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When Dale Jr announced his new ride, my friend the Hendricks Motorsports fan, told me that Hendricks would rue the day they let Kyle Busch go to make room for Dale Jr. I laughed her off. I was definitely not quiet last season about hoping that Jr would sign with Joe Gibbs Racing, and admit slight disappointment that he didn’t. When Joe Gibbs Racing announced that they were picking up Kyle Busch I was skeptical. The kid’s got attitude (hey he is only 22- I can call him a kid)– not that my driver Tony Stewart doesn’t. As a matter of fact attitude is part of the reason I love Tony.

When I heard how strong the Toyotas were running at the Daytona testing, I started to get a little excited (Ok- a lot excited). Overall at Daytona, Tony ran sixth fastest and Kyle ran thirteenth fastest. Then they started testing at Las Vegas this week and Kyle was fifth fastest yesterday morning and the fastest in the afternoon with Tony right on his tail with second and third fastest (testing in both 20A and 20B). This morning Kyle is right up there at third fastest again. I am beginning to think that Kyle Busch was a wise investment afterall. What you have to remember is not only are Tony and Kyle dealing with the new COT cars…but they have changed from Chevy to Toyota.

This being said I really can’t wait for my NASCAR season to start. After watching parts of the Rolex 24 I am itching for my NASCAR fix. I cringed when I found out that my sister-in-law’s baby shower was the same day as the Bud Shootout at Daytona (that signals the beginning of NASCAR season to me). This is the year I am attending my first ever NASCAR race! GO TONY GO!

Flickr Favorites Collage

Some of my most recent favorites. Lots of classic cars- I have always loved the lines on classic cars which is probably why I picked my new car as the lines are similar to that of an older car. Lots of cuddly animals and flowers…snow. As always click on the collage to go to flickr so that you can see the links to the originals- go give the photographers some props!

Fill-in 56

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I really got to remember to hit publish on these fillins.

Here is fill in 56

1. Sunlight makes me happy.
2. I would like sunlight, please. (no more rain!)
3. barbecued Tri-Tip tastes SO good!
4. Saturday is my favorite day of the week because no work!.
5. My sense of humor my best feature.
6. We could learn so much from reading.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to relaxing with a cup of tea, tomorrow my plans include a baby shower planning session and Sunday, I want to vacuum out my car!

Well it has been pretty stormy here lately and frankly that means I haven’t been much of anywhere actually…however I did have a lil mini-panic yesterday when I realized that there are two weeks left until my sister-in-law’s baby shower….and I wasn’t even a quarter done on the baby bunting project…so I have been hooking away at it.  I am probably a little over half way done now (ok I admit I spent like hours today working on it. Literally hours).  The hardest part it coming up next….but I saved that for tomorrow when I am fresh.

I was originally going to make a matching blanket…BUT I definitely do not have enough time and I am seriously doubting if I have enough yarn.  So I decided I would like to try booties. So if anyone here has a good bootie pattern email me the link (or leave it in comments).  Preferably the easier the better!

Busy Week…

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I always forget how busy the first week of classes can get…my poor little hoarse voice!

10 Things

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I saw that Janet did this…and I decided that I would be one of the people she tagged. I wanted to do this because I thought it was interesting..and challenging. (Be kind…this is harder than it looks!!!).

The Idea is simple: List 10 things you have done that others might not have done. Then Tag 5 people to do the same.

Here I go:

1. I have had a poem published in a literary magazine. Yes I even got paid for it.

2. I have bought a car…by myself…(and I am a girl). That is right I was there completely alone and I did good.

3. I was in a bar and I felt threatened enough to grab my empty beer bottle and consider hitting some drunk guy on the head with it. (No I didn’t actually follow through and technically he was threatening my friend not me…but I was gonna back her up!)

4. I have sat in a Lamborghini. (No it wasn’t moving…darn)

5. I have ridden partially around Laguna Seca Raceway.

6. I have suffered from a caffeine and stimulant (asthma medication) induced panic attack…that was so bad I had to be taken to the doctor.

7. I went to a biker bar…twice (it is now called Angels- isn’t it J?) to see my favorite band…I was barely old enough to get in…and scared as hell…but ended up having a great time both times.

8. I have driven over 100 mph (in my Rav no less- but shhhhh don’t tell my mom).

9. I fell off a moving horse when I was 6…(pulling my cousin down on top of me as we were going) and haven’t been on one since.

10. I once attended three concerts in four day in two different states by the same band. It required a huge amount of driving…and lots of caffeine. But it was fun!!

I hereby tag: E, Bill, Lisa, J and Karah.

Shells

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I have a thing for oatmeal cookies.  I love them.  So today I bought a pack of oatmeal cookies from the bakery section of my Savemart.  I took one out for after lunch (ok so I took two out..bite me!) and as I am enjoying my cookie I get the feeling of something hard. I feared it was my filling…but no…it was walnut shells.  Big pieces of walnut shells. Bleck.

Bulleted list…about nascar…

  • Open wheel invasion? I say bring it on. I don’t see a problem with it. John Andretti and Tony Stewart were both open wheelers…
  • Tony Stewart seems to be taking to Toyotas like a fish to water (or should I say a race car driver to something with wheels and an engine)? I mean…that Toyota is probably as much like a Camry as my dad’s Silverado anyway. Seriously I have no problem with Toyota in Nascar. I use to own a Toyota. I drove the heck out of it. It was very reliable. Of course I now own a Chevy. Nothing against Toyota….I just love the look of the HHR. And the ride. So smooth. I actually think it was rather a wise idea for Toyota to woo a bigger team (ie JGR) to help them with their sophomore effort in the cup. Nothing would make me more happy than to see Tony and Toyota win a cup.
  • And of course when talking about Tony Stewart…the subject seems to be to extend or not to extend. Give the man a chance to think. He is in a new car (COT) in a new manufacturer (TOYOTA) and has a new teammate to boot. I know if I were in his position I too would want to wait a bit…see how the whole COT and Toyota thing feel before I extended my contract. He will extend when and if he wants to. I just hope that he doesn’t leave cup racing…if he chooses not to extend with JGR….following two types of motorsports is too much for me!!
  • Speaking of JGR…I think they did a good thing by picking up Kyle Busch. HMS is going to be sorry they let that young man go. That is all I will say there.
  • I would like to see the Kasey/Caseys have a stellar season this season…both of them have the potential… would love for them to cross the finish line a lot more in a top five!
  • That being said I would also like to see a season where one team (HMS) is not so dominant this season. It makes for boring tv. Seriously.
  • Speaking of TV…I am pro- BOOGITY BOOGITY BOOGITY in case you were wondering where I stand on that monumental issue. As a matter of fact…I tend to yell boogity boogity boogity at the tv when the races are being broadcast on a non Fox station.
  • Speaking of broadcasts on non-fox stations…AHHHH step up! I want better coverage!!!
  • For a good article on the upcoming NASCAR season read this Foxsports article by DW….he has some interesting things to say. Personally I think his view on redoing the chase points is spot on. I totally agree on that!