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Las Vegas, baby.

I had to travel to Las Vegas for business and I had a blast. I should warn you up front that this post is going to be crazy image-heavy, and a few of them a pretty blurry but make me happy so I’m posting them anyway. Looks like WordPress is unhappy about the size of some fo the photos, so I am going to post this and add to it later when I have more time.

Mt Hood from above

Mt Hood from above

Mt Hood from above

Mt Hood from above

I took off as always from PDX and had a clear lovely day and a window seat to admire all of my favorite mountains.

Palazzo room

Palazzo room

My company put us up in the Palazzo, which I really really liked. Brian flew in and stayed the weekend so we could wander.

Lobby of the Palazzo

Lobby of the Palazzo

The Palazzo is apparently the second largest building in terms of floor space in the Northern hemisphere. Explains why I was lost the first night.

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St Mark's Square

St Mark’s Square

Had dinner at St Mark’s Square with people I like, it was a good night! I had some super good squash blossoms, which my cohorts hadn’t done before.

I have a feeling I am being watched

I have a feeling I am being watched

The “big” dinner for work was a lot of fun, it’s always good to get to talk to people about something other than work. They had these stilt walker multi-face glowy women wandering around. At one point I had two of them, one face on each of my shoulder, and I couldn’t figure out why people were backing up from me.

Public House bathroom

Public House bathroom

Stretch hummer with friends

Stretch hummer with friends


We went with some friends in a stretch Hummer to see the sights on Friday night. It involved a surprising amount of drinking, and we closed down a bar at 4? 4:30? a.m.
Inside a stretch hummer

Inside a stretch hummer

Brian and I at the Bellagio

Brian and I at the Bellagio

Fountains at the Bellagio

Fountains at the Bellagio

Fremont Experience

Fremont Experience


Fremont Experience

Fremont Experience


Fremont Experience

Fremont Experience

More Fremont Experience:
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Stopped in at Rajiv’s room to catch our breath around 1 a.m., and then headed down to the Bourbon Room for dancin’ and whiskey.
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After sleeping a bunch, we went to Gordon Ramsay’s BurGR for too much food. Brian hacked his menu as we were waiting by the hostess stand, ha! I was going to get a tshirt, but the only ones they had for women were 1) Pink and 2) Said BurGR across the butt. Nope, no thanks. Food was good, although we ended up eating at his pub that night and I much preferred the pub.

Gordon Ramsay's BurGR

Gordon Ramsay’s BurGR

Rod Stewart show

Rod Stewart show

Thanks to a friend of Brian’s, we had guest passes to Rod Stewart. It was soooo good! I knew I’d enjoy myself, but I didn’t realize how much I’d end up liking the show. And I am 100% a Rod Stewart fan now.
Rod Stewart show

Rod Stewart show


20130804-134649.jpgWe had breakfast at the Peppermill Lounge, a diner from the 70s. Made a friend over breakfast, if we had been staying another day, I think we would have hung out all day.

By the time we made it to Bouchon on Sunday, I was so done. We found this quiet hall in the Venetian, and I have never been more pleased with peace and quiet. Bouchon was very, very good. I had a corpse reviver (a drink from the 20s), the trout (mmmmm) and some wild mushrooms. Could have eaten every meal here!
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Fantastic few weekends.

Still talking to one another.

Last weekend, Brian and I celebrated our anniversary at the Salishan. The Salishan is starting to become a tradition, I think. When we walked into our room, Brian had a dozen red roses and a bottle of our favorite wine of all time waiting for me. I changed into my new dress and we sat by the fire, drank the wine and talked. I finally was able to give him the Midleton whiskey I carried all over Europe. I think he was more impressed by all Gretchen and I had to go through to get it to him than by the whiskey itself (well, no, he tried it this week and I think he’s more impressed by the whiskey now).

We ate dinner at the Salishan steakhouse (what a beautiful view) and then went to the lounge to see a band – Beth Willis, who turns out to be from Portland. Funny, I’ve seen her there three times now and didn’t realize that. On our way back to the room, she complimented me on my dress! Fun. I was pretty tipsy then though. Something about following a good amount of wine with whiskey. Hm, who would have thought?

New dress

This weekend is Brian’s birthday, so we started it off by going to Sweet Hereafter with Laurie. Sweet Hereafter is the new place opened by one of the guys from Bye and Bye. We got there just in time to be able to sit for dinner, it was completely packed. Good!

Last night we went to Mississippi Studios to see Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter (seems to be a themed weekend). We had been playing 2 player Ms PacMan across the street and left so we wouldn’t miss the opening band – man, what a mistake. I am still trying to think of a band I thought was worse in all the years I’ve been going to shows, there has to be one, right? Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter were awesome though – I would go to any show they do (but skip the opening band after last night).

Tonight is Brian’s birthday proper so we will do some more celebrating.

Next weekend is the Portland Marathon and my cousin Nicole is running it. Looking forward to cheering her on!

Music and school

Got to see Sondre Lerche last night despite being exhausted. It was good that I won tickets to his show, because after being up at 5 a.m. to go to a math class, I’m not sure that I would have been able to convince myself to go otherwise! The show was great – I never realized that when he plays live, it’s just him. Neat.

School was good – I really like my online CS class and that is definitely where I will be spending most of my study time. I’m still trying to get into a math class, which means that Monday I went to four of them, and tomorrow I will be going to the same four again, yerg. 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. is a little rough – I get an hour for lunch though. Quite a range of people teaching the math class too – one of the classes had me thinking, gee, maybe I should go to the next higher class and one guy had me so slightly scared that I was thinking about heading to a pre-high school class. I think I’d get a lot out of his class but I’m wonder if it’d take too much time away from CS (he’s not going to teach from the book, but the tests and homework will be from it, so essentially I’d have to teach myself).

5 a.m., if you don’t know this, is a time to go to bed, not a time to get up. Not cool, not cool. I’m holding out hope for the 2 p.m. one, keep your fingers crossed for me.

Post weekend typing.

Let’s see, what have I been doing? Laying low mostly, I guess.

Tim came for a short visit – he flew on on Wednesday and flew out on Saturday. It was for an interview, which they rescheduled to a date after that once he was already here. He had a different one though, so maybe that’ll pan out. We took the bus over to Ground Kontrol the first night he was here. One of Brian’s friends was DJing and it was free play night (yay!) so I got to play any game that struck my fancy. It was a great night to be downtown, and we stayed pretty late and had to take a cab home.

Friday night, Brian, Tim and I headed out because I won tickets to Mississippi Studios to see Jonah, Caught in Motion and Tango Alpha Tango. I was stoked because I’ve really wanted to see Tango Alpha Tango, and also wanted to see Mississippi Studios (I had hoped to go the night Thao played there, but we were were too tired from driving back from San Francisco and had to pass).

Started the night at Por Que No for dinner and moved onto Amnesia for a beer or two before the show. Brian’s beer allergy is somewhat back and they don’t have liquor at Amnesia so we moved to Crow Bar. Hadn’t been there yet, and I have to say I really liked it. Brian and I will head back sometime soon.

Mississippi Studios is a great place to see music. It’s recently been renovated, and the lower area is for standing, and there’s an upstairs area that has theater seating and a row of chairs. Kinda reminded me of a more intimate High Noon Saloon. We were there early enough to get the first row upstairs so we sat there. In listening to myspace before the show, I really had though we were going to like Jonah best, but we all really loved Tango Alpha Tango. Brian shushed me at one point because I was talking more than he’d like – he wanted to listen to them. Neat. They are playing at the end of the month and I think I’m going to try to go to it.

Oh! And! I got to try the Grill Cheese bus. On the way home we swung by it and split a grilled cheese. Yum! They were closing for the night and it was only 12:30 so I hope they are doing better than that implies. I still want to go on a night where I am there just for them (but oh, the Bye and Bye’s siren call is hard for me to resist). Still, eating grilled cheese at a picnic table at night rocks, and if it’s raining, they have a bus you can sit in to eat your grilled cheese. Mmmm.

This week I’m doing a bunch of freelance, which I am going to try to get wrapped up before Dean and Michele get here on Friday night. All sorts of things to do then – the coast, and a hike or two, and just loving Portland.