Thursday, June 17, 2010

Finally made it to Las Vegas

We finally arrived in Las Vegas after four...count them FOUR flight delays at 11:30pm PST...that's 1:30am Oklahoma time. My Mom and Dad had arrived in the early afternoon yesterday and patiently waited for us. It was so good to see them. It seems like FOREVER since we've been together and they are both doing well. Dad couldn't wait to show me how easily he could get around since he had both knees replaced. Dad being the "big" gambler that he is pulled out his receipt for his winnings...$12.52. He was playing the penny slot machines and walked away with a few more pennies than he started with.

We walked over to the Four Queens and had some dinner complete with Prime Rib for $9.95. After dinner Mom and Dad decided they were tired and headed back to the Golden Nugget (where we are staying) to go to bed.

Not me and Charlie...go to bed now???...we just got here. Off to search out a $5 black jack table. I guess inflation has hit Vegas so we were having a hard time finding any table for less than $10 minimum bet. Charlie suggested that we go to Fitzgerald's. We'd gambled there a little over 10 years ago when we came to Vegas to get married. So we headed that way. Woo Hoo....$5 blackjack tables. We had fun playing away and then found a $2 that's more my speed, kinda like my Dad playing the penny slot machines. We were laughing and really having a good time. There was a 23 year old flight attendant playing at the table with us who had had a few too many bloody marys and NO idea how to play blackjack so as in normal Pam fashion I took her under my wing and quickly taught her when to hit and when to stay.

Now here's the BEST part. We were down about $60 and I was dealt 2 nines. The dealer had a face card showing and what do I do...split it. The dealer thought I was out of my mind. First card on my first 9, another 9, so what do I do, split it again. Got a face card. Good for me. Go to the 2nd 9. Get a 7 for the 2nd card. I'm staying. Go to the 3rd 9 what do I get, another 9. Of course I'm going to split it....I get another face card. Looking good with one more 9 to go. Dealer give me ANOTHER face card. Ok. I've got a lot of $$ on the table cause I had originally bet $6 on a $2 minimum table. Now all I had to do was hope the dealer didn't have a 10 or a face card. SHE HAD A 7!!!! WOO HOO!!!! I won on all but one of my hands. How lucky was that??? We played a few more hands continuing to win. I was getting kinda tired and suggested we head back to the Golden Nugget and turn in. We had $15 more in chips then we started. YEAH!!!

Heading back to the cashier window to cash in our chips we passed by the Roulette wheel and I many 9's did I get dealt? A BUTT LOAD!!! So I thought, I need to place a bet. I decided to put $5 on the 9 and $50 on the red because the 9 was a red number. There was a young guy that had just sat down at the roulette table and said he was going to do exactly what I did. I told him I don't promise anything...away the little white marble goes on the wheel, waiting, waiting, waiting....lands on the 3...which is guess what color??? RED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I doubled my $50. I took my chips and I...

WALKED AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Today we really have no plans but to just fly by the seat of our favorite thing to do. Later this afternoon we are going to head for Oceanside, CA to go to Camp Pendelton and see Michael graduate from the Navy's FMTB school on Friday morning. I'm really looking forward to seeing him. I brought my card reader and will post some pics of the gradation and of him.

Off to get cleaned up for a fun day in Las Vegas!!!!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Stampin' Up Friends

It was so nice to see so many of my SU Girlfriends. It's been close to a year and a half since I've seen most of these ladies. They are all such great friends and it was as if i saw them last week. We just picked up where we left off the last time we were together.

Leadership Quilt Samples

I had so much fun in warm sunny Phoenix, AZ where I attended Stampin' Up!'s annual Leadership Conference. One of the areas Stampin' Up! highlighted was using our Bigshot die cut machine in the textile market. Here are a couple of pictures of quilts made using the Bigshot to die cut the elements on the quilts. The beauty of using the BigShot is that you can cut through 8 pieces of material with a standard die and 3 pieces of material with a scored die. No more hand cutting!!!

If you are a quilter and would like to see how the BigShot could help you, please call or email me and we can set up a time for me to demo this FABULOUS machine.

Tomorrow night I'll showcase some of my card swaps I received.