I’ve recently returned home from a lovely, refreshing, fun trip to New Orleans to watch a dear friend Kim get married.  I was so honored to serve as a bridesmaid (albeit a weeeeepy, teary one!), and loved sharing in the rituals of the weekend.  Did I mention that I cried?  Yeah, it was beautiful.

Since we had some insider knowledge from a previous trip, plus two lovely semi-natives that could tell us all the great places to go, we dubbed this a staycation.  The list of highlights from our staycation is long, and includes, (but is not limited to!):

Being so happy for Kim and her lovely new Husband;  seeing good friends all in one place again, including Dori and Melinda; taking part in my first Jewish wedding, which was filled with hip, young, urban Jewish love and singing, as well as requisite glass-smashing, horah-dancing, and terrifyingly high chair-lifting!; getting an impromptu haircut by the fabulous Billy, who gave me his elevator business pitch about 17 times while I succumbed to his array of scissors, razors, and combs, all of which were housed in an amazing scissor holster (he’s trying to make a name for himself in the hair styling world.  I wish I had snapped a picture of his leather scissor holster, which was incredible); soaking in the sun, which hadn’t shone in my hometown in what felt like months; the luxury hotel we stayed in; all the good music!  It’s everywhere, much of it for free;

And also:

Finding someone’s random microSD card on the street, figuring out who it belonged to, and returning it in the mail (In return for the good karma, we’re getting mailed back the cell phone we left in the rental car.  Hooray!); meeting Marigoldie (a blog-friend of a friend) and her blind kitty Suzette, and the way she said “Prytania street” (Pry-TAYYYN-ya street) in her southern accent; official wedding pictures, which I’m dying to see!; and finally, the 2 1/2 hour Segway tour of the city, which was nothing but geeky fun, perfect for Ryan and me (yes, we rode Segways!  Cool!)

And I can’t forget the delight that is Hansen’s Sno-Bliz sno-balls.  Holy flavored shaved-ice air conditioning for your tummy!

Oh!  And I toted around a very useful and cheery orange polka dot bag, which I made just for the occasion (and which I stayed up terribly late to complete before our 5AM wake-up time for flying, much to Ryan’s dismay).  Here it is, enjoying an authentic real lemonade sno-ball from the legendary Hansen’s:

And, in case you’re wondering, that’s my new $5 shirt from Old Navy, procured the night before leaving – typical cheap Old Navy fare, but I *heart* the color.  I also love how it goes with the skirt, which I made a few years back from some lovely Marimekko fabric that Dori had and kindly gave to me.

Anyway, that’s where I was.  And I loved it.  And I want to go back (but maybe not in 8 billion degree July) so I can stuff my face with delicately snack on fried green tomatoes and soak in the architecture and charm and awesomeness that is my staycation home, New Orleans.

Posted by robyn on July 16th, 2009 under crafts

8 Responses to “Staycation”

  1. Marigoldie Says:

    That outfit — purple shirt, orange polka dot purse, super cute skirt, sno-bliz — makes me weep with joy.

    And yay, us! Meetin’ and being together and stuff! Prytaniaaaaaah!

    Fabulous, fabulous weekend.

  2. Dori Says:

    Agreed on all counts. I am SO jealous of the segway tour. And I can’t wait to see all the other photos!

  3. robyn Says:

    It was all lovely. And now it’s over, and I am decidedly sad.

  4. robyn Says:

    Dori, you would have liked the Segway tour!

  5. Peggy B Says:

    Wow, I was in New Orleans last April and the weather was fabulous it is one of my favorite places. Who makes that big white dot on orange fabric I get some.

  6. robyn Says:


    I think you had the right idea! April would be beautiful. I bought the orange polka dots at, but I can’t find them anymore! Maybe it’s all sold out now?

  7. Kim Says:

    You can staycation here any time! I keep wishing I could just pop on over to the hotel and see everyone!


  8. Lisa Clarke Says:

    Excellent. All of it. But I am particularly in love with your bag and your outfit – so cool!

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