Vegas baby!

Vegas baby!

I’m fortunate enough to go once a year for work and sometimes I actually do fun things! 

This year my annual trip started off with a chase across the Nellis dunes at night in a dune buggy. In my mind I was picturing sand dunes everywhere, and there were some…somewhere. There was also hard pack and a lot of rocks in all shapes and sizes. It was the best night and I had an absolute blast! Four hours of thrills and maybe chills if you fly over a dune and drop off unexpectedly. 

We came over one dune and I had the gas pedal on the floor. As I flew over I could see the campfire in the valley I was heading straight for. My buggy liked to shimmy to the left and of course the campfire was on the left. I fought the wheel till it shimmied right and then my lights landed on a big freaking rock. Shimmy back left miss the rock and make the turn to go up the next dune. I don’t think I ever let off the gas. 

Towards the end of the chase some of my peeps were really jockeying for their spot in the finish. You would’ve thought it was a NASCAR finish the way we rolled in. Well someone in out group rolled in with a flat tire and I’m pretty sure that’s the same one that knocked a huge ass rock out in front of me. It was a little tricky there for a second. I highly recommend Sunbuggy for an off-road adventure! 

Sorry no pics because I didn’t want to lose my phone in the desert and it would’ve happened considering how rough it was and how fast I was driving. I will say the view of the city was spectacular and I wished for my phone many times to take a pic. I did get a great exfoliation of my face. I had lovely, rosy cheeks for the next few days, so wear something that you don’t mind getting dirty or dusty.

If you don’t feel like an off-road adventure but still want a view of the city check out the Voodoo Lounge on top of the Rio. Beautiful views all around. Be prepared for a cover charge. We had dinner at the seafood buffet in the same hotel. A bit overwhelming there’s so much to choose from but it was delicious. 

The making of Witches Brew

We ventured out to a couple of my foodie faves. Hash House a Go Go….be amazed at the portion size and the food is delicious. Everything I’ve tried so far is great. I’ve hit up 3 locations. Two in Vegas and one in Orlando…all good. Cabo Wabo for scrumptious Mexican food. I could eat there everyday and if I had that same waiter that would be even better! I was waiting on my gal pals happily!😉 

Chicken and waffles (bacon in the waffles) – my fave
Meatloaf and the pic doesn’t do justice to the size of it!!
Fried green tomatoes & chicken salad…yum!
A huge bloody mary!

One of the nights we drove the strip. This is my 4th or 5th trip and the first time I’ve done that and it was so much fun. There is so much to see and people to watch!

If you have a car and get time, go out to Red Rock Canyon. I try to carve out time to go each time I’m in Vegas. It’s beautiful and the colors of the rock are so striking as you drive towards them. This year I actually had a co-worker go with me so that was a nice change. She had never been, so I got to show her all the cool stuff I’d seen so far. One day I hope to have time to actually hike but that will have to be on a personal trip. Not enough time for that when I’m out there to work. On the way back we ran through a smoothie drive thru. Nothing like that back home so it was a fun treat.

Crazy hair day lol

Primrose
Can you see the hands?

Another night we wanted to hit up the Blue Martini bar but discovered there’s a dress code. Flip flops and shorts aren’t part of it. Dress up if you go!

For anyone preparing for a zombie apocalypse or prepping for doomsday I’ve found the place for you to shop. It’s on the strip right under the big Swarovski crystal sphere. 

Always a great trip to support a group of folks that have a lot of talent within our company. It’s also fun to see a different part of the country and to have time to get out and really see the sights. Vegas definitely has it going on! 

If you were expecting ‘Hangover’ type confessions you are out of luck!😂✌

-G.

Dog days of summer

Dog days of summer

Labor Day is the last summer holiday to spend out on the lake enjoying the warm temps, family, and friends. Hard to beat cruising around on the lake with the wind in your hair, the sun rays beaming down, and my shades on cause I’m cool like that. What makes me cool is my faithful companion, Ginger, who is a water loving, boat riding dog! Really I’m so nerdy I have to surround myself with cool friends and my dog. 

I’m not into fishing so boating for me kicks off Memorial Day weekend, which is the unofficial start to summer. Whoever spaced out the holidays for summer did a great job because smack in the middle is 4th of July. I’m on the lake every chance I get, but it’s a three day weekend to enjoy cruising around in boat. In my case, I’m usually pulling a tube, slinging teenagers around to their delight or terror depending on the day. I have been called the ‘Joker’. Sick kids! They said my smile was a bit too delightful. 

Once you get past the 4th it’s just hotter than hell, but depending on the year getting out on the lake can still be enjoyable and not a sweat fest. Finally we’re at the end of the summer and for those with kids they are back to school. Labor day weekend is either a celebration of their return to school or in my case one of the last opportunities to enjoy the end of summer. I’ve opted this year to wait to winterize the boat after we cruise around looking at fall leaves. I think it will be a beautiful sight to see from the water. Future adventure post in the making! 

Being out on the lake is peaceful and relaxing. It’s a great time to just be present with the people you’re with. The phone isn’t ruling me other than to take some selfies…have to document the fun it’s so rare! Workaholics need breaks too. I’m trying to find some balance between work and life. I teeter totter back and forth all the time. If someone has it figured out they should let me know.

So rise and shine folks! Have a fantastic holiday if you are celebrating here in the states. Ginger and I are gearing up for a great day!

-G