Wednesday, January 21, 2009

I'm baaaaa-aaaacck!

As predicted, my weekend did not disappoint. So many adventurous things happened. Most of the time I was just an innocent bystander, laughing my boots off. Let me lay out a few of the highlights.

Hmm... where to start. It was SO warm, but most of us forgot what warm weather meant after suffering from below freezing temperatures for so long--so we walked around in long pants and shirts with long sleeves and contemplated shopping for summer clothes in the middle of winter.

Some of our group went to see LOVE, the Beatles Tribute by Cirque du Soleil. It was really good and the music was cool, but it must have been conceived in the same way that much of the Beatles music was... in the company of a wide assortment of hallucinogenics. When a little old woman walks around the stage with a train of junk... you start to wonder.

There was a delicious meal in a small deli that was plastered with pictures and banners and signs from Cleveland. Not even exaggerating, it looked like the Browns, Cavaliers and Indians used it as their own personal fan club. It felt like we'd just jumped halfway across the country.

I am fairly certain that I saw Charlie Sheen walking around followed by a man with flashing ears. Yes, you read correctly... there was a man with large earrings that flashed neon. He fit in perfectly with the signs on the strip. We also saw someone named Dr. 90210. I am not familiar with him, but others in our group were very excited to see him.

There was a party hosted by Snoop Dogg that some friends had purchased a table at. It was part of Planet Hollywood's one year anniversary party. Which I don't understand because I would swear it has been there for more than a year... but who am I to question Snoop?

There was a shuttle ride back to our hotel in which my incredibly crazy sister kept requesting the driver if he could drop us off at Del Taco on the way. When he ignored her, she decided to try in Spanish. Hearing her yell out, "Quiero ir a Del Taco, por favor!" had the entire bus cracking up. By the end he actually offered to drop us off there, but I suspect it was more because he wanted us off his bus than because he wanted to give her what she wanted.

There is the story from the picture. Yes, this is exactly what it looks like. My sister getting proposed to in a casino in Las Vegas. Did she say yes? She must have--it is the only explanation for their behavior as they proceeded from club to club throughout the casino and kept announcing they just got married so they could have their first dance. Did she know this man before that day? No. Were they actually married... if so, it was the shortest marriage ever, only 3 hours. Did they sing every Disney song known to man as they made their rounds? Absolutely. During one particularly moving rendition of "A Whole New World", they serenaded a shy looking Oriental woman. A horrified look crossed her face before she bolted like she was being chased by wild dogs. Literally pushing people out of her way on the escalator and throwing terrified glances over her shoulder as she ran. After that, the singing was a little more subdued.

One last one (a personal favorite, I might add)... as I waited for my ride to the airport I threw fifteen dollars around on the Three Card Poker table. In one hand I won $525!! That's right! For those of you who know what I mean, I played blind and got a straight flush!!! WooHoo! Now if that doesn't end the weekend right, I don't know what would!

Can you say Viva Las Vegas?


  1. Wow! Looks like you had a great time! I'm trying to picture the guy with the flashing neon ears...

  2. I'm sooo singing A Whole New World right now! It's so funny! Now I'm going have that song in my head all day! Grr! It sounds like you had a blast! I'm soo glad! You deserve it!

  3. Melissa - LOL, don't even try... it is one of those things you have to see to have any idea how bizarre it looked.

    Jenni - Yay for Disney songs! We had so much fun. :D I am so happy I got a chance to go.

  4. Wow, take me next time. I love crazy trips to Vegas. LOL It sounds like so much fun.

  5. Well, you sure did the Vegas thing up right! Probably the 1 out of 10,000 who left with money in her pocket. :) (Great memories to incorporate into future stories.)

  6. Kasie - LOL deal :D It really was a blast.

    Angie - I know! I was so shocked I didn't know what to think. I consider the times I go to Vegas to be like paying for entertainment. It is like going to a movie. I expect to have a good time and for it to cost me some money. This was like going to a great movie and then when I stood up to leave, having the manager show up and give me 100 tickets for free movies. LOL It just doesn't happen. And also, yay!

  7. Wow that is some awesome luck!! I haven't had that kind of luck since I was five and put a nickel in a slot machine outside a bathroom. Nobody was paying attention and they were shocked to see I had actually won quite a bit of money.

    I'm glad you had such a fun trip!

  8. Thanks Candice! It turns out it is a very good thing because I got home and yesterday had some serious appliance issues which have come up. Going to take a good chunk of my winnings to fix those. But hey, if I didn't win it would be much harder to fix them. Gotta see the positive. :D

  9. It's never a dull day around your family!! So glad you guys had a good time :)
    Krista needs to bring her new husband back to Cincinnati so I can meet him. How rude of her to get married without me even being there!!

  10. I know! I wasn't there either to be honest... I just saw minute by minute photos and heard all the stories the next morning. He sounds fun anyway, although I hear they've gone their separate ways now. LOL Thanks for stopping by! :D

  11. Hi Jenn! I saw you on Candice's blog. I'm a fellow Mormon mommy writer (seriously, there are so many of us, we should start a sorority or something.) :)

    I checked out your website, and your story looks really cool! Good luck with the submission process. It's tough, but fun in a crazy kind of way. :)

  12. Renee! Thanks for stopping by (the blog and the website) and for the kind words. I am so happy to meet you.

    Yeah, I'm totally ready to start submitting. After about 10 re-writes/edits I'm about fried LOL. Hopefully it will be very soon! :)