Viva Las Vegas!

Well I hope everyone had a fabulous 4th of July weekend! I know I sure did! Let me start out by saying I absolutely LOVE having a 3-Day weekend but it sure is rough coming back to work (especially if you spent your weekend like I did!)

I can’t even believe that it had been almost two whole years since I had been in Vegas. Seriously. I mean technically I officially flew out October 11th, but leading up to that starting September 24th I was in jail, so I don’t really consider that time “being” in Vegas, I mean I was in a cell so I really could have been anywhere lol. Then the three weeks before that I had been in New York so yeah, point being, almost two years since I had been to Vegas until this last weekend lol.

When my friends invited me to tag along on there already planned Vegas trip I won’t lie I was a little hesitant. I mean I don’t have really any decent clothes suitable for extremely hot weather nor do I have many options for a night out. There was also the fact that the last time I was in Las Vegas I was literally being escorted from jail to rehab lol. I understand that some people might not find that humorous, but honestly looking back after two years, I can’t help but laugh at how ridiculous I was. For those of you who may think it difficult to find humor in your own misfortunes there is a quote from one of my ALL TIME favorite movies [Garden State] that has always stuck with me:

What do you do? You laugh. I’m not saying I don’t cry, but in-between I laugh, because I realized how silly it is to take life too seriously. If you can’t learn to laugh at yourself then life is gonna seem a whole lot longer than you’d like.”

But seriously, all jokes aside, I was actually a little nervous. Not because I thought that I was going to get back there and throw away all the progress I have made. I am actually VERY confident in myself and have a pretty good sense of self control. It was just a tiny little feeling of nerves for which I had no real explanation because I seriously didn’t know what they were stemming from. I just assumed the feelings I had were from a combination of things: excitement of being on a vacation with my friends in VEGAS, nerves of going to Vegas, curiosity of how I may feel once I’m in VEGAS, and etc.

Long story short ALL of that nonsense just faded away as soon as I caught sight of the Las Vegas Strip. Hannah checked into our room at the Monte Carlo, Keira made the cocktails and the rest of the weekend created itself! I won’t give an entire play by play, because let’s face it, a weekend in Vegas would be a novel. I’ll try to sum it up as best I can without losing the essence that is LAS VEGAS.

Night 1 We played Black Jack with Canadians until the sun came up and we were all winners eh! There was an attempt made at the Craps table by Keira, Hannah, and I between the hours of 10pm and sunrise but that was short lived seeing as uhh it’s not as easy to win money there (oh well at least we got to roll the dice). Oh, and I witnessed a brilliant rendition of Ice Ice Baby, performed by none other than The Geary sister’s (not even joking, they seriously put Vanilla Ice to shame). #YOLO

Day 2 We drank pitchers of Mojitos by the pool where apparently 40 year old men enjoy wrestling and also teaching us about weather patterns. After all that excitement we returned to our room and watched THREE very dramatic Lifetime movies while waiting for our second wind.

Night 2 We wore fur coats, I know what you’re thinking; “Fur Coats in Vegas?!” Crazy right? WRONG. We had to wear the coats because we were hanging out inside of a bar made of ICE (Minus5 Ice Bar). It was pretty much one of the coolest things I have ever experienced. Our shots and drinks were all inside of cups literally made of ice, Hannah and I even took a shot out of an Ice Sculpture, and we got some really cool photos (Julio the photographer: you still have my heart). After that we went to check out the new-and-improved Drais on the roof of the Cromwell (yeah it is no longer in a basement). It was pretty nice, definitely less sketchy than when it was a basement, but it was almost exactly like the Drais on top of the W in Hollywood. So it was kind of like Deja Vu for me. I guess it was bigger and probably nicer, I am not too sure since we weren’t inside very long before three lovely British boys bumped into us on the patio. Naturally I initiated a conversation which wasn’t difficult for me because I am so charismatic and outgoing… Okay okay it’s actually because I am a die hard Harry Potter fan and, I mean come on, these guys were British! So I did what I do best and started off with asking if they’re Harry Potter fans (yeah I’m a nerd I know this already). Lol. So we were heading down to play Black Jack and they decided to join us, seems odd for us to leave the club to gamble, but the Black Jack tables were very kind to us girls all weekend. After an hour or so the ladies decided to turn in early because we were leaving at 6am to drive home but to me that translated to all-nighter. It was our last night in Vegas after all. So I just continued to gamble with my new friends and took my first EVER trip to the Stratosphere since I went on the ride as a kid (for good reason too, that area is so ghetto). It was on the way there that I  had some pretty interesting conversations about whether or not Kurt Cobain killed himself (even got to hear some great sing alongs to Come as You Are in the cab). At the hotel the discussions contributed to favorite movies/directors/actors, why Cali drivers go in the slow lane to pass you when you’re in the middle lane, how we have intersections and they have roundabouts, I mean the list goes on…

Oh yeah, and I was told that when I go to London I am guaranteed discounted tickets to Harry Potter World, and I will be holding them to that.

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So as you can see, the trip was a definite success, especially when you come home with the money back that you had spent on the trip itself. I am forever grateful for the game of Black Jack and whoever created it. I got home at 10am and slept until I literally had to wake up for work the next day hahaha I definitely needed that rest though. And now I am back to reality of working. Living my boring old life with no awesome British boys to hangout with and no Bars made of ice to go to. Just me and little Kat in my studio in the Valley, working a 9-5, having the same friends I’ve had forever… Hmm. I must say though, for a boring life full of normalcy, I think it is pretty damn good <3

xoxo.

[Currently Listening to: Jilted Lovers by The Naked and Famous]

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Hello my long lost blog readers! It feels as though it has been forever, probably because it has, but for very good reason! I have to say that Halloween is definitely my favorite holiday, unfortunately I didn’t get to celebrate last year due to being in rehab, so I decided to make up for that this year.

Let me start off by saying that it is practically almost Wednesday and I have yet to fully recover from my weekend festivities. Apparently I am not young anymore and cannot handle four days of straight drinking with no consequences. Who knew? Haha. Halloween was a Thursday this year and even though I have the pleasure of working a day job I decided to go out to a small house party. I didn’t know anyone there, or plan on staying long, didn’t even think I’d drink much (ha good joke Kara). Within fifteen minutes I had made two new best friends and I was taking shots of tequila. In between shots I was sipping on a margarita and some wine (because mixing is always a good idea right?) and didn’t end up in my bed until 2:30am.

My alarm went off at 6:30am the following morning and my Halloween celebration did not cut me any slack as far as hangovers were concerned. I sat in my cubicle trying my best to get through the day without throwing up because let’s face it no one wants to be that person at work. All I could think about was going home, crawling into bed, and sleeping for ten hours. Somehow before the day ended I accidentally agreed to go out to Hollywood with my coworkers for drinks. I was totally dreading it until I got home and took the hottest shower ever (amazing what that can do) because then I was ready to go! We began our casual evening with drinks at Lexington Social House which is a lovely place. Lovely meaning pretentious employees and over priced drinks! It really didn’t matter how the place looked considering a previous dealer of mine used to live nearby and all I could think about was whether or not he still lived there. Not because I wanted drugs, I didn’t, but because he was really quite the character and the idea of him still living there after all these years was really humorous to me. Our laid back night quickly turned into something different when we ended up at Drai’s Hollywood, six shots of Jack Daniels later and I was done for. The evening ended with my beautiful friend Marilyn walking me into my house, helping me take my boots off, and me passing out on my futon.

Eyes open bright and early Saturday morning 8am thanks to my natural alarm clock. I could taste Jack Daniels in my mouth and my head was pounding I wasn’t sure id be able to fall back asleep so I took a Tylenol PM and slept til noon. At 1pm I ventured out to Keira’s house (so excited) and we leave with Lauren to get coffee. I’m not sure what it is about being hungover that makes everything so funny but I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard in my life. Lauren was filling us in on her current relationship situation with a guy who had a plan (ya, deal breaker) and we went over all the Disney movies and how they teach such horrible examples to young girls: “if you get drugged, pass out, and wake up to a strange man kissing you, marry him”. Thanks Sleeping Beauty. Afterwards we ate burritos then Keira and I went back to her house to get ready for Kristin’s party. We arrived on time (first time ever) and immediately began taking shots of cake flavored vodka. Guests continued to arrive and we continued to get drunk and dance and smoke cigarettes. I stood on a chair to give a champagne toast to Kristin, because let’s face it, that girl is a gem of a hostess! Around 5am everyone began trickling into sleeping areas, couches, floors, or if you’re Keira Steve and Hannah a bed to squeeze into haha.

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The following morning we all woke up around 9:30-10am. Keira and I spent about an hour creatively thinking of different ways we could kill ourselves to ease the pain of our hangovers, but even laying down in the street seemed to require too much energy, it did turn into a pretty fun game though. We all decided to cook breakfast and Hannah went to the store with Keira returning with six bottles of champagne. I went ahead and skipped the whole eating idea, went straight to drinking with the hopes that my hangover would go away, either that or I’d get drunk and forget I was hungover. Over the next few hours everyone ended up being wasted again and it was extremely entertaining but at the same time very confusing. I found myself sitting there wondering how on earth people were acting so normal and okay but I felt closer to death than the ghost decorations hanging from the trees. I was literally at a point where I felt I had to conserve my laughter because I wasn’t sure how many breaths I had left hahaha!

The afternoon ended for me when my sister picked me up and I got to do laundry at a laundromat with her. Yeah, if you didn’t think those places were dull and depressing before, try going to one of them completely dead and hungover lol.

Now here I am, days later and still barely recovered, finally able to muster up enough energy to write this blog. Hope you all got the most out of your Halloween holiday like I did!

xoxo.