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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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RAGRETS: I HAVE ONE

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I came across this wonderful photo of myself, and started laughing. It got me thinking about a time I got my make up done. As much as I love cosmetics, I always opt to do my own makeup. But I decided to have a “treat yo self” moment, and got it done while on vacation. This was a mistake, I wish I had saved my money! 

I got it done because I was in Vegas, and we had a party that night. I wanted to look good, and always wanted try it. I guess my mistake was having this done in Vegas. I think when you get your makeup done in Vegas, they will typically go heavy, instead of just regular glam. I didn’t know that I had to specify not to go too heavy with it, but I didn’t. At the end of it, I felt like Denis O’Hare as Liz Taylor. Except Denis O’Hare pulled that look off 100x better than I ever could. 

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So, what did I do? I pretended for the makeup artists sake that I loved it. But in actuality, I had to stifle a gasp. I looked like a child prostitute! Maybe this look would have been fine on another person, but it didn’t look good on me.

The moment I left, I was wandering the halls of my hotel with my sunglasses on. Thankfully nobody questions you about wearing sunglasses indoors in Vegas. People just assume you’re hung over, or drunk. I quickly walked back to my room to do damage control. I ripped off the fake lashes, threw on mascara instead. Used my supply of Q-Tips to thin the eyeliner, and touched up the parts I took off. I didn’t let anyone see me with my full-makeup look before I had to fix it, by taking most of it off. I mean, maybe I didn’t actually look as garish as I thought. It could just be I wasn’t used to seeing myself with quite this much on. I’m by no means a stranger to makeup (HELLO, COME SEE MY EYE SHADOW STASH. IT’S NUTS!). But I try not to go crazy with it, unless it’s Halloween. Next time, I will be blatant tell the make up artist not to use excessive liner and shadow on me. YIKES

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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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VIVA LAS VEGAS (VEGAS PT.2)

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OKAY, now it’s time for part deux! We spent some time by the pool each day. We opted to hang out at the “family pool” instead of the 21+ party pool. I’ve never stayed at the family pool before, so it was a  nice change of pace. They had a good music selection, and since it was during the school year, not a lot of kids around. So I’ll call that a win!

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After the pool, we got ready for an Elvis show! We grabbed dinner at Burgr, which is a Gordon Ramsay restaurant. I gotta say, my burger was excellent! After dinner, we got to see All Shook Up. Which is an Elvis impersonator show, and it was really good. We were very impressed with Travis Allen. 

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After the show, we got to meet Elvis. He was very nice!

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After the show, we wandered around for a bit then went on the High Roller. I gotta say, the High Roller was awesome! The night views are fantastic! I just wish it was longer than 30 minutes, I would have liked to have gone for an hour or so. I snapped LOADS of pictures. IS ANYONE SURPRISED?! Although, I didn’t take quite as many as I usually do, since this was my 6th rodeo.

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I think on this trip, I got more souvenir pictures than I’ve ever gotten. Usually I don’t buy them, but we did so many things, and the pictures were awesome. So I figured, why not?

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