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Sugar Free – Week 2+

I have made it through 2 weeks of being sugar free, with a caveat.  The caveat being this:

Delicious boozy shake

Granny’s Shake – vanilla, caramel sauce and whiskey

I had one milkshake while we were in Vegas.  It was vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce and whiskey topped by some barely sweetened whipped cream.  It was amazing.
I did notice though, that the next few days I craved candy bars and other things that I hadn’t been drawn towards in more than a week.  Tricksy devil.

I will say that I haven’t been the strictest person on rooting the sugar out of my life.  I’m still eating ketchup and BBQ sauce, for instance, even though they have sugar in them.

The benefits I’ve noticed have been great – my skin is much clearer, I no longer “crash” and am much more alert in the afternoons, and just a general feeling of well-being.
Give it a try.


Vegas Baby!

Vegas is just too much.  I know it’s known for over the top excess, but until I spent the weekend there (doing fairly low-key stuff), I had no idea how much of an assault it is.


Vegas Strip at night

The muchness

So many people!  So many shops!  So many lights!  There’s a lot of a lot.

There’s a Northpark mall in the base of every casino I went to on The Strip.  The interiors were amazing, the shops were meh as far as I was concerned.

The same display in the window of identical Louis Vuitton shops was just weird.  The fact that I already have access to these places kind of ruined the “excitement” of them.

Cesear's Palace outside

I remember a construction company that was doing the interiors of the Venetian coming to A&M and showing their work.  They were responsible for the “sky” ceilings and all the other truly spectacular details. The name of the company was Italian, and Vegas and New York were their main markets.  I don’t think there was much interest from my classmates, it sounded vaguely mob-ish.

We caught the “O” Cirque de Soleil show, it was absolutely amazing what the performers were capable of.  The show felt very “French” in the sense that there was some kind of plot that I couldn’t quite follow.

We didn’t gamble and spent most of the time walking and eating, which I’m sure is a typical use of time.  Everything is so big and spread out and walking is the best way to get there.

For me the highlights included a Walgreens that looked better than most Sephora’s and was stocked with European and Japanese skincare and makeup lines.  It was fantastic.

The other main highlight was Topshop, which I’ve been to in Dublin and London over the years and LOVE, I picked up a pair of oxford booties for a steal.

All in all, I loved the buildings and the show we went to.  Didn’t love the people and just the overwhelming stimulation.  I spent all of the day after I got home de-compressing in the living room.

Does anyone over the age of 30 who doesn’t gamble or pursue “Adult activities” enjoy Vegas?


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