December 31, 2012

And just like that 2012 has come to an end

I hope everyone had fun filled festivities with loved ones over the holidays. We ran off to Laughlin for a night and then to Phoenix for a few days and returned home in time for a Christmas staycation at the South Point.Good times! As usual I have pics and details to share and no time to share them, but I'm going to make time in the new year.

I'm looking to shift focus on more things that bring me joy. In 2013 I want to strive to improve my days by doing something for my mind, my body, my spirit, my relationships, my creativity and my passion. It seems like good stuff for the soul.

With any luck it will stick. So, bear with me. I am determined to bring the blog back to life.

May 2013 be filled with wonderful adventure and endless possibilities. Happy New Year!

December 17, 2012

Photo a Day: Week 45

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November 4, 2012 ~ It's my favorite boy's birthday.

November 5, 2012 ~ The herbal salad from Komol is one of the most unique.

November 6, 2012 ~ Our newest addition: Down-sized from the Avalanche for savings.

November 7, 2012 ~ A lovely day for lunch outdoors.

November 8, 2012 ~ Paid it off not long ago, just broke 65,000.

November 9, 2012 ~ Who says the desert does have a change of seasons?

November 10, 2012 ~ My brother's apartment came with phone numbers. Interesting record keeping.

December 13, 2012

Photo a Day: Week 44

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October 28, 2012 ~ Giving gnocchi a go.

October 29, 2012 ~ Copycat bacon-wrapped dates aren't as good as the real thing.

October 30, 2012 ~ Another night of making dinner, brussel sprout spaghetti.

October 31, 2012 ~ Trick or Treat!

November 1, 2012 ~ First sunset of November.

November 2, 2012 ~ Oops! No photo. Another look at yesterday's sunset.

November 3, 2012 ~ Say "Cheese!" At Caesar's Bacchanal Buffet.

December 10, 2012

It's a Trailer Trash Christmas!

I'm likely on Santa's naughty list for my lack of updates. There's much to share, but I've had no time to share it. Here we are nearly mid-December. How did that happen?

In any case, let me tell you about the party we threw this weekend. We invited our friends over for a Trailer Trash Holiday Bash. We asked everyone to dress up and bring a gift for a dirty santa exchange. Reminding them you're not classy if you're not trashy.

They got-R-done!

I've never had more fun planning a party, costumes were great and all in attendance had a blast. Hilarity ensued all night long!

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Pabst Blue Ribbon was theme throughout. I know y'all are envious of my glorious tree.

We had plenty of trashy eats and drinks!

Baloney and cheese skewers

Redneck sushi - dill pickles wrapped in cream cheese and deli meat

Sloppy jo's, pigs in a blanket, tater tots, variety of chips and cheese in a can. Dessert was white trash and christmas crack.

Our array of beverages included generic soda, boxed wine, boonsfarm, 40oz, apple moonshine and candy cane vodka. And a pool of beer.

Yes, that's me. Trixie-Lynn. Bubba is around somewhere...

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Honey Boo Boo made the rounds and spread holiday "cheers"

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Everyone else kept it classy! We were the envy of all trailer parks.

Happy Holla-Daze!

November 28, 2012

Where, Oh, Where has November gone?

Just as I was getting ahead. I fell way, way behind. Seriously, this month flew. I blinked and it was gone. As with any hiatus, I have much to share.

My brother had been living with us since January, he moved out at the beginning of the month into his own apartment near the Palms. He teases, "never did I imagine there would be a Las Vegas Casino in my front yard." But it's true. He's traveled some bumpy roads over the years, I'm very happy and proud that he's found solid ground and is getting settled.

We took a trip to San Francisco to see the sights and see the Bears get crushed by the 49ers. My mom came along, it was her first visit and her first Bears game. I caught some nasty germies and they've left me weak and weary. I've been sick a week, I'm feeling better, but not well.

We've also tried a number of new restaurants. So add those to the list of details to come.

November 6, 2012

Bacchanal Buffet

Like me, you've probably heard nothing but praises for Caesars new buffet. Renovations have been figured at 17 million for Bacchanal's 25,000 square foot space. That alone is pretty impressive, but it also claims to offer more than 500 individual menu items with seafood, meat, Italian, Asian and Mexican stations, as well as an array of desserts.

Friends were visiting from out of town and it was a must eat for them. It seemed like an opportune time to give it a try so I joined them. We met for brunch, I arrived at 10:45 and we were seated by 11 o'clock. Weekend brunch is $39.99 with a Total Rewards card. I believe it is $3 more without it.

We were seated in the back. Once settled, we scattered in search of tasty eats rather than waiting for our server to tend to our drink order.

We began at the Asian station, which offered your typical stir-frys, springrolls and a variety of dumplings. There was space for a live action station, but no one was manning it. There was no signage to indicate what was available either.

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From there, offerings include fromage and charcuterie. The selection isn't high quality, but it was better than what you'd find at most grocer delis. The rolls topped with cheese and carmelized onions were tasty. I got seconds on those.

There were a lot of breakfast items, made to order omelets, croque-monsieur/madame, steak and eggs, pancakes, french toast, sausage, bacon and potatoes.

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The next section offered comfort foods like sliders, waffle fries, tater tots and potato skins. Plus, a selection of carved meats. Those individual dishes are cute, but not so practical. It's hard to juggle because they take so much space, the cast iron dishes are warm to the touch. Some with heat sensitivity might have a real problem.

The last stop before dessert was seafood and freshly squeezed juices. This is actually the first section seen from the entrance. There were mussels, oysters, crab legs and prawns.

Moving over to desserts: there was a crepe station, cookie jars, plated treats, pastries, candy and a gelato bar.

The dining room has a few large tables for big groups.

They must have already scaled back staff, drink service was terrible. We sat down with our first plate and we were completely ignored or server checked on all the tables around us but never stopped by. My friend left the table to flag her down. She brought over mimosas. She had a gentlemen assisting and he kept our first few glasses full. I had asked for a water, but never received it. Plates took a while to be cleared. I expected far more attention.

I sampled a bit of everything, nothing was bad, but only a few things were memorable. 17 million spent, and what did I enjoy most? The tater tots. The gelatos were really delicious too. I tried the vanilla fleur de sel and the fig and balsamic. The watermelon sorbet was nice and refreshing too.

Buffets used to have value. These days, I'd rather spend $45 on a nice plate of food prepared just for me. If I compare the buffets I've dined semi-recently I'd say Bacchanal is far better than the Rio, but comparable to M Resort.

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