A couple of months ago, I finally fulfilled my dream of becoming a real-life mermaid for a day.
I was pretty certain nothing would ever be able to top that experience.
That is, of course, until I was turned into a badass Bond girl for a few days.
I've always been a big "James Bond" fan and spent a great deal of my childhood pretending to be a secret spy with my brother in the backyard.
Apparently, it's no longer socially acceptable to wear black jumpsuits and run through the streets with plastic weapons once you reach adulthood.
So when I got the chance to relive my spy days by joining Heineken's hand-selected group of agents on a top-secret mission inspired by the new "James Bond" movie, I was more than thrilled.
Over the course of several days, we did a variety of action-packed 007 activities and chased villains through the deserts of Nevada before completing the Spyfie Mission and successfully capturing the first selfie from outer space.
Unfortunately, I had to return to boring old civilian life after the mission was over.
But I think it's safe to say from now on, I'll be ordering my martinis "shaken, not stirred."
Take a look at the pictures below to see some highlights from the Spyfie Mission.
My secret agent adventures all began with an invitation to join Heineken's top secret Spyfie mission....
Not knowing what to expect, I packed my bags and jetted off to Las Vegas, where I assembled with my fellow agents and headed to our home base, Red Rock Casino and Resort.
Upon arrival, we were instructed to report immediately to our rooms and wait for a special delivery.
About 30 minutes later, a butler knocked on my door and presented a mysterious package containing a cell phone and a card with a phone number on it. I dialed the number and received my first brief from Agent H along with specific orders to report to the 20th floor.
Upon stepping out of the elevator, all of the agents were welcomed into an opulent penthouse...
...complete with a green-lit jacuzzi full of Heinekens.
We spent the evening having some James Bond-style fun as we searched for an enemy spy posing as one of us at the party.
It was here we also met Agent Black for the first time and learned Spyfie was a top secret mission to capture the first selfie from outer space.
The mission began at 4 am the following morning. We drove out into the desert and found a lineup of badass dune buggies waiting to take us to our next undisclosed location.
After a short ride, we arrived at a beautiful English breakfast set up in the middle of the Mojave desert.
We chowed down as we watched the sun rise over the Vegas strip...
...and received our second briefing from Agent Black and Agent Green.
Everything seemed to be going great until a black SUV appeared out of nowhere. Several men emerged from the car and kidnapped Agent Green!
During the turmoil, a helicopter also flew overhead and dropped off a briefcase containing “locator beacons” that would be used to identify the position of each agent during Spyfie.
We retrieved the package, jumped back in our dune buggies and chased the SUV through the desert, but couldn't catch up to them.
The mission had to go on, so we continued without Agent Green to our Spyfie location: The Hoover Dam.
We assembled on a giant disk and prepared to have our pictures taken from a UrtheCast ultra-high definition camera mounted on the international space station 600 km above Earth.
As the countdown began, a Range Rover suddenly pulled up and Dave Bautista, who plays Mr. Hinx in the latest Bond film, appeared with our captured agent and took his place among us.
Seconds later, our mission was accomplished. We were the officially the first agents in the world to capture a selfie from outer space.
From there, we made our escape down a winding path alongside the dam where several rafts were waiting to take us down the Colorado River.
Then we headed back to home base to search for a secret "embedded message," which was followed by some well-deserved R&R before getting cleaned up to celebrate our secret agent accomplishments.
After walking the "green carpet" at the "Spectre" movie premiere...
...we entered the theater to find acrobats twirling through airborne hoops and took our seats to watch the notorious James Bond complete his own action-packed mission in the new movie.
From there, we headed through a green-lit hallway to a swanky afterparty and hit some clubs on the strip until the early hours of the morning, before getting a couple hours of sleep and heading back to civilian life in NYC.
If there's one thing I learned from this experience, it's you should always be yourself. Unless of course, you can be a Bond girl. Then you should always be a Bond girl.