I had so much fun at Mardi Gras this year! My family got a hotel room downtown from Sunday night through Wednesday afternoon. I was a bit worried that I wouldn't be able to enjoy myself because I'd be too absorbed in thoughts of all the bullshit that went down in NYC, but to the contrary, I didn't think of that stuff at all! I was too busy having fun. It was just what I needed. In addition to the fact that I was able to put thoughts of those hard times behind me for the very first time, I was able to actually enjoy the company of my stepfamily and their friends. I didn't much care for them growing up and it's nice to finally relax and have a lassiez faire attitude about it all as an adult. Chelsea, Dave, and Molly spent their Carnival with us also, and they too are like family. All in all it was a great time and there was minimal drama. We met some interesting characters along the way, including several individuals on the Bacchus route who absolutely added to the merriment of our evening and this really cool Canadian woman staying at our hotel named Barb who came out to the Quarter with us Tuesday night and had the time of her life flashing her tits on the balcony of Cat's Meow. My stepbrother dragged us to Bourbon and INSISTED that I sing karaoke, to which I finally obliged after 4 rainstorms from Pat O's. I was literally in the middle of singing "My Humps" by Black Eyed Peas as the patrol cars and street sweepers cleared Bourbon Street at midnight. How freaking random and amazing is that?!? It turned out to be a really great time.