Surviving New Orleans: Day Two

Val here!

First of all, I’d like to point out that on this day six years ago, we were getting married and the rain held off until the photographer snapped our last photo.

October 13th, 2012

October 13th, 2018

We had no such luck today …
We woke up to a very rainy Dallas, but it didn’t deter us from going out to experience a new coffee place — one of our favorite things to do in a new city.
Today’s coffee venture was Avoca Coffee in Fort Worth. That’s right … we drove 45 minutes for coffee. Matthew was skeptical, but after being able to experience a coffee drink he’s never had before (the Charlie Sheen) … he said it was worth it.
Matthew grew up in a coffee shop … and from my experience with him and coffee shops, there have been very few times Matthew has seen something on a coffee menu and not been able to explain what it was. So this was a bit more of an experience than normal.
*The Charlie Sheen: A mix of Coca Cola and Espresso
We weren’t able to stay for long since we had a lunch date an hour away, but what we did experience was worth the trip.

I had a latte (and muffin) and Matthew had a macchiato and the Charlie Sheen (not pictured). Also pictured is my day-late Inktober sketch of a whale’s eye.

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After coffee, we headed back to Dallas to meet up with Mom, Dad and Aunt Trish at a little Italian restaurant. It was a yummy little hole in the wall. Props to Aunt Trish for the find.
It was also nice to just sit and chat. I only get to see Aunt Trish a couple times a decade, and the sass her and Mom bring out in each other is always entertaining.
After lunch, Matthew got to meet Aunt Trish’s dog, a Shetland named Allie … so he was on cloud nine.

Our night ended with a celebration of my cousin, Dan, and his now-wife, Allie, getting married … which meant a chance to dress in our fancy duds.
And my goodness what a party it was.
The wedding was gorgeous and the meal was yummy, but my favorite part was the live band — a Beatles Tribute Band.
Truth be told, Matthew and I aren’t reception-type people. (We only dance at home in our kitchen and about 90 percent of that is us being complete goofballs.) However, this band had me itching to do more than just tap my foot. … Matthew was more for keeping our dance moves to ourselves.

A photo with the bride and groom.

We knew this day was going to be more of a catch up with my aunt and cousins than it would be a day to celebrate our anniversary, but that’s what we have the next few days in New Orleans for.

Meet us back here tomorrow for our first day in New Orleans!

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“How did you fall in love with New Orleans?”
“At once, madly. Looking back, sometimes I think it was predestined.”

   – Andrei Codrescu

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