|Bright lights in Downtown Las Vegas|
Besides fusing fabric, my purpose there was to support Andy as his taxi service. When he called me to come and pick him up, however, he could hear the frazzle in my voice and offered to grab a cab to our hotel. Did I mention I'm married to a very sweet man? Hopefully the taxi driver had no trouble finding the entryway to the Golden Nugget.
The next day didn't hold any press events of interest for Andy, so we decided to have a really nice lunch, after sipping Champagne in bed for breakfast. Oh, did I mention it was our 20th wedding anniversary? We had dinner reservations at Bouchon, a very fancy place, but I urged Andy to cancel, arguing that his CES schedule included some rather important events that evening -- and that we could always celebrate another time. Besides, I could think of plenty of better ways to spend upwards of $400, after wine and all. Like fabric stores (yes, I'm evil!)
Instead, I went onto Chowhound, a website where you can look up a region or city and find dining establishments recommended by foodie residents and fellow travelers. I found lists and lists of must-lunch places, all of them off the Strip and very reasonable. We settled on Mint Indian Bistro, with a top-notch, $9.99, all-you-can-eat lunch buffet featuring Himalyan, North, and South Indian specialities. Yum!
After dropping off Andy at the LV Convention Center I headed back to the Golden Nugget, to fuse. I enjoy high-tech, so felt lucky to tune into a 60 Minutes segment on dot-com luminaries like Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Bill Gates and Paul Allen, (Microsoft), and Larry Page and Sergey Brin, of Google fame. Is it a coincedence that it all coincided with CES?
I'd picked up some fab Kibbneh, spinach pastries and baklava from Amena Bakery and Deli, a Nazarine/Israeli bakery recommended on Chowhound, so I enjoyed a light and delicious nosh while fusing -- even managing to save some for Andy. But the real excitement came on the next day.
|Never got a chance to peruse the button collection ... sigh.|
|Heddy, so nice, and so helpful, and with such a big stash!|
While in San Diego, researching our trip, I'd come across a website for Heddy's Fabrics, where the floorshows' and headliners' costumers shop. The website didn't make it clear if they sold more than glitzy Spandex, but I saw some readers' feedback that mentioned all their other fabrics. I made it my first stop that Thursday. Well, what a find! I spent a happy three hours there, researching the yardage and fabric types of some recent patterns I'd purchased, and buying some great, really useful everyday goods. I found bamboo knits, soft as down; and some crisp bamboo shirting, perfect for a neat shirt. Some nice bottom-weight knits completed my haul. Three tops, two pants, a skirt -- sewing marathon, here I come!
Meanwhile, here's what awaited me at home:
|Chevy, holding down the fort back at home on a ready-to-quilt Night Star.|
|Part of the Las Vegas Neon Musuem|
|Just a bar, but great neon!|
|That's what the AmEX logo used to look like.|
|A motel, complete with refrigeration!|
|Beloved, but too warm for San Diego sweater from Andean Software, in Taos, New Mexico|
|Sunshine, the great healer.|