Vegas rewind

Paul and I headed to Vegas last Wednesday evening to meet up with my parents and check out the Mountain West Basketball tourney in which our beloved University of New Mexico Lobos were playing. In addition to the b-ball games, I was appointed as master tour guide of all things Vegas for Paul who hasn’t been there since he was somewhere between 13-18 (he may not have the best memory, but I love the heck out of him!)

Here is a rewind of what went down. I guess what they say isnt true, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas ends up on the internet.

Vegas Fun

We are now officially addicted to Draw Free. This happened in the airport. Nothing says I love you quite like sitting next to each other playing games with each other on your phones.

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We decided to jump on the bandwagon and become imitation hipsters.

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These are our “crazy Lobo fan” faces

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We saw a show. The acts were good, the comedy was a little raunchy for our taste. So I give it a half/half rating.

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We weren’t sure who rolled in on this bad boy, but we were sure it was someone awesome. And VIP.

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I decided I needed to upgrade to full fledged hipster.

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And Paul decided to downgrade. BOO.

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We FINALLY figured out what those little cloth straps on his shirt are for!! How did we not know this all along??? (That is a buzzer for a restaurant in case you couldn’t tell what it was.)

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I can’t relate to this problem at all given the amount of hair on my head

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Vegas Eats

Pretty sure I broke every food rule with this one. Carbs, sugar, carbs, sugar consumed at about 11pm. Bad Cinnamon!!!

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Bkfast at the buffet, not too shabs. Can you tell I like my bacon?

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Paul and I have a unhealthy love for Chilis but of course there are none in the state we live. But there was one right down the street from our hotel! FTW

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Pizza from Serendipity 3 at Cesars before the show. I’m pretty sure they cooked it on the sun it was so hot. We had to wait and blow on it forever to finally be able to eat it. I’m also pretty sure I got a third degree burn on my finger. Apparently eating on the strip, you eat at your own risk.

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Probs the most hugemongous shrimp (oxymoron whuuut!!) I have ever laid eyes on.

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I have been wanting to eat a French macaron for what seems like a million years now but was having trouble finding them. Buuuut, since I am brilliant I thought, “they will surely have them at the Paris hotel”. And they did. Now I am obsessed and am considering ordering some off of the internet b/c I need to eat more and try all the different flavors.

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Smoked shrimp risotto. Creamy. Smoky. Eaten on a outdoor patio in the sun. Ahhhhh LIG.

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You can never go wrong with CPK. Greek pizza sub avocado for chicken. I kind of wanted both, but wanted the avocado more so it won out.

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Not sure whose hand that is, I’m assuming Paul’s?…gelato at Sugar Factory at the Paris. We had salted caramel and Reeces. Isn’t the color of that raspberry crazy looking?!?

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Vegas Drinks

Can you guess whose is who’s? BTW’s, Dunkin Donuts is very impressive these days. I wish we had them here, but alas, we do not.

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At the game, they are nice and tidy with their beer. No spillage.

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We have both pretty much stopped drinking Coke/Diet Coke, but how can you go to the Coke store and not have some? It’s like going into a candy store and refusing the free sample. It’s just not right.

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This picture makes me happy.

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Vegas Basketball

Mom was accosting all of the women’s and mens players that we would run into randomly in the hotel. And by accosting I mean hugging and telling them what a great job they did.

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Everyone’s a Lobo, WOOF WOOF WOOF

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My dad likes to ham it up for the camera. Like father like daughter.

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We went to three men’s games and they won all three. The UNM/UNLV game was the most intense though b/c it was a home crowd. BUT there were like 8,000 Lobo fans there so it was pretty even when it came to the cheering.

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When they won the tourney, the fans rushed the court.

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Vegas Shopping

We spent some hours at a couple different shopping venues and it seemed like we bought so much stuff but I only got two little pics.

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These are my new kicks. I feel like people will either think they are super ugs or super cute. Please only let me know if you think they are cute. 🙂 I love them and they are super comfy. Like I dont want to take them off comfy. I have had them on since I bought them. Luckily they are waterproof. And for those of you who can’t tell that I am kidding, I am kidding.

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Vegas Sites

gotta love NY, NY

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Aria. This wasn’t here the last time I was in Vegas. It is GORG. I totes want to stay here next time around.

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They have lots of awesome artwork around and most of the hotel has a water theme which I just loved.

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This GIANT art piece was outside. It is made of canoes!

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Pretty sure I have convinced Paul that we need one of these in our next house.

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Hi Chilis! We miss you and love you and can’t wait to see you again!

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There’s a macaron in that building and I am going to find it!

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This was our hotel. South Pointe. Its waaaay down the strip and is apparently where the majority of the bball’ers and fans stay, so that’s where we stayed. It was nicer than I thought it would be.

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Can you spot the difference in the next two pics?

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I know, I’m a freak.

I only got to do this for about an hour or so and I am very excited to do it again at some point. No idea when, but it WILL HAPPEN.

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We didnt have time for much gambling, but I did get some in. This about sums it up.

Acronym guide for the non-hipsters out there:

FTW= for the win
BTW= by the way
LIG= life is good
CPK= California Pizza Kitchen

What is your fave part of Vegas?

What do you think of my new shoes? (remember I only want to hear about it if you think they are cute) 🙂

Have you ever had a French Macaron? If so, what is your favorite flavor? 

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11 {Eleven} (one, one)

I was recently tagged by this girl to do a little survey of sorts. (Thanks Kristen!**)  Just a fun little way that bloggers and readers can get to know each other better. I’m a sucker for surveys. Why you ask?

Umm, duh b/c they are all about you!! Who doesn’t love to talk about themselves? Statistics say 94% of people love talking about themselves and we all know how accurate statistics are. 

**Note. I totally messed up Kristen’s blog title in my post yesterday. It’s Confessions of a (not so) domesticated newlywed. I know its only a little difference but I wanted to make sure I got it right!! 😉

So here’s how it goes. I’m supposed to share 11 general things about myself and then answer Kristen’s questions at the end. Then I am to tag some other bloggers to do the same, except I will add in my own questions at the end. Got it? Let’s go.

11 Things
11. I’m obsessed with personality assessments. MBTI, DISC, Strengths Finder, Love Languages, Spiritual gifts….I think they are so helpful in helping you identify what your personality is like and how you can use that to better relate to others. I secretly would like to somehow make a career out of talking about, teaching and facilitating these types of sessions. I guess its not so secret anymore.

10. I wore glasses/contacts for 18 years and then got lasik and it was one of the top three best decisions I have made in my life thus far.

9. I was in a sorority in college. Sorority’s are not like they appear on the movies (well not all of them anyway.) They are really cool organizations that do a lot of philanthropic work. They also teach you how to relate to lots of different people  and personality types and generally how to belong to a sort of community. In my opinion, college was a much better experience having been a part of this group and I am sad that they often get a bad rap.

8. I love professional football but don’t enjoy college football. Not sure if it is b/c I just know more about the pro teams or there are less of them, but I can watch pro football and enjoy every moment of it, but have absolutely NO interest whatsoever in college football.

7. I recently gave up diet coke. I mostly gave it up just to see if I could and went just over a month without having even one. Tried to have it a few times since then and can’t handle it any more. I occasionally have Diet Root Beer or Diet DP just to have something other than water or tea, but for the most part I think Diet Soda might be a part of my past. I used to have at least two every day around noontime (religiously) so I consider this to be a great accomplishment.

6. I don’t think I have ever seen a picture that represents such truth as this.

5. I love salad. Like LOVE. I could eat it every day and sometimes do. My salads have evolved over the years and now that I am older I enjoy being more creative with them and just kind of throwing in whatever I have around. I prefer to eat it in a bowl and not a plate and like them to be pretty hearty. I don’t typically find that I get hungry two hours afterward either (which I know is a major reason why people make fun of salad).

Salads from just this week alone…

4. Open doors drive me bonkers. Cabinet doors in my house, open locker doors at the gym. Doors in the house that should be closed but aren’t. Just looks so “unfinished” to me and I will always close them. I recently discovered that I have married into a family that doesn’t close cabinet doors. Like ever. God help me.

3. I love my newly married/engaged class at church and the small group we have at our house on Monday nights. The fun, study and fellowship is such a blessing to me and I want everyone to be a part of a group like these so they can feel the same way!!

2. I never learned how to ride a bike as a kid. Well my dad tried to teach me but it was hard so I gave up.  When I decided to do a triathlon, I had no choice. I learned when I was in my 30’s, fell A LOT (still do) but despite that, I love it!!

1. My parents got my name from Mission Impossible the TV show from the 70’s. They were not hippies. There was a character on the show named Cinnamon and they thought that was just groovy. Otherwise I think I would have been Crystal. I have only met one other Cinnamon in person during my lifetime, although lots of people tell me about other Cinnamon’s that they know. My husband’s first kiss (when he was like 5) was actually with a girl named Cinnamon! What are the odds of that??? The first and last girl he will ever kiss, named Cinnamon.

apparently he can’t. BOOM!  🙂

Kristen’s questions:

1) What is your favorite dessert? ANYTHING chocolate. If that is not available, then something lemony.   If only carrot cake is available I am highly offended. Who puts veggies in sweets? You don’t see broccoli cake and there shouldn’t be carrot cake either. It’s just not right. IMO. 😉

2) Who do you most admire? Matt Chandler. He is a pastor out of Texas and he is just awesome. His humor, his relate-ability and his directness are all qualities that I admire.

3) Would you rather: Bungee jump or sky dive? sky dive all the way. Espeically after that story of the girl whose bungee cord broke the other day. No thank you.

4) If you were on death row (pleasant topic, right?), what would be your last meal?creamy garlicy gorgonzola pasta with juicy sliced steak on top with a side of buttery grean beans and molten chocolate cake with vanilla bean ice cream for dessert

5) Dogs or Cats? I am allergic to cats and they are usually big ‘ol jerks, so dogs all the way for me.

JERK!

6) What accomplishment are you most proud of? Teaching a college class at the University of New Mexico

7) What is your favorite guilty pleasure TV show? Fashion Police on E! Paul loves it too. Don’t you Paul?

8) What is your most embarassing moment? When I instant messaged a person on accident. I was talking ABOUT that person in the instant message and it was a complimentary insult. I know, ouch.

I don’t think she bit her computer, but this pic made me literally laugh out loud.

9) What food do you love but you are scared to prepare for yourself? Thai food. I love red and green curry and Pad Ke Mao but have NO IDEA where to even start and am totally positive that I was screw it up!

10) What is your biggest fear? being annoying and/or people not liking me

11) Name the movie or TV show that makes you laugh the most? The New Girl. Hi.lar.ious.

My questions:
1) If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?
2) If you could have any job in the world, what would it be?
3) What got you into blogging?
4) Do you prefer movies in the theater or at home?
5) What is your favorite color?
6) What does a typical Tuesday night look like at your house?
7) What is your favorite childhood memory?
8) What is your favorite nut butter?
9) Do you sleep with or without the covers?
10) What time do you get up in the morning?
11) Name one thing you have always wanted to do and just haven’t done yet.
I’m tagging:
Maren from Marens Morsels
Theresa from Fueled by Wings!
Heather from Runaway Ranchwife
Cortney from Nerd on the Run