Monday, July 25, 2016

Back From Vegas!

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I've been back from Las Vegas since 5AM on Saturday Morning, and I'm still sleepy. BUT! It was really fun. Here are some of the highlights:

My friend Tash and I got to Las Vegas late on Tuesday night, and when we checked in, Bally's Las Vegas didn't have the room with two queen beds I had booked. Instead, they upgraded us to a suite in the Jubilee Tower that was bigger than my apartment. It was magnificent. We had two bathrooms, a dining room table, a bar, a sofa, two sinks on either side of the shower, and a view of the Paris Hotel's Eiffel Tower. It was amazing and amazingly inexpensive.

Bally's Las Vegas connects to Paris Las Vegas via a tunnel with restaurants and shops. Because my body was still on east coast time, I'd wake up around six every morning and have a stroll through the tunnel while having a coffee. The photo above is from a little seating area with tufted sofas and chairs just outside of the casino in the Paris where I had my coffee one morning. It feels like you're sitting outdoors because of all the building facades, but you also get the benefits of air conditioning. Best of both worlds.

We ordered room service for breakfast the next morning because, well, we had a dining room table, and we needed to use it. I know hotels charge a premium for room service, but I do so enjoy it. Were I a very wealthy spinster, I would surely order it more often.

Wednesday night, we did a little tour of the craziest hotels - The Bellagio, Caesar's Palace, The Venetian, and several more that I honestly just can't remember right now. The sheer excess was a little dizzying. I can't help wonder how a town with so much redundancy survives. and yet it does. I will say that the architecture, aside from being marred by the presence of slot machines, is truly spectacular.

One of my favorite things from this trip was a visit to the bar at the Mandarin Oriental that overlooks the strip. We had a plate of cheese, fruit, and charcuterie while we watched the sun set on the strip. Not only was it delicious, but it was really quite peaceful. The Mandarin has no casino, so it has a much more sophisticated and peaceful vibe.

Another excellent choice was having a late lunch in the Paris's Eiffel Tower. The restaurant overlooks the fountains in front of the Bellagio, but it also has really delicious food and excellent service. I highly recommend this.

All told, this was a fun first trip to Las Vegas. I feel like I'll go again, and I'll definitely be even more low key than I was this time. It's easy to get overwhelmed in that town.

Also, an interesting tidbit: The cheapest/least crowded times to go to Las Vegas are in August and October. You can get some really good prices on hotel rooms, which I'm sure you know. What you may not know: If you book your flight through Spirit Air or Frontier, they now charge in excess of $50 for carryons. So, if you still want to fly with them, perhaps you should pack all your clothes in a backpack.

All right! that's it from me. Happy Monday!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

See You Soon! (and a brief book review)


Well...I know I've been teasing you for some time about some "big news." However, I double checked yesterday, and I'm not sure I can share it yet. I am so sorry to lead you on this way.

However, I am getting ready to go to Las Vegas, and that is why I must make a "see you soon" post. I won't be gone for that long, but I'm going to allow myself to recover and wait until next week to post again. In the meantime, if you'd like to follow along with what happens in Vegas that won't need to stay there, you can follow my Instagram (@Jonezee85).

And if you were planning to burgle my place, too bad, so sad. There will be someone staying here all day erryday.

In other news, in the middle of the night when I couldn't sleep, I finally finished Kate Bolick's Spinster. Unfortunately, I don't think I can recommend this for your summer reading list. It took me over a year to read this book. Instead of a rollicking celebration of single-ness that I expected, it's more like reading someone's master's thesis partnered with a diary of their own self-discovery. In other words, it's pretty dry.

I so wanted to love this book. I wanted it to be a power ballad for spinsters everywhere. Instead, it reads a little like a research paper, and on the whole, none of the women reported upon in this book were actually spinsters in the strictest sense of the word. They were either divorced, widowed, partnered, cohabitation, or lesbians. So...not really spinsters at all. This is briefly mentioned in the last part of the book, but it hardly makes up for my dashed hopes.

Plane reading, purchased before my reading list was created: Kevin Kwan's China Rich Girlfriend. I read Crazy Rich Asians last summer, and now I'm back for more. I hope this one is as much a fun summer read as the last one.

Happy Tuesday! See You Soon!

Monday, July 18, 2016

This Weekend's Doodle: Colored


This weekend, I decided to do a little sketching while I was keeping Miranda company on my couch. I took a photo of the one you see above and posted it on my Instagram. This morning, though, I thought it would be fun to color it in Photoshop. So, here we have it!

I decided to sketch this lady in the 90's/early 2000's style tumblr is telling me is the thing right now. I kind of wish I could wear crop tops, but at the same time, I'm almost 31, and I like to eat, so... never mind. I'll just draw them instead and share t hem with you!

Stay tuned for some fun news tomorrow! Happy Monday!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Spinstergram: Another photo of Miranda


My dog is the cutest. She can't help it. She's just adorable. I took this photo of her this morning. She's decided this chair is hers now.

One of the things I love about Miranda is that she's so friendly. Whenever I have a guest saying with me, she's so excited. In the morning, she sits in front of their door until they come out, and then she greets them with her sweet enthusiasm. What a welcoming party!

In this photo, she's just starting at me while I watch the Today show. I love her.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Spinstergram: The Hungry Little Puppy


My dog, Miranda, knows that human food is more delicious than her dog food. Lucky for her, she has a face so cute that her begging is often successful. Every morning she waits for me to eat my breakfast, a forlorn look in her eye, until I finish and set my dish on the floor for her to lick. This morning, this was that face.

In case you weren't aware, I love my dog. I think she's the best. She was definitely worth the trip to Athens that day I went to pick her up from the humane society. She'll be two years old August first, and I think I might have to get her a special doggy cake...or maybe just some beef.

I hope your breakfast was as delicious as Miranda thought mine was. Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Spinster Food: Curate Bars


At the festival a couple weeks ago, one of the snacks they were giving out was a bunch of Curate Bars. They're each about 200 calories, but they're made with good ingredients that will keep you full. My current favorite is Berry Bliss, with berries, flax seed, chia seeds, and quinoa. It's goat a nice little crunch and the tartness of blackberries.

These are a little hard to find, though. Not every grocery store carries them. Some of the Krogers around Atlanta carry a small selection, but yesterday I found whole boxes at Target. Score!

So, if you can find them, I highly recommend Berry Bliss. If you can't find them in your local store, you're in luck! I just found them on Amazon.

All right. That's it for me. Snack away, and have a happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Another Print and Five Things To Check Out


So, I've been perusing the internet as usual. And today I have some more things I think you should know about. Also, here's a vintage-inspired blue rose print. I made it last week (I think). I think it could be a cute desktop background.

Ok, let's get to those links:

1. Embroidered Pet Portrait Jewelry
          Kathy Halper Designs on Etsy makes these amazing little hand-embroidered pet portraits for you to hang around your neck. I love these. They're a little pricey, but I think they're totally worth it, especially since she's doing it by hand.

2. Crossing The Street On A Rainy Day Tee
          This print by Swanderful Things on Society Six comes in many different embodiments, but I think I like the tee best.

3. Lip Balm with a flower inside
          I doubt this looks any different than any other lip balm when it's applied, but the object itself is so beautiful, I'm not sure I care. It's $14.92 on Ali Express.

4. Ramen Tee Shirt
          I love the idea of this tee shirt. I just wish the print placement was about three inches higher. If you love it, though, you can also get it as a print from Arlakay on Society Six

5. Jessica Jorgensen Art
          I can't remember how I first came across this Etsy shop, but I love her pencil sketches.

All right! that's it for me! Happy Tuesday!