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What do you get when you take a bunch of fabulous women (with BIG IDEAS for brains and pens in hand- okay, keypads), and put them all together, under one roof, with a single mindedness to conquer the world, in an awesome city without prying eyes?   Wine? Running tabs. Gab? Yes. Melting credit cards? […]

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  • Carla - I’m sooooo sad I can’t go this year.
    I shall live vicariously.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - We shall bring back wisdom… and swag. *wink*ReplyCancel

  • Linda Roy - Oh thank gawd you did this so I don’t have to ask “What are you wearing to…” It’s all so fabulous. Now I’m just going to be asking things like “Where did you get those shoes?” and “Where did you get that amazing green hoodie?” *looking through closet*

    And YES…the ‘meteoric rise to fame…buy the book’. I’m looking at YOU Arianna ‘I don’t intend to pay any of you’ Huffington.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - And you should see what I’m bringing to sleep in! Now THAT”s a post! HahahahaaaaReplyCancel

  • Carolann - I wish I could go! Sounds like a blast. I’ll have to catch next years for sure. Love the outfits! Have a fun time!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - There’s always another BlogHer. You can bet your a@*. See you on the flip flop.ReplyCancel

  • Lana - You will look fabulous! Wish I was going!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I wish you were too! I’d love to meet you IRL. In the meantime, I’ll have a doubly good time for the both of us. HA!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - OMG. I just pop some jeans and leggings in a suitcase. I had to pull out of it this year, so now I have to gird my loins and read all the posts about the fun you’re having. i hate that part of summer! See you at BAM 16!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Hahaaaaa ‘Gird your lions’ so funny- and possibly true, though I’m only attending on Friday. The rest of the weekend visiting with my son! Now THAT’S fun!ReplyCancel

  • Helene Cohen Bludman - Oooh I love your fashion choices! Can’t wait to meet you at the dinner!ReplyCancel

  • Karen D. Austin - I like how you displayed your outfits. Clever. Have an absolutely wonderful time. It will be enriching and invigorating for sure.ReplyCancel

  • Estelle Sobel Erasmus - Cheryl. I can’t wait to meet you at dinner!!! Now I know what you’ll be wearing, too!ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - Bummed I won’t be there this year. Meeting the midlife tribe was the highlight of the last BlogHer I attended. Enjoy, and can’t wait to read your posts about it!ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen O'Donnell - Not really blogging much anymore…but I am jealous of your upcoming trip and hook up with the tribe! So fun. Do not get me started on those glorious outfits. LOVE all of them. Have drink for me. A great big one with lots of Belvedere and a handful of dirty olives.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Fear not- dirty is my middle name.ReplyCancel

  • Rena McDianiel - I hate that I missed it. Next year, I went to the BAM Conference and I am going to Carol’s Creativity workshop in NM in Oct. I bet you had a blast! Can’t wait for details.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - We MISSED you!!! Fun had by all, and a few cocktails. *burp*ReplyCancel

  When I was younger I l-o-n-g-e-d to live in Manhattan. How can I get there? Who do I have to kill? Where will I live? Can I have a penthouse, please?   Well, I got there, for a while, and I didn’t like it: too big, too impersonal, too expensive, blahblahblah, and I returned […]

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  • Enchanted Seashells, Confessions of a Tugboat Captain's Wife - I can honestly say I’ve never wanted to live in NY ever since my mom told me there are lots or rats running everywhere. Except for a Chanel sample sale, then I’d visit, but leave immediately. Open space, no buildings, lots of sky, that’s what this SoCal girl needs!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I agree Princess. It all seems so exciting until you come to value a ‘quality’ of life, and then NYC seems not such a bargain.ReplyCancel

  • Tam Warner Minton - I live in a large city, and I do love big cities, especially in Europe. NYC is fun to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there,ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I LOVE cities- big, small. The intensity, the vibrancy.. its’ the suburbs that drive me crazy! HahaaaaReplyCancel

  • Tam Warner Minton - I can relate…I dreamed of New York while growing up in Dayton, Ohio….not fond of the city after I visited.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa at Grandma's Briefs - I’m STILL dreaming of visiting NYC and all the places surrounding it. Actually, any place out east… or west… or overseas. Eventually. I hope.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Well, if you’re ever in New Orleans you know who to look-up!ReplyCancel

  • Rena McDaniel - Me too! I grew up in Kentucky and always dreamed of NY. I went there, but within a couple of days I was ready to head back home. To busy, to many people and the buildings sent my claustrophobia into overdrive. I love going for short visits, but I wouldn’t want to live there (I wouldn’t want to live in KY either, SC will do for now!)ReplyCancel

  • Mary La Fornara Gutierrez - I love to visit, but I also love to go back home to Southern California. I’ll have to check out that restaurant next time I’m there!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - My mother was born in B’lyn and we visited each summer, in the heat of the summer, walking 5 flights up to my great aunt’s hot, sticky apt with an El train running outside the window. Oh yeah. Brooklyn. It brings back memories!ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - You have way toooo much fun! My one brother tried New York City and hated it. He fled to San Francisco. Any place but Iowa. I really don’t care for huge metropolitan areas; except for Phoenix. I will admit the restaurants are far better. It doesn’t matter what large city.ReplyCancel

  • Estelle Sobel Erasmus - I love visiting NYC-of course I live very close to it. I think one’s experience of the city is very different depending who you share it with.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Roy - I lived in Manhattan in my early 20s and there’s no place I’d rather have come of age in. However, I did return to Ohio, just like you, tired of the rat race. I had plans to return to the city, all refreshed, with more money and ready for action. Instead, I formed a rock band and ended up touring the country. Got a little side tracked. Now I am content to live an hour away, going in from time to time to visit friends, sometimes day tripping it and sometimes staying over. I love the place. It’s my happy place. And I’m so stoked we get to hang out there together in a few short weeks!!! Yahoo, that’s going to be fun!

    Brooklyn is amazing. I love it. The winery, the brewery, the whiskey distillery…oh yeah, and the cafes, the shopping, the Brooklyn Flea…all of it. It’s really become a happening place.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I got ‘side-tracked too. Stayed in Ohio for the next 20 years (no regrets) but jumped at the chance to move to NOLA. Now I just visit the Big Apple and stay in hotels- with people like you!!! Can’t wait!!!ReplyCancel

  • Lynn Hogue Paige - I love Brooklyn too – great to visit – xxooReplyCancel

  • rosie k -

    Cheryl Babe…

    Amazing new funny show on Bravo…Odd Mom Out…not to worry, it’s NOT a reality show but scripted with by a great comic…
    Jill Kargman…
    a recent episode was all on Brooklyn…connection above…hilarious but be warned…she lets it all out…no filters!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - On Bravo? I’ve heard of it! I’ll tune in. And I miss you! XXOOO Next time I’m up North….ReplyCancel

      I must, least I loose my street cred, say right up front, that NO ONE in this town refers to New Orleans as ‘The Big Easy’.       This was a fabricated ‘term’ made-up by Hollywood paper-pushers to sell tickets to this movie. Well enough.     What we do refer […]

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  • Carollynn - You nailed it. That is the life. Working on making it mine.ReplyCancel

  • Diane - Sounds like the Crescent City is a large slice of perfection! I must come and visit! I’ll call first . . .ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - A simple email would suffice my dear Diane. The door is always open. XXOOReplyCancel

  • Jeffrey Scott - Great Scott, what a post.
    Such information may come in handy when I come to visit the city.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - There’s a whole playbook- (I’m NOT kidding) but I can’t remember the title!! Anywho- just bring your wonderful self and the city will embrace you.ReplyCancel

  • Pia Savage - You had me at “wake up late.”
    In NY everybody has to prove how busy and productive they are so it’s wake up early.
    When I moved to South Carolina and didn’t want appointments before 10AM–8 AM if it had to do with my house renovation people would make snide comments and talk among each other about my need to sleep late—and really I just like to write without people around
    I’ve never heard anybody call NY “The Big Apple.” And lately I’ve heard Times Square referred to as “Times.” Never plus no real New Yorker would ever go there except for a play or an appointment
    You shouldn’t show that picture or talk about New Orleans to a person who is on a diet
    I did love The Big Easy–the movie. It was a perfect 1980’s romance.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Chester - I wish I knew you when we took our vacation in New Orleans (my 10 year old son’s choice!) during pre-Katrina. Cheryl we probably walked right by your house. I must say we had some of the BEST meals there. My husband does a lot of research before we go away, so every meal was great, plus one French place we took a chance on and yum. My son was wide-eyed walking down Bourbon Street! xoxo Great post. Oysters and champagne? Book me now!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy Bleck - Love New Orleans. My aunt still lives there. I remember going to my first Mardi Gras when I was 25. Crazy town! The best part was listening to Al Hurt and sipping hot coffee and eating a freshly baked croissant on the banks of the great river at 5:30 in the morning. It was packed. No one sleeps in NOLA. It is a city that is personal in the grandest of ways. Just like you!ReplyCancel

  • Tam Warner Minton - Okay, I need to refresh my knowledge of the Napoleonic Code.ReplyCancel

  • Alison F. - I LOVE New Orleans. Went there for my honeymoon. Still miss it – miss the smells, the sounds, the people. Amazing city.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - There is simply nothing more sublime then smelling the flowers wrapping themselves around a pot of gumbo in someone’s kitchen while music trills in from above. It happens every day! I’m so lucky. *wink*ReplyCancel

  • Richard Rumple - My wife and I spent our honeymoon there. It was fantastic. Later, I lived just north in Baton Rouge and loved it. The food was tremendous. It’s impossible to find true Cajun food in Kentucky and I miss is so. May have to go back for our 40th anniversary (if I make it that long, lol). However, Ellen Barkin was really hot in the movie even if Dennis Quaid’s accent left something to be desired. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Lisa at Grandma's Briefs - What a magical, charmed life it sounds like you (and all the other happy women in NOLA) live. I’m delighted to live vicariously through you now and then. (And hungry now, too!)ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - It’s a HAPPY place, Lisa. I think you’d fit in perfectly!ReplyCancel

  • Roshni - I’m just drooling over the food and sighing at the thought of a typical day for you!! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Of course I didn’t mention the laundry and the time I spend writing this dang blog- but you get the picture. *wink*ReplyCancel

  • Cary Vaughn - Reading this took me back to the time I went on an art-buying trip with a friend that owned a gallery in Oxford, MS. We had such a fantastic time in New Orleans and absorbed as much of the culture as we could. During one of our excursions, we found a very small bar with a live band (drummer, guitar, and bass). The bass player was a rather friendly female that strongly resembled Mick Jagger. While playing, our eyes met. She effortlessly climbed onto the bar, strolled on the bar towards me, and crouched so that she could plant her crotch in my face as she played. My art-gallery friend has a picture of this somewhere. Wonder if I can dig it up.
    Sigh. Good times. It really makes me miss New Orleans. Thank you for inspiring that flashback.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Hahahaah. That’s so NOLA! People just live their lives, and as long as you don’t hurt someone- so be it! You’d better call before your next visit!ReplyCancel

  • Doreen McGettigan - That settles it, I need to schedule another visit.
    I know there are an awful lot of pretty famous authors that live in the area too!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - There are. Some are in my neighborhood!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - Oh, girl, I want YOUR life. I love New Orleans and haven’t been in at least 12 years. It’s on the list.ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - LOL Waking up late is 6:00 a.m. There is no way I could consume that amount of food or liquor now. Now being the optimum word.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Hill (@Nerthus) - I knew that Spanish settled lands tended to have more women-friendly laws than those settled by Northern Europeans, but I did not know about the Napoleonic whatever. I will have to check that out!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Child and woman friendly to keep fortunes together. It’s always about $$$. Ha!ReplyCancel

  • Gary Sidley - You vividly convey the spirit and character of your city, with your inimitable style. A wonderful post.

    New Orleans is one the (many) places I intend to visit over the next few years. To date, New York and Florida are the only parts of America I’ve experienced. From your description, I’m sure I’m missing out.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Oh I hope you do Gary. I’d love to show you and your wife around!!ReplyCancel

  • Penelope Shelfer - Hell. Yes.

    Excellent article, my friend!ReplyCancel

The following story is true. WARNING: Do not try this at home. Disclaimer: No animals were hurt in the process, at least not many…   It all began with a 6am flight to the netherlands of NE Ohio, to join the family for Thanksgiving and to assist in my mother’s move from a hospital to […]

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  • Darcy Perdu (So Then Stories) - Omigod, I need a Xanax just READING that story!!! Holy Cow! That was some trip! Glad you survived! Hope the Mexico trip is less eventful and more relaxing!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Xanax!!!! That’s it! You’re brilliant- i need to get some.ReplyCancel

  • Mary - My brain cannot think of any words to say right now! I am dumbfounded. Have a wonderful time in Mexico.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I am still recovering. My mind is a blurrrrrrrrrr…..ReplyCancel

  • Elin Stebbins Waldal - Oh man, I’m not sure I’d return from vacation if I was in your shoes, I sure as hell wouldn’t be answering my phone late night! Safe travels and cheers to Mexico!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - The phone is off the hook never to be answered again- except if you call.ReplyCancel

  • Tammy - Tough going there, Missy. Sounds like you had a bitch of a time but looked good doing it. It all comes out in the wash, doesn’t it? FABULOUS story telling, my darling. I couldn’t have done it better. Misery makes such good reading!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - HA! If you don’t laugh you’ll kill yourself. Or maybe that’s just me? Siesta baby. Siesta.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - Holy crap. I mean. Holy crap. I am so sorry…maybe next Tgiving you’ll go to the islands or something…I would!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Holy Crapola! That’s the phrase! Islands sound good to me right now. Join me?ReplyCancel

  • Christine Fury Long - This is just too funny! Happy car racing my dear!!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Zoom Zoom Christina my love. Zoom Zoom.ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne Gray - You are a trooper! Going through all of that and retaining a sense of humor about it is just amazing. Hope that trip to Mexico is calm. You deserve it!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Mexico will be wonderful but eventful I think. A LOT of personalities meeting on the beach for this one. I’m sure I’ll have a post or 2- and a few martinis.ReplyCancel

  • Travels with Tam - Hilarious. Life is a comedy, you know? At least Mexico shouldn’t be such a snafu?ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - From your mouth the God’s ears. I hope he likes to surf.ReplyCancel

  • Amy Skipper - Wow!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Yes. WOW! Wish you had been there Amy. Missed you much! XXXOOOReplyCancel

  • Ruth Curran - I know you that as you say, “you can’t make this shzzz up” but only you can make it hysterical. Here’s to a better margarita in Mexico!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Aren’t you a love! Seriously- if you don’t find the humor you’ll break in two.ReplyCancel

  • Doreen McGettigan - I feel so bad for laughing but you have a way with words. I am so glad you are home safe and really hope your next trip includes at least one good nights sleep.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I’m answering this in bed as I type. Nighty night!ReplyCancel

  • Princess Rosebud - You have yourself a well deserved vacay in Mexico. Don’t get Montezuma’s Revenge and watch out for hurricanes!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Child’s play after this trip. XXXOOOReplyCancel

  • Lisa Carpenter - Gee whiz!! I think you’d be wise to not leave your home ever again. But then again, you must, for your real-life stories are so incredibly entertaining! I look forward to the next installment of The Crazy Life and Times of Cheryl. Enjoy Mexico!ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - Ye Gods, you have makings of a perfect story. Incredible. Why do you even leave home? I pray Mexico is better. Oh wait, that is the country where they run around shooting people or making them disappear. Prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - OMG! I can’t wait to see what happens when you go to Mexico!!ReplyCancel

  • Katie Knapp Hill - Brilliant… I’m laughing but only at the appropriate moments. Where will you be in Mexico? I fly early Friday am…early HS reunion would be fun. Its,a big country, if you are near the Yucatan hit me up.ReplyCancel

  • Sue - I am speechless that ALL of this even happened within just one trip. When does the made for TV movie come out? I wish you the nicest trip to Mexico with many relaxing days.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - One trip. Just ONE TRIP. This stuff just follows me.ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - That is a disaster of a trip.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Jesus H Christ William. I’m exhausted, and here I go again- though this time it’s to a beach, so there’s that.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy Walker Cushing - This is hilarious! I loved it! I love your voice and how you wrote this. I can TOTALLY agree because this is my life. Strange things like this happen to me all the time, like ALL the time!ReplyCancel

  • Charles E. Burnham - This makes my Thanksgiving sound almost pleasant. I think Uncle Fester might have run a twin-trailered FedEx truck off the road, but I was too afraid to look. Not that I was frightened, but my attorney told me I could avoid testifying if I didn’t see anything.ReplyCancel

  • Roshni - Whew!! Have I told you before that you’re amazing!!ReplyCancel

  • Carolann - omg I was on the edge of my seat reading this! Poor kitty, poor you, poor mom…geez…but you were strong and made it all better! Love your writing skills!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Thanks Carolann! So happy you enjoyed!ReplyCancel

  Real Life can be just so… in your face… that I want to slap the bitch.    slap-slap-slap    “Stand down you hellish beast”, I call from the high air of my parapet walk.     “Do not venture forth or I will send my slayers to the field of battle to slay your […]

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  • carollynn - Your majesty, what feats of loyalty and/or fealty must one perform to find themselves (me) invited to share such a repast with her queen (you)? Commanders Palace, always an amazing experience.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I believe it says in the Magna Carta that one must be loyal to the Queen and able and willing to take up arms in defense of the Kingdom. I do believe you muster a Knighthood. Welcome to the Kingdom.ReplyCancel

  • Doreen McGettigan - Oh my Amazing! Even though the first few courses would have killed me, dang shellfish allergy, I was dreaming and pretending I was right there with you.

    • Cheryl - It was a glorious evening full of much meat and libations. I could do this every week Doreen. If only the Royal purses allowed.ReplyCancel

  • Jackie - Wow! That is some meal (and I loved the “intro”)!

    We all deserve some pampering now and then… and this would be right up my alley 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Why thank you Dame Jackie. ’tis my pleasure to welcome you to the Kingdom of my own making. All the trains run on time here.ReplyCancel

  • Mary - Thank you Your Majesty for a glimpse into your world! Amazing! Dinner in the wine room is right up my alley!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - T’was a glorious feast of savory beast and fragrant fowl. The libations weren’t bad either. Wowza!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Chester - I would have had the dinner in the wine room, Cheryl. This looks ah-may-zing! I am still waiting for my invite…xoxo Hope you loved it – how couldn’t you? xoReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - You, my dear fellow Royal, are always welcome. I await your arrival.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - I can’t tell you how good that meal looks to me. I haven’t had breakfast yet!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I was presented with a hot slice of cheesy grit quiche this morn and it was delicious. My servants are so attentive lately!ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - Now that is awesome, Queen Cheryl. I’m drooling even though it’s only 8:00 in the morning!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I believe all should partake of caviar on grits in the morn. Now get on that!ReplyCancel

  • Sheryl Kraft - How special! Love the way you presented this. Very original.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Oh. I’ve got a million of these diddys up my royal sleeve. Sometimes I even pull a rabbit out of my crown.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Bird Lanzavecchia - Tell me you brought an extra large suitcase, I mean purse, and stashed a few extra bottles away for me. What an amazing dinner!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - One better: I had them d-el-i-v-e-r.ReplyCancel

  • Elin Stebbins Waldal - Now this IS a meal fit for her Royal Highness. And I lover how The Queen makes mention of each drink pairing, marvelous. I loved this. And I want to eat there. With you. Even though I am a mere peasant.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - You present yourself as a peasant of the highest quality so I will consider your request…. and grant it. On your next visit perhaps?ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Carpenter - Gee whiz! NOW I’m starving. What a fabulous culinary experience. Yum, yum, yum. Thank you for sharing — the photos, at least. 😛ReplyCancel

  • Carpool Goddess - Okay now that made me hungry! Great photos.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - They’re a little grainy—– with dijon mustard! HahaaaaaReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - The closest I came to such a grand feast was at a fancy hotel in Seattle. Nintendo paid for everyone who had worked for them for ten years or longer. It is a way I’ll never experience. I’m glad you can do it! The steak and mushroom had me drooling.ReplyCancel

  • Carolann - The quotes were great and the pics even better!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - And the food was even BETTER than that! HahaaaaReplyCancel

  • Wendy Walker Cushing - haha! I loved the fun commentary and quotes! That restaurant looks incredible! Lucky you!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Yes. I am lucky. I work real hard at being ‘lucky’. HahaaaaaReplyCancel

  • Diane - I’m still stuck on the ermine cape. Is it warm? Fuzzy. Do you just want to cuddle it? And the food?! They’d have to call in the litter-bearers to get me out of there! And the fan boy. You do get a fan boy, don’t you?ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Oh, I forgot the fan boy. He was busy fanning the flames. The cape is awesome. Every Queen needs one. XXOOOReplyCancel

  • Connie McLeod - OMG, I love Commander’s.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - Tx for reposting. New Orleans has come up a lot recently so I think it’s time for Michael and me to find a way to get there again soon.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I’m keeping my fingers crossed xxxxxxxxReplyCancel

  • Sue Pekarek - You made me look up sot!! I probably can’t pronounce the names of the delicious food, but to eat it looks divine. Me thinks the Food Channel needs a queenly show presented to the world on a silver platter via you.ReplyCancel

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