#24 Go to a Wine Tasting

 

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.

Participating Wineries

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Back then the cars had a trap door that we could pull open with a chain to check our tire wear.” – Tim Flock

Yesterday was a happy accident.

I was coming home from teaching my Sunday morning voice lesson, when the bus driver came to a rather abrupt stop. It seems driver was given the day’s detour map – that is every driver but him. As I sat there in the idling bus, stuck  in an incredibly narrow street with a very angry bus driver yelling at dispatch and very angry passengers yelling at the driver, I decided no air conditioning in the world was worth that amount of negativity. So I asked to get off the bus.

Who knew that the detour was the Henderson Super Run Car Show? I had a blast walking on Water Street in Downtown Henderson, looking at all the cars and exploring the random vendor booth. It reminded my a little of Hot August Nights. There were all these great cars, some in really amazing condition. I had fun doing something out of the ordinary.

The City of Henderson has special events throughout the year. Check out their events page for more information.

This weekend, I was once again reminded that Vegas isn’t just The Strip. Apparently we have car shows too.

 

#12 Be a Vegas Tourist for the Day

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.”

#26 Dance in the Rain

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.

“One reason we admire cats is for their proficiency in one-upmanship. They always seem to come out on top, no matter what they are doing, or pretend they do.” – Barbara Webster

Shadow came to live with me about two years ago when my dad decided retirement was going to be better in Florida. (Crazy, I know.) For the first year, Shadow was calm, cool, and collected. He never did anything sneaky or crazy, never did anything destructive or just plain weird. Then one day – when he thinks I’m not looking – I walk into my room to this…

 

Yes, I know this post officially makes me a crazy cat lady, but I couldn’t resist.

“The telephone book is full of facts, but it doesn’t contain a single idea.” – Mortimer Adler

Las Vegas Women’s Council’s Tech Tip

September

Google Places

You’ve seen this red marker before. If you own a Google friendly Android, it may even be a pre-installed app on your phone. What is it? It’s the 21st centuries answer to the antiquated phone book. Make your business be known, make it a Google Place. It’s easy. Go to google places and follow the easy steps up setting up your business listing. Then Google will mail you confirmation (to make sure you’re real). Once you get the postcard in the mail, finish the validation process and you have a Google Maps friendly place of business. Oh and did we mention it’s FREE?