Living in up in Las Vegas "The Sort of Journal/Thank You/Blog Whatever"...
Well, we did make it with 1 hr to pack, lol, and 1 hr away from airport 2 hours before the flight, and my doctor telling me if I had friends that were willing to do this for me then I would be crazy not to go.
I know many of you probs are very curious to find out what all we did, what wild parties we had, wild and crazy nights, and you know I always will be up front with everything because not only did you get me there but that's thats way I always have tried to be even if it has pissed people off in the past lmao (no P&R in Off Topic or Stop fighting in this thread already *lock*, anyone?
Money is never first for me and to be honest it always makes me very stressed and uncomfortable but the friendship and care people here shared with me here is far more priceless and went beyond anything yet again. All I want is a chance to live to be honest and have a chance...
unfortunately my body is not cooperating very well with that annoyingly enough.
and while the Tropicana may not be the fanciest hotel they were beyond pure Gold to us right down to making sure any time I had to walk across the hotel with bean having a security escort after dark, getting a fridge for the room which they said they try to do for any parent with a small child who asks btw, and the bellman and cleaning lady who refused to take any tip from me and said that being nice to them was more then enough.There was a kick butt huge bed and a 42in TV that all Bean wanted to do was watch the Weather Channel on Like she does with Grand-D. She also lived in
the Window watching the Airplanes giving a play by play to my Dad on the phone as well as to me.
wow looking through all the receipts make me wince, lmao but all she has been asking all day and night since we got back is when we are going back to the Tropicana, and when can we fly in the airplanes again to Las Vegas - oh boy I am in trouble. But, knowing I gave her that happiness after the hell in the hospital made every dime worth it a million times over - no 3 yr old imo should
have to see what she did and I still feel guilty for it but while I did spoil her this trip she very much deserved it)
- Plane tickets - Directly paid from Albert, boarding pass obtained using Email Confirmation letter. He did say he got insurance and because I didn't travel home due to medical reasons know my Dr.
would provide info so he can be hopefully possibly reimbursed and money go to help offset cart/shipping costs for what everyone did because IMO the people who gave so much deserve something back too
- 300$ upon arrival by Al for spending money - Thank you sooo much, wow saved my butt!
$258 room bill for Room 480 after about an hr at the desk trying to figure out what happened - upon arrival I had been told to give a Credit Card (used my Bank Account card since it would be easies
to shift money for Food/Room charges especially with Bean needing as stable/healthy a diet as possible which I knew would obviously be my responsibility to cover since she is my daughter
***They also removed all the "resort fees and taxes" which cut approx $100 off the bill as well as removing the pancake disaster which arrived burnt and ruined one am with soggy fries and didn't
charge for the Omlette in the same order I attempted to get from room service $42, and comped a $75 room credit for a restaurant that ended up being remodeled (so that paid for the wiggles movies
as well as the first $50 of the food costs from the café) and took another $75 off the bill.*** Thankfully they managed the staff rate as well or I would still be negotiating payment and in really really deep shit.Thank you so much Tropicana for that because they seriously saved my ass as the bank had already closed and there was no way to transfer more money to me that day from my Dad.
The distinctly gourmet meals ordered from the Cafe...
1 Chicken Tenders
1 milk for each day
1 Macaroni and Cheese
2 orders of french fries
1 mashed potatoes and gravy
2 orders green beans
1 order of toast & side of cheese slices
1 bagel with cream cheese
2 melon cups
1 Orange Juice
1 order bacon
As you can see it was Toddler fare and the prices can be found on the menu and the leftovers were stored each day in the mini fridge so I could have them for her next meal. Other then the $50 from
the meal comp the money came from my/Beans Savings Account.They also had 4 bananas that were bruised but not all 100% ripe to heck that the Café gave me for free since Bean was happily pointing at them which was very nice.
3 Wiggles "At The Circus" Movie (same one God help me and NO if anyone dares make a DVD I will smash it many times over in as many ways possible) 11$ ea. for the 2 days I was stuck in bed and the
stupid TV signal went out and Bean was climbing the Walls
- I packed Natural Toddler Meals, Nutrition bars, Supplements, First Aid Kit, Cheerios (meal of champions anytime for me too), and Dry Goods to have a "pantry" of sorts and cut down costs, the Southwest flight attendants also gave Bean a ton of Chips and crackers too which came in handy for us both.
the other $42 I got purchased the following overpriced souvenirs for Bean on the way back from food court/lunch with everyone after looking at the lions at MGM Grand-
1 stuffed Giraffe
1 Large softball
1 Packet of Animal Information Cards
Other Money Spent outside of AA's rounded to dollars:
$100 (including Tax & $20 Tip) - 1 Seafood/Steak Dinner from my Tato/Father because he said i deserved at least 1 Fancy Meal
I had a Porterhouse Steak, Corn w/roasted garlic, and Salad, Beans order consisted of Crab cakes, Lobster bisque Soup, Cauliflower casserole
I had an ice water she had a milk - she pronounced the meal Deeelicious and Yummy throughout Various stages much to the amusement of the staff
$420 - My Dad's credit card - the new return tickets home so I could have the appointments for the then needed drs (which cost $115 in copays if you want to include those as part of trip expense) I know I can bleed any time so even sitting at home is a risk *shrug*
$150 & $75 - and to see Cirque Ka too - it was an amazing opportunity for Bean - who btw is 5 yrs old according to cirque which is the minimum age to attend, a dream i always wanted for years, and
she wanted to see it again immediately after. She was so into it right down to clapping and cheering and following the music and movement with her hands, Because I have the cane I usually wait till last to leave after the lights are on so I don't get run over in the exodus and the Performers even came up in costume after and were talking and all - How fricking cool is that?! and it reminded
me how much I missed dancing and how amazingly stunning and breathtaking seeing them live was
$20? - Savings Account - Popcorn for Bean (one of her very fav snacks), Coke and Twix Bar for me at Ka
$78 - Also again Money from My Dad - Cirque Souvenirs because he said if I went i should have something to remember it by after all that money was spent and he was not going to let me cash the
savings bond I had planned to use for it since that should be saved
- 4 Postcards for bean since she loves looking at "Cards", 4 assorted pins for her monkey backpack she really liked at $2.50 each, 1 Programmer Book for the show, 1 Big 'Ka'fee Mug for my tea since
I only had small cups. 2 Keychains: 1 for Bean she liked and 1 for me, and 1 t-shirt I debated back and forth for an extended period of time but got anyway and ended up needing clean clothes on day going home
$6 - 3 Bottles of Coke purchased from the hall vending Machine - Thank you $10 roll of quarters I brought and for anyone that knows me I really rationed the heck out of them, lol
$4 - 2 bottles of water so wouldn't have tap water
$4 - 2 Vitamin Water - Rest of Change in purse so I didn't dehydrate
$8 - My/Beans Savings Account - 3 bags of my Ultimate Favourite All Natural Root Beer Candy I can no longer buy locally that I gave in and bought after dealing with everything at the desk as we were leaving. These will last me at least the rest of the year till next spring hopefully.
7$ - Cash I brought - 2 Nutrigrain Bars for Bean, 1 bag of snack mix, and 1 bag of cookies
$2 - Tweezers & nail clipper - Bean stubbed her toe on the door and I had to trim her nail and check for splinter - She's ok but has a bit of a scrape and a "boo boo on her toesey but doesn't need a band-aid cause it will get better"
$20 - Cash I brought - Food Court at MGM Grand - One failed salad that got it's last rights, 1 Hot Dog and Fries for Bean, 1 retake of a salad and a bottle of water
$20 - Prescriptions at Wallgreens to control bleeding that someone from hotel was kind enough to pick up
$80 - Last room on my credit card which my father said he would pay - Transportation - The amount it cost me to make sure bean was strapped in a car seat to and from airport & hotel and that i would have someone to carry and load things in and out of safe & comfortable sedan.
I was going to take a taxi but my father was concerned with not only safety since i was a woman and child alone but also with dirt/germs etc esp after just getting out of the hospital. He made me promise that I wouldn't worry him about the cab and he wanted all the driver info including phone and id number before I even got in the car. He's My Dad and was getting upset which is very bad for his more fragilehealth esp after the stents in the arteries.
$30 - I still have to Paypal Al (sry Bank open on Monday to sort out account and couldn't give me total so I was afraid to bounce) - for 1 Halo cart (couldn't resist this one and had to get it)and 1 Atari City Poster to frame for what will be Bean's School Room
$40 - My/Beans Savings Account - Those Kick Butt Magnets that Ceebies Made and Bean Loved Which will go on the blackboard to decorate her school room and the tiny fridge I am trying to find at a yard sale so she can have her own for milk & snacks in the schoolroom I'll be converting from the comp room
I also asked to have/snitch 3 cans of soda from the fridge - 1 coke, 1 code red mt dew, and 1 Dr pepper
There ya go, lol a play by play of our trip, what we ate and what we did. The money my dad transferred into the checking account for me from home Since you all did so much to get us there and it really meant that much too see everyone I wanted to make sure you all knew. It seemed only right to eventually write as much as I could down and share it. Now though, I am off to lay down because am hurting, lol, and Bean's still asleep.
Big Thanks also to Jose/Wonder007 for going out and getting Bean Pull Up diapers so I didn't have to walk!
An amazing delicious thank You to ShyOne for providing a care package of food which Got us through the last extra Days!
And of course most importantly I owe a massive thank you to Al, CPU/PacManPlus/Homebrewers, AA for doing this, and of course My Dad who once again saved my butt and has done so much to support bean and myself as most of you know already.