Any pretense I had of eating reasonably well was completely shot today. Oy, what food! If there’s any saving grace it’s that Jay and I split everything.

Breakfast was at House of Blues. We had sweet corn and banana fritters, hashbrowns smothered in bacon, cheese, and onions, and “Cajun pigs in a blanket” — chicken andouille sausage wrapped in corn cakes served with maple butter.

Lunch was at Nathan’s Hot Dogs. I had a plain hot dog, and we split an order of bacon cheese fries.

Dinner was at Tao. It’s sort of a pick-and-choose, by the piece, kind of place. We had a sashimi tuna appetizer, four kinds of tempura (onion, sweet potato, asparagus, and avocado), and a wasabe-crusted filet. I had about a third of a cup of chai for dessert. Jay made an offhand remark about being married to me for ten years, and the waiter assumed it was our anniversary. He surprised us with a glass of plum wine. I drank mine to be polite. I very much appreciated the sentiment, even if I don’t like wine.

The rest of the day? Pretty much just as decadent as the food. We started with a massage. I added on a scalp massage, which is done with a peppermint oil, so it’s a bit of aromatherapy as well. We went to the north end of the strip and walked around the Bellagio and the Venetian, and we gambled a little, and then I went back to the hotel for a nap.

Speaking of naps, have I raved about the bed here? Best bed ever. Seriously. I sleep like a log and I haven’t woken up stiff or sore a single time. I’m madly in love with it, and desperately want to recreate it at home. I wonder if the hotel will tell us what they “made” it from.

This evening we went to see Phantom of the Opera at the Venetian. It was amazing!! Since it’s a permanent show, they can do incredibly technical and elaborate sets. It’s such a great play with such amazing music.

And now the day is done. We’ve packed, and we’ll be up early tomorrow to check out and begin the trek home. It has been a terrific vacation, but I’m ready to go home now.

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