Thursday, September 29, 2005

You've Gotta Know When to Hold'em

Oh Kenny Rogers, you are so wise.

You really DO need to know when to walk away, people. And truth be told, I know. I do know. I just don't LISTEN TO MYSELF. Myself says, "Beaches, get up now and walk away." And then what do I do? NOTHING. I just sit there and I lose all my money. Because it's not really money at that point, is it? It's just chips, or credits, or funny numbers on a digital screen.

Regardless of my complete and utter lack of luck this time around, I had an absolutely magnificent trip to Las Vegas. Crown, Commie and Moms had a blast, too. I'm glad that the guys enjoyed it, because maybe that means that they'll come back with us again sometime. It was nice to have them there.

Not that I don't love the all-girl trip! Man, do I love that. And ladies, if you're reading, we're going to set another one of those up really soon, okay? We'll take Sin City by storm.

Anyway this time around, me and the fam had the "true" Vegas experiences. We saw the Hoover Dam. Damn.

We saw the new Cirque Du Soleil show at the MGM Grand. Incredible. You must see it before you die, seriously.

We saw all of the hotels, we visited the historic Fremont Street, we ate at a ridiculous buffet, we lounged in the sun and of course, we let the house win.

It was the perfect way to celebrate my birthday. Now if only I'd listened to my inner Kenny...

Holy crap ya'll. I'm thirty.

Friday, September 16, 2005

I Like to Move It, Move It

Another lie. I hate to move it, move it!

However, we did it. On Saturday. And I can honestly tell you that it wasn't at all the nightmarish experience I anticipated it to be.

Because I'm the most neurotic, anal retentive, o.c.d. freak alive, we were insanely organized in time for the big day.

Saturday morning arrived. The truck was out front. At 10 am just like we asked, our gaggle of super-heros showed up raring to go. All the players were there: The Wizard, Dynamus, DRock, Double D... we had that truck loaded in about an hour. Then we unloaded it because it was the worst truck-loading you could imagine (a small wrinkle in the plan - but I digress), we had it reloaded and ready to go all before noon. Then it was perfect.

Team Move set out for the new pad, where we were met by The Queen of Tarts (aptly named because she brought us a box of these delectable treats from the store with the same name), who was a tremendous help on the unloading side.

All in all, the entire move was done about about 3 pm. I can not thank our wonderful friends and family enough for their help, kindness and enthusiasm during what could have been a tremendously stressful and difficult week. They not only made it easy, they made it fun. They made it a time that Crown and I will remember fondly. They made us realize that we have the best friends anyone could ask for.

Here's a shout out to all who helped, because we love you and you deserve it:

G.Party: because he can carry records almost as well as he can play them.
Double D: because he could back a cube van through a straw without a scratch
DRock: because he understands that Tim Horton's heals all wounds
Dynamus: because, well, because he's always fun to have around no matter what the task at hand
The Wizard: because he didn't laugh at me too much when I vacuumed under each item as he lifted it up
The Queen of Tarts: because she's lovely and she brought two things that I love more than she probably even knows: baked goods and flowers
Weirdo: because he can fit boxes into his Hyundai Accent like clowns into a VW Bug
Moms and Commie: because of so many reasons, but caring for The Momes, a much too generous housewarming gift and genuine excitment for us would top the list
Crown Sr. and AJE:: because of Veuve Cliquot, brie and strawberries
The Vach's: because of their willingness to help out however and whenever we need them, and because they have been excited and eager for our move since the moment we bought that little red dot

I know that I'm a softie, but just thinking of all of you and how fabulous you are, makes me teary. Even if you don't realize it, you made one of the biggest and most exciting times of our lives that much more special just by being you.

Dudes, you rock.