Mardi Gras starts tomorrow, which got me thinking how much my life has changed since college.
We used to gather up a group of people, rent a van, drive 25+ hours from upstate New York to New Orleans, and then spend four days (I kid you not) LIVING OUT OF OUR CAR.
We’d wash ourselves in the sink at the local mall, we’d sleep in a public park in sleeping bags, and we’d spend the entire time totally trashed.
I would never, I repeat, NEVER do that at this point in my life.
But, it did occur to me that in some ways, the Mardi Gras celebration is not that different from what goes on in my house today.
Nobody is making out with random strangers they find on the street, but there is definitely a lot of dress-up going on around here.
Here are the top ten ways my life is like Mardi Gras:
1. My three-year-old will never turn down a beaded necklace. And she likes to wear her whole collection all at once.
2. Between breastfeeding and bath time, someone’s always got their top off.
3. You can’t hand someone a full drink without them spilling it on the floor.
4. Speaking of drinks, my three-year-old is starting to get suspicious that I’m watering hers down.
5. Someone just threw up all over my shirt. For the seventh time. Today.
6. Yesterday I carried a passed out girl home in the middle of the day.
7. Begging and bribing is the only way to get anyone to do what you want.
8. No matter what time of night it is, someone’s always wide awake and ready to party.
9. A half-pirate, half-princess in a superhero cape just paraded by and nobody batted an eye.
10. There’s so much nudity and bad behavior, you stop registering it after awhile.