Monday, April 15, 2013

Our Vegas Trip in Pictures

Don't worry.  I didn't take many.

First up:  the reason we were there in the first place!  Well, the reason Derek was there.  He's the guy in the white shirt, studiously preparing for his presentation on the panel.  I must say, though, I was the very epitome of a helpful spouse that day at the conference; I did important things like take this photo and trail after him as we walked around all the different vendors, and while he talked about [insert technical jargon here] and [insert even more technical jargon] and [insert absurdly complicated technical jargon], I contributed by walking into stalls and saying, "Oh, this company's carpet is really squishy.  Very pleasantly springy.  Yes, I like this one."

I really don't know how he would have survived without me.

I took this picture in the Aria.  It was a good-sized flower bed, and even though there were signs that asked you not to touch, I gently touched them anyway.  How can you not touch flowers?  Plus I had to confirm they were real.  So much of Vegas is fake (I'll just say I'm talking about the grass and leave it at that).  Oh, but those two enormous flowers in the middle aren't real.  Neither is the monstrous stone hummingbird.  Just so we're clear.

You may also notice that the store in the background reads "Dior."  All of the stores in the Aria were ridiculously high-class (read: expensive), and most of the people walking around looked like they were headed for the Kentucky Derby, heels, hats and all.  I walked around in my comfy sneakers and ponytail and quietly sang to myself, "One of these things is not like the other..."

Derek and me in front of the Venetian.  Excuse me, Derek and Troy and me in front of the Venetian.  

These signs were in every public bathroom I had the privilege of frequenting.

It's a depressingly accurate summary of the city.

And this is about an hour after our return.  

I have no idea when Atticus got so huge.  It must have been during the three days we were gone.  I'm sure that's it.


  1. That's a great picture of you and Derek --well, it would be a great picture, you know, if Troy hadn't photo-bombed you :-)

    Also a great picture of Derek and Atticus. I guess he missed his dad, huh?

    1. Fortunately, we have one that is Troy-less. I kind of like the photo-bombed one, though. No, I won't hang it up on the wall, but it's still fun.

  2. Fascinating, I was reading this news article about a flower garden in the Aria hotel that was damaged by touching... I think I know who did it!

    1. I knew you were going to say something. That would be a funny headline, though: "FLOWER GARDEN IN ARIA HOTEL AND CASINO DAMAGED BY TOUCHING: Police Stumped."

  3. I have never been to Las Vegas, but it looks like they just have to have bigger flowers than everyone else. Maybe I should just get some fake flowers like that and put them in my garden. It would freak out the rabbits.

    That IS a great photo of you and your husband + photobombing friend!

    1. The flowers were really big. I was expecting more landscaping around Vegas, but then I remembered I was in the middle of a desert. And apparently flowers don't bring in money like the sex trade. Who knew?


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