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  1. Salted Caramel Signature Hot Chocolate from Starbucks. They are warm, rich and not supersweet. I love this. Tres Yummy!!! My new favorite hot drink.
  2. Sierra Mist Free Cranberry Splash. Yummy I love this stuff and it only comes out in the fall/winter season and then it will be gone again.
  3. Lipstick Jungle. I don’t know why because I honestly didn’t watch but two episodes last season. But now I am totally into it.
  4. Circus Animal Cookies. I love these things…get em while you can- Mother’s Cookies recently filed for bankruptcy.
  5. Pillsbury Ghost Sugar Cookies. Easy to make and tres delicious…just don’t cook them too long.

What are you digging right now?

You can also read my Letters Of Martinsville Redux post regarding Chase Race 6.

  • Congratulations are again in order for Clint Bowyer who for the third weekend in the row was the Gillette Young Gun’s Time Shaver of the race. He and his crew spent the least amount of time in the pits. Way to go Clint, Gil and crew. WHOOPS!! Looks Like I may have jumped the (gillette young) gun there!
  • Congratulations are in order for Carl Edwards (and no- not because he just became engaged) for winning the Gillette Young Gun’s Time Shaver of Martinsville! He and his crew spent the least amount of time in the pits. Way to go Carl, Bob, and crew!!!!
  • Did you all see Jimmie’s jackman, Kenneth Purcell, slip in the brakedust, recover and still get Jimmie out ahead of the field? That was a great recovery!
  • Don’t think that I didn’t notice that Tony’s pit crew did an awesome job getting him out during the race. Tony might not have had the best race, between the wrong brake package and the two blown right fronts- but the pit crew was in top form at Martinsville. Way to go guys.

Ok…I love me some NASCAR advertisements. I know I am odd…but its true. I love them. Apparently my fellow bloggers do too because both RaceKitten and The Fast And The Fabulous have released their list of favorite ads. Not to be outdone…here is my list of favorites in reverse order of favorites and why:

5. The Coke Zero Taste Infringement commercial- It’s all about the face Bobby Labonte makes at Michael Waltrip when talking with the Coke reps. Its just for a split second when he cocks his one eyebrow…that part cracks me up. Well that part and the part where the coke rep says “Come on Tony we all know you’re pretty comfortable with that” when Tony says that it would probably get them suspended.

4. The Ron Capps/ Michael Waltrip “I can’t look at you right now” commercial-I have to say that Michael Waltrip makes great commercials. Mostly because he makes fun of himself and he does it in a gracious way. I absolutely love the bird commercial that picked…we actually mock that commercial a lot in my house. However this one has taken over. There are times we often throw “I can’t even look at you right now” back and forth at each other…because we are geeks like that.

3. The Toyota Fan Controller commercial- I think this one is on my list for a couple reasons. First being I saw the making of the commercial and Tony seemed to be quite excited when they told him it was ok to throw his helmet at the car that was chasing him. That and something cracks me up about “Run Zippy. Run For Your Life!” Oh and at the very end when the car comes crashing through the garage stall towards Zippy and Tony…Tony gets the hell outta the way and Zippy just kind of does this little twirl thing. That humors me too…but mostly its the “Run Zippy! Run for your life!”

2. The Feel Better Fast Radio Show commercial- Kevin Harvick and Elliott Sadler totally steal the show on this commercial. That whole exchange at the end where Kevin says the caller might try a new girlfriend and then Elliott just looks at him and shakes his head and then Kevin just shrugs and says “what??” Kevin Harvick reminds me of my brother there. That is so something he would say or do and that is exactly how he would react when we would look and shake our heads. That is why I LOVE that part.

1. The Tony Stewart / Joey Logano Home Depot commercial- There are three things about this commercial I love: Joey Logano’s body language when he cuts the board all crooked- he looks so dejected. Tony Stewart’s facial expression when Joey steps in the paint pan is priceless and spot on. The third part I love is the part at the end when Tony is handing over the steering wheel to Joey and holds onto it for a split second and almost fights for it back. That last thing I love…is also the one thing I hate about that commercial. I hate the whole passing on of the torch…end of an era type deal. Now I won’t go rehashing my thoughts about the whole Stewart Haas Racing thing again – because I have done that here. But yeah…its a love hate with this commercial.

And a newly discovered commericial from 2004 that I think is hilarious: The Coke “Sorry About Your Little Car” commercial. This one you just have to watch but the line “Aw dang sorry about your little car Tony” cracked me up almost as much as Harvick’s face when getting into the cart.

Read the original post The Letters of Martinsville for background on the format. Here are the new Letters of Martinsville:

Dear Dale Jarrett-

It’s okay to be excited to watch Martinsville- I enjoy it too! Plus I really enjoy you as a race annoucer! Let’s go racing.

Wahoo- Amy

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Dear Carl Edwards-

You’re smoking your tires awfully early. Patience man patience!

Amy PS Apparently its your splitter so never mind.

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Dear Jeff Gordon-

Who set your ass on fire? My bff will be thrilled. Keep it up.

Amy

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Dear DirecTv-

Please time your commercials better so I can hear about Tony’s handling issues. It’s a bit frustrating to hear “I’m turning good but…” only to be interrupted by a commercial break (on for Home Depot ironically). Thanks.

Hotpass SD Channel lover- Amy

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Dear Tony/Zippy-

What exactly is “side bite?” I kinda have an idea judging by my knowledge of forward bite- but I would like to know officially. Thanks.

Amy PS. Keep digging! You’re doing good so far!

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Dear Scott Speed-

Go back to F1 please. Thx! Love, AMY

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Dear Jr.

Um, first playing shovsies with your teammate Mears and then spinning McMurray? Patience man, patience! It’s a long race yet.

Amy PS. Stay away from Stewart- m’kay? Thx.

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Dear Tony-

You crack me up! Radioing in with “I DIDN’T TOUCH HIM!” the minute after Regan Smith spun made me chuckle. What made me laugh even more though? When your spotter Mike said “But did you pass him under the yellow line?” Oh the humor.

Keep digging- Amy

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Dear Tony/Zippy-

Right sides only?!? Are you all nuts? It did NOTHING for the Biff last run.

Just curious- Amy

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Dear Jimmie-

I am just wondering where you think they “magic factor” adjustment is on the car and who adjusts that during a pitstop? I’m pretty sure that Chad Knaus would like to know this too.

Magically challenged- Amy

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Dear Roxy-

I know you relish your midafternoon Sunday naps in your chair- all curled up in a cute little ball. However you are snoring louder than the TV and I can’t hear. Please stop lest I kick you outside for your nap.

Do they make breathe right strips for dogs?- Amy

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Dear Front Tire Carrier for the 41-

Thank you for carrying the crew cam. I love the crew cam. Also thanks for taking the time to tell us what you are doing during the pitstop. That can’t be easy but it totally rocks. Thanks.

The Pit Stop Geek- Amy

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Dear Sprint Speed Commercial in the Grocery Store-

Why the heck are you so much louder than all the other? Turn it down. Thanks for making me sound like my parents.

Old and Grouchy, Amy

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Dear Race Announcer- FYI cream rises to the top. The cream does not rise to the crop. Its either cream of the crop or cream rises to the top. Trust me I know this!

This I know- Amy

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Dear Kurt Busch-

I know you are way behind and that has to be disappointing but you can not just pull into the garage and quit. Your sponsors would not like that.

Don’t Be A Quitter- Amy

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Dear Zippy- I really don’t understand your pit strategy. After Tony melted the first right front and then like 10-20 laps later there was a yellow you brought him in anyway. Then the second time Tony melted the right front there was another yellow no more than 10 laps later (if that). And you pulled Tony in again! I do NOT understand why you didn’t leave him out to gain some positions back.  What did I miss??

Confused- Amy

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Congratulations on your win Jimmie. You are on your way to number three.

Next week: Chase Race 7: Atlanta (which I will be watching from Las Vegas…most likely at the NASCAR CAFE!)

1) Johnny Quest meets his friend Hadji in India. Tell us about a friend you have/someone you met who is “far” away. (You determine what “far” is.)  Well I haven’t met any of my far away friends yet. But my best friend now lives 500 miles away and I am driving down on friday to see her. (Yes that’s another trip to Vegas for those keeping track). And for the record? I loved Johnny Quest as a child.

2) Scooby Doo and Shaggy are always hankerin’ for a snack. What have you got a craving for recently?  Well I have really been wanting a big glass of Hawaiian Punch. Odd I know but I always crave Hawaiian Punch when I am sick.

3) There are so many trains in “Thomas and Friends” I can’t keep track of them all! Is there a group of folks you’re involved in, and yet you don’t know everyone’s name (e.g. chruch group, business group, support group, etc.)? Can you tell us about it?  The workers in the umbrella department I work for.  There are always new people coming and going and half the time I don’t even see them or talk to them.  My little unit is extremely tight. There use to be three of us – now we are back down to two again because our “lead” is now the boss of the whole group (not the unbrella department but our group under the umbrella department which includes my small unit and a slightly larger unit that we work very closely with).

4) Bill Cosby was only a regular on “The Electric Company” for one season before he left. What job have you held for the shortest period of time? Back when I was a very in-demand babysitter when I was in high school and community college- a woman asked me (through my mom- which is how I got most of my jobs…she works at a grammar school) to baby sit for her three kids. Now this was the first time I had ever sat three at once (they ranged from 7-11). It was also the first time I had ever babysat a girl…who happened to be the 11 year old in the mix. The woman was hoping to make me a regular sitter for her because she had some commitment twice a week…it was so long ago I forgot what it was. This was not uncommon for me- people would use me as a fairly regular sitter and I liked that.  Anyway it was a horrendous experience. The children were little terrors- especially the 11 year old girl.  I was there for less than two hours.  The husband ended up beating his wife back home and said that he would be happy to give me a ride home as soon as his wife got back- and I said NO THAT’S OK I’LL WALK and I left. I never went back- I just wanted to get the hell out of there. They called me a couple of times trying to get me back. Funny how I was always booked when they wanted me.

5) Speaking of Bill Cosby, “The Junkyard Gang” from Fat Albert made instruments out of old junk. Do you have something in your house that’s old junk that you’ve turned into something useful? If not, tell us about something that’s junky, but that you just can’t get rid of.  Well my dad took some old bullet casings fashioned them into this whole little family of deer. They are actually quite cool. I love them.

I was reminded yesterday during my lunch about how much certain smells will invoke very specific memories or people or events for me. I was driving downtown in a city near where I work when I smelled burning oakwood (it was coming from a barbecue place not a wild fire) and I was instantly transported to my childhood and backyard barbecues at my paternal grandparents house. The funny thing was that in January my brother moved across the street and I went with him to look for a computer desk- and we went ALL over the place…and I mean EVERYWHERE. And we stopped to get gas on our scouting trip and we both smelled the same smell and he looked over at me and said “What’s that remind you of?” And I said “Grandpa’s house.” and he is “Me too!!!”

So here is a list of smells I am fond of for specific reasons:

1. Oak wood barbecues- as mentioned they remind me of my childhood and weekend barbecues at my paternal grandparents house.

2. Hoppe’s 9 Gun Oil- reminds me of my father. I actually LOVE the smell of this stuff. I came in recently and said “You went to the range today?” and he looked at me like he thought I was psychic but I let him off the hook: “I smell the hoppes. I love that smell.” My father thinks its weird that I love the smell of Hoppes…just for the record.

3. Canadian Mist and Pepsi- A drink that reminds me of my grandfather. He use to call them highballs but after googling it I guess that’s more because of the glass he drank it out of and less what was in the glass.

4. Original Old Spice- Another one that makes me think of my dad.

So tell me…what smells trigger memories in you?

Friday Fill-in #94:

1. Follow the wonderful smells- they are coming from the kitchen.
2. A camera is something I always take with me on vacation.
3. To achieve your goals, you must focus.
4. I am actually incredibly shy is something I’d like you to know about me.
5. I have a craving for steak.
6. Yellow Duckies floats.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to just being done with work this week, tomorrow my plans include all the stuff I didn’t do this week and last cuz I felt cruddy and Sunday, I want to relax and enjoy Martinsville!

That is what my friend just called me.  Why? Because I just fixed my shredder at work.  Yeah I am a little proud.

It all starts with me being too lazy to empty said shredder because it ALWAYS makes a huge paper mess on the floor and normally our office doesn’t get vacuumed but once a week.  Except lately I have been thinking that someone has been vacuuming daily.  And I notice that they have been taking my trash out too!  Anyway I digress.  So I had been putting off shredding because well I was too lazy to remove the shreddlings bag.  Well finally it got to critial mass and I turned to empty the shredder and I notice that by some magic someone has already emptied the shredder bag! But now my shredder won’t work. Well I notice they put the top on backwards so I fix that- still a no go.  I try different plugs and turning it on and off and such and still nothing. So I take the shredder off the base and notice its JAMMED full of paper. So I unplug it and set it upside down on my lap and painstakenly (using a bic pen because no way was I sticking my fingers in there even though it was unplugged) removed all the jammed in paper. And VIOLA! It worked. YEY me!

It’s the troubleshooter in my I think. Plus I have always been fascinated with how and why things work the way they work. I told my mom- I think I should have been a mechanic.