Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Fat Tuesday and Ash Wednesday

The last few days of Mardi Gras were a whirlwind.  Friday night we headed down to the Crewe of Columbus parade.  Our friends, Harry & Lance, knew someone on one of the floats which meant we had tons of stuff flying our direction.  We are talking entire bags of beads!  I was just ducking for cover!  Harry was holding a drink in a Styrofoam cup but this is all that was left after the float passed by... 

We met up with our friends Mary & Poe and caught the parade a second time farther down the parade route.  We repeated the scenario previously described.  It was a great parade and a fun night.  Thankfully there were no injuries!

The weather on Saturday was awful, which meant the parades were postponed until Sunday.  We did, of course, brave the rain for the Mystics of Time (MOT) ball.  We had a great time dancing the night away with friends. 
 with my cousin Courtney and Sean
 with Mary

On Sunday, also known as Joe Cain Day in Mobile, we had planned to spend the day watching parades, especially my favorite - the MOT dragons that breathe smoke.  However, our very late night on Saturday took a lot out of us so we opted to stay in.  A sure sign you are getting old!

Fat Tuesday started bright and early.  We headed downtown to claim our spot in the parking garage on royal street, then had breakfast at spot of tea.  Several parades roll on the last day of Mardi Gras.  The Knights of Revelry were recently featured on the show Dirty Jobs.  I learned that those big silver things the "Folly" is banging around are actually cow bladders that are blown up and spray painted.  Who knew?
The Folly

 The Excelsior Band

King Felix

 Cameron pretending to be the Situation from Jersey Shore
the fattest thing Harry has ever done (it's payback, Harry!)

 After the King & Queen of Mardi Gras, come the Comic Cowboys.  Now the Comic Cowboys are always fun.  They feature a man dressed up as their queen and the floats are far from impressive, but each float features some witty comment about local & national news, politics, etc.  Always good for a laugh.  Here are a few of my favorites: 

 I didn't get a picture of this one quick enough.  It says, "Welcome to Alabama the Beautiful.  No habla espanol."

Mardi Gras is so much fun, and I love to live in a town that really celebrates it.  But to be honest, its always a little bit of a relief when it draws to a close.  Today, Ash Wednesday, officially starts the 40 days of Lent.  I did not grow up in a home or church that observed Lent, but having married into an Episcopalian family I have learned more about this religious holiday.  It's a time to focus on Christ's sacrifice and committing to making a sacrifice in your life helps serve as a daily reminder of that.  Cameron has chosen to give up fast food.  I have decided to give up playing on the internet at night.  Now I know that sounds weird.  Why not the internet completely?  Quite frankly I don't know that it's possible in this day and time.  However, I find that I spend a lot of my spare time at night and on the weekends playing on the internet - shopping, playing on Facebook or Pinterest, or reading blogs.  I want to spend that time with my husband, exercising, being productive, rather than wasting the time on something so un-fulfilling.  So what are you giving up for Lent?


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