Hello everyone and happy holidays! Darren and I are sitting a table in Starbucks on Broadway in Saratoga watching the snow fall. The trees are covered in snow and ice and they look absolutely beautiful. The aroma of freshly brewed coffee and baked goods fill the store as we sit here admiring the winter wonderland unfolding outside. In typical Sherri & Darren fashion, we have our laptops with us and we are busy checking email.
We arrived in Saratoga this afternoon after an overnight stop at Mohegan Sun with the Hermans. Surprisingly, the casino was not nearly as busy was we expected but it certainly was smoky! Table limits during the day were a $15 minimum but changed over to $25 during the evening. Darren, Dad and I tried our luck at blackjack and Mom was hoping for a big cash payout on the slot machines. Our first attempt to ‘hit it big’ was in the Winter Casino but Darren and I were not fond of the dark atmosphere and smoke so we opted for a walk around the shops and made a stop at Starbucks for coffee. We wandered into the Sky Casino and liked it much better. The Sky Casino was brighter and more open allowing for better air circulation. We found two seats at a blackjack table and two hours later we were both pretty much even. Taking a break from the action we all met up at Big Bubba’s for some appetizers before heading to the Cabaret to see Aaron Lewis perform. For those of you who do not know who Aaron Lewis is, he is a singer-songwriter, with the band Staind and was nominated for 3 Grammy Awards. He is currently on tour playing acoustic solo performances. He played to a crowd of fans for nearly two hours. While I only knew a few songs, his show was great and the audience loved him. After the show, we stopped in at Johnny Rockets for burgers before heading back to the tables for one last try at winning a fortune. We didn’t quite end up with a major windfall but we managed to leave with a little more money than we came with so we were happy.
We got on the road fairly early today and were greeted with a mixed bag of precipitation for our drive. The Jeep performed amazingly well under these varying conditions and we were very happy how well it conquer the snow, ice and sleet that we encountered. Tonight we are off to meet Darren’s former Skidmore adviser and then tomorrow morning we are driving to Vermont for the rest of our winter getaway.
Hope everyone is enjoying the final days of 2007. We certainly are!