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I'm back from a great holiday!

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.

My positives:
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.

Hugs,
Wanda

  
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KSNICKER 2/10/2011 5:37PM

    Wow what a wonderful trip. Glad you enjoyed it. I've never been to Vegas and would love to go to those show you mentioned. WE have Blue Man here at Universal Studios but it's just so expensive and we've decided Not to go yet... Waiting for a good deal like you got...
Glad you made it home safe and sound.

Now back to the healthy journey...
Hugs,

Kathy

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MARLA7 2/10/2011 1:45PM

    Very nice! Thank you for sharing. So glad you enjoyed your Holiday! Love ya, Marla p.s. Welcome Back. You were missed!

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NJMATTICE 2/7/2011 6:37PM

    Nice pictures! Thanks for sharing them.
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MAURIZIA 2/7/2011 11:17AM

    Wanda, I agree with you on the smoke, for sure...and the perfume. Even here in RI, though smoking indoors at public places is not allowed, they do allow it in the casinos...Part that gets to me is if you are headed to the "no smoking" area, you have to walk through the "smoking allowed" sections. Makes no sense t me!! There must be a link between tobacco and gambling!

Photos bring back memories...When visiting my family in CA, I fly into Vegas to visit his son's family...then we drive through the mountains back to CA...

Enjoy your memories...and like you, I spend NO time in the casino...My cousin and I pick a place that is nearby - like Lake Mead or the Hoover Dam...and do our walking there...tho' I must admit I love the lights of old Vegas!!

Hugs!

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YOYONOMORE1 2/7/2011 11:02AM

    Thanks for sharing the pictures with us, it sounds like you had a wonderful time in Vegas. Glad to have you back home and with us again.

Hugs,
Shirl

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LEXIE63 2/5/2011 1:27PM

    Loved the photos! I'm so glad you and Garry had such a great time, and I'm actually glad you didn't waste precious holiday time on SP. (I suspect the cable thing was the Universe telling you to enjoy your break unencumbered *smile*) I think you deserved a break, and the lovely ladies on Positive Bloggers looked after things beautifully while you were away. :-)
Having said all that, it is great to have you back though! :-) We missed you!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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What a day yesterday!

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.

Positives:
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.

Hugs,
Wanda

  
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NJMATTICE 1/30/2011 2:22PM

    Have a safe trip and lots of fun! I look forward to the reports!
Love,
Nancy

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RACINGSLUG 1/30/2011 12:08PM

    Aww, surprising other people is the BEST! I once surprised Dom with a Playstation 2 wrapped in an old lamp box after he returned from a summer away. Me, his Mom and sister all pitched in and I hid upstairs until everyone was settled in the living room. Then I snuck up behind him and gave him his present. What a great memory.

So happy you guys will get to make your own memories in Vegas soon! Have a wonderful trip!

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LEXIE63 1/29/2011 5:19PM

    YES!!!
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MARLA7 1/29/2011 2:34PM

    Wanda - What a thrill it must have been, not only for you to present Garry his surprise but for him getting it! Have so much fun! I'm thrilled for you that you get to go on a vacation! Vegas! Wow! Good luck to you all! Fill us in on the details when you get back. Will miss you. Love, Marla

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MAURIZIA 1/29/2011 12:15PM

    Oh, WANDA! Thanks for sharing how the "secret" was revealed! I thought about you all day yesterday...with excitement for you and Garry! Have fun!!! Watch ut for those one-arm bandits! Hehehehehe....

Hugs and safe travels...and I LOVE scenic routes...okay, well, maybe not when I'm flying! :)


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The birthday surprise gets revealed today!

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.

My positives:
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.
Hugs,
Wanda

  
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YOYONOMORE1 1/28/2011 6:40PM

    Happy Birthday to Gary. You are all in for a good time of fun and I wouldn't worry about posting, just go have fun and we'll be waiting to hear about all your experiences while you are gone. Have a wonderful evening with your family.

Hugs,
Shirl

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LEXIE63 1/28/2011 11:33AM

    Happy Birthday Garry!
Wishing you all a safe and wonderful birthday trip to remember.
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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MAURIZIA 1/28/2011 10:35AM

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GARRY!
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Wanda, have lots of fun in LV!!! My fave are the lights!!! :)

Hugs, blessings, and safe travels!

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Yay, the snow plows have come by!

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!

My positives:

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.

Hugs.
Wanda

  
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NJMATTICE 1/27/2011 9:47PM

    Your tales of snow and windrows of remarkable height make me acutely aware of what a lucky girl I am here in Texas. I spoke to Tim's cousin today. He is on the "Artic Slopes" of Alaska working for an oil company and he said it was warm today: 23 degrees below zero. He says "you get used to it". I say "No thank you."
Enjoy your holidays. The nice thing about getting up early on your day off, is that you have extra time that is your own. Yippee! I look forward to the tale of the telling. Have a great Friday. I'm subbing tomorrow and going to a play tomorrow night, but I'll catch up at some point for sure.
Love,
Nancy

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MAURIZIA 1/27/2011 10:21AM

    Oh, Wanda. Freezing rain...yuck. We had some of that in the midst of collecting another 12 inches of sn*w! I'm so done with winter...and we still have one week in Jan, all of Feb, and part of March. I want to follow the rabbit down Alice's rabbit hole!

Hugs! Enjoy your holiday...Does Garry know yet?

M.

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LEXIE63 1/27/2011 10:17AM

    Yay to the snow ploughs and boo to the freezing rain.
Be safe!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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KEN1965 1/27/2011 9:46AM

    I live in Michigan and we used to get a lot of snow like that, but its been years since that has happened. "Knock on wood." Have a great day and stay warm. emoticon

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Jan 26

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Yay, my last work day of the week, as of tomorrow, I'm on holidays until Feb 7th. Even though the work week has been very short for me, it seems like it has taken forever to get to today. Just like when you are a kid and waiting for Christmas!

Snowplows still haven't made their appearance on our street. Signs are still up indicating that they are going to be coming...just don't know when. With the warmer temperatures we are having at the moment, the streets are becoming almost impassable. People are getting stuck as they attempt to get out of their driveways, which in turn chews the roads up even more. Ahhhh, winter in Canada!
The plus side of the road conditions...neighbors are helping neighbors!

My positives:
A lovely visit with Kaeli last evening. She stopped in to drop off her carry-on suitcase for me and stayed to eat supper. YAY.
Garry has finally decided what he wants for his birthday supper. In our family the birthday person gets to choose the meal on their birthday. Now that he has decided, I know what needs to be made.
Garry was able to get some of the snow off the roof last evening. Still lots up there, but hopefully it won't cause any problems. There have been several places in the city that have had their roofs collapse with the weight of all the snow. They appear to all be businesses with flatter roofs. We haven't heard of any homes, so that is a plus.
Last day of work for a few days. Now I can concentrate on getting ready to go away.
Life is good, I have my health, I'm loved and can love, and my family is awesome.

Have a great and wonderful day,
Hugs,
Wanda

  
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LEXIE63 1/26/2011 3:34PM

    So pleased the time has finally arrived. :-) It must feel like it has taken forever, specially with Garry inadvertently throwing spanners in the works at intervals. LOL
Wishing you all a safe and fabulous trip, and praying that your roof stays safe during your absence. Let's hope those snow ploughs turn up before much longer. Sounds like you really need them to. Wow! :-)
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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MAURIZIA 1/26/2011 12:52PM

    Oh, I could never live by you! It's sn*wing here now...was supposed to start after 4 PM...instead it started before noon. Yuck!

Yea!!! Your last day of work before your holiday! Can't wait to hear what Garry's reaction is when he finds out! Woohoo!

Hugs...stay warm!

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NJMATTICE 1/26/2011 10:10AM

    I'm cold just reading your blog with mention of all that snow! Brrrrrr. I'm sure that your trip will warm you up. It must be warmer than Canada! Have a great day and stay warm and safe. Christmas is almost here!
Love,
Nancy

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 1/26/2011 7:17AM

    We don't get much snow. I think our winter total is usually around 16 - 18 inches. If we get 4 inches at a time it's a lot. I can't imagine what it would be like with the amount you get. The kids would have a great time with it.

Have a great day!

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