Thursday, March 12, 2009

Lions and Dry Bars and Beers, OH MY! /

So...I went to Las Vegas last week, which I think justifies an all-green blog entry (you know, to symbolize all the money I won. Ahem. AHEM! Cccccough. Excuse me. I just got something stuck in my throat there for a second. Maybe a candy. Or a BIG FAT LIE...or something.)
This is going to be quick, because I have an audition tomorrow morning and I should be working right now. Or sleeping. But definitely not blogging.

So...yeah. VEGAS! It was my second time going there and I absolutely loved it. There is no better place to completely let loose and enjoy yourself and laugh your head off...and play penny slots. I have (well, had) one hundred dollars in the world, so the penny slots were my only hope. And I actually won a hundred dollars! I doubled my bank account balance. How d'you like THOSE odds, suckahs?

Anyway...what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas (unless it's a head cold or a bottle of Scotch you purchased at the Duty Free) but what I will say is this: I haven't felt this relaxed or cheery in a very long time. I met a bunch of really fantastic new people, got to know some of my friends a little better, chatted with some scantily clad but stereotype-shattering women, discovered the joys of vodka, re-discovered the joys of Corona, bought a five-dollar coffee (and it wasn't even a latte -- MAN, that place is expensive), had the best meal of my life at a restaurant called "Stack", saw the MGM lions up close and personal, thought how much they resembled Rufus, missed Rufus, bet on horses (little tiny plastic horses with little plastic 1970s jockeys on them), strolled in the sun and thought how nice it must be to live in a place where you don't have to put on seventeen layers of clothing before you go outside, danced a LITTLE bit -- I'm shy about dancing, stayed at my favorite hotel, saw the lions again (loved those lions -- are they happy in there, though? The foliage is made of styrofoam...), lay in the sun (in jeans, but still), tossed veganism aside with a vengeance (eggs are delicious), read some scripts, drank far too much sugar-free Red Bull (I know, I know), and stayed up until sunrise. Repeatedly.
That was actually quite a thorough report, wasn't it? Well, the DETAILS stay in Vegas...

Hope you are all well and happy.

I am loving my new home, loving my new roommate and loving the fact that Spring is on its way.

I am also officially obsessed with Twitter. It's a problem.



Blogger Robyn said...

I share your Twitter addiction; it is a problem, but that doesn't mean we have to do anything about it. ;) After all, the first step is admitting you have a problem; who says you have to go to the second step?

1:35 AM  
Blogger Falada said...

Thanks for the report! It's good to know you had such a great time.

I am following you on twitter (yes, another addict), and you sometimes sounded as if you really need a little fun and more luck. Wishing you more of both!

I feel like rambling on about new homes (just moved myself), just because it's nice to have more than 140 characters for a change.

4:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vegas sounds brilliant, glad you had a great time :)

Twitter addiction will be the next big medical problem, I fear. On the plus side, it's helping me learn to be concise.

But, if you start writing complete sentences that hit exactly 140 characters subconsiously, though? Step away from the computer...

5:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but I'm fascinated by the story of those scantily-clad and stereotype-shattering women! Seriously, Vegas is so fantastic, and I'm glad you had such a great time - and shared it with us!

9:47 AM  
Blogger celisnebula said...

LOL We all are obsessed with Twitter! It almost as bad as Las Vegas (though I can claim I'm just visiting my Mum since she lives there).

12:13 PM  
Blogger Brian Schwartz said...

Sounds like a great trip! Everyone needs some time off, and it sounds like you made the most of it. I wouldn't know since being in a grad program to become a teacher while looking for a job doesn't really leave you with much time, but I hear it's quite lovely!

I've noticed your love of Twitter, but I don't think I'm brave enough to get into it yet (did I mention I'm a grad student AND I have Facebook? Deadly combination).

If I did have Twitter, I'd ask you if you were planning on attending Creation's Chicago Stargate Convention in August....

Good luck with the audition!

1:52 PM  
Blogger UndokBeka said...

Now I am curious what happend in Vegas... :)

1:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like you certainly had an interesting vacation! Everybody needs a little time off. Mine, hopefully, comes in July. :)

Twitter IS fun...and addictive, and all that... ;) You certainly are not alone there!

7:03 PM  
Blogger Adm.Polli said...

Obsessed with twitter... Come on! You don't follow me anymore.
Therefore you're not obsessed enough! ;oP
All kidding aside, it's good to hear from your Vegas trip.
An acquaintance of mine had lost all his money in Vegas. That's why he created his "mindtime blog" ( Ever since, he was named by his friends "Rob Vegas". (I hope I told the story in shortform correctly)

7:27 PM  
Blogger Emma said...

Ooo, Vegas is uber cool...I went years back and officially should have been frogmarched through any gambling area....fortunately though my British ID, which was read backwards by any unsuspecting bouncer type, meant I 'was not' six months too young to enjoy myself ;-)

Glad you had fun...we all need some of the cheery for time to time.

Good luck with the audition.

8:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your twitter obsession is long overdue. :D Vegas always sounds like so much fun. I drove through it a few years ago; we were there long enough to blast Elvis ("Viva las Vegas", of course) and for my friend to get a tattoo, and then we were history. I'm definitely going back!

It definitely sounds like you're on an upswing, which is wonderful to hear. (And, for the record, a Kate Hewlett/Martin Gero joint venture would make my decade.)

10:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok, this has nothing to do with your post, and everything to do with your most recent twitter, but you do not need veneers. You are gorgeous exactly as you are. Your big beautiful smile does not need changing ONE BIT.

(anonymous b/c this is a little gushy even for me ::embarrassed:: )

2:37 PM  
Blogger Becky L said...

When my husband and I went to Vegas a few years ago we saw a T-shirt we both thought was very funny. It said "What happens in Vegas shows up on your credit card"

I loved Vegas and really want to return. My friends that live there want me to return as well. Maybe this summer. Hmmmm.

Dang girl. I should get you to visit my favorite vacation spot - Wisconsin Dells, WI. NOt as glitzy as Vegas, but if you want to have water fun there's no place better. It isn't called "The Waterpark Capital of the World" for nothing. Not to mention the river tours and jet boats (which will also get people very wet)

1:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great trip! We went there a few years ago and had a wonderful time. I'm not much of a gambler though. I think together my husband and I lost a buck and a quarter. But, seeing the Bellagio fountains and the beautiful glass scultures and all the cool hotels...made it worthwhile. Plus we went with longtime friends and that was just fantastic!


My word verification word is "troly" word.

10:43 PM  
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10:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You actually make Vegas sound appealing, wow! My husband goes there several times for technology shows; maybe I'll go with him sometime.

8:04 PM  
Blogger Odyssey Press Books said...

I am not sure yet of this whole Twitter thing yet. I followed David over after his My Space posting. But I am still a bit confused as to how the interaction thing works. Glad to see you are keeping up on your blog. I know how hard it is often to find the time. Looking forward to your next project.

Much success,

7:53 AM  
Blogger Monhae said...

Gotta Love Vegas. I love going as much as possible.

11:23 PM  
Blogger Cassandra said...

Hi Kate, you should go see Objectified at the Hot Docs film fest.

Why? Mainly because you are the only person I know of who lives (lived? I'm behind the times with blog-reading) in Toronto and I think the film looks cool. It's by the same person who directed Helvetica.


2:03 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Just passing through and wanted to say Hi.
Sad to say I've not been to Vegas since I was 12, but the more I hear about it, the more I want to go. Not for the gambling and booze, but the people ^.^
And it sounds like I should stay away from twitter! I'm already obsessed with deviantart and facebook...
Hope you did good on the audition!

12:55 AM  
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6:41 PM  
Anonymous Los Angeles lofts said...

Good to hear you enjoyed Vegas so much. I have found that Vegas is great for a weekend, but anything more is just too much. Now I want to know about what stayed in Vegas.

12:18 PM  
Blogger Ruggles said...

Haha, I liked that bit about tossing veganism aside with a vengence. Eggs ARE delicious, as is butter. I attempted veganism for a spell, but dairy won...and HOW.

Here's something delicious I encountered while veganing:

Take white rice, cook it.
Put rice in a large sauce or deep frying pan on low heat.
Add one medium sized bag of frozen Lima beans, stir.
Add one large bag of mixed frozen veggies (my favorite bag includes mini diced carrots, peas, and green beans), stir.
Add one med-lg sized bag of soy beans, stir.
Add plently of vegetable oil (or Brazilian nut oil..or whatever vegan oil strikes your fancy), stir.
Add LOADS of yellow curry powder, stir.
Add sea salt to taste.... Stir.

It's really simple and it doesn't look like the most interesting meal but trust me, if done right, it's delicious. The trick is to add an absurd amount of curry, and to be generous with the oil. I suggest slowly adding the oil, curry and salt until you find your sweet spot.

Happy dining!

4:23 AM  
Blogger Small Infinities said...

I'm not sure how I missed this post! Betting on the tiny plastic horses was one of the highlights of my last trip to Vegas. Saying that out load makes it sounds sad, but it's so true. We ended up with a bunch of people who were all incredibly and hysterically over enthusiastically encouraging their tiny plastic horses to win. Good times... (Did your horse win?)

2:58 AM  

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