Neither of us had ever been before so we were both super excited! (Unfortunately, Dad couldn't make it because of work...)
What was the occasion? My abstract was accepted and so I was off to present my research at the ACS (American Chemical Society) National Conference!! Double super-exciting!! :)
(Side note: I'm the worst tourist ever and didn't bring a nicer camera with me.. So I spent the entire weekend taking snapshots with my phone... #thankyoudroid)
As soon as we got there? Out to lunch of course!! We went to the Oceana Grill for some yummy seafood. And alligator, too of course!! It was actually delicious - we tried it fried and cajun style. The street view from the restaurant was super cute, too. And we had beautiful weather the entire weekend!
We were basically starved after and I wanted to catch one more of the afternoon presentations so we decided to have lunch at the convention center - which was HUGE by the way! Holy Cow! Oh, and of course snap some photos :) Here's Mom by the conference poster!
With the rest of the beautiful afternoon to ourselves, I was ready to rip out of my suit, throw on a summer skirt, and hit the town for a little sun. We decided to check out the riverfront (turns out there wasn't much new to see... by the time we were waiting for our fourth streetcar, we hadn't actually traveled anywhere...) and then ended up deciding on going back to the garden district to actually walk around a little more. We saw a lot of beautiful houses - we never made it far enough to see Toulane (which Dad says is where the shopping, etc. is) but it was still pretty and made for a nice walk...