Happy Sunday TKW Family! So this past week was pretty eventful. Last Sunday night we worked on laying tile until 2:00am and I had to be up and out of the house by 4am since I was flying to Vegas for a work conference. Yeah, let’s just say even *I* need more than 2 hours of sleep. Unfortunately I didn’t nap on the flight – I just can’t sleep on planes. Instead I watched The Food Network (TYVM Southwest for offering free streaming live TV) and then Pitch Perfect. God how I love those movies! Our flight down was pretty easy though with the 3 hour time change my body was all kinds of out of whack from sleep deprivation. We stayed at the Mandalay Bay. Really beautiful hotel with great rooms. I had an awesome view of the strip. After I unpacked my coworkers and I hit up a few shops (they had to buy for their kids) and grabbed some lunch. Now I had every intention of THEN napping since I had like 2 hours before the pre-conference kicked off buuuuuuuuuuuut my body thought otherwise. Even though my room was pitch black and I had my white noise app playing on my phone I could not fall asleep for the life of me. So off to the pre-conference we went. Now I get a kick out of pre-conference events as that’s where vendors give up some great trinkets and techie gizmos.
A couple of hours of chit chat, entering a few drawings for some really awesome prizes we had to make a decision as to which drawing we wanted to hit up first. See the two bigger ones were both being drawn at 8pm – one for an Apple watch and another for an iPad Pro. Both drawings required you to be in person AND of course they are both on opposite sites of the massive convention. My one co-worker and I opted for the iPad drawing. So we stood there and after 3 names were called to which those individuals weren’t present they drew another name. Well before they drew the name I figured “eh, it won’t be me” so I took out my lip gloss. One swipe of the bottom lip and low and behold I hear my name called! Folks I squealed like a 14 year old seeing her favorite band in person! Like we’re talking hands flailing however I didn’t drop the lip gloss. Sorry Apple but lip gloss trumps your systems every time. LOL
After that we hit up a late dinner and my butt was in bed by 10:30 pm. Tuesday was a long day starting at 7am for breakfast followed by keynote speakers, labs, classes and short breaks for lunch. A few rounds at the vendor expo and then we were hitting up another late dinner at a Japanese restaurant. What I realized is that Japanese steak is awesome, the rest – yeah, not a me type of food. I don’t do sushi, am not a big fan of ceviche and wasabi is just pure fire. Now please note this is based on of the foods we were provided. I’m definitely up for other foods in that realm. After that we hit up one of the vendor parties at the SkyBar. OMG the VIEW! If you follow me on Instagram you saw what I saw. OMG AMAZING!
Wednesday was another long day of sessions however this time we hit up one of my favorite restaurants in Vegas, Border Grill. It was there I had one seriously awesome burger that I am totally making at home! It was a Chile Relleno Burger -ground black angus brisket and short rib | romaine | chipotle aioli | roasted poblano stuffed with mexican cheeses | brioche bun. Seriously amazing but OMG HUGE! I ate a quarter of it and was stuffed! After lunch I had another lab but I ended up finishing up an hour early.
Now in Vegas one is supposed to gamble. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy it but I really didn’t have any desire to. But Mr. Fantabulous kept egging me on when we spoke on the phone saying “Honey every time you gamble there you hit.” Which is true but still. Anyway I sat down at a slots machine because truthfully the chair looked incredibly cushy and comfy. LOL hey those lab chairs we had were horrible! Anyway I decided to put some money in to kill some time. Now I never play slots. I hate them actually. I’m a poker girl but I was so tired that I didn’t want to get up and move to a table. So into the machine I put a $50, hit max bet then freaked out as I saw that max bet was 400! 400 pennies that is. WHEW! $4, I can handle that. When it stopped spinning, it hit! $360.25 on a $4 bet! SWEET! I hit the cash out button and was done. Hey I like those odds – spend $4 to make $356.25!
That night we all hit up an Irish pub to watch the Pittsburgh Penguins play then went to the end of the conference beach party. After that I was ready to call it a night but it was decided we were going to hit up the casino lounge and go dancing. So okay let’s talk about me and dancing. I have zero rhythm. I feel that I look like some water buffalo that got stung in the butt. LOL Now I know that’s not the case but me and dancing is something I never, EVER do. I’m not that “out going”. Surprised, I know! But I figured if the others were dancing I should be a team player. I have no clue what got into me but I danced for hours. Now the next day (and even now) I still feel it. I swear I used every muscle in my butt and thighs to dance as they HURT but I did have fun. However that whole week I kept missing Mr. Fantabulous.
I could hear how tired, frustrated and just in pain he was when we would talk on the phone. He got stuck doing the rest of the flooring upstairs himself and it just broke my heart. He’s pushing himself so hard that I’m honestly afraid from the stress of excessive physical exertion that he’s going to get hurt or have a heart attack. Now he’s in amazing shape but still. So needless to say even though I was in Vegas I hated being away from him. Finally it was time to come home. I think my flight got in around 1AM to which we live about 2 hours from there. I came straight home and crashed. Even now my body is beat but I haven’t rested this weekend. Yesterday we stained the downstairs cabinets for the wet bar and did have the remaining floor tile in the kitchen. Today we need to finish that and mount those cabinets as the granite folks are coming back out this week to measure for the new counters.
So with that folks, have one amazing week!
♥ Monday – Bacon Cheeseburger Potato Skins
♥ Tuesday – Lord Have Mercy Triple B Burgers
♥ Wednesday – Spinach Crab Ravioli with a Shrimp and Lobster Cream Sauce
♥ Thursday – Coconut Panko Crusted Baked Tilapia – Regular or Gluten Free
♥ Friday – Ultimate Pittsburgh Steak Wedgie
♥ Saturday – Chipotle Shrimp & Chicken Tuscan Pasta Toss
♥ Sunday – Italian Zucchini Rustica
♥ Dessert of the week – Caramelized Rum Pears with Oat Crumble