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Me time with movies

This is not an attempt to be dirty so get those thoughts out of your head.  This is about me taking some time out to watch a few movies that I usually never have time to watch.  I had wanted to write about this earlier in the week but we took a couple days off to go to Reno.  The husband got a free room and Southwest was running killer prices for flights so we decided to hit the casino for a couple days. 

Anyway, back to the purpose of this post… last week Honey bunny spent a couple nights at the in-laws & then spent the night at her school friend’s house on Sat. night so we only had Pumpkin for three nights!  I’m not sure if you know what it means to have just the one child for almost four days.  An acquaintance of mine once told me that having two children wasn’t just twice the work as one child but more like quadruple the work.  She was right.  It is the strangest thing.  How can two children require so much time & energy?  I don’t have the answer to that; they just do.  So, finding myself with just one child meant that I had more free time.  After getting Pumpkin to bed for the night, I had hours of free time available to me!  This was even after working on laundry and dishes and the other usual household chores.  I decided that I was going to watch a movie.  A movie.  And, bonus, a movie I actually wanted to watch!  What a novel idea.  Not Dora or Pokeman or Backyardigans or Hannah Montana.  A movie with plot & themes to entertain an adult.  Little did I know at the time what would come.  I won’t drag it out and make you wait any longer to find out what was to come… this first movie on Friday night lead to another movie on Saturday night which lead to another movie on Sunday afternoon which lead to another movie on Sunday night!!  All almost completely uninterrupted.  AMAZING.  It’s like I had my own mini-movie-marathon! 

I watched:



The first two movies I’ve had for roughly four months and just finally got the chance to watch.  The second two were movies that I’ve seen before but so thoroughly enjoy watching that I felt like watching them again.  If I had had a spare 4-5 hours I would have watched the BBC version of Pride & Prejudice!  This movie and Gone with the Wind are my two most favorite movies.

Even the husband got into the movies with me.  Oh, sure at first he tried to play it off like he’s a tough guy and these lame chick movies are all the same, blah, blah, blah but then he got into them and enjoyed them almost as much as I did.  He’d never admit that out loud but he laughed at funny parts & smiled during cute scenes.  Granted these movies are oriented to women, with themes women love, and really cute guys.  In fact, The Holiday has Jude Law!  Ooooohhhhh he looks so good in this movie.  And what girl doesn’t love a PRINCE!  So dashing, rich, handsome, and soon to become King!  Hey, The Devil wears Prada has Adrian Grenier.  Love him. 

Well, I had a blast watching all the movies (again in some cases).  Thoroughly enjoyed the me time with movies.  Now, my question is, when will I be able to have a mini-movie-marathon again?!

Enough for now,



Girl’s night, drunk night (Part 2)


Well, now that I am fully recovered from this event, I am ready to fill you in on the night.  This is not to say that I was overly wasted.  In fact, I think we were all pretty reserved on our level of alcohol intake.  There have been many occasions when we drank much more.  Thankfully #17 did not happen.  See part 1 so you know what I’m talking about.  I’ll wait…

…ok you’re back? Good, moving on, I did still manage to have a mini headache the entire next day, despite taking a couple extra strength Tylenol.

Since we had to drive about an hour to get to A’s house, four of us carpooled, I drove the husband’s car (which was a treat in itself since I hardly ever get to drive it & it’s a BMW & it drives really fast!  Weeeeeee!  So, lets say that you’re going oh, I don’t know, 90 mph but you feel like you’re going 35 mph ~ that’s how smooth it drives.) 

Anyway, we got a great start on the chatting.  That’s the thing about friends, you can talk & laugh & listen to music, and make an hour long drive feel like minutes.  By the time we got to the house it was after 7:30pm.  A had made a huge batch of spaghetti sauce from scratch (who has the time to do this anymore?  well, she doesn’t have children yet, so that must explain it.) and the effort was very much appreciated because the sauce was delicious.  We didn’t end up eating until after 9pm, which was fine, but generally, at home, we eat much earlier (you know, we have children and we’re trying to set a good example by eating as a family and all that which means that we eat at 6:00pm or thereabouts).  It was undeniably delightful eating that late, I felt a bit like a grown up.  (Side note: Isn’t that silly?  I am a grown up.  At least I’m pretty sure that being 36 yrs old with two children makes me a grown up.)

Yes, we drank.  I saw an ad in a magazine that Smirnoff makes a pre-mixed Cosmopolitan available in a very large bottle.  It was most excellent.  I will be getting that again in the near future.  I think I drank about a quarter of the bottle and a couple of the girls drank the other quarter.  In addition to the champagne that was consumed ~probably three bottles.  Oh, yeah and I think there was a few gin & tonics served. 

Yes, we snacked.  Chips & 7 layer black bean dip.  Cheddar cheese Ruffles.  W brought two bags of chocolate covered pretels, YUMMY!  Opps, I forgot!  For dessert we had this ooey gooey pumpkin cake that V made.  Good stuff.

Yes, we drank some more.  And yes, we most definately talked & laughed our guts out.  I can’t recall what most of the conversations were, but I do remember laughing till my stomach hurt.  Plus, in the morning, A made some kind of croissant french toast casserole stuff that you bake & serve with syrup.  Très délicieux!

All in all, it was a fairly mellow night full of great food, even better friends, lots of laughs, and much drinking.  What could be better?!!  I do have to say that the only thing missing, was two of our dear friends, who were unable to make it to the party.  They were certainly missed!  It just means that we’ll have to do another girl’s night, like immediately.

Enough for now,


Girl’s night, drunk night

Oh, yeah!  It’s girl’s night!  I am so excited!!!  I think I can probably use a few more exclamation marks!!!!

After we went to movie night, a few weeks back, see my movie review, we went to a little bar by the theater and got a drink.  It was mentioned that we should have another girl’s night.  One of the girl’s boyfriend was gonna be out of town for about 4 days.  This makes their place an ideal location to hold “Girl’s night, drunk night/sleepover party” & we picked tonight! 

So after multiple emails between the 8 of us we decide we’re gonna:

  1. eat
  2. maybe go to a bar
  3. drink
  4. eat some snacks
  5. drink
  6. laugh our guts out
  7. watch a movie
  8. play some cards 
  9. drink
  10. watch a movie
  11. eat more snacks
  12. drink again
  13. drink more
  14. LAUGH our ASSES off
  15. eat again
  16. drink some more
  17. possibly throw up

Probably not in that specific order.  And hopefully not #17, but we shall see.  In fact, I will continue this blog in a part 2 with all the details of the night.

I wish I could say that we are going to be all intellectual while daintily sipping our cocktails and discuss important world issues but I can’t and we won’t.  We all have jobs and most of us have kids so when we get a chance to let loose, you better watch out.

All right, I gotta go start packing.  Aahhhhh, I’m so excited!!  I can’t wait!


Our Anniversary (part 2)

So we are back from our trip to Las Vegas with MUCH lighter pockets.  Oh well, the cost of entertainment.  It is nice to win on occasion or every time, but how likely is that?  We are certainly not professional gamblers, this would (of course) increase our chances of winning more consistantly.  But as I said, it’s the cost of entertainment.

On this trip we stayed at the Wynn.  *BEAUTIFUL* hotel.  If you’ve never heard of it or seen it, then go here Wynn Las Vegas.  Our room was definitely more than I was expecting.  Marble floors in the bathroom, seperate shower & tub with a waterfall spout.  Huge room with King size bed and the most comfortable linens.  In fact, I am thinking of switching our old style matchy matchy comforter, sheets, pillow shams for something like the simplicity of their set.  (BTW, you can purchase almost everything they had in their rooms ~ there was a price list!)  FLAT panel television with wireless keyboard.   Lovely damask couch with a matching ottoman.  A stylish table and chair set plus a really nice desk.  Avant garde art.  The view was decent.  We were looking at some of the other hotels on the strip as opposed to the swimming pool but not that big a deal. 

On our first night in town we had a wonderful dinner at the SW Steakhouse in the Wynn.  I LOVE Las Vegas in the summer!!  I know most people will think I’m insane since the weather is roughly 108-110 degrees during the day but at night it’s some what closer to 80-85 degrees.  Perfect!  The restaurant was partially open to a waterfall/lake and we were eating right at the edge of the indoor/outdoor area.  The best of both worlds.  Air conditioning and natural air where we could enjoy the nice warm weather of the early evening and still feel some cooler temps from inside.  Our table faced the waterfall and we could still observe others enjoying their dinner.  I do find pleasure in observing other people.  It always makes me wonder what their lives are like.  What do they do, where do they live, how do they live, do they have children / grandchildren?  

So, on that note, I swear to you we had dinner with the Soprano.  I’ll explain.  They obviously weren’t the people from the show but real people who were like those on the show.  They were seated at the table adjacent to ours.  Thereby affording us a chance to observe without being obvious.   

(Writer’s note: Sorry about the delay.  Been gone a few days and just got back from a family member’s wedding AND had no internet or working computer.  See Damn computers, damn internet.)

Back to the Sopranos.  There were about 7 people, 2 ladies & 5 guys.  The thing that made us think they were like the Sopranos, was how they looked.  The ladies were all done up with lots of gold jewelery ~rings, earrings, necklaces~ and the guys were all dressed in black.  Seriously.  Plus, they smoked during dinner!  Sure, we were in Las Vegas and everyone smokes there.  But during dinner is a bit much these days.  Luckily with our table being situated as it was, the stench of the cigarettes didn’t bother us too much.          

Our food was fabulous.  Filet Mignon served with the most incredible sauces.  There was this jalapeno mango sauce, hollandaise ~of course~, and another sauce that I’ve completely forgotten.  The dessert was sublime.  Lots of chocolate with coffee ice cream (a big favorite of mine).  Plus, the staff took the time to write Happy Anniversary in chocolate sauce on the platter!  Lets all say it together, Aaaahhhh.  It was a nice touch, though.  Needless to say, we stuffed ourselves.

OK, so I’m skipping all the boring details of where we gambled and how much we lost (truthfully, I don’t want to relive the sad, sad parting of my money from my wallet) and I’ll move on to the next day… we woke up when we felt like it!  No *screaming* from a 2 yr old on this morning, no sir.  No 7 yr old standing over me, staring down at me, willing me to wake up.  Just pure peace and quiet.  My wonderful husband went down and got me a latte and bagel.  I ate 1/2 the bagel & he ate a breakfast sandwich ~this will be important to know for later in the story.

We decided to head over to the Rio where they were holding a series of WSOP tournaments.  Yes, we saw a bunch of pro-poker players… can you say Phil Laak, Jennifer Tilly, Gavin Smith, Isabelle Mercier.  Pretty cool.  From there we went to one of our favorite places to gamble, Casino Royale.  Sure its old and hasn’t ever been remodeled but the games are cheap & fun.  We played on a $3 craps table for, and I’m not exaggerating, 4 straight hours.  (Note: Here’s where it’s important to know what we ate for breakfast).  We played from 1:00pm to 5:00pm.  No stopping for lunch, just keep on playing.  Little did I know that the husband was consuming many, many, many beers during this time frame.  I realized how WASTED he was when we attempted to walk back to the hotel.  I lost count of the number of times he stumbled into me.  When we got to the room he immediately fell onto the bed.  Now, I’m a realist (some of the time) and what I realized about this situation is that he was going to pass out and/or vomit fairly quickly. 

So, I did my best to try to motivate him to eat something, take a shower, keep moving, do anything that might keep him from becoming comatose.  Well, in a nutshell, I failed.  He passed out on the bed.  Then suddenly woke up and went to the bathroom.  I waited, and waited, and waited for the upchucking to begin, but heard no sound ~ just absolute silence.  This began to worry me.  What the hell happened?  Did he leave the room?!  No, oh no, he was in the bathroom all right.  Just passed out on the floor.  HELLO??!!  Are you dead down there?! 

Well, I am happy to report that he was not dead on the bathroom floor.  And he did eventually make it back to the bed.  No vomitting.  Thank goodness.  Around 2 1/2 hrs later I managed to roust him.  We made it down to dinner, finally.  He got some food in his stomach and it revived him. 

We went down to Fremont Street and lost more money.  BTW, we really didn’t have the money to lose in the first place but oh well, you only live once, right?!  And as I’ve said before, it’s the cost of entertaiment.  BLAH!

I will say one final thing, we left on Saturday as opposed to Sunday (which is when we usually fly home) and there was NO line at the baggage drop-off, NO line at the ID check point, and NO line at the security check point!  BRILLIANT!  I think we will plan all our future trips so that we leave on Sat.

All right, I’d say that’s about enough for now,


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