Overwhelming myself

With the ADHD, I find that I try to do way too many things at once. Like I said in an earlier post, I’m prepping for vacation, so I got several posts started. All the post drafts are calling to me. All at once.

I know, logically, that I can’t do everything at once, but I’ll try. Actually, I’ll try to save something to do later. Like I planned.

Prepping for vacation

I have an upcoming vacation. I am doing the last minute things, even though it’s not really last minute yet.

I went to purchase what I need for the trip. I haven’t quite finished, but I got the majority done.

I tried to get a mani pedi done, but I ended up getting called in to go to work, so only the pedi got done.

I got to work and finished up on record time. Then I went to buy sunglasses for the trip. I am almost ready! I am planning on getting the manicure soon.

I also found a lot of memes and book related photos to write about when I’m away. I am sure I’ll have time to write, so I’ll publish when I’m back. At least I don’t have to think about what I’m going to write about. I’ll figure out other topics, too, while I’m away. Always thinking…

Leaving Las Vegas

The last day in Vegas is always a quiet one. We are generally exhausted by the last day. I still had to pack and get my stuff to the bell desk so we could wander around without our luggage after we checked out. We set the alarm so that we wouldn’t oversleep. At 9am, the alarm roused me from a DEEP sleep. Ok. Ok. Ok. I’m up. I’m gathering my stuff.

Housekeeping knocked at the door at 9:02 am. Really? You’re wanting to clean the room now after not showing for two days?

We had breakfast after we checked out. Then we all did our own thing for a while. We made the mistake of not looking at the denomination on the slot machine and blew through $20 in one pull. Well, that wasn’t fun.

At about 2pm, two of us ended up at happy hour. We had bbq pork tacos, fries and housemade fireball. Yum! It didn’t taste like cinnamon syrup, just cinnamon.

After happy hour, we found three of our group sitting in the food court with one of them sound asleep on the bench, waiting for the time to leave for the airport. I did what any good friend would do. I took a photo and sent it to her wife. I didn’t post it for the world to see.

We caught Lyft, said goodbye to the one who was staying one more day, and we headed to the airport. We had different flights, so we say around, waiting at the airport after a smooth check-in and security check.

I walked around and found souvenirs since I didn’t do much shopping during the weekend. All but two of us at the airport got on the first flight home.

I wandered down to my gate and had about fifteen minutes to wait. I got on the plane and ended up sitting next to two small boys who were already in the middle and window seats. They had one iPad between them. They were arguing a little bit over what to play. The last two women on the place voiced theirs complaint that there weren’t two seats together. The flight attendant basically told them to deal with it and sit down. I started reading with myself about what to do on the plane, sleeping vs reading vs blogging. As soon as we pulled away from the gate, the two boys lost Wi-Fi so they decided to sleep. I decided to sleep since they were quiet. I woke up twenty minutes later and worked on the blog from the previous days. No reading got done.

When we landed, the boy in the middle seat tried waking up the window seat boy. It took quite a bit to wake him. When I finally stood up, I could hear the flight attendant arguing with a woman who wanted to get off rear door. The rear door isn’t attached to the gate. Not happening lady.

I got to baggage claim and called my daughter to get me when the bags started moving. I waited inside for her once I got my bags. I was standing with a woman with a small child and a lot of luggage who was waiting for her husband. She moved outside when I did. She left her son with the luggage and ran a few yards down to see if her husband was there. Her husband had parked far away. She was making trips with the luggage and her son kept following her back and forth. Finally, the husband gets out of the car. He looks very familiar. He works in the same building with me. What a small world!

My daughter arrived after being lost for a little while. We loaded up the car and were on our way. When we got home, I half unloaded my suitcases, set the alarm, and went to bed, since I cancelled my day off for the next day.

Fourth night in Vegas

We had tickets to a drag brunch for Sunday morning. It was all you can drink with the VIP tickets that we had. It was so much fun!

Birthdays and engaged people

 

Tina!

The fountain at the Bellagio was not in the middle of the drag show.  I just can’t figure out how to reorder the photos.  We walked to the miracle mile and my friends got dessert.

I was pooped and my feet hurt so we headed back to the room to take a nap.  When I got to the room, I found that our room hadn’t gotten cleaned AGAIN, but this time, there was no excuse.  I napped after calling to complain that our room didn’t get cleaned, so we had no towels or clean glasses. I called the front desk to complain.  They told me it was housekeeping, so I called housekeeping.  Towels and glasses were delivered twice.  Better than not at all, I guess.

Dinner was at the Hard Rock cafe.  It was ok.  We went into New York, New York to gamble a little.  When we got bored, we found a place with karaoke.  Some of the songs were scary, but some were ok.  I was not brave enough to get up and sing.  Nope.

We went back to the room and chatted for a while. We set the alarm and went to bed at 2 am.

Day three in Vegas

 

The seventh member of the group arrived while we were having coffee in the hotel room before breakfast.

I finally got a photo of the view from our room.

We wandered off to the convenience store to get things to have happy hour in our room.  As we were walking, the eighth member of our group appeared by taxi and waved to us.

The Pacquiao vs Broner fight was at our hotel. When we made the reservations months ago, the fight hadn’t been scheduled yet, so it was just bad timing.  So, we decided that we’d have to get far away from the hotel during the event. It started at 9 pm, so the crowds were anticipated at around 3. We made dinner reservations at a different hotel.  We chose a Brazilian steakhouse in the Paris.  It was just Eh.

We headed off to see dueling pianos since we were already in the Paris.  I have a few clips, but nothing full length.  It was fun, but my friend found a better place with a live band just a little ways down the hallway.

Dueling pianos

Fireball and Jagermeister shots.  Female band

Six drunk adults getting into a Lyft after bar hopping was hysterical.  We aren’t as young as we used to be, but we managed to get back to our hotel.

We found out that housekeeping hadn’t gotten to our room since my roommate had slept a lot of the day.  Not a big deal, they’ll get to it tomorrow.

Day two in Vegas

I attempted to shower quietly while my roommates slept. I got up and found that what I needed wasn’t in the suitcase I had opened first. So I had to go searching. I found everything and managed to get in the shower. I realized that much of my stuff was either brand new or expired. I threw some items out. Each time an item hit the metal garbage can, it sounded like a gong. Even a piece of paper. Gong! Gong! My roommates slept through it, though. One said he heard it once, figured out what it was, then went back to sleep.

We went to a cheap breakfast buffet which was fairly good. For Vegas it was cheap at $9 a person.

We went to the beef jerky store. The whole store was dried foods.

We went back to gamble at the place that three of us hit a $100 prize within ten minutes. That was a nice surprise. We picked up our luggage to move it to the hotel where the whole group was staying the last three nights. We met up with the fourth member of our group of eight.

Forth hit a $100 bonus soon after her arrival. Amazing!

We were supposed to go to see a Bon Jovi/Guns and Roses cover band. Before the show, we went to The House of Blues for dinner. I had shrimp and grits. Yum!

We picked up a fifth person. The sister of one of the group. The show was crowded and hot and we lost two of the five before we even got in. The other three of us went in. We waited an hour. We gave them three songs before deciding that the show was awful, so we left.

The fifth member of our group arrived and we went to the country bar. I was amazed that I knew about half of the songs. The sixth member arrived while we were in the bar.

I wandered off to go gamble a little. I hit a $200 bonus. Surprise!

I decided to take the win as a sign to go to bed. My very drunk roommate was trying to open the door but ended up banging on the door at 230 am. And, she had her arms full. I asked what she bought “this is Vegas! Don’t ask me questions I can’t answer” The stuff was coffee cups and other coffee items we would need for the morning. I went back to sleep and woke up at 7 ish.

Vegas, baby!

I had last minute stuff to do before leaving on my trip to Las Vegas. My daughter and I went to the pharmacy, nail place, ATM, lunch, and then she took me to the airport. Early. I was a little worried because of horror stories I’d listened to about security lines being so long that people were missing delayed glitches flights. Also, because of storms both in San Francisco and in Vegas, some flights the day before had been delayed four hours. It turned out that I had plenty of time to get through the non-existent security line and sit and relax.

I found a place to sit and relax at the airport. The woman behind me was trying to explain to her parents that her flight was delayed but it would be ok since they had tickets for the movie the next afternoon, not the day she comes in, for mom’s birthday. Her mom was apparently having a fit because they were going to miss the movie because of the delayed flight and was giving a decent guilt trip about how no one wants to spend time with her on her birthday. I was trying hard to not laugh.

I sat there reading for a while until i had to use the restroom. I wandered closer to the gate when I returned. I tried to read some more, but the guy waiting near me was on the phone explaining to someone that he was flying to Vegas to retrieve the car he was too drunk to drive back home last weekend. Must have been a good weekend for him.

I had received a text about the fight being delayed a half hour. That was fine, since I was meeting my friend at Vegas airport and her flight was due to land an hour after my original flight time. The airport staff asked us to gate check carryon because it was a full flight, and it was going to be faster to board if fewer people had to stop to put stuff in the overhead bins. I did, to make things easier on myself, too.

I boarded the plane and found an aisle seat. A woman a little older and a little smaller than me sat in the window seat. Thankfully, a very tiny woman sat between us. The tiny woman pulled out “Cork Dork” and explained to us that she had a two year old so she never had time for her two favorite things, wine and reading. She was using this trip to catch up. She was not going to Vegas, but was changing planes and heading on to a girls weekend in Tucson. The first thing they had planned was time to catch up on sleep. The window seat woman and I both laughed, explaining that as a mom of a two year old that she’snever going to sleep again. “They eventually sleep through the night, right?” I told her that once they drive and turn eighteen, they stay out late and you don’t sleep, wondering where they are. She kept her nose in her book the rest of the flight.

We hit turbulence on descent. One bump was so hard that I would have landed in the aisle if I hadn’t had my seatbelt on.

Baggage claim. Moved from 4 to 2 without announcement

After my baggage claim adventure, I met my friend and discussed the various ways to get to the hotel. We settled on the shuttle.

At the shuttle kiosk, I tried to pay for my $10 ticket with $10 in cash. The cashier looked very confused. She was counting out coins to give me change. I was curious about how much she was going to give me, but the other guy in the kiosk stopped her. She tried to get me to sign my shuttle ticket like a credit card receipt, but again, her kiosk buddy stopped her. So much for entertainment.

We walked over to catch the shuttle. The driver and another driver were discussing that they thought something had happened at our hotel. They thought that the casino at the hotel was closed because of bank robbery earlier in the day and a suspicious package had been left behind. Of course. We decided to go check it out. Adventure!

Over an hour ride on the shuttle with a whole cast of characters. We were having an adventure. We saw a lot of Las Vegas while driving from hotel to hotel. We had stinky people behind us on the shuttle. I thought it was my deodorant failing, but nope. Wasn’t me. Thankfully, they got off at the second stop.

We also shared the shuttle with obtuse people who kept wondering out loud why we can’t all be dropped off first. “There’s our hotel! Why can’t he just drop us off now?” “He passed it, again!” Calm down people. He can’t disobey traffic laws or drive over cement barriers. Unfortunately, they were with us almost the whole ride.

Finally, we got to our hotel and the shuttle could not turn down the street because of construction. He let us off at the Mob Museum. I wanted to go there, but it wasn’t open. Someday. We had to walk across the street and down a half a block. Not awful.

Check in was easy. Uneventful. Unusual for me.

Changed pants and went to dinner in the hotel lobby. We ordered appetizers with our dinner. The appetizer came out first. They brought it to us with no plates. I had breakfast for dinner. The best breakfast potatoes I had ever eaten. I had asked for no toast, so the waitress offered me extra bacon or fruit. I was stunned.

After standing around, deciding what to do, we decided that we should just go to bed.

Our second roommate of the night appeared around midnight, after an uneventful shuttle ride. He went to the casino to gamble a while. At 4:30 am, my roommate climbed into bed with me, so the other roommate could have her bed. I half woke up to scoot over and to use the restroom. I slept until 7:30 ish.