Viva Las Vegas

November 20, 2008

We came back from Las Vegas on Monday night and I’m still recovering and trying to get back into routine.  Here’s my quick recap of the few things I managed to remember.





We headed out to the airport around 6ish and I wasn’t the least bit excited.  Sure, we were going to LAS VEGAS but I really couldn’t care less.  Want to know why?




I was sick.  Not just a little bit sick, I was DYYYYIIIINGGGG.  Now say that in the most melodramatic way possible and you will get an idea of how I was feeling.  My whole body hurt, my nose was running like a faucet and my sinuses were thisclose to exploding.  Do you know how much fun it is to ride on a plane while sick? No? Lucky you!


We checked in assuming it would go as any other check in and we could come back out and have some time to relax and drink a Tim Horton’s coffee.  Apparently check ins to the US are a little bit different than international check ins.  Once you have that boarding pass you HAVE to go through security and sit your butt down at your gate.  They wouldn’t even let us go to the other side for the aforementioned Tim Horton’s We were stuck at some crappy Americanized bar which was a complete rip off because you had to pay with Canadian money anyway.


The plane trip was the worst one I have had in my life, and I flew quite a bit.  I have never experienced such turbulence.  Yes, I will admit it, I actually sat in my plane chair and prayed, while my sisters held on to their second cups of wine and laughed their asses off at me.  Seriously, if you have to literally hold on to your drinks because they’re flying off your tray, that’s a time to start praying.  Obviously we made it down but that was the longest 4.5 hours of my life.


We finally checked in to PARIS and got the brilliant idea to scope out the hotel and Casino.  This would have been a perfectly fine idea if it wasn’t for the fact that we were on a three hour time difference.  The only thing I remember from that night was some really horrible waiter service at one of the restaurants, blowing $60.00 on a stupid machine, and going to bed around 5 AM, which would make it 8 AM Toronto time, which would mean that we stayed up way over 24 hours. 




The view in our room was amazing.  The Paris tower and the Bellagio fountains.  The room itself was amazing, and I can’t say enough about how comfortable the beds were.  The first night and all the nights after I kept sleeping on the side of the bed and I could not get out of the mindset that my husband is not there and is not crowding my side or stealing my covers.


We ordered breakfast in our rooms and just enjoyed being lazy.  Eventually we get a phone call that we have to switch our rooms.  Due to the fact that we checked in so late they didn’t have rooms available.  That room with the amazing view actually cost $100.00 more per night, and we had two rooms.  From the 26th floor we got downgraded to the 4th…it sucked.


That night we went to see Cirque Du Soleil’s KA.  The show itself was absolutely amazing.  It’s not something I can even begin to review; you just have to see it to believe it.


I think I would have enjoyed it a lot more if we hadn’t had those few beers before the show.  I was in the washroom a total of 3 times during a 90 minute show; thank goodness we had seats close to the exit.


The highlight of that night were THE DRINKS.  They were served in the massive cups you can see on the next picture.   You can also tell on the pictures that we were out of our minds by the time we finished them.  The server told us that we wouldn’t remember him after we finished those and boy was he right.



The MGM Grand casino was very kind to me and I ended up with an extra $80.00 in my pocket.



The effects of the KA drinks were clearly displayed by my sisters who spent the whole day in bed.  I did some souvenir shopping with my mom.  I managed to get Aska out of bed and we went to see Cirque Du Soleil’s “O”.  Except that we didn’t see it because they were sold out.  So we did the next best thing.  We went to a free show at a bar in our hotel.  I didn’t expect it to be so great but the Dueling Piano’s was fantastic.  We drank, laughed and drank some more.  Once they were finished we went to Bally’s Casino and found another free show and bar and did some more laughing, drinking, and drinking and drinking…





The effects of the drinking, and drinking and drinking were clearly displayed by Aska who spent a majority of the day in bed while the rest of us did some more shopping.  That night we finally made it to see “O” which again was amazing.  After the show we headed to the Paris Casino where I proceeded to spend the rest of my money on slots. 



We were all actually quite eager to get our butts on the plane headed for home.  I missed Mikey and the husband.  I missed my routine!!! 


Overall I had an amazing time but there things I will do much differently the next time we go.  For starters I will not be playing any slots!!!


Las Vegas $1, 000

Me $0.00




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Goodbye Dora and Diego

February 26, 2008

TreeHouse TV – A channel here in Canada that runs children’s programing 24/7.

They rearranged the schedule!!!! They replaced Diego and Dora, can you believe it?! Two of the most popular shows for some very baby focused new shows.  They’re trying to keep up with the competition from Baby TV but why they would replace Dora and Diego is beyond me.  D was part of our routine and so was Dora.  Mikey would be hypnotised by Diego while I shoveled lunch into him.  He usually would be so engrossed by Diego’s new adventure that he wouldn’t notice the vegetables I was giving him.

Dora was part of the afternoon routine.  The kids would sit on the couch and yell at me to hurry up and give them the snack.  They would get a bowl of fruit and crackers and happily much away while Dora did SOMETHING/ANYTHING.  I need to get new DVDs..

Mikey has three shows that he absolutely loves. 


I have a love/hate relationship with Dora.  It’s on right now as I’m writing this.  Dora is one of three shows that Mikey watches faithfully and will sit through the whole half hour mesmerized.  That is why i like it.  I can get anything I need done…but i don’t really do anything productive at this time.

I hate Dora because I watch it (or listen to it) two times a day EVERYDAY.  Now that they rearranged the Tree House Schedule I’m not sure if it will be on in the afternoon but that’s what DVDs are for.  It’s such a repetitive show that sometimes I just can’t help but make snide remarks at the TV.

THE MAP:  I know where to find blueberry hill

ME: Is there anything you DON’T know?!


Very similar to Dora but a boy version.  Much to my husband’s dismay Mikey prefers Dora.  This is one of the three shows that Mikey will sit through but it’s usually a hit or miss depending on the episode.  I like Diego better than Dora and I’m not sure why. 


I’m not sure if this is a Canadian show but it’s Mikey’s new favourite.  I cannot stand it but it’s not really up to me now is it?  It’s a blend of Dora and Diego.  I like it because it really encourages kids to move around but Mikey will have nothing of it and just sits there staring.  I don’t like it because its confusing.  It has a weird dragon type thing, animoves (where she moves like animals) which have nothing to do with the actual story line and weird doors and creatures.

I feel I should also mention my all time most disliked kids TV show…


Whoever created this show should be fired.  The use of grammar and language in that show is enough to drive me crazy.  What kind of research did the producers of this show do that made them think its okay to teach children to talk like that???  Fishes instead of fish, wondra instead of wonder and other horrible things that escape my mind at the moment.  Also musical numbers that make no sense and have no rhyme or reason to them.