Feasts for the eyes, the ears…

by Carol Browne on November 26, 2014 · 0 comments

in Festivities, Photos

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

in Festivities, Photos

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!


Feeling crafty

by Carol Browne on November 16, 2014 · 1 comment

in Festivities, General, Home decor

Love this box of ornamentsHere is yesterday’s purchase from the vintage, junking Christmas flea market we went to. I love the shape of the Christmas ornaments and the packaging. These are going to look great on our white Christmas tree.

I was tempted to start decorating the tree, but exercised restraint. Instead, I tried them out on the cedar tree in our backyard.

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Tintype me!

November 6, 2014

Yes! Another portrait for my tintype collection. And day 4 of the black and white challenge. DONE! My crafty pal, Denise, and I had a delicious lunch at the Baghdad Cafe and had a good chat. Lovely. I had two great lunches this week. I was spoiled for company and lunches this week. And tintypes! […]

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Another one for the collection

November 5, 2014

I had lunch today with my buddy and owner of Loyal Coalition Apparel. I know! Fancy me! We ate a fabulous lunch at Finches Tea-house (House Salad with Prosciutto. Always good.). I was HOPING she was wearing one of her beanies today, because she looks excellent in a beanie and I am lacking in portraits […]

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A procession at Mountain View Cemetery

November 2, 2014

In stillness, I, light-bodied, set out for the other world Hamon, 1804 (as seen at the graveyard) Last night Mike and I went to the Mountain View Cemetery to attend the procession walking around the burial ground. It’s pretty much the most fun I’ve ever had at a graveyard. I had no idea what to […]

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Costume preparation

October 30, 2014

Please note: It PAINED me to put my shoes on the dining room table. It will be washed well before we eat dinner on it. I don’t even like to look at this! WHAT HAVE I DONE? Anyway, for my costume tomorrow I’ve got my red cape, my bloody shoes, my basket (which will be […]

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October 29, 2014

#TinType #Hipstamatic getting ready for the big day! A photo posted by Carol Browne (@carolbrowne) on Oct 10, 2014 at 10:41pm PDT It’s not looking good in the pumpkin carving department. I’ve waited too long, seemingly because I don’t believe in calendars and cannot believe that Halloween is the day after tomorrow. WHAT? How did this […]

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Tiger blood

October 28, 2014

I’m pretty sure my mom was thinking of Charlie Sheen when she made this Halloween costume for me circa 1974. I hope you are all enjoying Halloweek. I think this is the last of my childhood Halloween costumes, but I do have one more of me and my sister I’ll save for later. I stopped […]

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