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  1. Name something a friend or loved one did for you in the last month that made you feel good. If I am having a bad day all I need is a call and I instantly feel better. And my friend and I talk a lot so its all good there.
  2. Name something you did for a friend or loved one in the last month and how did it make them feel? Seriously I don’t keep track of that kind of thing…
  3. Tell us about the first childhood family vacation that you remember. That I actually remember would be the summer between fourth and fifth grade…we went up north to a cabin outside of Paradise,CA for a week…and then the next week we went to Disneyland way down in SoCal. Well when up north we had all gone on a hike and gotten LOST! Like seriously lost. As in all day in the mountains…and no one would come looking for us until late that night because my grandparents just happened to be coming up to stay with us in the cabin that day. Any way we finally find this fire break road and hike up it…by now its like 5pm and we find this house and this guys really kinda hinky of us but lets us drink from his hose and tells us how to get back whence we came from…and actually ended up giving us a ride back to the cabin…and everyone but me ended up with poison oak…well until Disneyland…when I had it and everyone else was over it.
  4. Kids get hurt. Tell us a time you recall as a kid when you injured yourself. The summer between third and fourth grade I was in our backyard swinging on this swingset my dad had set up for my brother and I that had two swings…one really low and set up for his use and one higher set up for me…Well I was alone in the yard and decided to just sit on his low swing and swing because I figured since the swing was lower to the ground the chain was longer and with a longer chain the swing would be higher and longer. Well what I didn’t account for was that my feet were closer to the ground and my foot caught on the grass at the edge of the rut under the swing and I went flying off the swing and face planted on the ground..and being a kid and not knowing better I stuck my arms out to pad my fall. Big mistake because I could hear my arm crack in my head and then I instantly got nauseated. I ran inside bawling and told my mom I broke my arm and how it happened and SHE DIDN’T BELIEVE ME when I told her my arm was broken. She made me sit on the couch and rest. I remember she was making brownies for my dad to take to work or something and my aunt came over to pick something up and told my mom that she thought I was telling the truth and she watched my brother while we went to the doctor…where indeed I was vindicated. I had a hairline fracture of one of the bones in my fore arm.
  5. Tell us something you want to do before the snow flies. Well it doesn’t snow here. But I like to take some time in November every year and go through my clothes and give the ones I don’t wear anymore to goodwill.

Over at ON PIT ROW, the discussion was “What are your Five Favorite Bits of NASCAR?” Of course I thought this would make a great post so I am going to post my fave five bits o’ NASCAR loving:

  1. The Carl Edwards kamakazi move to over take Johnson at Kansas- I was sitting back thinking Jimmie Johnson had it made. I looked over at my mom and said “There’s no way Carl will catch him…its too late” and as soon as those words poured out of my mouth Carl goes sliding into the corner past Jimmie. I mean drivers just don’t drive into the corner too hot like that (on purpose anyway). Yeah he knew he was gonna hit the wall…but how many times did we see Kyle Busch use the outside wall as a bumper this season and still win? It can be done. Carl gave it a valient effort…that exhilarated me and I was rooting for Jimmie (well to win…I always root for Tony…but he was too far back to make a bid for the lead way too far back).
  2. Actually attending races this year- I have been a fan since I was in single digits but only managed to wrangle myself out to a NASCAR race for the first time THIS YEAR. Sad but true. However I LOVED it and am totally hooked on that experience. I already have tickets for the Vegas race next year (FYI I also found my way to Fontana later in the year).
  3. Converting my best friend into a NASCAR fan- We have been friends since junior high. Seriously. She moved away to socal to go to college and we remained best friends…then she moved away to Las Vegas to live and we are still best friends. She recently admitted that she always thought my obsession with NASCAR was odd. During the summer last year I was visiting her in Vegas and looked at her and said- “Hey will go to the races with me here?” She just kinda looked at me and said “I guess.” I bought her ticket and we went to the March race in Vegas. However- by the time this season began she was already well into fledgling race fandom. She started watching races and read some books on NASCAR because she “wanted to understand what she was watching” and now she is hard core just like me. She can even do the points spread in her head after most races for her driver. (She picked Jeff Gordon as her driver).
  4. The CHASE format- If we didn’t have the chase format- Kyle Busch would probably still be way way out in the lead. With this chase format at this point anyway- it’s still anyone’s game. Of course I am sure Kyle Busch doesn’t feel this way…and if Kyle were Tony…I probably wouldn’t feel this way- but I am loving it this season.
  5. The SD Channel on DirectTV HotPass- I am probably way in the minority here- but I would much rather watch the SD channel on HotPass than my driver’s channel- because I can here my crew’s team chatter while watching the national broadcast.

HONORABLE MENTION: Tony Stewart and The Home Depot Crew- Tony and the Home Depot boys have had a craptacular season. Their luck absolutely stinks this season. It started bad (On probation, then Tony hitting the wall in Vegas) and has not gotten better yet! There have been speeding penalties, pit road problems (Like running into Vicker’s gas man), illness and more thrown gloves, helmets and towels than you can shake a stick at. Oh and not to mention that whole little “What Will Tony Do” debacle…and then the Tony’s leaving revelation. Yet they still show up every week, dig their heels in and try.

So what are your five things you are loving about NASCAR or about anything…

I had to go to the eye doctor yesterday afternoon to get my new contacts prescription adjusted slightly because the astigmatism in my left eye always tests worse then what it actually is. It’s not a big deal…it took my doctor like 5 minutes.  And he didn’t really do anything but tell me that its not a big deal and write a new prescription.  While we were discussing what was going on in my eyeballs he told me to sit in the exam chair- which gives me a perfect view of his computer screen so I can see my chart and what he’s typing in it. That’s when I saw what he was typing in my chart:

The 34-year old female states that the….

I mean he might as well as slapped me with a wet noodle, or maybe a fun noodle, either way. I am sitting in my optometrist’s chair when it hits me: Crap! I am THIRTY-FREAKING-FOUR years old!!!! When the hell did that happen???  I certainly don’t feel 34 maybe 24 definitely not 34.  Of course when I was 24 I still got carded for liquor…so I must look 34- or at least old enough to buy the hooch!  And by the time my mother was my age she had two children and the youngest was 7! It definitely kinda freaked me out a bit.

It’s great having a best friend though…because when I called her on the way home she said…just be glad you didn’t see him typing that next year. Awww…thanks. That did help…a little.

It’s time for Fill-in #92:

1. October comes before November.
2. A place without music scare me!
3. Leaves are falling all around, it’s time to find a rake.
4. My favorite horror movie is a movie I don’t know the name of but it is OLD and has a hearse in it because it scared the crap out of me when I was in junior high. I just which I could find the name of this movie.
5. Going to the races with BFM = good memories.
6. It was will be a dark and stormy night tonight when the storm rolls in.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to vacuuming, tomorrow my plans include sleeping in and Sunday, I want to watch ‘dega through my fingers (and hope Tony doesn’t get caught in “the big one”)!

Thank you oh so much for making my semi-crappy day even more craptacular by attempting to run me off into the sand dune on the highway during my lunch hour trek back to the office from Starbucks. Hurray for you.  You may not have cared that you nearly ran someone (ME!) off the freaking highway and into the sand but by golly, stores will get their delivery of your icky stale tasting oroweat bread on time. I know you have the bigger vehicle so you win. Be glad I don’t drive Grave Digger or I would have run your ass into the dunes or maybe just ran you over so all you would be able to carry in your truck would be flat bread. Anyway. Hope you have a super day.

Thanks- AMY

As always click on the photo to go to the mosaic in Flickr and check out these amazing photographers. Also- two of them are pictures my dad took. Can you find them?

September Flickr Favorites

September Flickr Favorites

Ok- I would love to meet the person or persons who write the post-race press releases for Joe Gibbs Racing. I almost always find something humorous in them.  This weeks was no different:

The unscheduled soil aeration courtesy of The Home Depot damaged the splitter on the No. 20 car’s nose.–Stewart Forced To Run with the Bulls in Kansas/ JGR

The emphasis is mine…I wish the statement was too because it’s damn funny.

By the way if you are looking for my Kansas post-race it’s right here.


** My funny- not Joe Gibbs. My friend calls Vickers the Leprechaun…so it’s what we call him now.

FRIDAY: I had a headache of the most wicked proportions…so I didn’t really do much but laze about and watch TV.  I wanted to read. I have a huge stack of books waiting for me but I ended up watching mostly crummy tv…and whining to the dog about said headache and about the crummy TV. She said she could care less about either the headache or the TV and wanted to know if I had a banana cookie in my pocket. Unfortunately for her the answer was no I didn’t.

SATURDAY: Its the loudest fastest weekend here as both the Air Show AND the AMA Superbikes are in town. I spent a good portion of my day with a camera around my neck. Unfortunately for both of us…it wasn’t my camera. My dad was out with the camera he has his telephoto lens on trying to catch the Thunderbirds zipping around our airspace- and told me to grab his other camera with his new wide-angle lens. I ended up testing his new lens on flowers, Roxy and my dad because its not the right lens for taking jet pictures. I will try to talk him into sending me a couple of Miss Roxy and the flower that I took. Playing with his Rebel makes me wish I had a DSLR camera.  I was also able to crank out not one but TWO amazon.com Vine product reviews. Evil headache still lingers.

SUNDAY: At 10:00 my mom asks me when the race starts. I tell her not for about an hour so she asks if I want to run to the store with her. I do because Roxy was out of banana cookies.  I get home just in time to watch invocation for the race…talk about cutting it close. I ingest massive (for me) amounts of caffeine and my headache finally starts to dissipate. Of course it could be me getting all ramped up during the race that makes me forget about the headache…when I watch I get fairly animated.  I have been known to jump of the couch at times…and quiet little me because very vocal. Let’s just say that between me and the airshow poor Roxy was hiding in her “safe spot” most of the day.  That evening I ended up in my “writing” zone and worked on some stuff there. Then it was Desperate Housewives (which I didn’t like the 5 year jump), some reading and then off to bed.