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THE TIME A GIANT, FIRE-SPITTING, BRITISH-SPEAKING, PREYING MANTIS, SANG QUEEN TO US

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I went to Vegas with a group of friends a little over a week ago. It was a lot of fun! One of the highlights was going to old Vegas, and having a giant preying-mantis sing Queen to us. 

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We spent a lot of time at the pool, it was a billion degrees. One day we got a day bed, the other we got ritzy and rented a cabana. Money well-spent. We also upgraded our room. We had 2 TV’s, a living room, and nice view.  I usually stay at the Flamingo, but we ended up at The Linq, which is next door. 

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Adventures included burning to death, Vegas at night, and some light sun-poisoning. Thankfully I didn’t get a sunburn. I was pretty vigilant with the sunscreen.

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Pardon me, I like to make weird faces in pictures!

We also went on the high roller. I’ve been on it before, but it’s still fun. Would I do it a third time? Probably not.

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Next time I go, I’m spending most of my time in Old Vegas. It’s basically how Vegas is supposed to be. I also got to check out the Neon Museum at night. I’ve only gone during the day, and it gets quite hot there. It’s a cool place filled with old neon signs. One of my friends couldn’t join this time, due to her class schedule. So we’re going to plan a trip when she is done with school. 

I can’t believe tomorrow is Independence Day! I have a fun trip planned filled with hot air balloons, and brewery tours. 

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BAKE EM’ AWAY, TOYS!

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I was trying to blog more, but I fell off the wagon. To be honest, I’ve been pretty boring the last few weeks anyway. Plus I caught a case of the writers block. I’ll be in Vegas in exactly one week with a group of friends. This will mark my 7th time there.  I said I wasn’t going to buy anything new, but 4 bathing suits (cheap ones at least), 4 pairs of sandals, some new tops, and an awesome pair of sunglasses later, here we are.  One of the last times I was there, they were filming an episode of Cops. I should have followed them around, that’s the real adventure there. 

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I normally try to avoid Vegas during the summer months, as it is an actual furnace. But alas, here we are, going in June. 😦  It’s going to be about 1000°, according my very scientific and not exaggerated calculations. Let’s give or take a degree or two. So I will be dressing like Cam from Modern Family. I asked to borrow my friends parasol, and she no longer has it. She did recommend a giant visor she just got, and it makes her look like a bee-keeper. But I declined. I already bought a giant new floppy sunhat (it’s sparkly!) when I was in the Bahamas. I’ll be taking that along. I do tan folks, but my tolerance for boiling to death is very low. Hence why I hope I’m able to enjoy myself without my sandals melting to the pavement. 

 

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CALM DOWN, WILFORD BRIMLEY!

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My friend and I took our annual casino trip over the weekend. It was also an inaugural trip with my fancy new Jeep. We wanted to get some pizza from Mystic Pizza, but it was not in the cards (so to speak). We usually plan these trips in April. Apparently in May is when all the people come crawling out of the woodwork, and take all of the parking spots in Mystic. RUDE. I’m sure even if we did find a spot, the wait for pizza would have been very long anyway. So we gave up and made our way to Mohegan. We were planning on going there anyway, but now were going for food as well. 

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The good news, I finally got to try Hash House a Go Go. I’ve been meaning to try them for years, as there are two on the Vegas strip. But now I got to try them at a closer locale! The food was really good, but also huge. To the point where some of the dishes look like a puzzle you have to figure out how to eat. 

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After Mohegan, we made our way to the hotel to unwind and get ready for dinner and shopping at Foxwoods. It was Cinco de Mayo weekend, so festivities were in full swing. When we got to the hotel, we had to stand in line to check in. This is where a very cranky Willford Brimley-like man in the lobby. He complained about the traffic. We sat in it as well, but don’t hear us complaining about it to people who don’t give a damn about your life story in line. He (of course) held up one of the desk attendants, with his various room requests. Buddy, it’s a fucking DAYS INN, save your laundry list of room requirements for the Ritz-Carlton! He was very adamant about having a non-smoking room, didn’t even want the room near the smoking rooms. This detail is key. The poor attendant even LEFT THE DESK to check the room was clean and didn’t smell like smoke. 

We finally got checked in, by the other guy manning the desk. Since the first guy was busy making sure Wilford Crankyass, was all set with his fucking budget room. We got unpacked and ready for dinner at the other casino. I am feeble-minded and accidentally set the Uber to send us to the wrong casino. Thankfully my friend was paying attention, and I was able to change the destination. Ooops! Once we got there, we put our name in for dinner. But the guy wanted us to check back in a few minutes with him, when he had his iPad back. This was fine, except 30 seconds later, a huge swarm of people descended upon the host station like some biblical locust shit. We had to yell at people that tried to cut in front of us when confirming our reservation was set in the official iPad. Some people even had to be reminded, TWICE.  Yes, we are in fact, in front you in line so shut your pie hole! Casino people are so rude. Thankfully after that, we didn’t encounter any more line-cutters. We enjoyed some shopping, food, sombreros, and drinks.

Let’s cut to the next day. We both didn’t sleep great, so we opted to get the free breakfast at the hotel. All was fine, until Wilford Crankyass (surprisingly) still cranky, made his appearance. He cut off a few people waiting for the waffle-maker. Nobody said a word. Like what?! To add insult to injury, he also proceeded to make THREE WAFFLES.  What is this guys deal? Incredibly rude and self-centered. I can only assume he isn’t married, as I can’t imagine a person that could possibly tolerate him. Or maybe he ate his wife long ago, when she got too close to the waffle maker? Jury is still out on that. After breakfast, we packed up and headed home. However, we noticed ol’ Wilford in the parking lot, smoking a cigarette. I kid you not, the man who was bitching about a non-smoking room. 

 

 

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HELLO BLOG, IT’S ME.

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I have been really bad about blogging as of late. It’s been a busy few months and I kinda forgot that this blog existed. Ooops! But fret not, I’m going to try to make an effort to do more blogging, but it will likely be shorter posts. I just want to get my moneys worth with the domain name. Haha!

I meant to blog a couple weeks ago, with a honeymoon recap. But that sounds very daunting right now. So I’ll get to it when I can. For now, I am have some exciting news. I am getting a new car tomorrow!!! I’m very pumped. I’m taking the afternoon off to pick it up, because apparently I like to visit car dealerships that are in inconvenient locations. Andy is tagging along as well. I’ll be sure to post pics when I have it in my possession. I’m also taking it on an inaugural weekend trip to the casino. 

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STEAKATION

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Got a lot of compliments on my “Space Jam” dress

For someone that doesn’t gamble, I sure go to casinos fairly often! I did a lot this past weekend, so I’m going to break into two posts. On Saturday we went to my niece’s communion party, it was nice to see everyone! I tried not to eat too much, as I needed to save my appetite for STEAK that night. After the party, Andy and I headed to Mohegan Sun for his birthday weekend. Our hotel wasn’t far from Mohegan, so we checked in, freshened up, and went on our way to the casino. We were so excited to each at Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse, and it did not disappoint. The steak and sides were excellent. I got the filet mignon. I always get it when trying a new steakhouse, I use it as my standard which to judge my steak by. I concluded that MJ’s knocked Capital Grill from it’s #3 spot for favorite steaks. I’m happy we got to go, now we’re planning our next steakhouse trip. We have a running list!

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Andy wasn’t too thrilled I stole a picture of him, haha

After dinner and drinks, we wandered around the casino. I also am guilty of doing a bit of shopping. We even bought really good cupcakes from Carlo’s Bakery! I guess I never realized how many good food options there are in Mohegan Sun. The couple of other times I’ve gone, I only went for shopping. Now I will be trying more places to eat there!  

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GAMBLING WOULD HAVE BEEN CHEAPER

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Erin and I took (what is becoming) an annual trip to Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos. On the way to Foxwoods, we went to Mystic. We both bought these really cute Helly Hansen anchor print raincoats. Now I’ll look forward to the rain, so I can wear my awesome new raincoat. I love the shops in Mystic, especially all the jewelry I can’t afford. But thankfully, we could afford some really good pizza. We went to Mystic Pizza again. At least this time, I finally watched the movie. 

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After pizza, we spent some time at Mohegan Sun. I bought some stuff from Lush, because I’m addicted to that store. I’m going back there in a few weeks for Andy’s birthday. Hopefully I can stay out of Lush, but I doubt it. Haha! After that, we went to Foxwoods so we could check out the new outlet mall they added. It is actually a pretty large outlet mall, with tons of good stores. I may have purchased some more Coach bags…OOPS! I think it would have been cheaper to have a gambling addiction, as opposed to outlet shopping. Oh well, maybe someday I will learn my lesson. 

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It was finally time to check into our hotel by the time we left Foxwoods, intending to finish the outlets later.So we loaded up on some snacks and waters, and checked into the hotel. The hotel itself was fine, but we had a lot of issues with the shuttle service to the casino. We got the shuttle on time, but they held it for a party of 37 females, each wearing excessive amounts of various perfumes. The shuttle smelled like someone dropped a nuclear bomb inside a Perfumania. Since we weren’t already irritated over having to hold the shuttle for these ladies, one of them forgot their ID. So the shuttle had to turn around. 

Thankfully we weren’t that far, BUT STILL. We had to crack a window, so I wouldn’t be the first person to get high on perfume. Once we finally arrived at the casino, the ladies realized the shuttle drop off location is at the opposite end of the casino, from their dinner res. One of the girls said they should have taken an Uber. I said, “YES, YOU SHOULD HAVE!” Since we arrived later than intended, the wait for a table at Hard Rock was an hour. We put our names in, and decided to finish checking out the outlets, we ran out of steam in the afternoon and didn’t finish the rest of the shops.  Once our table was ready, we ordered some delicious drinks and food. We enjoyed the rest of our evening. Minus the shuttle driver arriving 40 minutes late picking people up. Don’t worry, we complained about that, and the rude girl at the front desk. Thankfully the GM of the hotel was very pleasant to deal with, when we called to complain about the situation. 

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We decided to sleep in the next day, our feet were killing us from all the walking. But we did manage to get ourselves some PANCAKES. All is good with the world!

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MY HEART WILL GO ON…AND ON [VEGAS PT.3]

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In an attempt to shorten these recaps, this is going to be my last one! So there will be more photo collages added, ye be warned! I just want to say, I broke my tradition of buying a fedora. I already bought one in NOLA earlier this year. Instead, I got myself a bejeweled cat-ear headband to wear everyday in Vegas. Anyway, we spent each morning by the pool, which was nice. We also went to see the resident flamingos at the hotel. While we were there, we got to take pictures with some macaws. It was hilarious! We were suckers and bought the whole set of pictures. Could you blame us, the birds are too funny!

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One afternoon we headed to Mandalay Bay and The Luxor, we had tickets to Michael Jackson One. By the way, it was the best Cirque show I’ve seen yet, and it was the 6th time I’ve gone to Cirque. After picking up our tickets, we went to the shark reef at Mandalay Bay. I don’t know why I wanted to go so badly, aside from the fact I really like sharks. I thought it was like lot of things in Vegas, vastly overpriced. It was cool to see, but definitely very small. We tried to milk it, but had a really hard time staying a whole hour.

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After that, we bought tickets to see the Titanic Artifact Collection and the Bodies Exhibit. Thankfully they have a combo ticket deal, and both exhibits are right next to each other at The Luxor. Unfortunately, we couldn’t take pictures in either exhibit, which was a little annoying. I have to say, the Titanic exhibit was really amazing and sad at the same time. It was also FREEZING! I think they kept it really cold for the full-immersion experience. Also, one of the rooms contained a man-made glacier. They also set up a replica balcony, that had a dark starry sky, like you were outside. They also re-built the grand staircase from the boat to spec. We had our pictures taken on the grand staircase, but I haven’t added them to my phone yet. So you’ll just have to deal with this gem of a photo. We laughed for about 20 minutes in the giftshop after viewing it. Oh yes, we also saw “the big piece” from the ship which was recovered from the ocean in 1998!

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Once we finished, we went to the Bodies exhibit. Again, I was bummed I couldn’t take pictures. It was very fascinating! I’ve been meaning to see it over 10 years now, so I’m glad I finally got to check it off my list. They added special dyes to each area of the body, so each display almost looked like a work of art…instead of an actual dead human body. Erin was especially psyched since she happens to be taking an anatomy class this semester. So she definitely benefited from it. After the exhibits, we wandered around for a bit, got a yummy
sushi dinner, and saw MICHAEL JACKSON ONE!

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During our last day in Vegas, we opted out of Old Vegas. As interesting as it is, there just isn’t a ton to do there. So we did the pool, then walked to a bunch of casinos on the The Strip. We also did some shopping…at the normal- people stores. Ain’t nobody got time for you, Yves Saint Laurent!

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