Mardi Gras 2007
How did this become a trend to be out of town or busy with after-work events right before my parties?!? 😉 I think it started with Halloween 2002 when the Choral Project sang at the National Cathedral in October, plus I was moving out of my apartment & into the duplex at the same time! For Mardi Gras 2005, when our work kickoff event was local but required me out at events every evening & back for early meetings the next morning, I’d come home around 11pm & do party prep until I couldn’t keep my eyes open. Then NANOG in LA was the week before Halloween 2005, but that was only a week so I worked around it, decorating before I left, working on mad scientist tags on the flight, etc. This past Halloween it was my own fault for going to Oktoberfest when I was invited, and I only planned to stay after Oktoberfest vs. before so I’d be in town for our concert, which was moved to when I was gone anyway! 😉 Now we have kickoff in Vegas this time, plus I’m staying the weekend after to see a highschool friend who lives there, so I’m missing both pre-party weekends, leaving me only 5 days when I get back before the party! Perhaps some might say that the parties aren’t enough and that I have to create extra excitement for myself…? 😉
Whew…I’m even more tired this week than in Vegas! Back to my old habit of staying up all hours but still having to get up for work in the morning…ugh! 3:30am bedtime last night which was the worst this week, but I’m getting there!
Another Mardi Gras Masquerade is over! This year it was 22 of us including 3 kids, which was a small crowd compared to many of my recent parties, but not a record low…that was only 17 back in 2005. The horrible blustery weather probably had a lot to do with it. As I was still running around doing party prep, the rain was so loud on my roof a few times I could barely hear myself think! The lesser amount of people was good for being able to talk, and I was ready enough I got to socialize aplenty, but I still didn’t get to eat or drink during the party much! 😉