3/28/17

Vegas Anniversary Trip Night Two


(I decided to break this into two parts since it was one really long post)




Day two started at 2pm where we were up and at ‘em again for our only real full day in Vegas.  Since it had been several hours since we ate (just the one meal and we also shared some pretzel bites in the wee hours of the morning) we were STARVING.  We headed towards the bus to go to the North Premium Outlet Mall and eat at IHOP in the area. 



We made it as far as the next casino over and all the food/restaurants looked so appealing.  We ditched the traditional breakfast idea and had breakfast/lunch at this place called Slice, which happened to be during happy hour so each slice was half off as well as the appetizers.  We each got a slice and shared one of the toasted ravioli appetizer.  I also made sure to hydrate as much as I could with water.

 


We boarded the bus and headed to the outlet mall.  I bought some stuff at the Vera Bradley store but didn’t fall in love with anything at Kate Spade or Coach.  That meant for a very cheap shopping trip!  We back tracked to the area near Slice so I could get a photo with the Guinness Guy and buy some Guinness glasses for our home.  I knew I wanted to have a Guinness pint but you had to pay extra to take it to-go.  Since the bar next door RiRa was open until 3am, I knew I’d be back for my pint sometime in the night.

 


Next up was dinner at Luxor buffet with our 2 for 1 coupons.  It wasn’t very good.  We have been to the buffet for breakfast before and I think breakfast is way better than dinner.  We were really underwhelmed.  After eating we decided to venture down the strip and made our way on the Deuce bus to Fremont Street.  I ordered some drinks and Kenyon gambled.  He ended up winning big a few times and since he was cashing out at each hotel, we ended up ahead of what we brought to gamble with.  Score!  After killing several hours in Fremont Street, we needed to get back to Excalibur so we could redeem our free dessert coupon at Bucca di Beppo.  This is one of my favorite restaurants but since we didn’t really have time to eat there, we made it just in time to get our free dessert to go.  We chose the lemon cake which came with whip cream and raspberry sauce.  Kenyon opted to take it back to our room and so I made sure to get my 24-hour Starbucks fix to go with it!

 


At this point in the night/early morning, we had to decide if we were going to stay up all night and catch our early morning flight or if we would try to call it quits.  Neither of us were feeling tired so we kept moving along.  We re-boarded the bus again and made our way to Bellagio to see the conservatory which was decorated for the Chinese New Year.  It never disappoints!  And, at 1am, there isn’t many people there.

 















Speaking of 1am, I might be stereotyping here but seeing so many scad-fully-clad women on the arms of older men at that hour does make you wonder if they are a girlfriend or a working girl.  Things that make you go huh?  Anyway…

We had an appetizer at one of the 24-hour restaurants called America (not that great) and I also got my Guinness pint at RiRa.  I was a happy camper.

 





We took about a 30-45 minute nap and then woke up so we could get cleaned up and head to the airport.  I had a second Starbucks at the airport so I was able to stay awake until we got home about noon.  At that point we had been up for about 22 hours and boy did it take a toll on me.  I think I am still recovering from sleep deprivation! 

I won a small amount of money at the Vegas airport and we ended up coming home with the original gambling money we went to spend.  This is the first time we have come home with the same amount we left with!  I’m not sure why this was such a lucky trip for us in the gambling department but needless to say, we had fun.

 





We’ve got more travel coming up this year.  I am already ready for another break.

3/27/17

Vegas Anniversary Trip Night One


(I decided to break this into two parts since it was one really long post)

As usual, our Vegas Vacation was a lot of fun but was too short.  We arrived in Vegas at 7:25pm on Tuesday night and departed Vegas at 8:30am on Thursday morning.  So, more time would have been awesome and yet we might not have come home with any gambling money though.

Despite working very hard to lose almost 20 pounds, I knew I didn’t want to micromanage my food (and alcohol) while on this vacation.  I just needed a mental break and some time to relax.  So…I did just that!  We arrived and took a taxi to our hotel.  This trip we stayed at Luxor and booked a room in the pyramid.  Staying in the pyramid is fun because the elevators actually move sideways instead of up and down.  We had a room on the 7th floor and our room looked out over the courtyard on the second floor.  If you looked down there was a super long escalator that took you down to the chapel.  We never spotted any brides or grooms though.

 








We arrived a bit too late to eat at the buffet as Kenyon had a 2 for 1 dinner offer through My Vegas Rewards.  We were debating making our way to the Wynn to see a show but once we got to our room, we had a bit of a maintenance issue and ended waiting a long time for maintenance who never showed…all weekend!  So, we went in search of food FAST and decided to go back to T&T Tacos & Tequila which is where we had eaten on a past trip.  We were debating ordering the chicken enchiladas or the chicken burrito so we ordered both.  I ended up liking the enchiladas better.  And, as usual with Mexican food, once you fill up on chips, two meals is way too much.  But it was delicious.

 

I changed for the evening into my new sparkly shirt despite not going to a show.  We ended up just gambling in our casino throughout the evening.  I had a couple of really good wins and ended up playing off the houses money from there.  By the end of the night/morning, I still had my original $200 I brought to gamble with.  And I’d had a few drinks too!

 








Our hotel had a 24-hour Starbucks and I really wish we had some in Boise.



Day one ended at about 2am as we ran out of things to do and I had felt like my gambling streak had come to an end. 

3/26/17

Quality Friendships


Hello there.

I met my friend Kate to walk the mall before coming into work this evening.  We walked for over an hour and complete five loops.  It is nice to get in a dose of activity that doesn’t feel like exercise due to chatting away with a friend.  Once the weather improves, along with my work schedule, I hope to invite some of my friends and my fellow WW meeting members out for a walk and talk.  Now, if we can just keep the rain at bay!

I know Kate through Jamie.  We met several years ago and became quick friends as we are a lot alike.  Kate is also my published author friend which is super exciting and feels like I know a celebrity.  Anyway, during our walk we chatted about how lately it feels like our circle of friends has gotten smaller.  I’m not sure if that comes with age, with realizing that you don’t share the same values you once did with your friends, or if it is just being too busy.

I hate the word “busy.”  I’ve always prided myself in disagreeing when I hear my coworkers say that you can’t have a life with the hours we work.  You can have a life…just not the traditional 9-5 life.  Since the most of the world revolves around a 9-5 lifestyle it can be hard to keep those close knit friendships.  The biggest struggle I have is friends that make plans and then cancel or those that says they miss me and can’t wait to spend time with me and yet when I suggest a time and place, they reply with “let me check” and I never hear back from then.  I’m pretty rough in that I often only give friends a couple of chances to cancel before I stop inviting them.

Sadly, they seem to stop inviting me along too.

That leaves me questioning if they are a quality friend to begin with.  But, it doesn’t hurt your feeling any less.  I do feel I am at a time in my life that unless Kenyon can be included (or would feel comfortable tagging along) that I often want to spend what little time I do have on days off in the company of him.  Now, when Kenyon is working and I am not, then it is a free-for-all with whatever friend I can convince to spend time with me.

The quality of friends is more important than the quantity of friends.  I have had friends in the past whom have taken advantage of me and who are only there when they need something but not there when I have needs.  Friends can also ebb and flow and somebody that I haven’t talked to in forever can become an instant friend again.  Slowly though, that communication often dwindles again like it did once before.  It does make me start to worry that my friends don’t reach out to me for fear I am too “busy” or that my schedule is too complicated to hang out. 

So, when Kate sent me a text asking what day I could get together for a mall walk/talk, I was so excited I immediately gave her a small window of days/times.  I am so thankful that she was willing to work around my crazy schedule.  And I am so glad we were able to connect.  It is those quality friendships that I miss the most.