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BillyRhythm tagged me to play Shot On The Spot. Basically I take a picture of myself as I am.  So I did. Of course I found out about this on the day I not only wore no makeup (which I don’t wear daily…usually depends on how much time I have in the morning) but on the one day this week I didn’t blowdry my hair because I needed to get gas…so my hair usually does not look this…disheveled…usually its all flat and even and shiny:

That first one came out blurry (dumb camera phone camera!) but I still have a dumb expression on my face. So here is the second one I took. Better pose all around says me.

This is a better one except I forgot to take off my headset. At least I am smiling and don’t look demonic.  I am suppose to tag five more people to play along…but I hate tagging people….so if you play YEY…just leavea comment so I can visit your entry.

First is G’s Holiday 6 MI-5. G says: Hope you all don’t mind but I’m offering up the following six (sorry I couldn’t choose which one to leave out) holiday themed questions).

1.  Did you believe in Santa Claus when you were a child? Yes until I was about 4 when I looked at my parents and said IS THERE REALLY A SANTA (to which my parents said yes) and then I said “Then why does he shop at Longs?” because someone left a price tag on something. They tried the “Santa ran out of time” bit but I wasn’t falling for that. Then I got the lecture about not spoiling it for my brother…who was the opposite of me and clung to Santa until he was like 9 or 10.

2.  Does your town get decorated at Christmas?  Tell us about the sights!  They put these poinsettia banners on all the down town light poles.  And then there  is the Hospice Tree of Light on top of the Steinbeck center. And then there are some neighborhoods that do it up big with the christmas lights. Ours is one of them.

3.  How many Christmas cards have you receive this year?  How many Christmas cards do you send? So far this year I have received 5 (but I haven’t been to my PO box in a couple days so hopefully there are more there) and I sent out 17. I know this because i had three stamps left over in my book of holiday stamps.

4.  What does your family traditionally eat for Christmas dinner? Barbecued Turkey, mashed potato casserole (which I don’t like) and rolls are always on the table. There is usually some sort of green salad.  Side dishes such as veggies usually change year to year.

5. What is the best Christmas present you have ever gotten? My Orange and Yellow bike when I was a kid.

6. If you could change something about Christmas time, what would it be? Having to work on Christmas Eve (I am low person on the totem pole with only 10 years here) AND BFM living so far away.

And Now…Friday Fill-in #103

1. Said the night wind to the little lamb, who stole all your wool?.
2. The first Noel, the angel did say, hey look-a brand new car.
3. Rushing through the malls , Over the hills and everywhere.
4. It came upon the midnight clear, so we called the cops.
5. It’s returnable so, Let your heart be light.
6. And the thing that will make them ring is the carol that you sing before you swig the tequila.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to buying some last minute presents, tomorrow my plans include standing in line at the post office for an eternity and Sunday, I want to sleep in!

So have I mentioned that I have a small problem with elevators? As in I am not the world’s biggest elevator fan? Now I won’t go OUT OF MY WAY to avoid them…but I if its a short hike up a couple flights of stairs I will usually take the stairs.  Its because I have a fear of being stuck in an elevator.

Well right now I have a small yet adequately embarrassing story to share with you.  Earlier this week I had quite the load of stuff to take downstairs from my office. I don’t honestly even remember really what it was. But for whatever reason I decided to take the elevator at work. I work on the third floor.  So I get into the elevator and stand smack in the middle of it. The elevators at work are HUGE (there are two of them) and it took me forever to figure out that they were so big because it IS a library and they have those rolling book carts to transport up and down). Anyway…I get in the elevator and I have all this stuff I am juggling. And I face forward as the doors are close behind me and then…well nothing happens. The floor indicator telling me what floor we are on stays at three.  I can literally feel the panic rising in me as I realize this elevator car is going NO WHERE. Am I stuck? Do I hit the emergency button? Do I just hit the door open button? What DO I DO?  DEAR GOD I AM GONNA BE STUCK IN THIS ELEVATOR FOR HOURS AND WILL DIE  IN THIS ELEVATOR.  I feel the panic clutch my stomach and start to try to ram it up my throat.  I am about ready to hit the panic button (which I think turns on the 911 phone in the elevator) when it dawns on me that the reason I am going no where? Is because when I got in the elevator I was so concerned with not dropping anything that I forgot to press my floor button.  Yeah.  My bad there.

So I press my floor button and am swiftly transported to the first floor where I rush out of the lobby and to my car so no one can see my bright red face.

So I told you mine…you tell me yours. What is something embarrassing that you have done recently. Don’t make me retell the story of the time I got stuck in a portapotty at the sports car races at Laguna Seca…

So just because it’s NASCAR’s off season doesn’t mean I have forgotten about it.  Oh contrare- I usually get crabby about the off season because there isn’t enough NASCAR to keep me sated. However this year I have a couple things that I am really enjoying NASCAR wise to keep me busy:

I have been working on helping Karah keep the stewarthaasfan.com site up to date. And I can’t wait for more discussions to break out on the stewarthaasfan.com forums.  I tend to by kinda shy in forum situations (bit one to many times) but I think this forum will be great.

The Nascar Insiders have been keeping me up to date on goings on and my favorite is their ASK THE INSIDERS Wednesday. They even answered one of my questions this last Wednesday…and I am trying to think up another one to ask them for next wednesday.

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping Paper!!!
2. Real tree or Artificial? REAL
3. When do you put up the tree? Depends…try to do it the weekend after Thanksgiving…sometimes that is too ambitious.
4. When do you take the tree down? Depends on garbage day.
5. Do you like eggnog? Not really
6. Favorite gift received as a child? My Yellow and Orange bike
7. Hardest person to buy for? Changes year to year…this year it was my dad.
8. Easiest person to buy for? My Nephew.
9. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Can’t think of one (Beloved’s answer fits me too)
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? A Christmas Carol
13. When do you start shopping? I usually start sometime around the beginning of September…unless I see something that just screams someones name in my travels
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Yes.
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Christmas Cookies
16. Lights on the tree? Yes…five strings this year
17. Favorite Christmas song?
Take a Walk Through Bethlehem on the Country Cares for Kids album
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Travel to get my grandma and bring her here and take her home
19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer? Yes.
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Changes year from year…this year its an angel
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve? Christmas? Both.
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? Lack of Parking
23. Favorite ornament theme or color? This year I myself was leaning towards a blue and silver theme…but really…our tree is a mish mash – basically it looks like santas elves went nuts.
24.Favorite Ornament on tree? Almost every ornament on the tree is special to me because they mean something.
25. What do you want for Christmas this year? Anything you chose to give me…
26. Who is most likely to respond to this? I don’t know since I didn’t email it to anyone!
27. Who is least likely to respond to this? Ditto.
28. What was your most memorable magical Christmas memory from your adulthood? I am betting it will be this year…since its my nephew’s first.

29. Have you ever been involved in a Christmas gift prank? Oh yes…this year even I have a good one planned. BFM’s brother is getting a giftcard from me…but its taped to the back of a Matt Kenseth car…So that he will open it and see just the Matt Kenseth car…and think that amy’s gotten cheap.

30. Favorite Christmas Cartoon? Rudolph (the stop motion animation one)


1. Friends warm the heart.

2. Strive for good health; it’s important.

3. I’m ready for the week to be over.

4. Demeter’s Sex On The Beach is one of my favorite perfumes or aftershaves or smells.

5. The oldest ornament I have is one my friend made me- its a cocker spaniel that she painted to look like my cocker I had when I was young.

6. Take some good food, family and close friends, and an escape route, mix it all together and you have the annual Christmas eve celebration.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to sleep, tomorrow my plans include wrapping presents and laundry and Sunday, I want to read and or crochet!

So as I have mentioned, I am helping the StewartHaasfan website and today we have a big announcement. We have officially opened the StewartHaasfan Forum. So please feel free to drop by, sign up for an account and say Hi!

  • I hate to brag…but I have ALL of my Christmas shopping done :) YEY!!!! I am actually running behind this year- I usually have most of it done before Thanksgiving.
  • I have 90 percent of my Christmas Cards mailed out. I ran out of cards because I only bought one box. This is after exclaiming last year I wouldn’t send any out. I admit that I wasn’t in the Christmas Spirit last year…I am a little more into it this year.
  • Does anyone know where my rss feed went? Neither do I. Cameron asked me and I still have no answer. I know I use to have one.  More importantly does anyone know how I can get said feed back?
  • I woke up this morning with a pounding headache and a nose that was completely stuffed up on only one side…so stuffy that I am surprised nothing was oozing from my eye or ear…since I got up and moved around the stuffiness is mostly gone- except for in my ear. Arg. Got to love the cold season huh?  Oh and the headache never went away.
  • Today is my brother’s birthday and after work there is a little party for him- as in I will get home roll out of the car go inside look at my mail, brush my hair and probably be rolling out across the street. Unfortunately,  I am still feeling kinda crappy. My head is killing me despite a regimen of headache killers that I have taken every four hours since 6:45 this morning.  I am not really in a party time mood that is for sure. At least its only across the street.

So I bank with one of those banks that were taken over by a different bank because of the banking collapse. That bank would be Washington Mutual who was taken over by JP Morgan Chase.  And I am going to start off by saying I have no issue with Chase- they are the holders of my auto loan and I have NO issues with them or the service they have given me there.  My issue is with what use to be Washington Mutual.  I have banked with WAMU for years and have always been really happy with them and both their inbank and over the phone customer service for years.  I am not a high maintence person when it comes to my banking habits…except I have a bad habit of losing atm cards.  Well unfortunately right during the collapse I happened to lose my ATM / Check card again.  My problem with that is I am not a check writer- I am an atm card user.

These are the issues I have had since they reissued my ATM card:

  • First they did not send me a pin number for my card.
  • I went into branch to set pin number on my new card and they told me they can no longer do this without the previous pin number- and that I need to wait 10 business days from the time I got my card.
  • 10 business days pass and I go to my main branch office because I still do not have a pin number for my card. After waiting in line forever- they tell me again that they can not reset my pin number at the office without the original pin number. I explained that I still have not gotten new pin number.  Man tells me pin numbers usually arrive a day or two later (not 10 days) and that it would have been in unmarked mailer. I told him I was aware of this and still have not received. He orders me a new one.
  • 5 days later I have a new pin number. Its easy to remember so I decide to forgo changing it and just memorize new one.  Commence in using atm card. Notice that the atm purchases are withdrawing from the WRONG checking account (yes I have two checking and one saving).
  • Go back to main branch and tell them my atm withdrawals are coming from the wrong account. He tells me he can fix that in a jiffy. Claims to have done so. I leave.  Make several purchases online etc and they indeed are now coming out of the right checking account. YEY.
  • Night before last trip to Las Vegas I go to bank to withdraw my funds for the road.  Only to be told that I can not do that because I have no access to that checking account via my atm card. So freaking mad I curse them right there in the atm. Of course its afterhours so no one can listen to me curse their very name.
  • Decide its not worth the frustration to fix…leave that be.
  • Saturday am going Christmas shopping with my mom and I go to wamu to take out money from my savings account however it won’t let me do it. I get some strange message about how the transaction can’t be processed right now. Go shopping anyway.
  • Try again today at lunch to get money out of savings account. Again get same message.
  • Check my savings account online. Its good. The money is in there all happy.
  • Call them to find out WTF is going on with my account.  Turns out they disconnected my savings account from my atm card too when they disconnected my other checking account.

Needless to say I am not going to be banking with WAMU much longer. I just am waiting for two more things to clear and then i will be so out of there.