1 We were hungry after our visit to Hoover Dam and The Coffee Cup Cafe looked like a friendly place to stop along Rt. 93 in Boulder City, NV.
2 It turns out that this place was featured on the Food Network's "Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives."
3 Coffee cups in an array of colors
4 These cups are available for purchase in the diner or at their on-line store. http://www.worldfamouscoffeecup.com/
5 The walls are covered with all sorts of interesting bric-a-brac.
6 The breakfast menu offered all of the usual favorites, plus south of the border dishes, and healthy choices.
7 Lunch Time had many sandwiches, burgers, salads, and their famous chili and verde. The menu says: Thinking about asking for a substitution - FREE, Asking for a substitution - $1, Asking for a substitution in the no substitution area - $20, Asking if these are real charges - $40.
8 We survived!
9 Both Daisy and Anduin ordered from the healthy choices and had scrambled egg whites with sliced tomatoes.
10 I chose a breakfast burrito with a side of cottage cheese - quite yummy!
11 Kevin enjoyed two eggs over easy with bacon and a side of home fries.
12 Continuing on to Vegas along Rt. 93, the Boulder City Trading Post sort of screamed out to us.
13 As did Hacienda Interiors
14 We stopped, but they weren't open. Everything in this most colorful display looked like it was made out of sheet metal.
15 Once back in Las Vegas, I had to quickly get ready for the Home Depot Managers' Meeting, held at Mandalay Bay Convention Center. Here I am being interviewed live by CNBC's Street Signs' host, Brian Sullivan.
16 The focus of the interview was the American consumer, consumer spending in the home improvement space, and exciting spring trends.
17 Brian Sullivan also interviewed select executives, including Frank Blake, the chairman and CEO of The Home Depot.
18 The Convention Center was set up like a giant Home Depot store - 350,000 square feet! There were many, many product displays set up throughout the space.
19 Here I am with Anduin getting ready for my Specialty and Project Paint demos.
20 At this big meeting, Home Depot store managers from across the country, walked from station to station familiarizing themselves with all the new store products. Many stopped to watch my presentation.
21 My Home Depot logo
22 Martha Stewart Living project paints are perfect for small household makeovers. They come in five distinctive finishes: Metallic, Metallic Glaze, Textured Metallic, Crackle, and Glitter.
23 These are the Creative Technique Applicators. Eight tools are available for twelve techniques, including herringbone and gingham. There is a wood grain rocker, a graining comb, a stripe comb, a linen dragger, a flexible stripe comb, a wavy graining brush, coarse steel wool, and a painting sponge.
24 Here I am with Sarah Fishburne, the Director of Trend and Design at Home Depot.
25 Posing with Home Depot managers for the Midwest
26 This is our paint display. My paint line comes in 280 colors in 4 different finishes. The colors are mixed in a Glidden base. There are also specialty paints, designed to provide a decorative accent to walls in any room. They are Potter's Clay, Lightstrokes, and Precious Metals.
27 Our display of decorative mirrors, storage solutions, and draperies
28 These are sections of Martha Stewart Kitchens configured as a workbench with some of our green and orange storage cubes.
29 Kevin thought this was a clever design.
30 More sections of my kitchen line to create a laundry room
31 What's clever about this design is that the Corian counter top travels up the sides and over the top of the washer and dryer, maximizing counter space.
32 This patio set was designed to allow the consumer to choose what color they would like covering the seat cushions.
33 The night before, we attended a Home Depot store manager dinner and I had Dani Fiori of Sweet Dani B make these paintbrush cookies for all the guests. The brushes represent our glitter paint. http://sweetdanib.com/
35 Posing with Sarah Fishburne and Melissa Phillips - General Manager, Home Decorators Collection at The Home Depot
36 And the day before the Home Depot Store Managers' Meeting, we ate at a fantastic Vietnamese restaurant in Las Vegas called Pho Bosa. http://bosa1.com
37 A crunchy, delicious salad - Pho BOSA comes from the location in Southern California called little Saigon the largest population of Vietnamese outside of Vietnam.
38 A spring roll platter
39 More interesting rolls
40 Everything was so fresh and colorful and wonderful.
41 Here I am with Vanessa, the chef/owner of this superb eatery.
42 I really enjoyed this flavor-packed soup.