We had a good time. The flights were great - Spirit Airline with a seat bump up. We relaxed in comfort for very cheap.
It's always thrilling to go over the Continental Divide.
Drink (NOT Murphys) Guinness, then several (too many for me, unfortunately) Snakebites. RiRa is one of our favorite places to hang out in Las Vegas so was our first stop. We also enjoyed the lox platter - YUM! They are home to The Black Donnellys. It's always a fun evening when you can enjoy a few (ahem, or more) pints and tap your toes along to a couple excellent Irish boyos show their stuff on their guitars.
AL went to his convention during the days so I decided I would take that time to walk and accomplish some of those goals I talked about in Reboot.
I spent two full days reconstructing my basic hat. I have six hat patterns, four of which use a similar unique construction. I like them. They have straight sides and a flat top with traditional Aran stitch patterns on the sides. New versions will come out this week with much needed improvements. Anyone who previously purchased one from Ravelry will receive the download link in their Rav mail.
Cool! Check off a Reboot goal!
When I wasn't working on designing, I could gaze out our window. We had a suite at the Luxor. It was great. Well, a small snafu - our TV has issues and it took to the third day for them to get it fixed. Eh, I have TV at home, didn't need it.
Anyway, we had a fabulous view.
We made a stop at The Boiler Room our second night. We always thoroughly enjoy this restaurant. My favorite part? The Smoked Whiskey and Cola. It's AMAZING. This is when my not so petite and delicate nose is of optimum benefit. So here's a little story....when I was newly married to husband #1 (obviously, it didn't work out but we had two extraordinary daughters) he fancied himself a brewer. He took me to various events and eventually along to a class with Charlie Papazian, famous engineer and brewer. My ex has one of the smallest noses I've ever seen. This class was all about how to determine the quality of beer from skunky to award winning. There were samples we were to observe and make our determinations. I was a natural...it was the schnoz. One wiff and I could tell everything about the brew. It helped that I appreciate excellent brews, porters and stouts, in particular. Someone's nose was definitely out of joint (sorry, couldn't help myself) but Mr. Papazian told me I could have a promising future with a brewery. I wish I had pursued it instead of caring about my ex's hurt feelings so much. Anyway...this whiskey drink has an intoxicating aroma. I nursed it all evening and I'm sure people were amused by my nose in glass, followed by an Andrew Zimmern head waggle of immense pleasure just from the scent. Best.drink.ever!!
Once I got most of my design edits finished, I could go out and about. One of the most enjoyable mornings I had was when I walked to the Bellagio. It was a hefty walk. The weather was perfect in the upper 60sF. It took an hour to get there from the Luxor. It's 2.5miles as the crow flies, but I zigzagged through the buildings and poked my head in shops and such. I made my way to Jean Philippe Patisserie. The line was well worth the wait. Not only did I have a charming conversation with well traveled man whose wife was attending the ophthalmologists' convention, I was able to take my time and view all that was available from the shop. I restrained myself and bought a large Americano and an almond croissant. Seriously, I could have walked out with a grocery bag of chocolate, pastries, and fun treats. I restrained myself (see Reboot #6). The coffee made up for all the swill I had choked down from, ya know, that national chain that had three locations in my hotel. I was in heaven! The lobby was designed to encourage customers to enjoy themselves while resting in elegant nooks with couches and coffee tables, or small café tables for one or two people. All these comfortable, inviting spots had views of the world famous fountains at the Bellagio. I found a small table hidden away and enjoyed my superb coffee and some of the large croissant.
I wish I had brought my book so I'd have a reason to sit there for a couple of hours or so. Some day I hope to stay there. The Luxor is a fine hotel but The Bellagio suits me so much better. Until then, I'll look forward to getting my steps in (Reboot #7) by having my morning breakfast at The Bellagio when visiting. That day I tripled my daily steps goal, so it's a win all around.
When I finished my design, I could work on a new mitten.
It's been a busy week or so. I leave with a parting thought...
I promised AL I would finish his There and Back Again scarf.
Here is the design and finished scarf.
I'm only up to finishing the trolls...