Yes, that's right--even with how much work I still need to do on my draft, and how little time I have to do it in before the conference--I decided to take, as the lovely Brits put it, a "Minibreak Holiday" and escape with my husband to Las Vegas. Have I lost my mind?
But it came down to this: I really need a break, our annual pilgrimage to Vegas has been a tradition for the last five years so it was way too depressing to think about missing it, and, well, I did bring my laptop with me so I can get a little work done while my husband naps. So even though I know I'm probably going to regret it as soon as I get back, for the moment I'm basking in all that Las Vegas has to offer.
Why Vegas, you may wonder? (especially those of you who know that I don't gamble and neither does my husband)
Well, first of all, it's only about four hours away from where I live, which, in my opinion, is the perfect distance. Far enough that we're away from all of our responsibilities, but not so far that we can't make it into an awesome road trip. (Maybe I'm alone in this, but I adore road trips. Such an awesome opportunity to daydream about my story)
But, more importantly, Vegas is dirt cheap the weekend before Christmas. Let me put it this way: we're staying at the Paris in an upgraded room with an Eiffel Tower view and we're paying $50 a night. *Giggles* Last year we upgraded to a suite--one of the High roller suites that usually cost $1200 a night (it was SO nice--it had a TV that appeared as if from nowhere!) and do you know how much we paid? $150 a night. Yep. It's awesome.
It's also one of the only times Vegas isn't crowded, and, because Christmas is right around the corner, all the stores are running awesome sales--which s a good thing, because I have some serious shopping to do. Thanks to the Editing-Is-Stressful-Diet (and not always having time to eat) I've lost about 15 pounds over the last two months. I refuse to go to the writer's conference in clothes that are drooping in ways that aren't so cute, so I need new clothes--stat.
But I will also be making another purchase--a totally frivolous one.
I'm not sure if I've ever mentioned my handbag obsession to you guys, but yeah--it's bad. I <3 handbags. I might even <3 them more than Twitter--but that's a REALLY close call. And I especially <3 designer handbags. Specifically Louis Vuitton.
I know, I know, they're ridiculously overpriced and I feel totally guilty buying one during such a tough economy. But, if it makes you judge me any less, I've saved for it--for over a year. Every week my husband gives me $30 cash as spending money for lunch or whatever. I never spend it. (Half the time I don't even eat lunch). Instead I tuck it away in my cash stash and let it add up. Then, whenever I want something indulgent I don't have to feel guilty about buying it. But lately I haven't had time to spend it, so I counted it up about a month ago and--dang! Louis Vuitton here I come.
And there is a method to my madness. See, the reason I <3 designer handbags so much is because they make me feel more confident when I'm carrying one--like I'm someone important, because I have this beautiful, shiny, expensive thing draped over my arm. And, well, I'm going to that Writer's Conference, where I won't know anyone and it'll be the first time I've ever talked about my book with agents (OMG I'm freaking out just thinking about it) and, if there was ever a time to have a designer handbag to boost my confidence, that would be it. So I'm buying myself a new Louis Vuitton bag, one that's big enough to fit my laptop and notebook and business cards at the conference. I haven't decided which one I'm getting--there's SO many pretty ones to choose from--but I will post a picture next week (Squee!!!!!)
Okay, that's it for now. Sorry, I won't be around to comment on your posts until Monday, but I'll do my best to catch up as soon as I get back. And you'll still be able to reach me on Twitter. (I'm ALWAYS on Twitter)
I'll also take lots of pictures while I'm there--maybe even a few of me without sunglasses on (assuming I can remember to take them off)--and I promise a nice, Vegas updatey post next week.
So that's it for now. I'm off to the stores!
Have a great weekend everyone!