Nearly a decade ago, I first met Mex Tex, and this past weekend, I got to celebrate her marrying a totally awesome guy. It almost brings a tear to this goat’s eyes.
Mex Tex chose Vegas for the wedding. Pooky ESQ and I loaded up and it was off to Vegas Thursday through Monday. If you’re thinking that’s a long time to be in Vegas, you thought right.
Pooky ESQ’s Code Release party had just been on Tuesday night. Mo and I spent most of Wednesday cleaning up before I plopped her on the plane back to PA. The rest of Wednesday was spent running around returning stuff, a quick workout . Let’s just say I was completely exhausted.
Thursday morning I got up and needed to pack, so no workout got done. I threw in two sets of running gear in high hopes I would get to workout. Got on the MARTA and we were off!
We arrived in Vegas and immediately spent money buying new flip flops as soon as we got off the plane.
To Planet Hollywood, our base hotel to settle in then it was go time for the Bachelorette and Bachelor parties. Mex Tex’s little sister, Little Abalos, set up a super fancy dinner at the Mix at Mandalay Bay. It was on the 65th floor and super fancy. I had my first drink in over 90 days (I decided to partake in a 90 day no alcohol challenge at my gym 90 days ago), a champagne spritzer, and pathetically couldn’t even finish the whole thing. So I gave up on trying to drink. I do know how lame it is not to drink at a Bachelorette party. You don’t need to tell me.
After our time at the Mix, we went for the polar opposite and were off to Gold Diggers in the Golden Nugget on Freemont Street. The night had a slow start, but once we moved the party inside, where the DJ was playing lots of fun old school songs, lots of bad white girl dancing commenced. Sorry, I don’t have a video of the goat’s horrible moves.
I made the grave mistake of wearing some brand new “girl shoes” I had purchased just for the occasion. Sparkly peep toe pumps (with a very modest heel), but they tore my feet up! I ended up with a big blister and spent most of the time barefoot. If you have ever been barefoot in any bar on Freemont Street, you can image how gross my feet were. In fact, they still may be dirty five showers later.
They kept me out until nearly 6 AM. Which would’ve made it over 24 hours. UGH. I had a blast, but that is entirely too late for me. Back to Planet Hollywood and the others went out more. I went back to the room. I had never been so happy to see my PJs. Into bed I went.
Friday morning I woke up late (understandably). I didn’t have to be anywhere until the rehearsal at 3pm and the rehearsal dinner at 6pm. So off to the hotel gym I went. It was in the spa, and I started in. They stopped me at the desk and informed me it was $25 a day!!!! WHAT?! I immediately got super p.o’d and walked right out. I stopped in the hallway and mulled it over. I was about to spend $80 to get my hair did the next day, so certainly I could spare the same to workout for a few days.
I marched back in, defeated and bought myself a 3 day $65 pass. I walked into the fitness room and was totally underwhelmed. If I was a good blogger, I would’ve taken a good picture of it to post, but I forgot. Let’s just say it was far from stellar.
Friday I got in a 6 mile run on the dreadmill and some abs. I felt much better. Then it was off to undo the workout with my one true vice – candy!!!
The rehearsal and rehearsal dinner were fun. They had it at Hussong’s in Mandalay Bay. They were SO sweet and accommodating, providing me with more than one vegan and gluten free option!!!! I had some veggie fajitas that were great.
The crew piled in for an after party at Pure Nightclub in Ceasars. Someone had gotten us a VIP pass and we whizzed in. Once inside, I could immediately tell this place was too cool for me and that nightclubs sure weren’t my thing. Plus, I wasn’t dressed nearly skeezy enough.
Luckily, no one else was feeling it and so we retreated to the small hotel bar. Nothing much was going on, so I persuaded Pooky ESQ to leave with me around midnight. Tonight I was smart enough to bring back up flip flops, so we hoofed it home down the strip.
Saturday, the wedding day, I got up earlier and headed to the gym again. This time, trying to get my money’s worth, I used every weight and machine I could find – doing a lame remake of my Urban Iron class along with a short two mile warm up on the dreadmill.
Later was the wedding and it was amazing! Mex Tex looked beautiful and it was a great wedding and after party. Mex Tex, being sweet as she is, and knowing how weird I am, released me to go home to bed shortly after 1am. I gave Pooky ESQ full reign to go meet some friends and play until the next morning.
Sunday I got up and was getting ready to retreat to the hotel gym again. Then I remembered! I had read about a free yoga class at the Lulu Lemon store in Fashion Show Mall. I put it into my navigator and saw it was about 1.5 miles down the strip. I had about 10 min to get there. I sprinted out the door. Navigating the strip, was tricky and I went as fast as I could. Around the Venetian it looked like I might just make it, but then I was foiled by a road closure and detoured.
Eventually, sweaty and breathless, I made it about 10 min late…but made it nonetheless. They had free mats and it was just what I needed. A little organized exercise, a little peace and quiet, and a little fresh air in the midst of all the action.
At the end of class, the teacher commented that us being there meant so much to her. She got teary and said it was because about 5 years ago, she had been working in corporate America for 10 years. She said she did yoga at night and eventually started teaching. She said she was on the cusp of making 6 figures when one day her husband looked at her and said, “I like the woman who comes home from yoga a lot more than the woman who comes home from work.” She said it was at that point she quit her job and taught yoga full time. She said she made $3000 the first year, but never felt better.
I approached her after class and shared my story. Although yoga isn’t my thing, and I can’t really get into its whole touchy feely peace and harmony vibe, I totally got what she said and could identify. It got me reflecting on my decision to go out on a limb. I often question that decision, but her story reminded me of why I did it.
During class, I looked up at the wall. They had a big sign with a bunch of quotes on it. Who doesn’t love inspiration quotes? One of them said something to the effect of, stop and look around and appreciate all the great friends you are surrounded by. I loved this and held it with me. It was a great reminder to me. While Vegas certainly was no place for me – all the gambling, smoking, drinking, staying up late, yucky for you food – the whole time I was there, I was surrounded by awesome friends. Mex Tex has been a great friend who has been there for me for years. We’ve had a fun journey and adventure and she’s stuck by me even in this new, weird, totally different chapter in my life. And not only that, but Mex Tex’s family is SO amazing. Usually you like your friend’s family well enough, but in this case I genuinely love everyone in her family. Her Mom, Dad, Brother and sister Little Abalos are all such great people. I never cease to have a great time with them and they’re all amazing people. And now she’s found an amazing guy to join that group. I’m so happy for them.
All and all it was a great trip with great people. But I’m tired and ready to get back to my routine. Its all workouts and raw vegan protein shakes for the rest of this week 😉