But before I do, I have to tell everyone to see The Proposal. SO FUNNY! I haven't laughed outloud like that at a movie in a long time. And Ryan Reynolds is now kinda hot too. Love Sandra Bullock too.
Okay, back to Vegas. We were there a little over a year ago, you can read about Aaron's first trip to Las Vegas here. This originally began as a sisters trip which come to think of it, i cannot even remember the last time my sister and i were alone. But that was shortlived because our nosy husbands got in on the vegas action and came along. We left right after Sawyer's graduation and made the usual 4 hour drive to Nevada. The 4 hour drive was not a 4 hour drive at all. It became a 6 hour drive because of all the Friday Vegas traffic we encountered and the appetite of my sis and her hubby.
Major problem was that I wasn't driving. I ALWAYS drive. Carl drove and I was shotgun. But I still got carsick. Not to mention that driving anywhere with my sister and brother in law means stops every 45 minutes at local food places along the way. I am being dead serious here, those two are the hungriest skinny people I have ever met in my life. They eat every hour on the hour. And not just a snack like some trail mix. Nope. They need full on meals. Something that I consider a breakfast, a Clif bar, is a mere midnight snack to them.
Let me illustrate one of the dozen food stops along the way.
Back to the drive. As we descended upon the Mojave Desert Aaron took advantage of my sister's gullibleness and informed her that we were at the lowest sea level altitude in the world. And yes, she believed it. She even said that made sense since her ears were popping. I couldn't hold back my laughter for very long because we passed multiple signs declaring 3,000 ft. Those two bonded and fought like natural brother and sister in the backseat while Carl and I controlled the radio and navigation. My sister likes to tell Aaron what to do and Aaron likes to tell her to shut up. That's pretty much how the 6 hour car ride went.
Once we got there we checked into Vegas and once again the duo was ravenous. When you don't have kids with you, which for Aaron and I has been over a year, time travels very differently. We checked into our room and couldn't believe it was already 7:30pm. And we hadn't even eaten dinner. Normally we are in the throes of bedtime routine. And here we were, irresponsible and selfish, getting ready to go get some sushi at a very non child friendly restaurant. Pretty much all of Vegas is non child friendly. It kills me to see these kids in their strollers at midnight being strolled through a smoke filled casino.
We checked out some of the hotels after dinner. Let me recommend right now the Candy Lemonade at Social House. Insanely delicious. But be careful because it is definitely like candy and lemonade but with a whole lot of alcohol in there too.
And when in Vegas I of course had to shop for my ideal red lipstick. Don't have one. But I do now.
Jessica and I went on Saturday to a huge Esthetician Conference. We have always attended the L.A. shows, but have heard that Vegas is the best. And it was awesome. Got great stuff. If you need a hat, I'm your girl. Long story. . .
That day Aaron and Carl did who knows what. But apparently they refrained from going to the European Pool, which I think was a good sign. Saturday night we had a fantastic meal at Il Mulino. Aaron and I have been to the New York location, and again it exceeded our expectations and was awesome. I highly recommend this restaurant for special occasions, or for absolutely no reason at all other than being in Vegas and wanting a cultural experience. Oh, and ask for Pasqualle. He was our captain waiter and Jessica and I were a bit taken with him. I'm sure we will be in his memory for a few days and then we will be replaced by the next set of sisters who dined and fell inlove with his accent.
Vegas is seriously unlike any other place. It takes me a bit to adjust to the crowds and the lack of inhibitions from people in Vegas. The walking around the streets with their drinks always shocks me for a few minutes. And I am never disappointed to encounter the bachelorette walking around the casino in a white string bikini, stilettos, and a little veil clipped to her tush, and wearing nothing else. I didn't snap a picture fast enough of her, but it was a sight to be seen.
After Il Mulino Carl was up and at 'em. When is Carl NOT up and at 'em? Vegas is made for people like Carl. But Jessica and I had a long day and weren't prepared for the same venues as the boys. We compromised. We went dancing at a favorite place of Jessica's, which I conveniently blocked from my memory. I think I was the youngest person in there by several decades. However, the whole experience was well worth the dance off I got to witness. Let me just tell you one detail. It involved my brother in law and he conveniently was wearing a snap button down shirt. That's all I'm going to say about it.
These umbrellas made me really happy.
The ride home was pretty uneventful if you don't count the multiple food stops along the way. The kids survived, my parents survived too thanks goodness. The two little ones really could care less we were gone, but Gunnar missed us the most. He was the one I received phone calls from during dinner or in the morning. I didn't really sleep much because I somehow forgot that drunk people are really irritating. The first night I didn't think to unplug our room phone and twice we were prank called by stupid drunk people. I hate stupid drunk people. The second night we remembered and took the phone off the hook. I don't know what I was thinking, expecting to sleep in Vegas. That's not your relax and sleep type place. But it was a blast.
Until next time Vegas. We need awhile to recoup.