Vegas, Day Three: Broke-Ass Broke In A City Of Broken Dreams

Sunday morning found me waking, bleary-eyed but unable to get back to sleep:At 6:15am.Three days, and I was still on Philly time. Dammit. And since I really didn't get entirely to sleep until after 4am, this was a problem.So I sat down to write - amazingly, without a hangover again (go figure) and got some stuff done until my roommates woke up ....more

Mostly Wordless Wednesday: Somebody, Somewhere

What's the most amazing fact you can think of?...more

Vegas, Day Two: Excesses And Indulgences

Saturday dawned early in Vegas - or at least it does on Philly time, which, despite 48 ounces of alcohol the night before, I seemed to be.So I pulled out the laptop and did some writing - some really good writing, believe it or not, and I was only very mildly hung over, nothing that two Advil couldn't take care of. I did wake up feeling like birds had made a nest in my mouth, but that's small penance for drinking damn near a two-liter of daquiri.Once the roommates were up, we headed out to catch the Deuces bus, which whisked us away to the strip, and the incredible Bellagio Hotel and their massive - oh God, so massive - buffet, with unlimited mimosas.When we rolled out of there some time later - and I do mean rolled - ...more

What Happens In Vegas Stays On The Internet (If You're A Blogger)

When I told one of my coworkers I was going Vegas, she exclaimed, “Oh my God, you have to fly in at night!” I’m here to tell you, ladies and gents, if you’re going to Vegas, you have to fly in at night. I mean it. It was amazing to watch it all glow against the blackness, with landmarks like The Luxor and The Eiffel Tower getting more recognizable as we made our approach ....more

AutASTIC Friday: Check Out The Amazing Artwork This Girl Has Created

Iris Grace is a painter, and she lives in the UK. She creates amazing watercolors that could easily hang in anyone's cheery foyer or on the wall of any arthouse, coffee shop or museum. What really is amazing about Iris's work is that she's five years old ....more

Dear SUV Guy: Thanks For Making My Night

It was just a routine trip to the grocery store after a routine day at work and I was heading home to my routine life and feeling pretty average about it all.Nothing spectacular. Just me being me.I was tired. I'd like to say I was having a great hair day or I just felt great all over, but that wouldn't be the truth ....more

Dear SUV Guy: Thanks For Making My Night

It was just a routine trip to the grocery store after a routine day at work and I was heading home to my routine life and feeling pretty average about it all.Nothing spectacular. Just me being me.I was tired. I'd like to say I was having a great hair day or I just felt great all over, but that wouldn't be the truth. I was tired, and I'm tired a lot....more

Mostly Wordless Wednesday: Walking With The Dinosaurs

Check it out, Mom, she saysYeah, Mom, check it out, he echoesIt looks like a giant egg, doesn't it?The path is full of rocks and full-on bouldersMany of them jut out of the streamCausing impromptu waterfallsAnd making walkways that we can traverseTo drop twigs or leaves into the waterBut just now, this rock looks like an eggIt could be a dinosaur egg, says heWouldn't that be cool? says sheIf we found a dinosaur egg?That would be cool, I agreeEven if it's not, it's still a really cool rockAnd a reminderThat the simplest thingsCan become anythingIf you let your mind examine the possibilitiesWe keep on hikingIn the open airOver the rocks and by the streamWe may not have found a dinosaur eggBut we found this dayAnd all the possibilities in it ...more

Project Bombshell - Will It All Go To Hell In Vegas?

So here's the scoop for those of you who don't regularly peruse my other blog: I'm going to Vegas - rather unexpectedly (thanks to the generosity of some wonderful friends) - this weekend for a girl's weekend away.Holy cow! Vegas, baby!Read more » ...more

So Tell Us, Ellie - Why Do You Blog? (Said The Imaginary Readers In My Head...)

I ran into a friend this weekend and she had a buddy along, so of course, she introduced me and then she told the buddy I was a blogger. Like, a real-live "she does it almost every day" kind of blogger. In her mind, I'm a minor celebrity in the Blogosphere because I blog for Woman's Day and also have my very own webpage....more