Neighborhood Walks in Summerlin (Las Vegas)

I’ve been taking morning walks around the neighborhood before it gets too hot. It is so beautiful, especially in the shade – lol! Summerlin is quite lovely (similar to Irvine, CA) and the best place to live in Las Vegas, in our opinion, and where you can find more California transplants than anywhere else in the Valley, but our old neighborhood in Southern Highlands still holds our heart.

I thought I’d share a few videos from my morning walks taken from my iphone (still working on my “YouTube” voice – lol!) And in the third video, I mistakenly called the new condos “apartments.” Ooops!

I haven’t figured out how to add captions to correct wrong information, and not sure I will take the time to figure it out. My youtube adventures are just for fun, as writing and music are my main priorities. But sharing videos is also a creative endeavor so you never know. I may even get out the GoPro again.

Hope you enjoy a peek into this new Las Vegas world we’re experiencing – at least for the moment. 🙂

Neighborhood Park, Summerlin (Las Vegas)

Single Family Homes, Summerlin (Las Vegas)

Townhome Community (with peek at new Condos), Summerlin (Las Vegas)

Brunching From Las Vegas to Disney World to Disneyland (#Writer’sLife)

Brunch seems to have hit it big everywhere these days! Weekend brunch, that is. From Las Vegas to Disney World to Disneyland even. with the latest brunch place being Lamplight Lounge in DCA at Disneyland Resort. Check out the video below. We’re definitely adding that to our next trip plans.

Okay, so we miss being able to just drop into Disney World when we were living in Florida. That is always the difficulty when we move back to Vegas. And brunching at the resorts and Disney Springs was one of our favorite activities.

But I have to laugh when I think back to when I was first writing and submitting to RWA (Romance Writers of America) contests. My character was having brunch and one judge wrote that brunch would be way too expensive for my character. Totally ridiculous! She wasn’t poverty-striicken, but an average working girl who could definitely spring for a brunch. Mind you this was years ago before the brunch phenomenon hit but there were plenty of brunches out there. Obviously this RWA member was unaware of brunch. Maybe she came from a small Midwestern town and was clueless. And so I quit submitting my work to contests.

Back in the day, Las Vegas (Reno, Tahoe, etc) was the place to brunch and food, especially brunch, was quite affordable. The latest trend here isn’t brunch because everybody has brunch, but it’s Happy Hour during those brunching hours. Our favorite place for brunch time Happy Hour is Bobby Mao’s (I wrote about it here).

Anyway, check out Mr. CheezyPop’s brunch experience at Lamplight Lounge:

Two4Disney on YouTube

Because it’s a lot more fun to watch videos on YouTube than on an iPhone, we decided to create a YouTube channel. I’m in the process of uploading our most recent videos as well as some older videos to catch up and then post new content as it’s created.

Obviously, we are not eligible for a custom url (less than 30 days old, fewer than 100 subscribers, as in 0 subscribers), so here’s a link to help you find it. Short and simple videos captured from an iPhone. Nothing fancy. Moments. Memories. A whole lot of fun!

Our 18-Month Florida Vacation Playlist

For videos of our most recent time living in Central Florida, check out our 18-Month Florida Vacation Playlist on our new YouTube Channel.

Pairing Down

Everything is scary in the middle of the night. The apartment is smaller, the furniture looms larger, and I’m furniture shopping online. I see a couple of sofas that look smaller, wondering if we should leave ours behind and buy new on the other side. I read the measurements and climb down the stairs to measure our couch and compare. We would only save one-inch – lol! I don’t think that’s anything to bother with.

I’ve made lists of what can go with, what can stay behind, and the things that can go either way, depending on what space we think we’ll have. The things that will be left behind are things we’ve been meaning to ditch anyway. But we had space to fill, so we kept them longer than we would have otherwise.

We have two big dressers, one for me and one for Rich that also houses the electronics – we’ve both strongly disliked the one for Rich ever since it arrived. It was nothing like we thought it was when we saw it on the internet. We’ll toss that one and share mine. Today I’m going to pair down half of my dresser to make room for Rich. We’ve got our eye on a new dresser in the future, one that will match our somewhat recent new headboard.

The loveseat in my studio will finally go. We bought it when we were living in Orlando the first time around – it now has a rip in the fabric. We had to strong arm the salesman to deliver it when we needed it. That’s how you get things done there. People talk about how Disney applies pressure to the local officials to get what they want/need but I don’t criticize them for that. Otherwise, you’d never get anything done in Orlando.

The downside of all of this remote anticipation is that we’re not experiencing the pluses about being in Florida – just the fears. But once we’re there, I think we’ll be really excited. Just last night, shopping on the Rooms to Go website, I felt the excitement rising, realizing that means we’re going to be living in Florida again. Very excited about the good things.

Once we walk through our “vacation condo,” as I’m thinking of it now, I think our excitement will continue to rise. We imagined that the next new thing for us might be a condo and we pictured a sleek kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite counter top, island, pendant lighting, under mount sink, wood floors, etc. This brand-new place has all of that.

Once I’m swimming in that pool, enjoying the cabana deck, and embracing writing sessions in the public lounge with coffee bar, I’ll truly be getting into that vacation lifestyle.

Once I’m enjoying our favorite barbecue joint, the writer’s group, choir, and local NSAI chapter, dropping Rich off at work to have a fun day at Disney, sharing all of that on this blog as I craft my video skills, well, life in Las Vegas will be a distant memory.

In the meantime, I’m listening to my Disney CDs, getting very excited for the future!

 

Spring Break Surprise Weekend Retreat Trip Report, Day 2, Part 2

After a brief nap, we had our “wake-up” snack of soda and a couple of squares of chocolate, and discussed our plans for the evening. We weren’t really into the beach after all and thought we’d swing by Downtown Disney for a little Disney magic.

We parked at Downtown Disney and saw, for the first time, the new security entrance, which we now know replaces the Valet parking area they once had. This secures Downtown Disney and allows you the freedom to enter the parks without going through Security in that congested area. People were friendly, and it went quite smoothly.

As we were walking toward the Security gates, we noticed a bride and groom riding inside Cinderella’s carriage – how romantic and magical is that! You can see that video here.

As we were heading toward World of Disney, Rich pointed out the people sitting at a table to our right. “JWs,” he said. I’m still in shock! I think I’ll write a separate post about my thoughts on that. Suffice it to say I think it’s a bad idea to open up the possibility of all kinds of non-Disney type entertainment setting up shop on DD property.

We also noticed the empty place where House of Blues used to be. They moved to Gardenwalk – the story is here. Splitsville takes its place at Downtown Disney – story here.

We must have arrived at Downtown Disney at the perfect time, because it wasn’t really crowded and World of Disney was the emptiest I’ve ever seen it. We spotted all the Minnie Mouse Merchandise immediately – she’s my girl (Real Mice Wear Red). I picked up a couple of red Minnie tapas plates.

Rich spotted a really cool Mr. Toad t-shirt and I assured him he must have it!

We then backtracked to the Grand Californian, noticing that on the way out, we’ll have to enter Security again. We were wondering where hotel guests would enter Security now that it’s been moved to the beginning of Downtown Disney instead of in front of the parks.

We stopped to enjoy the lobby and the pianist, and then on to Hearthstone Lounge, our home away from home.

This is one of our favorite places, but the last time it was a bit off. But we are happy to report, the fabulous service and experience was back on point, and I feel so totally at home here, I could just move in.

We shared our usual Robusto Flatbread and had 2 glasses of Malbec and tossed the idea around of stopping by the front gate to purchase an Annual Pass. It’s so hard to be asked, “Do you have an AP” when we’re dining or shopping and we have to say, “No!” lol!

We thought about getting the AP and popping in to DCA to check out the Food & Wine Festival, which had just started this weekend. Alas, we decided not to break the Downtown Disney parking rules and not enter a park, and wait for the “real” trip to purchase the AP.

On our way out of the GC, we stopped in at our favorite gift shop, and then through Security and back to the parking area with a brief stop to listen to our favorite Ry Bradley sing, and I took a bit of video from my iPhone. Or watch it here:

I’m still reuploading the iPhone videos to our YouTube channel but hope to reupload the GoPro videos soon. Unfortunately, on this trip, we didn’t have a better quality cameras with us.

4th of July Road Trip: Las Vegas to Laughlin

Summers in the desert drive me mad – worse than summers in Florida. No trees, no grass, no water (well, not much), with the intense blazing sun baring down on you. And no place to go – Las Vegas is very isolating.

But long about 5 p.m. on a weekend, I have to get out of the house. This past Sunday, we didn’t know where we should go – we’d been everywhere close. But we hadn’t been to Lake Mead or Hoover Dam in awhile so we jumped in the Jeep and headed that way. Somewhere along the way, we saw a sign that said “Searchlight” and “Laughlin.” Well, we hadn’t been to Laughlin and weren’t sure this was the time to do it. How far was it and would we get back before dark?

The Jeep navigation system couldn’t seem to find either so we thought we’d just head out that way and see how far we got. But by the time we made it to Searchlight, it was so underwhelming, we decided to press on to Laughlin and the sign indicated it would only take about 45 more minutes.

The other purpose of this trip was to continue to capture the area on our GoPro – not only to have in our archives – but as practice in getting to know the tips and tricks of it.

Here are the 3 videos of our road trip to Laughlin and back from our home in Las Vegas. Next, we’ll post about lessons learned with the GoPro so far.

Road Trip Part 1: From Las Vegas to Searchlight

Road Trip Part 2: Laughlin on the Colorado River

Road Trip Part 3: Laughlin to Las Vegas, Dusk to Dark