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Well about 40 minutes ago…we experienced a pretty decent shaker (earthquake). Initial reports have it as a 5.6 centered near Alumn Rock in San Jose, CA. Living in California for any length of time, you actually do forget about earthquakes…I don’t even feel small ones anymore.

I had just gone online and was sitting at my desk when it started shaking and I thought…oh look a little earthquake. Then it kept going and going and going and getting stronger and stronger. My heart started racing a little. I sought shelter in a door frame…hanging items were swinging. There was definite creaking.

The funny thing was…earlier today I was sitting in the house and I heard the house creak (a lot of times that is the only way you will know you are having an earthquake…the houses will creak…like they are settling) and I thought to myself…we haven’t had a shaker in awhile. Then I thought..DON’T THINK THAT- YOU WILL JINX IT.

Anyway…I haven’t heard anything about damages closer to the center…but we are all fine here. Shaken…but not stirred.

I know that I was all excited that Daylight Savings Time was starting earlier and lasted longer this year. And it was good for me…really it was. I reveled in my my extra daylight….and didn’t even moan when it meant extra work for me at work (because of having to update computers to recognize this new daylight savings time).  It’s true- I like my daylight…and changes in my daylight patterns screw up my sleep patterns for weeks. However- I would like to kindly request my hour back now.

Yours ever so sleepy in the morning,

AMY

Denny Hamlin didn’t run out of gas…on the restart that collected Martin Truex Jr amongst others.  He had water in his fuel.  Nascar has just admitted this happened.  After the race I was talking to BFM who said she didn’t understand if Denny Hamlin was probably low on fuel why he didn’t pit…this mistake caused Martin Truex Jr and Kyle Busch to have significantly lower finishes than they would have if his car hadn’t stalled on the restart…which it turn changed the points standings.

Thought: Maybe this is why Tony’s car “bottomed” out when his oil gauge went haywire.  Then again maybe not.  Tony was just having a bad day…

That is right…I joined NABLOPOMO (national blog posting month). I have decided to try posting EVERYDAY in the month of November. I am usually pretty good at blogging but…I have never, as far as I can remember, posted a blog every day for an entire month. My biggest thing is I am not a fan of posting on the weekends, unless I have something ground breaking that MUST be posted today kinda think (or if I am bored).  SO I am going to give it a shot. This should help me decide if I really want to take part in novel writing month next year….it always sounds like a great idea…then I chicken out.

So if you are a member of NABLOPOMO, go ahead and add me as your friend….you can see my profile button over there on the navigation bar.

Click mosaic to go to the actual flickr entry.  Hope you enjoy these as much as I do.

Well Tony Stewart and the 20 crew had an extremely disappointing day in Atlanta.  They made a strong showing at the beginning of the race moving from 30th to 7th within something like 30-40 laps.  Tony wasn’t happy with the set up so the team started tweaking and things just went down hill from there.  A tire problem and a faulty oil gauge later and we ended up the race in 30th place…right back where we started.  Talk about the day of bad luck…that was probably the worse luck I have ever seen. I hope I am not jinxing them by following em so closely (wink wink).

Also, I wanted to mention Jimmie Johnson’s generous donation of his race wins to the Red Cross for the victims of the California wildfires as well as the contributions from Lowe’s and Hendricks Motorsports…I know he was originally from the southland…but I think it is great that he is being so generous with his winnings.

Carl went up to the announcer’s booth after his first out of the gate qualifying run. I think he would make a great announcer. This is when Robby Gordon was qualifying and had a poorly handling car:

The car is just driving itself- he’s (meaning robbie gordon) pretty much just trying to give it some suggestions.

Friday Fill-in 43 First:

1. The last good thing that came in the mail was my last order from amazon .

2. This week I’m grateful for my mom.

3. Mallowcreme pumpkins are the most delicious thing ever.  (ok not ever…but I love em this time of year).

4. Music inspires me.

5. I’m most happy when I am amongst friends.

6. And all the roads we have to walk along are paved.

7. As for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to tacos for dinner, tomorrow my plans include the usual- laundry and Sunday, I want to see Tony Stewart win in Atlanta!

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G sez:  I tried to come up with a “theme” but nothing came to me.  The following are just some random thoughts/questions.

1.  Hectic and crazy are often how we describe our daily lives.  If you had to pick the moment of each day that you felt the most serene, when would that be?  In the morning…before I have gotten up but after I am awake and just laying there in bed.

2.  What “habit” has been the most difficult for you to give up?  Why do you think it’s been so difficult for you? Chocolate. Because it is Yummy!!!!

3.  If you could relieve your spouse (friend, family member, significant other) of one burden in life, what you take away? (I will use friend) I would take away the burden of too much reponsibility. I know it sounds vague to you…but I know what I mean.

4.  If a psychic offered to tell you anything you wanted to know about your life, what is the thing you would least like to know? When and How I am to perish.

5.  What has been the hardest transition you have had to make in life?  And how did you do it – what helped?
  Hmm….I can think of two hard transitional times..grades 7-9 if you ask my mom she would tell you she wouls have liked to have sold me to the gypsies…and I think the only think that made that better was time and maturity.  The other time was when I was at a crisis for what I wanted to do with my life.  I thought I wanted to be a teacher…I got my LS/CLAD degree and got accepted into the teaching credential program.  But then I decided that I didn’t want to go into teaching because it just wasn’t something I was good at…and kids deserve better than a less then enthusiastic and possibly sucktacular teacher…so I dropped out….and that fixed that.

Bonus Question – How about those Red Sox!  Are you a true blue fan, loyal through the ups and downs?  Or do you follow them only if they are in the World Series?  I am not a baseball fan (I know…shush your gasps!). Nascar is my sport and I can tolerate football….but baseball is like watching paint dry to me.