Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
I took the hubby to Rosemary's since he had never been. I had such an amazing time the first time I went, I just HAD to get back ASAP. And let me tell ya, it was just as good the second time. I ordered the "tasting" courses again, where you get 5 plates of a smaller portion of the chef's preferred food, while the husband had 3 courses of larger portions. All of our plates were fantastic. The service was perfection. As I've said before, skip the swank dining on the strip. Make a reservation at Rosemary's instead. You wont regret it.
We were enjoying our food so much that we almost showed up late for the main event- Kathy Griffin! Of course I didn't take any pictures.....because they weren't allowed......okay.....maybe... just... one.....or five. But I HAD to take something to remember that I was actually there! I had planned to get a T-shirt for myself and my friend, Dawn, but the lines were so damn long- full of hysterical gay guys that were really loud- that I didn't have the patience to stand in line. Which is why it made my pictures so essential.
Kathy was hilarious. The best part? Other than laughing until I cried, it was hearing her say "Fuuuuck!" instead of "F-BEEP!" like on TV. Sometimes, when I go long periods without a break from my kids, I start to feel like I need something adult to remind me that I'm still one myself. Hearing Kathy Griffin say fuck was just what I needed to remember I'm really 31, not 13. She made fun of the Lohans, Justin Timberlake, and most of all Miley Cyrus. She brought in a little shock factor, but I was surprised at how safe her routine was. I guess I was expecting my jaw to drop more than it did. This is Vegas, after all. It ain't Nebraska. Not that there's anything wrong with Nebraska! The thing I liked the most about her act? She is completely up-to-date. She was telling jokes about things that happened a few days before! Loved that. Would I recommend seeing her? Absolutely. As long as you don't mind her saying "holy fuck balls" every few minutes.
After the show, we hit the elevator in Mandalay Bay up to The Foundation Room. The place has amazing ambiance and, if you take a quick walk outside to their patio, you get views that no other hotel/casino can give you. It's fun to stand just outside the door, and listen to people's reactions as the first lay eyes on the view. "Wow!" "Holy shit!" and "Oh my god!" are common phrases there.
And, about an hour into The Foundation Room, My husband and I were tired and ready to go home. It was about 10:30pm. I know, I'm wild. But I had had my fill of fun for the night. Hopefully it wont be six months until my hubby and I can get out again....
Sunday, July 27, 2008
This week's guest blog will be a MAN's version of "You Know You Live In Las Vegas When...". I can only imagine what he's going to list....can you? Thanks to Momto2boys for the idea.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
1. You know you live in Las Vegas when all the women at your gym are either strippers, blackjack dealers, or stay-at-home-moms.
2. You know you live in Las Vegas when you do everything possible to stay off of the strip.
3. You know you live in Las Vegas when stripper pole lessons are the new aerobics classes. Feel the burn!
Featured bonus from Big Red (who also happens to be a good friend of mine- even though she wont admit it):
*You know you live in Las Vegas when driving in LA traffic no longer scares you.
*You know you live in Las Vegas when your toddler knows what a stripper pole is.
*You know you live in Las Vegas when you get a discount on your boob job because you work in a casino.
Thanks Big Red for the contributions! If you're a local Las Vegan, feel free to add your own YKYLILV to the comments section. If you're not a local, but have memories of visiting, add you're own "You know you're in Las Vegas when..." instead.
I'll feature them in an upcoming post!
Saturday, July 19, 2008
In the rare moments that my kids get along, they do cute stuff like this. But let me tell ya, I hate this thing. Try hearing yourself think (or work) while listening to this music play for oh, an hour straight or so....
It's enough to drive any reasonable person mad. Not that I'm reasonable but, you know what I mean.
And if you look closely, you'll see the little pink baby stroller in the background that Jack wears around the house as a mask.
Of course the old address will still take you here, too, but the new url just makes things more fun. At least for me. Stay tuned for more fun changes!
Also, look for a new Date Night Diaries blog in the next few days because.....I saw Kathy Griffin last night! My hubby and I also had dinner before, and drinks afterward. Lots to share so keep a look out for it. If you missed The Date Night Diaries blogs gone by, go here and here. Or you can check out my nightlife. I'm lucky enough to live in a town that allows me to do some pretty cool stuff.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
iVillage and Blogher have become partners!
Oh yea, did I ever mention I work for iVillage? Heh, well I do. Technically I'm freelance, but I work under NBC, under iVillage.com. This morning they broke the news to us via conference call. BTW, it was very cool to be on a conference call with 25 other moderators- from all over the US and Canada- while we all listened to the big cheeses at iVillage tell us the exciting new things that we'd be promoting in the coming months. The women at iVillage have put their heads together with the ladies at www.blogher.com, and have created something so grand that I cant even begin to grasp it. This is going to be huge. I'm really excited to see where this goes!
So, if you're bored, go take a look at www.ivillage.com or www.blogher.com and read more about the breaking story. I'll be in and around there somewhere!
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
I'm a huge fan of movie score soundtracks. I have a few composers that I love. John Barry and James Horner are my favorites, and I'm always on the lookout for new scores. This music is incredibly relaxing to me and brings back memories of the movie it belongs to. There's just something about movie scores that hits me differently than any other kind of music. Each song tells a story... and since I'm a writer who loves music, it's like getting my cake, and eating it, too.
I own a bunch of music like this and listen to it every now and then. The best part? The whole family likes it! Here's a list of some of my most treasured music.
House of Sand and Fog- track #12
Field of Dreams- track #7
Monday, July 14, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
The Scene: DH comes home from work early.
Him: Hi honey.
Me: You're home so early!
Him: Yea I had meetings so I didn't go into the office.
Me: You smell like fish.
Me: You smell like fish.
Him: I do?
Me: Uhhh, YEA. Gross.
Him: (smelling his hands) Well I went to McCormick & Schmick's for lunch and I had cod....maybe that's it?
Me: (seething because he always gets to go out to have yummy lunches like that and I am home eating cereal- so not fair!) Surrrrrrre. Where were you really?
Him: No, I swear...I had cod for lunch.
Me: You're sure you weren't spending time with some really smelly woman?
Him: Yea, I was, and her name was cod.
Me: Guess what's for dinner?
Him: (with a look of fear on his face...) What.
Me: Fish Sticks!
It's not every day that your husband comes home smelling like fish.
Friday, July 11, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
(Please believe me when I tell you that all of these things are true...)
1. You know you live in Las Vegas when you're at the grocery store and you pass Elvis and dont think twice (and no one else does, either).
2. You know you live in Las Vegas when (you've HAD breast implants and) everyone still has bigger boobs than you, and that includes the mannequins, the 17 year olds, the transgenders, and the drag queens.
3. You know you live in Las Vegas when it never goes below 90 degrees for 4 months out of the year.
4. You know you live in Las Vegas when most of your friends have had some sort of "work" done (or plan to in the near future).
5. You know you live in Las Vegas when the biggest talk of the town is the new casino going up.
6. You know you live in Las Vegas when your friends come to see "you" but disappear on the strip for 3 days. Then they call 2 hours before they're supposed to leave town for a shower and a meal.
7. You know you live in Las Vegas when all the kids you know go to private school.
Local Las Vegans, feel free to add your own "YKYLILV" under the comments section. I'll feature it in an upcoming post!
Monday, July 7, 2008
Yessssssssss! I don't have a babysitter yet, though. Not sure what I'm going to do about that. I've considered just putting a bunch of ice cream and chips out and telling them to put themselves to bed. Jack's pretty independent. But....maybe they're still a little too young for that at 2 and 4?
That was a joke, btw.
For a little snippet of what Kathy Griffin does, go here. I'm looking forward to laughing until my stomach hurts and hearing every swear word in the book. My husband and I are going to hit The Foundation Room afterward, too.
Stay tuned to hear how it goes.
Suck it, Jesus!
Sunday, July 6, 2008
There is just enough food in each course to leave you full, but still wanting more. The sauces on each plate are very obviously made slowly and with an expert's hand. Each bite of food has a different flavor. Each flavor goes perfectly with the next.
The funnest part of the date was the end of the night. It's kind of a long, crazy story but... long story short... Mona surprised Steph and me by taking us to Baskin Robbins. If you know Baskin Robbins, you know that they advertise having 31 flavors of ice cream.
I drove home that night thinking about how lucky I am to have such great friends. I walked into my 31st birthday thinking it was going to be just another day, and it turned out to be a great day with great memories to look back on.