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I started this Monday off at the dentist. Now I use to fear the dentist nearly as much as I fear bees and spiders, but this all changed last fall when I chipped a tooth and decided to find a new dentist.  My new dentist is the best (and it doesn’t hurt that he is extremely friendly and kinda cute). You know when the dentist gives you those shots to numb your mouth and always says “you’ll feel a little pinch” and that “little pinch” makes you want to jump up, slap the dentist, curse him/her and run away…far far away because they HURT REALLY BAD! Well my new dentist says this “little pinch” thing too.  And I have NEVER felt even the slightest little pinch. I am serious…the man gives a good shot. Anyway…the man numbed me but good today and I felt it…or didn’t feel it rather…all the way up into my nostril.  It was that numb.  Which was sporting when I came back to work.  See it gave me a lisp of sorts. My sister-in-law and friend claimed they couldn’t tell…but they love me so they may have been lying. I sounded bad to me- I can only imagine what my callers thought.

Then I got to work and found out that our call volume today has tripled today.  Apparently it is registration season. So I got to talk my mealy mouth talk ALL morning. Great times.

Anyway…I know you are disappointed but I have no pictures from the weekend. I was holding babies and shopping for my grandma and just enjoying the warm weather.  And cooking. That is what happens when they have the race on Saturday…I have Sunday to cook. And cook I did…yum.

That is pretty much how I sum up tonights race at Phoenix for Tony.  After ducking into the pits for a green flag pit stop, a yellow flag comes out as soon as Smoke passes the commitment cone thus leaving him with two options:

  • Continue on with pit stop and get penalized for pitting when pit road is closed.
  • Drive through the pits and lose precious positions because pit road speed is 45 mph.

Wisely they chose the latter…. however after that mistake (although it wasn’t really a mistake by anyone but the driver who caused the caution) team HOMEDEPOT SUBWAY never really seemed to get back into the groove of the race. Tony was less than happy with his car judging by his team audio and it never seemed to come back around to them.  Combine that yellow flag with a miscue of some sort on the last pitstop that had what should have been a 6-7 second splash of gas and two tires turn into a more than 11 second stop as the car seemingly stalled (perhaps that fuel pickup problem that seems to be plaguing Joe Gibbs Racing this year) and needed to be pushed by the crew before Stewart was able to come in.

Personally? I don’t really like the yellow car.  It was hard for me to find on the track…and it seemed to me to be too close to the color car Paul Menard runs…and it didn’t help that Jeff Gordon was running the green/yellow nicorette paint scheme. From afar? It makes it hard for a race fan watching the race on a tiny tv to tell the difference. Is that Jeff G? Is it Tony? No its Paul Menard. Yeah. Not fun.

I did enjoy the end of the race. I liked how Chad Knaus was able to convince Jimmie Johnson to slow down slow down slow down.  That was a strategy that totally paid off in the end and Jimmie was able to bring HMS their first win of the season.

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Side note to FOXSPORTS: I really missed seeing the prerace show…which was preempted for freaking baseball.  I missed the hit list. I missed the national anthem and invocation. I missed it all and you can bet your behind that I groused about it to anyone who would listen…which was pretty much my dog.  What REALLY pissed me off though? Was that you kept promising that you would switch over to the race so we wouldn’t miss the drop of the green flag. Guess what? You missed. It didn’t switch over til lap 2!  Oh and it REALLY made me mad when I found out that the baseball had already been moved to FX so it didn’t really need to be broadcast on Fox. Last season I mentioned that I thought Fox was the best network for NASCAR coverage. You may have just fallen in my eyes.

Aren’t you lucky…two posts on one day. I just want to get some of the things that are rumbling around in my head out before the weekend.

  • It is such a beautiful day today. I got into my car at lunch and it was 79 degrees! People that is hot for this are and I love it. The sun is shining and I just feel that spring has most definitely sprung here! It makes me want to frolic in the park…if I were the frolicking type that is. It puts me in a really good mood. Funny how much my mood is based on the weather.
  • Speaking of my mood being based on the weather….it is also reflected in the music I have been listening too (no sad country music and I haven’t played my Angry Mix in days).
  • I just finished off the perfect venti iced black tea lemonade…a perfect compliment to my good mood and the wonderful weather.
  • You know what ELSE puts me in a good mood? Creative outlets. Yep…I have been working on some creative stuff (writing mostly right now) and it just really puts me in a happy mood which then makes me want to write even more! Its a lovely circle…especially when my muse is with me and raring to go.
  • MY CAMERA ACCESSORIES ARE IN finally! Janet knows how long I have been waiting for my wide angle lense attachment. According to the weatherman this weather is suppose to hold out so I hope to play with it a little this weekend. I will post my results in my flickr account.
  • Despite being really busy at work with this new system they have us working with- I am not even feeling stressed about it anymore. I figured that I vented to the appropriate peoples (what are bestest friends for) and gave thoughtful constructive criticism of the whole process to the appropriate people who are doing what they can to make it better.
  • Ok…since NASCAR never fully leaves my brain…I have been scouring the internet over looking for a picture of the yellow subway car Tony will be racing this Saturday in Phoenix and I finally found it. It’s not a blogable picture but you can click here to see it. Damn it is yellow. At least it will (hopefully) be hard to miss. I definitely will not be getting him and Jeff Burton confused this race. Also heard that he will be running this paint scheme in Fontana this fall…hmm…guess I shouldn’t buy a bunch of orange to wear to the race then??

As an aside, AKISMET has been kicking comment spam to the curb like a champion for me. I wish I had thought to ask Pete for help sooner.  The odd comment might end up in my spam folder. I try to remember to look for them…but sometimes I forget so if a comment of yours doesn’t show up. Let me know (email address is at the bottom of the site).

First the #67 Fill-in:

1. I love springtime in at the beach!
2. Oatmeal or Toast are foods I love to eat for breakfast.
3. It seems I’m always searching for a creative outlet.
4. Getting into a bed with fresh sheets is a great way to end the day.
5. I think I love you- but what am I so afraid of?!
6. Milk and Cookies is what I’ve been craving lately.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to walking the dog, tomorrow my plans include watching the Phoenix race (ha fooled you didn’t I..its a saturday race) and Sunday, I want to sleep in!

AND NOW LISA’S RESTAURANT MI-5

Lisa sez:  This week’s five is a little different…I’d like you to pick five restaurants that you have never been to before.  Go to their online menu, and tell me what you would order.  I know.  I always have food on the brain!

1. Cracker Barrel- Much like Goodies Headache Powder…we don’t have these around here and I have always wanted to eat at one. I can’t explain why. I would probably order: Fried Chicken (for my veggies I would pick: corn, Green beans and baby carrots). For drink I would probably have either a diet coke or an iced tea depending on my mood at the time and for dessert? I love cobbler so that would be it.

2. Shoneys- Again something we just don’t have around here…I would pick the 10-oz Rib Eye (medium well thank you) with baked potato, vegetable medley and grecian bread. For dessert I would probably have strawberry pie. Yum.

3. Macaroni Grill- Lobster Ravioli (decedent lobster filled tarragon posta topped with sauted shrimp, asparagus, tomatoes and lemon butter sauce). For dessertTiramisu.

4. Famous Dave’s BBQ (this is kinda cheating for me because they catered a work function for my dad’s company and he came with some leftovers…but all I had was a corn muffin)- Dave’s Favorite Burger (Melted jack cheese, two strips smoked bacon and Dave’s favorite sauce- Rich and Sassy.

5.  Dave and Busters (the only reason I pick this is because it is like a Chuck E Cheese for adults): I would have the Eat and Play combo (which is choice of entree and a 10.00 game card). My entree would be California Bar Burgers (Four mini-cheeseburgers on sweet Hawaiian rolls, with Pepper Jack cheese, fresh avocado, lettuce and tomatoes. Served with French Fries).

This is what I was up to last weekend.  All taken by me. Click on photo to be taken to original in my flickr.

Well I promised you an update after I watched the Stewart HotPass channel I dvr’d while babysitting (interesting side note? you can not switch the audio on a dvr’s hotpass broadcast). I still do NOT understand why they came in when they did when they seemingly knew that it would be a green-white-checker finish. They didn’t seem to be worried about fuel. It makes not one iota of sense to me. Of course that probably makes me a “couch crew chief” (you know..much like an armchair quarterback…its much easier for me to call the play since I am not actually in the situation and know nothing other than what I have garnered from watching races for years).

Also…I am 90% sure I will be in attending the Pepsi 500 in August. I have tickets lined up for Sunday and friday…(no nw tickets because I am a cheap bastard as my friend often likes to tell me). I am addicted to the oval racing. Which is why I picked Fontana and not Infineon. Plus it gives me longer to save up fun money to spend while there- might as well do my part to help the economy right??

As you all know I love Tony Stewart. Well I keep meaning to mention that if you too are a Stewart fan the homedepotracing.com site has some great wallpapers for your computer desktop. They usually post new ones weekly (generally a day or so after the race). I am currently using one from Daytona at work and one from Vegas at home…I love them and tend to download one or two a week. Below is a small example of their wallpaper from Texas Motor speedway. I picked this one because I think it is funny. Click on the picture to see all the wallpapers homedepotracing.com has to offer this week.

So today saw the first race of the season at Texas Motor Speedway. It also saw me watching the race with my 13 day old nephew Matthew. I did much more watching than he did. Mostly he slept (and ate and needed changing). My sister in law needed to go to the store and my brother wanted to get the yard work done before waste pick up tomorrow morning…so I got called over on my first official babysitting job. They actually wanted me yesterday for that reason but I was off chasing buffalo (seriously…and will explain about that tomorrow). I was disappointed yesterday to have missed my first babysitting opportunity and was excited to be called to action today. He will definitely be my little buddy…but it would be so cool if he were my race buddy!

Anyway on to race talk. I must admit I was surprised to see Jeff Gordon stuggle as he did. It is almost as if Jeff and Jimmie have swapped. Now Jeff is struggling and Jimmie is taking names. I also must say that I was pleased to see Elliott Sadler racing this week as well and was pleased to know that he seems to be feeling better (must be due to “Team Tylenol”) I haven’t had time to review the HotPass (thank goodness for DVRs as brother had directv too…but not hotpass since he isn’t a big nascar fan) but I really question the strategy of Team Home Depot to pit during that last caution (you know the one brought out by Martin Truex Jr and he blown engine). As I mentioned, pit stops and pit crews have always fascinated me….so I really like to pay attention to who decides to pit when and stuff…and it just did NOT make sense. Maybe if there were 15 laps to go I can see coming in for fresh rubber and a splash…but unless they were damn sure they did NOT have the gas to make it…they should not have come in. I don’t know the reasoning behind it…and as I mentioned I was distracted a bit during the race (I missed the first caution for diaper doody- as well as some other parts of the race for more diaper doody) so maybe that was the case. This is the second weekend in a row that I think poor pit strategy really knocked them down. Last weekend it was pitting off sequence that threw them off. I honestly think that the only reason that they came in 7th is because of the Hamlin/Bowyer incident on that last lap or the 20 car may have ended up even further back in the field.

Any thoughts?

So the Jeff Gordon Foundation is giving away “Jeff Gordon’s Corvette” How do you enter? Well you puchase up a raffle ticket for $100 (for more information click on the link). The money raised goes to the Jeff Gordon Foundation. When I saw this…it excited me. I tried to talk BFM into going halfsies with me on a ticket. It would give us a 1 in 5000 chance of winning. Its better than the lottery. I even promised her she could maintain main custody of the car, with the stipulation that if we won I get to drive it when I am in town and if she comes up to visit me in a car…she has to bring the vette with her. I don’t think she thought I was serious.

Anyway…why did it excite me? Well I have ALWAYS had a thing for cars. Always. My mom likes to tell the story about how when I was two we were walking through a parking lot (my parents and me) and I looked up at them and said “That truck has wheels like Grandpa’s truck.” She looked at my dad who looked at the truck and said “Well yeah actually it does.” It was the same make and model as his only a different color. I was TWO YEARS OLD people (and thus probably eye level with tires at the time). Of course in the next breath my mom will tell you that when I was about the same age one weekend I had been out in the garage”hepping” (toddlerese for helping) my dad sand a wooden trunk (that he eventually painted yellow and added some peanuts characters to and made into my toybox). My dad had given me some sandpaper and let me “hep” Well the next day my mom was in the garage doing laundry and I was suppose to be napping but apparently I toddled out to the garage to “hep” some more, found the sandpaper and “hepped” by sanding the right rear quarter panel of my parents three day old bright red Pontiac sunfire hatchback. When she said “What are you doing?!” I looked up at her swelling with toddler pride and said “I hepping momma! Hepping!” So I have always been attracted to cars (is it any wonder that I love racing)?

I know I have mentioned my affinity for some classic cars…especially the Chevy Nomad. But what I wouldn’t give to have a ‘Vette. I would pretty much take any year any model any color. I love to look at them. When I was at the Chevy dealership when I was buying my HHR I spent a lot of time wandering around the showroom while they worked on my financing. There was a pair of corvettes on the showroom floor. Both were ragtops (given my choice I would rather not have a ragtop) with the tops down and had these luscious leather seats. It was all I could do to keep myself from hopping in over the door and licking the steering wheels. (Oh come on now…you have to remember those commercials where the people where rushing down the VW dealership and licking the cars to claim them??? I looked for the video on the internet but couldn’t find it). Honestly I was probably a lot like Tony Stewart in the new Armorall Commercial only I can’t stand that still that long…well that and I don’t actually already own a corvette (but if I did…I too would wash it as lovingly as he does in the beginning). Oh and I can’t remember the last time I had a slurpee. Anyway…I am digressing…so if you have a spare $100 around…and want my a corvette…you should enter the raffle for the Jeff Gordon Foundation..the money goes to a good cause and you might just be zooming around in my a corvette.

**(or yellow, or black, or silver…heck anything except for green and blue although if that’s all that was offered…I would take it.)