Bringing the FUNK to Vegas.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Kristin Funk, that is.

My newly engaged girl, Kristin, came to visit me last week all the way from rural Indiana. Needless to say, Las Vegas was a bit of a culture shock for her, but the two of us had one heck of a time.

Wednesday: the Funk flew in!

{Kristin and I became friends when we both worked for AmeriCorps in Olympia, WA. I was a skinny, idealistic early twenty something who curled her hair and worked mentoring adolescents in foster care. She worked at Stonewall Youth with gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered youth, always wore a black hoodie and never shaved her legs. We were perfectly imperfect for each other and became fast friends after she invited me to see the first Harry Potter movie for her birthday and I made her hot cocoa. Back then, when we weren't trying to change the world, a little group of us dated embarrassing fellows and drank a lot of beer on our nights and weekends.}

Wednesday night, Jenner and I took Kristin to our favorite little taco place down the street from our house, Yayo's, where Kristin expertly sang karaoke to John (I still miss the Cougar) Mellencamp's "Hurts So Good" and Jenner brought the house down with more songs than I can recount.

(A star is born.)

Thursday: On Thursday, Kristin and I stayed the night at the Golden Nugget (you all know how much I adore this place) and treated ourselves to a girls night in filled with facials and toenail painting. (Come to think of it, it was really just me doing all that.) However, there was an all you can eat pasta buffet that left us pretty much comatose in our room watching a Sex and the City marathon. Perfect.

Friday: We hung out all day at the Golden Nugget pool and realized pretty quickly that our appetite for cocktails isn't what it used to be.

Friday night, I tried to take Kristin out to the Hard Rock for dinner, but I'm afraid it was an overwhelming and anxiety producing experience for her having less to do with the casino itself and more to do with the overabundance of frat boys who smelled like they took a bath in a vat of cologne. Oh, well, I tried. So, instead I took her out to my favorite tapas restaurant, Firefly, for dinner and drinks at the suitable hour of midnight.

Saturday: Oooh, Satuday was a doozie. First, we made the trek to Red Rock where we drove the scenic drive, hiked a little, drank our weight in water and had sweat pouring off us like little piggies. It was worth it, however, and so, so beautiful.

Then, as if we hadn't had enough of the sweltering heat, we took a little drive out to the lake. Now, let me tell you, I had been warned about Lake Mead by almost everybody. They all said not to get my hopes up because it was muddy and gross and pretty much party central. While this all might be true, I had a great time once I very slowly and very carefully made it past the rocky shore. What can I say? Give me a floatie, some sunshine and a little water and I'm a happy, happy girl.

Sunday: On Sunday, we headed to the MGM for the night. This was Kristin's first night out on the strip. So, after a much needed sushi dinner, we joined Jenner and walked around showing Kristin the crazy city that is Las Vegas.

Monday: On Monday, we hung out at the pool at the MGM. This is one of my favorite places to swim because of their lazy river. Floating down a fake river with a blended drink in hand? Amazing. Oh, and I got to wear my new swimsuit that I bought because of Jasmine.

I was soo happy to eat my favorite sandwich at Wichcraft. Fried egg and blue cheese. Yummm.

That night for dinner, Kristin took one for the team and decided to momentarily throw out her vegetarianism for an In-n-Out Burger. (Oh, and she didn't really have three. She shared.)

We then took Kristin out downtown where we experienced the fun of Fremont Street, ate fried twinkies and I rocked my bumpit (but feared I looked like a cousin of Amy Winehouse).

Tuesday: Kristin Funk flew back to Indiana. :( I miss her already, but had such a good time with her when she was here. She gave me the opportunity, for the first time, to play hostess in my new city and this helped me see parts of Las Vegas I hadn't before. Thanks so much, lady. Love you!

* Thanks to Jenner for taking many of these photos.


  1. How fun!!! There are definite benefits to living in a destination city where people actually WANT to come visit. This made me want to come visit you and be shown around Vegas! Also, she looks like a really cool girl... yay girl time!

  2. Looks like fun! I once brought a friend from Wales to Vegas - she had MAJOR culture shock and just wanted to stay in the room reading :)

    So...I have a trip to LV confirmed for Sept 19-21. Will you be around? BFF and I are staying at Mandalay.

  3. Ohh looks like such a great time! I was just in Vegas not too long ago when I was making my way to Los Angeles. I will be back ALOT to party of course, I will let you know. We should definitely get together when I do :)

  4. I so love your blog :) Good times! My BFF lives in Vegas and I have yet to visit her. You can follow my newly established blog at


  5. Looks like you had fun! i didnt know MGM had a lazy river, thats awesome!

  6. I wanna go now!! Looks like you and your buddy had a fab time!

  7. Looks like so much fun!! I miss Vegas.

  8. that sounds like such a fantastic reunion for the two of you! i love getting to see my friends who live far away. it's such a special treat and makes everything so much more fun. :)

    p.s. bet you looked adoooorable in your new suit! :)

  9. Good times...I`ve gotta go to Vegas!

  10. Looks like so much fun! I need to come and play.

  11. so fun, I can't wait til I come for a visit!!

  12. looks like so much fun! Visits with old friends are always good.

  13. Such a lovely blog, lady! It was one of the most amazing vacations - ever! Many props to you and Jenner for being gracious, informative and adventurous hosts. Hope we don't have to wait another 2 years to hang out again...

    Love you, lady!!!
    Thanks for archiving and sharing your life, and for 6 glorious days, mine too. <3<3<3

  14. I came across this blog while googling Kristin in hopes to make contact with her. Someone PLEASE forward Kristin Funk my email address!!