Monday, October 11, 2010


Whew. What a whirlwind of a weekend.
Left Oregon midafternoon on Wednesday and arrived in Sin City at about 10'o'clock that night.  We went to eat at Mesa, which is Bobby Flay's restaurant there at Ceasars.  We had THE best quesadilla.  It was crispy, and filled with chicken and all these chilies, and topped with guacamole and lettuce. So simple but so amazing.  Also had some amazing peach margaritas.
Lets just say it was a great way to start our Vegas trip.

Just to give you an idea of WHY we were in Vegas, let me explain.  Almost every year the women of my family get together and have gone to Vegas, to celebrate birthdays, achievements, anything important.  When I get to go it makes it so there are 4 generations of our family there.   Frances is my grandma's aunt, so it makes it pretty awesome.  I was too young for most of the trips, but now that I'm getting older, I get to go more now!
The first night we had gma all to ourselves, so we just relaxed and hungout, because that meant that the next morning, Joy and Frances got there. They changed the whole dynamic of the trip.  Granted that grandma is 70 somthing, Joy is 65 and Frances is 97!! and she's more mobile then people in their 70's!  So me and mom were the young ones of the group. 
We went out to Peynard's for breakfast on thursday, which is an amazing french bistro-style restaurant.  Had some of the best eggs benidict I've ever had in my life, the croissant was light and airy, while the hollendaise was rich and deep. Could of ate it all week!

Each day we were in Vegas, mom and me went to the Apollo pool at Ceasars and baked ourselves in the sun.  We only lasted about 2 hours each day, seemed like the sun was so much hotter here then at home.  But in just a few days, using this stuff called, Maui Babe Browning Lotion, I have to say that I am considerably tanner then when I arrived. And I'm a whitey! :)

Since Las Vegas doesnt have any of the no smoking bans like Oregon, everywhere we went was cloudy with cigarette smoke, and man did it give me a killer headache.  I had a migrain for the first two days, it was terrible.  I was pumped full of Tylenol and all sorts of pain meds, but nothing worked.  Not even Tylenol PM.  But when Friday evening rolled around, magically after dinner my headache went away! :) I blame it on the amazing italian food we ate at Rao's.

Rao's is this famous little restaurant that used to be in NY,  and was just a tiny mom and pop type place, but word started getting out about it, and then it got bigger and bigger, and now its in LV. :)  They have the best Penne ala Vodka ever.  We also got some Veal Parmiggiana. YUM.  It was pounded so flat, and it was so tender you could cut it with a spoon.  And to top the meal off, we got some Ricotta cheesecake, which is my new favorite thing.  It was so light and sweet with just a little bit of tart from the lime zest. Man o Man. Was I in heaven there!

After dinner we walked around Bellagio and went to watch the dancing fountains, which are always one of my favorite things to see. After that, everyone pretty much went to bed. Mom and me stuck a few bucks into some fish machine, and I won just enough to get my hair done. :) SWEET! poor baby needs some attention.

Oh Thursday night, after dinner mom and I went to go see this exhibit called, Bodies.  It was incredible.  This artist took human remains and soaked them in acetone, to remove all the water from our tissues and then replaced it with a polymer, so that when the procedure was finished, the bodies and muscles looked the exact same, but there wasnt any flesh anymore, it was just a waxy substance.  It was spectacular, he took the brain and pumped red polymer through the veins so that then all the flesh was discarded and all that was left was this matrix of red lines.  It was so amazing, I cant even explain.  They wouldnt let us take pictures in most of the places we went, so I dont have alot of documentation of Vegas.

Oh! On Sat, Mom, me and Joy, went to watch Cirque du Soilel: Zumanity.  That was a great show, it was 90 min of sex, and dancing, and laughter. I havent laughed that hard in a long time.  I strongly suggest it to anyone visiting LV. 

So yesterday was our last day in Vegas, so we went to our goodbye lunch at Todd English's Olives.  Which by the way had some amazing food.  I got a Bucatini with lamb and pork meatballs, which were so velvety it was hard to not stuff your face. :)  Mom got a lumb crab carbonara, and that was just as delicious! It was hard to not have good food there, everything is so perfect. Ugh. I stuffed my face for 4 days pretty much

Now its diet time. :)

I was so happy to get home last night, its always so nice to be back in your bed, sleeping next to the person your used to sleeping with. :) staying up every night we were there, and then getting home at 2 was killing my sleep.  So much so that I didnt even hear Jerrod get up this morning, lights on and everything. 

Now I'm dealing with all this crap about my car, its still not shifting right, toyota thinks its a recalled part, but my car might have too many miles for the recall to be free, which is bullshit. its a fucking recall, not my fault. But the part wont be in for a month,so I dont know what we're going to do.  I dont have time for this shit right now. Ugh.  What a way to wake up after vacation.