Oh hi there.
Finally well rested (comparatively speaking) and ready to go. Who wants to hear a little about the trip to Vegas my girlfriends and I had?Clearly it’s Vegas and I can’t give you ALL the details, but here are a few highlights…
The biggest night out was Saturday night (our first day there). Was it a mistake to make our wild night out right after traveling all day? Yes. Did we care? Not really. Although a bouncer did… (ahem… Monica… ahem…) But it was totally cool. I talked our way into a second club for free. Take THAT.
One of the best outdoor activities was a hike Annie and I made in Red Rock Canyon. Simply beautiful. And after spending so much time in recycled air (plane, hotel, bars), it was really nice to get out in the gorgeous weather and breath in some freshness.However, it was not nice to get stuck on a 13-mile “scenic route” of the canyon that could not have been made more curvy if they tried. I mentioned this was after our wild night out, right?
My personal favorite meal was Diablo’s in the Monte Carlo. It was a Mexican restaurant Annie had visited the year before and she claims she still dreams of their guacamole a year later. Obviously I was signed up for this one. And did not hesitate to eat my weight in guac and the recommended fajitas.Mexican food has been our Sunday tradition as of late, so it’s totally ok. Gotta keep some routine in my life, right?
And do you see that margarita? This dinner happened the day after our “big night out”. The sound of tequila was SO unappealing. But then who am I to turn down a free drink? A couple sips later, and I knew the tequila would treat me just fine…
My favorite “sight” to see in Las Vegas was hands down the Bellagio fountain. We watched two shows as we were walking and letting dinner “digest”.But not without dancing to “Vogue” when we heard it blasting down the street. Naturally.It was decided after this trip that every night should end with a water show at a fabulous fountain and each day should be started with a roller coaster ride. That’s right, a roller coaster ride. While Annie was taking care of her work stuff, Mon and I explored and ended up at New York, New York. Who needs coffee when you can really “wake up” by getting shot around a casino at 60 mph?
I’m really sad we didn’t get the picture. Mon was screaming and slouched behind her shoulder guards and I was crying because I couldn’t stop laughing at the ridiculous sounds coming out of her mouth. Classy stuff.
It was interesting to discover the majority of my budget would have to go towards food. Our most interesting night was a buffet called The Wicked Spoon at The Cosmopolitan. Endless wine and food for $42.
Most people think buffet and think jello molds, people touching everything, sneezing on the salad, etc. But this one was cute- they had a majority of the food portioned out for you already.The weirdest thing tried was also that night. Our friend (and a previous roommate of mine who lives just outside of Vegas) picked up “bone marrow”. And I figured if he was brave enough, I was, too.
Gross. The memory of it had to be drowned in wine.
Even with all the buffets, massive plates of good eats, and tons of consumed gelato, we tried to eat healthy, too.That’s right. My healthiest meal came from Serendipity- a place known for frozen hot chocolate. Go figure. And yes, that is practically an entire bag of broccoli. It was a “side”.
I worked out one day- a 1.5-mile run. I had grand intentions to do 3 miles, but realized it would be the third day in a row of 4-5 hours of walking. Some of that in heels. The run stopped early.
Found out I have no patience with gambling. Just not my thing. Unless it’s someone else’s money. I have no problems watching a group of guys we met play craps. Maybe if they had let ME roll the dice, they may have won something, too. Silly boys.
We stayed at Aria (it’s relatively new) after finding a ridiculously good deal on Expedia. GORGEOUS hotel (and two awesome gelato spots inside- heads up!). I only got a little weirded out that everything in the bathroom was clear glass and mirrors. It was weird being able to clearly see myself shower at every angle. I’m way too shy for that.
Mon and I left Las Vegas on Tuesday evening (Annie still had to stay for work). The guy who checked our bags found out we were going back to Chicago and asked how we could ever live there. He’s been living in Vegas and was originally from Hawaii. My favorite part of the conversation was when he said “if I lived in Chicago, I’d have 20 kids by now”.
Sounds about right.
We sat and crossed our fingers the flight would be cancelled or seriously delayed. No such luck. We had to return home. The flight was spent semi-sleeping (long legs suck for such a thing) and adoring the two old women beside us. Mon and I figured that may be us in 40 years. But Mon was positive she’d be one of the old gals rockin’ a Rascal.
Seriously. There was an unnatural amount of rascals being driven around. If you go, I would suggest making it a game (or a drinking game?) to count them. It’s unreal.
And here I am, back at home safe and sound. Meh. Of course our return back would happen on a Tuesday. What was I thinking???
At least the weekend is fairly close… even if it is rainy and in the 40′s. Versus sunny and 70.
Needless to say, the countdown has begun for my next trip in May…
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