Bucket List Adventures: Spend New Years on the Las Vegas Strip

It is true, I have gone to the La Vegas strip maybe two or three times for New Year celebrations past… however, none were quite like this one. One year, we went down and drank the night away in some over crowded, over priced, pretentious nightclub in our sardine-like VIP area. Another year, we opted for a more open atmosphere inside the Circus Circus. It still took an eternity to get a drink or some food, but it was better than being stuffed inside a nightclub. Then there was the time, we decided to avoid all the drunken debauchery all together and we sat in the parking lot of Mandalay to watch the fireworks and then make our easy escape back to the suburbs.

This year, however, was like no other. I met with my friends from across the pond for a deliciously sinful dinner at STACK and stuffed our faces with a filet so tender, it was melting in my mouth, mashed potatoes and creamed spinach, which we then washed down with Santa Margherita pinot grigio and finished off with a mouth watering crème brûlée. While dinner was great, what was to come was even better. After dinner, we had a cocktail at Portofino and then made our way to the party.

We truly didn’t know what to expect and were happily surprised to find that we were at a VIP only, Gatsby-esque style party. The entertainers sang and danced to modern songs with a nostalgic twist. They took photos with the guests to memorialize their existence in this epic event. Among the giveaways were the typical New Year light up glasses and champagne bubble party favors… but even better than that, were the pinstripe fedora hats, vintage feather hair headbands, boas and pearl necklaces so that we could also be in theme. It was such a blast to dance the night away right there, next to the volcano and right on the strip. I am so glad I went. It was truly a fabulous way to begin the year.

On Single Parenting

Seriously though… I was a young mom and became a young single mom pretty freaking quick… Now I’m a young grandma and an empty nester. My life is full and wonderful.
Maybe I had my kids young and maybe you wouldn’t have done things the way I did, and that’s ok, but I’d never look at an older parent and say, “you’re too old to have kids at your age”… the way people seem to feel like they have the right to say to young parents.
I didn’t do things the way you did. My path was mine to travel, as is yours. Rather than shame young parents, why not be supportive? Who the hell are you to judge when it is the right time for me or anyone to do things in my/their life? You do not have that right. It took me so much longer to accomplish certain things in my life, not so much because I had a family to consider, but more so because I had countless people looking down at me, being judgmental and telling me everything that was wrong in my decision to be a young mom.
Start becoming part of a supporting and loving society instead of passing judgement. If all you do is judge, you’re worse than the young parent that chose to be responsible for their actions.

Critical Mistakes – 888

Let me rewind to the times where we never felt ill
We fill our minds with those dreams and we never miss a beat
Just pass the time staying up, feeling restless at night
Come wake me up before I die and I never get to live

I want a house on the hill by the ocean
I’d let the tide wash away all my critical mistakes
I want a house on the hill by the ocean
I’d let the tide wash away all my critical mistakes

Let’s spend the days, empty space, watch the waves in our mind
We count the stars, write our names in the sand beneath our feet
It feels so right blowing smoke clouds polluting the sky
You take a drag before the moment escapes you, feel the light

I want a house on the hill by the ocean
I’d let the tide wash away all my critical mistakes
I want a house on the hill by the ocean
I’d let the tide wash away all my critical mistakes

Let me rewind
We fill our minds
We fill our minds with smoke

I want a house on the hill by the ocean
I’d let the tide wash away all my critical mistakes
I want a house on the hill by the ocean
I’d let the tide wash away all my critical mistakes

 

Outlaws – Joe Purdy

One more drink ‘fore he split town,
Pulled up in a rose pink cadillac
He was singin’ with the top down girl from the north,
Dylan and Johnny Cash
He won the car on a card game listenin’ to The Boss,
He keeps his clothes in a gunney sack
She said, “Tell you what sailor, if you take me outta here,
I’ll do anything that you ask,
‘Cause I don’t wanna die like the people down here
But I feel that I’m fading fast.”

He looked over to her chestnut hair,
He said “I don’t believe in love.”
But he knew good and well she was the only girl there,
So he figured it was close enough

And they hopped in the car, rolled the windows down far,
And they headed through the desert plains
And she didn’t even mind when they crossed the state line
And the sky opened up with rain
And they went three states ‘fore they even spoke a word,
He leaned over just to ask her name
She said, “Take me to the 61 highway, sailor,
And you can call me Queen Jane,
‘Cause the only thing I stole from the town
Was a crown that I took from a beauty queen.”

And he looked over to her deep green eyes,
Knew that she was just as cold as him
So he went to the trunk, grabbed the pistol from inside,
And told Janey of his plan

And they went to the store she put the gas in the car,
He came out running with a case of beer
And he jumped in the back with the money in the sack
And Janey she took the wheel
And they ran off in a blaze in a sweet summer haze,
To the bullets of the cashier
“You keep your head down sailor
’cause I might need ya’ later, just holler if you can hear,
‘Cause I’m gonna need a man,
Not a farmer girl tan and a cadillac souvenir.”

And they camped out by the railroad bridge,
And they made love all night,
Watched the sun come up over Mercury Ridge,
From a hilltop outta sight.

They hit five more banks and their small-town safes
And they knew that they could get out fast
Had the time of their life but they had to have a talk,
’cause they knew that it couldn’t last
They made friends with the man at the Mexico border,
And they left him with a bag of cash
She said, “I tell you what, sailor,
I don’t care about that paper
But I’m happy that we passed,
‘Cause I’m feeling pretty tired
And I’m carrying a child and we both need a rest.”

And they settled down to a house near the water,
Where they would live to be old and gray
And many years later and the kids are all older,
And they tell ’em ’bout the good ole’ days.

Blackbird – Noni

as i dive in without my wings
at the speed of light i’m flying to my end
as i fall without my wings
how i’m the last song the blackbird will sing
i’m free at last, free from you,
free from the past
freedom at last
what is life, other than a cage to me
i’m free at last, free from you
free from the past
freedom at last
what is life, other than a cage to me
blackbird,
oh, blackbird
blackbird
oh, blackbird

now i rise as the phoenix escapes from me
through the fire, through the flames
leaving ashes underneath

i’m free at last, free from you
free from the past
freedom at last
what is life, other than a cage to me
i’m free at last, free from you
free from the past
freedom at last
what is life, other than a cage to me

blackbird
oh blackbird
blackbird
sing one last song for me
yeah blackbird
oh black bird
sing one last song for me

 

Short Hair Dare

Everyone that knows me knows that I love, love, love my long hair. However, there have been two times in my adult life that I’ve cut it short. I don’t mean shoulder length short. I mean really, really, almost boy-cut short. Why would I do that? There’s only one reason. My hair was very unhealthy and the best way to get to healthy hair was to cut all the dead hair off.

It’s actually pretty significant to me because both times I’ve done this, I was going through substantial life changes in which I had to let go of something that was “dead” in my life in order to move into a better future and so I went to my hairdresser and told her to chop off any dead hair so I could start over.

Don’t get me wrong, just because I cut it doesn’t mean I was going to live with short hair forever. So I bought my Hair, Skin, and Nails itWorks supplement from my daughter-in-law and used pure, organic grape seed oil from Trader Joe’s to help grow my hair back as quickly as possible. I also started juicing again for additional nutrients. Thankfully, my hair has grown nearly two inches in a little over a month!

If you want my advise… get rid of the dead ends… whether it’s your hair, your bf/gf, your job… whatever is sucking life out of your life and supplement it with things that will help you grow.

itWorks!

**Side note: if you want to try out itWorks both my daughter and daughter-in-law would be happy to help you find the best products for your needs.**

Ice Cream – Sarah McLachlan

Your love is better than ice cream
better than anything else that I’ve tried
and your love is better than ice cream
Everyone here knows how to fight

and it’s a long way down
it’s a long way down
it’s a long way down to the place
where we started from
Your love is better than chocolate
better than anything else that I’ve tried
oh love is better than chocolate
everyone here knows how to cry
it’s a long way down
it’s a long way down
it’s a long way down to the place
where we started from…

 

Your love is better than ice cream
better than anything else that I’ve tried
and your love is better than ice cream
Everyone here knows how to fight

and it’s a long way down
it’s a long way down
it’s a long way down to the place
where we started from
Your love is better than chocolate
better than anything else that I’ve tried
oh love is better than chocolate
everyone here knows how to cry
it’s a long way down
it’s a long way down
it’s a long way down to the place
where we started from…