I don’t do “Years in Reviews”. Hell, I barely even blog. I don’t like reminiscing and living in the past. But this past year has changed my life so drastically, I guess it’s worth mentioning. Within the past year – I’ve lived in two different places, and traveled to many many more than that. In the beginning of 2010, I was dating someone different, a relationship, which looking back on it, I realize was toxic. I’m sure he’d agree. I was finishing school and working in a restaurant. At present, I sit in an office building, on the 23rd floor, overlooking the Hudson River, working for a production company. I’m dating someone different. My hair is long… Between then and now, I lived in Las Vegas. For almost ten months. I lived in a house with five other people (where, I met my current boyfriend). I went to work everyday at a shop, worked on scheduling, lived in Las Vegas. I gambled. I drank. I did Meth. That’s what they do in Las Vegas, you know. (Just kidding. Never touched meth. Though on my 2nd day of work out there, I watched a mother, a father and another guy, get pulled over on the side of the road and busted for drugs. She pulled them out of her shoe, her bra, her child’s DIAPER. Welcome to Las Vegas.) I did things I never though I’d do. I went to dance clubs, I went to trendy restaurants. I played Blackjack. I played Roulette. A few years ago, I swore I would never go to Las Vegas again, and there I was, living in the damn city. It’s a great place to go for 3 or 4 days; not a great place to live. I will say, however, I’ve had some of the best times of my life out there. I worked on a hit History Channel Show. I had an incredible, amazing boyfriend. I had good friends. I met cool people, did cultural things.
Then the culture ran out. How many shows can you go to on The Strip? I mean, granted, I’d probably see David Copperfield about a billion more times, but that’s a special circumstance. How many rounds of blackjack can I play? How many times can I spin The Wheel… Okay fine, I can spin The Wheel a hundred quadrillion times and not get sick of it, I’ll give you that. Nate and I had our favorite restaurants, Egg Works, The Grotto, Ichabods. We had our local haunts and our Sunday traditions, or so they became. But I missed my family. I missed my home friends. I missed my dogs, and I missed New York. I switched shows in October and started living out of South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa. I saw a lot of bull riding. Did you know the bull rider has to stay on for over 8 seconds, or they don’t qualify? That helped me win trivia the other night - you never know when you’ll need that information. I got massages, ate incredible food, gambled, drank. I was really pampered. Shit, I even won $2000 dollars on a PENNY SLOT machine. I made incredible friends, and it was the first semblance to a normal relationship that Nate and I ever had, because we weren’t living together anymore, and living together with 5 other people. Then, three weeks into that, I was offered a job back in New York. I had four days to pack 9 months worth of stuff, and figure out how to get it back to New York. I did it. Nate was still in Vegas. Then he got a call saying he had a job for him back in New York. For a start in January. I wouldn’t see him for a month, until I went to Florida to visit him and his family, but that’s a billion times better than doing long distance from New York to Las Vegas.
The other day, I was going through my inbox and re-organizing all of my emails. My life has changed so drastically. I’m a totally different person today than I was three years ago, two years ago, even a year ago. And I think I’ve changed for the better. I’m happier and more comfortable with myself. I’m in something stable, and have a good job and family. Regardless of my trepidations, I’m moving forward with my life and happy and better for that.
Like I said, I don’t do years in review. This year I felt was cause for me to write something. It really kick started me on the path to my career, and my life. Don’t get me wrong – I have no idea if I’ll even stay in this industry, in New York… Well, really – who knows anything about their future, honestly? But for now, for the first time in my life, I think, I’m going with the flow. Finally.
Love you all, and happy New Year.
I complained about 110?
I complained about 90 Degrees in Las Vegas?
Now it’s 110. Yeeeeshhhhhh
It’s 90 degrees in Las Vegas. Too hot for me.