Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Send Something Good Project

It was great fun to be apart of this project. Many of us around the globe got together to get to know each other without knowing who was stalking your page. We then put packages together that we thought one another would like. It was a lot of fun.

I received Christy from the blog Christopher Scott. She is a new blogger, so there was not a lot of stalking to do, I just had a list to go by.  She loves all things paper. So I sent her lots of stationary, a unique wooden trinket box and some chocolate. You can never go wrong with chocolate, right? She had also mentioned on her blog that I use real stamps when sending the package.  Normally I ship from my house, but for this I made an exception. Once I made it down there, and waited 35 minutes in line, the postal worker told me they could not use real postage.  I practically had to beg and plead and especially after all that waiting too. He finally gave in, so I hope you enjoyed your stamps Christy :)

I didn't take photos before packaging it up, but you can hop over to Christy's page to see her photos.
Here is what I sent:

I eagerly checked my mailbox every day to see what I would receive.  Sometimes I wondered who was on my blog trying to figure me out.   I was so happy when I made it to my mailbox one day, to see this ..

Royal Mail - just for me?  I felt important for a whole minute.

The lovely Elise from Foof and Faff was my stalker. She is from Scotland which explains the Royal Mail.  She wrapped in this darling wrap, which made me smile.

Elise included lots of sugar which was nicely appreciated, and included a great magnet thermometer which is both in Fahrenheit  and Celsius.  This is really great, cause  I wonder sometimes.  Sanitizer cause maybe she read somewhere in my blog that I never leave home without it.  And a darling kitchen book.

Thank you so much Elise!

I cant wait for the next round, cause I would love to take part again.
Stay tuned for later in the week where I share about the fun mug swap I did.
I just love these things.


Saturday, May 26, 2012

A weekend trip to ... Las Vegas!

I know I have been a little MIA lately, and sorry about that. Ive been trying to catch every last baseball game before it ends next week, and managing everyday life along with that thing called work. Don't we love work?  Well some days are better then others, simply stated. As I manage to catch up on this blog, I want to start with the Vegas trip my sister and I took last week.

I grew up with Vegas practically in my backyard so Ive been there too many times to count. Once you think you've been there, done that, Vegas seems to add more. Each time I go, there is more and more.  It never does disappoint, OK well maybe sometimes in the wallet. As this trip was a freebie, the spending money never ends all the way till you get back home. And yes, I'm even including the $5  snack size bag of Cheez It crackers from the airport.  I mean, really? Is that necessary?

My sister, Lindsay won this trip from a local TV station. She stayed up late night after night to catch the secret word of the day to enter in on the website, and she was the lucky one chosen. She received free airfare and free nights at the The Palazzo.  I've been lucky enough to stay at several of the hotels on the strip, and I must say this one is at the top of the list.

I didn't take my DSLR camera this time around. A couple of reasons why, it was going to be a quick trip and  I didn't want to have to lug it around. It's heavy people. And my husband stayed home this time around, and normally he's the one that will carry it for me.  So there ya go, I was being lazy.  So please bare with me on these photos, because they are all taken from my handy iPhone.

We arrived at night, and it was great to fly in seeing all the lights. It was sure bright and pretty. The nightlife in Vegas is just amazing. The lights, the people, the energy. There is nothing like it I tell ya.
1.Bellagio 2.Paris 3. The Venetian

The room was amazing. It had a sunken living room. A velvet gold couch. A mini bar stocked to the nines, where a bottled water would set you back $8. Had a fax machine, in case you were making this a working trip I guess. The over sized deep bathtub was amazing, and totally wished I could fit that thing in my luggage to bring back home. And sweet dreams, ah yes, sweet dreams were had indeed.

We started each day off by the Pool. As this swanky hotel had a handful of pools to choose from, we always steered towards the same one. It did not disappoint. The pool boys delivered us freshly sliced cucumbers, juicy orange slices, and scented frozen washcloths throughout the day.  It simply does not get better then this. OK, wait .. maybe it does.  This pool had lounge chairs in the water, a total bonus!

And I even got to read and FINISH a book. I'm telling you its been years since that has happened. This book is a must read, it was one of those books you just couldn't put down.

Vegas is full of lots of swanky, expensive places to eat. But I'm not hard to please. Give me an In n Out and that $5 meal will be like a million bucks to me.  My order always consist of a Grilled Cheese, Add Pickle & Grilled Onion, Extra Spread along with fries and a Medium Lemonade.  It always tastes the same, and I could eat this every day for the rest of my life, and be content. As we were eating outside, there was a new In n Out visitor, and as she took her first bite, she shouted across the patio, "OMG, this is the best burger ever!" As we laughed, and welcomed her to the In n Out club, it was nice to be reminded that we are really not that crazy with our love for this place.

We did venture out to only one other Cafe in the Hotel,and I'm telling you that this was the best salad of my life. So good in fact, I had this salad 4 times in the 4 days I was there. Its just some simple iceberg lettuce with tomato (I had them hold the bacon & egg) and it was smeared in a holy goodness of  blue cheese dressing.  Its made with Maytag blue cheese, which is different I guess then the normal blue cheese used in dressings.   I am now on the lookout for some Maytag, and I would go back to Vegas just for this salad.  Seriously, it was that good. I'm not kidding. If you're going to Vegas, you must go  run as fast as you can to the Grand Luxe Cafe in the Palazzo and ask for the Wedge salad with Blue Cheese.

And of course, we had to partake in some yummy frozen colorful drinks. You know those ones sold on the corner in a makeshift bar, that only happens in Vegas. It was delish and totally worth the $16 it cost.

We saw a show called Jersey Boys. Located at the Paris Hotel, the theatre filled up quick and we were on our way to watch the true story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Even though the music was not popular in our lifetime, we all know their music, and it was a really good show. And Lindsay's first experience to a theatre show.

As walking through the shops at the Venetian Hotel, we came across this fun hat shop. We tried on many hats, and took the time to have a mini photo shoot too. And we both came home with the hats in the 2nd photo.  Now I just gotta find the opportunity to wear it in good ole Medford, Oregon.

Las Vegas is always fun with never ending things to do. I tried my hand at gambling and after spending $100, and not winning, I gave up. Lindsay had some better luck and I think she broke even. 

We didn't see any celebrities, but we did run into some familiar faces.
1. Bumblebee from Transformers, and at night he even lit up. 2. Elvis lives and  this is straight up proof. 3. The bagpiper. Cant blame him for trying, right? 4. Woody. damn Woody. This guy was rude. When you tried to take a picture, he would hang his head low and point to his fanny pack that read tips. So you could only take a photo if you paid.  I wasn't about to do that, so I caught him when he wasn't looking.

It was a great trip full of lots of sunshine and warm temperatures, and now that we have a three day weekend, I am recovering from the whirlwind trip.  Hope you all are having a great Memorial Day!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Las Vegas

I'm in Las Vegas for a long weekend. Regularly scheduled posts should resume soon. For now, please follow on Twitter and Instagram (shaunawyrick) for fun weekend updates! Happy Weekend.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Catching Up & Some Baseball

Last week was crazy with trying to cram in each and every last hour of overtime. By the time Saturday afternoon rolled around, I was exhausted. Fast forward to Sunday when all I wanted was some good food, or what I thought what good food.  I have been on this clean eating thing with nothing but fruits and vegetables for two weeks now, and I was just craving a sandwich and fries. So that's what we did, and before I left the restaurant, I started feeling sick. And I'm still sick. It could possibly be the flu, it could be that my body is not used to that food anymore, maybe a combination of both. I just know I don't feel well, and I'm just going to stick with the fruits and vegetables.  They make me feel good

As I stumbled through my house over seven pairs of my shoes laying around, I made it back to my office to get this blog out.  Yes, I said 7 as in seven.  I will pick them up as soon as I am done here. I promise.

Yesterday, the lovely Kyna from great expectations featured me on her blog. She also posted one of my families favorite recipe's that I make.  Check out her blog, she has a lovely space out there. Thanks Kyna!

Last week was full of baseball games.  Casey or Mr Happiness as I call him had his first game. He sure makes me happy. He went out there and played good.  His baseball pants much too big for him, makes it all the cuter.

When it is his turn to bat, he struts his way up to home plate, swings his bat a few times, smiling his best smile all the while standing in front of the bleachers.  He loves the laughs and attention. Such a ham he is.

After getting his first hit of the season, he landed on first.
And I couldn't help but get this. He is the smallest on his team, but his confidence out ways all the others.
And his little white glove is so Mickey Mouseish to me.  So cute. I hope this little one never grows up.

As Jake and Gage were playing at the same time, right across from Casey, I was running back and forth trying to give each side their equal time.

Jake impresses me time after time. This kid rattles off sport stats like it's no ones business. He will give up cartoons to watch Sports Center. When he comes over, he takes the reigns over the remote and I know that I will hear ESPN the whole time he is over.  He will have a serious conversation with anyone and can give you stats on any ball player or team for that matter. It's in his blood, and I know this little guy has a long, long future with this game.

Gage had an impressive run this game. He made it to first and stole his way all around those bases.

And as he led off third and made his way home, he got that run. The ball just didn't make it in time, and Gage scored the only run of the game. Good Job Gage!

And this is what that victory run looks like.
And someone, please tell me how he got this old already?

I am forever blessed to have all these Little's in my life. I knew my brother had 6 kids for a reason!  Each one brings out their own little characterics, and I have my own special relationship with each one. They call me Auntie Nanu. Nanu is a nickname I had growing up, and as the kids started coming along, someone called me that, and it stuck. As they get older, thay have started to drop off the Auntie part and just call me Nanu.  I'm OK with that, I'm sure its not cool to have your Auntie around all the time, so Nanu is OK with me.  My parents think differently, they think its a respect thing .. I don't know. As long as I'm still "cool" enough to have around, then I'm OK with that.

And finally,  we have a winner ...

Thanks to everyone who entered the contest, and I wish I could give everyone a Amazon gift card, but this lucky winner, goes to comment #10 - Vanisha from Vanisha's Life in Australia.  I'll be in contact with you shortly, and congrats!

Happy Tuesday, and now I'm going to go pick up my shoes and watch my Housewives.

xxx, Until Next Time.



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