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2009 Recap in Pictures

Not being the word smith that so many other people are, I am doing my 2009 recap in pictures.

Image heavy, so I will put it under a cut.


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New years fireworks in the biting cold.
It was cold enough that Craigs sis Chris & husband Eric visiting from Virginia opted not to wait it out.
We bailed right after the fireworks were over.

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Rode the ferry in the fog...

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Marched as corporate pimps under our golden parachutes in the Krewe du Vieux parade.

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Attended the Order of Inca ball as the king's (Inca's) guests. What a wonderful delight to experience the Mobile tableau.

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Went to MOMs Ball the Saturday prior to Mardi Gras. 2 of our krewe members were part of the royalty this past year.

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Rode in Krewe of Orpheus on Lundi Gras. Float name last year was "How the Camel Got Its Hump".

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Was Irish for a day, riding in the Irish Channel Parade.

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Went out to see the Mardi Gras Indians on Super Sunday.

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Saw a bit of Chicagoland snow in late March on a visit to sister Susan & family.

And of course there was Jazz Fest. Craig & I had brass passes. He went all 7 days, I got to go for 2 days.
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Big Sam's Funky Nation
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Drew, Beaux, Nicolle and myself. Craig is behind the camera.

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Took a whole bunch of streetcar pictures. Even got published in the book (http://search.barnesandnoble.com/A-Streetcar-Named-Inspire/Matt-King/e/9780615291680/?itm=2&USRI=streetcar+named+inspire). Pictured is the small version I won at auction, GNO Grub mini done by Paulette Lizano.

Benefits of working in California:
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Went to Muir Woods with sister Susan & family. (John & David pictured)

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Met up with cousin John on that same weekend. We had not seen each other in several years. (He's the tall one)

2 weeks later, Craig came out for the weekend.
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We hiked in Yosemite (Yosemite falls trail pictured) and probably overexerted ourselves, but the views were worth it.

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What started out as just a stair replacement ended up replacing all 4 front columns as well after termite damage was found at the bases.

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Caught the dueling barges for "Go 4th on the River" on the 4th of July.

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Started off August visiting Gabe & David in Arkansas. After seeing Gabe in a small theater production of RENT the night before, we took a canoe trip on Big Piney Creek.

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Took a trip to Brighton England to meet nephew Connor who shares my birthday.

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And a side trip to Greenwich. Here Craig stands over the Prime Meridian.

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Got to see Paris for the first time. Rachel, Ken & Conner pictured. Lesson learned: You cannot see Paris in 2 days. We did some walking, got to the top of the Eiffel Tower and took a boat tour on the Seine. Must go back for a longer period.'

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Attended the Southern Decadence Parade in the French Quarter on Labor Day weekend.

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Saw Marc Broussard (Among other artists) at Gretnafest in early October.

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Spent our 11th anniversary weekend in Chicago and got to go out on the ledge at the Sears (Willis) Tower skydeck.

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caught the Krewe of Boo parade on Decatur.

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Saw the Bingo Show zombie style (with members of Fleur de Tease) at VooDoo Fest.

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Working a week in Washington state gave me the opportunity to have dinner with Craig's brother Brad and wife Lorella in Seattle. I also got to have dinner with cousin DeeAnn that same week.

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Spent Thanksgiving Day in Petal Mississippi at Craig's folks place. Had fun trying to get nieces and nephews to stay still for photos. Alix, Sophie, Peter & Hugh pictured.

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Saw two good friends (Beaux & Nicolle) tie the knot.

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Got back to Chicago the week of Christmas. Did the annual cookie baking with Mom.

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Also got to visit with friends Sue & Jim and see their daughters (pictured) Beth and Katie (my Goddaughter).

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Took a trip down to see family in Indiana as well. Nephew David and 1st cousins once removed Julie & Ellen pictured.

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And of course, being up north, there was snow to be played in with nephew David.

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I made it back down south for Christmas Eve bonfires on the levee.

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Craig wanted to go see music for his birthday (New Years Eve), so after dinner at Muriels, we saw Eric Lindell at d.b.a.


2009 was a very good year for Craig & I.
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