shut up and put your $ where your mouth is…

and yep, i’m still wishing i was waking up in Vegas. 😦

Joel-David-Moore-in-the-Music-Video-for-Katy-Perry-s-Waking-Up-In-Vegas-joel-david-moore-23243273-1920-1080have i mentioned my Katy Perry crush? love her. and that song.

and Vegas. i loved Vegas.

for starters, the Bellagio is breathtaking. such a gorgeous place in which to wake up every day.

i can never grow tired of this incredible blown glass chandelier piece, Fiori Di Como, by artist Dale Chihuly. i’d seen it the one other time i bopped through Vegas because it was the #1 thing i had to visit, but being able to stay in the Bellagio and pass by it every day was a serious treat. in my opinion, this is a Vegas must-see.

ceilingthis is what i want my bedroom in Heaven to look like. please take note, God.

the garden rooms were incredible, too. walking through the Japanese-themed indoor garden late on my final night there, i suddenly was hit with the sheer magic of it all — one of those indescribable feelings where time seems to envelope you in the beauty of a moment and you find yourself stopping short, overcome with the very act of belonging, right then and there, as though everything was just as it should be in the world for one split second — and i turned to my friend and all i could muster was, “this is a nice moment.”
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umbrellasi think i live for moments like that.

&then there was the fact that i had alllll the family time, which i was craving. it was amazing to spend so many days hanging out with my parents and brother. they’re just the best humans.

IMG_6854side note: dry heat and zero humidity is my absolute dream weather. my hair loves it, too.

so, what did i do? well, i went to the gym every morning and got in a lot of good cardio, which was an ideal way to start my days… considering the remainders were spent like this:

poolside, working on my first tan of the season (woot!) with the same “skinny cool as a cucumber” drink every day,cuke
reading this book in its entirety, finally, (really good — a must-read for anyone who loves running and wants to be inspired by a machine of a running man),

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and spending the evenings enjoying yummy food, cocktail parties, banquets and lots of champagne. oh, and one Texas Hold’em tournament…which was fun, for the whole one round i managed to stay alive.

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we had dinner at Lago one night, the newest restaurant in the Bellagio, which overlooks the famous fountains and was absolutely charming and delicious. wine and tapas = right up my alley.

lagothe best part was watching my dad when his small plates arrived — we thought his eyes would pop out of his head when he saw the size of his salad. apparently we should have explained the concept of “tapas” prior to dinner. my brother and i almost lost it watching him try to keep it together.

we had a spectacular view of the fountains, Oceans 11 style. it was magical.
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i definitely didn’t do the typical Vegas — no crazy nightlife or pool party insanity for me, except for 2 hours i spent at a club in the Bellagio (drinking club soda and wishing i was asleep) — and although i was there for the Pacquiao/Mayweather fight, i didn’t attend the fight and managed to avoid most of the craziness by having cocktails and drinks at a quiet bar in Aria with a friend i never get to see.

for me, this was a pretty darn perfect Vegas trip: balanced, relaxing, fun, and full of wonderful people.

i already want to go back.

Vegas fans: Where do you like to stay? Fave things about Vegas?
Do you workout on vacation?
i was so proud of myself for working out every day, i can’t lie. 🙂

WILW (12/4)

well heyyyy, we’re halfway through the work week and hopefully all feeling good about that!

i’m still being greeted every Wednesday am by an appropriate little email surprise from one of my co-workers — it’s become a weekly routine now, and i’m always looking forward to seeing his latest choice. here’s today’s pick:

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whattttt. like, who even would ever think of this?
some good senses of humor over here. be jealous.

here’s what i’m likin’ this Wednesday:

1. finishing my last classes of the semester last night. woooot hello a month and a half of not lugging around textbooks and getting to drink wine on Tuesdays! just kidding. ish. but really, i can’t believe the first semester of my 2nd year of grad school take 2 is over. unfortunately i still have two big final papers to hand in next week, but at least classes are finished and i can read for pleasure now. i’ll take it.

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2. we have our work Christmas party tomorrow night — always a blast. not sure if i’ve said this before, but i work with absolutely awesome people. like, consistently amazing human beings who make working in a corporate environment totally bearable and often enjoyable, and with whom i actually like to go out outside of work. Canadian bankers = complete silliness. trust me on this one.

3.  Kind granola. i’ve been a fan for a long time, and i constantly count my blessings for my one co-worker who keeps a drawer full of the different kinds and loves when i steal it. (no, really, he does. i swear.) i’m totally feeling the Dark Chocolate & Cranberry one lately. so good, can’t take it.

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4. Dean Karnezes’ Ultramarathonman.  been meaning to read this for, oh, months now…and a little thing called school work got in the way. stoked to be able to dive into it next week. love me a good inspirational running book to remind me how much harder other people work. brrrrrppppp nothing like a good dose of humility to kick your butt into gear and make you feel lazy when there are human beings who run, like, 425234 miles. at a time. without dying. or crying. for fun.

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5. nothing like receiving a text from my brother 2 seconds ago with a pic that totally needs to be included in this post, as it’s something i’m still way high off of after introducing it back into my life in the past few weeks. sallllllsa.

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he wrote, “still got it.” i’m thinking, “nothing like wearing a racerback gym shirt to salsa night.” thank God those gold shoes kicked it up a notch.

either way, i’m lovin’ it. fave form of exercise lately, for sure.

Question: What’s rocking your world this week?