Saturday, July 30, 2005

Lake Mead

Today was one of the best days ever! Once again we were out on Lake Mead. I only wished I could swim like a fish rather than a drowned cat. Whenever I saw people swimming--looking effortlessly in their buoyancy, I was envious yet amazed at the "magic" before my eyes. However, this day out on the lake was not free of mishaps, mind you--once again our electronics didn't survive the waters. This time it was Johnny's cell phone which we now believe is at the bottom of the ominous lake.

Photo:  http://www.usmenuguide.com/
Yesterday, Johnny and I went to Mon Ami Gabi in the Paris casino. We were seated inside the airy interior of the atrium where the towering French windows opened out onto the Las Vegas Strip. We had a fabulous view of the scenery including the Lake show across the street at the Bellagio. For my dinner, I had savory seared scallops on top of puréed cauliflower with caramalized onion strings and pine nuts sprinkled on top. It was oh so yummy! All the meanwhile, we enjoyed tasting a variety of delicious wine from the wine cart.

Afterwards, Johnny and I sauntered across the street to stroll along the tree-lined boulevard of the Bellagio just in time to witness the Lake show as the waters danced to the tune of "Proud to be an American". Prior to that evening, I had never seen such a spectacular display of choreographed ballet of water, light, and music on this massive eight-acre lake!

This weekend has turned out to be very nice indeed--but it ain't over yet! A quick stop at the Original Pancake House in the Green Valley Station Casino for some breakfast and a final stop to deliver lunch to my sweetie at work (along with the ensuing kiss...) my weekend will be complete. I can not wait!

Friday, July 29, 2005

FedEx our wish to come true!

We did it! After long hours of taping and editing our video and revising our essay for the Food Network Caters Your Vegas Wedding--we are finally finished. I just FedEx'd our application packet off but we could not have done it without the help of family, friends--and the support and encouragement from each other. Now comes the hard part...waiting in anticipation of good news! Only approximately two weeks to go.

I only wanted to win because it's probably going to be the best meal Johnny will ever have in our marriage (just kidding). If we don't win,...well I guess we're gonna go to the chapel and we're...gonna get married. Johnny will dress like Elvis and sing his songs (he has a good voice) and we'll have a wedding Vegas style baby yeah!!!

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Wonderful Buffet at Bellagio

Here we are at the conservatory located within the Bellagio just after feasting at the casino buffet! My boss, Angeline, co-worker, Joan, and I were treated to lunch by one of our sweet professors, Dr. Koettel in appreciation of all that we do to keep the department running. That's right, them professors never get a moment to sit down and rest. They're always workin' workin' workin' away!! Just kidding ;) Thank you, Dr. Koettel!!

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Big Horn Sheeps

Holy mackerel!! No, this is not a school of fishes but a herd of big horn sheeps I saw grazing the grass of a public park in Boulder City. This is just a block away from where Johnny and I will be getting married!

Friday, July 22, 2005

Bull Dogs

Tom & Jerry was always one of my favorite cartoons as a kid. I loved Jerry but at times I secretly wished that Tom would catch Jerry--like, really get him good. But Jerry always had a way of slipping Tom's evil grasps or was managed to be saved by Spike, the pit bull.

Recently there have been news revolving around the issue of bull dogs mauling and killing children. Some communities have resorted to extreme measures such as banning the breeding of such dogs. My view on that is dogs are animals and, like humans, have their good and bad days. Except one of the things that make them different is their inability to verbally communicate their thoughts as we have the capability to do. So when a child gets in their face and it also happens to be one of their PMS days, they will react with instinct and in the way they only know how--and that is to bite in order to release their aggression. Bull dog or golden retriever, they all have the potential to bite.

I've always been afraid of dogs, regardless of how friendly they seem, for fear that they would bite me. In Laos, the dogs aren't domestic but wild and I knew people that were chased down and bitten by dogs. To this today, the fear of dogs remains in me although I usually appear calm and trusting--I'll even go as far as petting them.

I love animals and have met lots of cute and friendly dogs (even considered getting one) but people shouldn't forget, however, dogs are dogs and will at times instinctually react without reason.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

And Now I See

I can finally see! It was a long week but I had been wearing my last pair of contacts which kept irritating my eyes and so I had to constantly switch between contact lenses and an old pair of glasses that are three prescriptions old. Never mind that it doesn't fit my face either.

I've been thinking more and more about LASIK surgery. Lately I've been fantasizing about what it'd be like to wake up and see clearly without glasses or plastic films on my eyes. As comfortable contacts can sometimes be, they can't quite give me 20/20 accuity.

I think I could save so much time if could wake up, see clearly, and go. Not having to bother with contact solutions, putting them on, soak them in effervescent cleaners, rubbing them, having protein deposits in my eyes, deal with eye infections, getting eye irritants underneath them, the lens ripping, using lens cleaners for my eyeglasses, toting the (lenses and eyeglasses) cases and solutions around...ya get the idea.

With laser-corrected vision, I can just wake up, open my eyes...and (gasp) see!! No lens go fogging up...yada, yada, yada. That would just be awesome!

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

You've Got Spam


The rewards of my spam training...heh, heh.
This is really my "get-in-to-bed" swatter.

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Boating on Lake Mead

Moomba in tow, the boys named it "Beaver Retreaver"--I had NOTHING to do with naming it, okay? Although Johnny jokes, "Look at the veaver I caught". We took it out on Lake Mead tonight. I had SO much fun even though all my toys were waterlogged--camera, cell phone, and planner (I'm sitting here soaking wet)...it was WELL worth it. The lake is so beautiful at sunset. It was nice to get out and relax. Beer, my favorite snacks, and excellent company...I couldn't have asked for more.

Well...except taking swimming lessons so I can swim in Lake Mead. Rather than be like a cat on a stranded island that's a boat. For now, you might find me like this on the boat...where there's no water.

New Home

We finally made an offer on what we hope to be our new home. It's a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 3 car garage one-level home with large boat parking. The living room and family room is huge with vaulted ceilings and an open plan to the kitchen.

Located in a beautiful neighborhood surrounded by half-million $ homes and views to million-dollar home, this one is modest but gives us something to aspire to. We couldn't ask for a better central location than Eastern & Horizon Ridge and hope the seller will accept our offer soon!!

(Check out more photos at Kodak Gallery by clicking on the image. Look for the link to view photos without signing in.)

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Update: July 17th

We didn't get the house. Got beat out by a buyer who gave the seller asking price. That's okay. We were bummed but realized there's more out there...nicer and less pricey. This house's value was up because of the neighborhood and location but was nothing extraordinary. Still searching for dream home...

Friday, July 15, 2005

Pass the Potato


Hey there! Will you help me pass Baked Potato around so that he can reach all 50 states?

Thursday, July 14, 2005

SOLD!


Yep...the house is SOLD!! We're moving to a new place in Henderson. I'm going to miss that place where I had my tech loft painted fire engine red and the pool in the backyard. This was where I had one-too-many drinks one-too-many times...SIGH. While we will miss the house, we're really excited to get into our new home. Great neighborhood, great lot, excellent location and close proximity to amenities and restaurants, campus, our work and gym. It's SWEET!! Posted by Picasa

It's Gettin' Hot in Here!!


Are you looking at the temperature here (note that the time is 7:20PM)?? The current temperature is pretty high (and I heard our record for today was 115 degress). But it doesn't feel like 110. Really. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Daly's Beauty Must-Have's

As I rummaged through my boxes and drawers of half-used beauty products, it made me think how much junk I had to purchase and try before coming upon these beauty finds. In hopes of sparing the trouble for many females out there, I thought I'd share my own list of beauty must-have's:

  • Biosilk Silk Therapy for hair: Just a little goes a long ways to smooth frizz and give damaged hair a natural shine. Sparingly smooth on hair after blowdrying but before hot rollers or heat stylers. The serum is so light it doesn't my weigh hair down like other brands.
  • Kiss Me by Philosophy lip balm: It's true..."the road to intimacy is lots of kissing" and this very emollient lip balm is the yellow brick road. So smooth (not waxy) when you purse your lips together it will make you wanna grab that honey-bunny and kiss 'em!! (I like the red jar but if you don't like using your fingers for application, get the tube)
  • MAC lipglass: no...not the computer but the lip gloss that will give your lips a high gloss glass-like finish. Unlike Philosophy's lip balm--this is not smooch-friendly. Not unless you want to literally lock lips cuz this stuff is sticky! Excellent for a night out...guys just can't resist the urge to touch glossy, wet-looking lips.
  • Redken Hot Sets 22 Thermal Setting Mist for hair: honey, the volume and bounce my hair has is not natural and without it, my hair is as flat as the tail of a donkey.
  • Surgi-Wax: No muslin strips, microwave-only wax hair remover. Does an excellent job--right down to the roots for the smoothest wax job that will leave your skin feelin' like a baby's bum! (Try the Brazilian Wax)
  • Smashbox flash powder: a golden-hued shimmer loose powder sure to make you feel like a princess! Apply Flash Powder to face (around eyes and on bridge of nose), décolleté, and body for all over luminous golden skin. It'll make you feel like a star! (This jar will last you years)

More to come. These products are tried and true when other brands have failed. I swear by them! Now...as for the piles of products gone kaput...I say we have a beauty swap!!

Sunday, July 10, 2005

The Perfect Planner

I have looked high and low for the perfect planner
and there's no other like AT-A-GLANCE® QuickNotes® Weekly/Monthly Self-Management System (76-14-05). It's the perfect size and has all the right components of an organizer. Check it out for yourself. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!! (Unfortunately, I think I got the last one in stock...heh, heh).

Thursday, July 07, 2005

I Survived!!

Oh yeah...I just have to put one up in celebration of me skidding through Finite Math!! WHOO-HOO!! I can't believe it. Since I didn't celebrate too hard on the 4th, I think I just might over the weekend. Heh, heh. At least enjoy the few days I have until I start Econ 261 (Statistics) on Monday.

Ew.

Monday, July 04, 2005

Happy Anniversary

Happy Anniversary, sweetie! It's been three wonderful years and things couldn't be better!
You swept my heart away the day we first met in Redondo Beach. You knelt by my side and talked to me all night like no one else was around. I knew you were a keeper when you took the time to learn the history of the country where I came from.

It was challenging dating each other long distance for a time but I am never happier to finally be with the love of my life. I am looking forward to our fourth year and creating more wonderful memories with you!! I love you, Johnny! Posted by Picasa

Saturday, July 02, 2005

My Sisters & Brother


Sunnyside, WA (1983). These are my sibblings from left to right is Chante (the oldest), Bea (my older sister), Chitt (my only little brother), and Money (the second sister). That's me--in the blue sweater laughing with my missing two front teeth.

I just realized we have all married (or are marrying) out of our names to Fleming, Owens, Hennes, and Costanza except my little brother. He's the only one to carry the last name no one can spell.

My dad made up our last name when we came to the states. He created it from the first initial of his mom's name, the name of his favorite uncle, and a Laotian word that means "heaven". So we're the only Sorvongsavanh's in the world and the rest of our relatives are in Laos.

I am proud of my last name but will be happy to take on the last name of my sweetheart's. I won't miss having to spell my maiden name over the phone which is always a big ordeal. S as in Sam, O, R, V as in Victor, O, N as in Nancy, G, S as in Sam, A, V as in Victor, A, N as in Nancy, H. After all that effort, companies always get the spelling wrong. Sometimes I lose track and forget in the midst of spelling. I can always tell when I get a call from someone that doesn't know me because they butcher my last name--talk about an advantage.

After filling out bubbles on tests time after time, I decided to marry someone with a short last name--at the beginning of the alphabet. Imagine through my dating years..."what's your last name?" and "oh, I'm sorry. I can't date you because of your last name. It just will not do." Seriously, that wasn't a factor to why I dated Johnny. His last name is just a plus!Posted by Picasa

1st Grade


A picture of me in the first grade sitting next to my best friend, Shawna Patel (I liked red even back then). Our family first settled in Sunnyside, WA after arriving from Thailand. We were the first Laotian family in that town. The newspapers were so intrigued, they came to take a photo of me.