It's Friday! Those words scream "relief" to me at the end of every week. I love Fridays. I live for Fridays. I love the thought of being able to sleep past 5:45am for two days, it brings me much joy.
Tonight I'm going downtown to join in the Mardi Gras festivities. I've never celebrated Mardi Gras before in my life and don't even plan on doing so tonight. However, the Gills are playing and me, being a good friend and faithful attendee to most all of their shows is looking forward to a fun night and a good time with great friends, though it's going to be FREEZING. Downtown Pensacola is right on the bay and the cold wind from the water will be nothing less than chilling. I'm certain that it will still be a good time, as it always is. Better bundle up! They don't even begin playing until 10:00pm. A late, cold night it will be.
I'm very much looking forward to sleeping in as late as I want to tomorrow and hopefully spending some quality time with my mama! We're planning on going to a lovely little Italian restaurant, Petrella's. The prices are fantastic, as well as the food! It's nothing fancy, but adorable and their food is really wonderful. Toasted Ravioli is my absolute favorite...so good! I love my Mom and I really treasure the times we get to spend together. Sure, she has the ability of driving me insane but above all, I wouldn't trade our relationship for anything in the world. I'm truly blessed. I'm not always the most pleasant daughter either though. I guess every mother/daughter relationship has struggles. I love her dearly and I have no doubt in my mind that she loves me.
Many exciting things are on the horizon. One of my dear, dear friends is due to have her baby in the next couple of weeks! I've known Katie since we were 14 and 15 and we swore to always be "Bosom Friends". (Anne of Green Gables was our favorite movie, in case you were wondering.) I was honored to be a bridesmaid in her wedding last March and her and her husband surprised us all with the news of an expected baby soon after they were married. Katie is one of the most beautiful people I know, inside and out and she will without a doubt be an amazing mother! I can't wait to meet this new little joy to enter their lives and watch her grow. Katie is the first of my close friends to get married and start a family and it's so exciting to watch and be apart of!
I turn 22 in 3 weeks! That is just so crazy. I just had my birthday, didn't I? I have no idea what I will do for it, but hopefully it will be something fun! I'd love to take a weekend trip to New Orleans with all of my close friends. New Orleans is only 3 hours away from us and the city is truly unique and the shopping is amazing! They also have some of the most amazing antique shops ever. I love antiques. I love anything vintage. I love the old hotels in downtown New Orleans as well as the French Quarter. The culture there is just so interesting to me. After Hurricane Katrina, much of New Orleans was destroyed, but the French Quarter remained in tact and is still such a neat place to visit! Oh and Cafe Du Monde is a must when you visit New Orleans. You will taste the most heavenly Beignets there. Love it. Okay, I'm ready to go to New Orleans now. Anyone care to join me?
I'm SO excited about springtime and beach weather. You really have no idea how excited I am. Usually we start gearing up for beach days mid-march, which is right around the corner! Eeeeek. I've recently started going to the tanning bed (I know, BAD) but only because I'm tired of being so pale and I want to get a nice base tan before I'm on the beach every saturday. Don't be jealous. I'm not bragging, I just live in paradise! :)
Well that's all I've got for now, friends! I hope you all have an incredible weekend filled with lots of fun and RELAXATION!