Saturday, November 15, 2008

Master Bedroom: Check

This past weekend we finished our bedroom renovation. It only took about two months and probably cost less than $1000. We are so happy with our work! We finally have a sanctuary in our little, messy home. Mike did all the woodwork, which is especially noteworthy because his tools and workspace were severely lacking. He had a miter box, a hand saw, a rotary saw, and worked either on the ground or with the wood suspended between two chairs. Quite extraordinary!
This marks the second completed room in our house (the first one was the bathroom). We're planning on taking a couple of months off and then hitting either half of the kitchen or doing the living room.

Friday, November 07, 2008


We watched Senator Barack Obama become President-elect Barack Obama on November 4 on CNN from our couch in the front room of our tiny house in Seattle.

Throughout Seattle people crowded the streets in spontaneous celebration. Police closed both 1st Ave near Pike Place Market and Broadway on Capitol Hill due to the crowds. Unfortunately, there were no celebrations in our neighborhood and we weren't aware of the parties in Seattle until stories from coworkers the next morning. It would've been fun to be a part of that.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Las Vegas, Baby!

To celebrate Desi's half birthday we jumped on a plane to see Elton John's "The Red Piano" at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. Elton John puts on a great show and this was definitely no exception. With a venue specifically designed for this show, the acoustics were amazing and there wasn't a bad seat in the house.

Our seats were the best we've had yet at one of Elton's concerts and Desi was very nearly able to touch Elton upon his stage entrances and exits. We were sitting within rows of audience members that did actually get to touch Elton, and kudos to Desi for restraining herself from hurdling over the few rows separating us from him.

The concert was definitely worthy of the trip but the entire vacation was a whole lot of fun. We have never really had any luck with our Vegas vacations. We usually get bored or wind up staying at the wrong hotel or try to do too many things but this time we did it right.

We arrived Monday afternoon and stayed until Thursday afternoon, which proved to be the perfect duration. We stayed at Bill's Gamblin' Hall & Saloon, which is on The Strip sandwiched between Bally's and the Flamingo and across from Caesar's Palace. It's one of those $60/night places with $1 margaritas but shares the Flamingo's pool, one of the best in Vegas. And, even with Desi getting a migraine on Tuesday night, we had a great time and are already planning a return trip.
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