So, what did I do in New Orleans last week?
Great question. Let's See.
On Valentine's Day, I donated blood at our first office-wide blood drive. That evening, we went to see my daughter's basketball game and then packed for my trip to New Orleans for KW's Family Reunion 2019.
In the morning, I went to the airport in DC and saw some co-workers and we grabbed a drink before heading out. When we landed in the New Orleans Airport, it felt like any other airport with the gates and vendors lining the corridor. As we headed out of the security area I noticed a live jazz band playing in the airport lobby. Okay, I thought. This feels more like New Orleans.
Welcome to New Orleans!
As I approached the Baggage Claim Area, I heard a woman saying, "Welcome to New Orleans! Free Shots on Fridays!" and she gave me a shot of fireball.
Then I heard a man shouting, "Pet a baby alligator!" So I went
and touched a baby alligator. His name is Bartholemew. Isn't he cute? This is all before leaving the airport.
Instead of staying at a hotel, I decided to stay with a friend of mine who lives in the Bywater neighborhood. It's been way too long since I've hung out with her so I was excited to catch up.
She picked me up at the airport and we went by her adorable house to drop off my bags and change. Her house is a long chain of rooms with high ceilings and white walls and tons of character. She is one of my crafty friends and she displays a lot of cool artwork throughout her home. She told me that we were going to a "Decorate a Mardi Gras Headband" party and dinner with her boyfriend, George.
We went to her friend's house where I met some very cool and crafty women and used glue guns and glitter to create headbands and sunglasses to wear to Mardi Gras parades. I made a headband that was a good beginner piece. The kids made some spectacular pieces. Amazing home and art and glitter supplies! I could hang out with these ladies all day.
Next we went to a dark, commercial district that was strangely quiet and went to a door somewhat hidden in a fence, behind which is N7. With an adorable indoor bar and restaurant and a huge garden filled with outdoor seating and atmosphere. We were seated in a somewhat private, covered outdoor table. George made wonderful recommendations for a variety of drinks and dishes and excused ihimself to go and say hello to friends including Harry Shearer. The small plates were great for sharing and each one was delightful. We shared the Grilled Bok Choy, Roasted Purple Onion, Steamed Mussels, Pork Katsu with beet puree, and a few other items as well. Wonderful flavors and textures. Sorry I didn't take any pictures. This is definitely a place my DC Foodie friends should put on their to-do lists.
The next morning we grabbed a coffee at the Bakery. It had To Go Cups with greens and grits or fruit and granola and I simply had to try the deviled eggs which came with olives and other delectable bits on top. Then I was off to Family Reunion 2019. I wanted to get checked in, find some co-workers, and get in line for a chance to meet Mo Anderson at her book signing. I knew the line would be long.
There are many people to look up to in Keller Williams. Caitlin is mesmerized by Dianna Kokoszka, Our techies are all in for Josh Team, Everyone is with Gary Keller #ImWithGary, and I have several favorites as well. On top of the list is Mo Anderson. She is a remarkable woman with incrediblle integrity who is the face of the values and culture of KW. I've been to her Prayer Breakfast in Virginia and I book my plane tickets so I'm able to attend the Insprational Breakfast at the end of each Family Reunion. It feels like going to church.
So when I saw on the schedule that Mo Anderson would be signing her books at Family Reunion, I knew where I had to be. The line was long, but the people in the line were amazing. We shared contact information, discussed the break out sessions we wanted to see. We waited patiently, hoping the line would move quickly enough to make sure we each had a chance to meet our hero.
Then the KW crew came and rearranged the velvet ropes so that no more people could enter the line. There wasn't much time left before Gary would begin his speech. Everyone in line applied their lipstick and got ready. Luckily, we were all able to get a moment with Mo Anderson and have her sign our books. I just love her. And her book. Her inspiration breakfast is the best part of each family reunion. Each KW agent can make a small donation to KW Cares each time they close a transaction. Throughout the year, some of the money is used for a variety of causes, often times helping people during natural disasters. The inspiration breakfast highlights three amazing recipients and Mo gives them the thing they need to do more good. It's incredible.
Next off to Gary Keller's Keynote Address. If you haven't been to Family Reunion, it is incredible, inspiring, and a little overwhelming. Just being in a room with 20,000 other KW agents is a sight to see. Somehow, everyone files in, finds their group and takes a seat to listen to Gary and a handfull of speakers tell us a story about what we are about to experience at Family Reunion and in the coming year.
While in New Orleans I attended two Mardi Gras Parades.