Monday, August 22, 2011

Look Out Vegas, Here I Come!

I've got a fabulous week planned. One filled with adventure, promise, love and joy. The adventure is my solo trip to Las Vegas on Thursday, the 25th. I'm always a bit nervous before I fly, well a lot nervous, but once I'm on my way I relax. This will be my second time to Las Vegas. I drove through it years ago without stopping. I'll be gone for 3 nights. And that means I'll be taking a break from the blog for the rest of the week. I will be on The Healthy Writer Blog on Wednesday, August 24th. Hope to see you there as I will be sharing a story about a relationship with my frenemy, the scale. Meanwhile, I have revising to do, packing, and coordinating a teen on the horizon. All my free time is going to those things.

I'm glad to have a holiday. I love breaks. This break is special because my niece is getting married at Mandalay Bay on Saturday. So that's the love part of my week. Their vows are also the promise part of my big week. I love watching people find each other and discover home. I love writing about that experience. And it is my privilege to participate in my niece and future nephew-in-law's wedding.

The joy will be in the gathering of family. My brother, SIL, another niece, my nephew and my future  nephew-in-law's parents will be in Las Vegas as well. I can't wait to see my family again. We are so spread out that it's rare for us to spend time in the same room. They're flying to Vegas from Canada. I'm coming in from Alabama. Talk about a spread of folks! We're staying in a 9-bedroom house. Can't wait to see it!

The bonus about all of this is I get to confirm my research for another book while I am in Vegas. I have several scenes set in this locale and now I can take pictures and absorb the atmosphere. Who knows? I might even take some quarters and play the slots!

When I get back into town, I'll share all my adventures with you. So stay tuned!!



RedPeril said...

Sounds like a very full three days. :) I've never been there--take pictures! And I do hope you enjoy that rare family time, particularly under such jubilant circumstances. ^_^

~Angela Blount

Christine said...

Hi Angela: I'm looking forward to the trip. Will take oodles of pictures!! It's a small wedding so I think we'll get tons of time together :-)

Carol Burnside aka Annie Rayburn said...

Sounds like a wonderful time. I've never been to Vegas, so have no tips. Hubby's been and says I have to see it at least once.

Enjoy your family!

Christine said...

Thanks Carol/Annie! I will. I'm really looking forward to hugging them all.


Katherine Bone said...

A wedding! Can there be anything, other than a birth, that so grabs the heart? Christine, I wish you safe travels and that you have a wonderful time with family.

Also, do absorb the atmosphere. You might also take one of those small recorders and talk into it so you can hear the excitement in your voice as you discover or rediscover Vegas. That emotion is easily forgotten, but as a part of research will help you retain that part of your trip so you can set it in your new book.

God's speed! Can't wait to hear all the details. ;)

Tami Brothers said...

This does sound like a fun trip. Enjoy every minute and can't wait to hear about that research... ;)


Christine said...

Hi Kathy: I LOVE the idea about recording my impressions. Thanks for that one!! I can't wait to see everyone.

Hi Tami: I am going to soak up my family time and make a lot of memories.


Jean Hovey said...

Have fun! I truly hate a Casino, but I hope you have a great time.