Friday, May 25, 2012

Oh Yeah! Today Is My Birthday

Woke up this morning feeling...jolly good!  Today is my birthday, and it doesn't matter that I'm another year older.  I'm simply happy to be alive and well.  Life could be far better than it currently is, but if it were, it would probably be just plain boring.  I say go with the flow and embrace life as it is.  That's not to say accept things as they are, but to adapt and change for the better.  For the most part, live, laugh, love.  Be free and authentic.  Simply be.

With that said, allow me to share photos of my special day spent at the Las Vegas Springs Preserve and the Nevada State Museum.

Nevada State Museum

The Columbian Mammoth
Ichthyosaur (top) and Pacific Horse (bottom)
The Columbian Mammoth
The Trails at the Springs Preserve

The Spring House remains, a restoration site.

I love archeology!
View of Las Vegas Strip in the distance.
Historic Oil Tower in the distance.
The Gardens at the Springs Preserve
(Recycled Art by Dave Thompson)

Miscellaneous Shots at the Springs Preserve
The Ori-Gen Experience
The Rotunda
View of the Vegas Strip in the distance.
The Ori-Gen Experience
The Springs Cafe

Thus, I leave you with an excerpt from Madonna's "B-Day Song," which I played repeatedly throughout the day.

"I know it's gonna be a good day.
Oh yeah! Today is my birthday!
I'm a happy girl.
In a happy world."

So it's your birthday.  Go forth and celebrate your life!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Vacation Long Overdue

I spent the day with JCM at the Bellagio Hotel & Casino in honor of my impending birthday and at the generous expense of his. First, we stood mesmerized by the breathtaking scene of the 2012 Spring Collection at the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.

Then, we indulged in the intoxicating drink called the Cable Car at the Baccarat Bar, where we engaged in stimulating conversations about everything in life. At some point, the alcohol seemed to get the best of us as we burst into fits of giggles and high-fives despite the stares we undoubtedly received from other patrons.

Afterward, we braved the walk through the masses to witness the beautifully inspiring works at the "Claude Monet: Impressions of Light" exhibit in the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art (BGFA). We were both enthralled by a particular piece entitled Seacoast at Trouville. Included in this exhibit were works by Eugene Louis Boudin; I was simply awe-inspired by the detailed work of his Fashionable Figures on the Beach.

Thereafter, we lounged on comfortable chairs outside the BGFA and engaged in our continuous philosophical conversation about life.  More than once, we were sidetracked by the numerous eye candy that walked by.  People watching is a favorite pastime of ours. =)

Finally, we ended our day at the Cafe Bellagio, where we immersed ourselves in more talk and savored each delectable bite of our rather pricey entrees.

Today was a wonderful start to my much needed and long overdue vacation.  I'm grateful to have friends like JCM who make life bearable and quite interesting.

2012 Spring Collection, Bellagio Conservatory

The Cable Car at the Baccarat Bar, Bellagio Casino

Bellagio Turkey Club at the Cafe Bellagio
Life is fleeting, and time...well, it stops for no one.  Enjoy life while it still runs through your body and burns in your blood.  You only have this one chance at it, so I say "Indulge and be merry!"