~ Tuesday evening, I returned home from Las Vegas where I had a truly wonderful time with my friend, Chrissy. We stayed at The Red Rock Hotel which is way off The Strip in the northwestern part of the city. Our 12th floor room had a great view of the pool and of Red Rock Canyon.
I arrived in Las Vegas mid-morning on Sunday. We went to lunch, did a little shopping, got settled in our room, and had dinner then ventured to the revitalized downtown area. We had a beer at The Griffin, a funky, dark and hip bar on famous Fremont Street.
We were both so tired after such long day (both of us had been up since the wee hours of the morning the night before) we didn’t even finish our beers and headed back to the hotel around 10:00 p.m…..such party girls we are!
Monday was a sunny, hot day in the city.
We decided it was a great day for the pool and reserved a cabana.
We ordered a fruit platter and drank foofy drinks brought to us by cabana boys. Our cabana had a tv, fan, a refrigerator full of all sorts of beverages, magazines, and plenty of towels and sunscreen.
But we spent most of our time lounging by or in our semi-private pool that we shared with a couple of other cabana renters.
That evening, we met up with a friend from high school that I haven’t seen in over 15 years for a drink, dinner and lots of catching up. We sat outdoors around a huge, colorful fire pit. The temperature couldn’t have been more ideal.
On Tuesday, my last day in Vegas, it rained. What beautiful scenes just out our hotel window! I love when it rains in the desert.
We met another friend from high school, who I haven’t seen in almost 20 years, for lunch. It was so, so great to see her. It made an already wonderful trip that much better.
There is nothing quite like being with people who you share long histories with. Chrissy and I have known each other for 30 years and like any lengthy relationship we have had our fair share of wonderful times and difficult times. Yet our relationship endures, has such resilience and grows stronger with each passing year. As I grow older, I recognize more and more what an invaluable gift her friendship is to me.
~ While I was in Las Vegas, I received an email from a dear reader that delighted me to no end. Michelle, who writes the blog The Persnickety Eater, had put together a flattering, glamourous and stylish look for her 20th high school reunion. Imagine the heads Michelle must’ve turned!
|Michelle’s dress is the perfect length on her.
It shows off her great legs without being distractingly short.
And her nude shoes lengthen her already long legs.
Doesn’t she look stunning? She added this bracelet that you can’t see in the previous shot.
Guess how much she paid for her outfit from head to toe. $500? $300? $100?
Nope! She paid $32.00 total for her dress, shoes and bracelet – $17 dress from Ross, $5 shoes from Payless BOGO, and $10 for the bracelet. The sapphire necklace is a gift from Michelle’s mother.
Michelle told me that while she was shopping, she had “What would Adrienne do?” moments. Knowing that my blog has convinced someone that there is no need to spend lots of money to look your very best is what makes the time and effort blogging requires all worth it. And Michelle is living proof.
~ Thursday morning, I went hiking with a friend. We managed to somehow get lost in a park where we regularly hike. We ended up scurrying up steep hills and down steep hills, around bends and through valleys until we finally, two hours and 40 minutes later, found our way back to the car with sore toes and cramped legs.
What’s positive about that? A) I didn’t freak out, thereby sticking to my “don’t be a chicken” resolution, B) I now know where the trail called “Cobblestone” begins and ends and learned that there is a big “loop” on the trail, C) I got in a better-than-expected workout, D) I will never again leave my cell phone in the car and, E) I now have even more respect and awe for Cheryl Strayed.
I was so fatigued afterwards that upon returning home and eating lunch, I promptly fell into a deep sleep for an hour, which is unlike me. I think I will need an epsom salt bath later today for all my achy leg muscles!