Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Vegas was. . .AWESOME!

Spring Break is over, my kids are back at school and I've come back from Vegas with stories and pictures. Now, I've been hesitant to come back right in the middle of the A to Z blogfest but I think it will be okay.

To preface the pictures, my sister and I took my mom to Vegas to cross that off her bucket-list. I must say, for a woman who is suffering terminal pancreatic cancer and had been given 3 to 6 months to live back in January, she sure lived it up in Vegas:

My Mom at the Minus 5 degrees Ice Bar at Monte Carlo in Vegas
I tell ya, when you ask your mom to sit with your drink for a minute so you and your sister can get shots from the bar you DON'T expect to find her dancing in a corner with a penguin. That's the kind of stuff you read about in fiction or see in Vegas. If you can't find any interesting characters in Vegas then you know who you are: The character in Vegas.

Left to right: Me, my mom, and my sister.
I'm happy to say that my sister and I were able to convince a 23-year-old that we were around his age. Shhh! Who cares how many shots he had before that?  I loved this bar. It's not one you hang out in for too long but the fact that EVERYTHING is made out of ice made this a memorable place. I would definitely go back.

Unwritten rules need not apply. You know how what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas? I'm assuming that statement doesn't apply to souvenirs.

My new tattoo.
My sister's husband's cousin-in-law after he tattooed me in Vegas! Great guy!

The tat is the Eye of Horus. For those of you who don't know, this Egyptian symbol wards off the evil eye, brings spiritual power, wisdom, prosperity and good luck. This is actually my fifth tattoo. I have an atom that represents me and my children on my left wrist and because the Eye of Horus represents religion versus spirituality to me, I enjoy being able to say the tattoos on my wrists represent how religion and science go hand in hand.

Oh yeah, I went there to work on character building. I'm happy to say I did that as well. We not only had time to do some people watching we managed to get three shows in as well. We saw Terry Fator, the ventriloquist from America's Got Talent, Viva Elvis Cirque du Soleil and David Copperfield. During David Copperfield my mom and sister both participated in the finale which was a vanishing trick. That was pretty cool. Good times had by all.

There she is: My sister had just returned from being vanished on stage.
David Copperfield was an interesting character. I kept thinking about how bored he must be having to perform the same illusions for 30 years. This might not have occurred to me if he hadn't seemed so blah. I'm eager to go back and see Chris Angel's Mindfreak show. It will be interesting to compare the two.


HOPE YOU ALL HAD A GREAT SPRING BREAK AND ARE OUT THERE WRITING AND QUERYING. (I've been querying like a mad woman. I'll let you know if anything interesting comes up.)


  1. That's wonderful you got to enjoy Vegas with your mom! What's next on her list?

  2. That's a great question. She's currently finishing up 9 afghans for her grandchildren and has completed almost 3. She would also like to go camping and spend some time in a cabin in Wyoming. We are trying to make sure her list doesn't run out.

  3. What a wonderful record of you Mum's enjoyment of what you did for her... hugs..

  4. Sounds like you had a great time and I'm glad your mom was able to enjoy herself. Your trip has given me some things to think about. My mom isn't dying soon, but we're all dying, right? I need to make some memories with my mom now. Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Oh my gosh, Patty, I LOVE this post!!! I'm so sorry about your mom's illness (have seen too much of it, and it's not easy for anyone), but this was an awesome vacation for the three of you. Also, love the tattoo. I have 3 - the first was a college thing (blue rose - yes, I was angsty), second was a dragonfly (you should see the movie with Kevin Costner if you haven't) and the third is the Tree of Life (for my kids).

  6. Hope you are coping too, Patricia, hugs..

  7. Great post. Supper good. Though why be hesitant to post during the A to Z? There are plenty of us not doing it and I'm glad to see you posted anyway. This was a great post. Looking forward to reading more about the Bucket List Adventures with Mom.

    Excellent stuff.

  8. Sounds like a great trip and something you'll keep memories of forever. I'm so sorry to hear about your mom, but I think it's great that the three of you are spending time checking items off her bucket list. I think the afghans for the grandchildren are a great idea, too. She sounds like an awesome woman.

  9. For some reason your post didnt show up in my blog reader but since you had told me you wrote this I stopped by to check it out. I loved reading more about your trip. It seems like you had a great time and I gotta say the ice bar looks like a lot of fun. There was a vodka bar like that in Russia. When I tried to go I think it was closed though so I never got to experience it. Anyway you look gorgeous in that pic.

  10. Good to see you back :) I'm glad you had a great time. Good luck with all that querying!