Well, we are here in fabulous Las Vegas and wow are we having fun!!!
We were planning on leaving work at one yesterday but because the crew was going to be short that afternoon so our boss declared everyone leave for lunch at 12 and come back at one....since we were leaving at one that meant we get to leave an hour early.
My husband Rob picked us up and dropped us off at the airport where our friend Jenn and her daughter Maddie met us for lunch.
We enjoyed a nice meal and then it was off to go through security where they ran my purse about a thousand times before finding out that my little mono-pod for my camera was Not a shotgun.
The flight was okay until the descent of course...I knew that it would be bumpy because of the heat but even the two glasses of wine I drank couldn't
stave off a minor panic attack. Paula was a doll and kept making me laugh so I couldn't get too worried.
Finally we were on the ground and after a quick stop at baggage claim to get Paula's bag we were off and onto the shuttle in no time. In the back of the shuttle with virtually no air conditioning, Paula and I melted a little until we got to the Venetian and checked in.
The room was absolutely fabulous! For the price we managed to get it for it was a steal! We were both impressed with the sunken living room and especially the bathroom.
After unpacking, we took two mini vodkas out of the mini bar and had a cocktail while we relaxed a little from the flight. We were giddy with out freedom to put it mildly. :-)
Because our flight was late and the shuttle took forever we didn't have the time we wanted to go gamble a little so we just got tarted up and headed out to the Excalibur for the Thunder From Down Under show.
Once at the casino we got a quick drink and got our tickets from will call before settling in at a bar so we could smoke.
Finally they opened the doors and we took our seats at the first table and waited. There were tons of bachelorettes there so that was fun to see them all dressed up.
I was a little worried because the theater was so small looking. On the advertisements they made it look like a huge auditorium and it was really just the size of a small club with an average to small stage.
Having said that, I ate my words when they guys took the stage! Wow! Not only are these boys HOTT, but they are fabulous dancers and everything was so polished and co-ordinated. The energy was through the roof.
And I needed have worried about the small stage because they kept leaping off of it and dancing on our tables...running through the crowds...grinding on the ladies.
I can't express how much fun this was. I highly recommend it to any gal that wants to have a good time and be thisclose to some prime eye candy!! The ONLY bummer about this show is that you can't take pictures. No pictures but you are fully encouraged to touch the men...ANYWHERE you want to. Heh.
At the end they invite everyone to come on stage and have your pictures taken with the boys and while we wanted to do that, we realized we'd probably be in line for another two hours if we did so we opted out.
Instead we found a liquor store and stocked up on booze, soda and snacks before cabbing it back to our hotel where we changed into our PJ's and had some cocktails.
It had been such a long day so we decided we would just stay in and fiddle on the computer, having drinks and relaxing. And that is just what we did.
Twice during the night there was some commotion in the hallway that woke us up, and then there was the alarm that someone before us had set to six AM, but other than that it wasn't a bad sleep. We woke around eight and got ready for breakfast.
Having drunk our dinner we were FAMISHED so we headed down to the Grand Lux Cafe where we got a nice yummy breakfast.
With our bellies full we sat down and some machines and played for awhile. We both got a morning cocktail(screwdriver for me and a bloody mary for Paula) and played a while longer. Me breaking even and Paula winning on the dollar slots.
Finally the booze and lack of sleep from the night before hit us and it was back up to the room where Paula played around on the computer and I took a wonderfully relaxing bath in the huge tub while reading my book. Oh that was just heaven!! It left me relaxed yet refreshed.
After, we uncorked a bottle of wine and talked for awhile before we got ready and went to the wax museum. As usual, it was wonderful. We took tons of pictures and it was so fun. Well worth the price of admission even though I forgot my coupons.
After that we stopped off at the pizza place at the food court where Paula was a good girl and got a salad and I got a slice of deep dish.
Back up in the room we discovered they had come in for the turn down service and left us chocolates on the pillows. Woohoo.
Then it was time to shower and get dressed up for the Phantom show.
It was amazing as always. I was soooooooo happy that we went. Paula was amazed by the show and was floored by the whole production. I just felt very happy that we got to go on our perfect little weekend.
After we got back we had some cocktails in the room and talked a lot. It was cool, but we decided that it was time to go down and gamble more.
We hit a good run on a Sopranos penny slot. We kept winning but the streak turned bad and we ended up losing. It was okay though because we had a helluva good time doing it and it lasted a looooong time.
We decided it was time to pick up some pizza and head back up to the room. That is where we are now. Paula has retired to bed and I will follow shortly but I had to type out this blog before I forgot some stuff.
Speaking of forgetting details...this morning when Paula and I were heading for breakfast we ran into Joey Buttafucco.
Okay, it wasn't REALLY Joey Buttafucco but he sure looked like him! He had on a white wife beater with his massive amount of grey chest hair showing through the top, a pair of running shorts and some cute white socks with black bunnies or something similar on them, pulled all the way up with his sneakers. Now that I think about it, I'm not sure he was as much Joey Buttafucco as Pauly Walnuts from the Sopranos...either way, you get the idea.
He came down on the elevator with us, it was around nine in the morning. He mentioned that us girls were up early. We laughed and said we were starving because we had drank our dinner. He told us that he tried to place a sports bet the night before but they told him he couldn't...that is why he was up at the ungodly hour of nine in the morning. He started advising us where to go to breakfast, but we told him where we wanted to go and he followed us down in the second elevator to the casino floor, telling us about how the other food place was closer but the one we wanted had a better selection.
When we reached the casino floor he asked us if we knew where to go and Paula piped up: "Yes, we know right were to go!" Even though we didn't because I'm pretty sure he would have asked to join us once we got there. Heh.
Okay...it's way late and I need to go to bed.
Flight home tomorrow. :-(
Okay so Sunday morning were jolted awake at six again by the stupid alarm clock. We had made sure it was shut off the night before because of getting woken up on Saturday but nope...it still went off. Grrrr. We managed to fall back asleep and until around eight when we got up and packed up, showered and got ready to leave our beautiful hotel suite.
We were extremely tired and a bit hungover so it was slow moving for me.
We checked out and left the hotel at around nine thirty, taking the shuttle to the airport.
Since we were so early(I was worried about the shuttle being late) there was no one in line for Allegiant so check in was a snap.
We hauled ourselves up the escalator and found a place for breakfast. After eating we got some rag magazines for the plane and the wait for the plane since it was only ten thirty and our flight wasn't due to depart until 1:00.
Security wasn't really that much of an ordeal. They are doing something new now where they break you off into different "pods" for lack of a better term, and each "pod' of people gets loaded into a different security station. It worked very well for us so I hope they keep it up.
We settled in at the gate, both of us just so freaking exhausted it wasn't funny. We read magazines until they called us for boarding.
It was cloudy and thundershowering a little so I knew it was going to be bumpy as we took off but I hadn't anticipated the hour long wait on the tarmac while they spaced out the departing flights longer than usual due to visibility. I'm all for safety and us getting there safely so I don't really have any complaints about the wait other than the fact that they can't run the air conditioning until they get in the air and it while it was only 90 degrees out compared to the 110 temps we felt during the rest of the trips, it was still pretty freaking hot trapped in that cramped airplane with only warm air blowing on us.
Once we were airborne it was pretty bumpy until we got above cloud level. Paula and I were better on the anticipation of this flight than the last one but we both still opted for wine when the drink cart came around to calm us once in the air.
For such a late departure we didn't end up being that late. I think it was only a half an hour late or so.
Rob met me at the airport lobby. Paula had a ride home and had to go get her luggage she had checked so we went our separate ways.
That's about it.
It was such a great weekend! It was a really short trip but it didn't seem that short at all. Two days in Vegas is just enough with all the drinking, smoking, eating and gambling we did. Anything over that would have started to lose it's fun after that for us I think.
I discovered that Paula and I are good travel companions. We are both really not that interested in itineraries. We have a rough idea of what we want to do but other than the shows we had already paid for, we wouldn't have been heartbroken if we didn't get to do all the stuff we wanted to. We're both cool with kicking back in the room and relaxing if we don't feel up to going anywhere or gambling so that made it nice.
Having said that, we did manage to pack a lot into our two days while still allowing for some down time in front of the TV or computer. Two great shows, a super fun trip to the wax museum, good food, drinking and gambling. Not too shabby.
Got some great pictures and some even better memories. I am a very tired, but happy girl. :-)