Mom-friend, LeAnne, and I met up in Vegas to attend this conference. LeAnne works in correctional healthcare, providing women's care, and I work in GI and this conference fit both of our continuing education requirements for this year. So, we met up in Vegas...purely for business, of course.
I've never been to Vegas before. I expected all the glitz and pretense, but wow! I was surprised how old and frumpy I felt. By day, I felt like a classy, young NP in my sundress and sandals as I walked from class to class. By night, I felt like a frumpy mom in my sundress as young, incredibly thin women in incredibly short and incredibly tight dresses walked by us on the strip. Hhhmmph. It's enough to start giving you a body-image complex.
One of the best things about LeAnne is that she is all about enjoying time with YOU. She is up for whatever. Totally low-maintenance. She never once made me feel guilty about wanting to go to bed at 10pm every night. As a girl whose highest priority in life is sleep (and I certainly don't get enough of it these days!), I didn't want to spend every night out at the casinos.
So, aside from attending the conference, LeAnne and I just enjoyed our time together being mellow. We ate dinner out. We decided not to see a show, but went instead to a movie since it'd been a few years since I'd been to the movie theater (see what happens when you have young children?). We sat in bed together and watched movies on YouTube (this one was particularly hilarious). We walked the strip and window-shopped.
Of course, what's a conference in Vegas without a little sinning? We took advantage of our breaks in between classes to sample cocktails at various establishments on the strip. Don't worry, we didn't get too tipsy. Please...like we could afford it! A Bloody Mary for $12?? Everything was overpriced. Pho was $13. My tall soy chai was $4.95! A cheeseburger from McDonalds was $5! I'm not normally so frugal, but gosh, money goes so fast in this town...but, I digress.
It was a grand old time. I miss that girl and need to see her more often. The conference was good, too...I think we'll make this an annual tradition. After all, next year's conference is in Orlando!
Of course, all this laid-back hanging out changed when my 20-something cousin, Lauren, came into town. To be continued...