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September Writing Prompt Participants

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There has been such a good response with this month’s writing prompts, that I’ve decided to continue creating these on a monthly basis.  I was blown away by those of you who participated.  Your poems, stories, thoughts, and ideas were so creative and thoroughly enjoyable.  I want to give special mention to Dorinda Duclos, over at Night Owl Poetry.  She exceeded my expectations by completing every single prompt for September and spurred me on in the process.  So thank you Dorinda!  You completely amaze me by your determination and dedication, especially with all you’ve been going through.  Love you so much!  And without further ado, here’s the list of the amazing participants who are all incredibly gifted and talented writers.  Please take some time to visit their websites and get to know these wonderful bloggers.  Oh, and if I missed adding someone, please leave me a comment and let me know.  ~M

Links of participating prompt writers:

Day 1 – I tried to say goodbye
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/01/i-tried-to-say-goodbye-poetry/
Afterwards – https://afterwards.blog/2017/09/02/mans-best-friend/
Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2017/09/01/wasnt-worth-it/
Emerging Destiny – http://emergingdestiny.com/2017/09/25/i-tried-to-say-goodbye/

Day 2 – Meadows of light
Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2017/09/02/meadows-in-light/
Walt’s Writings – https://waltswritingsonlife.wordpress.com/2017/09/02/meadows-of-light/
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/02/meadows-of-light-dailyhaikuchallenge-septemberwriting-poetry/

Day 3 – The Crack in the Corner
Walt’s Writings – https://waltswritingsonlife.wordpress.com/2017/09/03/the-crack-in-the-corner/
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/03/the-crack-in-the-corner-dailyhaikuchallenge-septemberwriting-poetry/
Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2017/09/03/that-mattie-she-was-probably-right-all-right/

Day 4 – Silly Putty
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/04/impression-upon-my-soul-poetry-septemberwriting/
Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2017/09/04/silly-putty-silly-putty/

Day 5 – Creases of the heart
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/05/creases-of-the-heart-romantictuesday-septemberwriting-poetry/
Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2017/09/05/elvis-lives/
Emerging Destiny – http://emergingdestiny.com/2017/09/28/creases-of-the-heart/

Day 6 – Orange Dumplings
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/06/orange-dumplings-dailyhaikuchallenge-septemberwriting-poetry/
Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2017/09/06/miscommunication/

Day 7 – Willy Nilly
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/07/willy-and-nilly-poetry-septemberwriting/
Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2017/09/07/busy-billy/

Day 8 – Looming Chaos
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/08/looming-chaos-poetry-of-a-hurricane-irma-septemberwriting/
Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2017/09/08/rapture-of-the-church/

Day 9 – Paper Stars
Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2017/09/09/now-a-paper-star/
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/09/paper-stars-dailyhaikuchallenge-septemberwriting-poetry/
The Rock in the River – https://therockintheriver.wordpress.com/2017/09/10/an-attempt-at-a-writing-prompt/
Night Unlatched – https://nightunlatched.wordpress.com/2017/09/15/paper-stars-never-fall/

Day 10 – Empty Promises
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/10/empty-promises-dailyhaikuchallenge-septemberwriting-poetry/
Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2017/09/10/but-you-promised-me/
The Rock in the River – https://therockintheriver.wordpress.com/2017/09/11/another-writing-prompt/

Day 11 – Cigars and Bourbon
Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2017/09/11/cigars-and-bourbon/
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/11/mistress-of-the-game-poetry-septemberwriting/

Day 12 – A Feathery Kiss
Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2017/09/12/feathery-sweetness/
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/12/a-feathery-kiss-romantictuesday-septemberwriting-poetry/

Day 13 – Illusionary Dreams
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/13/the-boy-in-the-moon-poetry-septemberwriting/
Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2017/09/13/invite-me-over-ill-follow-crumbs/
Afterwards – https://afterwards.blog/2017/09/14/illusionary-dreams-writing-prompt-1392017/

Day 14 – Once a treasure
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/14/once-a-treasure-poetry-septemberwriting/
Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2017/09/14/a-size-14/

Day 15 – Splintered Fragments
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/15/friday-fantasy-splintered-fragments-poetry-septemberwriting/
Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2017/09/15/just-a-holy-day-not-a-holiday/

Day 16 – A Marked Discovery
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/16/fall-approaches-dailyhaikuchallenge-poetry/
Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2017/09/16/in-the-hands-of-the-potter/

Day 17 – Perceptions of Life
Confessions of a failed writer – https://confessingsofafailedwriter.wordpress.com/2017/09/17/i-like-big-words-and-i-cannot-lie/
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/17/perceptions-of-life-dailyhaikuchallenge-septemberwriting-poetry/
Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2017/09/17/what-makes-life-worth-living/

Day 18 – A Generous Portion
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/18/a-generous-portion-septemberwriting-poetry-freeverse/
Afterwards – https://afterwards.blog/2017/09/19/a-generous-portion-of-life-writephoto-challenge/

Day 19 – Tragedy Spelled Misery
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/19/tragedy-spelled-misery-poetry-acrostic-septemberwriting/

Day 20 – Applesauce Pie
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/20/applesauce-pie-septemberwriting-poetry/

Day 21 – Sprinkled with love
Walt’s Writings – https://waltswritingsonlife.wordpress.com/2017/09/21/sprinkled-with-love/
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/21/sprinkled-with-love-septemberwriting-poetry/

Day 22 – Fountain of fizz
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/22/fountain-of-fizz-septemberwriting-poetry/
Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2017/09/21/water-baptism/

Day 23 – Blanketed in bliss
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/23/tastes-of-autumn-dailyhaikuchallenge-septemberwriting-poetry/
Afterwards – https://afterwards.blog/2017/09/24/blanketed-in-bliss/

Day 24 – Profound destiny
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/24/profound-destiny-septemberwriting-poetry/
Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching! – https://tessacandoit.com/2017/09/24/september-writing-prompts-by-michelle-september-24th-2017/

Day 25 – A pinch of happiness
Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching! – https://tessacandoit.com/2017/09/25/september-writing-prompts-by-michelle-september-25th-2017/
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/25/a-pinch-of-happiness-dailyhaikuchallenge-septemberwriting-poetry/
Afterwards – https://afterwards.blog/2017/09/25/a-pinch-of-happiness/

Day 26 – Peppered pickles
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/26/pickled-septemberwriting-poetry/
Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching! – https://tessacandoit.com/2017/09/26/september-writing-prompts-by-michelle-september-26th-2017/

Day 27 – The silvery substance
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/27/autumn-nighttime-dailyhaikuchallenge-septemberwriting-poetry/
Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching – https://tessacandoit.com/2017/09/27/september-writing-prompts-by-michelle-september-27th-2017/

Day 28 – The embers erupted
Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching – https://tessacandoit.com/2017/09/28/september-writing-prompts-by-michelle-september-28th-2017/
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/28/a-raging-inferno-septemberwriting-fiction/

Day 29 – Between the lines
Emerging Destiny – http://emergingdestiny.com/2017/09/24/between-the-lines-september-writing-prompt/
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/29/alone-by-the-window-septemberwriting-poetry-of-loneliness/
Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching – https://tessacandoit.com/2017/09/29/september-writing-prompts-by-michelle-september-29th-2017/

Day 30 – Scattered Rose Petals
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/30/scattered-dailyhaikuchallenge-septemberwriting-poetry/
Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching – https://tessacandoit.com/2017/09/30/september-writing-prompts-by-michelle-september-30th-2017/
A Soldier’s Walk – https://asoldierswalk.com/2017/09/30/scattered-rose-petals/

September Writing Prompts

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As many of you have probably noticed, I often create writing prompts for myself and try to incorporate those prompts into my daily writing.  So this month, I decided to create some writing prompts for all of you to use as well.  I plan to try and use as many of these as I can myself.  I will be posting the results of my writing efforts on my other blog.  And for those of you who have not visited my new blog yet, here’s the link.  Please tag me in your post if you decide to participate.  I’d love to see what you’ve written.  Have a very blessed September!  ~M xoxo

Writing Prompts September 2017

  1. I tried to say goodbye
  2. Meadows of light
  3. The crack in the corner
  4. Silly putty
  5. Creases of the heart
  6. Orange dumplings
  7. Willy nilly
  8. Looming chaos
  9. Paper stars
  10. Empty Promises
  11. Cigars and bourbon
  12. A feathery kiss
  13. Illusionary dreams
  14. Once a treasure
  15. Splintered fragments
  16. A marked discovery
  17. Perceptions of life
  18. A generous portion
  19. Tragedy spelled misery
  20. Applesauce pie
  21. Sprinkled with love
  22. Fountain of fizz
  23. Blanketed in bliss
  24. Profound destiny
  25. A pinch of happiness
  26. Peppered pickles
  27. The silvery substance
  28. The embers erupted
  29. Between the lines
  30. Scattered rose petals

#MidnightMadness – 5/16/2017

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Blogger friend Trent, from Trent’s World has graciously given us a new word to add to the dictionary.  Compty is the word, and it means… wanting to comment on a blog post but coming up empty when you try.  So here’s a poem I promised to write about it.  And just in case you missed it, this goes along with last night’s Midnight Madness; which you can check out here.

 

Compty

Is a very unique word

One you’ve probably

Never even heard

 

It’s a word made up

By our blogger friend Trent

Who decided to tell me

What this awesome word meant

 

So have no fear

This magical word is now here

Its meaning is simple and easy

And won’t leave you feeling queasy

 

It has to do with

Wanting to comment on a blog

During those frustrating times

When your brain is in a fog

 

It’s then that you can’t quite

Figure out what to say

So you just end up leaving

And going on your merry way

 

So thank you Trent

For sharing your word

It really is lovely

And not at all absurd

 

It’s too bad nobody else

Was brave enough to submit any more

Get with the program all you other bloggers

And don’t be such a bore!  😉

 

Written by, Michelle Cook

 


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#MidnightMadness – 5/15/2017

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Thought we were sort of due for another question and answer game tonight.  So…

If you could add one word to the dictionary, what would it be and what would it mean?

 

P.S.  I will choose one of the answers and write a poem about it tomorrow.  So think of a good one!  I can’t wait to see all of your responses.  ~M


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#MidnightMadness – 3/18/2017

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#MidnightMadness -2/28/2017

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Did you realize that if you spell the word “live” backwards, it spells the word “evil,” and if you spell the word “lived” backwards, it spells the word “devil?”  Is this perhaps the reason, that life is often considered a “living hell?”  ~M


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Here’s where I live…

Yes, this is where I live…   Hope you enjoy the tour!  ~M

It’s official! I’m a princess now!

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Well my new clothes dryer was delivered today and the darn thing actually performed a musical production for me when it was finished with its first load!  I feel as if I’m supposed to dance around and sing now, like Snow White and Cinderella; and I was almost expecting happy little birds to fly out of the inner chamber, when I went to gather my clothes to fold them.

I guess the world is trying to develop ways to disguise our mundane tasks, and somehow help us “find the fun” like in Mary Poppins.  And perhaps with the snap of our fingers, our jobs will become an amusing game!  Lol….

Well, all I can say is… it did bring a smile to my face, when I thought about how completely ridiculous it is to have an appliance serenading me during the hustle and bustle of my day.  Oh what will they think of next! 😜


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Whitewater Lake

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Whitewater Lake isn’t far from where I live.  We had such an amazing afternoon there, and so I wanted to share some of the pictures I took.  This was one of the most perfect ways to spend one of the last few days of summer.  My girls had a blast watching the turtles and the muskrats that were floating on the surface of the water.  They even tried to make their own fishing poles while we were there and attempted to catch some fish.  Overall, it was a very fun day and I’m thankful that I had the opportunity to spend this time with my girls.

A pound of marriage

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“There are various ounces of romance in the truth of a pound of marriage. I doubt any marriage carries all sixteen full of romantic fun and games.” ~Oneta Hayes


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Don’t forget to have fun!

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“Find the fun in every day, for work is far better when you combine it with play.” ~M

 

 

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Day 19 of our 21 day adventure

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We are leaving Avon today and heading out to Grand Island, NE. I am eager to get going since I am not really fond of this place. Don’t get me wrong… Colorado is a beautiful place. In fact, I would say it tops some of the places we’ve seen on our trip, but at the same time I don’t feel like I belong here. The people here just seem very different from what I am used to, and I think it’s because I’m more of a laid back kind of girl, not a fancy schmancy girl like some of the ladies that I have seen around here.

IMG_2507After breakfast at the hotel, we are finally on our way. The rain had been intermittent today and is kind of nice since it has helped to cool things down. After several hours of driving we spot a rest area in Georgetown and decide to stop. After stopping, we learn of a train ride not far from where we are. I’m excited because I’ve never actually been on an old fashioned steam engine train and I’ve always thought it would be fun to take a ride on one.

IMG_2515Brian and I both agree that the train ride sounds like a lot of fun and so we head up to Devils Head Station to buy our tickets and board the train. Within 30 minutes we are sitting on an old steam engine train that uses oil for fuel. The views of the mountains are incredible and we pass over a raging river a few times on the route. The ride lasts for about an hour and we opt against the mine tour that is offered at one of the stops.

IMG_2541After disembarking the train, we enter the gift shop and spend some time there looking at all the amazing train memorabilia. We have had such a fun day and decide to stay in this town a little longer to grab some lunch. It’s still sprinkling off and on and we find a restaurant in the downtown section before the rain starts to really come down. The food is wonderful and the atmosphere is family style, which makes me feel quite at home.

IMG_2531After lunch, we head back to the car, weaving our way through the crowded streets and passing all of the small town shops. All of a sudden, the rain starts to pour and we quickly look for a place to take shelter. We dart into a coffee house that looks more like a library than anything else and both order some coffee while we wait out the rain.

IMG_2585It’s cozy in here and I know that if I lived here, that this would probably be one of my favorite places to hang out. The rain doesn’t appear to be stopping anytime soon and time is passing by quickly, so we decide to head out the back door of the coffee shop and make a mad dash for the car. Soaked to the bone, we are now in the car holding our warm coffees and trying to stop shivering. It reminds me of being a kid once more and playing out in the rain just for the fun of it. It’s sad to think that those days are long gone.

IMG_2592A few hours later and we have now arrived at our hotel in Grand Island, NE. With nothing left to do and still quite full from lunch, we decide to watch a movie and get to bed early. It’s been another great day and we only have one day left before we head for home.

Day 12 of our 21 day adventure

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After several suggestions by the locals, we have decided to visit Mt. Charleston. The weather is similar to yesterday. A few clouds are hovering over the mountains, but they don’t seem to stick around for very long. After about a 30 minute drive, we are now pulling into the visitors’ center. The views from here are spectacular and there are hardly any other tourists in sight. The serenity of this place suits me and I can’t get enough of the panoramic landscape that engulfs us. After a quick stop in the gift shop and after speaking with the attendant about where she would suggest that we go for an easy hike; we are finally on our way to see where the road takes us.

IMG_1105After following the winding road a short distance up the mountain, we finally pull into the parking lot for the trail-head that will lead us up to Mary Jane Falls. The last part of the name sparks our interest, as Brian and I both live for waterfalls! The map we have with us, shows that the trail is 3 miles long and explains that the elevation of the mountain is 9200 feet. In order for us to reach the top, we will have to climb 1100 feet. This sounds like a fun challenge and so we gather up our supplies and prepare for what seems like a fairly easy climb.

IMG_1225At first the terrain is sandy and there is a slight incline to the path. The trail is wide open and seems more like a walk in the park, than a hiking trail that eventually leads to a waterfall. As we continue further, we see a father with his three young children. He has one child strapped to his body and the other two are running free. After speaking briefly to the man, we learn that he hikes this trail by himself every year with his kids. I think to myself, well… if he can do it with three kids, this should be a piece of cake!

IMG_1130Hiking a bit further, we start to pass a slew of fallen trees and dead underbrush. The trail begins to get narrower and the path is littered with small jagged rocks. We are now at what looks like the beginning of the actual trail. Looking up towards the top of the mountain, we see nothing but switchbacks for as far as the eye can see. I start to feel like I have bitten off more than I can chew. I love a good hike, but I am not really sure that I am prepared for this.

IMG_1176I really love nature and have always loved a good adventure. This is one of the reasons why I joined the Army when I was 19 yrs. old. After going through basic training, nothing else has ever seemed as hard. Of course that was 24 years ago and I am not in the same physical shape that I once was. But because of my determined mind set, I never say no to a challenge. So with pep in my step, I decide to brave the mighty mountain. I think Brian is probably thinking that I will never make it, which makes me even more determined to prove him wrong.

IMG_1133The whole way up, people keep telling us that it is just a little bit further and with every step I hope and pray that they are right. The temperature has dropped significantly and I pull my sweater a little closer to my body, trying to shield myself from the brisk wind that is coursing through the trees around us. After about two hours, we finally turn the last bend. At last we see the waterfall that we’ve been so excited to find. This was the one thing that kept me from turning back; the thought of seeing this amazing beautiful waterfall! I am deeply disappointed by what I see though. Apparently because of the recent drought, the waterfall has all but evaporated and there is just a tiny trickle of water flowing from the top of the mountain peak.

IMG_1148There’s a couple of caves that we can see from where we are standing. One of them is actually right behind the waterfall and there are people getting ready to camp for the night. It’s getting really cold up here and starting to drizzle out; I wonder how these people will ever stay warm up here all night. The rain starts to come down harder now and before we know it, it’s actually hailing on us. Once we hear thunder, we know that it’s time to go.

IMG_1147We race down the mountain as fast as we can. The steep incline has made the trail slick and the loose rocks threaten our ability to balance. I lose my foothold several times and do more sliding down the mountain than anything else. I am thankful when we finally reach our car about an hour later. The rain has now stopped and I am thoroughly exhausted, but exhilarated at the same time. I have completely surprised myself by making it all the way up the mountain and back down. It’s the first time in years that I feel I have actually accomplished something that I really didn’t think that I could do.

IMG_1181Feeling famished now from all the strenuous activity, we decide to head back down the road to a park that is listed on the map. Upon arrival the place looks like a nice spot to have a picnic lunch and so we decide to get out and do just that. It hasn’t even been two minutes since we left the car and the rain is beginning to pour. With the flood gates now wide open, we scurry back to the car and decide instead to head back to the visitors center. By the time we make it back there, the rain is still pouring and so we decide to eat our meal in the car. The view is still lovely, even through the pouring rain.

IMG_1178Once we are done eating, we drive back to the resort. We have tickets for the Brad Garrett Comedy Club show and we can’t exactly go there dressed as we are. After arriving back at the resort, cleaning ourselves up and eating a quick snack; we finally arrive at the comedy club. The place is smaller than I had expected and each couple is seated at a table for two. They first thing the waitresses do, is come around and take our drink orders and ask us if we want to buy a $12 bag of popcorn. I will never get use to the prices of things here in Vegas. They really do rob you blind, especially when you find out later that the cocktails are $11 a piece!

IMG_1180The show was really funny and three different comedians gave appearances. Unfortunately it wasn’t Brad Garrett’s night for entertaining. All in all though, the show was good and I was disappointed when the fun had to end. I am left wondering at this point how much longer I can continue this daily routine of being on the go, non-stop. These long days are finally catching up to me, and I am almost relieved that we are leaving Las Vegas in the morning.

Day 9 of our 21 day adventure

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It’s finally here, my favorite day of the year, the 4th of July! I’m not sure about you, but the 4th has always been a big day for me. Here are some of the memories I have of this special day; cookouts, visiting the old Stow house, eating homemade ice cream, going on rides, (pony, hay, train, boat, & Model-T) taking long walks on the beach, drawing messages in the dark with sparklers, watching fireworks, reminiscing about the good old days, and most importantly, sharing the entire wonderful day with family and friends.

IMG_0845Every year is different, but every year is amazing in its own way; and this year is no exception! From the moment I got up this morning, I have been anxious and eager. Celebrating our freedom, in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, is such a thrill to me! Brian and I decided to grab breakfast at Einstein Bagels, which is located at our resort. I am so glad that we decided to eat here. The food is really good, inexpensive, and the staff have been very friendly. With our stomachs full and a helpful tip from one of the staff members, we decide to head to the LINQ to park for the day. The LINQ, is a gigantic high roller observation wheel that offers panoramic views of Las Vegas. Unfortunately it’s $30 a ticket to take a ride, so we decide to pass and instead visit a few casinos.

IMG_0829There is so much to see and do here, and the streets and casinos are so crowded today. It’s hard to get around and the heat is unbearable. I am determined to buy souvenirs today, but it seems like every shop has basically the exact same thing. The only thing that ever changes is the prices. So I am spending most of my time just looking at the costs and trying to find good deals. In a city like this though, good deals are hard to find, and Brian and I don’t have much luck finding anything worth buying.

IMG_0824Back out on the streets, which are getting more crowded by the hour, we pass by a woman who is very intoxicated and not wearing anything but a string to cover up her lady parts. With the image now burned into my mind, I try to erase my last few minutes of memory, but unfortunately the delete button isn’t working. I finally just realized, that we aren’t in Kansas anymore! Oh wait… we never were! Oh well… back to what I was saying… out on the streets there are lots of interesting people today. Most are trying to make a few bucks selling their homemade cd’s, and some are even selling sculptures that they have cleverly designed. I feel bad that I can’t buy everything.

IMG_0866We finally pass a couple that isn’t trying to sell anything, all they are asking for is food. The sign reads “No money, food only please.” So I decide to stop and offer them a package of apple raisin crisps and some water that I have stashed away in my backpack. The couple is very appreciative and eats the crackers right away. Janet and Steve are their names and they return the favor by offering us handmade roses for our daughters. I feel blessed by their generosity and Steve won’t let us leave until he has finished making all four roses. While Steve is making the beautiful roses out of palm fronds, Janet shares their story with us, about how they ended up here and how they still feel blessed despite their situation of being homeless. Janet’s mother is very sick and she doesn’t want to tell her mother that she is homeless. She fears that her mother will become more ill by the news. Their story is all too familiar and I feel sad that they have to live this way. After carefully putting the flowers away in my backpack, we head out once more.

IMG_0863Heading down the street further, we spy a Mexican restaurant and take a peek inside, to see if there are any tables available. We are surprised by how vacant the place looks and we are seated right away. After ordering, our food comes fast and everything tastes really good. After eating, we walk around and visit a few more casinos. The day is going by fast, and before we realize it, it is already 9:15 p.m. and the fireworks are scheduled to start in 15 minutes. We hurry outside and notice that the whole strip is covered from one end to the next in a mob of people. We aren’t sure where the best viewing spot is, so we just stay where we’re at and hope for the best.

IMG_0855Soon the fireworks begin and we realize that we have hardly any view at all. Unfortunately with the crowds being as thick as they are, we have to remain where we are, catching glimpses of the fireworks through the buildings that are blocking our view. The fireworks don’t last long and afterward we decide to get frosties at Wendy’s and chicken tenders at Chick Filet for a late night dinner/snack. Once done eating, we decide to walk back to the car. The crowds aren’t quite as bad as they had been, but it still takes us about an hour of walking before we reach our car.

IMG_0869Once back at the resort I flop on the bed in relief that I can finally lay down. I can see the LINQ through the window. It’s all lit up in red, white, and blue. It’s been a good day, but in a way I’m happy it’s over. I have never seen so many people in one place before and it’s good to finally be free from the crowds once again. Goodnight!

Day 6 of our 21 day adventure

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Just taking one last look around the room to make sure that I haven’t forgotten anything. It’s with a heavy heart that I leave this glorious place. Being a princess for a day was so much fun. A last long look out of the tower window will have to tide me over until the next thrilling moment occurs. With a sigh, I am determined to have another grand adventure, even though this one here at the Luxor is now ending.

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Brian and I pile into the elevator with our mounds of luggage. Watchful eyes scrutinize our every move and I am thankful when we finally make it to the check-out desk. With a quick exchange of information and the final bill paid, we head out to the find the car. A wall of thick steamy air suffocates us within seconds of leaving the air-conditioned sanctuary.

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We finally spot our car and hurriedly throw everything into the trunk. We scurry back to the casino to escape the inferno that engulfs us. I immediately feel a cold chill as if ice water is pouring over me from head to toe. I look down to grab my sweatshirt, which I had slung over my purse earlier in the day. Now it seems, to my dismay, that it is nowhere to be found. After taking a few minutes to retrace my steps, and still not finding my sweatshirt, I wonder if it’s worth going back out into the stifling heat to look for it. I explore all of my options, quickly rifling through them in the work center of my brain. Ding! The answer comes to me, and I race to find the nearest security kiosk.

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I feel stupid as I explain my pitiful situation and know that I am secretly the biggest cheapskate alive. I mean a sweatshirt… of all things to report as missing… The poor lady in front of me is missing her laptop, and here I am practically crying over a plain black sweatshirt that I purchased from Goodwill.

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After explaining the discouraging downfall to my otherwise perfectly wonderful day, and filling out about a gazillion forms after pleading my case, we are finally on our way to that grand adventure that I was so hopeful to find today. I can’t shake feeling disappointed in myself and wish that I could just start my morning over. Why I get so irritated over the little things in life, I will never understand. Is this just me or does everybody get like this from time to time?

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After a while, I finally start to forget about the disappointing events of the morning as we happily gamble away our hard-earned money and shop at the same stores where celebrities often frequent. After looking at the price tags in the shops at Crystals, I am really depressed now. How can people afford such lavish things? The frivolity of such extravagant items seems to me to be almost embarrassing. I think to myself, how can people spend gobs of money on such unimportant things when people are starving in China? Seems to me like being a princess isn’t really all it’s cracked up to be. I’m kind of glad that I will most likely never find out.

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It’s now 3:00 p.m. and time to find our car, so that we can brave the Vegas traffic and find our timeshare which is off the beaten path. I know what you’re thinking… Yes, we were wrangled into buying one of those. I loathe the day we signed the contract for our timeshare and now we are forced to take a vacation every year, or by default, forfeit our timeshare “points” i.e., hard-earned money.

We finally find the resort and decide that it’s better than we expected. The resort is surrounded by small shops and is within walking distance to the strip, if you don’t mind walking in 116° weather. After exploring our room and situating the luggage, we head downstairs to the concierge desk to buy show tickets. Tonight we are seeing the show “Diva’s” and I am really looking forward to our first opportunity for real adventure.

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The day is progressing better than at first and we decide to head out for dinner. We opt for driving back to the strip, rather than trying to walk through the thick humid air. It doesn’t take us long to find parking near the LINQ; however, finding a restaurant that doesn’t cost a fortune is nearly impossible. We finally settle on the “Nook”, which is reminiscent of a delicatessen and seems like a good choice for low budget families like us.

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We order gyros and fruit tarts for dessert. The food is exquisite and tastes like heaven. After filling our bellies, we sit back and relax and watch the chefs preparing food from behind the counter. Some of the chefs are flinging pizza dough into the air, while others are carefully arranging garnishes on platters. This place may not be Trumps Palace, but the chefs sure could work there!

After being entertained at the Nook, we head out to Caesars Palace to see the show Diva’s. The theatre is decked out in red velvet and screams sexy. Frank Marino is the star of the show and has us laughing so hard, that I am about to pee my pants. The alcoholic beverage I just drank isn’t helping matters either. I never imagined that a female impersonator could deliver such a thrilling performance and I linger after the final curtain call hoping for more.

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At last though, the show is over. We file out through the crowds of drunk, excited people, each hoping for a chance to see Frank Marino in person. Sure enough, there he is, greeting everyone as they make their way out of the theatre. I am tempted to stop, but find myself hesitating because my shyness overtakes me, and once again I lose an opportunity to be someone I’m not.

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It’s 2 a.m. when we finally crawl into bed. The LINQ, which is a huge observation wheel, is all lit up and can be seen from our window next to the bed. As I lay back, I think back over the past six days and feel happy and content that we are finally getting away from it all. A part of me feels guilty for enjoying this time away from the kids, but most of me is jumping for joy. Fifteen more days left to enjoy the vacation of a lifetime. Ahhh… I hope the time lingers and that the fun continues.