Viva Las Vegas

Hello from sunny Las Vegas, Nevada!

This morning I went into the office for a few hours, but left around lunchtime to head to the airport.   Our food situation at home is a little off—I didn’t shop for the stuff I usually eat this weekend because, well, I’m going to be gone more or less until next Tuesday.  So, there was nothing for me to pack for lunch. 

Enter…airport food!  KCI doesn’t have a whole lot of healthy options, so I opted for Starbucks—iced  coffee with a splash of skim milk, a yogurt parfait (I ate about 3/4) and a bagel (ate about 3/4, no cream cheese).  Not half bad.

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Planes!  I love airports and flying more than I probably should.

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Of course, I fell asleep immediately, but woke up to find that the flight attendant had left me some snacks on my tray!  How sweet—peanuts and some kind of cheese cracker things.

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I ate the peanuts when I woke up.  I loathe Cheeze Nips/Cheez-its generally speaking, but by the end of the flight I was hangry and knew dinner was a ways off so I ate them anyways.

I landed and took a cab to my final destination—Caesar’s Palace!

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Unfortunately, the line at check-in was ridiculously long.  Like, half an hour long.  At least they brought me water in line!

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But when I got to my room…oh yeah, it was all worth it.  Check out my view!

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Yup.  That’s the Bellagio fountains, right in front of my room, and hey!  I happened to catch the show for you.


So, yeah, my suite is pretty sweet.  Easily the nicest hotel room I’ve ever stayed in.

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The BATHROOM.  I have a full marble jacuzzi tub with a… 0413 009


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Oh yes. After this posts, I’m getting in a bubbly jacuzzi bath and watching Glee.  Luxury.

I was starving after finding my room, and I wanted a cheeseburger.  So I found one.  And I ate it.  And it was delicious.

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Unfortunately, it didn’t really agree with me.  But it was lovely while it lasted.

After dinner, I explored…

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Basically, there is an entire fancy pants shopping mall in the hotel.  I actually needed to buy something—my purse strap broke, so I replaced it!

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I got a great deal—this was on sale at the Gap, and I had a $10 off coupon, so I think I paid $13.99 for it?  Fine by me!

Anyway, Caesar’s Palace is absolutely incredible.  Everything is insanely ornate.

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I went into the Nike store and salivated for awhile over their running gear.  I very nearly bought a t-shirt that said “Runners have the best buns” with a picture of a running hamburger on it.  But I refrained.

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After I shopped, and walked what seemed like ten miles, I decided, hey, it’s Vegas, I have to try my luck!

0413 016Of course I pick the one with cats on it.  Of course.

Unfortunately, I accidentally bet $15 instead of $0.15 and that was the end of my gambling for the night.

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Unfortunately…EVERYTHING is extra here.  Internet is $15, and it’s $25 to use the gym!  Ick.  And I already miss Tim.  But, obviously, this is a pretty awesome set-up and I’m totally excited to see Vegas.  I’m pretty sure I will spend most of my time in Caesar’s, but still…awesome. 

Anyway, I went down to the “hospitality suite” for awhile but I felt exceedingly awkward so I left.  I had half a glass of wine and two tiny desserts and watched the flair bartenders and naked-behind-a-screen dancing ladies for awhile.  Everyone in my field seems to no each other and I feel like the awkward newbie.  The only people that approached me were guys that I think were trying to hit on me!  I am just not good at talking to strangers.  I always panic and the conversation ends randomly.

I’m off to the bubble-cuzzi for some Glee and then BED.  I’m exhausted and the time change is killing me!

Any tips for making friends with people who already seem to know each other?

13 Responses

  1. I love Vegas! I’ve been 5 times now. Go to all the casinos and give them a try. There’s something for everyone in Vegas.

    Nice room!!!!! It’s a bit fancier than the super fancy room we had at the Palms. I love jacuzzi tubs. 🙂

  2. Find common ground and make yourself an in!

  3. What a beautiful room!
    It’s totally awkward being the newbie in the room and I’m afraid I’m not very good at making conversations with others when I’m in that situation. It’s kind of like when I go to a work get together thing with my husband and he knows everyone and I stand in the corner holding my purse looking like a dweeb.

    It’s hard to squeeze your way into conversations.
    Obvs I haven’t any good suggestions.

    Have a great time in Vegas!

  4. I’ve never been to Vegas, but that hotel is gorgeous!

  5. What an awesome room! And, LOVE the new purse!!!! Make me want to go spend more time at the Gap 🙂

    I’m afraid I’m not super good at making friends with already established people. I tend to get shy (which I’m normally not) and reclusive. The only thing that ever helps me is if I find something that we have in common (like running or watching Glee–loved it!) cause when I’m talking about things I love I automatically feel more like myself.

    Good luck!

  6. I LURVE Vegas and esp the Bellagio fountains! You lucked out with a kick ass room! Make sure you walk up and down the strip when you get a free moment to see the other fun things in front of each of the casinos!

    Sometimes when I feel like the newbie/outsider, I just push my way in. I am always eavesdropping anyway, so I try to find a good point to say, “Pardon me, did I just hear you say….” Maybe you’ll recognize some peeps at the gym in the am and you can bond over that? Hope it goes well for you!

  7. Lucky you…it looks gorgeous! Sadly the only thing that came to my mind when I looked at your pictures was “The Hangover” hahaha 🙂

  8. My husband and I love Vegas! It can be a lot of walking but it’s fun to explore. We always stay at Mirage. You should stop in there to see the aqarium. It’s also set up like a tropical rain forest inside. So pretty! Mirage has a California Pizza Kitchen, Starbucks, and Carnegie Deli when you first walk in the door. They are all obviously delicious! Have fun!

  9. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You just got me SUPER excited for the wedding in Vegas next month!!!!!!!!!!! Will you take a picture of the Flamingo JUST for me?! xoxoxoxoxoxo

  10. Try making friends with just one of the other girls. Much easier!

  11. I love airports and flying more than I should too. People always think I’m weird.

    Have fun in Vegas!

  12. Holy crap! That’s an awesome view/suite!!!! They really hooked you up! Bubble bath + Glee on the flat screen sounds heavenly.

  13. ooh lalala how exciting! I get to go to Vegas very soon!!! Only a couple more weeks. I am soooo excited!

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