Hello, hello. You would not believe my outfit’s color combination today. Just wouldn’t believe it. I’m wearing a khakis, pewter flats, a navy crew-neck shirt, fuchsia scarf and turquoise earrings. Holy crap, I’ve turned into Rainbow Bright. I used my flat iron on my hair, though, and I think I hate it. I want to go home and re-do it at lunch.
The line at Starbucks was nearly out the door this morning, but I patiently waited for my grande vanilla latte and marble bread. I’m hungry and I forgot to grab yogurt at the store, so I just HAD to stop at Starbucks, you see. It was imperative to my well-being.
While at Starbucks, I used my gift card. It’s the gift card that I found laying on my table when I walked into my apartment after my trip. What else did I find? Well, there were birthday balloons all over my floor, birthday confetti all over my table, a card, gift card and a CAKE! My favorite cake! Like 10 people in Raleigh have keys to my apartment, and in this case, it turned out to be a good thing. Thanks so much Kristen and Tiffany!
But I’m sure you don’t care about that stuff as much as you care about my trip. Well, actually, since I don’t know who YOU are, I don’t know if you actually care about my trip, or why you’re reading this little blog anyway. But whatever.
I landed in Las Vegas on Wednesday night, so my birthday was extended by three hours thanks to the time change – score! Drove around the strip, went to dinner, went to bed. On Thursday my uncle took me to the Grand Canyon, which was spectacular. I assumed that because I saw pictures of it, I knew what to expect. WRONG. I’m not going to try to describe it here because my words will fall short. Went back to Vegas, went to dinner, went to bed. On Friday Gregory and I spent the day playing at Red Rock Canyons, which was oodles of fun. Shocking because I’m not typically an outdoorsy person, but I didn’t want to leave and wished I had brought proper hiking gear. Then we went to Target – you have to go to Target where ever you are – and I bought their wedding gift. A Garmin navigation system. Then we went to Old Vegas, which is the older part of Las Vegas. Duh. It was very ghetto and shiny and fun. I lost all of my money there ($50). On Saturday Gregory and I went to the Hoover Dam. Yawn. Nah, it was cool, but, well, yeah. It was a dam. It was smaller than I expected, but I’m happy to cross it off of my list of things I should see before death. Then we went to a super trashy casino where I bet $10 on football and won. Go figure. Then we went to the Strip for the night, and we were joined by a mutual friend of ours who recently moved to the area – someone Gregory was friends with in high school, who also lived down the street from me at WVU. He had a three-story beer bong, but that’s another story. Anyway, had tons of fun on the Strip. We had a very long, expensive, alcohol-infused dinner, walked around some casinos and went to the top of the Stratosphere. Unfortunately for us, football started on Sunday at 10am Pacific Time, so off to a bar we went. We met up with my uncle, watched the Steelers game and ate crappy bar food. It was a good time. Then we went to the Las Vegas outlets, which is where I lost all of my money. Actually, a lot of my money is currently wrapped around my wrist. I’ll get to that later. After the outlets, we went to a ‘famous’ Las Vegas buffet, which was a small step above Golden Corral. Oh well. Then we all crashed and got up at 4am to take me to the airport so I could fly home. The End.
I know Las Vegas is in the desert, but I was unprepared for the amount of brown. Brown, brown everywhere brown. And there were no trees. And grass, there was none of that either. But the landscape has an unusual beauty, which I appreciated, but I was happy to get back to the east coast where there’s green everywhere. And it was incredible to be on top of the Stratosphere and see the lights end, not because of my line of vision, but because the city just ends. It’s crazy. You drive 10 miles out of the city and you’re in the middle of nowhere. It was a wonderful, wonderful trip. I had such a good time, and I desperately needed to get away for a while. It was so nice to be completely disconnected from my life for a few days.
Oh, the thing about my money being wrapped around my wrist… I hit up J. Crew, Banana Republic, Gap and Coach stores, and I also visited a jewelry store where I found the clunky watch of my dreams. I’m a pretty feminine girl, but I love big watches. But, because I’m never without a watch, I refuse to buy cheap watches, and the only clunky watch I could afford (or would pay for) was of the cheap variety. Well, a jewelry store at the outlets was closing, so all of their stuff was way marked down, so I got a big $300 ESQ Barrister watch for significantly less than $300. I love it.
Ok, I have a lot to do, so off I go.