This post is somewhat of a hodgepodge of the events in the last week, because it was definitely a busy, eventful seven days that was also very unique to living in Louisiana! Last Wednesday we celebrated National Signing Day welcoming 23 new signees to the LSU Football team. For those of you all who follow college football, this is a HUGE day. It is similar to Christmas for those who work in athletics.
On a day like this, I work all three of my jobs – Coordinator of Offensive Operations, LSUsports.net reporter and CST LSU GameDay Live reporter. Needless to say, it makes for a very eventful (and very long!) day. I started the day at 7:00 am interviewing five of the signees in the 2016 class who are already on LSU campus as early enrollees. I have known these guys throughout their recruitment process, but this was my first time to interview them. This is always exciting for me to do, because I enjoy seeing how much they grow from their first interview with me until they graduate college.
Throughout the day the staff welcomed the Tigers’ newest signees, and I updated social media and hung around to watch ESPN do their live hits from our office. I also spent time updating our rundown for our ‘Signing Day Live’ show that was set for later in the afternoon.
Of course I had to get a new Signing Day outfit to commemorate the day! I went to one of my favorite boutiques in Baton Rouge, NK Boutique, and picked up this versatile BCBG camel colored sweater. It honestly is one of the most comfortable things in my closet. I paired it with my trusty ol’ J.Crew pixie pants and a brand new pair of Nike Air Max 90 Premiums that are now my favorite pair of shoes! I also thought it was time to upgrade the bling on my right hand, because that is the hand that I hold the microphone with, so I picked up this Naomi double ring from Kendra Scott, and I know I will get a lot of use out of this piece.
In the afternoon we had our live show that aired on LSUsports.net. This is always fun to do, because I really enjoy working with Gordy Rush, and this year we were also joined by the new Voice of the Tigers, Chris Blair. My husband, Shea Dixon, joins us as a Recruiting Analyst for part of the show, so I enjoy being able to do that with him on such a big day.
Since Mardi Gras was early this year (February 9th), Mardi Gras weekend immediately followed Signing Day…and I am getting tired again just writing about this! The Friday before Mardi Gras is my favorite day of the year. Two years ago Shea and I got engaged on this day because he knows how much I love it. My brothers, friends, husband and I go to Pat O’Brien’s Piano Bar in the French Quarter on this day every year and have too much fun. Literally, we should cut the fun out a few hours earlier than we typically do.
On Saturday we go to the Endymion Extravaganza. Endymion is one of the biggest parades in New Orleans for Mardi Gras, and it is quite the experience to not only watch the parade from the street but to also attend the Extravaganza. Those who attend the ball are required to wear floor length gowns and tuxes. My outfit consisted of the same dress I wore last year and a pair of dirty converse. When you have thousands of people on the floor of the Superdome drinking and dancing, you will end up with sludge all over your dress. This is why I don’t go too fancy on this particular night!
My brother looked at me and one point and said, “How cool is it that this is the only place in the world right now that this is going on?” I am so used to celebrating Mardi Gras in New Orleans each year that I sometimes forget how unique it is. It really made me thankful of where I am from and how I grew up. I can’t imagine my year without Mardi Gras to look forward to! Once the parade rolled through the Dome we danced all night to Steven Tyler as he sang classic Aerosmith songs and then headed out around 3am.
We arrived back to Baton Rouge thoroughly exhausted after the last few days and took some time relaxing then celebrated Mardi Gras day with crawfish and beer at one of our favorite local restaurants, Sammy’s. It was such a fun weekend, and I am so thankful that I was able to take some time off from work, but I woke up in the middle of the night on Tuesday stressing out about the work week that followed my time off. My thoughts were unwelcomed in the middle of the night, but once I fell asleep and woke up in the morning, I realized it was actually a pretty perfect segway into Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent.
I love Lent. It really is a time for reflection for myself, and I have decided to not only give something up for Lent this year (fast food), but to also start adding things to my routine to make me feel better. I want this blog/website to grow into something that I am proud of and have fun doing, however, there is one big thing that I still haven’t been able to get over – asking people to take pictures of me by myself! I had a friend from California text me on Mardi Gras day that she couldn’t wait to see all of my outfits from the weekend, and I realized that I barely had any pictures. I am no model and by no means look on point each day, and honestly, I just feel goofy asking for someone to take pictures of me. But then I remembered, that is one of the main thoughts behind the whole premise of this blog. I want it to be real here, so my photos might sometimes (or most of the time) be from an iPhone and with other people and not have the prettiest background, because that is real life.
I feel like I barely have enough time each day to live my real life, much less style another one for my website or social media. This blog is a work in progress…just like me!