Las Vegas: a city of colorful lights, scantily clad women, and sounds of slot machines dinging. But did you know it can also be the city of first experiences? My husband Richard turned 40 recently, and I wanted to provide him with a Vegas weekend of first experiences like never before.
We have been to Vegas many times, but this was a special occasion. I wanted to highlight Vegas in a different way for my husband, and gift him some first experiences he would always remember. I recalled conversations we had had in the past, where he’d said he had never been in a limo. Perfect! A limo ride would be up on the list of firsts.
We love to eat, so I racked my brain on what could be a first that would make a lasting impression in that category. A restaurant he had never been to? Maybe. Some kind of food he had never had? Possibly! Hey, how about both! A place we had never been to, and food we have never had! My husband loves red meat. This was an easy decision for me. I recalled from my countless hours of binge-watching the food network, that I had viewed an episode where they discussed the few restaurants in America where you could get Kobe beef. SW Steakhouse in Vegas was one of the places. I booked a reservation, and step two was done!
I would love to say I packed more things in but the reality is a Vegas weekend is short. Time seems to fly by extra fast when you are caught up in the fun.
The limo ride
Our flight was delayed out of Austin, TX, so we were in a time crunch. We picked up my husband’s good friends from the Hard Rock Hotel and drove right to Bellagio, where our limo driver Kyle was already waiting for us. We piled in and off we went. I shared with Kyle that it was my husband’s 40th birthday celebration and I wanted him to experience firsts. We rode around, taking in the strip, and went to the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign. Yes, visiting the sign was a first. In the many trips we had taken, not once had we stopped at the welcome sign. We took some pictures, drank some whiskey, and piled back in to cruise the strip some more. Kyle was fantastic! The smile on my husband’s face as he and his friends reminisced about past times was worth the cost.
We arrived for our reservation at 10 PM. We ordered a drink at the bar, and before we could get them, our hostess was ushering us to our table. We were seated outside, right near the show area. What a fun table to be seated at. The show that took place every 20 minutes or so was a nice touch. From animatronic frogs and flowers to giant projected human heads, they were extremely fun. We ordered appetizers and 4 oz of Kobe beef. I know, 4 oz? But here is the thing. 4oz was $220! I can’t afford 16 oz of that stuff! Plus, I had promised a first, not a belly full of it. We ordered some filet and lamb chops, and a side dish. The Kobe was rich. It was like butter that melted in your mouth. Did it taste like $220? Well, that’s hard to say, because we had never tasted it, so sure, it tasted like it. Would I buy it again? Yes, but only from Kobe in Japan, to make the real comparison.
We gambled off and on when we could, and I even hit a $2,000 jackpot! A nice bonus for a fun-filled weekend.
All in all, it was a great Vegas trip with fulfilled promises of firsts. What will be your next first? Even if it isn’t Vegas, I challenge you to try anything that is a first for you.
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In my line of work, I have staff scattered across Mesa, Arizona, Austin, Texas and Clinton, NC. I recently headed up to the Clinton, NC office for staff touch base and research. I had made this trip last year and opted to stay in Raleigh, NC. Last year, this commute was a little over an hour each way. It was last year I decided, NEVER AGAIN! I am used to crazy traffic but Austin traffic vs. NC is very different. In Austin, you can wait an hour just getting from North to South Austin or 20 miles. NC you are traveling long distances of nothing but trees. Anyway, I digress. Back to Clinton, NC.
I will be the first to admit I am not a beauty guru, not even a little bit. What I will admit to is being a mystery box addict! It is like getting gifts every month, and who doesn’t love gifts?! I have been a subscriber of both IPSY and BoxyCharm for some time now. I love sampling makeup without the financial commitment of buying it outright. Monthly subscription boxes fit my lifestyle very well.
Are you new to cruising? Here are a few essentials you should consider when preparing for your cruise.
- Luggage tags.
- Although you are able to print out luggage tags on paper it becomes difficult to keep them on during the embarkation process. Your bags are manhandled by porters and your luggage is placed in a holding bin along with hundreds of other bags. Clear luggage tags you find on Amazon are a cheap investment that will serve you well for many trips.
- Luggage tags.
Yesterday was date night! After many long hours of work, a date night was what I needed. Deciding what to eat in Austin, TX can be a black hole of endless options. In our search, I decided it would be a steak night. Texas is, after all, the land of cattle, and beef is a solid choice.
At first, we thought to go somewhere low-end like Texas Roadhouse. I mean, who doesn’t love their fresh rolls! As we mulled over the ideas and names of steakhouses, we decided to head to The Domain. It is a newer area in Austin, full of shops aimed at clientele above my pay grade. Needless to say, we ended up parking and window shopping. We ended up at Fleming’s Steakhouse. As we walked in wearing our t-shirts and jeans, I knew we ran the risk of being turned away, since we didn’t have a reservation, and it was a Friday night. The hostess greeted us and said she could seat us in about 30-45 min. We were in no rush, so why the hell not.
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Oftentimes, people book a cruise months in advance and countdown to the exciting day, called embarkation. My husband and I booked a cruise back in January of 2017, sailing out of Miami onboard the Norwegian Jade. It was “Star Trek: The Cruise II”, hosted by ECP. Waiting for a full year would have been brutal, had we not taken some other cruises during that time.
My husband is a HUGE Star Trek fan, so when he found out there was a cruise that catered to Trekkies, he jumped at the chance. It was Star Trek all day and all night, and even haunted my dreams when I went to sleep!
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Thanksgiving, a time for family, friends, and cruising? Tradition dictates you host large groups of people you are bound to by blood and cook absurd amounts of food, but what happens when you would rather be sitting on a beach waited on hand and foot instead? Book a cruise!
First, a bit about myself. I’m in my late 30’s and on my second marriage, with no biological children of my own. I have a 15-year-old stepson who sometimes spends holidays with his biological mother, which allows my husband (also in his late 30’s) and I to cruise as a childless couple a time or two per year. We work hard, and we covet our time off as an opportunity to mentally turn it all off and relax. Read More …