Hello all! Im Heather, AKA Hedy, a 24 year old vacation freak. I like cats, spending too much time on the Internet, and watch too much Food Network. I frequently travel solo, but this trip had a companion in the form of: Lexie. Lexie is a grad student in physics. We met our first year of college. It was between semesters on a cold January day. I opened the door to my residence, decided it was too cold to go to my non-credit class, and closed the door. I then realized there was a girl I didnt recognize on the front step. Lexie has no recollection of this. Lexie is my person, in the platonic Cristina Yang/Meredith Grey sense. Her grad program is in icy Chicago, and I miss her terribly. What: A trip to Vegas. Id been three times previously with my parents and grandmother in 99, 00, and 01, staying at Luxor, Bally, and the hotel formerly known as the Aladdin, respectively. Id been wanting to go to Vegas now that I was legal for a few years. However, I have a slight Planet Hollywood addiction, and wanted to wait until the hotel was open. I got an ad for it at the NYC one in August 07, and I planned to go in 08. When Lexie was visiting over Christmas, she mentioned wanting to go to Vegas. I suggested she join me. Where: Where to stay..the key ingredient in many vacations, no? Inspired by Michelle/TheDISneyfamilys TR from last year, I knew good buys were to be had in mid-December. After signing up for about every Vegas hotels e-mail list, and scoured Smartervegas.com, I ended up booking the Mirage. When: After waiting for direction from Lexie (after all, I get vacation time while she gets school vacations), we decided on the second week of December. I had no difficulty getting the time off work, as it came after our busy season. (Hang onto that thought). So we were planned-I continued to search for hotel deals. We decided to see a Cirque show-Lexie wanted to see either Mystere or Zumanity, Zumanity was dark so we got Mystere tickets. We also made reservations at Enoteca San Marco (Mario Batali) for dinner one night. Lexie does middle eastern dance, and she was able to arrange a class with a big name there (this lady danced at Celine Dions wedding). Then in early November I got a new job (yay!) I was able to get my planned vacation off. On Friday (one week before we were going to go), I got an e-mail from Harrahs, with a drop-dead awesome deal for Ballys-I debated whether to suggest it to Lexie as it was so close, but then SHE was asking about a better deal, so we booked it the Sunday before we were leaving. I woke up the day we were going to leave a bit worried-central MA had been hit by a nasty ice storm, and not only did I have to drive towards central MA for work, but I was worried my flight would be delayed or cancelled. I drove to work safely, but it was cancelled, so I drove home, to psychotically check my flights status on Jetblue.com every 15 seconds. We drove to Logan with no issues-traditionally either an exit is closed or we get lost whenever Im going someplace alone from Logan. I got through security, grabbed dinner at Johnny Rockets. The JetBlue terminal has really been built up since I was there last December-I think its due to them working with Cape Air. I waited to be called. Meanwhile, I was texting Googletext like a high schooler checking on the status of Lexies flight. It was delayed about 15 minutes, which wasnt horrible-I think its the law that every flight in or out of OHare must be delayed. As I was getting settled in the plane, my phone went off-Lexie had been told her flight was delayed an hour-which would get us in at the same time. Of course, this came right as they were having us turn off our cellphones, so I left her a quick message to text me once she got in. This was my first time getting the extra legroom seats-they were well worth the $40 round trip. Also, while I loved the prices I got on SWA this summer, and how easily I could change my Fay ticket, it was REALLY nice to be able to go to Ferdies concert at school 24 hours before my flight was to take off and not worry about check in. I landed in Las Vegas, Lexie had arrived maybe 45 minutes ahead of me. I got my shuttle Bells trans-no complaints-I was the only one in the shuttle. I got out at Ballys, and was pleasantly surprised to see we had been upgraded to the (renovated) North Tower. I let myself into our room, and Lexie and I caught up before we went to bed. Up next: Players Clubs, beware! We hit the strip.