7 Year Itch

Last weekend was TBWITWW and my seven year anniversary. To which you might say "Holy crap! Has it been that long. Damn I'm old." Or at least that's what I say.

To celebrate, my mom generously arranged a night at a hotel, a fantastic dinner, some money to spend at the casino, and a night away from Dean. And we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Starting with dinner at "The Reserve", the casino's steak house, we went all out. For our appetizer we got the "Shrimp Three Ways" which were cocktail, pancetta wrapped and garlic and herb. TBWITWW had the Filet "Oscar" which came with crab, asparagus and hollandaise (she has a thing for hollandaise sauce) and I had the trio of crusted filets (blue cheese, garlic parmesan, and horseradish). As sides we had the artichoke and spinach gratin and the truffled steak fries. All of these were quite good, although the fries weren't as fantastic as we'd hoped. The horseradish filet was my favorite. We each had a flight of 3 wines with our meal. As the price for the flight wasn't much more than the price of single glasses, it seemed like being able to sample 6 wines was definitely the way to go. For desert I had Creme Brulee and a glass of port. TBWITWW had the cheese plate and an ice wine. It was a lovely way to end a great meal. We can't afford to eat like this often, but I think we would if we had the money.

After dinner, we went to the Casino floor. Following my mother's advice, we each signed up for the casino's rewards program. Then we went in search of games that looked promising. We went to the $0.02 slot machines first, and each started with a $20 bill. TBWITWW went through hers fairly quickly, while mine took a bit longer. Those machines didn't seem to be paying so we got bored quickly and moved on to video poker. A little more skill was involved here, and the machines were paying better (or at least burning through the money more slowly). Again, TBWITWW burned through her second twenty in about the time it took me to use up the $7 remaining from my first. Still, it took a while and was more fun than the two-penny slots. We decided to try our luck at some other slots, and we each started with another twenty. By my count, this meant I was ahead by $20. We found some promising looking machines (nickel slots with actual handles!) and went to work. Before too long, TBWITWW was up almost $40. I didn't do as well, never going much above my original $20. The woman at the machine next to me won about $45 on a single pull at one point, which isn't too bad for nickel slots. Finally, when my $20 was gone, TBWITWW cashed out with $20.35 remaining. I had a penny. We were then able to cash in our "points" for the evening and each got $10 back. Fun! In the end, we fed $100 to the machines and walked away with $40. Respectable I think and we got a lot of fun for our $60. Granted, I don't think I would have enjoyed it quite as much if it had been our own money rather than a gift, but at the same time, I can see going back. I'd still like to try my hand at the table games, just for the experience. But on a Saturday night it was too crowded for me to be comfortable just jumping in as a beginner, and the limits on the tables were too high to get much playing time out of it, so that will have to wait for another day.

After we were done on the casino floor, we headed back up to our room with no diapers or bottles to worry about.


Then we went to bed and didn't get up until after 9am. Ahhh, luxury. We then poked around the room, drank some coffee, packed and checked out. Then we hit the buffet for brunch and topped off our decadent weekend in classic style.

All in all we had a great weekend that was well beyond our normal means. It was a lot of fun and very relaxing, and I'd like to do it again sometime, but it's not something I'm in any hurry for. We missed our boy though and by time we got back to my mom's place were ready to spend the rest of the day with him. We'll post about that soon.

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