Saturday, February 05, 2011
Yay, I'm back. I missed not being in touch with everyone. I took my laptop with me and had great intentions of at least staying in touch, but was unable to connect to the internet at the hotel. I was apparently missing a cord (which I don't need at home) and wasn't prepared to pay $22.00 for one from the hotel!
What a beautiful hotel though, meals were very expensive, so we didn't do a lot of eating there. We spent most of our time outdoors walking everywhere possible. Most days we put in a minimum of 4 hours of solid walking.
Loved all the architecture and replicas. There were lots of Chinese New Year displays and at times with all the Asian tourists, you almost felt that you were overseas! Very interesting to see the huge tour groups. As it must be the year of the rabbit...there were rabbits everywhere. I felt a bit like "Alice" in Wonderland...which rabbit did I follow down the rabbit hole. *grin*
We have gotten so used to "smoking" not being allowed in any public areas in most parts of Canada that the amount of smoke (and perfumes) in many places in Vegas was pretty overwhelming. Part of the reason that we spent most of our time out of doors. Besides the weather was beautiful compared to home, although apparently for people in Vegas it was cold!
The fountains at Bellagio were absolutely beautiful to watch. Unfortunately I didn't have my camera with me at night when the lights really showed up the display. When I took this picture we were just walking by and the music and water display was not happening.
The Eiffel tower Vegas style...we visited Paris, Rome and Venice all in one day! *grin*
I didn't get pictures of the gondalas and the canal runnng through the Venetian Hotel, but I did get a picture of the Venetian glass ceiling, although it doesn't do it justice.
Of course, who goes to Vegas with out "Elvis" being a part of it! We took in the "Viva Elvis" production by Cirque Du Solelei...well worth attending. We really enjoyed the performance. The next night we managed to get half price tickets to see the "Blue Man" performance...again very well done and lots of laughter.
And of course, who goes to Vegas without visiting the old strip...Freemont Street. Loved the overhead lights displays and all the lively music being played. For those of you who don't know about the overhead light displays on Freemont Street in Vegas...my pictures don't do it justice, but I'm sure you can google it!
Hope you enjoyed my brief picture display...I have more, but need to sort through them yet.
We really enjoyed our time there, but were glad to get home again. We ended up getting home a day later than expected as our flight from Vegas was delayed, which in turn meant that we missed out connections in Calgary to get home. Had to overnight in Calgary. It had rained over night here and the roads were absolutely deadly...so the drive home was a bit scary. We were so wiped by the time we actually got home that we dumped the suitcases and headed for bed. Slept a large part of the day yesterday. Even though we had a hotel room(supplied by the Airline...we only had 3 hours of sleep before needing to be back at the airport!) A very long day, we hadn't eaten since noon and no restaurants were open at the hotel to grab something and no time in the morning to grab anything other than a coffee. By the time we got home we were too tired to even think about eating. A bowl of soup for supper last night and a quick visit with the girls and back to bed.
A lovely holiday.
Lots of exercise. I stayed on track with my nutrition. (I seldom cleared my plate as the portions we were served were "Huge")
Safe trip home from the airport on the icy roads.
Laundry is almost finished.
Suitcases all unpacked and I'm almost organized again.
Great time with our friends.
Not sure that I would go to Vegas again, but we have definitely decided that we need to actually take holidays...just for the relaxation.
Happy to be back in touch with you all.
I'm off to do some reading of posts and catch up on all my emails.
Have a great silly Saturday.
Saturday, January 29, 2011
It was so much fun finally being able to tell Garry what his surprise was. He is totally thrilled and ecstatic. Now the rush is on to get everything packed and ready to leave tomorrow morning bright and early. He has to work today, so most of the errands etc will be up to me, but that is okay.
I waited until the girls had arrived for dinner before giving Garry his birthday card with all the nice new American money tucked inside. At first he didn't know what it was, as the money has become very "Canadianized" since the last time we took out any. It's now all lovely and colored like our money is. Then his next question was...where are we going? He is thrilled. I did end up having to tell him that our friends will be joining us, as John wants to go golfing and had wanted me to pack Garry's golf shoes. We tried in a round about way to convince him that he "really" should pack the shoes, but he was adamant that it wouldn't be necessary as he wasn't going to go golfing and leave me on my own. So I finally had to come clean on that part also. Now we have to figure out what we can pack into our "carry-ons" as we don't want to check our baggage through seeing as our flights our taking us on the scenic route to get to Vegas. I couldn't get us on the direct flights so we are going via Calgary and Vancouver to get there! Oh what fun we will have *grin* This will also be our first experience traveling with all the new restrictions that are in place at the airports...should be an interesting experience.
I most likely won't have time to check in tomorrow, but will give it a go on Monday.
Finally, I don't have to keep a secret any longer.
Garry is thrilled with his surprise.
Kaeli is coming to stay at the house and cat sit, so don't need to worry about the cat.
Bills are all paid.
Dinner was great last night, Garry got to BBQ on his birthday and it wasn't snowing on the his newly cleared deck and BBQ!
We leave tomorrow on our fun adventure.
Have a wonderful Silly Saturday...let your inner child out to play.
Friday, January 28, 2011
Yay, no more having to keep a secret! Today is Garry's birthday and this evening when the family if all gathered for dinner, the big surprise will be revealed. Thank goodness, keeping the secret has been harder than I thought it would be. Especially for such a long time.
I have to make a quick run to Costco this morning for some last minute supplies and then I should be ready. Garry wants BBQed ribs for his birthday supper, baked potatoes and salad. Yay, something for me to eat! He also wanted brownies for his "cake". That is in the oven right now.
I may be on sporadically now for the next few days. I will try to log on when I can. I'm taking my laptop with me, but as I don't know our schedule or what we will all be doing, there is no guarantee that I will get on at any set time.
Positive Quotes of the Day may or not get posted...sorry! I know that the team will all step up to the ensure that the daily challenges are posted so not worried about those. I'm just going to enjoy my holiday! Woo Hoo.
After this evening, I know longer have to keep such a big secret. I'm excited about going away on a holiday and to somewhere fun.
The kids will all be here tonight for dinner.
I'm on holiday! YAY!
Our street is now cleared completely...no more getting stuck. Unfortunately it has been cleared just in time for another predicated snow fall tonight! Go figure!
I had a good chuckle over my horoscope today: Unexpected events. Change of plans. Be flexible. Rely on your intution. Be decisive. Travel possible and favored. Be social. Not sure what might be changing, but the travel is still there, so the rest just doesn't matter*grin* I'll be flexible today.
Have an awesome Fabulous Friday.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Yay, our street is now partially cleared. The snow plows have been down the street and we are no longer in any danger of getting stuck in all the snow. The windrow is still down the middle of the street though, hopefully they will be by soon to remove that. Meanwhile, we drive down the wrong side of the street to get to the connecting street. It's amazing the amount of snow. The windrow is about 3.5 feet tall, there is no way you can crawl over it.
Warnings were out on the news last night for people to be checking their roofs. Two more flat roof businesses had portions of their roofs cave in from the weight of the snow. Yesterday we experienced freezing rain for a couple of hours in the morning, which adds to the weight of the snow. Garry was out checking things on our roof. It looks like we will be okay as far as he can tell. Our roof is slanted pretty well, so as the temperature has warmed up, the snow is sliding off the roof. YAY
The rain that happened yesterday morning was an unusual occurance in January and an extremely hazardous one. As the rain fell, it was immediately freezing on the ground, needless to say there were multiple accidents. Walking on the sidewalks was more a choice of shuffle and slide...one did not take the chance of picking up your feet. We even had a police car get smucked by the library yesterday morning, thankfully all the sirens we listened to didn't involve any serious injuries.
Forecast was for more rain this morning. Think I'll wait awhile before heading out to do the shopping that I need to do!
I'm on holidays...although I still woke up at my usual time this morning!
I have the choice of waiting until the roads are safer before venturing out to do all my errands.
Only one more day to get through before telling Garry that we are going away on Sunday.
I've got my lists made and I'm ready to tackle the "to do's" on them.
I am blessed in so many awesome ways.
Have a great and wonderful day. Use today to do random acts of kindness...create a possible ripple effect.
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