Last week

I’ve been trying to put this post up.. but it took me awhile to edit the pics.

Ivan and I were invited to go have dinner at my parent’s house on New Year’s Day. The dinner consisted of rice, pancit, salmon sashimi, chicken soup, and chicken adobo. My sister-in-law Kara made the chicken adobo. She created her own recipe to make it her own. It was very tender and had lots of garlic flavor. My sister-in-law also made brownies and cheesecake. The cheesecake was covered half with cherries and half with blueberries. The cheesecake with the cherries was the best. It did seem fresher and more delicious. After dinner, the kids (my three nieces and two nephews) wanted to play something. My sister brought Moon Sand Castle Kit. It’s sand that never dries out and can be moldable. It reminds me of Play Dough, but the texture is like sand. Ivan and I thought it was really kewl. We were helping the kids make a sand castle. My brother, sister-in-law, Ivan, me, and my dad were playing board games. We played Apples to Apples and Balderdash.

That night we went to Blue Man Group at the Venetian. Ivan grabbed some earplugs. I didn’t think I would need them. Ivan and I were seated in the balcony. Ushers pass around white streamers to the audience. Everybody makes something and puts it on. Ivan said that I should make a ninja headband.

Ninja Jen

The show features three men with blue paint on their faces. They don’t say any words. The show does feature alot of different funny parts. It’s one of those shows that are hard to describe. They do different stunts with audience members, art supplies, food, and PVC pipes. This has got to be the loudest show I’ve ever been to. I couldn’t even imagine sitting down on the main floor without earplugs. The expressions on the blue men’s faces are very funny. They do show it on the big screen, but Ivan said it’s better to be closer. This is a great fun show that makes you laugh.

Ivan and I went to Satay Malaysian Grille on January 2nd. This restaurant is located on Spring Mountain and Valley View right before Chinatown. The appetizers we got were Chicken Satay and Roti Canai. I loved the Roti Canai. It’s a pieces of fluffy bread served with a mild curry sauce. I had Mee Goreng for my main course. It’s stir-fried noodles with chicken, tofu, greens, onions and chiles. I didn’t want it too spicy so I said 3 out of 10. It was pretty good. For dessert, we got the sticky rice with mango. I think mangoes are out of season because it had a mild taste. The sticky rice was delicious though. This is a good restaurant with decent prices.

My friend Jerry and his girlfriend Leilani were in town for a couple days visiting from California. Ivan and I met them at Hookah Lounge on Maryland and Flamingo on January 3rd. We got the flavors Grape and Cola for the hookah. Leilani got the Athens Fries. It’s addictive tasty fries with green herbs on them. I ordered the gyro which came with the Athens Fries. Ivan had the chicken kabob. He lived here previously last year. We actually worked together for awhile. It was great catching up with Jerry.

My friend Michelle, Ivan and I went to a private party on January 4th. It was held at the new Jay-Z 40/40 Club in the Palazzo. The club is quite spacious. It’s set-up more like a sports lounge than a club. There’s a lot of VIP rooms.. with most of them containing a pool table. According to the website, they spent $20 million to build the club. Ivan read that the tiles had 24 Karat gold on the main floor. I thought it was weird though.. that in the women’s bathroom there wasn’t any toilet seat covers. It was an open bar event. But, the drinks we ordered didn’t taste all that great. The club was definitely using the cheap alcohol. Ivan was searching for the food in the VIP rooms. We didn’t find anything though. We decided to leave since we were heading to karaoke after. We went to karaoke at our favorite karaoke bar Kelley’s Pub. I sang three songs – A Day in the Life by The Beatles, Possum Kingdom by The Toadies and Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd. I think I sang better this time.

Jen & Ivan at karaoke

Jen & Ivan having a good time at karaoke

We went to go see the show Stomp Out Loud at Planet Hollywood on January 5th. This show involves the cast using different ordinary everyday objects that makes sounds. They use things such as brooms, boxes, keys, garbage cans and dishes in sinks. They all have to be in sync to make it sound right. It’s amazing seeing how talented the whole cast is. It’s a very high energy show. It has great dance moves and comedy without much words. I enjoyed this show a lot.. it’s very original, funny and a lot of fun. Ivan wanted to try Trader Vic’s at Miracle Mile in the Planet Hollywood. – We ordered two Mai Tais. They were tasty and strong. Mai Tais are my favorite drinks so I’ve had plenty in my time. For an appetizer we got Coconut Chicken. It was tasty but there wasn’t much coconut flavor. We both got the Chicken Thai Red Curry. It was a good dish. This restaurant is okay, but it’s a bit pricey for average food.

Lake Las Vegas

I drove out to Lake Las Vegas on January 6th with Ivan to go ice skating at Montelago Village. It’s located in Henderson, NV which took us about 30 minutes by car. I pictured the ice skating rink to be bigger. It was rather small, but it was located right on the lake. Both of us were trying to get used to ice skating again.

Jen’s ice skating!

We took a break and decided to go eat at the Irish Pub The Auld Dubliner. I ordered the Nutty Irishman (which was like a Buttery Nipple). Ivan had a Guinness Stout. Ivan started off with the Potato Leek Soup. I had the Fish and Chips for my main course. The fried fish was very good.. but it kept falling apart. I was using my fork to dip it into the tartar sauce. Ivan got the Chicken Boxty. After our lunch, we went back to the rink for more ice skating. We had to work off some of those calories. Ice skating is a lot of fun.. but it really hurts my ankles (I’ve sprained my right one twice before and they’re just hurt sometimes).
Ivan ice skating

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Ivan and I went to my parent’s house for Christmas Eve dinner. My whole family was there… which includes my parents, my sister, her husband and their two daughters, my brother, his wife and their three kids (one little baby girl and two boys). I always love going to my parent’s house. It’s just a nice big house.. and of course the smells of my mom’s cooking is always amazing. It just makes me think of good times. We had a variety of food for dinner. There was rice of course, ham, pancit (noodles with vegetables and shrimp), shrimp tempura (one of my mom’s signature dishes), and fish. We brought Pumpkin Pie from Marie Callendar’s. My sister and brother-in-law brought Chocolate Satin and Banana Cream. I had a slice of pumpkin pie and Chocolate Satin. The Chocolate Satin was so good. We all opened presents. My parents opened all their presents. I thought we might open presents, so I brought one of Ivan’s gifts so he wouldn’t feel left out. My mom had a present for Ivan as well.. which was really sweet. He got different little bottles of Calvin Klein colognes. After we went to watch a movie that Ivan brought. It was The Snowman. This was a cartoon show that he watched with his family every Christmas Eve in England. It’s about a snowman that comes alive and plays with a boy. It doesn’t have any words. The show has beautiful music. Watch it below —

Raymond Brigg’s The Snowman

Christmas morning, Ivan and I opened presents. Then we went to the Four Seasons. They had a big Christmas themed gingerbread display. We went to go have tea. Ivan had English Breakfast and I had Green Tea. I thought the English Breakfast was too strong. The restaurant also gives you cookies which were quite delicious. I had never had tea in a restaurant like that. We went home after that and played pool in the Billiards room at the condo. Ivan beat me. I was getting some lucky shots.. but overall I wasn’t playing so good.

Ivan loves to check out hypnosis shows in town. It allows him to see other hypnotists at work and to learn new things. We saw Dirty Hypnosis with Richard Nongard at Harmon Theatre on December 26th. Richard is a clinical hypnotist. The show was good, but I’ve seen funnier hypnosis shows. I think trying to display hypnosis and be funny at the same time is a talent. I haven’t mentioned previously about being hypnotized. Ivan took a class and has been practicing anybody who’s willing to try it. So, I’ve been hypnotized probably a dozen times. So, it’s hard to watch people getting hypnotized. It makes me sleepy and want to go under. I have been on stage at two hypnosis shows. Now, I’m shy to get on stage. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m shy to do crazy things on stage… or I’m so used to being hypnotized by Ivan usually in our condo. On Thurdsday, we saw the Hip-Nosis show with Justin Tranz. Justin is a very funny guy and energetic. He seems to put people under hypnosis rather fast. His show is very funny. We went to Dirty Hypnosis on Friday. This time it was Richard Nongard and John Cerbone. John Cerbone is a fast talking guy from New York. He does speed inductions. He can put somebody into hypnosis super fast. It was rather impressive seeing John put people under in a matter of seconds. Their show was alright.. I don’t think they let the funny bits go on long enough. Also, I like seeing when they focus on one individual. I enjoy seeing hypnosis because you never know what people will do. It’s very entertaining.

We went to the Hash House a Go Go on December 27th. I saw this restaurant on the Martha Stewart show. It’s been highly rated. I had the hardwood smoked bacon, avocado, onion & swiss Farm Scramble. My dish was a huge portion. I thought it was good. It wasn’t exceptional, but the food was decent.

Ivan and I went to check out Sky Mania on December 29. We jumped around for an hour. I didn’t know that jumping around would be so tiring. I had to rest since my throat would hurt. There were a few guys who would do somersaults and a high jump into this ring. They were quite good. Ivan wanted me to try a somersault in the air. I was a little scared to do it. I finally got the nerve to try it. I could do the somersault in the air. But, unfortunately I couldn’t land on my feet. I kept trying it and almost could land on my feet. It was a lot of fun.. and good exercise as well!

We went to go eat dinner at Himalayan Cuisine that night. The restaurant offers Himalayan food with dishes from Nepal, India and Tibet. We started off with Shrimp Pakodas and Momos. I really liked the shrimp pakodas. I had the Chicken Chau Chau. The dish was spicy pan-fried noodles with chicken and vegetables. It was a great meal. The decor is pretty basic. This is a good restaurant with reasonable prices and delightful food.

Ahhh yeah!

Ahhh yeah, Ivan’s coming back Monday night. I’m so excited!! I don’t know how I made it over 6 weeks without seeing him.. I’m surprised I didn’t go insane!! I wish Monday night was here now. I really can’t wait to see him.

I try to keep myself as busy as possible on the weekends. On Friday, I went to the Grand Lux Cafe with Alisa and her co-workers. I had the biggest chicken pot pie ever. I swear the diameter of the bowl was 7 inches. It was pretty good. We also went to see Ray Romano and Kevin James. The show was pretty funny. Saturday night, I went bowling with some friends from work and some old goons. I bowled alright. After bowling, we ended up going to see Jay’s friend who’s in a band. Plan B was playing at the Cheyenne Saloon. They had a good rock sound to them. I kept spacing out though.. I really was in a daze just thinking about Ivan.

Thanksgiving is here on Thursday. I have to work until 3:30 pm. But, it’s great because I get time and a half if I work the holiday. I know it’s going to be slow anyway. It really slows down for us at Thanksgiving… and then we don’t pick up until about New Year’s Eve. I’m looking forward to the slow time but sometimes it gets really boring.

Still alive

I’m alive.. more or less. I’ve been sick lately. I sang karaoke two nights in a row (badly I think) and drank on the weekend before Halloween. I had lots of fun.. but, I got a cold. I’m still not back to normal.. but I’m getting there. I still have to occasionally have a lozenge. My voice today seemed lower than usual.

I love seeing my nieces and nephews. I have three nieces and two nephews. I get to see my nieces every Wednesday. Today was a treat because I got to see all of them. They went to Chuck E. Cheese earlier in the day. It’s so cute.. my nephew Lukey said Auntie Jen what are you doing? He’s just so cute when he speaks. I think he’s a mini version of my brother in a way hehehe. I enjoy playing with my nieces and nephews. I act like a kid still. I know I’m definitely a fun aunt. We love to pretend like we’re sailing on a pirate ship (to find buried treasure), flying in a space ship to the moon (to collect moon rocks, of course!) or driving a race car. It’s crazy playing Hide n’ Seek with them though. If I play with either the girls or the boys… they seem to hide in the same spot over and over. I told them it’s not challenging if they don’t find a new spot to hide each time.

I can’t believe the holidays are coming up already. I haven’t even begun Christmas shopping. Actually, I should correct myself… I haven’t even thought about what to get my family and friends. I need to start thinking about it soon. I’ll have to ask the kids what they want. I dislike shopping when it’s crowded in the malls.

Happy New Year!

New Years image

Here’s wishing everybody a Happy New Year! I hope the year brings you good luck. I’m hoping to lose some weight this year. It’s going to be tough, but I’m going to try real hard! I’m the worst at eating right and exercising. So, it’s going to take alot of effort and willpower on my part.

I will be just drinking, playing some games, and watching the Metalocalpyse marathan on New Years Eve. I never go down to the Las Vegas strip to freeze my ass off and watch the fireworks display. I just watch it on tv! On Las Vegas Now they will be having live coverage of the celebration at their site. The Fireworks display has the theme of Vegas Royale: 007 Countdown to 2007. Go find out more here. If you still want more fireworks. Go to miniclip and play Fireworks Frenzy. Click on the fireworks to set them off.