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Our life has been stressful in so many ways during the last few months. First there is the obvious infertility stress (duh, infertility blog). Then there is the job hunt stress. Mr. Husband graduates in May and is frantically trying to find math-oriented work somewhere in the U.S. that is in a large, progressive city with an acupuncture school so yours truly can finally pursue her dream of becoming an acupuncturist. Then there is the stress of sick family members and finally the never-ending home renovation madness.

Everything is piling up and the stress is reaching near unbearable levels.

Two weeks ago I was offered the chance to escape from everything and go to Las Vegas with two of my dearest Alabama girlfriends. The room is already paid for and the flight is less than $200.  I realize that with all the expenses associated with IVF and a potential cross-country move I have NO BUSINESS taking a trip like this. I also realize that if I don’t escape soon we’ll be spending a large sum of money on counseling.

So this morning I booked one ticket to Vegas. I also ordered an incredibly hot $25 mini dress in gun metal gray and am hunting for some sassy red pumps. It is going to be a weekend of great escape and a chance for the three of us to unwind, kick back and enjoy one another’s company without husbands/boyfriends for the first time in years.

I. Can’t. Wait.




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  1. Rachel @ Eggs In A Row #
    January 25, 2012

    I live here. Let’s meet up!

    • January 25, 2012

      I thought about that when I was walking to work today! I would just love to! I’ll email you when the trip gets closer and we can make a plan… Now I’m even more excited 🙂

      • Rachel @ Eggs In A Row #
        January 25, 2012

        YAY! I’m so excited! We will have to grab breakfast or lunch. Or a lot of alcohol. 😉 I’m 20 min off of the strip. Email me at and we can set it up. So excited!

        • January 25, 2012

          Lol! This is so exciting!

      • January 25, 2012

        Jealous! Sounds like fun! Pictures??

        • January 26, 2012

          There will absolutely be pictures! One of my girlfriends is a professional photographer. Maybe she can actually get a shot of me not looking like a dork!

  2. January 25, 2012

    Yay! Viva Las Vegas!!!

  3. January 25, 2012

    What….so we get to help with slippers but not mini’s? Gotta see a pic of that bad girl! ooohhhllllaaalaaa…And an IRL meeting with a blog friend..I seriously got chills!

    • January 25, 2012

      Haha! Don’t worry, I just ordered several other dress candidates. I’ll take photos of the finalists and y’all can all cast a vote 🙂

  4. 35life #
    January 25, 2012

    Yay! Great choice! That’s where my husband and I went before starting up the insanity again. Have fun!!

  5. Sarah L #
    January 25, 2012

    Have a great time in LV!

    If it’s not on your list already, you might consider the greater Boston area – lots of universities, research opportunities, etc, and the New England School of Acupuncture in Watertown. We had a roommate many years ago who came to Boston from PA specifically to get his acupuncture training at NESA.

    • January 25, 2012

      Boston is sooooo on the list 🙂 Along with anywhere else in the Northeast. My brother is in NYC and we are quite close. I can think of no one I would rather move closer to than him. Time will tell…

      • January 25, 2012

        I live in Boston 🙂 It is a WONDERFUL town. My acu teaches at the New England Acupuncture School in Watertown!

  6. January 25, 2012

    How exciting! Can’t wait to see some pictures!

  7. January 25, 2012

    Ooh, I’m jealous! I hope you have a fantastic time there!!

    I know there are no math jobs in Louisiana, because my sister had to go to Virginia Beach. But I’ll see if she knows of anything.

    • January 25, 2012

      Oh oh! There was actually an opening for a post-doc at a university in New Orleans! This is also towards the top of my list of “places I want to live.” And Virginia Beach sure would be lovely – that is where I was born!

  8. January 25, 2012

    Good for you! I love your logic…..Vegas = less expensive than therapy 🙂

    Hope you have an AWESOME time and good luck finding those perfect shoes! I have a crazy red pair too and I just LOVE them. Can’t wait to see pics!

  9. January 25, 2012

    Woohooo! Whatever, you deserve a break and a hot dress and some alcohol and gambling! 😀

  10. January 25, 2012

    It has always been a dream of mine to see Neil Diamond in concert in Vegas. I would actually be forced to buy a bedazzler and make my own commemorative T-Shirt for the event. I’m not sure if he is even a regular performer there but it seems like Vegas is where like-minded crooners would be. 🙂 Have a great time and when you are going through IVF you cannot afford not to go on these types of vacations – for your own sanity. Enjoy. When things are feeling especially hard for me I know doing always feels so much better than talking – I’m not sure why – it could possibly be just a personality type thing. BTW Your Vegas trip = one vial of menopur.

    • Rachel @ Eggs In A Row #
      January 26, 2012

      I don’t think he’s a regular here, but there is a Neil Diamond impersonator who I love. 😉

      • January 26, 2012

        Lord, what a hoot that would be! This sounds like a great adventure for sparkly mini-dress night 🙂

  11. Mo #
    January 25, 2012

    Ok, now I’m jealous. Belle, Rachel, how about you fly over here? just a TEENY bit more expensive *cough*

    Good for you for having a bit of fun! You deserve it.

    • January 26, 2012

      Girl, if I could find cheap tickets I would be there in a heartbeat to offer distractions from all things stressful in your world! Maybe one day when we are all done spending every extra penny on IF bills we can plan a retreat…

  12. January 25, 2012

    I LOVE Vegas. I grew up in L.A. and went to Vegas a lot in my early 20s. So fun!

    Rules: 1. Don’t stay more than a few days. Seriously, you can start to lose it.
    2. Only tak cash you can afford to lose. Repeat after me: I will not put a credit/debit card in a slot machine!
    3. Order beers or shots at the tables – all the mixed drinks are watered down. 🙂
    4. Walk the strip at least once and take advantage of the lack of open container laws.

    I am SO jealous. Have fun!!

    • January 26, 2012

      Thanks for the tips! I actually don’t gamble. Which is a pretty funny statement when you consider what a gamble IVF is… but I digress. 🙂

  13. January 26, 2012

    That sounds fabulous! I’m happy you decided to take the plunge and buy the plane ticket. Have fun!!!

  14. January 26, 2012

    So glad you are getting away! Have fun!

  15. January 27, 2012

    Sounds like so much fun! Good for you. And you got a new look on your blog as well, I like it.

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