Monday, August 29, 2005

viva las vegas

So my husband left for Las Vegas today for another trade show...actually three trade shows -- Magic, Pool and Project. He left me behind this time because someone has to make some money to pay the bills around here. Other than the fact that I would love another opportunity to spend thousands of dollars on shoes in just a few hours (and clothes and handbags this time too...can you imagine the damage I could do?), I'm just fine that I'm not in Vegas right now. I don't like Vegas. Actually, I despise Vegas. My favorite part about Vegas (and favorite here means the ONLY thing I liked about Vegas) was the three minute respite from THE CONSTANT NOISE I experienced in front of the Bellagio fountains. I don't care if you think I'm cheesy, those fountains are amazing. We were fortunate to view them during "Ave Maria" (I think...if it wasn't that, it was some beautiful operetic-like song). For those three minutes, I really did forget that I was in Vegas. My least favorite part about Vegas -- the incessant ringing of slot machines. You can't get away from them; they're even in the airport. I have never wanted a pair of headphones so badly in my life. My second least favorite part about Las Vegas - their state slogan..."what happens here, stays here." Enough said.

I had huge plans for the next three evenings (after Margot went to bed of course) while John is out of town. I was going to start a new knitting project. Spend time with my friend, Julie, who just moved around the corner from us. Clean the house. Pain the trim in the dining room. Well, I don't think any of those plans are going to be realized because as if right now I am laid up in bed with a bad back. All day I have been unable to stand in a full, upright position. I basically look like an 80-year-old woman with an unfortunate curve in her spine (actually, my grandmother is 82 and she looks better than I do). I'm currently experiencing relatively little pain (as compared to the rest of the day), which I attribute to the fact that my back is numb from the two ice packs I've been laying on for two hours. I think it's too much to hope that I would be healed by the morning, but if I don't get a little relief, and some subsequent freedom of movement, I'm going to be feeding Margot breakfast in bed tomorrow morning. Breakfast in HER bed, that is, since I won't be able to lift her out of it.


Adelable said...

Goodness, how I hate back-pain. I have a chiropractor I go to for relief. But if you're not into chiropractic (because a lot of people aren't), I also recommend a good soak in a tub with epsom salts; for some reason it's really good for muscle pain.

Stephanie said...

Sorry to hear about your aching back! I totally know what you're going through because I hurt my back a few months ago. Too bad children aren't very sympathetic and understanding.

Hope you feel better soon!

ellaminnowpea said...

Vegas grosses me out too, kristen. Shoes, however, don't gross me out, so I think I would make an exception. If you need a foot model, I might be interested!
Sorry to hear about your back.

Laura said...

Ouch, that's happened to me a couple of times, and it is wretched.

I've never been to Vegas, but I've been to Reno, and I found it so very creepy--esp. the lack of natural light, natural vegetation, all the mirrors and dizzying patterns, the darkness, the noise, the lack of clocks--my husband assure me Vegas is better, but I don't believe him. Maybe the shopping is better. I took a class in grad school called "The Amish and Las Vegas". That was fascinating.

hannah said...

oh kristen!! that sucks, are you feeling any better??? and why didnt you call us for help?

ke said...

the whole idea of vegas is not a good one to me. but i've never been there. it just appears stressful. wish we were a mile down the road so i could come help get margot out of bed!

julie said...

hope you are doing better kristen. thinking of you from the nations capital.

Leslie said...

Hi Kristen!
Thanks so much for visiting my blog! And now I get to visit yours!

And I have to agree with you on Vegas. For one it's blazing hot. For two, the smoke really kills me. It's no fun for me at all!

And hope your back heals soon so that you can do all those exciting things you have planned!

Leslie, aka