Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Viva Las Vegas: Part Deux

OK, this isn't going to be as much interesting as it is a practice in blogging more often.

So, in Vegas...

People at Todd's work like to eat good food, which I fully appreciate. We ate at Stack in the Mirage, Maggiano's at Fashion Show Mall, and Boulud Brasserie at the Wynn. Our meal at he Wynn was my favorite. I don't freak out at expensive food. It is one of the rare pleasures of this world. There is a magical quality to 5 star dining, which is why I was drawn to studying the culinary arts early in my education. As a true woman of leisure, I must attend a proper culinary school at some point... I need to get on that.

Todd's cousin Robbie is in the show "Spamalot" at the Wynn, and it was SO FUN to see him perform. He sings and dances for a LIVING. When I pointed that out to him he said: "I know, and I work like 14 hours a week." A sweet life. Robbie is a talented singer and dancer. He also has very muscular legs which were highlighted nicely in a certain number (he knows which one I mean...). He also gave us the backstage tour of all the costumes and props and amazing wigs that NO ONE is allowed to touch (not even the actors).



This is Todd being calmly bitten by the killer rabbit with the "sharp, pointy teeth". Robbie is helping the rabbit.

This is me holding the naughty, jiggly jello desserts from the "We're knights of the round table..." song.My face looks crazy in this photo, I must have wandered into an unflattering patch of utilitarian lighting.






It was funny to go to a "Broadway show" and have people there drinking beer from giant plastic "grails". We also got to see the actual albatross from the albatross skit. Robbie told us that the stuffed albatross was brought over from the UK for the Python's live performance at the Hollywood Bowl, but that they passed the endangered species act in the meantime and to take that albatross back across the ocean would be a criminal offense. So here it is at the Wynn.















On the last night we were there, HP (who was hosting the event) held a big bash for people who wanted to pay a lot extra, but since we were technically staff... It was held in one of the huge ballrooms and was decorated in a semi-swanky manner. The live performance was by none other than Bob Marley's son, Steve. Yeah, I didn't know about Steve either. But he sang good songs and all the ones you wanted to hear that his dad performed. For those of you who know me (and know me well) you know why I don't dance at dances or clubs. So I was a happy observer of the evenings festivities, and boy was I entertained. People generally don't dance well, add to that the fact that they are systems analysts, programmers, and other nerdly types. Throw into this mix, co-workers, alcohol, and reggae... and you have yourself quite an entertaining party.


Todd ended the evening with the largest shrimp we had ever seen. Everyone was dancing and drinking and ignoring the jumbo-est jumbo shrimp... only in Vegas. All in all, this was a great trip, one of the best. Good food, good accommodations, good shopping, everything I needed a vacation to be. It would only have been enhanced by family and friends, but having Todd all to myself was heaven. We enjoyed our time together, especially before we went to bed each night and we'd snuggle into our robes and gaze out at the artificial world before us. We felt like the King and Queen of... well of us. King Todd and Queen Carrie.

Todd has informed me that he will be going back to the Venetian in November. If anyone would like to join me, the details will be forthcoming...

14 comments:

Heidi said...

I LOVE Maggianos. Love it.

Heidi said...

P.S. I still read your blog.

Amy Lynn said...

This was delightful! Absolutely delightful...the post, the trip, the experiences. I giggled at the jello and Hannah just looked over and asked if you had huge breasts...of course I told her you did! More fun posts! More fun posts! I love looking at the world from your perspective. It is always more entertaining and funny and creative than anyone else! I'm so glad you had a fun trip!

fattooth said...

For the record, I wasn't being attacked by the rabbit--I was about to french kiss a rabbit. Very different.

mo said...

I don't think England and Las Vegas could be at more opposite ends of the spectrum if we tried. In some ways, I am missing crass commercialism and artificiality! Did I really just write that? I think what I am missing is convenience, because the natural beauty here is really breathtaking but we have felt so isolated and we have had a hard time with finding ways to communicate with fam!

Suzie Petunia said...

If I come with you to Vegas can I snuggle between you and Todd in your fancy schmancy room?

Abby said...

Forget Todd--I'M staying with you next time, like Sarah said--even if I have to snuggle in between you two in the comfy bed (that doesn't have two big dips in it like mine :)
You are always fancy, but you are super fancy in Vegas.
Cubby remembers your fancy room, ps. Just today when I put him down for a nap he looked up and said, "this room is fancy, mom!"

Abby said...

Did I say forget Todd? I didn't mean that. That was inappropriate.

Suzie Petunia said...

Yes, Todd is more than welcome to the fancy couch while we have a slumber party. :) Let's not leave him out completely though.

jayna said...

i'm so glad to see that you are continually updating!! i love reading this thing. by the way, it's been way too long since i've seen you. maybe the only way will be to come along to vegas with the rest of you and todd's entourage in november? looks like it was a fun trip. let's play soon.

Wendy said...

How could I notice your face when I was so taken aback by those jello breast-icles.

I'm so glad you're back to the blogging world. I've missed you.

Bek said...

I've missed you too! (I found you again via Kacy..blame her).

We stayed at the Venitian a few weeks ago and it was very un-Vegas-y. Granted, I had my 8 year old with me (and we missed the topless pool). She kept telling me "Vegas is NOT a good place for kids...".

Um. Yeah. SOunds like you had WAY more fun than we did. Glad you are blogging again. :-)

michaelstubbs said...

Hi Carrie,
I was in Vegas, briefly, this summer too...twice in fact. My family and I drove through on our way to visit more family in San Diego. We stayed at the hotel McCoy (very nice). The second time, I was with a crew of wild land fire fighters. That was interesting. I think that if you want to really see Vegas, and I mean REALLY see it, you must drive through town in a yellow fire engine and ask every hotel if there is a place you can park it.

JP said...

I'm loving all of this Carrie Ann blogging goodness!

Glad you had such a good time in the Vegas. :)