When Juan and Katy got married last year, one of their gifts from Juan’s parents was a trip anywhere they wanted. Considering that they had kids on the way, they chose a trip to Reno and invited Kyle and I to join. After months of carefully planning, March 14th became the day we left California… for a few days.

March 13th.
Of course we all had work, but luckily Juan and Katy were able to pick me up from work at 10. We got to the house and wait for Kyle to get off himself, and we all started planning our mini vacation.

March 14th.
The morning didn’t go according to plan. Katy and Juan forgot their confirmation packet back in Stockton and had to drive back to get it which left me and Kyle getting a late start as well. We quickly showered, got dressed, and packed last minute things we needed. Honestly, it was hard for me to say goodbye to the dogs, but my coworker watched them, so I wasn’t too stressed out about it. After getting gas for the car, money to spend, and snacks to munch on since we all didn’t eat all day, it was estimated that we’d be at the hotel by 5 pm. Wayy too late for a start of our vacation, but we made it work anyway… aside from the fact that the guys forgot the list of things to do on the fridge.

Of course, we drove past Tahoe. The snow gave me such nostalgic feelings from Maine that I was considering planning another trip there next year. I original plan was to visit during the winter, but knowing how bad the weather can get, flights may also be backed up as well. Time to rethink this plan..

We finally got to the hotel around 5 (like we estimated) and went to check in. Funny thing was that it was the same hotel my family and I were at when we took a trip there a long time ago. More nostalgia. Everything was simple for me to find now that I’ve been there before.

We checked into the room and got settled and started the vacation with some champagne and Jager shots.

After establishing that we were hungry, we got ready for the night and said goodbye to reality.

We decided on a buffet to get our fill in, but it was definitely more than we could take. I can never eat my money’s worth at a buffet and figured this wouldn’t change either… which it didn’t. Two plates and some ice cream and I’m done for the night. Plus it’s hard to eat at a buffet when you’re a veg. After dinner, Katy and I went back to the room to take a nap for a couple of hours while Juan and Kyle gambled for a bit.

After our nap, the guys came back and we planned the remainder of the night. It was 11:30 by the time we left the room. Before heading to a bar, we scoped out the area for a little bit.

… which this sucked on my part since I was still sick with mono that my body couldn’t handle the outdoors well that we walked back inside to get me some hot water.

Never get mono guys. It fucking sucks…

We ended up at a bar so I can calm down from coughing so much. It was a new experience for me now that I’m back at Reno legally – just the fact we could smoke indoors and the freaken bar is 24 hours is so weird! Eventually I got over it and enjoyed it while I could. We were there for a while until the guys started getting drunk and wanted to talk about politics and gamble. Katy and I went back to the room and talked until the guys came back some hours later. Then we ordered room service breakfast and it was bomb.

We didn’t go to bed until 7 am…

March 15th.

We all woke up at 2:30 and got ready for the day. What’s on our agenda today? It was honestly up in the air. We left the room by 5 to go eat.

What was already on our “to do list” was to eat fancy, so we ate at Sterling’s. The ambiance was nice, but it was really too dim in there that we could barely see each other. It also made us tired again.

Kyle and I shared a crab cake and it was the most moist and well seasoned crab cake I’ve ever had. It’s flavors were really brought out.

I had a side salad as my starter. Of course they had fancier dressings rather than just ranch. I chose their creamy basil and it was excellent. I loved that the bowl was a large crouton. I great idea to save on dishes.

Katy had their clam chowder of all things, but she was right, it was SO MUCH better than what we serve at work.

I had the Vegetarian Napoleon, which has spinach, asparagus, a portobella mushroom, carrots, yams, quinoa, and mozzarella layered. It was so good… until I remembered my hated for quinoa and was, sadly, turned off by the meal since quinoa is everywhere. I ate what I could and let the rest be. It was also filling for a veggie dish.

Kyle had the “Medallions of New Zealand Red Deer”. I honestly told him to get that since he could get a steak anywhere back at home. He was definitely happy with the choice and I was happy that he gave me his veggies that didn’t have quinoa all over. The perfect win.

After dinner, we split up again for an hour because Katy and I wanted to do a little shopping around before things closed up. We got what we liked and met the guys downstairs where we had tickets to a comedy show.

After the show, we headed to Circus Circus to check things out there… not before we get a freaken yard daiquiri.

We split up again as Katy found another store she wanted to check out. I won a couple of claw machine plushies for Kyle since I’m boss at those things and came across a Dance Dance Revolution game. My dumbass thought it was a great idea. Who cares about the fact I’m sick right now.

…. I almost had an asthma attack lol.

Did I ever mention that I have asthma? Well now you know.

We met up with Katy and Juan to the store they were at and headed back to the room to figure out the next plans and take more shots.

How was the yard long drink, you ask?

.. because Snapchat filter.

I started getting upset about the fact that everyone did everything they wanted to. All I ever want to do is just to take photos throughout the trip. They understood and we walked around the strip.

We split up again since Katy was getting tired (mom lyfe) and Kyle and I walked around the casinos where I gambled for the first time. Juan met up with us later on. I ended up losing the $70 I spent on slots, but that’s okay. I had set myself a $100 limit if I ever decided to play.

March 16th.
Last day of our mini vacation and next decision was what would be the last meal in Reno. We decided on some sushi place that looked super hip.

I love unique plate settings. It’s a weird obsession of mine.

The menu. I’ll spare the details. We all know what sushi is.

We did order some edamame and stuffed mushrooms. The mushrooms were great and had a nice kick of spice to it.

Miso soup, yum.

I couldn’t tell you what I ordered because it was off of some combination menu, but you all know that I got my rainbow roll because favorite.

And my drink of choice was their version of a Bloody Mary, but it was too spicy for my taste and it had a lot of ginger in it. I’m not a big fan of ginger. I just like ginger ale, that’s about it.

Had to face swap them lmfao.

Kyle and I shared a deep fried peach ice cream thing. Whatever it was called, it was great.

The ride home was a blur since I fell asleep in the car because mono hates me. We got home and said goodbye to Juan and Katy. We all agreed we need to make another trip out there sometime again… only when I’m not sick anymore haha.


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