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Pinch Me
Published on Wednesday, November 3, 2010 by

I’ve held off on this post for a few months.  One of those, “I can’t believe this is happening so I just can’t write about it yet” things.  But the flights are booked, the room is paid and (drum roll please!) I AM GOING TO LAS VEGAS!!!  MONDAY!

AHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!

elvis vegas

And oh the guilt the guilt the guilt.  I am not allowed to go away from my children.  I am not allowed to have fun on my own.  I am a bad mom if I do this!  Right?

I have never been away from the kids.  My daughter has never had a day she hasn’t seen my face in person.  EVER.  She thinks she is not going to survive this.  Technically she will see me Monday, will not see me Tuesday and Wednesday but will pick me up from the airport on Thursday.  To this she whimpers, “Yes, that is two days, but it is also THREE NIGHTS!”  Honestly, I don’t know how I will be able to stand being away from her too.  Let’s just not go there.

Says Grandma?  “She is too attached to you.  This will be GOOD FOR HER.”  Yes Ma’am.

So why a trip across the country?  PUBCON!  How am I paying?  I’m NOT!

I am joining a small team of women on a new webventure.  The (generous, magnificent and amazing) leader is paying for our flights, our tickets, and our hotel.  We will be attending the Pubcon conferences on Tuesday and Wednesday in the hopes we can glean some valuable information on “Search, Social Media, Internet Marketing and Website Operation.”

I will be with two of my favorite people EVER and we will have NO CHILDREN there.  Our Mommy Strings will be pulled tight, but we can talk each other down.  After all, our nebulizer experience is vast.  And frankly, I can make a mean adult beverage if I’m put on the spot.

Did I mention the hotel?  No?  Can you say DEATH RAY HOTEL?!   Just how cool is THAT?!  My middle son wants me to bring an army man along to melt in the hotel’s deadly rays.  Anyone have a spare?

As hard as it will be to spend time away from the kids AND as guilty as I feel, can I mention the following about our suite?

  • Spa-like bathroom sanctuary
  • State-of-the-art, customizable one-touch in-room technology
  • Exclusive porte-cochère entry accessed via limousine only (What the heck is Porte Cochère!)
  • Custom ARIA mattress with triple-sheeted, 100% Egyptian cotton linens
  • Private hotel and casino check-in experience
  • Welcome stone foyer
  • Plush robes and slippers
  • Stone shower with bench and steam shower
  • Separate air bath whirlpool tub
  • Rooms recognize guests’ first time in the room and “greet” them as they enter; light fills the room, curtains part to show the view, TV turns on to display list of automated controls for guests to personalize

Pinch me.

Now here I am in old tennis shoes and faded cheap work clothes that swim on me nowadays.  Can you picture the face of the “personalized concierge” at the “porte-cochère” when he gets a load of me?  I’m thinking a Walmart trip is long overdue.  I’ve suddenly become the mom in The Middle.  And honestly, I’m OK with that!  (in a whisper to my chest: With thaaattttt.)

I’m not a gambler, so you won’t be seeing me at any tables (and don’t you need money to be able to gamble with it?).  I might put a few coins in the slot machine for fun.  But THE thing I WILL do?  No-Matter-What?!  I am going to visit my very first LIVE IN PERSON Lush Store.  Perhaps I can use a new Lush soap or shampoo bar in the steam shower later that night.

Kids?  What kids?

Remember, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.  Unless you own a blog.

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  • Have a terrific time. You need to get away from the kids now and then. It's good for them and it's good for you. Have fun! 🙂

  • Vegas? No kids?! Lush store?!?!

    Can I com too? Please?

    Pleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleaseplease!!!!!

    • Oh that would ROCK if you came!!! What a GREAT TIME! I am absolutely stunned that I am being given this opportunity. I never get to go ANYWHERE EVER…. I wish I COULD take my kids actually… maybe not to Vegas but to SOMEWHERE. I've been going through the Lush site and I know I'll be in trouble… !!

  • Now I am seriously looking forewards to the blogs from Vegas. Have fun! Take time for yourself – yes, I know it goes against what you think but if you don't have time for yourself what are you teaching the children? A Mommy needs a break – it doesn't mean she doesn't love the children.

    Vegas Baby! Wow. Kinda jealous.

    M

    • I just can't believe it. I am SO NERVOUS about leaving the kids… I've done two pages of instructions, including exactly what every lunch box should contain, what uniforms go on which day, who has something after school… I was proud of myself when I saw how much work I do! I will miss them SO MUCH. I know they will be OK, but it's gonna be a hard goodbye on Monday. I will do everything i can to enjoy myself (AND learn great web stuff!) but the good side to leaving Vegas is coming back home to the kids. 🙂

  • OMG!! This is sofa king fabulous! Yes it will be good for your kids to be away from them and it will be even better for mommy!

    I'm sooooooo happy and excited for you. And you know….you're gunna have to tell us all about Vegas when you get back!

    • I have a new android phone so I plan to post pix right up to wordpress with my new “app” thingie! Get this.. my neighbor was the most wonderful spunky older lady. She died a year ago and we miss her so much. She LOVED going to Vegas. I told her adult son I wish I had listened more when she told me how she plays slots. He just came over and give me FIFTY DOLLARS to put in the slot machines – he knew I would not use my own money. I am to split it if I win over 5,000. I told him if I won a DOLLAR I would split it – my goodness it is his! But he said I need to channel Janie – his Mom – LOL! I can picture her at the machines now… how COOL is that!!!! He said to play the dollar machines, and in a few hotels. How fun!

  • KZ

    Your excitement is infectious. I think it's safe to say that your free ticket to PubCon will not go to waste. 🙂 Have a great time in Vegas!

    • I have already bought a notebook, pens and folder – “the pubcon student.” And then I heard today that Matt Cutts of Google will be there. Think I can buy him off with luna bars and hotel soap?

  • Carmen

    Enjoy your getaway. I am wildly envious – your hotel sounds amazing! And have fun in the LUSH store – I am in need of some stuff – would you do a pick up for me????

  • This is so awesome! And yes, please replace Celine Dion while you're there!

    • Yes, I really really REALLY can't listen to Celine Dion… for a second!

  • How fabulous for you. You totally deserve this and don't you waste a second of it feeling guilty about anything. How sweet of your neighbor to give you that money to gamble in memory of his mom. Have a wonderful time and then come come and educate the rest of us.

    Hugs!

    • I want to do a post on what I learned at Pubcon… some good stuff. Actually I'm doing a little thing for Tribal as well. Well, my deceased neighbor Mrs. Henniker and I blew the fifty bucks … no big winnings, but we sure had a good time!

  • Heligirl

    OK, that sounds so very heavenly! You're going to have such a blast. The kid pangs will be tough, but you have each other to pull through. Nothing a good cosmo won't numb for a bit. Have a blast, let your hear down and get lots of good stuff from the conference. I'm looking forward to hearing about the trip!

    • I'm back and learned SO MUCH! I missed the kids a TON.. it took a day for me to even loosen up a bit. But then I got busy at the conference and talked to them a few times a day… was able to enjoy just being ME for a day or two… but could not WAIT to get back to see them. The airport hugs and kisses were something I'll never forget. 🙂

  • Holy cow, how did I never hear about the Death Ray hotel before? It sounds fabulous! Have a good time.

  • total congratulations. i have been to vegas 15 to 20 times. had to cancel a trip in october because i got sick. canceled the reschedule because my bff's transmission blew. so going to phoenix. so much to do there. feel free to eat at the really cheap buffets and spend ur money on a great show or wonderful restaurant meal. there's nothing you can't do in vegas … and yes, it stays in vegas!!

  • congrats!!! totally jealous 🙂 never been there. never been on a FREE VACATION!! woot woot!! have a blast!!

  • OMG! Have an amazing trip. I have left my kids a few times and, trust me, they survive every time. I hope you have a great time and learn a lot from the sessions.

    • I did learn a whole lot… now to find the time to implement all of the things I learned. Guess what… my kids DID survive… and I got the BIGGEST HUG in the WORLD at the airport… I was in tears gripping on to my daughter – such a great feeling being on vacation but an even greater feeling coming back! 🙂

  • yuani

    wow.. amazing, I like the kids who started self-learning

  • Hey, cant believe i missed all this excitement. where are the pictures? I’m sure you had an awesome time. And for the those left behind? let them eat cake..and miss you a teeny weeny bit!

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