Loss Is Never Easy…

18 Nov

Robert and RenthyI am so sad today. It seems so sudden, but it’s not. Sudden because I live in Las Vegas and he in Oklahoma, making it hard to visit my father’s side of the family frequently. Flights from Vegas to Oklahoma on Southwest, on average are $700 round trip two weeks in advance (which I just don’t understand why getting OUT of Vegas cost a pretty penny, however, getting here is not nearly as much.) His health has gone down over the past year and, fortunately, the family has been able to prepare. We received a shocking call this morning.

Renthy, Uncle Chief, Robert JrMy dad is the oldest of many siblings with Robert Sr. being the second. It’s crazy how much they all look-alike. It’s also funny how differently we were raised. My cousins are from the country, sounding and behaving like it; we are true products of the West Coast and Vegas. They laughed at us a lot and we laughed at them right back, mainly because of how different we sounded when we all talked.  

248My mother, his mother, and my other aunt married brothers and were pregnant at the same time with their children. My sister Carri, then cousin Arlena, me, then my brother, cousin Renthy (Orenthal – yes, in honor of OJ Simpson. It was the 70s), and Cousin Freddie are all the same age. We were stair steps. We grew up so close. They would come to Vegas for a few days, then we would head to Los Angeles and Oakland to visit more family, go to Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Sea World, Lion Country Safari, and the beach. Robert and his girlsWe would head back to Oklahoma for family reunions during the summer, only to be eaten alive by bugs. We were “deceived” about dinner being “chicken” when it was really rabbit, catfish, and frog legs caught earlier in the day by my dad and uncles to go along side some of the best BBQ I’ve ever eaten in my entire life coated with my Uncle Chief’s homemade BBQ sauce (he never did share the recipe.)

Which equates to a lot of the problem. Poor eating habits. I don’t ever recall eating a vegetable while in last daysOklahoma over the years. No salad, fruit, water… mainly, pop or something fried or grilled. My parents didn’t seem to mind because it was only for a short amount of time then back to our regular healthy West Coast diet and some form of exercise on a regular basis.

Paw Paw and Shuga FootMy point is to take better care of ourselves. He was too young to pass in such a way. Now he will miss his children’s graduations, weddings, and grandchildren –although he was lucky enough to meet one “little Miss Shuga Foot.” She is really going to miss out on how funny her Paw Paw was… I know I already do.

ANH

“Would You Help Me If You Knew I Was Being Abused?”

16 Oct

Originally posted on TwoGirlsConsulting LLC (2GC):

Firdosi Wharton Ali

Firdosi Wharton-Ali

“In the end, I keep trying to remind myself and my team what counts is that….We did something and worked very, very hard for the WOMEN, CHILDREN, and PETS who rely on the Shade Tree. Not for the approval. We are all in this to please our maker, the universe, or sense of Karma, or whatever, and it for that reason is why this PSA exists.” ~ Firdosi Wharton-Ali

It began back in July during the start of Ramadan, it was also during this time I learned about Zakāt which means charity and is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. Charity is a huge deal in the Muslim culture and my friend and client Firdosi Wharton-Ali began a heartfelt campaign on Facebook to help raise money for The Shade Tree, a “501(c)3 non-profit organization providing safe shelter to homeless and abused women, children, and their pets…

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Why I haven’t been posting…

11 Jul

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I haven’t posted in a while and it’s because I haven’t been feeling well. I am diagnosed with hypertension.  I am now on medication and waiting for test results to hopefully pinpoint a cause to my illness since the traditional sources do not apply (too much salt, overweight, lack of exercise, poor eating habits, etc.)

I will have a writeup soon on a couple of events I attended several weeks ago. Until I have an answer, my posts will be minimal.

Thank you for understanding!

Adrienne

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME

8 Jul

The Google Doodle was a nice Happy Birthday surprise this morning. I didn’t even know they sent those to people with a Gmail or Google+ account. 

Google Doodle

Three Different Things To Do Fourth of July Week!

20 Jun

Here are three different events during Fourth of July Week and only one includes fireworks and a BBQ!

El Súper Clásico (The Super Classic)

Chiva Club America collageAre ready for some Fútbol? Club América versus Chivas de Guadalajara, the hottest rivalry in Mexican Liga MX team’s soccer, for the first time is coming to Las Vegas.



Fans wanting
to be around all the action on and off the field can stay at host hotel The New Tropicana Las Vegas.

The renovated property is offering exclusive hotel stay packages:

  • The Club América Súper Clásico and the Chivas Súper Clásico packages ($795* each) and include admission for two for a meet-and-greet with select players of the fans favorite team, as well as a three-night stay for two in best-in-class accommodations, and two tickets for P1 seating to El Súper Clásico ($256 value). Only 50 of each package is available through June 28, 2013.  *Package prices include Club Deluxe accommodations; other rooms types available for additional pricing.
  • El Súper Clásico Package ($495*) features a three-night stay for two in best-in-class accommodations and two tickets for P1 seating to El Súper Clásico ($256 value).

Las Vegas is the first stop of the Chivas’ 2013 US Tour.

Tickets available at the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office, online at UNLVtickets.com, at UNLVtickets Outlet Town Square Las Vegas Concierge, or by calling 866.388.3267 (toll-free) or 702.739.3267 (local).  Ticket prices are $28 (sold out), $38 (sold out), $48, $58, $78, $128. Tickets may be subject to additional fees.  Tickets are also available at Mariana’s and La Bonita Super Markets in Las Vegas.

Súper Clásico: Club América vs Chivas
Wednesday, July 3rd
Sam Boyd Stadium at 8pm
7000 E. Russell Rd.

4th with The Phil! Pops Concert

Fireworks and flagIt doesn’t get anymore patriotic than spending the Fourth of July at a park, listening to an amazing symphony in a beautiful setting, and BBQ.  The family fun begins at 4pm at Symphony Park with food vendors, music including jazz, Hawaiian, Cajun, and bluegrass, along with the famous Vegas heat (the high on this day is forecast at 112 degrees.) Around dusk, patrons who purchased a ticket to the Pops concert transition inside to Reynolds Hall. Those enjoying the outdoors will be treated to “God Bless America”, “Stars & Stripes Forever”, and “America the Beautiful” too as it plays through the outdoor speakers.

The Las Vegas Philharmonic is conducted by Matt Catingub with special guests Clint Holmes, Kristen Hertzenberg, drummer Steve Moretti and Miss Nevada’s Outstanding Teen 2012 Ellie Smith performing The Star-Spangled Banner.

Pops Concert in Reynolds Hall tickets are $25, $50, $75 & $125 VIP Packages. Symphony Park Family Fun Day $10 adults; $5 children 12 & under, and includes audio simulcast of the Pops Concert. All concert ticket purchases include admission to Symphony Park. Tickets available from The Smith Center Box Office, by phone at (702) 749-2000, or visit www.lvphil.org.

Thursday, July 4th
BBQ and Bands at 4pm

Doors to Reynolds Hall Open at 6pm
Concert at 7:30pm
Fireworks at 9pm
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts
361 Symphony Park Avenue

UFC 162 Meet and Greet

Lagasse Stadium at Palazzo Las Vegas

Lagasse Stadium at Palazzo Las Vegas

Fans of UFC have the opportunity to mix and mingle with their favorite fighters, Bud Light Calendar Girls and industry superstars while noshing on passed hors d’œuvres created by chef Emeril Lagasse at Lagasse Stadium at The Palazzo. With 100+ HDTVs and a giant 9×16 foot screen, there isn’t a bad seat in the place, and the expansive patio has a great view of the Strip with plush seating.

Meet Heavyweight Daniel “DC” Cormier, Light Heavyweight Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis, Middleweight Luke Rockhold, former Interim Welterweight Champion Carlos “The Natural Born Killer” Condit, Welterweight Tyron Woodley; Lightweight Champions Benson “Smooth” Henderson, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, and Josh “The Punk” Thomson, Bantamweight Urijah “The California Kid” Faber and host of Best of Pride Fighting Championships Kenda Perez and Octagon girls Chrissy Hubbard and Vanessa Hanson.

General admission tickets include passed hors d’œuvres and viewing of Q&A session ($50); VIP tickets include passed hors d’œuvres, unlimited beer, well drinks, and champagne (8-9pm), commemorative program, meet and greet, and an opportunity to ask questions during the Q&A.

Tickets can be purchased at the Venetian and Palazzo Box Office, by phone 702.414.9000 and online.

Friday, July 5
8pm to midnight.
Doors open at 6pm
Lagasse’s Stadium
The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino
3325 S. Las Vegas Blvd.

CARNEVALE with Sammy Hagar’s Tiki Party: Rockin with The Wabos and Chef Emeril Lagasse

13 Jun

Since Monday, May 27, The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas has celebrated CARNEVALE in honor of the summer festivals of Italy. Guests are treated to experiences of entertainment, art and fashion, games, sports, music and wine through September 8.

This past weekend at The Venetian Pool, the properties hosted Sammy Hagar’s Tiki Party with Sammy Hagar and The Wabos rocking for an hour-and-a-half with hits like “I Can’t Drive 55” and “Right Now”, as Emeril Lagasse put his famous “BAM!” at the grill on slow-roasted Hawaiian pork on sweet Hawaiian rolls, BBQ baby back ribs, and New Orleans creole boiled fresh corn on the cob, just to name a few delicacies, for the more than 1,200 fans.

For a full list of more than 300 events visit venetian.com /carnevale or palazzo.com/carnevale.

 CARNEVALE

The Venetian Las Vegas
3355 S Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 414-1000

 The Palazzo Las Vegas
3325 S Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 607-7777

Through September 8, 2013

Sammy Hagar (Photo Credit: Tom Donoghue)

Sammy Hagar (Photo Credit: Tom Donoghue)

 

Emeril Lagasse with his team and their slow-roasted pig. (Photo Credit: Tom Donoghue)

Emeril Lagasse with his team and their slow-roasted pig. (Photo Credit: Tom Donoghue)

 

Slow-roasted Hawaiian pork on sweet Hawaiian rolls (Photo Credit: Tom Donoghue)

Slow-roasted Hawaiian pork on sweet Hawaiian rolls (Photo Credit: Tom Donoghue)

 

The Venetian Photo Credit Tom Donoghue

Photo Credit Tom Donoghue

 

 

 

 

Beauty Queens + Miss USA 2013 Contestants = A Happy Birthday for Terry Fator

12 Jun

Terry Fator was all smiles as he celebrated his birthday with 51 contestants from the Miss USA Pageant at his Terry Fator: The Voice of Entertainment hit show at The Mirage Hotel & Casino. Taylor Makakoa, his wife, and Nana Meriwether, the reigning Miss USA, presented the ingenious entertainer with a birthday card signed by audience members and fans and colossal cake provided by The Mirage. Lucky audience members received a wonderful cupcake from local favorite Freed’s Bakery.

Photo credits: Cashman Photo and Patrick Prather, Miss Universe Organization.

Miss USA
LIVE from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
Sunday, June 16

9 p.m. EST on NBC

Current Miss USA Nana Meriwether, Terry Fator, Taylor Makakoa and the 51 Miss USA Contestants by Cashman Photo

Current Miss USA Nana Meriwether, Terry Fator, Taylor Makakoa and the 51 Miss USA Contestants by Cashman Photo

Miss USA Contestants at Terry Fator by Cashman Photo

Miss USA Contestants at Terry Fator by Cashman Photo

Miss USA Nana Meriwether, Terry Fator and Taylor Makakoa by Patrick Prather, Miss Universe Organization.

Miss USA Nana Meriwether, Terry Fator and Taylor Makakoa by Patrick Prather, Miss Universe Organization.

 

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