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(The MI-5 seems to be MIA…but as soon as I have it I will do both this weeks and last weeks)

1. On a hot summer’s day iced tea is my favorite thing!
2. When I think of summertime fun, I think of the boardwalk.
3. Rocky Road is my favorite flavor of ice cream.
4. My new favorite drink is Peach Iced Tea.
5. One of my happiest summertime memories is sitting in a boat out on a lake fishing with my grandpa…just him and me…the summer of 1986. It was one of the few times we spent time like that where it was just the two of us.
6. The best place to watch fireworks (or submarine races) is from the beach!
7. What are you doing this weekend? Tonight I’m looking forward to fajitas, tomorrow my plans include laundry and watching the race and Sunday, I want to relax!

This post was originally posted June 28th, but I am bumping it back towards the top in case someone missed it and has a comment to make. Thanks. AMY

I know I have been alluding to it, but I have pretty much decided that “some day” is next year. I have always said that I want to see a nascar race live and in person…”some day.” I kept hoping that they would just magically show up at Laguna Seca, I think. And while I am only about two and a half hours from Infineon…I want my first Nascar race to be a oval not a road course.

I have narrowed it down to Las Vegas Motor Speedway and California Speedway…(although I really want to go to Bristol -it is my favorite track to watch)…both are very road-trip distance from me. Right now I am leaning towards LV. If you have been to either (or BOTH!) lay your suggestions on me.

When rereading my last post to make sure it made sense (of course I only do this after I post it…why don’t I proof them before I post them?) I realized that I said:

 I accidently squirted moisturizer on my shirt- necessitating an unscheduled shirt change

Yeah…like that wording doesn’t SCREAM nascar fan.

Two mondays in one week? That sucks. Today seems like a Monday since I had yesterday off and all. I SHOULD have taken today off….hindsight is always 20/20.

First off…I need to say…to whomever in my neighborhood decided last night that it would be great fun to set of M80s or whatever the hell those were…thanks. One was so loud it caused me to jump and spill water down the front of myself whilst yelling profanities because I then looked like I was in a wet tshirt contest. The rest? Caused my poor dog to pace around the house and pant and whine and hide and do what nervous scared dogs do…Roxy may be a beagle (which are bred for hunting) but she doesn’t like loud noises…whisly noises…or pretty much any noise so thanks…it was a real fun night trying to console my dog.

Of course my morning couldn’t go smoothly…I accidently squirted moisturizer on my shirt- necessitating an unscheduled shirt change, my contacts were being difficult and not sitting on my eye properly in the morning- plus I just don’t see clearly with this trial pair which SUCK, I get in the car and notice I am nearly out of gas- so whilst I had enough to get to work this means I am going to Chevron during lunch which means I will need to scale back my effort to find the new Velvet Revolver CD (which is a whole other story) because I will also have to find time to visit a starbucks because I NEED MY BLACK TEA LEMONADE….ITS MONDAY DAMNIT!.

I get to work and someone is parked in my favorite and second favorite parking spots…which during the summer is weird! Then…I came in this morning to 35 workorders…assigned to me alone. I have, in the last two and a half hours, whittled that number down to 11 (those 11 can not be done because they are missing important information or just aren’t ready to be completed yet) because even when I am in a bad mood…I am awesome. For those not in the know…35 workorders on a summer day? That is a heck of a lot of workorders. ALOT. During the time I was working said workorders, I got not one…not two…but THREE evil customer calls. Of course I also got a lot of non-evil customer calls…and had other work to do (print reports).

Two mondays in one week? Two to many.

In case you didn’t catch the “Nextel’s Prelude to the Dream” race at Eldora Speedway that was a pay-per-view event on tv (or if you lived nearby or could travel that far…you know you could actually attend the race), Speed will be showing the race on July 8th, 2007 (and some other days there after in July).  The line-up of drivers is impressive and includes nextel cup drivers, nhra drivers and others.  Proceeds of the race went to charity…namely The Victory Junction Gang and the Tony Stewart Foundation.

Now I was at the airport by the time The Prelude came on pay-per-view…(only to be stuck there for HOURS because my damn plane was late but that is another story)…so I bought it right before I left and dvr’d (is that a word? No? It is now) it for my return from Vegas (along with all my other shows).  I have limited experience watching dirt track racing of any form (these happen to be late model stock cars)…I think in my entire life I have watched maybe three dirt races (all on TV) mostly those little winged cars)…but let me tell you that this race was well worth the ppv fee.  It was exciting and fun…so if you have a few hours and want to watch some excitement be sure to tune into Speed on July 8th. 

Then if so inclined…donate to the Victory Junction Gang…it is a great cause….check out their website for great ways you can help (not just monitarily).

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I hope that you are having a great holiday. So far I have:

  • Given Roxy a bath
  • cleaned the bathroom
  • washed roxy’s bedding..and she has a lot of it…a bed in the kitchen, the living room and three blankets…and I haven’t even started the outside stuff.

However you decide to celebrate…have fun and be safe.

Read the first installment here.

Two more for the record books.

One has to do with something that happened at the same accident…and my brother, the gifted liar storyteller tells it best. After the “we’ve got parts incident” my brother went to move the Rav out of the middle of the intersection. And at nearly every family gathering he LOVES to tell how when he went to release the parking brake to move the rav off to the side of the road, I had, in anger, set it soo tight (my parking brake is one of those little lift levers in the center) that he had to use his feet as leverage on my dash to get the brake to release.

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Second happened in Vegas…at the Keith Urban concert. We had floor tickets. In between the Wreckers and KU- I decided to go back up to the bathroom…and had to climb the stairs on the side to do it. I don’t know if any of you have seen a concert or fight or whatever at the Mandalay but the steps up the stands to the potties…are very short and close together…I got up them fine. Before I made my way back down I decided to get two beers (one for me and one for BFM). The beers where in plastic bottles which was odd. What was even more odd is that they took the lids but whatever. Anyway I was making my way back down to the floor going down those little teeny stairs. By now the Wreckers had already ended their set so everybody (or so it seemed) was going back up the stairs…while I was trying to make my way back down. I stepped off to the side to let some people go back up…and when I went to step back onto the stairs I missed one or something I am not sure but I was about to go a tumbling all the way down the stairs (I was still about half way) so instead I grabbed a random guy to keep from falling. Yes. You read that right. I just grabbed on to some random man so I wouldn’t fall to my demise. However it was more than just a grab it was more like I took a running lunge at the poor guy who was minding his own business. He of course grabbed me in return…I am so glad that my falling lunge down towards him didn’t knock US BOTH off balance and down the stairs…that would have been even more mortifying than the situation already was. Anyway…the guy was very good about the whole thing…he told me not to worry he had me and that he was glad he was there for me. I told him I was glad too…because I had visions of tumbling all the way to the floor section. He laughed. So THANK YOU RANDOM GUY AT THE KU CONCERT IN VEGAS for keeping me from falling to my death due to my inherited (from my mother) clumsiness. Unfortunately he probably thought I was drunk off my rocker all ready. Unfortunately I hadn’t taken a sip yet. But fear not…the beers survived!!! I didn’t even spill a drop.  I quickly scanned the floor to see if BFM had seen me…and she appeared to be looking off the side…so I was sure that she didn’t.  But I found out that she was just “trying to show some respect to me” in the moment and she had seen…and now everyone hears about my tumble.

Was it weird for you how I had been updating at least once (usually more like three to five times a day) then I just left you in the lurch on Friday, Saturday, AND Sunday. I wish I had some exciting tale of adventure and intrigue…but really I have nothing people. NOTHING. My weekend…was pretty boring and I did nothing excited and certainly nothing you would really want to hear about…trust me.

The most exciting things I did over the weekend:

  • I made a freezer pie. It was deliciously lime and totally easy. TOTALLY. Next week I am going to make an orange one!
  • I bought some freeze dried banana chips. I think they are good. No one else in my family does. I knew I should have been an astronaut! Freeze dried bananas…YUM. Tang….YUM! Oh yeah I kinda forgot how I don’t like flying and the whole “deathly scared of heights” thing. Hmmm maybe no on the astronaut thing afterall.
  • I tried bubble tea. I saw a new place in town and they sell them. I was innately curious like my mother so we tried. It was like drinking coconut slushy (I ordered a coconut one my mom ordered a plum one…and hers was much nastier than mine) with guppys in it. Rather gross. I shall not repeat. But I had to try it. The drink itself was good but the “bubbles” really grossed me out.  For those not in the know..the bubbles…they are actually big gelatinous globs of tapioca.
  • Watched the race…rooted for Tony…was glad that Denny Hamlin was able to hold off Gordon…
  • Looked all over for a 12×16 frame. Not as easy as you might think. Apparently it is an odd size.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you about the weekend recap.