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Garden District Walking Tour – New Orleans

Many of you have probably been wondering “where did Joni go? you don’t call, you don’t write…” And now you’re just thinking “oh, you were gone for a while?” Maybe so, but I’d like to think you were curious about what I’ve been up to. The past month has been incredibly crazy, but really amazing things have been happening. Life has been full with spontaneous trips to New Orleans and new jobs all around. Then there’s the whole maid of honor and wedding planning thing happening simultaneously. I promise I’m not complaining, everything is so much fun and exciting (and maybe just a tad on the stressful side).

With new jobs for me and Mike on the very near horizon, we took a super spontaneous trip down to News Orleans for five days (booked on Wednesday, left on Friday). I came back with a great appreciation for the city’s history, architecture, jazz and picked up about an 10 extra pounds along the way. I definitely ate my way through New Orleans, but it was all so amazing. I’d like to think all of the walking and sight-seeing counteracted the eating, but my jeans are saying otherwise.

My last day at my current job is next Friday. It’s a bittersweet move, but a wonderful opportunity came my way that I’d be crazy to pass up. So I’m going Lindsay Lohan style in Mean Girls and getting mainstreamed back into the office scene. Two years are a long time to share an office three days a week with just a kitty cat!

But career moves, party planning and a NOLA diet can be tricky to balance all at once, and have left me with spotty, itchy skin. I’m yet to master how to control my stress when I have so many things going on and how to maintain my routine when I travel. I find myself too often needing to get “back on track.”

Life isn’t slowing down any time soon, so I’d love to hear from you on how you manage through the crazy times!


  1. I wish I had the answer to that – I’d be a very rich gal! I guess emulsifying ointment(religiously!) every morning before I shower .. aqueous cream baths when the skin is very itchy … staying away from processed foods and actually trying to stay away from steroid creams. Sometimes they can exacerbate, rather than cure the skin if it’s very irritated Hope that helps (even slightly) Helen
    PS: I was in the US for Christmas but couldn’t find emulsifying ointment anywhere so not sure what your equivalent is. It’s similar to a thick goose or duck fat that you rub onto your skin before showering. It creates a seal and provides great relief from itching and flaking for most of the day.

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