Oh man, and I am so glad to be. You know, Vegas is one of those places that I don't mind going, but man, I get burned out after day four. Between the cigarette smoke and the noise, I get overloaded, I'm afraid. Country gal at heart, haha! We did however get to see some shows - which I love to go and see. Lion King was pretty and the costuming was downright amazing - Mystere was lovely and had some intense moments of sheer "wow" factor with acrobatics and physical feats. My favorite though, is KA - I have seen it twice now, and I'd go back and see it a third time.
We had awesome seats for all three shows, though! I mean, we were close enough to literally touch the players in Mystere! Didn't gamble much - we bought a bunch of things though. I'm always blown away that it's fourteen dollars for two cups of Starbucks there - it hurts my soul, haha!
Lots of great new products at the show - but down from previous years, which tells me that people are still nervously feeling the fallout from the economy, etc.
Did find a few things I loved and brought in - a wonderful series of all natural/recycled toys developed by an Australian gentleman. He gave us a rugby ball to take home, and the dogs love this thing. It's buffalo leather and Simon is totally enthralled with it. A device that you put on your cat's collar so you can find him in the house - or if he gets outside by accident.
A bunch of new T-shirts. This one just utterly cracked me up...
Bought some gorgeous cards and artwork by Paper Russels. I absolutely loved her art. Loved it.
Also got to uh, give a Cardi vs Pem lecture. This one booth had these awesome metal noteboards with some little bone shaped magnets. They were terribly elegant, with old-style art. Well, she was showing them to us, asked us what kind of dog we had, we said, Corgis, and she was like, "Oh! I have a Cardi and a Pembroke design!!"
Er, nope, both Pems. Whoops! I felt sort of bad telling her this, because she was convinced that the red dog was the Cardigan - that Pems didn't come in red. I admit, I whipped out the phone and showed her my crew and she was totally like, "Oh, wow, they don't look at ALL alike!" So, she submitted to my horrible ten minute lecture but was gracious about it as all heck and thanked me for explaining the difference.
(I did buy the magnet board after the show, though. It's a lovely Pem!)
Oh, and yay for home - the housesitter did an awesome job! Everything was clean, taken care of, the dogs were happy, the cats were happy, my house was spotless. She even brought in all of our mail and took out the garbage without being reminded.
So, joy of joys, Caleb's win photo was there. He looks great in it! (And because I know I never want pictures of me posted on the net in all my glory without someone asking, haha, um, Yolanda and the judge are cut off! If you want the full pic, Yolanda, I'll send you a copy! Your blazer is gorgeous, btw. I love it!)
So, I just have to show Caleb off. First point photo, awwww. I'm so hanging it up at work next week! Man, though... what happened? My puppy grew up so fast! *sniff!* (I have to say his expression cracks me up. I don't know why he looks so smug, but man, he sure does, doesn't he. He's like, "Yeah, I know I'm hot stuff.")