An absolute must do if you are visiting Las Vegas and looking for something a little different. The Neon Musuem also known as the Neon Boneyard is dedicated to preserving all the old neon signs that where previously used to light up the Las Vegas strip. This isn’t your typical museum and everything is not sitting pretty in specific places. However it is unlike any museum you have probably been too and its in the middle of the Nevada desert.
We booked our tickets online and arrived at the reception at our allotted time. Due to the design of many of these signs you have to experience this museum with a tour guide. This is due to the broken signs, sharp metal and glass. It resembles an actual junkyard only much more quirky and nicer on the eye. In total the tour lasts about 45 minutes and there are charges so check out their website http://www.neonmuseum.org
One of the most popular signs is the Stardust hotel sign. The Stardust became one of the most iconic symbols of Las Vegas and was the first hotel to headline Siegfried & Roy’s tiger act.
On 13th March 2007, the Stardust was imploded. It is soon due to become the Resort World Las Vegas, a multi billion dollar Chinese themed casino. There were hopes this would be completed in 2016 however there have been many setbacks and it is now due to open in 2020. Luckily the boneyard became the new home of this iconic sign and saved it from being destroyed and allows people to still appreciate it.
If you are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the strip and fancy something different, i highly recommend this. Its a bit of nostalgia in the desert and Vegas’ very own history. If you go in the evening you will get to see a couple of the old signs lit up.
Can i do this? Not confident. Do i want to do this? I have too!
To get through the hardest journey we need take one step at a time.
I’ve read books, blogs, listened to podcasts, signed up to OYNB, called my doctor to admit ‘i think i have a problem with alcohol’ and i’m now on a waiting list to speak to a counselor. I have done everything i feel i am supposed to do in order to get support to stop drinking. Except for one thing. Take responsibility!
I have always enjoyed a drink, well since hanging about the streets when in my teens, meeting up with mates and getting someone to go in the shop for our alcohol. We would all chip in and purchase a litre of cider and MD 20/20 if we had enough. Actually i didn’t enjoy these drinks, they tasted like shit, but i did like the way they made me feel. I felt relaxed and confident and generally in a great mood. We would have such a laugh, i remember them mostly as good times but i also remember a lot of throwing up, hangovers and spending the next day in bed unable to eat anything. I always suffered terrible with hangovers.
Fast forward 20 years and i drink most nights, starts with a glass of wine at dinner but ends with the bottle gone, recently there has been some nights where one bottle has turned into two. I never really drank in the house, unless it was pre drinks before meeting with the girls, or going for a meal with the other half. I would always enjoy a drink whilst getting ready. This tended to be a weekend thing.
It wasn’t till i had children and i would spend most weekends at home, normal daily parenting routine that ended in bathtime, storytime, bedtime. The few hours that followed was ‘my time’, i could crack open a nice chilled bottle of wine with a frozen glass i had covered in water and put in the freezer an hour before. My partner worked away a lot so it was just me, ‘Love Island’, ‘Kardashians’ or any reality TV that was easy watching. I would still be in bed at 10.30pm and able to get up and do the morning routine the next day.
I must admit there where times when i was unable to do them to the best of my ability, some days i would have a pounding headache and i could be a little short if the kids took too long to get ready, some days i would take the kids to school, call in sick and go back to bed. There was also one time i had drank too much that my mother in law had to come and take the kids to school. This was a low. I still hate myself for that now. It’s embarrassing and i feel like a bad mum every time i think about it. Really that should have been a lesson for me not to drink, but it wasn’t. I continued to drink and ok it hasn’t happened since but what has happened is that i have built a tolerance to alcohol, which in itself is not good. I no longer get hangovers.
In January i was really unwell and had problems with my health, most of it was due to stress and everyone knows with stress comes an even bigger urge to drink, to relax. I was sent to the specialist who advised that i had to reduce the amount of alcohol i drank as i was starting to show signs of a fatty liver. This should of been a wake up call to quit drinking altogether. It wasn’t until this point that i realised i had an issue. In my head i have always thought that if i need to stop drinking i will. I did it when i became pregnant so i can do it again, although for whatever reason it seems i couldn’t. I would go a few days without and then fancy one. Sometimes i could go weeks and i have done Dry Jan for the last few years. Why was i finding it hard to stop this time? I would love to be one of those people who can just have the one. The issue i seem to have is one is never enough. Once i have that glass of wine i have to have another. It also only seems to be wine. There is always alcohol in the house that i don’t touch. My partners preference is Jack Daniels which i don’t like and there is a bottle of Baileys in the cupboard since Christmas. I don’t need a drink when i wake up so i can’t be an alcoholic. Can I ?
My follow up appointment was in March and i was really pleased as i had reduced my drinking from 7 nights to 3 nights a week, i hadn’t lost any weight but surely that was progress. No! The specialist told me i wasn’t thinking about my children, or my family. Just myself, i was selfish and i had to STOP drinking for six months period! I walked out of that room pissed off and thinking she was a complete bitch. How dare she make me feel like i was a bad mother for enjoying a bottle of wine three nights a week. Didn’t she realise i had reduced my intake, It’s not like i am out every weekend! How dare she take away my only vice? How f*cking dare she make me feel like i was a bad mother for not cutting out alcohol completely? I would understand if my children were at risk of harm or if it was effecting their upbringing but they have an amazing childhood, they are polite and well mannered (mostly) i do so much with them and they are excelling in school. On the way home, enraged with anger i bought a bottle of wine and i drank it. Fuck Sake!!
My issue is wine, i am a full on wino. I love the stuff. Firstly its not that strong and i always have a spritzer. I’m making excuses now, having wine every day whether its with a meal or not is clearly bad for your health and i have to do something about it. I must listen to the professionals who are advising me i have to stop. I must listen to my specialist.
Looking back to that meeting with my specialist, maybe she was being complete bitch. Maybe she’d had a bad day and she needed to relax herself with a nice chilled vino. Maybe she was playing bad cop to make me realise i needed to make a change or maybe she was just pissed off at constantly advising people that they need to stop drinking in order to improve their health. Dr X was royally pissed off that yet another patient wasn’t taking their health seriously and this patient could potentially get severe liver issues which could have been prevented had she of just bloody listened to the advice. Something tells me it was the latter.
So here i am on Day 1, My Day 1, for real this time. I will continue to get support whether it be via my doctor, reading a chapter of Claire Pooley’s ‘The Sober Diaries’, great read by the way. I honestly feel i could’ve wrote that book myself i relate to so much of it, although probably not as well and from more of a working class perspective. I don’t get invited to dinner parties or spend £12.50 on a red. I am more of a Barefoot drinker and Aldi have just produced their own version for less than a fiver, not that it matters now. Anyway i digress. I will continue to wait for support from CAIS and engage with others at OYNB but from today i will step up. I will take responsibility for my actions, because despite the support from others, this is something i need to do for myself!
It has been agreed that Wales will open its borders on the 6th July 2020. First Minister Mark Drakeford announced last week that he is looking forward to restarting the economy. Whilst the hospitality industry remains closed for now, he has suggested a step by step change by gradually lifting restrictions and providing the coronavirus stays under control, he is happy for National Parks, outdoor area’s and outdoor activities to open.
Staycations are due to be hugely popular this year and with many families having holidays cancelled or postponed, North Wales is set to become a must do destination according to tourism experts. Camping and caravan sites have advised that they are using the next three weeks to plan and prepare for the opening of their sites however many of the facilities and activities will not be opening such as swimming pools and entertainment venue’s.
As North Wales has reinvented itself as the ‘Adventure Capital of the UK’ who needs a swimming pool and indoor entertainment when you have natural lakes and mountains to explore.
Bookings for holidays will be accepted from July 13th
My name is Cath, ex cabin crew mum to two beautiful children. Poppy (7) who is an absolute whirlwind and a serial negotiator, and King Louie (4) who is obsessed with Buzz Lightyear and has us all wrapped round his little finger. I am also a stepmum (despise that word) i like to call it a best mate to our eldest Lucia (15) who is caring, smart and is growing into a beautiful young woman. We live in North Wales with my FIT other half Ricky. We have been together 12 years and yes, i’m still waiting on that ring!
I am so passionate about travel and throughout my life i have been lucky enough to visit some amazing places. Once i had children i knew i couldn’t travel like i used to (i once booked a two week holiday and didn’t return home for six months) not sure i would get away with that now. Can hear Karen from across the road with her judgmental parenting advice, not to mention i will probably have social services at the door for taking the kids out of school and not having the permission to do so.
I still have the travel bug and there is so many places i am yet to visit. I want my family to see the world through their eyes, not just on social media.
With this blog i am hoping to inspire other families to travel, get outdoors and see what the world has to offer. Also it will be an honest blog, there is nothing worse than pretending life is perfect. Some days are a struggle and i will be sharing them as well as are good days. In our house three tantrums a day is a good day.
There are so many places to go and things to do with children that can be affordable, whether that be overseas or a staycation. The UK has so much natural beauty to offer. Also did you know North Wales was voted #4 worlds best regions to visit by Lonely Planet. Yep, I know, only place in the UK to be listed.
So that’s pretty much it really, little nervous about starting this blog, there is so many out there and how do i make mine different? Just hoping to engage with similar people who share the same passions.
Typical mum trying to wing my way through motherhood, come along for the journey