8.13.2014

Las Vegas Confessions

Over the weekend we ran off to Las Vegas.  I love that place.  I don't necessarily do anything I can't do at home besides club all night (well I can do that at home I just don't want to) but I just really love the warm nights, anything goes attitude and the energy of this city.  The things people wear.  The things people do.  That alone is entertaining.  Every time I go there is something new.  We were just there last November and now there is The Quad which is my new favorite part of the strip.  There is always construction going on all over the place so there will be something new the next time we go.

I confess that I originally wasn't going to go at all.  MJ's friends were going for a Birthday.  We've been traveling a lot and I just didn't want to pay for another trip.  It gets expensive and I needed a break so I told him I'd sit this one out but then changed my mind.  I always have a really fun time hanging out with this couple and I couldn't bear to have MJ go to Vegas with out me!!  I didn't want to miss out. 

I confess that I chipped the nail polish on my big toe pretty badly a few days before the trip and refused to get my pedicure re done.  I'd just gotten one not too long ago and rather then spend precious time getting another pedicure since every other nail was still good I went to Target and found a bottle of nail polish in as close to the color as I could find so I could just touch it up.  It was $3.99 vs time I didn't have and $20.00 bucks so I took the easy route.

I confess that this trip was the first time I've ever ever had to pay to check my baggage and we had to share one suitcase because Spirit charges to carry on and check luggage.  They also charge for drinks and snacks.  You can't even get a tiny watered down soda and a mini bag of pretzels for free on that joint.  They don't even offer any actual food options unless you count cup o noodles.  Yes, cup o noodles!!!  They claim that their awesome bare bones policy is to reduce prices for their valued customers allowing us to only pay for what we want but in reality it's just their way of showing up with the cheapest fare in search engines and duping you into thinking you are getting a bargain.  Hello!!  I'm traveling.  I NEED luggage and you want me to pay just to carry on a bag with me?  Also, their seats don't recline so they can pack more people in and get more money.  They do have some rows with additional leg room but of course you pay for that.  You also pay if you want to choose your seat in advance (we didn't).  What's next?  Charging to use the restroom?  I wouldn't put it past them because not everyone needs to go to the bathroom on every flight right?  Might as well just pay for what you need. 
It was pretty cool to actually look decent on a flight for a change.  I love quick flights!!  On our last vacation to Cancun it was an overnight flight there.  I looked like crap.  It was a ridiculously early flight on the way back.  I looked AND felt like crap.  This was totally different.  We hopped on the plane and one hour later we were landing.  I wore sandals.  I was not wearing glasses and didn't look like a haggard lady in yoga pants.  It was pretty cool.  What was also pretty cool is arriving in Vegas refreshed and ready to go.  We've driven the last few times because it's so much cheaper but that drive is rough.

I confess that we ate at McDonald's twice!!  It was right next to our hotel.  Sometimes you just need a quick bite to eat to tide you over and you need it to be cheap!  I got a grilled chicken breast salad after we checked in and then a Egg White delight the next morning for breakfast.  Both healthy aside from the major sodium explosion but that is going to happen regardless of where we eat.   

I confess that on Saturday I put on my bikini then ended up taking a nap instead (yes, still wearing my bikini and cover up). What had happened was that MJ woke up earlier then anyone should ever wake up in Vegas.  He left to go sky diving with the birthday boy at 7:30am!!  When he got back he was obviously beat and I was just getting up and moving around.  I went and got us McD's then checked out the pool but when I came back and saw him all cozy in the bed it seemed like a better idea to join him. 
I confess that I blew through $10 in less then 10 minutes doing quarter slots.  Towards the end I even switched over to penny slots in an attempt to extend my play but there was no saving it.  Luck was not on my side and I wasn't willing to spend more trying to get it.  MJ spent more money and played longer but didn't do any better.

I confess that we did not bust out the DSLR.  Not once.  We brought it and I even charged the battery but it sat in the room all weekend.  I just wasn't feeling it.  We've been to Vegas several times and I know we'll be going back so I just stuck to the cell and my little point and shoot.  We really didn't take that many pictures period.  Eh.  Whatever. 

Not a bad touch up job on the pedicure.  Right?
I also confess that these are my wedding sandals from 2010!! Still going strong
I confess that we bought tequila shots to go.  Vegas is an adult playground if ever there was one.  That area behind me looks like one of those fill your own cup yogurt places but at the Purple Zebra instead of yogurt coming out it's alcohol flavors.  You pick your container and then fill it up with your alcohol of choice.  We opted for $3.00 patron shots that come in a handy vial carrying case.


I confess that Vegas brings out my inner 21 year old hoochie mama that wants to dress like one, booze it up and dance all night.  I did not wear the black mini and crop top I bought but I will be saving it for next time.  The first night we hung out in the quad area until about midnight.  It's this new really cool area that has a new giant London eye like Ferris wheel.  The birthday boy isn't really a "club" guy nor was he dressed appropriately to get into one but when we go to Vegas we like to get in a night of dancing.  It's literally, the only time I feel the desire or the energy to do it so I like to take advantage of it.  I love dancing.  In San Diego the music usually sucks for 50% of the night but in Vegas the music is great all night long.  We got to The Bank at Bellagio around 10:30pm and didn't leave until 2am.  Most of that time was spent on the dance floor.  There was no stage so MJ got to dance with me the whole night.  It was so much fun, minus the drunk guy that kept spilling his drink on us.  MJ literally removed the drink from his hand, put it on the table, and I don't even think he noticed. 
The obligatory fourth meal after a night of drinking and dancing.  That day after a mini McD's breakfast we ate a big lunch then went to Guy Fieri's restaurant for dinner but were only hungry enough to split an appetizer.  This was the biggest slice of pizza I've ever seen but it disappeared pretty fast.

Another fun Vegas trip on the books!!!  I can't wait to go back.

Vodka and Soda




22 comments :

Tami said...

I am so jealous of your jaunt to Vegas! And LOLed at the penny slots to extend your play. I do that every time I'm gambling! Like come on, let me just miraculously win my money back, ten cents at a time!

Shannon Q. said...

I'm not going to lie...I wish I was with you on this trip :) sounds like such a fun weekend!

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

I've only heard horrible things about Spirit... but since it was such a quick flight it was probably worth it to get there for so cheap ;-)

Ms. Emily Ann said...

Vegas is just it's own little world! But you do not look like hoochie, you look gorg! Sounds like a great trip, I love last minute short get aways!

Jacqueline Hough said...

It's sounds like y'all had a great time! One day, if I go to Vegas, I definitely ask you for the best places to go! I love your sandals! They are so cute!

Rachel said...

Hehe, it always cracks me up when you catch a 5 or 7 pm flight to Vegas out of Long Beach, and everyone has just one carry on, have their hair already done, and are ready to party. It's the only time I've seen people on a flight (myself included) actually looking good. The Sunday afternoon flight back is a completely different story... HA!

Jenny said...

Sounds like you had a fabulous time!! I truly hope to make it to Vegas one day in the near future. Guess I'll need to settle for AC for the time being.

cashanamusings said...

You all had fun. I keep hearing weird things about Spirit Airlines...I will stay off there!

Kate @ Another Clean Slate said...

Looks like you had a blast! Jealous it is just a quick flight for you.

Faith said...

I loved the way you recapped this trip! SO fun! We loved the Quad when we went last as well!

And yikes about Spirit ... I've never heard about that airline but I will never be using them. Pay for a carry-on?! That's insane.

Law_Fal said...

Loved this recap! Looks like a super fun get away!!!

AiringMyDirtyLaundry said...

Fun! I'd like to go to Las Vegas someday.

Kathy @ Vodka and Soda said...

i love vegas!!!! like you, i have a fancy dslr but i never take it anywhere - it's just too damn big!

thanks for linking up!

-kathy
Vodka and Soda

A Life Less Traveled said...

This is making me want to go to Vegas bad. I have only been once and that was when I was 22.

Brass Honey said...

Mark my words, I will never again drive to Vegas, the ride home is so brutal!!!

Love your wedding sandals, they are so cute, and your toes look great :)

Pegster said...

How fun, you guys do go to Vegas often. That little fix on the pedicure looks flawless, I would have not known any different.

I like the way you and MJ travel.

Nats ~Coral Tinted Perceptions said...

I want to go to Vegas so bad but it isn't in the cards for a while, glad you had fun!

Kate Jordan said...

Paying for hand luggage?! That is absolutely ridiculous. I can't believe they are getting away with charging for that! How. Sneaky.

Ameena said...

I confess that one of the few things I miss about living in L.A. is the proximity to Vegas. I used to love going there on a random whim.

Charging to use the restrooms = scary. They do that here in Paris...and they are STILL not very clean.

Ashley R said...

Vegas is just the best. I need to find that place with the shots, sounds like a blast!

Catherine Gacad said...

you were cracking me up with your comments about spirit airlines. that black dress looks so good on you!

Whitney Cypert said...

Haha you are always making me laugh. Thanks for the info about Spirit....that's just ridiculous. I wouldn't put it past them to begin charging for the bathroom, geez. I looked like crap on my flights to and from Paris, what can you do when it's a long flight? That's when being rich and having a private jet would come in handy. Oooh I actually love McDonald's breakfast! Carrying around a big camera has lost it's appeal to me too. I hardly ever use mine anymore and am trying to get back into the habit. That alcohol place is cool and now I want pizza.

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