Do you know this game for your mobile devices? It’s a free app to play and your points can be turned into real rewards through M Life and MGM. MGM owns several of the casinos and restaurants in Las Vegas as well as, apparently, interests in lots of other things worldwide. I figured that playing this game would be more worthwhile than, say, Candy Crush, which is fun, but doesn’t really earn you anything but bragging rights.
Well, I’ll tell you right now, it’s fun, but it’s also addictive. You can download free coins every four hours and the more you do, the more they give you. There are different levels you earn, which give you higher percentages of free coins and loyalty rewards, too. It’s downright evil genius.
I’ve got my family playing now, on the chance that we may meet up in Vegas next year sometime for a long weekend. The awards really do translate into free or discounted hotel stays, shows, and meals. I’m sure many people spend money buying more points to get more awards, but if you don’t do that, the only thing you’re spending is your valuable time — ulp! And therein lies the problem.
If you have an addictive personality, and I’m not saying I do, but maybe — it’s hard to quit before your eyes are crossing from the strain or you run out of chips. I refuse to buy chips, which is the only thing saving me. But I’ve been neglecting reading and writing stories on my blog and even reading the books I have.
And here’s the thing. I have an iPhone, which the game will play on. I did have it on my Kindle HD tablet, but the game updated somewhere around the beginning of July and it will not update on Kindle. If anyone has one and plays this game and knows the secret, please let me know! There is also a my Vegas Blackjack and the loyalty awards cross over between the two games. That now refuses to open on my Kindle also. Any ideas other than buying an iPad?? Just wondered if you knew…
On Friday I had my last big (haha, no, just regular size!) breast reconstruction surgery and it went well. I was more nervous than about the previous surgeries, mostly because of the complications I’d had, I guess. I talked my wonderful plastic surgeon down to just cutting open my right boob to exchange the temporary saline-filled expander for a permanent silicone implant. Okay, that was a little dramatic. There’s actually just an incision under my boob. I’m back to wearing the surgical bra and have a drainage tube in, but only one this time. A little achy and sore, but not terrible pain.
But what he also planned to do was suction some fat from my abdominal area and insert it above the implant to further soften the look. And do what’s called a mastopexy to the left breast to perk it up a bit. Or a lot, as the case may be. But I stayed firm (haha, cracking myself up, may just be the pain pills!) and nixed all that because I couldn’t face the thought of developing clots or unnecessary bleeding like before. But he did explain that I could choose to do the mastopexy at a later date if needed and it would still be covered as reconstructive surgery. I checked with insurance and that’s true.
So then he asked me to sit up (we were in the little curtained off room where you wait before outpatient surgery), me in my paper gown, so that he could draw the incision mark under my boob with that lovely indelible marker. And with totally detached clinical appreciation he said to me and hubby, “These are probably the best match I’ve seen with a one-sided surgery!”
I completely chose to believe that he meant my unaided boob was unbelievably perky all on its own and rather closely matched the surgically enhanced one. So I awkwardly said, “Thank you?” and we parted to meet up later in surgery.
Then a nurse started my IV, pushed me and my gurney to an operating room where they slid me onto a table exactly the width of my hips and had me breathe into an oxygen mask a few times. And that’s all I really remember…
The Banyan tree in Lahaina, a town on the west side of Maui. The tree sits in what is commonly called Banyan Tree Park, next to the old courthouse building at the corner of Front and Canal Streets. It’s one of the largest banyans in the U.S., all one tree actually. As it grows, it puts down more roots from above that grow into more tree trunks and they all remain connected.
The tree was planted by Sheriff William Owen Smith in 1873 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first American Protestant mission in Lahaina, a gift from missionaries in India. The banyan is native to India, one of 60 types of fig trees to grow in the Hawaiian Islands.
It’s quite a sight to behold. And nearly impossible to get a picture of the entire tree because it covers such a large area and is almost 60 feet tall now… The photos are my own, taken a few years ago when we were in Maui with hubby’s brother and sister-in-law.
We just booked a short whale watching excursion for next weekend when we are in Maui and I’m so excited. I hope to have some of my own pictures to post later and lots of stories, but I do know that humpback whales travel in the fall from the Pacific Northwest south to Maui to give birth in the relatively warmer and predatory-free waters. This should be prime whale watching time.
I was told that since the adults are roughly the size of a school bus(!) you can see them easily from shore, but if you want to see the babies and interaction between whales, it’s really necessary to go out on a boat. My stepdaughter and her hubby and some friends of theirs whose trip overlaps a little with ours had booked an excursion and invited us along, so we will be on the Ocean Discovery vessel that the Pacific Whale Foundation sends out a couple times a day to allow tourists like us to see and listen to the whales closer up. Can’t wait!