Header image

Author Archives: Amy

On being an Aunt…

Posted by Amy in General - (3 Comments)

I have been so excited since I first found out that my sister-in-law was pregnant.  Everyone in our family has been because this is the first grandchild on both sides.  My sister-in-law is half way through her pregnancy and yesterday I found out that I have a nephew on the way.

The first thing I did was go an order the yarn that I needed for the blanket.  I have had it picked out for ages and ages….one yarn if ended up being a girl and one if it ended up being a boy.  I have lofty goals of a blanket and matching bunting AND booties if I ordered enough yarn…I ordered 10 skeins.  I hope that is enough.  While I don’t really have the blanket pattern picked out quite yet, I do have the bunting.  It seems easy…I hope it is.

The second thing I did was go the Tony Stewart online store and load up on Tony Stewart baby clothes…(many of which just happened to be on sale)!!  Hee hee.  (Don’t worry…I plan to get him plenty of stuff off his baby registry too…that kid will be so spoiled by me…I will be the best Aunty ever).  SO be prepared next year to see tons of pictures of my nephew all dolled up in Orange!!!

Well the race at Phoenix was good.  Lots of good clean racing. Great passing. No too many cautions.  It would have, of course, been a better day for me had Tony Stewart won…but this is the year of Mr. Jimmie Johnson (apparently I forgot to consult the nascar calendar to see what year it was…how could I be so silly).  Ole JJ is a powerhouse no one can stop this year…and it seems that the entire field has been eliminated in stealing to Nextel cup with the exception of his teammate Jeff Gordon.

Tony did excellent but just didn’t have it in the end.  I do have some thoughts on his performance but they aren’t well congealed enough in my head to actually put down here.   I will say that I may have jinxed the team because Sunday morning, before the race, BFM and I went to Home Depot on a lark.  Where I spotted this and decided I must buy it for the christmas display this year:



I had a great time with BFM visiting from LV.  I was, as always, sad to see her go this morning.  So I consoled myself by buying a new purse.  Roxy (who absolutely LOVES BFM) consoled herself by sniffing around the spare room until every molecule left by BFM had been consumed by her nose…then sleeping most of the day.

I have a deep love for mail. It started as a child at some point. Because of this deep love of all things postal I ended up with several penpals- a couple I still keep in touch with to this very day (Hi ETS! Hi Koshka!). One of the reasons I have a PO BOX (address at very bottom of page) is because I work in a different city from which I live…so I have a box here so I can get my mail during my lunch. My good mail. Plus I shop online and during the holidays it is good because sometimes other family members might intercept boxes and be able to tell by the return address it might be something for them. Anyway, ETS recently went on a vacation and told me that she would be sending me some goodies she bought for me while in Florida. I just knew that box would come on Thursday…so on Thursday I made my way to the post office where my box is located. I opened it up expecting to find the silver key. These are keys to the package lockers where they put things that are too large to fit in your box…the they give you a corresponding key to said locker that way customers don’t have to stand in line. Anyway I fling open my box on Thursday and find nothing but the normal circulars. NO SILVER KEY. I was sad. Then I heard something. It sounded like a postal employee flinging the said keys into the boxes. I quickly shut my box and waited. I heard it again. I checked and I could see the employee but no key for me. I shut my box and waited again. The I heard the unmistakeable sound of metal hitting metal and knew it was my box…YEY my package had arrived. She really out did herself: (click on picture so you can see it in flickr- roll over the picture in flickr to see the notes as to what everything is).


Ok people…I am starting to feel the pressure of NaBloPoMo. It is not that I can’t find things to blog about (although if you have suggestions of something you would like to see me write about please feel free- and I will try to work them in- I already have a suggestion from Janet that I am going to work up soon. I think it is a fun challenge).

My biggest NaBloPoMo issue is the weekend blogging. I know it is sad but true. This weekend will be really hard because BFM will soon be in town (expecting her later today). So I am gonna have to blog early in the morning so that I can maximize BFMtime…we don’t see each other often enough! Oh and what better way to do that then to go get our hair done tonight. BFM’s hairdresser since I have known BFM who is now my hairdresser as well is purposely staying open tonight so we get our hair done…and let me tell you… I NEED IT. How badly do I need it? I haven’t had highlights done since JANUARY people (so basically- my hair is dark mousy blonde with light blond tips)…and I haven’t had my hair trimmed since the beginning of March. Now the reason I haven’t had a haircut is I was trying to grow it out a bit…because I want to change my style a little bit and I usually have such short layers that it is hard to play with…but now I am just sick of it hanging everywhere!!! So Yey for BFM coming for a visit…and Yey for haircut and highlights!!!

Susan volunteered for this weeks Mi-5:

1. Which appointment is worse: Doctor or Dentist?  I don’t like either but if I had to pick one I would say doctor…only because I really like my new dentist.

2. Which would you pick: An extra $50/wk or one 3-day weekend per month?  The extra $50 a week (I am hoping it is tax free).

3. Small talk or deep conversations?  Depends on who I am conversing with.

4. Which is worse: No TV or No Music?  This is a hard one because I do love my shows but I think music would be harder to live without.

5. Do you read the ending before you finish a book?   NO!!!! Never. I don’t want to spoil it!

And now it’s the:

Fill in #45

1. Plans and schedules are necessary evils .

2. I’m happy when things go as planned .

3. The last thing I drank was a glass of orange juice this morning.

4. One of the most valuable things in my life is time.

5. I like pepperoni and onions on my pizza.

6. Dear November, please don’t be too rainy.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to cleaning, tomorrow my plans include seeing BFM who is coming for a visit and getting my hair cut, and Sunday, I want to see Tony Stewart win- just to show ol’ JJ and crew he can!

  • I just realized I didn’t blog about the race in Texas.  Am I surprised at who won? No.  I did LOVE Matt Kenseth giving ol’ JJ a run for his money for those last few laps though.  I was rooting for Matt then.   And what was up with Tony Stewart harassing Kevin Harvick by playing bumper cars there at the beginning?? Thank goodness for DVR because I had to run to the store (why do these things always happen when I have to run off for 10 minutes) and missed that…and didn’t even find out about it until late that night…in conversation with BFM.  Thank goodness I hadn’t deleted it out of my DVR list yet.
  • Ok…I am officially an idiot.  How long have I been bitching about when the announcers talk over the incar audio?  How long??? Well with DirecTV HotPass….as long as I am using the DVR receiver in my room and not our ancient receivers in the other rooms I can change the audio so that all I hear is incar audio…how totally cool.  I watched all of Atlanta via team audio only….because I am weird like that.   The bad part is…I discovered this purely by accident whilst fiddling with my remote.
  • The cold weather is here. The drippy fog is here.  What sucks the most is that I can’t decide how to dress. If I wear clothes for the climate outside (warmer things with long sleeves etc) I end up baking to a crisp in my office which I have no control over the heat.  Today it was freeze while I walked through the parking lot and quad on my way to work and then walk into our building was like walking into a hairdryer on full blast.  That can’t be healthy.  And yes I suppose I could wear a jacket or a sweatshirt but then I would have to wrestle it off and then remember to put it back on.  Too much of a hassle.
  • Don’t hate me but I am already adjusted to the time change for the most part.  Waking up to light is much better for me than waking up to dark.  I don’t like going home in the dark afterwork but I would rather do that then wake up when it is dark.  Just doesn’t work for me.
  • Speaking of the time change…it is doing a number on poor Roxy.  During Daylight Savings she would come ask for her dinner around 5:00.  So now she asks for it around 4:00.  We even started before the time change by making her wait for dinner til 5:45 but she still wants to be fed at 4:00 and she isn’t shy about letting the closest human know this.


Posted by Amy in General - (2 Comments)

Why can I NOT get the theme song to THE ODD COUPLE out of my head? WHY???

I have been a racing fan nearly all my life. BFM and I have been friends since approximately 1987-1988 somewhere. I was a race fan back then yes. As a matter of fact one of the first times we ditched school (this would have probably been around 1990 or 1991 I figure) was to go to a race (and yes our parents knew). While we had fun at the race (we can pretty much go anywhere and have fun…seriously)- I am sure I had far more fun than she did being a race fan. For those keeping track this would have been a CART race at Laguna Seca…that my dad got comped tickets for.

Fast forward to 2007. I decided to quit saying “Someday, I will go see a real NASCAR race” and called up BFM and said “If I buy tickets will you go to a NASCAR race with me?” (not hard- remember she lives in Las Vegas). She agreed of course, even though, at the time she was probably thinking something along the lines of …eh…a race…whatever. Being the bestest friend she is she was cool with going even though it wasn’t something she was necessarily excited about….because she knew it was something that excited me.

I let her borrow one of my NASCAR books, A Girl’s Guide to Nascar by Liz Allison, so, if she wanted, she could peruse it at her leisure. Then I decided to annotate the book with my own notes. Originally it was just going to be a note here or there….but then it turned into this:

And she dove in and worked her way through. She picked a driver to love (Jeff Gordon…see “Ribbin is Friendship” entry to figure out why that is NO suprise)….and jumped into NASCAR with both feet. Now I am proud to say she is a total fan. We were best friends anyway…but having your best friend turn into a NASCAR fan too…that is great. She even understands the points and gives me updates as to who has to finish where in the chase to overtake her Jeff Gordon (which Jimmie Johnson did last weekend at Texas Motorspeedway).

It tickles me to death though that she picked up NASCAR and is now a total fan!!