like a damn deer in the headlights

I forgot to mention that next weekend (March 26th – 29th), Catie and I are taking a quick trip to New Orleans. It’s my mom’s hometown, a bunch of my family is going to be there, and most of them have never met Catie. The last time I went to New Orleans, I was 6 weeks pregnant with Catie. And even though we were there for my cousin’s wedding, which was lovely and beautiful, I was also completely ill with morning sickness most of the time, and I couldn’t eat oysters or drink a hurricane or anything, so it wasn’t as much fun as I wanted. But I love New Orleans, it’s one of my favorite cities. It feels like home to me, even though I’ve never actually lived there. (I grew up going there all the time to visit my grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.)

So, next Friday, Catie & I will be hopping on a plane headed south. My mom is going to meet us there, and we’re sharing a hotel room, so it should be a lot of fun. And as much as I love my family and look forward to seeing them, I’m mostly excited about the food. New Orleans has some of the best food in the world.

Oh, and when I told Catie that we’re going to the city where Princess Tiana (from “The Princess & The Frog”) lives? She responded, “I need a princess costume.” Umm. This is the first time she’s expressed any interest whatsoever in dressing up like a princess. I kind of figured this phase was coming eventually, and I swore I wouldn’t fight it. Most girls go through a princess phase, and most of them outgrow it in due time.

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(Yes, we bought the t-shirt and the DVD yesterday, as soon as it was released. I figure that as far as Disney princesses go, Tiana is probably the most empowered of all of them, and besides, the music in the movie doesn’t make me want to bash my head into a wall.)

Anyway, Catie happens to be lucky that her Mimi (my mom) is an excellent seamstress, because she is currently whipping up a custom-made princess costume for her as I type.

As for me, I was thinking about the fact that we’ll probably be taking pictures while we’re there, and lately I’ve been looking a bit like the sad slacker mom who doesn’t make much of an effort anymore. I made an appointment to get my hair cut, and yesterday I went to get my eyebrows waxed. I decided to try out a new place, because it’s closer to our new house and I’m lazy, and… hmm. Ok, well, let’s just look at the photographic evidence.

This is what I looked like before the eyebrow wax.

Mommy & Catie

Now, I realize that my eyebrows are way too heavy and they’re a big ol’ mess. So I needed to get them tidied up. I know that. But I think my eyebrow waxer lady yesterday might’ve been just a little bit overzealous.

Post-eyebrow wax

I look a little bit startled, don’t I? I mean, I’m intentionally not doing anything with my face in this picture, and still… Yeah. (Aside: good GOD, I look tired. And you can totally see my lazy eye in this picture. Lovely.)

I don’t think I’m at the point of breaking out the eyebrow pencil yet. But it’s weird. My face feels sort of naked and air-conditioned all of a sudden.

18 thoughts on “like a damn deer in the headlights

  1. You look less surprised and more, um, like you’re raising one eyebrow in judgement. But no one else will notice unless you point it out. Haircut’s pretty!

    • @Cat, HA! I haven’t gotten the haircut yet! It’s on Saturday. I specifically cropped the photo so you can’t see how messy my ends are. (Trust me, they’re bad.)

  2. You don’t look as suprised as I thought you would. Doesn’t look bad. Actually I think you look great!
    I miss New Orleans. I wish I were going too! Have a great time.
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  3. I like the tv in the background w/ the frog looking all “heyyyy” at Catie in her shirt. She’s too cute!

    I swear by eyebrow threading!

    And I know what you mean about New Orleans feeling like home. New York has always felt like home to me whenever I’ve visited there. If it wasn’t so damned expensive to live there I would in a heart beat!

    • @Jess, I hadn’t even noticed the frog on the TV. (I actually thought it was the alligator at first glance.) Nice catch!

      My issue with New Orleans is not that it’s too expensive, it’s that it’s too dang HOT to live there. I love it, but I cannot deal with their weather.

  4. Have a fun time in NO. I love the city as well, ya’ll will have a good time with family.

    I haven’t seen The Princess & the Frog yet but I plan on buying it this weekend when I go pick up my NEW MOON DVD when it’s released on Saturday. LOL
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  5. Our girls are in the princess phase now. The best time to get costumes is right after Halloween, while everything is 50% or more off. Also, remember that Target carries a pretty good selection year round at a good price. Never buy one in the Disney store unless you have to. Those dresses are crazy expensive.
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    • @Shari, You know, I would consider buying one at Target, except that all I have to do is call my mom and say, “You know, Catie just mentioned that she wanted a princess costume…” The next day, my mom calls me from the fabric store to ask me about colors and patterns. Way easier than buying it myself. 🙂

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