Don't Let This Post Fool You—I'm Not Here
Monday, November 22, 2010

So, remember when I told you, I wasn't going anywhere for a while?

Well, my restless little heart couldn't keep me home for too long. 

The road was calling. New Orleans, to be exact. 

My hubby and I decided, spur of the moment, a few weeks ago, that we wanted to take the show on the road for Thanksgiving. 

We haven't been up to NOLA since right before Katrina, so we packed up the car and off we went. 

And trust me when I say, we look like the Clampetts. Three teenage girls and all their luggage? When we open any of the car doors, something is guaranteed to fall out of this clown car. At the gas station, it was a shoe and of course, no one noticed until we were miles up the road and the dad would not TURN AROUND and of course, there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth from the shoeless one and screaming at her sisters who just might have been taunting her and yelling from the parents for everyone to JUST SHUT UP!!!!

Really, really good times. 

Anyway, we're up in Pensacola Beach right now, working our way up to The Big Easy. 

And for any of you nefarious types who might want to find my home and take my dogs or my ducks, (please help yourself to those guys) or my SHOES, (I'll hunt you down. I'm serious), know that my cousin and her husband are house and animal sitting while we're gone. And my cousin's husband is like a mega-giant. Truly. His father played for some football team—don't ask me which one, because I have low testosterone and part of that diagnosis means I can't catch a ball and I know nothing at all about sports—but my cousin's hubby is as gigantatron as his football dad and he will hurt anyone who tries to take my shoes. So, just keep that in mind. 

But even though I'm not really here— I'm probably stuffing my piehole with beignets as you're reading this—I'm here in the spirit of my words. And for today, I have a Thanksgiving gift for all you. 

My friend Gigi, at Kludgy Mom, put together a little Thanksgiving compilation, called Talk At The Table and I was thrilled to be a part of her holiday Ebook. Every day, throughout this fabulous holiday of feasting, she is posting a contribution from the book. 

Today is my post. It's called, I Give Thanks For Spanx And So Many Other Beautiful Things. It's my annual list of the things I am most thankful for this year. And yes, Mark Ruffalo and Bono both made the list. 

I would be over the moon excited if you could go over there and check out my post and then take a look around at all of the other super cool bloggers who contributed to Talk At The Table. 

I promise you some fun. Here's a little something to tantalize you.

I've got this picture in my post.

I know you're thinking—what in the world is there to be thankful about this Chia Head look? Well, go take a look and you'll find out. 

And I know I sound like a broken record, but I promise you, I will be back soon. My Internet silence isn't forever. I'll see you soon.

Today's Definite Download: Jimmy Buffett's "Margaritaville." It's definitely not even close to being my favorite Jimmy Buffett song. Way too overplayed. But . . . we're here in Pensacola Beach in Jimmy Buffett's brand new hotel called, yes, Margaritaville. 

Now, I'm kind of a hotel snob. I like good sheets. I like good shower pressure. I like comfort. If I'm going away from home, I want to be happy. And happy to me, is high thread count sheets. What I'm saying is I'm pretty strict when it comes to my hotel standards and this hotel makes me new-shoes happy. From the bleached hardwood floors in the hotel room, (no grody, germ infested carpets), to the platform beds, to the beautiful wall mural in the room, a blown up picture of the stunning Gulf below us, to the luxurious bathrooms with their Key West blue countertops, to all the little but important details. I love this hotel. 

I'll put up pictures next week, but if you're in the area, they've got great rates right now. The word's just getting out about his hotel and so they're trying to woo people in. They wooed me, that's for sure. 

Jimmy Buffett knows how to do things right. You only have to look at his romantic love ballad, "Why Don't We Get Drunk And Screw" to know, this is a man who knows his way around things. 

I'll see you after Turkey Day. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, one and all. 


The Furry Godmother said...

Have fun in NO, Joann! My friend Charlotte lives in Slidell. Oh, you should meet her for drinks!

Mom vs. the boys said...

so jealous! a spur of the moment trip sounds amazing! have a great time, at least you have both shoes- for now!

Joey Lynn Resciniti said...

Amen to the good hotel. I don't get the "roughing it" strategy!

Bossy Betty said...

Great to hear from you! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am with you on the hotel thing, honey!

One Photo said...

Yes, I like nice hotels, no roughing it for me either, and definitely, definitely no camping ever!!!

Pat said...

I remember those car trips with the kids. Good times, indeed!

Have a wonderful time! That hotel sounds fabulous!

MrsJenB said...

Have a great time! I agree, Margaritaville is NOT my fave Buffett song but it fits! We're taking a weekend at the Westin next month and I'm already looking forward to the Heavenly Bed and Heavenly Shower. I would seriously stand in that shower all day long.

And thanks for the laughs over at Gigi's!

Grace said...

You're at the Margaritaville Hotel? I'm so freakin' jealous!

LisaPie said...

Have a wonderful time Joann! If the chillrens do not behave themselves on the trip home, just put on some Christmas music. That has always worked for me.

They either like it and will sing along or they hate it and will try to go in their shell like a turtle and STHU! Either way, it will be a holly jolly drive home!

Baby Sister said...

I agree about hotels...and this one sounds like a winner. Have a nice vacation!! :)

Unknown said...

I'm jealous. It's raining here, and I have to go cook lunch. Bummer!

Cap'n Salty said...

What if your cousin's husband agreed to house and pet sit so he could secretly try on your shoes?

Ash said...

Have a super, wonderful, safe trip!! And Thanksgiving. The hotel sounds devine. No carpet, brilliant.

I bet you can get some smoking' hot and spicy fried turkey in NO. Or, just stick with Hurricanes.

(sorry I owe you an e-mail. I've reached 35,000 words and Nivana. I may never return to blogging ;)

Shell said...

Enjoy your trip!

twelvedaysold said...

One word. Gigantatron.

twelvedaysold said...

One word. Gigantatron.

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Well I hope you at least waved at me a you drove on by my little town. If I had known when I would have stood out on I-10 to say hello and laugh at you and your Clamplettmobile.

I have become more and more of a hotel snob as I have gotten older. Have fun in Nola. Have a beignet for me. Or two. Happy Thanksgiving. Gobble Gobble!

Unknown said...

enjoy enjoy. Happy Thanksgiving.

and Talk at the Table!!!!!

um, wow.

Cheeseboy said...

Do they make man spanx? Bro-spanx? Are they like the things those male ballet dancers wear? I could use some of those.

I enjoy a good hotel too. More than I should given that I am a teacher and can barely afford my own sheets on my bed.

Kimberly said...

Mmmmm...Jimmy Buffet margaritas...lost my train of thought. Oh yeah, I think it's awesome that you took a spur of the moment trip. And with three teenagers? Isn't that worse than packing up 3 toddlers?
Have fun!'

Tinalicious said...

Just read your post over at Gigi's, Joann. Great stuff, as always. Hope you enjoy your trip to NOLA and your stay at Margaritaville. I'll just be home here in Boring Town,USA, doing the usual non-hotel-with-room-service-and-murals-of-the-Gulf kind of stuff. :) Happy Thanksgiving!

Diane LeBleu said...

I enjoyed reading your post over at KM. Drive safe and good thinking to avoid those onerous TSA agents this holiday - otherwise, you might REALLY have a topic for table talk!

Edna said...

Enjoy the trip! Love your posts=)

purplume said...

thank you for expanding my list of things to be grateful for. That is quite the list. XD

Judie said...

You know how much I adore that picture of you in your bathing cap! Have fun in NOLA and remember to wipe the powdered sugar off your face!

Alexandra said...

Are you guys rich or something?? You're always be going somewhere.

Unknown said...

YOu know I especially am very jealous----my dad has a condo in Pensacola that makes me new shoes happy, too. Very clean, nice hardwoods, etc. He's not right on the beach due to Hurricane Ivan a few years ago. He moved inland after that. ANd NOLA? I will just miss you. I am bringing the girls during Christmas week. Too bad we couldn't have coordinated and met up!!!

HAVE FUN! off to see this other post of yours!
Happy Thanksgiving!

Unknown said...

Happy T-Day. I'll visit Gigi, I'm on my way down my netvibes list of all the posts I missed. So see ya there too!

jayayceeblog said...

Except for the missing shoe, sounds like a great time. I love the French Quarter and crave Cafe Dumond. Just yum! Happy Thanksgiving. Safe travels!!!

Melissa B. said...

We took our show on the road, too, for Turkey Day. But nothing as exotic-nor warm-as NOLA! Up in Madison, Wisconsin, the air is cold and the brandy is strong! Hope you and yours had a tantalizing Thanksgiving...

Jen's Farmily said...

I found your blog through someone else's links and I couldn't resist clicking on a blog titled "Laundry hurts my feelings".

I love the mental picture of you guys all crowded in the car and then driving off sans shoe. hee hee. ;)

Dawn in D.C. said...

I miss family times in the car! Sort of.

I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful I can't wait to hear about it. Also, too? What is the name of the hotel? I love a little luxury!

Lula Lola said...

Hope you had a wonderful time. I'm a big Buffett fan, Tin Cup Chalice is one of my favorites. "Gimme oysters and beer for dinner everyday of the year...." Love it!
I must check out his new digs in The Big Easy! Can't wait to see pictures!

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