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A 30-something living in the foothills of the Virginia mountains; I'm saved by grace, addicted to coffee and my little sister is my best friend! I devote most of my time to exploring, reading, attending as many Nationals games as possible and documenting life here. My Prince Charming got lost somewhere along the way...but I'm trying to remain hopeful that true love exists.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Even Though There were Airplanes, It was Still A Success


I'm back on the East coast once more and as my post would lead you to believe; I had a wonderful time with my little sister in Las Vegas, even though airplanes were involved for the to and fro. The beginnings of last week are barely worth mentioning - at work I felt like I was non-stop and both Monday and Tuesday night when I got home, I also felt non-stop.

Something tells me plenty people completely understand - and I don't even have a spouse or children to contend with (woe is me - seriously...but that's a whole different subject, moving on....). You'd think getting to have almost five hours of uninterrupted "me time" would be a thrill - but when it comes in the form of being crammed in an economy class seat with no leg room and a seatmate who is wearing strong perfume...but shared her gummi bears...well; not as much a thrill. I digress... the end was worth the means. Tenfold.

I'll try to keep this from being an utter photo dump - but that's not a promise.

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It's not worth being on the west coast (sort of) without getting In - N - Out!
I arrived in Vegas shortly before 8:00 PM (PST) on Wednesday night and besides longing deeply for a bed, I was longing deeply for some supper - and I figured In - N - Out was the obvious choice. Luckily my little sis indulged my fancy and within thirty minutes of arriving in the western parts of the US, I was devouring a delicious double-double. And don't you dare judge me - I ate every bite.

I "slept in" on Thursday; at least to my body clock. I actually woke up around 5:00 AM and finally gave up the good fight and got up around 7:00 - I mean; that felt like 10:00 to my internal clock and I'm not one to waste the day! Lindsey had to go to work for the morning, so I visited the gym at her apartment (she's never been...), took a bath, watched a movie and waited for her return. 

When she came home, we loaded up in her car and headed for Red Rock Canyon to take in some nature for the afternoon. It was surprisingly not that warm this week/weekend in Las Vegas...in the desert...but we managed to pick the warmest day to explore the outdoors. I don't know, we're crazy like that. We did the thirteen mile scenic drive after perusing the visitor's center displays and I took too many pictures to count because the desert landscape was both beautiful and completely alien looking! 

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Red Rock Canyon
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Hugo the tortoise - one of many species that make their home in the canyon.
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Goofing off on a stream of "desert air"
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Sister picture with the Red Rock Canyon in the background!
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Red Rock Canyon
Fun fact for you - a suburb of Las Vegas is called Summerlin. I'm not kidding. And if you're thinking that too much fun could be had of that, you'd be completely correct. Lindsey and I went to one of her favorite outdoor malls to peruse some shops and grab dinner...it was located in Summerlin. So of course; let the hilarity ensue. 

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A downtown Summerlin - if you've never seen one before....
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"One" Summerlin - looks just like this...
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The amusement is never-ending...
On Friday I joined my little sister while she took care of some work-related business and once it was all said and done, we had dinner at Mimi's Cafe. We relaxed for the afternoon because the main event for Friday was dinner at Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill and Celine Dion live at the Colosseum! We teased and twirled, stuffed and tugged, made sure we had on just the right thing and our hair looked just so before venturing (with half of Nevada, no doubt) onto the Strip for Friday night.

Our meal at Mesa Grill - I cannot recommend enough! Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill is located in Caesar's Palace; the atmosphere is very relaxed while still having an upscale feel, the service is top notch and the food...where do I even start with the food? Everything we ate was absolutely divine and delicious, from the first bite of bread they brought as a starter to the last crunch of Churro that we had for dessert. If you're ever in Vegas and looking for a place to eat - look no further! And whatever you do, be sure to get the street corn - if you don't, you've wasted the whole dining experience. 

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Sixteen Spice Chicken with Pesto Garlic Mashed Potatoes
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Lindsey with her Ancho-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin with Sweet Potato Tamale
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The BEST thing on the menu - the Mexican street corn. To die for!
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Absolute joy = churros for dessert!
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Excited to finish the meal with churros!
Once our bellies were good and stuffed with delicious food, we made our way across the casino floor (gag - so much cigarette smoke and pathetic people) to the Colosseum. Long...long ago when I was a wee thirteen year old, I first heard the song It's All Coming Back to Me Now by Celine Dion and that was all it took for me to be hooked. It didn't matter that I had absolutely no idea what the song was really about at the ripe old age of thirteen, I knew that it was a great song and the person singing it was incredible! Don't even get me started on how much I wore out My Heart Will Go On - on both Celine's album and my copy of the Titanic soundtrack.

Friday night was my sister's third time seeing Celine in concert since she moved to Las Vegas - less than a year ago. I felt like the fact that she agreed to go a third time was a sign that the concert would be spectacular - and I was right. I don't know that I honestly even have words...except to say, my gosh the woman can SING. Nothing about her performances have ever been tweaked or auto-tuned; that's for sure! I have never seen someone in concert that was such an all around, consummate performer and entertainer...and have I mentioned...HER VOICE? To say it was unforgettable would be an understatement. Behold some of my less than stellar cell phone pictures of the awesomeness...

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Celine!
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Sing it woman!
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Wearing yellow (of course) to sing Beauty & the Beast
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Near...Far...
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A mind-blowing concert experience!
We cruised out of Las Vegas and home on Friday night discussing the awesome concert experience and I fell into bed humming...what else, Celine Dion!

I'll pause here and get back to the Vegas recap on Thursday! Just know that it includes climbing a mountain, afternoon tea, floral displays and gluttonous amounts of pastries. I know - I can't wait either!




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