What’s next

Now that things are winding down on the house, what am I going to do with all that free time? There are still things that need to be done at the other house but we are going to work mostly on the weekends finishing those projects. So that opens up a whole lot of time for me. I definitely need to paint some of the furniture I’ve stock-piled and pay some attention to my booth. It has been sadly neglected for way too long. There are also many, many unfinished projects in our house that need some love. I have gained a whole new level of confidence after all the work I’ve done at Elliott so I am more than ready to start gutting our bathroom and kitchen, two long over due projects that I have wanted done forever. I think Dan would say I need to wait until loads of money magically appear before those two projects can be started. But that’s OK I have several projects that are only 1/2 done that need to be finished first.

But our immediate, as in right this very moment, plan is for our first ever trip out of the state together without the kids. We have travelled LOTS with the kids and LOTS separately, but strangely never together without the kids. Dan had a continuing ed/ financial seminar that he could go to at the Opryland Resort so I decided to join him for a long weekend.

I was expecting a very lush, extravagant room after hearing stories of previous trips he went on without me. And the lobby/ atrium/ grounds did not disappoint but sadly when we got into our room it was just a typical boring room with no balcony overlooking all the lush gardens. I was so disappointed! When we walked over to the convention center to get Dan registered we struck up a conversation with another family that was here for the conference. They mentioned that they upgraded their room so the could get a balcony room. Duh! why didn’t we think of that? While Dan was at the opening talk I went back to the room called guest services and asked if I could get that upgrade, yes there was one balcony room left! So the bellhop came up to the room and helped me get all settled in our new room. And here is our new view from our balcony:



And these are just a few pictures from around the atrium, well one of the atriums. This place is massive! We walked for about an hour last night trying to decide where to eat dinner. Of course, we kept getting lost and that added to the walking. I think the wine I had just drank didn’t help with us getting lost so much either.


All the waterfalls are so loud it kinda sounds like our room when we stay at the ocean. This morning when the doors were opened I could sit in bed drinking my baileys and coffee and pretend that we were in Emerald Isle. Sadly this trip has no fishing for Dan.


And this is where I’m heading in about an hour, for my pedicure and facial. Yes, while Dan is sitting through several hours of financial talks I will be having a leisurely day at the spa! I’m really wondering why I didn’t join him for these conferences in the past?


I think I’m going to really enjoy being done with that full time job I had for the past 4 months!


Vegas, Baby!

At the beginning of the month I got to go to Las Vegas for a whole week with my mom, sister, her BFF Jenny and mother-in-law Judy. The trip was to celebrate both Mom and Judy’s retirement. We stayed at the Paris Hotel/ Casino and kept hoping that we would run into Bethany who was in real Paris at the same time. We never did.

One of our favorite daily events was the happy hour drink specials at the Sugar Factory (which is in the Paris Hotel.) Normally the drinks were $15 each but for happy hour it was buy 1 get 1 free. So we would go and have one of the best drinks I have ever had.


We also did 2 spa days, the first one was just OK we got pedicures at The Flamingo. Their “spa” area was really not up to our Vegas expectations with only 1 Jacuzzi and just a steam room and sauna. Pretty much the same as any gym.

But our visit to the Qua bath and spa at Caesars Palace was AMAZING!

Roman Baths
The baths consist of three distinct pools, varying in temperature and size. Your experience begins in the largest of the pools, the Tepidarium, with warm mineral-enriched waters to help restore natural elements of your body’s skin. You can then alternate between two smaller pools, the Caldarium and the Frigidarium. The hot waters of the Caldarium ease daily tension and soothe tired muscles, while a quick plunge into the cold waters of the Frigidarium invigorates your body. Water massages, Thermal Stone Deep Relaxation Chaises and exhilarating overhead rain showers complete this spectacular, one-of-a-kind experience.

Laconium Room
Inspired by the ancient Roman steam baths, the Laconium sauna uses heat to warm your body from the inside out, keeping it warm and loose between treatments.

Arctic Ice Room
Surrounded by a beautiful dome ceiling and glass tiled walls, the Arctic Ice Room is a place to unwind. Heated floors and benches comfort you in the crisp 55 degree room as falling snow relieves your stress.

Here is the entrance to the spa:IMG_0354

We all had the Vichy Shower treatment which is like a massage and shower combined all into one. It was fabulous. We spent several hours relaxing in the spa area and getting our treatments. It was a great way to quiet the noise of Vegas.

(pic. from web site)

We did lots of walking and exploring (and gambling, of course.) This is part of The Conservatory and Botanical Gardens’ pathway at The Bellagio.


Here’s the view looking down on the Paris casino. Shauna and I were in line to go to the top of the Eiffel tower.


The Vegas Eiffel Tower is 1/2 the size of the original, I was scared enough going up this one I should be completely terrified if I ever make it to the top of the real one.


We got to watch the Bellagio water show from the Eiffel tower.



And here’s the Vegas strip at night from the top of the Eiffel Tower.


We also visited the Pawn shop where Pawn Stars is filmed. So much smaller than it looks on TV. Notice the line to get in. Although none of the cast seems to work there during regular hours, people come hoping to see them.

Pawn Stars!

One of mom’s favorite machines, Sex in the City. It was like her crack we had to pull her away from it constantly. We did find a group of 4 machines tucked away so Shauna, Mom, Jenny and I all played together and we all won. That was a good pod of machines!


We also had high tea at the Petrossian Bar in the Bellagio.

Ensconced in brocade sofas or velvet high-back chairs, you can sip from a variety of teas while nibbling on open-faced English sandwiches, pastries and scones with Devonshire cream and Baxters preserves.


Not only were the dessert divine but I got an awesome picture of them!

so pretty

It was a wonderful all girls trip to Vegas. The last time we all went was, I think, 5 years ago. I guess that means we’ll all have to head back in another 5 years!

And in case you were wondering, No I didn’t win anything. As a matter of fact I lost all the money I brought. But it was a great vacation none the less!