My first trip report! I’m so excited. Long time lurker, first time reporter. I’ve gotten more involved on this site in the past few months and I’ve found I really enjoy reading everyone’s trip reports. So I thought I’d give it a go this time around! I’ll do my best with it! Lots of photos, food reviews, and (hopefully) chip porn! My husband (Dan) and I fly out tomorrow morning. 6a departure, 6:45a arrival. Probably not the best idea but the next flight didn’t get us in until after 1p. And I really liked the idea of 6 extra hours in Las Vegas. So I’ll be severely sleep deprived, overly excited, and hopped up on caffeine and adrenaline. Day one in Las Vegas always goes one of two ways for us – we either crash before 9p and wake up at 5a PT because of the time change or go really hard and don’t go to bed until 4a PT. There’s no in-between. I have a feeling it will be an early night tomorrow. We have a much different type of trip planned this time around. For starters, we actually “planned”. Outside of a nice dinner occasionally, we usually do Vegas pretty spontaneously. I’ve made reservations for a lot of our meals, all new-to-us places. I don’t want to wind up in line for Margaritaville at midnight because we forgot to eat, I’m hangry, and everything else was too crowded or closed (based on a true story). When we arrive tomorrow, we’ll have a car waiting for us, trying Bell Limo. We usually use Presidential but it was impossible to get ahold of them this time. We’re staying at Paris, check out Friday. It’s one of my favorites. We plan on trying the $20 trick for the first time; hopefully diamond check-in is open. It’s my birthday on Tuesday, so I think those will help for a possible upgrade! Other reservations for the week – Overlook Grill for brunch Sunday, Best Friend Korean BBQ, Mon Ami Gabi for breakfast, Tides at Green Valley Ranch, STK Happy Hour, Joe’s at the Forum Shops, and my favorite, a Paris cabana on Tuesday (hopefully it’s not 110 degrees). I tried to get reservations for Delilah in mid-June. That was a joke; they’re booked through August! Other things we’d like to do but it depends on how gambling goes, the weather, etc – BINGO at GVR, The Neon Museum, get downtown and see Circa, venture north and see Resorts World, & poker for Dan. Things we always do – blackjack, craps, roulette, a few slots. I’d like to hit up some video poker this time. I’ve played but not a lot. Confession time – I’ve never won a handpay. Seriously. I’ve been gambling for 15 years. I used to play solely slots (until about 4 years ago). Still play slots occasionally. And I’ve never won a handpay. Hell, I’ve never even won over $400 on a single pull! So that’s my goal. I mean, that’s always my goal. But this time I’m really going to hope for it. Hopefully some good birthday trip juju helps me out. On a side note – I am a SEVERE over packer. And I’m okay with this. Need a Band-Aid and Neosporin? I got you. Gatorade cause you’re hung over? Have that too. Need a snack while you’re waiting for the drunk bro next to you to set his dice at craps and his ritual takes 5 minutes? Have a granola bar (also based on a true story). I bring snacks, my own coffee creamer, a sound machine for sleep, enough pairs of underwear to last me a month, Febreeze, and way too many purses (at least in my husband’s opinion). It’s a time-honored tradition when we check our luggage at the airport, the desk agent always says, “wow, that’s heavier than it looks!” Yes, yes it is. And I’m proud of it. I also have a spare duffle bag packed as well in case we shop and I need more space on the way home! My husband always makes fun of me for it. But the first time he needs something I packed that he considered “excessive”, I make him acknowledge the fact that it’s only here because I brought it. On this trip, we’re bringing a new hangover remedy called WaterBoy. I think I’m going to try it as a preventative and, if necessary, a remedy. It’s a new product; I got it through a presale. It has more electrolytes than others on the market, less sugar, fewer calories, more vitamins B-12 and C, and ginger extract. As we move closer to 40, the hangovers get worse and worse. And my husband and I (mostly me), tend to overdo it in Vegas. We used to use Hangover Heaven (the same company that does the to-your-door IVs) but after the FDA classified hangovers as an actual medical condition, they had to pull them. They’re working on rebranding them as “liver support pills”. LOL. Whatever. They’re not an instant cure but you’ll definitely feel better than you did without them. And as always, I’ll have my large tub of Gatorade powder! T-minus 10 hours until our flight. Going to down some Benadryl and attempt to force myself into sleep. See you all in the morning!