My house is (mostly) immaculate. Ignore the conspicuously unpainted dining room, and don’t hire Crocker Brothers to paint and prepay then leave the house so your children won’t trackh said paint all over the painstakenly acheived clean house which is why I had to hire a painter in the first place. We stated with my sister, Ivy last night and she cooked us a wonderful meal and provided a much needed glass (oh, or two?) if wine. I made it through the week without throwing my children away or my head spontaneously exploding. I’m pleasantly surprised. It truly wasn’t looking good for a while. We woke up early, drove back to Fort Walton and picked up the laundry I left in the dryer, the stroller, and the dog. We were in New Orleans around 1 pm. Randy flew in before we got here so he took a cab to the hotel. Two totally awesome things happened: One, we had a hard time finding a hotel at all this weekend. Essence Music Festival I hear. We almost exclusively stay at Starwood owned hotels since they usually give a superior military rate . None to be had. So, we take a chance on a place called ‘The Lafayette Hotel’. Sure, they offer his and hers bathrobes which always makes me love a hotel even more, but the best part is there are two rooms, basically a living room that converts to a bedroom and the main bedroom, but there is a huge bathroom and HALLWAY separating the rooms. Thank You Lord. I cannot hear my children as they are crying about having to go to bed. At all. Second, I made a hair appointment at a hip place with good reviews andcwhen I went to pay, the bill had been taken care of by someone who wanted me to know she thought I was awesome. Cool, huh? (thank you, thank you and I’d love to put your name in here if I have your permission?) Ivy and Simon will be driving over tomorrow. What a way to spend your last weekend in the country!