Happy Friday! T-minus one day until the Pelicans’ home opener! I’m really looking forward to Saturday. On Sunday, we have a Saints home game, too, so it’s an action-packed weekend. Today’s installment of Five Things for Friday includes TWO puppy pictures — I couldn’t resist snapping Jersey snuggling with her lion. She’s so cute.
The girl caught me snapping away while she was all snuggled up.
Cutest Saturday morning date ever! Baby Will [and his mom, Julie] were the best shopping buddies at last weekend’s Kendra Scott store opening.
Tuesday was the start of the morning show circuit to promote some of our upcoming Pelicans games – was lucky to spend the morning with some fabulous Pelicans Dance Team members, Brianna and Taylor.
On Tuesday, Saints RB C.J. Spiller visited a local school as a part of the Fuel Up to Play 60 Campaign. SUDIA sponsored the visit and the kids were so energetic and had such a great time. Check out more about the visit here.
A rare photo of the pups snuggling…cuteness overload.
Basketball is back!! The NBA season officially started last night and our home opener is Saturday! FINALLY!!!
Last night was the first game of the season. It didn’t have the result we were all hoping for, but that’s the beauty of the NBA…there is always another game. Last night’s game didn’t end until after 12:30 a.m. our time which is WAY too late for me. Tonight we play at Portland — another game past my bed time — but it’s fun to be able to WATCH us play (pre-season games were broadcast via radio only). We’re playing a new style of basketball and it. is. exciting.
Since the team rebranded to the Pelicans, I have been on the hunt for red and blue clothing and accessories. Some of the items I found online are so cute — the color change has been great — much easier to find navy and red!
Lucy Rose, a local boutique, has some great pieces that are VERY Pelicans game-day friendly (4, 7, 9, 23) and I am LOVING the cardigans — a must for games in case it gets chilly in the Smoothie King Center.
The Real LA shirt is awesome — would be a great shirt for when we play the Lakers or the Clippers. The fringe booties are from Candy Apple, another local boutique. Fringe booties are at the top of my list for shoes, so I may have to run over and see if they still have them in my size.
For the local fans, below are three items the Pelicans Shop by adidas (located at the Smoothie King Center) is currently carrying. Unfortuantely, they’re not on the Pelicans shop site, but the burlap bag, especially, is so cute.
After making the playoffs last year, I really hope the locals are looking forward to the season — it’s going to be a good one!
If you’re really a superfan — you could add one of these to your game-day look!
Today’s post is VERY Saints-centric! I couldn’t resist after a win like last night’s against the Falcons.
Popcorn display from last week’s Saints get together.
Quincy & Ryan (two of the Pelicans players) had pre-game interviews yesterday and enjoyed the sideline view for the first quarter. I can’t even pretend to know what they’re doing in this picture — clearly, it was torture hanging out with these guys! Haha!
We came home to a sign from our neighbor, Ms. Shiela; she’s a HUGE Saints fan and really must not like the Falcons.
Day-after-game breakfast of champions; Community Coffee and a fleur-de-lis cookie.
I hope everyone is looking forward to the weekend. I’m heading to the LSU/Florida game tomorrow — my first time in Death Valley! As much as it’s going to kill me as a Buckeye, I may have to wear purple and gold tomorrow. When in Rome, right?
Well, my goal of having a post every day Monday through Friday was blown up last week! I’m sorry for going almost a week (!!!) without any new content.
Last week, we had two big events: the unveiling of our Pride unifroms for Pelicans which are Mardi Gras-themed and the Justice For All Ball which was held at the Saints and Pelicans facilities on Friday night.
The below picture was taken by one of my co-workers, Ashley Amoss, at the uniform unveiling. When it came to this event, there were A LOT of variables and moving parts, but the ‘ta-daa!’ moment that we wanted so badly to create was a success. You can catch the whole video here. There were 100 second-graders that sat in front of the stage which added a fun element and they brought some serious energy!
Jrue Holiday giving out high-fives at the Pride uniform unveiling. (Photo by Layne Murdoch, Jr./NBA Photos).
The next event was the Justice For All Ball benefiting the Pro Bono Project and that was on Friday night. The event was beautiful – the below photo doesn’t do it justice! I haven’t heard final numbers yet, but I hope the event raised a lot of money.
The Ball ended around midnight and I walked in the door at home around 3:35 a.m. After that, Saturday was pretty much a wash and I spent a lot of time napping with two of my favorite cuddle buddies.
They’re too funny. JoJo always lays next to the bed like that, but, most times, sticks his head underneath so it’s dark — he’s an ostrich dog!
Yesterday was game day for the Saints… not the outcome we were all hoping for but tomorrow is the start of a new day!
Here’s to a good start of the week! Leaving you with one of my favorite quotes from this article. I can’t even remember where I first clicked on a link, but it was an interesting read.
This week has felt like a marathon! Though there will definitely be some visits to the office this weekend, I hope to knock out a few things around the house and take the pups to the dog park a couple of times.
Today’s Five Things for Friday is a meaningful one. Hope you enjoy!
It’s hard to believe it’s already September — which means basketball season is right around the corner! Above is a pregame shot before Game 3… can’t wait to have the Pels back in the Smoothie King Center.
The above photo is from last year’s New Orleans PurpleStride hosted by the local affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Hosted by Natalie Shepherd, four local survivors are featured in this photo. This year’s event is coming up on Sunday, Nov. 8. You can register here. It’s an amazing event run by passionate volunteers that supports a more-than-worthy cause in the fight against pancreatic cancer. More information about the organization can be found at www.pancan.org.
I saw on Facebook that this month is Childhood Cancer Awareness month. In the center of this photo is Bailey, a patient at St. Jude that we met last year (also pictured is my gal pal and co-worker Ashley). Next week, I’ll post Bailey’s story — she is the most incredible kid! To increase awareness for Childhood Cancer Awareness, #ShowYourGold this month.
Last weekend, I had a bunch of photos printed from Africa for my office and this will always be one of my favorites. In the print, you can see even better how the rhino is looking directly into the lens. It was so cool to be so close to him as he marked his territory and milled around. Seeing so many animals last summer was amazing, but the rhinos were the most magical — they remind me of a dinosaur or a mythical creature because of their horns. It’s such a shame their population has been decreased so drastically by poaching. Also — if you’re an animal lover — check out National Geographic’s Warlords of Ivory. Journalist Bryan Christy is planting faux ivory tusks with GPS trackers to an effort to follow the ivory trade market through Central Africa. The special that aired last week showed the impact of ivory trade on the elephant population, but, even more tragically, the violent and volatile situation it has created throughout Africa, especially the Central African Republic, South Sudan and Kafia Kingi. The information through this interactive map provides staggering statistics. The group responsible for the ivory trafficking, has killed or abducted more than 8,000 people.
Today’s post is rounded out with a picture of my little guy, JoJo. I love this photo — he’s so happy in front of his favorite tree at the dog park. Hopefully, we get there at least once this weekend.
Hope everyone finishes out the week strong and has a great long weekend!