Oh, New York was amazing! I tried to stay longer, but United wasn't cooperating... they asked me if I realized it was "Christmas week" and then said that they could only guarantee I'd make it to DC if I decided to stay few more days. Bastards. I was going to try to volunteer for my flight, but I had a transportation mishap on my way to LGA and went one stop too far on the subway... hence, I had to take a cab the rest of the way (about 10 minutes) or possibly miss my flight. SO, my plan was to pay by credit card and keep my $6 to buy food on the plane, but the driver (who was blahblahing on his cell phone the entire way and driving all crazy, as they do) insisted his credit card reader was broken (but I'd been warned that cabbies have to shell out 5% of their fare on charges and they almost always say their card readers are broken). So I stiffed him... only half deliberately. I went straight to my gate and bypassed the ATM in the food court. I am definitely going to hell.
Anyhow, I couldn't volunteer at the gate until the agents showed up... at which point, they did ask for volunteers and I missed out by 2 people. Oh well, instant karma is a bitch but I was happy to get home.
Vegas was incredibly cold. I didn't like that. This is what my morning looked like (on the way to DEN):
The 40-minute drive took over 2 hours.
When I got to Vegas, I was so stressed out from the drive that all I wanted to do was sleep... and so I did. The one great thing about the Luxor is that the casino is on the ground floor -- under the main floor of the hotel. It's actually very quiet in the rooms. I've only stayed at the Hard Rock and the Alexis Park (both relatively noisy places) so this was a new experience. The beds, unfortunately, were not nice. I slept soundly regardless.
Smoking is rampant in Ve-gas:
But they do Christmas right (it is a city of lights afterall).
New York was amazing (I need to reiterate this, apparently) -- beautiful window displays at Bergdorf Goodman... and the bombastic Christmas at Saks was pretty cool, too. I can't wait to get back to the city!
In other news, I'm crafting. I made this earring holder today out of: pre-fab frame, aluminum screen and staple gun. Am making a matching ring holder out of: pre-fab frame, galvanized wire and tiny s-hooks. I hope the ring holder works... will post photos when finished.