Friday, July 30, 2010

Vegas Part Deux

I told you I wouldn't let ya'll down with filling you in on the latest Vegas Saga so here it is!

So I left Friday around noon with a new pair of blue Calvin Klein heels in tow and about a quart sized baggie full of jewelry ready to jet set back to Vegas for the second time THIS MONTH!  Now as I have said before, this is not a typical trip for most.  Even for people that live as close as I do here in AZ most think I was crazy for going.  However, Lebron was calling my name!  I jump on the airplane, hightail it to Vegas, and find out that we are on a list for Lavo to see Lebron James who happens to be in town.  Now anyone thats from Vegas would say "Whatever, there are always celebrities in Vegas every weekend".  I don't think they could say that Lebron AND the Twilight Wolfpack were available in the same day!  Thats right! Wolfpack attack would be at the pool Saturday.  As it turned out, L, C, and myself went to dinner at First, a rock diner in the Palazzo and had the most PHENOMENAL meal overlooking the Treasure Island pirate fight!  We went off to Lavo and then to the Palms later to run into a bachelor party.  I feel like everyone is either celebrating getting married or having a birthday in Vegas as a sidenote.  None the less, we loved our Friday night, rolled into the Planet Hollywood where we stayed and woke up early to embark on buying Cirque tickets.  For anyone that has not seen LOVE at the Mirage, GO SEE IT!  I had seen it once before but to be completely honest, it is my favorite show in Vegas.  We did the typical pool party and went to the show to then embark on another night of fun!  Sean Kingston played at Haze in Aria which was a pretty neat place. 

Sunday rolled around too soon but the crew was on a mission.  We wanted to lay by the pool with frozen drinks and get some sun!  So after finding our frozen drinks we walked to the hotel pool only to be told no food or drinks were allowed!!! You can drink on the actual Vegas strip in public but we found the ONE place that didn't allow us to bring our drinks to our pool.  So how did we solve the issue?  We watched the Ochocinco Show on VH1 and drank until we could feel alright about leaving our drinks in our room to go outside by the pool!  We met another party and ended up sitting in the sun until about 30 min before I needed to leave for the airport. 

Hair wet, sunburned, and disorganized suitcase together I made my taxi ride to the airport and got on the airplane to meet the most talkative guy I've met to date!! I know some may be thinking "Chelsea YOU are the most talkative person I have EVER met!", but I'm telling you people, this guy is the real deal!  I literally had my headphones over my head eyes closed and he insisted talking to me!  I kind of laughed in my head trying to think of ways to make him stop but I don't think he would have understood the hint.  My two other attempts were failures, but I managed to land back into reality with my senses still intact. 

Now that I have successfully made it back from this trip, I look forward to my trip to a friend's wedding in Columbus, Ohio in two weeks!  I haven't ever been to Ohio ever I don't believe, so it may prove to be interesting.  I'm not too worried because another adventure with L. and C. will be welcomed with open arms.  Its amazing how you can do nothing, but if you are with your best friends it seems like the best times in the world!  I'm so blessed to have them by my side as partners in crime despite a significant amount of distance!  Living and loving life with ones you love is all ya need I think!  I'm out like a Vegas night light!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Some good ole memories

So I guess it has been a few days since the last post but I was in my car listening to the radio when a song came on and it hit me with a bunch of memories.  I don't know if ya'll have heard the song "The House That Built Me" by Miranda Lambert, but if you haven't checked it out you should!  I would say I have had a lot of houses that have "built" me through time.  The idea of the memories in your childhood that ring through again and again just come to mind and inspired me in a way.  Most you probably know this but to an extent I was raised a good portion of my life in the South.  I think of Houston as some of those Golden years where a home feels like a home and the only place you will ever live.  I think back to one Christmas in our house on Kensington Ct. where my sisters and I tip-toed down the stairs to find motorized scooters with bows standing.  We were so excited that we could barely keep from squealing!  Then flashbacks to our home in Brentwood came to mind.  There's a time when you are in high school and where you feel invincible.  I remember sitting on my front and back porches talking to boys and laying in yards of grass looking at stars.  I realized that these are parts of a childhood and what these country songs become about for me.  Another song "American Honey" always makes me feel a similar way.  The excitement of mudding in trucks or wearing your cowgirl boots out and getting dressed up is just something I actually miss a ton!  I am realizing that for me there is such a strong connection to music.  I am not blessed to be musically talented, but I LOVE that music makes you feel so many emotions.  There are so many aspects of music that inspire me to go places and feel things, and I am hoping that some of you read this and agree.  If you don't, you are missing out!  It doesn't have to be country, but it just has to move you.  Be moved and move others!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Fourth of July- Las Vegas Part 1

So this is a bit delayed I suppose, but there was so many adventures and wonderful memories from Fouth of July with my sister and friends in Vegas!  One thing I have realized about Las Vegas is I totally buy into the concept of it being a getaway.  It is totally an escape from the stress I have in life, but I would say it is a release in a different way than most.  Being outdoors in a pool, at a resort, meeting new people is something I can do here in town.  However, the idea of leaving my work cell and computer behind without any responsibility only lies when I'm out of town.  I guess you could say this is the root of my love for traveling.  Whether it is taking a road trip an hour away, or traveling to another country, the risk and adventure consumes me!  The idea of going to somewhere and getting to experience life to the fullest is the only thing I ever want! 

So as far as the Fourth went, we saw fireworks go off at Caesars Palace which was incredible!  The whole city was even more lit up than the usual madness of lights if you could imagine!  We lounged out at Rehab, a pool at the Hard Rock, earlier that day and ended up meeting a group of guys from Houston.  Oddly enough one of them actually lived on the cul-de-sac street that my family lived on of 12 houses back when I was in the 8th grade!!  Needless to say, my weekend was so relaxing! 

So what did I do?  Planned another trip to Vegas two weeks later!!  My two best friends from Tennessee will be joining me for their first experience so all I have to say is WATCH OUT LAS VEGAS!  It's my birthday and I plan on taking over that city as soon as I see the Welcome sign! 

Monday, July 12, 2010

My First Blog EVER!!

I have been thinking about this day for a while now...It began a while back when I had multiple people tell me that my life belongs on reality TV.  I couldn't find a way to express all that has been going on in my life, so I've turned to a blog.  Ive been told I'm a pretty good storyteller, so this should be easy...right?  I didn't think I would be creating one, because I hear there needs direction and a focus.  My opinion is I will write whatever is on my mind, and I am hoping that anyone that runs across it will enjoy it!  

So I guess I will start off by discussing my many travels lately.  About a month ago I traveled to a little state called Nebraska for my very first time.  Whenever I would mention that I hadn't been to Nebraska, the typical response ended with "I don't know anyone that exactly WANTS to go to Nebraska."  I was really stoked for the weekend though!  A few friends and myself traveled into Omaha and drove down to Lincoln, the hometown to one of my friends.  Our intent: to attend the last year of College World Series Baseball at Rosenblatt Stadium before it was torn down.  I won't lie, the trip was a pretty last minute decision and would be a quick turnaround (a little over 48 hours total).  We had a one in four shot of seeing our alma mater ASU play in the stadium, but we found out as we got on the plane heading there that we would surely miss them.  They played Sunday evening and our flight was out just an hour after that game would begin.  Despite that slight adjustment, we were totally stoked to find we would be experiencing all that is "College World Series".

J. and I arrive late Friday night, greeted by his parents and awaited our other friend M. to arrive on a slightly delayed flight.  We come to find out that her flight was delayed so many hours that the best option was to drive to Lincoln, drop J.'s parents off, hang out for an hour, and then head back around 3am.  After finally grabbing M. from the airport we set our gameplan.  Get home at 4:30am and wake up by 8 to drive up to Omaha, get an awesome spot to celebrate the festivities, and enough time to scalp tickets for the game.  Needless to say, that changed a little and end result was we did not see games Saturday. HOWEVER, we did have the most AMAZING steak and potato dinner I have ever had!  Seriously I considered moving to the state for the steak and potatoes alone!

That Sunday happened to be Fathers Day, so we headed back up to the game, tickets in hand, only to hit a bit of rain.  We decided to walk around and discovered a barbeque joint that rents out this church every year for the CWS.  The initial shock of having a beer in a church was a little weird I have to say, but the environment was just so fun!  The rain, thunder, and lightening trifecta rained our game out until later than the ASU game was supposed to start.  We ended up missing the game we intended to go to, but the good thing was they postponed the ASU game until the next day.  I unfortunately watched ASU tank, but the weekend actually made me miss a piece of home (Nashville).  I missed the weekends where you just hang out with a group at a house, grill out, and just relax.  

I guess where I'm at with life here in Arizona is that everything seems to move really quickly.  I enjoy slowing things down a little and really embracing good friends and good times.  I'd like to embrace things at a slower pace and really understand the beauty or positive energy of something.  More to come next time!