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Old 02-23-2012, 09:58 AM   #196
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HI April,
That must not have been a fun flight

WOW, so that mall was IN the Hotel????????? and every hotel has a mall like that????? I just might have to plan a trip to Vegas...we don't really gamble so I always thought there would be nothing for me to do there....LOL, guess I was wrong!!

Oh, poor Isis...I'm so sorry....you must have been so scared when she hurt her leg....good thing you had that pain pill! Sick pets are so stressful...
How is she today? maybe get doggie stairs to help her get on and off your bed??
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Wow!!! Beautiful shopping area. I love the painted ceiling! So pretty.

Sorry to hear about Isis. How long are you supposed to keep her quiet and not jumping/climbing? Indefinitely?
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Old 02-23-2012, 11:51 AM   #198
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We had dinner scheduled at "Top of the World" in the Stratosphere. I knew we needed to take a taxi there & back because North of the Wynn, the neighborhood is lousy- especially at night. It gets dangerous. Top of the World is in the Stratosphere Resort in a structure that looks like the Space Needle in Seattle. The restaurant rotates 360 degrees (slowly, of course) so you get great views while you eat. I ordered a salad, then the veggie entree. The salad was great, but the entree was meh. I have a pet peeve about chefs giving no effort to vegetarian dishes. This was a bunch of veggies on quinoa with balsamic. It sounds good, but the balsamic flavor worked against almost all of the veggies they used in the dish. I swear I would open my own restaurant if I could. Enough complaining...here are some photos:






















During dinner, I noticed two cables hanging outside the windows...then a person going by the window in a quick downward direction! I guess they have an attraction that allows you to jump 855 feet off of a building. I like thrill rides, but watching these people was giving me anxiety. NO THANKS. We sat in the lounge for a half hour or so, then went back to Caesar's.

The next day, we got up early-ish to grab our tickets to the Price is Right. We stopped to have breakfast at Bill's Gamblin' Hall & Saloon. We ate at the Victorian Cafe. I had the breakfast skillet- potatoes, onions, peppers, cheese, and egg. I also had sourdough toast. It was great! I didn't take any photos & I was unable to finish it because the portions were huge!! After breakfast, we went over to grab our tickets for Viva Elvis (the following evening show) at the Aria resort. This is a new resort/casino/mall. It was really a pretty casino to walk through & you could tell how new everything was.

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After this, We headed over to Price is Right! I'm going to stop here for now & go grab some lunch!
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HI April,
That must not have been a fun flight

WOW, so that mall was IN the Hotel????????? and every hotel has a mall like that????? I just might have to plan a trip to Vegas...we don't really gamble so I always thought there would be nothing for me to do there....LOL, guess I was wrong!!

Oh, poor Isis...I'm so sorry....you must have been so scared when she hurt her leg....good thing you had that pain pill! Sick pets are so stressful...
How is she today? maybe get doggie stairs to help her get on and off your bed??
You SO have to go to Vegas!!! There is a ton of stuff to do besides gamble!
Thanks! I was totally freaking out when Isis hurt her leg. I was thinking she might need an operation. So far she seems good, but she is taking the pain pill. I love my vet- she came over, examined Isis, too cells & tested them from a growth she has, AND gave me pills for her- all for $22. I want to get stairs for Isis, but I think she is too much of a freak to use them- she gets weird about stuff like that. But I may just buy them & take the chance.

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Wow!!! Beautiful shopping area. I love the painted ceiling! So pretty.

Sorry to hear about Isis. How long are you supposed to keep her quiet and not jumping/climbing? Indefinitely?
Thanks!! Wait until you see the photo of the ceiling in the Venetian! It may not be as good, though, because I took it with my phone.
I'm supposed to keep Isis quiet for 3 weeks (until the vet sees her again), but she has NOT been cooperative. She still wants to run like a puppy.
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A. I forgot to say on my last post that I hope Isis feels better soon! Phoenix fell down the stairs at 8 months and sprained one of his back legs. If you think keeping a 13 year old dog is hard, try restricting an 8 month old puppy for 3 weeks. I had to crate him when I wasn't home so he didn't hurt himself worse Anyway, I hope Isis is feeling better soon. And if you get the stairs, make sure whereever you get them from will let you return them if she won't use them, then at least you can get your money back if she refuses, especially since they are expensive!

B. The hotel story: In September 2009 I went to Best Friends with both of my sisters. The closest airport is Las Vegas, which is still a 4 hour drive. When we landed we got our rental and drove straight to Kanab. However, the day before we were supposed to leave we decided to leave then and spend the night in Vegas, versus getting up at 4am so we could make our flight the next morning. My sister Lisa got us a cheap hotel online and made the reservation herself while I was packing. Turns out it was the Hooters hotel, not that I really cared since we planned on getting there, eating dinner and going to bed. It was horrible. The lobby is a mess, the check-in area is one tiny desk in the middle of the casino area, and the elevators were loud and scary. Then came the rooms. Since Lisa paid for them she got herself her own room and my other sister, Heather, and I shared one. The first thing I noticed when we walked in was that there were roaches all in the bathroom, and a can of bug spray on the back of the toilet. Then, I found a blood stain on my comforter. I called down to the desk and was told someone would come up to change out the comforter. This was after I argued with them for a while as they said it had been washed, it was only a stain so it didn't put me at any risk! They never showed with a new comforter, despite several calls to the desk. We went somewhere close by for dinner and then came back. The "free" internet they claimed online was $10 a night. Oh, and the rooms all had a "balcony", which was really just a sliding glass door with a 6" ledge that overlooked the pool. It was too tiny to stand on. And, last but not least, the sliding doors had no locks on them! Not even broken locks, the whole piece was removed on my room and Lisa's. They told us it was for security reasons. Thankfully we were on the 3rd or 4th floor, but I would be terrified being on the ground floor without being able to lock the door to the outside. When we checked out we complained and were given forms to fill out, which we never heard back about. Worst 12 hours in a "hotel" (and I use that term loosely) EVER!
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A. I forgot to say on my last post that I hope Isis feels better soon! Phoenix fell down the stairs at 8 months and sprained one of his back legs. If you think keeping a 13 year old dog is hard, try restricting an 8 month old puppy for 3 weeks. I had to crate him when I wasn't home so he didn't hurt himself worse Anyway, I hope Isis is feeling better soon. And if you get the stairs, make sure whereever you get them from will let you return them if she won't use them, then at least you can get your money back if she refuses, especially since they are expensive!

B. The hotel story: In September 2009 I went to Best Friends with both of my sisters. The closest airport is Las Vegas, which is still a 4 hour drive. When we landed we got our rental and drove straight to Kanab. However, the day before we were supposed to leave we decided to leave then and spend the night in Vegas, versus getting up at 4am so we could make our flight the next morning. My sister Lisa got us a cheap hotel online and made the reservation herself while I was packing. Turns out it was the Hooters hotel, not that I really cared since we planned on getting there, eating dinner and going to bed. It was horrible. The lobby is a mess, the check-in area is one tiny desk in the middle of the casino area, and the elevators were loud and scary. Then came the rooms. Since Lisa paid for them she got herself her own room and my other sister, Heather, and I shared one. The first thing I noticed when we walked in was that there were roaches all in the bathroom, and a can of bug spray on the back of the toilet. Then, I found a blood stain on my comforter. I called down to the desk and was told someone would come up to change out the comforter. This was after I argued with them for a while as they said it had been washed, it was only a stain so it didn't put me at any risk! They never showed with a new comforter, despite several calls to the desk. We went somewhere close by for dinner and then came back. The "free" internet they claimed online was $10 a night. Oh, and the rooms all had a "balcony", which was really just a sliding glass door with a 6" ledge that overlooked the pool. It was too tiny to stand on. And, last but not least, the sliding doors had no locks on them! Not even broken locks, the whole piece was removed on my room and Lisa's. They told us it was for security reasons. Thankfully we were on the 3rd or 4th floor, but I would be terrified being on the ground floor without being able to lock the door to the outside. When we checked out we complained and were given forms to fill out, which we never heard back about. Worst 12 hours in a "hotel" (and I use that term loosely) EVER!
O.M.G.....You have got me beat for bad hotel stories!!!! Roaches, blood, & no locks?!?!?! Ugh. I think I would have completely flipped out. That is repulsive that they think a blood-stained comforter is acceptable.
Poor Phoenix! An injured puppy has to be one of the saddest things on earth!
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Joey Fatone was hosting The Price is Right. We didn't get to participate, but the show lasted 90 minutes & we sat front & center. It was fun to cheer on the people that did make it & we got to chat with a couple from upstate NY who were very nice. Joey Fatone was an awesome host, too!




We stopped in the room, then headed out to see the neon in "old" Vegas. It was really cool to see the lights, but the casinos were a little too dark. We stopped into a buffet- I should have spoken up, but I didn't because I was too tired. It was gross. The place was dark & they literally had 2 things I could eat...mashed potatoes & a taco shell with salsa, cheese & guac. After the crowd outside started to look a little sketchy, we went back to the hotel.














































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We sat at one of the lounges at Caesar's & witnessed a "transaction" in progress that ended up getting interrupted by this girl's bodyguard....so gross. One of the guys involved in this actually tried to start a conversation with me after that, so my friend & I left. Double eew. That was the end of that night!
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Well, I was going to comment on all of those gorgeous photos of Vegas, but now I can't get the grossness of seeing that "transaction" in progress in the lounge.
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I am sorry that Isis hurt her leg. I know how hard it is to watch your fur baby hurting. Niko hurts his back at times and it is difficult to keep him from jumping on the furniture.

Your Vegas pictures are really nice!! The pictures of your food look good even though it wasn't.

I had to change my Disney dates again and they are May 5th - May 11th so we will just miss each other .

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Well, I was going to comment on all of those gorgeous photos of Vegas, but now I can't get the grossness of seeing that "transaction" in progress in the lounge.
Thanks! Oh, man- that was a sight to see...and whenever one of those idiots said something to me....I'm thinking "really?? You know we're sitting here & it was totally obvious what you were up to". I'm so glad my friend just said, "Ready?" & we were out of there. Ugh. Gross!

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I am sorry that Isis hurt her leg. I know how hard it is to watch your fur baby hurting. Niko hurts his back at times and it is difficult to keep him from jumping on the furniture.

Your Vegas pictures are really nice!! The pictures of your food look good even though it wasn't.

I had to change my Disney dates again and they are May 5th - May 11th so we will just miss each other .

Thanks!!! How do you keep Niko from moving around too much when he hurts his back?? Will he use stairs or a ramp? I'm trying to think of solutions for Isis. I wish she was more cooperative!
DANG! I arrive on May 11th at WDW. I will seriously miss you by hours.
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The next morning, we were off to a place called the Springs Preserve which is home to some trails and science & nature exhibits. We were really interested in a special program to meet some raptors called "Wings over the Springs". I'll get the website of the organization that runs the program ASAP. We got to meet 2 falcons, the Craven from Game of Thrones, and a Eurasian Eagle Owl- which was the most impressive bird I have ever seen. It was HUGE & when I held her, she stared into my eyes- I had to look away because I was so intimidated!!!! It was such an awesome experience. I would recommend this place to anyone visiting Vegas in the winter months (as long as they aren't in Vegas *just* to party). I took a gazillion photos here, so I will just post the highlights.


















































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Next up- a surprisingly great lunch!
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We went to the Springs Cafe for lunch. It was cafeteria style, so we weren't expecting anything fancy...boy, were we surprised!!! There was indoor & outdoor seating with a view of the preserve & "the strip" in the distance. You place your order, then find a seat & the servers will bring your order to you. I got a veggie burger with taboule & fries. My friend got a salad & some celery root soup. Both of us LOVED the food.


















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