Monday, October 5, 2009

Are you kidding me?

A pink pearl chandelier? Seriously? I don't think I've ever coveted a thing more.

Unfortunately I didn't note where I got this photo (if you know, feel free to tell me), but it and the weathered turquoise paint and gold accents remind me of the decadence of New Orleans homes... and you might have noticed (see below) that I'm heading to Louisiana in two days and I can't wait, so this photo really tempts me today. Can that sentence be any longer? Can I be any more excited to hit the road? Can this pink pearl chandelier be any more amazing? Nope, nope, nope.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

I'm so excited!

Can you tell?

I'm leaving for Louisiana in a couple of days to visit some friends in Lafayette and possibly also New Orleans.

The idea of going back to New Orleans has me nervous, I must admit. I was working at HGTV when Katrina hit and we had televisions on our desks, so I was glued to the news night and day for all of the heart-breaking and life-changing coverage. I'd been there for a fabulous week at my beloved Fairmont only a month before it hit, so I was still swooning over the city and it shattered my heart all the more. Every morning there would be a knock on the door and I'd hear, "Good mornin', Miss, my name's Magnolia and I brought yo breakfast!" She'd wheel in one of those old-fashioned room service carts decked out with an old silver food dome, a curvy little teapot, and pink linens. (Shameful confession: I still regret not snatchin' one of those food domes--even more now that they are probably just sitting in that big old building rotting with the rest of it.  When you pay $40 for toast and eggs, you should get to keep something, shouldn't you? But I digress...)

I swore I'd never return to New Orleans, and while my resolve has softened now, I'm still not sure I can go there again after what I saw those days on TV. The Fairmont never reopened, and I dare not think what might have become of Magnolia.

But I'll also get to see my sweet C while I'm in Lafayette. *swoon* Am I giggling like a schoolgirl? Indeed!

Friday, October 2, 2009

There's no place like...

It's cold and raining today, and even though I love autumn and even love a day like today, I'm craving the ocean. I want the roar of the waves, the salty smell of the air, the perpetual wind whipping my hair, the long walks on the beach finding all kinds of treasures.

Today, I want to be here. Wherever it is. Ahhh...