And the winning answer is: Las Vegas! The conference I was speaking at was the Western Veterinary Conference, held annually in Vegas at the Mandalay Bay. The topmost photo is of the Bellagio Conservatory, whose theme this year is a bright red-colored depiction of a Chinese New Year celebration. The second picture, of course, is the famous Bellagio fountain at night. The recently empty-nested Mrs. ProfessorRoush was able to accompany me to Vegas for the first time (I've been 4 times previously), so I felt it necessary to be on my best behavior and show her the sights and, of course, the shopping areas. It cramped my style a bit, but hey, a good husband should take his wife to Vegas at least once in her lifetime. While I worked, she shopped and rested, and at night there was fine dining and we were also able to enjoy the free concert given at the conference. Kenny Loggins was the featured performer this year and gave a fabulous concert, a perfect end to our time in Vegas.
We returned, luckily, just ahead of the snowstorm that is passing through Kansas, so I woke at home this morning to the winter wonderland in the picture at the bottom of this entry. It is surely a stark change from the brown horizon that I left. And while I was gone, work on the barn continued, with the roof trusses placed before the snow drifted into the barn this morning. I'm thinking now that it is going to be a few days before any more work on the barn gets done!