Vegas, part deux...

...in which I will tell y'all about the rest of my trip, mostly. I'm saving my experience at Star Trek: The Experience for another day when I'm feeling more poetical, because it really deserves a sonnet or something. Now where did I leave off?

Ah yes, Saturday. Got up and all of us went to the champagne brunch at the Bellagio. I may have developed an unnatural relationship with some pineapple danish, but no one had a big enough purse for me to smuggle any out. It was definitely the best buffet brunch I've ever had. Highly recommended. After that we all walked around a bit, and then I went back to the Flamingo for a bit of a nap as I had majorly over-done things on Friday. After the rest of the crew got back, I packed up my stuff & went with mom & dad to the condo in the sticks (which was very nice and not anywhere near the strip), thus leaving the Flamingo room to Ethan & Becky for "date night". We picked up some BBQ on the way and spent the rest of the evening in 3 different rooms watching 3 different TVs. They had MTV2 so I even got to catch some Beavis & Butthead.

Sunday morning Ethan & Becky had to check out of the Flamingo and move their stuff to the sticks. Then we went to the Carnegie Deli at the Mirage for lunch. The pastrami was everything I hoped it would be. Then we split up so I could go to the Hilton for ST:TE and the winning of the moolah. As I said, I'll talk about the Star Trek thing later, but after I was done, I played some penny slots for a while and won $600. Unfortunately, I had to go over to the Dark Side to do it. I think I'm OK with my decision, though. They have better clothes, anyway. While this was going on, dad & Ethan went to a car show at the Imperial Palace and mom & Becky wandered around gambling and such.

After all that, we went downtown to have supper and wander around the Fremont Street Experience for a bit. We had the buffet at the Golden Nugget, which surprised us all by being excellent. They were making fresh sushi to order! Granted, there were a limited number of choices, but still. We then wandered around and watched a couple of the shows they play on the canopy over the street (which is apparently the largest video screen in the world), which were pretty cool. Then we went home and all went to bed early. On Monday morning, breakfast was prepared at the condo and I flitted off to the airport. One boring flight later and I was back in the land of ice and snow. Whoo. Overall, it was a really fun trip, even without the added bonus of paying for it with my winnings.

I promise pictures of the new cat (his name is Linus) as soon as I find the USB cable for my camera. I know which pile it's in, I just haven't begun excavation. Hope everyone had a nice Zombie Jesus day and that all is well. TTFN!!


Vegas post pt. 1 ('cuz I'm lazy)

Well, I made it back alive. That's all you wanted to know, right? TTFN!!!

Hardy har. Incidentally, though, I DID make it back alive. I also made it back a bit heavier in the wallet, having won $600 at a penny machine. That's later in the story, though.

I arrived late on Thursday and then waited around for Ethan & his girlfriend, Becky, to get in from Grand Rapids. The parentals picked us all up and we went to their timeshare at the Flamingo, which is right in the middle of the Strip. Nice place, a little small for all 5 of us, but not bad for a free (for me) room. On Friday we all went to Emeril's seafood restaurant at the MGM Grand. It was OK, but I was expecting to be a lot more impressed. We all went back to the hotel where mom & dad packed their stuff up to move to their second timeshare and E, B & I went down and sat by the pool for a while. Ethan and Becky hung out in the pool for a bit whilst I reclined in the full shade. Becky's a very fair-skinned redhead, so she's careful about the sun, too. Maybe she'll be able to convince Ethan that sunblock is a good thing.

After lounging by the pool, us kids wandered around the strip for the rest of the evening. Mostly we just looked at stuff, as there is an enormous amount of stuff to look at. We went to Cravings, which is the buffet at the Mirage, for supper, which was OK, but not good enough for the price they were charging. Then we went next door to Treasure Island to watch Sirens, which is supposed to be the pirate show. LAME. Last time we were there (when I was 12) it was really cool and they did it once an hour. Now it is basically a peep show with a couple of explosions. I definitely wouldn't bring my kids to it, but there were lots of them there. By the time we got back to the room, Ethan & Becky were done for, but I still wanted to see the fountain show at the Bellagio so I soldiered on. I went and got pastries from a place at the Bellagio (which were obscenely good, btw), watched the fountain show (which was really fun, btw), and bought some band-aids for the blisters I got from wearing brand new shoes (a really BAD idea, btw). We were all in bed before midnight.

I have to go scoop the cat box now, so I'm going to continue this later. Yes, I have a new kitty, I'll write about him later. TTFN!!


Vacation hangover

Sorry for no post about Vegas yet. I promise this weekend I'll give you all the (not so) juicy details. Just to tide you over, I did win $600 on a penny slot machine! Luckily, it didn't pay out in pennies.


Look ma, a real post!

Sorry for the lame-o posts as of late. I've been pretty down in the proverbial dumps, which is not conducive to creating words that aren't absolutely necessary. However, good ol' Daylight Savings Time has kicked in, and I'm practically a new woman. I've got a few random, completely unrelated topics that have been floating around my gourd, so bear with me.

First up: I'm going to Vegas, baby. And yes, I do know how money I am. Mom & Dad left on Saturday and I'm heading out tomorrow night. Mostly I'm going because Ethan & Becky will be there, too, and I haven't seen them since Christmas, which may not seem like very long, but it's the longest I've gone without seeing Ethan in a long time. Anyhoo, I'm not a gambler but I am embarrassingly excited about Star Trek: The Experience at the Hilton. I'll be back Monday night, so it's not a long trip, but I think overall it will be a good balance of vacation/vacation from the parental units (They don't come back until Friday).

And now to the fannish portion of the post. I have just finished watching "Band of Brothers", which is a 10-part miniseries about WWII. I cannot adequately explain how good this is. If you or any member of your immediate family has any interest in history, or the military, or good storytelling, or frostbite, or whatever, you owe it to yourself to check this out. I'll put it this way: if you liked Saving Private Ryan even a teensy bit, you will bow down and worship the box these DVDs come in. I'm also recommending In Bruges, which is in the theater now. Yes, it's Colin Farrell, but he actually does a really good job. I will warn, though, it's a pretty dark comedy, so if you're the kind of person who can't ever find attempted suicide funny, it's probably not for you.

I think that's enough for one post. Wouldn't want you to get spoiled, now, would I? TTFN!!!


Comedy Central has comedy.

I should be in bed, but I just saw a commercial for Lil' Bush and I can't stop laughing because Lil' George W. said: "Only you have the power to make no difference." I'm not sure if it was really that funny, or if I'm laughing so I don't cry about how true that statement is.

Was this a funny or a depressing post? Hmmmm...


Back sort of

Yeah, I'm here. Don't have anything interesting to say. I know I should come up with something, but my life is pretty boring right now. Although, I am going to Las Vegas for a few days next week, so maybe then I'll know something interesting. Until then, here's one of our dogs. Her name is Gracie: