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The family and I spent the past weekend in Vegas for Hubby’s birthday.. we took Little M with us and I have to tell you that it was definitely a different experience than I’ve ever had before..

I thought being prego in Vegas was challenging.. this was totally an interesting experience..

I’m not saying it’s bad.. in fact, I enjoyed myself, and I’m sure Little M enjoyed herself too.. she got to eat foods outside of her normal “baby food” lineup.. she got to play in the pool area AND at the little outdoor mall..

Here’s a little list of befores and afters based on this past Vegas trip..

VEGAS BEFORE: Casino hopping all day.. casino hopping all night
VEGAS AFTER: Finding non-casino places to go during the day.. staying at the “home” casino all night

VEGAS BEFORE:  Gambling all day.. gambling all night
VEGAS AFTER:  Waiting for Little M to nap before spending an hour or two at the casino hoping she won’t wake up and cry before I get back.

VEGAS BEFORE:  Going to a show with the hubs at night if we found one we wanted
VEGAS AFTER:  Being in bed by 10pm with baby while everyone else was down at the casino gambling

VEGAS BEFORE:  Getting all dressed up and accessorizing with the cutest purses and shoes
VEGAS AFTER:  Wearing flip-flops and jeans, accessorizing with a diaper bag..

VEGAS BEFORE:  Ordering my own alcoholic drinks..
VEGAS AFTER:  Taking one sip of whatever the hubs got because I didn’t want to get too tipsy while taking care of the baby..

VEGAS BEFORE:  Uninterupted eating sessions in all the great buffets on the strip..
VEGAS AFTER:  Having to run up to the hotel room with a poopy baby while eating at the buffet in the “home” casino..

VEGAS BEFORE:   Annoyed at the smoker that decided to sit at the slot machine next to you..
VEGAS AFTER:  Having to get up and move slot machines (even if I was winning) because you don’t want to come back too smokey when you hold the baby..

There are so many other things.. like worrying about a stroller.. making sure to get a high chair.. and other baby-related things that really made this trip different..

It solidified the fact that I truly am… a mother.


I’m watching one of those Anthony Bourdain “No Reservations” show and he is in Tokyo, Japan.

I soooo want to go there.  There are soooo many places I would love to travel to.

I should make a list.

BUT.. if I make a list, I’m just going to disappoint myself if I can’t get to at least half of the places I’d write down.

But if I had the money and the time and the resources.. I’d be a total jet-setter.. and life would be wonderful.

Maybe I’ll get to travel to some places during my lifetime.. it’ll happen.. and if not.. I’m sure I’ll be fine just watching the Travel Channel all day..

I got back yesterday from a nice and long vacation out in Las Vegas.  The plan was to leave on Monday morning, but we decided to be daring and we left early evening on Sunday.

The weather was perfect, not too hot during the day.. and oh.. so comfortable at night.. loved every second of it.

We stayed in a timeshare a few miles away from the Las Vegas strip.  It made in convenient because you can really only do the Las Vegas Strip about three days before it becomes monotonous.  We discovered the many malls and other resorts around the city out side of the strip and made the most of our surroundings.

Again.. loved every second of it.

I learned that I can stay away from my laptop for a week.  The resort we were staying at did not offer free wi-fi so I didn’t not feel like paying extra for it.  I didn’t log on to my computer ONCE.

I did have my blackberry with me so I was able to check my emails and pop into Facebook every so often, but I didn’t not do anything else “computer-related..”

It was kind of relieving.  I didn’t know I could do it.. but I did..

Now I’m refreshed and ready to take on the world..

I also accomplished another thing on my “list” for this year.. going to Vegas more than once.. yay me!!!

Trying to keep my mind off my upcoming flight to Phoenix (flying scares me.. but I like doing it.. so it’s just a whirlwind of emotion..), I’ve decided to make a list of the things I’ve never done.. and would probably do.. or probably never do..

Aside from those $15 cruises along the Long Beach Harbor.. I’ve never been on a cruise.. you know.. those ones that last for days.. and take you some where fun.. nope.. never done it.. but I will.. one day..

Paid actress
I’ve done a lot of theater in my day.. but it was always community theater.. and the non-paying kind.. it would have been nice to get some money for all the hard work I had done..

Professional family portraits
The fam was never into getting all dressed up and sitting in a studio to get some pictures taken.. the only family pictures we have are when we get dressed up for some party and have some random background.. once.. I was a little tipsy when we took the fam pic.. and it totally shows!

As big of a Disney fan as I am..  I have never been here.. but one of these years.. oh yes.. I will..

I have yet to go to New York.. I would watch as many shows as I can!

I was never in any organized sports league.. never did any of that.. I was.. and am… a complete girly girl that danced.. sports were icky..

Detention or suspension
I was such a good girl in elementary, middle and high school.. that I was never suspended or never had detention.. except I was sent to the principal’s office in kindergarten.. cuz I talked back to my teacher..

Fast food
I have never worked at a fast food place.. nor have I worked at a coffee shop.. but I really wouldn’t have minded the coffee shop..

That’s pretty much all I can think of for now.. I’m sure that when I finish this a whole bunch of things will flood my mind.. but I’m sticking to this list for now.. who knows.. they may be a part two in the future..

Hahah.. OT.. you left me last year for three weeks.. now it is MY turn to leave you..

Well.. for one week..

And.. it’s not like I’m going to some distant, far off land.. like Vietnam.. or Thailand..

I’m going to Phoenix.

And it’s not like it’s a relaxing vacation..

It’s for work.

Ok.. so maybe it’s not anything to get really jealous over.. but I expect you to miss me as much as I missed you while you were gone.. and it’s kinda like being gone for the same amount of time that you were gone because we won’t be seeing each other for a few weeks.. so it’s almost the same…

So it’s my turn to sing..

I’m leaving.. on a jet plane.. I don’t know when I’ll be back again..


That is the view from the elevator to our hotel room when we went to Las Vegas a few weeks ago.. I took that picture when we first walked down that hallway.  I didn’t realize how creepy it would look til this day..

Lots of things are going on this month.  Remember what I said about complacency?  Well.. it’s all going to change soon.

I’m going to be going to a conference for one week in Phoenix, Arizona.  This is the second time that I will be traveling by myself.  I actually like taking these little trips by myself.

I will be having an entire suite all to myself.  It will give me a lot of time to think about things and live my life according to what I want to do for that week.

I know it won’t be a very exciting week.  I’ll be doing homework most of the nights I will be there because I will have just started a class that week.  I won’t know anyone.. so I hope I make some friends that we can go out and have a good time for a night or two around the area.

I’ve never been to Arizona.  My cousin lives there but I don’t know how close she lives to Phoenix.  I’ll try to get a hold of her to see if she wants to swing by with her kids to say hi.

I’m excited to go.  This should be fun.  Take away my hum-drum complacency.. even if it’s just for a week..

Monday.  I’m not a big fan of the “Mondays..”

Most people that know me know that I am not good with Mondays…

However, it’s good to know that by next week.. OT will be back home.  A week from today, I’ll be driving home from Las Vegas and my boyfriend should be safe and sound in his home.. sleeping.. no doubt.

He’ll only be an hour and a half away from me again.  He won’t been halfway around the world anymore. 

So.. it’s a countdown to Las Vegas.. and a countdown til he gets home..

It’s Tuesday there.. and if he’s supposed to get back on a Sunday here.. does that mean he leaves on a Saturday (in Thailand..) which means that’s a Friday in America?!

I always get so confused with the timezone things.  I know that he will lose a day.. so that means he’ll lose his Saturday?!?

I never know… but someone could always leave me a comment.. enlightening me..

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