Friday, October 31, 2014

Blogtober Day 31

Helene in Between

Day 31. Halloween Costume Reveal -

Wait, did I really do all 31 days of Blogtober? Yay I made it!!!!!!!!!

Okay, I have had this costume for a couple years and while this is clearly not me (hahaha), I hope to have photos up from the party soon.

This year I'm playing photographer at a work function. I'm bringing a friend with me and going all out since I'm just way too tired to do any parties on the Strip.

Hope everyone has a safe and fun Halloween!

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Blogtober Day 30

Helene in Between

Day 30. Facts About You-

Hmmm. This could be difficult because I'm not sure how much I've already put out there.
Here goes.

I have been to 37 countries and 42 states. Four continents.
I got my first passport when I was six months old. 
I was almost born in Asia but my parents moved home a few months ahead.

My favorite ice cream is pistachio. It was weird when I was young because it's hard to pronounce.
I don't really like coffee. I am; however, a huge fan of tea.
I have a weakness for Japanese melon sodas. They're expensive but I can't live without them.

I don't really like clubbing; however, I've been to almost every nightclub (current) in town.
I've seen the Cromwell as three different casinos- Barbary Coast and Bill's Gambling Hall.
I've been on an episode of Mindfreak. No I will NOT tell you which one.

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Throwback Thursday

The time I went to my first Yelp Elite party and it was around Halloween and we got free beer steins.

Happy almost Halloween!

My first Yelp Elite party was the big Halloween event. Lisa and I decided to be pirates together since I had two pirate costumes. The event was a bit of a crawl inside the Silverton Casino. We started with a dinner at Twin Creeks, then shots at the bar, and finally dessert at the Mermaid Lounge. Everything was so cute and fun and festive. It was one of the best Halloween parties I've been to so far!

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Blogtober Day 29 & Tucson Day 2

Helene in Between

Day 29. Most Embarrassing Moment-

I'm so sorry this post is boring. I embarass fairly easily sometimes (doing/saying something stupid) and at times, really not easily at all (nudity related situations). I'm not sure if this is lucky or not, but I've been embarassed moderately so many times that none of them really stand out. I've been walked in on topless, fallen on my ass more times than I can count, and probably said a lot of things I really should not have said.

I guess if I had to choose one, it would be the time I walked in on my grandmother topless. Full on topless. Adjoining hotel rooms mean you should probably not be wandering around topless. Just saying. I am seriously not going to elaborate, it was somewhat traumatic.
On to Tucson Part 2!

My last day  was considerably drier. Karissa and I drove out the the Mission San Xavier Del Bac. Beautiful mission in the middle of the desert. We wandered, took lots of pictures of some adorable cacti, and grabbed some frybread. If you have never had frybread, you are severely missing out. It's FRIED BREAD (the name was not imaginative at all). This particular one was filled with beans and cheese. DELICIOUS. We walked through a couple shops and got some really great native jewelry and the shop owners gave us some sage to burn as a "welcome to Tucson" present. So sweet!

Next, we saw a rattlesnake. Not up close thank God, but yes, a rattlesnake. We made the drive out to Saguaro National Park (stopping at the Old Tucson gift shop along the way). I have never seen so many Saguaro cacti in my life. They were literally everywhere. No wonder it's called Saguaro National Park. There were a number of trails and along each trail was a very clear Beware of Rattlesnakes sign. Kinda creepy. We were just wandering down a trail by the visitor's center when a woman overlooking the visitor's center screamed "SNAKE". Now I really don't mind snakes. They're kinda cool as long as they don't sneak up on me. POISONOUS snakes, on the other hand (venomous whatever) are a completely different story. Since the woman was overlooking OUR TRAIL, we decided not to venture any further. We went inside the building and up on to the overlook where the park ranger kindly POINTED OUT the rattlesnake that was right along where we were headed. Kinda cool since we were about 15 feet above it now and watched it disappear into the shrubbery. Not wandering down there now.

We rounded off our exciting rattlesnake adventure with some ice cream at The Hub (I got blueberry pie and dirt) and tamales at the Tucson Tamale Company. Great southwestern lunch with great family before heading to the airport back home to Vegas!

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Blogtober Day 28 & Tucson Day 1

Helene in Between

Day 28. Things You're Superstitious about-

I'm not a really superstitious person. Here are a few things I avoid:

Crows. It's a Chinese superstition and frankly, they're a bit creepy.
Walking under ladders. Partly because I feel like stuff will fall on me and I'll die.
Opening umbrellas indoors. It's also quite difficult to get out the door like that.
Breaking mirrors. Mostly because of the broken glass.
Anything with multiple 6s. I once stayed in a hotel room numbered 666. Nothing happened.

Since this post is short, I'm combining it with my Tucson adventure part 1!

First let me start by saying it rained almost the entire trip. Not a problem, we love rain. Besides, it's the desert. I flew in pretty late so by the time I got to my cousins' house, we were pretty tired. The next morning we got breakfast at one of the cutest places called Prep & Pantry. It's got what we unanimously agreed would be considered a "farmhouse chic" look. I had an amazing pork chili omelette and Karissa and I enjoyed some prickly pear margaritas.

After this, Shannon drove us up to a park that winds up a hill overlooking the city. Awesome view! Bit scary for those of us who hate heights. LOL We dropped him back off at the house and then Karissa and I headed to the Biosphere. We honestly weren't 100% sure what it was to be completely candid. Apparently a couple decades ago, scientists decided to test sustainability and had eight people go into this building and live completely off the plants and animals inside the building. Clearly, I'm paraphrasing because it was way more scientific than that but basically, we walked through their different environments inside the Biosphere and got to see the plants, the "ocean", and even a tropical rainforest.

After our explorations through the rain forest, we picked up Shannon and grabbed lunch at the Time Market. Adorable hipster spot. Great pizza and a pretty awesome food market with a random selection of goods including really great specialty sodas. I am a sucker for specialty sodas. We brought Shannon back to school and then wandered a few different shopping areas. My favorite was probably 4th Street, they had some really great shops and some cute cafes. The area by the University was really cool too but mostly restaurants. Pretty fun first day in Tucson with my cousins!

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