When I started my 30×30 list, I thought this would be the easiest item on the list. Boy was I wrong. It was probably one of the hardest things I have ever had to do – ever. Having said that, it was also one of the most freeing and peaceful things I’ve done. I am guilty of assuming. I assume my friends and family know I love them and that I’m grateful for them. I assume those who make a difference know that they do. I assume a lot. This process took me out of my head and brought me into action.
It wasn’t easy, it took all year, and it was worth every second.
And of course, I had a system. Here it is for those of you who may want to do it yourselves:
1. Make a list of 30 people. Friends, family, people who have impacted my life; basically the first 30 people who came to mind.
2. Find the perfect cards. Each card was specifically picked for the person it was written for. They ranged from quotes to pictures to outright crazy.
3.Write from the heart. Part of why this took so long was the gut reaction of “Oh my God, they are all gonna think I’m stupid”. Once I put that aside and just wrote, they flowed a lot better and were more genuine.
4. Let go. Let go of any resentment, anger, frustrations – basically all negative feelings.
5. Stamp them and mail them. No one really gets any fun snail mail anymore so it makes them more unique and special so forget delivery and stick them in the mailbox.
While I like wine, I’m not a wine connoisseur. I don’t know how to pair wines with food and picking a bottle to bring as a hostess gift to a dinner party still warrant a panicked phone call to my expert. Even places like Total Wine bring on flop sweats and nervous tics. That’s why a wine tasting had to be on my 30×30 list.
I chose the New Vista Wine Walk. I figure have some wine, donate to charity, and do both in the open air atmosphere of Town Square. It was an interesting experience. A lot of fun and a lot of wine. I had a blast hanging out with friends and learning just a little bit more about this thing called wine.
1. M&R Prosecco
2. M&R Asti Spumante
3. Korbel Rose
4. Korbel Brut
5. Toasted Head Untamed Red
6. Toasted Head Shiraz
7. Hogue Sauvignon Blanc
8. Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc
9. Chamisal Stainless Chardonnay
10. Rosenblum Zinfindel
11. Rosenblum Syrah
12. Valley of the Moon Pinot Noir
13. J Lohr 7 Oaks Cabernet
14. Yago Sant’Gria
15. Murphy Goode Merlot
16. Murphy Goode Pinot Grigio
17. McManis Viognier
18. FRITZ’s Riesling
19. Santa Ema Reserve Chardonnay
20. Santa Ema Reserve Merlot
*Tip – eat first.
** The walk was sponsored by SmartWater and we all got special edition SmarWater in glass bottles. Coolest party favor ever.
The talking tree in the botanical garden - Bellagio
Who doesn’t want to play tourist in Vegas? I had so much fun. I spent Saturday walking up one side of The Strip and down the other, exploring each Resort along the way. ( I even made $20 at Television City.) My favorite part?
The Lion Habitat at MGM Grand. It was so much fun to watch these big cats play like kittens. In this picture, one of the cats is relaxing away on his back, in a classic Shadow pose.
I had a blast strolling through the Wynn and Encore with their elegant decor, watching the Flamingo’s and getting free show tickets at the Hilton, experiencing frozen hot chocolate at Caesar’s Serendipity, and watching the mini tornadoes in City Center’s Crystals. Of course, per the LVCVA, full details of my day can’t ever be revealed.
Remember, “What happens here, stays here.”
My cool rain boots! (Yes, I know the pants go inside, this way was cuter)
This is Las Vegas where the sun shines at least 335 days out of the year. Rain is a unique and note worthy experience here. Natives tend to go insane with excitement over even the smallest drop. I enjoy the rain, but it’s rare for me to actually take the time to stop what I’m doing and go play. (Hence the reason it’s on my list) Well, today it rained and instead of thinking about the 10 pages of stuff on my to do list and the hundreds of emails waiting for something, I decided to take 20 minutes to just play.
I didn’t have to go very far. I live in the middle of town where the streets are a bit older and very good for attracting puddles. I also live in a neighborhood where there are a ton of kids who are home schooled. Put those two things together and it’s the prefect recipe for a fun-filled dance in the rain. We splashed, kicked, and boogied down. It was the absolute best way to recharge my batteries and of course, dance in the rain.
Three words – So. Freaking. Cool.
The view from the line
This is the final staging area. 4 people ride at a time.
The finish line
(There were pictures of Hannah and I actually flying, but they cost $20 and so not worth the price.)
Zip lining is popular now with companies and locations popping up all over the place. I picked Downtown because I’m a Vegas kid and while the line was the longest, highest, or scariest, it was the idea of flying through the air under the Fremont Street Experience Canopy. The best part? They were playing the tribute to Queen. What more could a girl ask for?
Want to experience it for yourself? Visit Flightlinez to get started.
Yes those are raw oysters – Rappahannock and Chef’s Creek to be exact.
It turns out they are actually quite tasty. They weren’t like eating snot or any of the other gross things I’ve heard them compared to. It was like sushi – just raw fish.
Many thanks to Jamie, Erin, and Mike for sharing my oyster experience.
If you’re in Vegas and you want your very own raw oyster experience, I recommend King’s Fish House. Christina, our waitress, was amazing. She was extremely knowledgeable about the oysters – where they came from, what they tasted like – well equipped to handle this neophyte.
National Gallery of Art, Sculpture Garden
I have the amazing opportunity to visit Washington D.C. in May every year. Each time, I take the time to visit a new museum. This year, having gone through all the typical Smithsonian’s, I decided to do something different. This year I visited two places – The National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden and the Smithsonian Gardens’ Butterfly Garden Habitat. What amazing places. There is some beautiful art in the Sculpture Garden – huge pieces made out of the most unusual things. This tree made out of concrete and metal was one of my favorites. As you can see by the people walking by, it’s gigantic.
The Butterfly Habitat
I really liked the Butterfly Habitat. There were some of the most beautiful plants in there. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see any butterflies. It was either the wrong season or the wrong day for them to come out to play, however, I did learn some amazing facts about gardens and of course butterflies. I would recommend both these places to anyone wanting a new experience.