rollin' VIP: DO'S and DON'TS in las vegas

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DO'S and DON'TS of a girl's trip to las vegas march 2011:

DO be prepared to eat:

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and eat:

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and eat:

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and eat:

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and eat : (and eat.)


DON'T be afraid of getting reallyREALLY close together to get a glamor shot:

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DO go to an awesome concert headlined by one crazy lady:

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DON'T be shocked by the insane amount of crazed fans that turn out. in FORCE:

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DO recognize mark from sytycd and get in on some sweet photo op action:

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DO bring multiple pairs of shoes to wear. and pose in:

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worry about taking off your shoes and walking through the casino at 2:00 a.m: (your feets hurt too bad to really care that you are a dirty, filthy, filthy girl.)

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DO seize any and every opportunity to straddle glass objects:

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DON'T turn this guy down when your waitress peer-pressures him into buying a round of drinks for your table:


DO see beatles LOVE. it will change your life:

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DON'T get used to staying at a way cool hotel--they will eventually kick you out:

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DO insist that your husband installs a chandelier like this in your living room:

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DON'T self park in las vegas. that's only for commoners:

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DO realize that, after arriving home, your life is really going to resemble THIS:

thankful thursday

things i am thankful for this week:

**that a photo like this exists in the world:

they just don't make 'em like rick james anymore, do they? bless his little corn-rowed heart....

**more little shopping lists created by the creative-spelling genius of a 5 year old mind:

{translation: get cosmic brownies at wal mart. get pop tarts!}

**the chance to embrace my inner-freak this weekend with peoples i love love (plus jentix) watching all of the outer-freaks watch a woman who has been known to wear a dress made out of raw meat.

but she has ALSO worn a dress made entirely out of hello kitties. which is pretty freaking awesome:

**speaking of hello kitty (or kitty hollow, if you speak mia) i heart the feline-themed gifts people bestow on me--one that i've enjoyed has been my crazy cat lady action figure. it sits on the shelf in my kitchen, watching over all:

**& finally, for this video which made me so incredibly happy--i would TOTALLY be a band geek if we played this stuff. AND had that totally dope teacher.

this is my favorite rage against the machine song. it brings out all my inner-grunge-angst as i'm pedaling my bike up a hill. and the fact that it's being covered with such intense JOY only makes it that much better:

{courtesy of wwMd}

it's a conspiracy.

oh, dalton academy warblers--why can't i quit you?

but i just can't help myself when i hear you talented, young, fine specimens of teenage boyness belt out tunes like these:

so, DAMN YOU, blaine anderson--

damn you for making me want to shell out $38.99 for this warblers women's zip hoodie:

the old man's still got it.

i've made no secret about the unhealthy love i have for dave gahan from depeche mode--it's been a relationship that has gone on for nearly 30 years, (yikes!) stemming back to the first time i laid my grubby 9th grade hands on a cassette tape of black celebration.

so, naturally, i was thrilled when he was named as one of the "godfathers of glam" who can still rock a skinny suit in this ny times article.

also appearing in the article who was NOT worthy? iggy pop:

hb mom!


hb to my wonderful mother, who taught me every good thing i know (but may not retain? hmmm....) and is the center of our family's universe.

i hope your day is wonderful--may it be filled with songs of your praise, treats in your honor, and not having to send any e-mails for dad.

i love you! thank you for enduring my antics all of these years~ xoxoxo!

thankful thursday

things i am thankful for this week:

** yahoo weather--

it allows me to hop on roughly ten times a day to check current conditions.

i remember, growing up, that my dad would watch the news every single night to just catch the sports and see the weather.

but when did i become such an old person? i NEVER used to even give the weather a second thought--it was something that occurred AS it was occurring.

merely one more sign of my turning to the geriatric side.....

**speaking of weather, there just couldn't be a thankful thursday post during this time of year without me praising the weather--mid 70's this week? well, okay..... if i HAVE to:

**guilty pleasures. such as my current favorite, holly's world:

it pleases me so. judge not.

**speaking of holly, i love THIS song by josh strickland:

perhaps it's because i fancy myself one of the sexy people? or maybe it's the fact that it's sick beats require, nay, MANDATES that i report.

to the floor.

yes, it's totally formulaic--which reels me in hook, line, & sinker.

**friends who allow my daughter to live the high-life with them in las vegas all week:

chandi may never return.

**a person who would spend money outfitting their ride with this:

{LOVE them.}

**& finally, for alec baldwin:

"pure and complete gnarly-isms."

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thing i am thankful for this week:

**our sweet STAR student of the month:

february's student was chosen for empathy & love--true, that.

i wuv hers.


git 'em.

i love when my girls are just learning to read & write--the way the brain processes is an amazing thing.

mia wrote this note for her daddy--translation: "when russ you go to harmons get waffles."

she spelled the whole thing herself while sounding the words out loud-- i only helped her put the 'a' in harmons and the 'l' in waffles after the fact. (as well as decided that 'get' makes SO much more sense spelled as 'git'.)

hb kamari!

lots of years= lots of snuggling.

i love this girl!

hb to the blond swimming in a sea of brunettes......

i love where i live.

this is what the temperature read yesterday at 4:44 p.m.

thank goodness for these next few months, so i can long for them when my skin is literally melting from my bones in august. but still leaving the stretch marks, naturally. (thank goodness--wouldn't wanna lose those babies!)

happy weekend! i hope you get to do something along the lines of frank poncherello's disco dance extravaganza:

(fyi: estrada's incredibly sexy disco routine starts at :48)

{courtesy of petunia face}


okay, it was really only a matter of time until i felt like i must comment on the charlie sheen trainwreck thing--holy MOLY. talk about insane!

my only problem with the whole shebang is the fact that i oscillate between feeling like charles is a complete and utter arrogant ass, and then semi-worshiping at his feet for some of his perfectly candid and chuckle-inducing observations and theories.

if you wanted a quick tutorial on his latest, you should watch a clip of his 20/20 interview HERE--and, did you catch the fact that he took not one, but TWO drug tests right after the interview and PASSED BOTH? i was convinced that he was higher than a kite. INSANITY.

since i have already admitted in times past that i tend to like some of the guys who would be helming the d. bag wave (john mayer, eminem, kanye west.....need i go on? yikes.) it was no surprise that i find sheen completely amusing at times. like during a recent interview on the dan patrick show :

sheen: i decided to stay away from the crack, which i think is pretty good advice.....unless you can manage it socially, dan. if you can manage it socially, then, GO FOR IT. but, not a lot of people can, you know?

dan patrick: did you think you could?

sheen: eeeehhh, yeah. but then that kind of blew up in my face. much like an exploding crack pipe, dan...

but my absolute favorite commentary about the whole debacle was la time's the charlie sheen dictionary: a totally gnarly, bi-winning guide to the actor's best quotes

some of my favorites:

Charlie Sheen

Definition: The name of whatever Sheen’s on.

Usage: "I am on a drug, it's called Charlie Sheen. It's not available because if you try it you will die. Your face will melt off and your children will weep over your exploded body."


Definition: The end goal of Charlie Sheen’s life philosophy.

Usage: “The only thing I’m addicted to right now is winning,” “Just winning every second,” “Winning, anyone?” “Duh, winning!”

Pronunciation: Quoth Sheen, “It rhymes with winning.”


Definition: Winning on the ultimate level.

Usage: I’m not bi-polar, “I’m bi-winning. I win here and I win there.”

Riding the mercury surfboard

Definition: Skillfully working one’s way into the headlines.

Usage: "It's been a tsunami of media and I've been riding it on a mercury surfboard." (See also: “winning.”)

Wearing a golden sombrero

Definition: Getting divorced four times in a row (kind of the opposite of a hat trick).

Usage: “I tried marriage. I'm 0 for 3 with the marriage thing. So, being a ballplayer -- I believe in numbers. I'm not going 0 for 4. I'm not wearing a golden sombrero."

Tiger blood

Definition: What runs through Sheen’s veins, making him all-powerful.

Usage: “AA was written for normal people. People that don’t have tiger blood and Adonis DNA,” “[I survived drug addiction] because I'm me. I'm different. I have a different constitution, I have a different brain, I have a different heart. I got tiger blood, man.”

Sober Valley Lodge

Definition: The Beverly Hills home where Sheen claims he’s healed himself “with the power of my mind.”

Usage: “We couldn’t really call it rehab because we didn’t have a license to operate one, so it was a crisis management center that we labeled the Sober Valley Lodge. … Its primary client achieved radical success.”

The Wedge

Definition: Sheen’s nickname for himself, based on his preferred position between his two blonde 24-year-old girlfriends, a.k.a. "the goddesses."

Usage: “It’s a wedge. Boom. You form a wedge to make room for the guy carrying the ball.”


Definition: An exclamation used to signify the end of a mind-blowing statement.

Usage: “You have the right to kill me, but you do not have the right to judge me. Boom. That’s the whole movie. That’s life. “[My ex-wife Denise Richards] shows up looking the way she does. … Wow! Everybody’s winning. Boom!” “White gold? Boom!” (Synonyms: Bang.)


Definition: An exclamation used to signify the end of a conversation.

Usage: “That's how I roll. And if it's too gnarly for people, then buh-bye,”

the guy is crazy. but i must say, CRAZY LIKE A FOX--he started his twitter account and reached ONE MILLION subscribers in less than 24 hours.

i should have known he had it in him, judging from his genius early work in ferris bueller's day off: (and i apologize in advance for it's usage of two naughty words. but it's a classic, so i think it was grandfathered-in.)

thankful thursday

the things i was thankful for this week:

**tom hanks and his daughter: (thanks, vanessa)

i just fell in love with mr. hanks all over again.

**my friend (and 4th grade boyfriend!) jim's photo he uploaded to facebook--it said:

"this was great! city employees burning weeds by the brand new fuel tank at the new airport."

i love where i live.

feels so good!

as usual.......married to the sea: you complete me.