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So. A lot's gone down. I hardly know where to begin.

Las Vegas, Nevada: I am completely, whole-heartedly obsessed with Vegas. Going into the trip, I was definitely excited to see the sights and do some gambling, but I had no idea that it was so... beautiful. Every single hotel is like its own little miniature vacation, each with its own decor and theme. You can walk along the strip, listening to the tap-tap-taps of non-English-speaking men trying to hand you small cards with photos and phone numbers of "Hot Local Girls." You can drink anywhere. You can get anything to drink. You can wear sweatpants. You can wear a cocktail dress. You can watch the Bellagio fountains for hours on end and never see the same water show twice. You can lose $120 on one slot machine, too, if you're not careful. Ahem. I loved, loved, loved it. And even made two Facebook albums to highlight its greatness.

Some of my favorite Vegas photos:

The Bellagio at night.

The Venetian.

Paris at night.

Hollywood/Venice Beach/Redondo Beach: I loved Hollywood, the wax museum, and all the celebrity-ness of it. (I even got to see a real red carpet!) Venice Beach was the amazing hippie-fest I'd remembered. I got a fun henna tattoo on my hand, bought some artwork, and smelled the familiar, college-esque scent of marijuana blowing in the warm, summer breeze. I saw some crazy people, even more crazy than some of the regular Eugene folk I'd grown to love on campus, ate some pizza, and took some ocean-side photos with Ben. Redondo was nice, too, and the highlight was probably celebrity-stalking with Ben when we learned a film crew was there shooting a movie produced by Tom Hanks. We hung around the trailers for awhile hoping to get a peek but, alas, to no avail. Oh, well.

Favorite Hollywood/Venice Beach/Redondo Beach photos:

The red carpet set up at the Kodak Theater.

View of LA from the freeway.

Pretty palm trees.

Tattoo: So, um, yeah. I accidentally got a tattoo. Kristin and I have been talking about it for a long time, and when I came back from vacation, I just felt... ready. So, I did it! Today! It's the word "Perseveranza" (meaning perseverance or persistence in Italian) on the inside of my forearm. It didn't hurt nearly as bad as I imagined it would, and I'm sort of already planning a "Forza" (strength) on the other arm. I never thought I'd be the kind of person to get a tattoo, but things change, I guess. Kristin got a treble clef on her back and was much more anxious than I, which I think eased the entire process.

Tattoo photos:

I'm a badass.

Close up.

Kristin's treble clef.


Otherwise, I'm sort of freaking out. My Dad and Bri arrive early next week, I haven't started packing, and I'm moving across the country - for the second time - in less than two weeks. Yikes.


Jun. 20th, 2008 03:29 am (UTC)
SW Portland is nice, but I'm biased `cause that's where we live. :-) Specifically here:


It might be a little farther from PSU than you were planning, but the bus runs right by here - when Peter worked downtown, I think it took him 15 minutes to get there by bus. And it's a really cute area.

I also really loved living in SE - there's lots of cute places and little neighborhoods.

Whenever you're in town, you're always welcome to stay at my place! I have a comfy futon and a cat to cuddle with!
Jun. 20th, 2008 03:43 pm (UTC)
My friend gave me a link to a place in NW Portland that actually looks really good. Pretty inexpensive, close to the Max, and only a quick drive to downtown. I'm applying for a few jobs in NW Portland as well, so perhaps once I've figured that out, I can nail down this apartment hunt.

Thanks for your hospitality in advance! I'm probably going to come over sometime at the end of July so that I can get a place for August 1st. I'm quickly beginning to realize how this cross-country venture is going to suck all the money from my checking/savings accounts, so I'll need a job ASAP! It's a shame, too. I kinda like unemployment.

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