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I have a lot to say. Unfortunately last week I wasn’t in a blogging mood as you could probably tell by my silence.  A lot of it had to do with MAJOR burnout workwise.   The last three weeks or so had been extremely stressful and sucktacular and I really didn’t want to do certain things…and last week that manifested itself in a lack of blogging.  That is not to say I didn’t do anything. I just didn’t do any blogging. This is what I did instead:

I did read BEAUTIFUL BOY (it was OK), FREE FOR ALL (better than BEAUTIFUL BOY but still only OK) and one other book whose name presently escapes me at the moment. I read lots of blogs. Commented on very few. I looked at lots of Flickr pictures and commented on a couple. I played with my nintendo ds (yes it is pink…thanks for noticing). I worked on some creative writing things that had been rolling around in my head. I signed up for Twitter (see it over there on the left…feel free to follow me and I will follow you).  That should help me keep my blog updated when I am not actually around.  I played with Photoshop CS….a lot. Thanks to Zoot and PW I did some pretty cool things with a picture of my nephew’s foot.

So that is what I have been up to. Soon back to your regularly scheduled postings.

Pastor Dave sez: This is my first time at coming up with weekly the questions. I hope its OK with protocol – I’m going to give you FIVE RIDDLES to solve. My sister sent them to me earlier this week. ENJOY!

#1 A murderer is condemned to death. He has to choose between three
rooms. The first is full of raging fires, the second is full of assassins with loaded guns, and the third is full of lions that haven’t eaten in 3 years. Which room is safest for him?

#2 A woman shoots her husband. Then she holds him under water for over
5 minutes. Finally, she hangs him. But 5 minutes later they both go
out together and enjoy a wonderful dinner together. How can this be?

#3 What is black when you buy it, red when you use it, and gray when
you throw it away?

#4 Can you name three consecutive days without using the words
Wednesday, Friday, or Sunday?

#5 This is an unusual paragraph. I’m curious as to just how quickly
you can find out what is so unusual about it. It looks so ordinary
and plain that you would think nothing was wrong with it. In fact,
nothing is wrong with it! It is highly unusual though. Study it and
think about it, but you still may not find anything odd. But if you
work at it a bit, you might find out. Try to do so without any
coaching!

(Since these are riddles and you might want to try them out yourself first…my answers are in in the extended entry).

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The Fill-in for the week.

1. Two of my favorite ingredients in a drink are tequila and lime (if it’s an alcoholic drink that is)!
2. Matthew (my new nephew) often amazes me.
3. You can keep doing that forever, the dog is hardheaded.
4. Newspaper and Elmer’s Glue and Water, mix it all together and voila! You have Paper Mache (or a big mess)!.
5. If I had a yard with a garden, I would love to grow tomatoes.
6. Showering is best au naturel.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to organizing my desk, tomorrow my plans include a pineapple upside down cake and watching the race in Richmond and Sunday, I want to take some pictures!

  • First off it’s Miss Roxy’s Birthday and I am ashamed to say I almost forgot. Luckily BFM reminded me…so I gave her a Chewlotta…she loves those things. It’s like her little slice of heaven. You give her one of those things and she runs off and lays in her favorite place and just chews and chews…til it is nothing but a memory.
  • I am currently very very mad at my dvr. why? Because I recorded the Nationwide race yesterday and the damn thing stopped at the last caution. It was a good think I saw the end or I would have been livid.  I did miss the audio of the victory lane celebration…but caught most of it on youtube.  DirecTV needs to fix this problem. If any race goes longer than expected it does not pick the recording back up. There has to be a way…especially if I am not home…which is the whole damn point of the DVR. Urg.  And don’t even get me going about HotPass and the lack of Tony this weekend…yep I had to listen to the audio only channel over the fox broadcast.
  • I think I was more upset over Tony’s finish than he was. Weird.  He had an amazing car and the pit crew really seemed to have it together during this race. Tony even kept a calm head after he ended up in the wall the first time, sure that he was going to make a comeback. Team Home Depot was doing an amazing job…until Talladega decided to bite.
  • I am still confused about that white flag lap mayhem. Was it scored at the accident or how you crossed over the finish line?

So admittedly I am not as glued to the television during the Nationwide races.  If Tony is in the race I will DVR it or if I happen to be in front of my TV during the race I will watch it…but I don’t plan around Nationwide races as much as I plan around Sprint Cup races. Today was no exception as my Mom and I went out for an impromptu “girls” day of shopping since my dad went flying with his friend (they fly remote control planes and wings- don’t ask me the difference it’s a hobby I barely understand).

After shopping my mom and I were hungry and stopped by Chilis for a linner (lunch/dinner). We ended up sitting at a corner table in the bar because it was quiet in there except for the sports tvs…one turned to college baseball, one to basketball, one to sportscenter and a fourth one that had nothing on it at all.  As we ordered I said to my mom “I wonder how the Nationwide race is going- Tony had the pole you know”  We ordered, our food came, we ate. As we were finishing up suddenly the tv that had nothing on it suddenly had the Nationwide race on at there was 15 laps to go….and Tony was in the lead. I was stoked. I said “Look mom…my Tony is in the lead!” She said “Don’t refer to him as your Tony in public…its embarrassing.” We were done by this point so I begged my Mom to stay til the race was over. I had to know how it ended…I think the only reason she agreed was because Jr was in second…and she was SURE he would take Tony and win.

Well…perhaps me watching Tony race in public (that is not at a race track anyway) is probably a bad idea.  I am very…animated…when I watch and I was clapping and cheering louder than the guys at the other end of the bar who were cheering for basketball.  My mom was pretty embarrassed I think.  Then when the debris caution came out I said “Ah crap!” and jumped outta my chair. I probably even let a Dammit or two fly. I was really trying to behave myself and watch my mouth because there was now a family with two small boys sitting at a table behind my mom.  Well then Dale took the lead from Tony momentarily and my resolve not to curse flew out the window….although I did try to curse only quietly.  But then Tony took back the lead and I was clapping and cheering. Yeah…in Chilis. At like 3:30ish in the afternoon.  Then I insisted on staying to watch the burnout (very nice by the way…my mom is all “IS THAT why they call him smoke??”) and at least part of the post race interview despite the fact that I couldn’t hear a damn thing!

Well hopefully Tony will have as good of a day tomorrow. And if you hear someone cheering…it might be me.

1.  What is your personal policy regarding locking your car? I lock it always. I mean every once in a while I forget (like the night before last night). But I  try to lock it always.

2.  If you had to do it all again would you choose the same career path? Yes. I think I was meant to be doing this for some reason.

3.  What is something you hope to do this summer? See another NASCAR race

4.  Tell us something you are thankful for right now. My friends and family and my job.

5.  Tell us of a book, movie, tv show, webisode, author, CD, musician, comedian or any form of entertainment you have been digging lately. Lately I have been digging memoirs and biographies, the Taylor Swift CD, Grey’s Anatomy and Desperate Housewives now that they are back on.

Fill-in 69:

1. When I fell fall in love I will let you know!
2. May is when the flowers bloom and it heats up outside!
3. Oh no! The internet connection is down, pass me a book.
4. Grey’s Anatomy is the craziest tv show ever.
5. Cheese and Chips (nachos) make a great meal!
6. My brother planted a(n amazing) garden.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to relaxing, tomorrow my plans include washing the car (I was rained out last weekend) and Sunday, I want to settling in for the race at DEGA baby!

It could be because I am tired but I thought this was hilarious when I wrote it:

BROKEN ANKLE!  INTESTINES! INTESTINES IN THE HAND!  INTESTINES ON THE BELLY! HOLE IN THE HAND! HOLE IN THE HEAD. HOLE IN THE BRAIN.  the end.

For my thoughts on what I think Tony Stewart will do regarding his contact with JGR and rumors about Haas and Richard Childress racing…visit my article WWTD (What Will Tony Do)?…(consider yourself warned- its a long one).