This is primarily a Tulane football blog, although I do occasionally comment on all matters Tulane that may or may not be any of my business. I love following Tulane Greenwave football, zing-zang Bloody Marys, hostessing cute tailgating parties, and life in New Orleans. It's fabulous. oh and I adore Mr. Hullabaloo. PS This blog is not affiliated in any way "officially" with Tulane University or Tulane Athletics. It is purely the crazy antics and obsessions of Mr. and Mrs. Hullabaloo who love them some greenwave (I say tee-ay (!) y'all).

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Krewe of Cleopatra

It's April and you know what that means around New Orleans:  Mardi Gras Krewe Dues are Due!

So yes, y'all! A Bucket List item got crossed off my list....

Meet this one year veteran member of Krewe of Cleopatra!

I've lived in New Orleans for what, two and a half decades and just finally got around to joining a krewe this past year. I am totally smitten with riding in Mardi Gras now!

It is very random to be talking about Mardi Gras in April and with all of the exciting news of the new coaching hires in Greenwave Nation, the win against the Corndogs out at the Litter Box, etcetera... but I really loved everything about my riding experience and wanted to share since this is the time to join if you wanted to join.

So here it is My Top 10 list about why I loved riding in Cleo:

1. Westbank - holla!  Proud bestbanker here.  I saw a few "I heart the westbank!" signs on the parade route - thank you for the love, Eastbank Americans! Cleo started out as a Westbank krewe, and lots of Cleo girls (like me) are Westbank-American Princesses.

Call us "WAPs" ha ha!.

My beautiful friend Kimberly was Queen in 2012 in this photo.  But anyways, Cleo also has women from all over now.  I met some lovely ladies who come in from Mobile, women who reside in Uptown and Metry, and River Parishes.

Our Den is in St. Rose.  But I just love that it's origins are from the Wank.  See look, at the bridge in this photo during our float load up.

2. The Pre-Party!  Our pre-party is at Generations Hall, and it was off. the. chain!  The DJ was so super fun, and everyone is care-free and just enjoying the moment.  Dancing like nobody cares in the middle of the day.

These days we are all so over scheduled and busy, and multi-tasking, and rushing around, and honestly I had forgotten how it's like to just "be". It was so fun to shake my tush and sing and dance with 700 other fun ladies.

We also had a ball two weeks before the ride and another ball in the fall when they picked the court. And those were all about the fun too.

3. Some of my Greenie Gals ride in Cleo too! Enough said, love my Tulane fans! It's how I decided that this was the krewe for me.  My peoples.

4. We're first!  I like that we ride first at the beginning of Mardi Gras, like the opening ceremonies of the Olympics. Yeah Krewe du Vieux blah blah, but this is the very first night of the Uptown route.  This is when shit gets real.

Riding the Friday before the second weekend, means that I got to rest and enjoy the more hectic final weekend of Mardi Gras as a spectator without being completely spent and exhausted.  Coach Hullabaloo and I went a little crazy this Mardi Gras season and made three balls (Cleo's, Extravaganza, and Orpheuscapade).

This is me lying on the ground at the end of the night.  I could barely move.  I was in so much pain, but it was so worth it.  All of it.

Don't know what we were thinking, but we were troopers getting through Mardi Gras.  If I had riden just days before our marathon of balls I would be in traction or something.  Next year, I am booking a massage for the next day.

5. Cleopatra is such a cool and beautiful icon.  Really, I have been having SO much fun finding Ancient Egyptian themed "stuff".  Come follow my pinterest board!

Coach Hullabaloo even had this beautiful charm made for me for Christmas and I love it.  #RideCleo!

Totally love all the cute finds! More excuses for shopping!

6. The cups!  So every krewe has a signature "throw" now.  And as much as it stressed me out to be racing to make these - I really did enjoy being creative for creative's sake and not just because I was under pressure to make a deadline for a client.  It was fun coming up with ideas and figuring out how to attach things to the cups.

I did two day long marathon cup making sessions, and even enlisted my trusted and favorite intern, Coach Hullabaloo, to help me finish hot gluing and bag them up the week before.

7. The RIDE! I was exhausted and ached from every muscle and joint in my body, but it was so worth it!

Our float had it's own DJ and the music was fun, the people we rode with were fun. We laughed and danced and shared snacks and drinks during stops.  It was amazing to be able to see my friends on the route with signs, and screaming for me. This year I rode with my mom who loves Mardi Gras more than me!

Yes!  That's Barry Manilow watching our parade!

8. We make it rain! I should have taken a photo, but the ladies who rode next to us on our float had throws for days.  I calculated pretty well and ran out in front of the Marriott on Canal, but the ladies by us probably had enough more stuff to throw for an entire other parade.

And yes, I have already started the purchasing of throws for next season. I can't wait til they announce the theme so I can start being all theme-y with my throws!

9. Miss Tuttie - she is the cutest Krewe founder in all of New Orleans. Seriously how precious is she?

10. It's such an honor. I loved making little kids happy and being an actual part of "the show" that thousands of people enjoy.  It totally made me appreciate Mardi Gras so much more when you are actually the rider and not just a spectator.  What an honor it was!  There was an adorable little girl on the route that was all dressed up in a Cleopatra costume screaming for us to throw her things and I wished I'd had my phone handy to snap shot it, because I just loved that!

So Save the Date y'all: Next year's ride is February 17th!

Or if you want to be part of all the fun - sign up to be a member!

Monday, March 21, 2016

The Eyes of Texas Were Upon Us

The Wave Gigged Texas, yes indeedy!

I can't wait til we are formally invited to the Big 12 (ha, sooo still dreaming). What fun! And other than Mr Annoying Man in the section over from us, I very much enjoyed mingling with my people from Texas.

Mrs. Hullabaloo is Texan, you know.

 All the Longhorn Fans were mostly pleasant. AND generous - we got us free tickets to both games as we walked up from very nice strangers, plus we got a golf cart ride to the stadium, and because God is Good: their ice cream stand in the stadium had Reese's Pieces, and they were selling hot chocolate like all normal college stadiums tend to do. Winning!

Their stadium UFCU Disch Falk Field was beautiful. And by the way ... UFCU stands for University Federal Credit Union. I know - I wondered about that a little. Especially with Furman having had "FU" emblazoned on their ball caps last week. Lawd did Big Mike make me laugh with his inappropriate commentary about that! ha!

Isn't that a beautiful ballpark?  UFCU >> Litter Box .  Anyways, so Friday's game washed out after 2 innings unfortunately. But not before we got to show up in our cute outfits. I got this dress online at Loft. Get yours.

Saturday's weather was beautiful, but we only stayed for the remainder of the rescheduled first game and then half of the second game. It got cold and I got hangry again so we had to leave to go stuff my face. My sorority sister whom I'll call Dulcecita brought her precious boys on Saturday. They got to get a baseball signed by Jake Rogers and Lex Kaplan. So cute.

Evan is holding Mr. Pickle in the bottom right which was our lucky charm. #winning

I cant stress enough how much I enjoyed UFCU Field! Before the game Texas shows a video of a former player singing Take Me Out to the Ballgame - I love love love this tradition. Can we please do this at Turchin? Like with Coach Brockhoff and his precious grandsons while he's still alive and we can?

Please excuse Coach Hullabaloo rudely interrupting this video.  I gave him a major eyeroll as these Longhorn fans were all so nice and Coach Hullabaloo was being silly.

So now Mr Annoying Man.  I was having a splendid time until this happened: in the first game on Saturday he got up half way through one of the middle innings, very rudely interrupted my pleasant conversation with a Longhorn fan about Mack Brown and the 2005 CWS, and he screamed at us "HEEEYYYY!!!!! TULANE FANS! Thats how you catch a ball!!" Of course, the other Longhorns in our section sat there embarrassed and silent. I wanted to get up and do something to him. What, I don't know, but it woulda been lights out. Maybe go stomp on his toe with my cute boots.

To be fair, their outfield was boss. They totally shut us down mostly. I am completely shocked we won because we are playing all out position, and Texas really IS that awesome and their players were amazing. Anyways after Mr. Big Mouth opened his pecan pie hole, Richard Carthon outran a throw to first and then Hope got a homerun. I felt like screaming back at him "HEY! Did you see THAT?! That's how you run on base and get a homerun!"

Another funny was that during one of our many Hullabaloos, the Longhorn Fans commented, well Gee all we do is clap.  And my friend whom I'll call Pete said, well our athletic department budget doesn't allow for cannons. ha!  Those cannons, omg.  Probably my least favorite portion of our visit to UFCU Field.

Earlier before the game, Coach and I hit up Stitch Switch BBQ and I fell in love with their Green Bean salad. That is my new favorite BBQ side, so below is a recipe.

Lemon vinaigrette
Steamed green beans
Chopped red bell peppers 
Toasted pecans

Use pre-made lemon vinaigrette like this or whisk together lemon juice, dijon mustard, dill (or other tasty herb like tarragon), walnut+canola oil, garlic powder, salt/pepper to taste. DE-RIB your green beans (or just use frozen chopped) and steam them with salt pepper and onion/garlic powder. Toast chopped up pecans with butter (either on a baking sheet in the oven or in a pan over the stove). Chop up your red bellpepper. Ok, this is when we get to the hard part: toss everything together and refrigerate.

So thank Yahweh for this series win in Austin because it helps make our losses to Nicholls, SLU, and UNO a fainter memory. Shaa! Meaningless Midweek Games. I am seaux seaux seaux glad I skipped SLU and UNO. Because suffering through that loss at Didier Field at Harvard on the Bayou is about as much as I can deal with at this point in time.  I haven't quite licked my bruised ego from the last time we lost there. Them Cajuns went totally out the box with their victory lap after the game. They had fireworks and Hooters girls and everything. I am serious. Peggy and I laughed and laughed about that on our way home from Thibovegas.

So yes, so totally glad for this win! Hullabaloo Ray Ray!!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Happy Dance

I is so happy, I may actually forget how much next year's schedule sucks and how furious I was that they cancelled our away game to Starkvegas to play Mississippi State. Or was it Ole Miss that they cancelled?

Anyways, today was like the first time in like ever, that Tulane managed to put out the announcement of our future opponents prior to the celebration of Purim. And they also actually included the date of the American Conference championship game on the list of games, omg ha!

This is no longer your same ole Greenwave y'all!

My WAY too early predictions? Southern, UL (please let it be a humiliating payback, puh-leeze!), Massachusetts, SMU, UConn, and Tulsa. Go out and buy a powerball ticket y'all.

So yes! We had a press conference announcement today over in the Glazer Club. Hullabaloo Ray Ray!

Coach Fritz went all ARGGG! on us tossing a ROLL WAVE into his introduction speech. Most of us Greenies are still so shellshocked by all the losing from the Dickson Era that we didn't quite know how to respond and just gave him our polite golf claps in response. The moment captured by the Times Pic. Look at President Fitts. lmao. He's so cute.

LOL. I wish that Buggy lived in Nola so that he could have stood up and lead a spontaneous round of Hullabaloo for the occasion.

It was a decent crowd, Gail Benson was there and she looked fabulous. Another photeaux by the Times Pic.

They had cake and cookies again, and the infamous Sodexo fudge brownies and lemon bars.

Another neat thing is that I got to finally meet and chat with Glenn Cuillette.

And I got a photo with Coach Pierce's wife who I have such a crush on.

She is the cutest wife ever. I told her she needed to come watch me ride in Cleopatra since Mardi Gras is early this year and baseball doesn't start til later in February.

And I got to steal Coach Fritz' wife for a second and chit chat with her.

We chatted shopping since she admired my sweater and phone case. Lawd, she has no idea. Mrs. Hullabaloo shopping for Greenwave outfits is like a full time gig. I have a whole pinterest board for Tulane outfit shopping and everything. If you perused the board you can probably tell I have a Greenwave Mobile (VW combi truck) thing going on right now.

Anyways, I thought the #1 Jersey thing that they did was such a cute touch. First photeaux by Times Pic, second by Parker Waters.

The #1 Fritz

So, can I tell you I just cannot wait for the winning portion of my Greenwave career to begin? It's like the last 17 years were a dark nightmare and we are finally seeing sunshine.

Before the announcement that Coach Fritz was our guy I was getting umpteen texts about the pending Optioncapolypse that could potentially befall Greenwave Nation. I did stop and hesitate about that for like not at all, because we lose to the Option regularly so I wouldn't mind being the one embarrassing an opponent for a change. It is refreshing that we are hiring a guy who has a football philosophy from this century and he knows how to coach his scheme and has a staff that potentially would include a special teams specialist among them. There's not like a question mark that he maybe may have to go dig around amongst the Grad Assistants to paper scissor rocks it on who gets to coach things. No, those days are O-V-E-R.

Hallelu! I foresee lots of Booty Shaking by Mrs. Hullabaloo next fall. Woo hoo!