Tuesday, August 22, 2006
PLUG ME IN!
Yep, still Vegas. That's the Eiffel Tower at the Paris Hotel. Almost like the real thing. We did a LOT of walking in Vegas. Walking, losing money, and drinking. That's what Vegas is all about people. The couple we went with, Matt and Rebecca, go to Vegas a lot and they've got things they're accustomed to doing, just like we've got our things we do. So, we spent the 3 days we were there visiting each other's Vegas. Matt and Bec's Vegas includes a lot of gambling (in which they win and we do not) at the cheaper, rowdy casinos. These casinos serve coupious amounts of alcohol to anyone in the building, whether they're gambling or not. Thus our first night. In which we all got so wasted I vaguely remember dancing w/ some Seattle Supersonics at Margaritaville and I remember telling the guys at the craps table that Bec and I were 'together'. They seemed to, um, like it.
See me in that picture with the Beatles? I cannot tell you how completely awesome the Love show was. We had seats in the very back row (because its OK to waste $100 in a half hour at blackjack, but not on good seats for Love). On our way in the little person showing us to our seats assured us that they were the best seats in the house. Huh? OK, well, she was totally right! There's so much amazing stuff going on I can't even describe it. Have you seen a Cirque du Solei before? Imagine the best one you've ever seen, add more death-defining feats, and throw in a dab of arguably the best music ever made. You JUST DON'T KNOW. It was gorgeous, and from our lofty perch we could see it all. And just the sound of the Fab Four's voices had me crying like a 50's teeny bopper more than once.
All in all, we had an awesome time. Bec and Matt's Vegas is so much fun and I think they liked our beer-drinking, arcade-game playing Vegas as well. Oh, and why is Matts shirt wet in that picture? Well, he decided to try pouring a full beer from about 5 inches from his head into his house. And have I mentioned that the boy is blessed with an insane amount of luck? And that between Ryan and I we blew all our gambling budget in the first two days, but that meant we got to play penny slots the last night and concentrate on our beer drinking.
Work is so slow for me that I'm crazy looney. I've one the Expert level of Mindsweeper 3 times now and Spider Solitaire can bow down to me. Its at times like this I sorta miss my old job. Sure I didn't sleep at night and I was so stressed I (embarassingly) cried a few times at work, but I wasn't bored.
Summer has been insane. We've been overextended to the max. Like this weekend we're going to see Wicked on Friday night, we're also supposed to be camping all weekend, and we've got a party on Saturday night. So we're doing it all. For real. We're young, right? Might as well do everything while we're young.
This party on Saturday is not really a fun, happy party. My Godmother has been called up again to go to Iraq. She's been once before and it was really hard and it felt like forever. There's this great group at my work who gets together care packages for the soldiers, and my Aunt (Aunt Deb is what we call her) was one of the receipiants. It was totally surreal to get pictures from her from Iraq. She's really a sweet faced lady and to see her in full fatigues standing next to a Saddam head. She's got 2 awesome girls who are both in college, a new husband who treats her like the queen that she is, and a handful of stepkids who love her. Its just so sad. Its so easy to see pictures from Iraq and count our blessings that it doesn't affect us, but for some people it really does. You might see some pictures of her here on this blog.
The Reunion Committee is picking up steam. I've got carpal tunnel from entering in people's bios for the Memory Book. I've entered almost 50 I'd guess, and it made me really stressed out about my own entry. How to summarize 10 years, not sound like a braggy freak, and add in a little humor? Oh, and that's not even taking into consideration the fact that I have to pick a picture to go with the bio. I really have got to get over this image thing I've got going on right now. I think I'll forget about it over a glass of wine. And some ice cream.
I'm Amanda. I'm an engineer in an industry full of men, a professional wedding and family portrait photographer, a firefighter's wife, a traveler, and a dogMa.