Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Please Excuse the Weeds

We've had quite a bit of rain lately and with that has come the weeds.

Needless to say it's been a bit since we've mowed the backyard. One because of the rain and two because we've been out of town. I'm not lying, 2 foot dandelions have sprouted out of nowhere while we were gone.

I was outside this evening taking care of the garden, cleaning the coop and watching the chickens go to town on the weeds (a plus side to having chickens). All the sudden I noticed these:

Do you see them? They're a bit harder here:

How about now?

Yes, tomato plants if you haven't guessed already. There are 9 tomato plants sprouting in my backyard! John is threatening to mow them down tomorrow and I'm begging him not to. Not that I know what to do with them. There are already 11 in my garden (yes I went tomato crazy this year). My dad asked me to transplant a few and give them some. I have absolutely no idea what type they are so I kind of want to see what sprouts. I grew three types last year so I'm guessing it's one of those. John thinks the chickens must have eaten the tomatoes, pooped out the seeds and now they're growing. That's the best idea I could come up with because I really have no idea how they could have got there.

Hopefully John doesn't mow them down tomorrow so I can see what grows. I've promised to hand weed the area around them if he leaves them be. It could be a fun experiment!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Beatles Love Show

We're still in Vegas, but I thought I'd post this review while it was still fresh.

I did not want to see any shows while we were here. For me it was a money thing. I just didn't want to shell it out. John finally called me on it. It wasn't that I didn't want to spend the money, it was just that I didn't want to spend it on that. I finally caved and decided to buy some tickets for dinner and a show. It was $126 for the ticket and the dinner. Dinner was a $50 fixed menu so I thought it was worth it. Except when we got here we found out it was only for the show. I was pissed! It turned out the seat options that I bought weren't included in the dinner option. Why offer C if only A and B include dinner!? It just didn't make sense.

Want to talk about not being excited for the show. I was out a $50 meal per person. I paid WAY MORE than I had planned to for the tickets. I had even seen them for less and with a better view. It was total crap.

When we got to the show though we found out our seats were in this cool little box. It was two rows of 4 seats and a really good view of the stage. The show was about to start and we figured if no one showed up we'd move to the front row. Well then someone showed up. It was a couple and you could tell they were excited about the show. They were annoyingly into it which says a lot because John is a HUGE Beatles fan.

The show started and the guy just started acting all crazy. He was bouncing around, throwing his hands up in the air (did you know Stawberry Fields requires you to put your hands in the air? I didn't either...) We tried moving to the set of seats not behind them, but I was beyond annoyed. Not only had I not gotten my dinner and paid more for these tickets, I had crazy people in front of me. Plus, if they weren't bouncing around they were practically having sex with eachother. Not fun.

I finally had enough and walked over to a nearby staff member who had their eye on them. I just said that the guy was acting all crazy, I wasn't sure if he was on something or just really drunk, but it was hard to watch the show with him in front of us. Another staff walked over and asked, "are they disturbing you?" I told him. "yes, he's just acting crazy." He looked at his coworker and told her that he had a lot of seats in the section below and said he'd move us. We thought we'd just go to the first available seats in one of the top rows but he kept walking and walking and walking. He stopped at the 5th row from the stage, looked at us and said, "you can go here or there's two seats at the front if you want them." Never did I expect to get moved to the front row! We weren't even asking to be moved. I honestly thought they would just talk to the couple and ask them to stop being disruptive. Instead we got front row without even having to ask. We were practically sitting on the stage and had a great view for the second half of the show. It was pretty awesome.

The show itself was great. It was my first Cirque show and wasn't quite what I expected but still good. Plus when the show was over another staff member came and talked to us. She said she heard we had had some disruptive people by us and wanted to make sure everything was ok and that we enjoyed the show. Seriously, the customer service we received was better than the show itself. Major kudos to the staff at the Mirage.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Hot Chocolate 5K

Late last year my friends started emailing about doing a 5K up in Dallas. Originally I had agreed to make the trip to see friends and cheer everyone on by making embarrassing signs. Peer pressure eventually set in, well actually, it was finding out about the pile of chocolate fondue I got at the end, and I decided to sign up for the 5K as well.

I left sunny, 80 degree San Antonio on a Friday night and made the drive to Dallas. When I got there I had to wait a bit for everyone to show up because they had made a Target run. Why mention this? Because they had gone to Target for long underwear, hats, and gloves because overnight the temperatures would drop to the 20s. What had I gotten myself into? I showed up with a short sleeve shirt, pants and a hoodie. Luckily I have some great friends that thought of me and was given ear warmers, gloves, a thermal and a scarf.

We woke up bright and early Saturday morning and headed out. It was 16 degrees with the windchill. That chocolate had better be good!

We froze our butts off the entire way but still managed to have a good time.

Me and Sarah

So cold!


Here's our full group.


Our reward at the end.


Thursday, March 01, 2012

Vegas Baby

This month I'm turning the big 3-0. I'm not scared about it or freaking out, but I did want to celebrate BIG. So for the first time since I lived there in 1st through part of 3rd grades I'm heading to Vegas.

Since I haven't been there since I was just a little kid that had to hold my parents' hand and occasionally got to pull a slot machine lever on a nickel slot, I need to know what you're favorite things to do in Vegas are.

John wants to go to shows and I've agreed to do one. What's the best way to get a good deal?

My big goal is to eat some amazing food and get wasted. What are your favorite food and party places?

Anything else that we must see or do?

Any tips or tricks you want to share?

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