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Yesterday I turned thirtysomething.  My birthday was a complete disaster. Two family members forgot my birthday all together…whatever.  The plumbing in the whole house went nasty bad.   Because of that I didn’t even get my birthday dinner…it wasn’t anyone’s fault (except that bitch fate…who needs a good spanking)….but still my birthday rather sucked.

Plus I think I am officially old now…even though technically I feel about 24 mentally…I am no where near that age anymore.  There has been a definite funk around these parts for the last ten days or so…and I missed the Chili Bowl (thank god for dvrs) because I got busy shopping for lamps (not for me…for my brother and sister in law because their new house…has NO OVERHEAD LIGHTING!)  and helping my brother move (my help may have been limited to going to home depot and buying 8 cardboard moving boxes…and dropping them off at their apartment…but I will never tell).

The only thing that has even semi pulled me out of my funk?  Is when Craig Morgan’s INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER song came on the radio and I screeched along with it on my way back from lunch today.  I don’t know why…but I LOVE that song. I think I identify with it because I am often stuck behind tractors, harvesters, plowers, and other various farm equipment on my way to and from work.

So tell me…how old do YOU think I am?

What songs pull YOU out of a funk?

What was your suckiest birthday?

Chili Bowl

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I just now remembered that I wanted to talk about the Chili Bowl. No I am not talking beans and meat (and noodles for some but I think that is weird) in a saucy concoction…I am talking RACING. For the first time in its 22 years the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl will be on pay-per-view this Saturday January 12th. Touted as the biggest dirt race out there…and you can be darn tooting that I have already purchased it and set it up to record on my DVR. For those with DirecTV I think it is on Channel 123 or 124 I can’t remember.

You can also watch Friday’s Semi finals at Chili Bowl on Nascar.com

I am immensely looking forward to watching this race (even though I won’t be able to catch the semi-finals). Drivers from all types of racing turn out to try out for the golden driller. I will, of course, be rooting for Tony Stewart…because how can I NOT root for Tony. It will be fun. I only wish I could show up at the race itself…which sells out months and months in advance.

More iPod Fun

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…Shufflin’ on down, doin’ it for you.

Seen over at FondofSnape (which is back! yey!)!

1. Put your music player on Shuffle
2. For each question, press the Next button to get your answer.
3. YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER WHAT

1. IF SOMEONE SAYS “IS THIS OKAY” YOU SAY?
Shout It Out by Slaughter

2. WHAT WOULD BEST DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY?
Without You by Motley Crue

3. WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY/GIRL?
Don’t Cry by Guns N Roses

4. HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY?
Poor Me by Joe Diffie

5. WHAT IS YOUR LIFE’S PURPOSE?
Lay Your Hand On Me by Sammy Hagar

6. WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO?
Unknown Destination by Slaughter

7. WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU?
You Got The Wrong Man by Tim McGraw (FUNNY!)

8. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR PARENTS?
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! by Dean Marton

9. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VERY OFTEN?
Livin’ On A Prayer by Bon Jovi

10. WHAT IS 2+2?
Take My Breath Away by Berlin

11. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR BEST FRIEND?
Sister Christian by Night Ranger

12. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
Someday I’ll Be Saturday Night by Bon Jovi

13. WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY?
Here’s Your Sign by Bill Engvall

14. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?
Wasted Generation by Steel Dragon

15. WHAT DO YOU THINK WHEN YOU SEE THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
Delicious Surprise by Beth Hart

16. WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU?
Set Me Free by Velvet Revolver

17. WHAT WILL YOU DANCE TO AT YOUR WEDDING?
Have A Drink On Me by AC/DC (Um somehow I don’t think so)

18. WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL?
I’ve Got A Theory/Bunnies/If We’re Together by the Cast of Buffy The Vampire Slayer

19. WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY/INTEREST?
Pick Up Man by Joe Diffie

20. WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SECRET?
Sweet Child O Mine by Guns N Roses

21. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS?
Cry Tough by Poison

22. WHAT SHOULD YOU POST THIS AS?
I’m A Long Way From Home by Shooter Jennings

Today is my first day back and work and at blogging since I went on “vacation.”  That vacation included celebrating our annual family gift exchange, white elephant exchange and annual dinner on Christmas eve…and while technically I had to work on Christmas eve…I did get off at noon….leaving straight for the post office to but a stop on the mail delivered to my box until I returned today.  Then it was off to pick up Grandma and take her to our house where guests had already started arriving….for good food, fun and general merriment.  That lasted well into the evening – interrupted only by my grandma wanting to be taken back directly after dinner (we were- after some cajoling able to convince her to stay until after the gift exchange).  Christmas Day festivities with immediate family was celebrated far later in the afternoon as Marie (my sister in law) had to work but we were glad to wait as you have not experienced a holiday until you have seen the glee with withc my sister-in-law opens presents.  The following day was spent packing as the Thursday after Christmas I was off to Las Vegas…yes again….to spend time with BFM, exchange presents, ring in the new year…and catch a concert (Ricky Nelson Remembered) and two movies (27 Dresses- highly recommended and National Treasure- also recommended).  I got back before the big storm hit…thankfully because I have a feeling I would have caught snow going over the mountains (I actually go over two and a half mountain passes in the 500 miles I travel to vegas).   I have spent the last few days worrying about possible hail hitting my car, trying not to park under trees…and just decompressing.  Then the storm hit and my Grandma was without power over 24 hours.  We finally went and picked her up and brought her over to our house during a break in the storm so she could spend time in a warm house being mildly entertained by television…(we were watching The Holiday…which my mom and I liked…but my grandma not so much). Fifteen minutes into the movie or so my dad called to tell us the electricity was back on and Grandma was ready to be taken home.  Urg.

So I come into work today…to find my office taken over by ants.  Evil little black creatures that they are have ended up everywhere in our office.  We just want to be rid of the suckers but they aren’t able to spray for them until Friday.  On top of that..the heater is stuck on so it is boiling hot in here….and I mean hot.  So if I don’t boil to death I may be carried away by ants.  Hopefully neither will happen.

I have talked a lot this year about my lack of Christmas Spirit.  I was planning on coming into work today, doing the MI-5 and wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year.  And it isn’t that I don’t wish all my readers that….because I do.   That being said…I have to tell you that when I left my house my father was walking around the front yard mumbling several curse words and threatening to take down our outdoor Christmas display (you can’t really tell from the crappy video but our whole street really puts on the the dog when it comes to Christmas decorations…and the house I focus on is ours…and the decorations? Are all hand drawn, cut out of plywood and painted- mostly by my father…some by me and my brother.  Well with exception of the inflateables).  Anyway…because for the third time…we have had someone steal some of our decorations.  The first year they did it was the worst.  They not only stole all of them…but they destroyed them…we found pieces of them all over the neighborhood.  This year seems to be the most mild.  One is missing (Chuckie Finster from Rugrats fame) with his stake pulled out of the ground just laying on the frosty grass, many were turned backwards, one was half ripped off its stake (chip and dale on a sled).  These are something my father sketched out on wood, cut out with a jigsaw and then spent HOURS painting…usually in a cold as ice garage.  Even the ones my brother and I helped paint…he always put the finishing outlines and touches on.

A lot of work to have some one maliciously ruin. Ironically this year we have had the most people ever coming to enjoy the decorations. They drive down our street extra slow…and if you listen….sometimes you can hear the elated screeches of children as they scream out the names of their favorite cartoon characters.  (ELMO!! or SPONGEBOB…or HAPPY FEET).  On Saturday night I went to move my car out of the street and back into the driveway when a little girl come out and grabbed me by the shirt…and drug me over to the Spongebob decoration and started talking to me in a language probably only she understood about “Sunj-Ob!” as her mom thanked us for doing this.

I really don’t understand why anyone would destroy someone else’s joy….seriously. And while I tried to talk my dad out of taking down the decorations in the couple minutes I had before I had to leave for work – I can’t say as I would blame him for taking them down.  Nor would I blame him for not putting them out next year.

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Well thanks for letting me get that out.  That being said…I am out of here.  Festivities tonight….and some tomorrow.  Then off to Vegas until next year….I won’t be blogging during this time.  But don’t worry I will be back…hopefully with a better attitude.  Until then…happy Christmas and all that stuff.

Watch out it’s Caution Lap #3:

1. Who do you think the most underestimated driver of 2007 was? Underestimated by who? I think I underestimated JPM. Underestimated by the “press”? Probably Kyle Busch.

2. Who do you think is the most overrated driver of 2007 was? Jimmie Johnson

3. What do you think your favorite driver would want for Christmas? I dunno…An extra week off to unwind and race in the dirt?

4. Did you buy any of your family or friends anything NASCAR related for Christmas? YES! I won’t tell you exactly what I bought who…except for the fact that there is some Jeff Gordon and Darrell Waltrip stuff waiting to be wrapped in my room. Not for Christmas but for a baby gift- I have recently purchased Tony Stewart onesies in nearly every size…along with some #20 footie pajamas and two bibs…all for my nephew to be born at the end of March. He will be the orangest baby around!!! (I have also bought him normal clothes- don’t worry). I already showed my sister in law so I can tell you all :)

As always click picture to go to flickr to see credits for pictures!

Yep…aren’t you lucky? Two bulleted lists in one day!!!

  • I GET IT NOW! Those seat warmers (or bun warmers as my mom calls them) are pretty nifty on a cold day…and Lisa was right….they are nice when you have a sore back!!!
  • Its amazing how I didn’t realize how noisy the Rav was in the cabin until I got the HHR which is very quiet in the cabin.
  • I wish it was sunny and warm so I could play with the sunroof more.
  • I have fallen hard over the XM radio…I will probably keep this if I can at all swing it.  I already have favorite stations (XM41, XM40, XM16, XM8 and one of the Christmas channels are already in my stereo presets).  It really puts the radio stations in my area to shame.  I may never listen to FM again! In my area the country station comes in fuzzy, there is no modern rock station, the best thing I can get is classic rock…which is ok…but I would much rather listen to the Boneyard!  Plus we get a bunch of the XM channels on our TV through our DirecTv…so I can listen at home if I want.
  • Onstar rocks…I just wish the phone minutes were cheaper (Especially since my cell phone died on me).
  • Traction Control…cool…but what is it and how does it work? And should I drive with it on all the time?? Anyone know?
  • After professing my love of the Chevy Nomad in the last bulleted list…I am wondering if that wasn’t one of the reasons I was drawn to the Chevy HHR?  They are both cool looking wagonesque cars. (Although don’t think when I was wandering around the Chevy showroom while waiting for the financing to go through on the HHR that I wasn’t drooling all over the twin Corvettes on the showroom floor. They even had my favorite color (bright HELLO WORLD I AM YELLOW).
  • And the last thought I have for now was actually something I think either BFM or my brother brought up….how funny is it that I went from driving a Toyota to driving a Chevy when my favorite driver (Tony Stewart) is going from driving a Chevy to driving a Toyota! Hopefully Tony will have as good of luck with his Toyota as I had with mine! Doris (my Rav4) was rode hard. She was very high mileage when I traded her in.  She had 64K on her at the end of the 2 year mark in ownership! She was very dependable (until recently) and the only thing I really ever had to fix on her was a cracked water pump that was found while having my belts replaced (routine replacement).