A Recalcitrant Wife and Mother Tells All

My First Mardi Gras

In The Powder RoomHey party people! I’m over In The Powder Room today reminiscing about my first (and last) authentic Mardi Gras experience.

I don’t want to spoil the ending, but let’s just say that if my daughter ever wants to go to Mardi Gras it will have to be over my dead, heavily beaded body.

I’m not kidding.

Come on over and read all about my maiden voyage to the Big Easy. I’ll bring the Muffalettas. (Not a euphemism.)



  1. Brett Minor

    I have it on my bucket list to make to Mardi Gras one time. I am a little intimidated, but will make the trip someday.

  2. Carrie

    I say we do it. Next year.

    Next year, the 42 year old Iris can meet her friend, the then 43 year old Carrie and several other of her 40-something year old friends.

    And we collect beads. Cause well, I’ve never done it. But I need to do it while they’re still kinda good.

    And honestly, I’d be scared. And probably chicken out. But I’d at least grip the bottom of my shirt. And consider it.

    But I’d come home with lots and lots of beads for bragging rights.

    And nobody but ya’ll would know I bought them rather than earned them.

    • The Bearded Iris

      Girlfriend, you got yourself a DEALIO. I might need to do what I did in high school though (fine, middle school) and tell my husband I’m going to your house for a sleep over, because there is no way in H-E-double-hockey-sticks he agrees for me to go anywhere near a party like that with a hot girl like you. (Bless your heart, but you probably still have really nice ta-tas and will definitely be flashing them for beads with my enthusiastic encouragement.) Oh damn, he’s probably reading this right now and making plans to thwart our mid-life crisis related fun! Quick. Look busy. “STELLA!”

  3. Teresa

    Fun. The trips we dread to take with our children. And of course, those will be your favorite beads!

  4. the muskrat

    Did I inspire this? I surely hope so.

    • The Bearded Iris

      Hey! You came by! Did you bring your lederhosen and beer bong? (Please say yes.) I have to write my posts for that site about a week in advance, so no, you aren’t the inspiration for this exact post. HOWEVER, now that I’ve seen how good Mardi Gras can be as a {ahem} mature adult? You will most certainly be my inspiration if I ever make it back there. You, sir, are F-U-N with a capital Horse Head. Way to represent team ~40.

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