We had a most wonderful time ringing in the New Year in our favorite city with some of our favorite people. In fact, we had such a good time that I didn't even take very many photos.
Our flight left the OKC airport at about 8 a.m. Sunday morning. We are *not* morning people so my smart husband got us a hotel room the night before. Even so, we did witness the sunrise which is pretty much like a sunset. Only earlier. Here is our plane:
Every airport should greet arrivals the way they do in New Orleans:
Apparently my reputation as an Earl Grey addict is well-known so Bryan had this waiting for me when we got to their house:
I was so glad Debi and Bryan still had their tree up. I was rather surprised to see how many Facebook friends took theirs down Christmas day or the day after. I enjoy keeping mine up for quite awhile afterwards when everything has settled down and I can really enjoy it.
I took this as we were all walking (quickly!) to the car Sunday night on Bourbon Street which explains the blurriness. I had thought I'd retake it the following night but that didn't happen. I love the way this place is decorated.
Chris, Bryan and Mark - Debi was sitting this one out:
Getting ready to toast the New Year with the band:
For Auld Lang Syne:
Absolutely perfect for New Year's Day:
David and I drove across the river to pick up some friends of Bryan and Debi in the French Quarter. They live in Dallas, were in town for a few days and joined us all for the Ory family's traditional New Year's Day feast. I snapped this on Canal Street:
The food was incredible. Here you see potatoes, rice and black-eyed peas:
Ham, pork roast and cabbage here. There was also brisket, ribs, smoked sausage, a second type of smothered cabbage and brownies. It was all delicious!
As I said, I failed to take very many photos so I swiped this from Bryan's Facebook page (hope that's okay, Bryan!). In addition to the Ory family and the aforementioned friends from Dallas, there were also three of our pirate friends and the owners of the Tropical Isle bars. It was such a nice day. Fantastic food and good friends - it doesn't get much better.
It was a short trip but I can't think of a better way to start off 2013. A huge thank you to our dear friends for inviting us to stay with them and especially to their sweet daughters, Summer and Tuesday, who shared a room during our stay. We love you all!
Our time in New Orleans was wonderful which I think had something to do with David's reluctance to return to "real life". Our flight got in to Oklahoma City Wednesday afternoon but during our layover in Dallas David asked if I'd like to spend the night at the Skirvin Hotel in OKC then go home on Thursday. Um, you have to ask? (That, my friends, is precisely why it's a good idea to always bring at least one extra day's worth of meds - which I did.)
Here is the view from our room, which they upgraded to a deluxe (it pays to be a gold club member):
We had drinks in the Red Piano Lounge, went the room awhile and then back to the lounge for dinner and more drinks. While there, David noticed on Facebook that one of our favorite bartenders was at the Thunder basketball game with her husband. He messaged her suggesting that they stop by for a drink with us. And then we got involved in a rather interesting discussion with a couple of guys and he forgot to look at his phone to see her response. But that wasn't a problem. She just called the bar and asked to speak to David. I do think that might be the first time we've been contacted in that manner. Ha! Anyway, as an employee she isn't allowed to drink there so we met them at Mickey Mantle's. We were all having a good time together when the bar closed so we walked to the Wormy Dog Saloon. When they closed we moved on to J.J.'s Alley. We figured shutting down three bars was sufficient so we called it a night at that point.
The lovely Skirvin was still decorated for the holidays so I snapped this picture as we were leaving Thursday morning:
So that was how we started 2013. How about you?