Like an Octopus’s garden

by Carol Browne on November 28, 2014 · 0 comments

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Just got back from a late-night visit to Old Vegas. Next time? We're staying there.

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American Thanksgiving just kept on giving to us today. Today included a morning trip to the outlet mall, where Mike and I realized we are not really into shopping at outlet malls for fun. Weird. I know. But it seemed to me that there were a lot of picked over things that were sorta cheap, and the good stuff? We could get for the same price at home, so it made no sense to drag it on the plane. We unceremoniously left Jason and Maria to shop their little hearts out and we took a cab to old Vegas in hopes to visit the Mob Museum. Sadly, it was closed for Thanksgiving, so we roamed the street with our cameras for a few hours before heading back to our hotel room.

Next up, delicious turkey dinner with all the trimmings INCLUDING vegetables. My body was happy with that arugula salad, that’s for sure. Then we went to ANOTHER Cirque de Soleil show – The Beatles one. Mike’s been dying to go since we got here. He loves the Beatles immensely and while the tickets were pricey, we decided we should go. It was worth every penny to see the acrobats and dancers and roller bladers and floating beds with kids on them and break dancers. AMAZING. Whoever designs these stages are geniuses. And the whole show was like Dr. Suess and The Beatles got together and decided to do the strangest performance art WITH the state of the art technology of 2014. I loved it.

We finished up the day back in old Vegas thanks to The Deuce! The public transit system. For $8, we got a 24 hour bus pass. I am kicking myself for all those cab rides we took these past 2 days. NEVER AGAIN. AND, we’ve decided that next time we come out, we’re going to stay at the Golden Nugget. It’s an awesome place in Old Vegas. We walked through it tonight and it was the coolest. And Freemont street was all lit up and we listened to a live band.

I have many photos to edit.

I can’t believe we’re going home tomorrow.


Feasts for the eyes, the ears…

by Carol Browne on November 26, 2014 · 0 comments

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Chandeliers at the Paris

and for the belly. OOF. Las Vegas is not only the city of lights (or is that New York? Or Tokyo?) but it is the city of buffets. We started the day off with a breakfast buffet at The Paris this morning (chandeliers in the lobby shown above) where I had a berry crepe, an assortment of pastries, fruit, and a tiny ice cream cone. FOR BREAKFAST! Mom! I had ice cream for breakfast! WEWT!

After all that nourishment, Maria and I set out on an adventure out to the boonies of Las Vegas. I think we were in the suburbs, because there were houses (which totally reminded me of Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. The types of houses, the stucco, the fences, the palm trees – all ARAMCO style!) and strip malls. Maria and I took THE BUS! Like locals! We went to a store that sold nothing but cross-stitching patterns and aida fabric. The walls were filled with all the samples of work and I picked up a pattern of the old Las Vegas sign to stitch up one day. We then got on the bus again, got chit chatting, and then ended up missing our stop, but the bus driver let us off the bus when we realized what had happened and we were able to get back on the bus going back to Durango Street. We actually got to shop on Durango and Flamingo street. Just a side note: Vegas has great street names. Is there anything Vegas can’t do?

Maria had sourced out this bead store, but I got distracted by a Salvation Army and found a cute little table linen (Christmas, of course) for $1.75. It was half off all linens today. HOT DAMN.

In the afternoon, Mike & I shopped at The Fashion Mall (HEH. Seriously, I shopped there) and booked our Cirque de Soleil show.

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And we saw Tori Spelling!

by Carol Browne on November 25, 2014 · 1 comment

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Day 1 of our trip to Vegas:

We were up at 4:30 this morning and got to the Belligham Airport in plenty of time for our flight. For the very first time in ages, we actually got to walk on the tarmac to get on the plane. This reminded me of getting our flights in Zimbabwe – all that was missing was getting the people and animals off the runway for the plane to take off.

We got into town around 11 o’clock this morning and spent the afternoon taking photos of everything around us. The Venetian is the most amazing place. We spent hours in there and then went back for the Christmas Tree lighting ceremony in the evening.

As we waited for the tree to be all lit up, Jason mentioned that he was pretty sure he saw Tori Spelling earlier in the day. Not thinking much of that, I watched the people around me and jostled to find a spot to get a photo of the tree. Then Maria said, “Hey! There’s Tori Spelling right there!”

Hair flick

Sure enough, there she was with her handler. The tree lighting person made the announcement that they had a special guest to turn on the tree, and she brought up the whole family.

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4:30 am comes early

by Carol Browne on November 25, 2014 · 2 comments

in Family and Buddies, Festivities

Oscar on the fridge!

Today I learned that if you want to be disruptive at work, just casually mention to anyone in the nearby vicinity that you are going to Las Vegas tomorrow and see what happens. Way to get people to stop working and talk to you! WEWT! This method proved fruitful as I learned just today that the airline we’ll be traveling on does 50/50 draws once the plane take off. Way to get your gambling in the very second your trip begins! I like it! Excess right off the hop! I picked up some American cash just in case this happens to us tomorrow at 8:30 am.

In other news, I had a lovely dinner tonight with some quilting buddies – and a new real life friend, even though I’ve been sharing instagram comments back and forth with her for at least 6 months. I have had nothing but good luck meeting internet friends in person. Really lucky.

See you tomorrow. I’ll be in the desert! With palm trees!


Planning meeting

November 23, 2014

So that went well. We met up tonight to plan a few things to do together while we goof off in the desert next week. Breakfast at the Paris is about the only thing we nailed down. Everything else? We’ll play by ear. That’s a good plan if you ask me. Two more sleeps. and […]

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The Supervisors

November 22, 2014

They seem to be watching me all the time these days whenever I’m in the kitchen – looking for any opportunity to jump on some unsuspecting food stuffs. I made the mistake yesterday of leaving a container of ricotta cheese open on the counter. I only turned away for a second, and in that time, […]

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November 20, 2014

I’m late to this weeks Throw Back Thursday, but here I was, in all my glory for a family wedding back in the day. I think this was for my aunt’s wedding. Or it could have been my grandparents’ wedding. My grandpa remarried. Nope. Pretty sure this was for my aunt. I have to say, […]

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Warm Blueberry Soup

November 19, 2014

Mike and I have been celebrating Faturday since about April 2013. All week long we only eat meat, veggies and beans and legumes (it’s called the 4 Hour Diet). We did this in order to lose some weight and feel better all around. Since that time, Mike’s lost many pounds and since I don’t weigh […]

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Just another day at the office

November 19, 2014

There is never a dull moment around these parts. Right now we are planning a graduation ceremony, a company Christmas party and another portfolio show (that will be in January). PHEW! Such parties! Such celebrations! After a long day of party planning, I came home and cleaned out the front closet. I have HAD it […]

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Spreading the joy

November 17, 2014

You may remember that I found the coat of the century at the thrift store last week. Not only was it the coat of the century, but it was the deal of the century as well. Best $25 I’ve ever spent! I found this on Wednesday and wore it to work AND Quilting Bee on […]

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