Monday, July 28, 2014


This post is rather difficult to write.

I usually try to stick with happy positive posts because I always wanted this blog to be a happy positive place where I could see the fun parts and the good memories. That said, it's also MY place, so I feel if I'm going to vent somewhere, it should be here.

The last couple weeks have been consumed dealing with something that's manifested a lot lately. I think it's been an issue for a long time but it's never been more noticeable than it is now. I've been letting the blog queue write itself which really helps because I haven't had the energy or the interest to pay attention to anything.

I've been dealing with severe clinical depression on and off for a long time. Probably more than ten years. Before, it never really seemed to impact my personal life or my relationships. Lately, it's been spreading to all facets of my life and unfortunately, I didn't go to the doctor until it had pretty much reached rock bottom. The feelings of dread, the uncontrollable outbursts, the mood swings. It's a lot to deal with and there's no quick fix.

There are a lot of articles about how to deal when a loved one is suffering depression. They're all pretty accurate. For one, it's not always just sadness. In my case it seems to be a chemical imbalance so medication (I'm trying the more natural stuff first) is necessary to rebalance things. On that note, while lots of places will tell you how hard it is when someone you care about is dealing with depression, they don't always mention that while it's hard to help a loved one through it, as hard as that may be, it's definitely no picnic for the one going through it. I can put on a happy face and try to avoid letting it impact the people around me, but that doesn't mean it isn't impacting me all the time. It's a constant struggle. Some mornings I wake up feeling okay and some I don't want to wake up at all. 

I don't like to talk about it much, but I did feel like documenting it as part of my life was important. 
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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sunday Social

Social Sunday 

These are all about 3s!

1. 3 favorite songs right now.
Bartender by Lady A
It'z Just What We Do by FGL
Something Bad by Miranda Lambert & Carrie Underwood
Great songs for first thing in the morning when I just rolled out of bed and am about to drive to work!

2. 3 favorite movies that remind you of summer.
Avengers- My going away for the summer party in 2012
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants- Not a fave, but still fun for the summer
Despicable Me- Because minions mean summer

3. 3 favorite articles of clothing you own.
J Brand jeans- Got them on sale, most comfortable jeans I own
Gilly Hicks skinny sweatpants- Every girl needs comfortable sweatpants
Junk Gypsy Ts- So soft and comfy for around the house

4. 3 items on your wish list.
Go Pro cam- Come on, I want one.
Ticket to the Route 91 Harvest Festival- This goes in the "definitely buying" category
A new luggage set with coordinating pieces- Just because.

5. 3 books you would recommend to someone.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone- Just do it. 
Confessions of a Shopaholic- So funny and insane.
Happy Happy Happy- Great easy, inspirational read. Couldn't put it down.
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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Scrapping Saturday

This week I'm sharing a page I scrapped for the Vegas Restaurant Week.

Vegas foodies are pretty serious about their Restaurant Weeks. We now have two a year, one in spring and one in fall. A number of the best restaurants in town have preset menus and a portion of the proceeds for each goes directly to Three Square; our local food bank and one of the best and most noble charities in town. Back in 2011, I got to attend the kick off party which was hosted at Studio 54. A number of local restaurants and performers partnered for the event so it was a big food and show extravaganza. Since the club was closed for the private event, we got to wander all the restricted sections and sample some amazing food. I try to go out to eat at least once during Restaurant Week since it's such a great event and to be honest, it's probably one of the only times you can get a really amazing three course meal at places like Michael Mina for $50.14. Besides, eating out for charity is kind of awesome, right?

Date Night by Little Butterfly Wings
Prickly Pear by Little Green Frog Designs
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Friday, July 25, 2014

A Day in the Life

Hello all!

So I get asked all the time even by my own close friends- "When do you work?"

I know I travel a lot and go to a lot of shows and that's featured quite prominently on the blog so I thought I would clear a few things up. I rarely post about that stuff because seriously, who wants to know what I bought at Walmart? I line up my queue carefully, do a lot of features on older events/trips, and split up the bigger ones so that you don't end up with one super long post that just gets boring because I talk too much (kind of like how this one might end up being...oops). 

I work full time, 40 hours a week. I have a good job working a front desk and doing reservations. It's fairly quiet and I don't have to oversee anyone and it pays decently. Five days a week, I'm there from 8:30AM to 5PM. For real. 

On my days off, a lot of them are spent grocery shopping or running really boring errands. Some days off are spent playing World of Warcraft for six hours and some are spent scrapbooking. I estimate maybe three days this summer will be spent at a crazy Vegas pool and I will immediately regret it because chlorine makes me itch. I may go clubbing three nights this summer as well. But the gist of it is I plan to spend a lot of June sitting around doing nothing since this saves money and funds the travel I so enjoy.

That said, usually right now is about the time I would be roadtripping away from Vegas as much as possible and trying to stay in the water whenever I can. Unfortunately, I have to save money. Boring, right? I have a lot of awesome plans for the fall, though, so stay tuned!

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Another Throwback Thursday! I'm trying to schedule these out so I can actually be consistent... I make no promises. :-)

That time I went to a Playboy party.

This week we're having a look at the Midsummer Night's Dream party. Back a few years ago, Playboy would host this party here in vegas at the Palms and it was always amazing. There's usually a fun theme as well but this year it was just a masquerade. The party is typically about $150 per person since it includes open bar but those of us with some hook-ups get in for free. :-)

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