an appropriate appreciation for the Muses. If Pepper wants to erect a shrine to Endymion he'll have to find another spot.
Yep -- shoes play a large role in Muses treasure. (The roll of toilet paper is from the Krewe of Tucks. Their monarch doesn't ride on a throne, he rides on a giant toilet and throws plungers and squirting toilets!).
And, of course, the Sophie Wright marching band is in full practice mode, and they've been practicing outdoors in the unusually-warm weather we've been experiencing. Yep. I had to turn on the AC in the middle of January!
I'm sure I'll feel like this come Ash Wednesday.
Now, changing gears, what Drinking Game trigger words shall we establish for tonight's Status of the Unionized speech? "Fair share?" "Millionaires and billionaires?" "Educational opportunity?" Everyone had better get a designated driver set up -- this could be a tipsy evening!