Um, no. NOLA is way on down on the gulf. There has to be something, anything in LA to take up the rest of the space of the state. You know, people, commerce, school and places that make pie. Shreveport is in the northern part of the state. It's much like southeast Arkansas or really east Texas.
Also, if you're visiting your in-laws, even in New Orleans, you're probably not partying all that hard anyhow. When we moved from Oklahoma to Washington almost 2 years ago, I saw how hard it was for G to leave his family. It was hard on all of them too. So I started an Instagram account and connected with my sisters-in-law and MIL and I make sure that I post regularly about our life together. I do the same on Facebook and here, on this blog, I chronicle our adventures (well, some of them) in an effort to keep us connected. But it's not enough. You gotta see people face to face once in awhile. I'm also lucky to really enjoy my in-laws, who are considerate, thoughtful, and kind people.
So we're visiting. We've gone to Natchitoches and have had a good time.
There were family game nights every night, and lots and lots of sweet tea. Miss Ladybug has her yoyo (grandpa) wrapped around her little finger. Those two are definitely in cahoots.
Ladybug gets sips of his sweet tea and she loves him so much, she passes out on his shoulder. Cahoots, I say.
Anyway, Yoyo has to go back to work and the next day, Debbie (my MIL) takes us out and about. We begin with Strawns. It's a chain, and I'm sure they serve other things in their cafeteria-style restaurant, but all I saw was pie. Banana, strawberry, and chocolate. Homemade, no fake foods. That was lunch. They were out of banana, but we were assured we'd get another chance. I was trying to be all delicate and stuff- I mean I was in polite company- but I could've easily eaten an entire pie (maybe a couple of them), and we reluctantly went on our way.
To go shopping.
Charming Charlies is a cute, cute, cute little accessory store. I loved it because they have everything organized by color and not by item. So in the green section you'd see green scarves, necklaces, hats, and a few dresses. Nice, right? Right.
I never buy myself jewelry. I don't know why- it seems self indulgent. And G and I agreed that he wouldn't have to buy me jewelry. I guess I meant to get around to buying some but it never seemed like the time. Debbie heard this and whipped out a wad of cash. "You go pick yourself out something and I'm paying for it!" "No thanks, I'm good."
My words of protest fell on stone deaf ears. I know that aspect; her son gets that way when he's set on a particular course of action and will hear nothing else. I sighed internally and tucked the cash into my bra as dramatically as I could. She acts like I'm her daughter or something.
Oh. How sweet! I'm not sure I've ever experienced that before, except with Charlotte. But that's when she's insisting on paying for our margaritas!
G and I wandered about the store. We looked at so many possibilities!
|Tiaras! I always wanted a tiara!|
|And lots of pearls...|
|And a gorgeous clutch I would never use but would love|
|More beautiful clutches|
|Do you see why this took over an hour?|
|Iridescent in purple, red, and beige.|
|Also in cahoots|
|I loved this part!|
|Look at them toes!|