Monday, August 31, 2009

How I spent my Summer vacation...

I was on vacation last week and it was great t be away from work for A WHOLE WEEK!!

I started out with a relaxing weekend, then Monday morning, my best friend, Rhonda, and I headed to Louisiana to the Coushatta Casino and Resort. WooHoo! Now, lest anyone worry that I might gamble away the rent money, rest assured, that has never happened.

Several years ago, Rhonda or I could not think of what to get the other for Christmas. I don't remember which of us it was, but we came up with the great idea of not exchanging Christmas or birthday gifts and just going on a little "jaunt" once a year. Since...before I got married....we had gone to Las Vegas and LOVED it, we decided a casino was a good place, so we started going to the Coushatta.

It is a 3 hour drive and since we have players cards, we almost always manage to get a free room and most of our food free. Yeah for free!! We each only take as much money as we are willing to give to the casino, so neither of us ever come back freaked out over losing too much money.

I spend my time here:I just LOVE slot machines! This year my biggest jackpot was $171.xx on a PENNY machine. LOL! How about that for excitement! Last year I had a $1440.00 jackpot, but never want to do that again, as it gets reported and I had to pay income tax on it. Ugh.

Rhonda plays Black Jack and Poker, so when we get to the casino, we head our separate ways and meet up when one of us is hungry or heading back to the room.

We had a ball! Then it was back home to reality and Hubby having surgery on Thursday. But it was minor and he is doing fine. Thursday I had a couple of doctor appointments, then got to relax for a couple of days before heading back to work.

Vacations are a GOOD thing!


Pam said...

Glad hubby is doing okay and that you had a fun and relaxing vacation!

Frances said...

Thanks, Pam! I am SO wishing I were old enough...and rich retire. But that ain't happening any time soon. LOL!

Thanks for coming to see me!

Kelly's Ideas said...

I love the slots too and I agree only take what you are okay with giving away.
Glad you had fun.

Frances said...

Hi, Kelly. Glad you stopped by.

I am just amazed at the idea that people will gamble with money they cannot afford to lose. I know they do, but it just amazes me. I love to play slots, but it's really the entertainment...yes, mindless entertainment...not the hopes of "winning big" that is the fun part for me.

Last year, when I won a big jackpot, I didn't even realize it for about a minute. LOL! I thought I had a machine error and that was causing all the flashing lights. I just never expect to win big.

I just want my money to last long enough for me to play the whole time we are there. LOL!

Helene said...

I went to a casino in Indiana a couple years ago. I took $20 and think I came back with $23. I was just amazed at the people that just sit there all day drinking and smoking with their card around their neck on a string and in the machine as they play.

I haven't had a full week vacation in 6 years. It's never the "right" time. I take a couple hours off and its a crisis. Yet they go all over whenever they want. Talk about resentment.

Frances said...

Hi, Helene! Well, I was one of those people sitting in front of a machine. LOL! Though I wasn't there all day, and I wasn't drinking and smoking the whole time. LOL!

I would have made some money if I had quit while I was ahead, but I went there to play, not to win.

I know what you mean about taking vacation. I used to worry about taking them, as NONE of my work gets done when I am gone. I now don't care. Everyone else takes vacation, so I do, too. I get 4 weeks a year, but usually only take 1 full week. This year, I took different times.

Hey, my boss is just grateful that I came back. LOL!

You need to start taking vacation. Your coworkers need to learn to deal with it.

Anonymous said...

That sounds like a wonderful gift for each other. And I'm so glad that you didn't spend the rent money!;)

Frances said...

I am a good wife... I never spend the rent money on anything but the rent. :-)

Anonymous said...

Your good with money and cute what more could sweet knees want!

Frances said...

LOL! SonyaAnn, I am sure he could want more, but he doesn't always get it. LOL!

Debbie said...

I'm so glad you all had such a great time. It sounds like a blast.

Frances said...

Debbie, thanks for stopping by!

We did have a blast and it was a great time to go. August is the slow season, so we did not have to fight any crowds. Yeah!

A.Marie said...

Hi there! I am glad that you had a nice vacation!

I love the spaghetti post...that got me thinking that I should serve that sometime soon; I have gobs of sauce and pasta...just thinking about it is making me hungry! :)

Hope you have a great Friday and Weekend!

Frances said...

A.Marie, baked spaghetti is just something a little different from the norm. I have also make it with macaroni or other pasta shapes.

It is a great way to disguise leftovers!

You have a great weekend, too!

Anonymous said...

Just stopped over to say Hi!

Frances said...

Hi, SonyaAnn!!