good friends -- everyone except for me has done the Vegas thing before so they have the distinct honor of showing me around. We're staying at the MGM Grand and plan to hit some of the tourist hot spots (Fremont Street, Bellagio Fountains, etc.) and then just relax and enjoy ourselves at the pool or some laid back bars. There is even a possibility of J and I renewing our vows at a cheesy Vegas chapel. And don't worry, I promise that what happens in Vegas will most likely show up on this blog ... unless, of course, we get into some Hangover-style shenanigans and I am sworn to secrecy! For those of you wondering, I did NOT get knocked up during July so I'll be good to indulge in some drinks, of which I'm sure there will be plenty, knowing this crowd. I actually kind of hope this ends up being my last big hoopla before there is a bun in my oven.
The only sad part is that it's a fairly short trip -- we'll fly back on Saturday (to leave Sunday for recovery, or if you're J, heading out for a business trip). I hear that's about as long as you want to stay in Sin City, which is fine, but I could really use a full week of doing nothing. I have had a busy stretch at work and the down time is much needed.
My hope is that once I get back I can focus on everything a bit more clearly. I tend to fall into a summer haze most years and motivation can be hard to find. Honestly, I'm still reeling from the fact that we're suddenly expected to work during the summer after having them off for so long during our younger years. You'd think I'd be over that by now -- right? -- but I know too many teachers who still enjoy this perk and I definitely get a little envious of their schedule.
Actually, aside from the whole summers off thing, one of the many reasons I have always longed to be a teacher is because I also really love the back-to-school part. Getting new pencils, pens and notebooks. Even though schools around here begin as early as August 3, when September hits, I don't just get excited for Hokie football: the whole pomp and circumstance of going back to school gets me going as well. Who knows, maybe teaching will be my post-baby career?