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First Friday Fill-In #75

1. Idle hands are the devil’s playground.
2. I love to sing in the shower. (Hey I said I love to…I didn’t say I was good at it).
3. My favorite time of the day is when I am done with what I have to do and can do what I want to do.
4. The last tea I drank was a venti iced black tea.
5. I like to go blonder in the Summer.
6. My mother always said if it’s not chocolate why bother.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to just relaxing and maybe some reading, tomorrow my plans include seeing my nephew and Sunday, I want to watch the race at Pocono (through my fingers at this rate)!

Now..the MI-5:

Lisa Sez: I actually got the idea for this week’s MI-5 from Question 5 from last week. It’s probably not too original, and maybe we’ve even done it before, but—let me see your bucket list!! Tell me 5 things you want to see, do, complete, or accomplish before you leave this world. On second thought, give me 2 Bucket Lists—one list of 5 things that you are reasonably certain you WILL be able to cross off your list, and another list of 5 things that may be much more unlikely for you to accomplish. 

Reasonably Certain

  1. Write a book. (Notice I said write not publish).
  2. Go to a race at Indianapolis.
  3. Go back to school for my M.F.A
  4. Win a blue ribbon for photography at the fair
  5. Get flames painted on the HHR.

Reasonably Uncertain:

  1. Go to Ireland
  2. Drive a real race car
  3. Figure out how to play Nascar 08 and not crash
  4. Get Married
  5. Publish a book

So have I mentioned the construction going on in my building at work? Yeah they are working on the ventilation system here…and good because frankly it needs it. However sitting in an office where the “construction” actually sounds like a dentist is drilling your teeth only for hours on end? Not pleasant.  I am not sure what my deal is but when I am in a certain frame of mind or mood certain sounds drive me to the brink of insanity and this happens to be one of those noises. As a matter of fact…I WOULD RATHER be sitting in my dentist’s chair for 9 hours because at least my dentist is hot.  Yes the ONLY reason I got to the dentist with any regularity is because he is hot. Yeah he is married and he actually has the most adorable little boy judging by the pictures that are in all the exam rooms…but he is so NOT hard on the eyes and that makes laying there with your mouth craned open as far as it will go tolerable.

How did I get on the topic of my dentist when really I was telling you about the evil but necessary construction? Who knows. Anyway- nobody else in the building seems to remember that we were told this would all be over by May 31st…however someone lied there because I am still hearing that evil noise.

I had a busy, fun filled weekend that actually started on Friday morning. I drove up, alone to SFO (San Franscico International Airport) to pick up BFM. Now the only reason this is even worth mentioning is that I hate driving in Northern California. I think it is worse than driving in LA traffic and would much rather battle LA traffic than NoCal traffic…for one reason and one reason only: NoCal people tend to weave in and out of traffic lanes while traveling at unsafe speeds usually while doing crazy ass things like texting.

While up in the bay area we went to the first showing of Sex And The City…which I thought was a GREAT movie. GREAT!!!

On Saturday we got up early and went and got our hair done. Its been awhile for me and I had grown my hair out pretty long (for me) and was just going to get a trim and lots of highlights…but that isn’t what I ended up doing. I ended up with an angled bob (think POSH Spice) and a ton of highlights…so many that since my hair had all but grown out all the highlights I had before that its a shock to look at myself in the mirror. I do have to say though that I am LOVING the hair. LOVING it. Its more work because I have to dry it and flat iron the wave out of it every morning but it looks AWESOME. Everyone thinks it looks great so far…except for my dad who’s first comment was “What the hell happened to your head?” and the second comment was “I think its longer in the front than the back” (um yeah! That’s kinda on purpose).

Also on Saturday we went to a car show. I was hoping to get some pictures of cars with flames because I am in the market to have the HHR flamed.  I didn’t take any pictures. The car show was very disappointing when you took into consideration how much it cost to get in.  There weren’t very many cars, there were no other booths at all save for AAA and some detailing supplies oh and some lady selling sun catchers.

We then saw BFM’s favoritest band ever The Nelson’s play. That was fun. She got her picture taken with them even.

On Sunday we watched the beginning of the race and the end of the race. Sandwiched in some shopping and stuff and then suddenly it was time to go back to the  airport (stopping for dinner along the way).

Dear Kyle Busch Sponsorship Team-

Please do not ever use that Combos paint scheme again. It’s too close to Tony’s and makes it hard for me to find him on the track…which is especially important after a wreck! I would really appreciate the retirement of that paint scheme ASAP. Thanks, AMY

Dear Dover Trophy Creator-

I think that it is pretty cool that you made the trophy so that the car that the Miles the Monster is holding can be the winners car. Neat. AMY

Dear Tony-

That looked like a hard hit in Dover. I can’t imagine how disappointed you must be after that mishap. I would have thrown something. AMY

Even though you are reading this post on Friday I am actually writing it on Thursday evening. It will be filled with my normal friday meme fest…but I also wanted you all to know that I am going to be fairly scarce this weekend. My BFF is coming for a visit and I plan to stay away from the computer as long as possible. I may update my twitter (the orange box over there under Speed Updates).  Just a little FYI. Now onto the regularly scheduled meme fest:

Beloved sez: This week I decided to get my questions from the WWW. I typed “getting to know you questions” into google & picked my five favorites.

1. Is it easier to forgive or forget? I personally think forgiving leads to forgetting.

2. If, like the characters in the Wizard of Oz, you could choose a Heart, Courage, or a Brain–which would you take? Heart.

3. Have you ever wanted to change your first name? If so, to what? Well in high school I hated that fact that there were three Amy’s that were in the honors classes so we tended to end up in the same classes all the time but I never actually thought of a new name for myself. In sixth grade I went through a period where I spelled Amy every possible way except for the way I spell it (Amie, Ammie, Aimee, Ame, etc). Luckily I was the only Amy in that class and my teacher figured out it was me.

4. Which insect would you choose to eliminate from the world? Um…most of them? I know we need them for proper ecology and all that jazz, but I am so NOT a bug person. I can handle ladybugs, butterflies, dragonflies and that kind of thing but definitely not spiders, mosquitoes and my arch enemies: Bees.

5. If you discovered you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do for the rest of today? Get in the car, play one of my favorite ipod playlists really loud and drive somewhere I have never been before.

Fill-In 74

1. For me oppression is the opposite of creativity.
2. Escape by Carolyn Jessop was the last excellent book I read.
3. I like fill-ins because they make me think and I like to read others answers to see where my thinking lines up.
4. In nature I like looking at flowers and animals.
5. ?? should win the US elections.
6. The last time I laughed with all my belly was the last time my bff and I were together no doubt.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to hanging out with BFM, tomorrow my plans include a haircut, a car show and a concert (and hopefully lots of pictures) and Sunday, I want to watch the race with BFM!

Janet asks: How did you get into NASCAR?

My dad got me into motorsports in that as a very young child I have fond memories of watching races with him. Mostly Indy races but I do have memories of NASCAR races too. I have said this a lot, but races like the Indy 500 and Daytona 500 and Talladega races where treated like the Superbowl in my house. Days were planned around it. Plus I have just always had a “thing” for cars…and I think I was drawn to NASCAR initially because the cars resembled cars you would see on the street so it was something as a kid I identified with more than Indy cars. My mom says that it shocked the heck out of her one day when they walked into the living room and I was sitting on the floor watching a race instead of cartoons.

Karah-Leigh asks: Do you believe the media is putting too much pressure on Joey Logano? Why is your groove bad? What is your favorite thing about Tony, besides his driving abilities?

Regarding the media and Joey Logano…I say not necessarily. I think he is one to watch and has been for awhile and he knows this. He has already been very vocal about voicing his opinions on things like the age limits for driving nationwide and cup cars. He has made it no secret that he wants a Sprint Cup ride and ASAP. That is a high pressure job so learning to deal with press (both positive and negative) in addition with the pressures that come from racing in general might be a good experience for him. Of course this will not help with driving ability and maturity. Those will only come with experience so I say throw the little fish in the lake and see what happens.

Why is my groove bad? I mean it bad as in bad-ass. When I decided to move from blogspot to have having my own domain it was done very quickly. I had two ideas off the bat…badgroove.com and pencildonuts.com Bad Groove besides having a racing connotation is also a Slaughter song I like…so I picked badgroove.com (plus it fit better on my license plate when I had a vanity plate on my car: BadGruv).

My favorite thing about Tony Stewart besides his driving ability? It’s hard picking just one thing…but maybe his attitude/personality. Of course if you asked my friend she would tell you it’s because he is my “type” but that is a whole other ball of wax!!

And finally: My May Flickr Faves. As always click on the picture to be taken to the original mosaic in my flickr and visit some of these amazing photographers:

I just had to share this picture I found of the special non-race paint scheme that Tony is using during testing at Pocono. I think it’s totally bitching. What you can’t tell from this picture is that it says on the hood: Suck It Up and Go For It. Definitely words to live by.

LONG POND, PA – MAY 27: Tony Stewart, driver of the #20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota drives during NASCAR Sprint Cup testing at Pocono Raceway on May 27, 2008 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Getty Images for NASCAR

(see the first set of questions and answers here: Getting To Know Your Driver Redux. Also feel free to ask me more questions…doesn’t matter if you’ve known me forever or if this is your first time here…just put it in the comments).

RevJim says: Your photography is beautiful. What kind of camera do you use?

Photography is one of my newer hobbies and I love to take pictures!!! Thanks for the compliments about them. I am very pro-canon. Of my last four cameras- three have been Canons and greatly loved by me. The other was Sony I had no patience for. I actually have two cameras that I currently use. I use a very simple point and shoot Canon SD630. This is my “purse” camera as it goes with me wherever I go (in my purse). More recently I also purchased a Canon Powershot I5 IS. This camera still has a fixed lense, however, it is more complex and a step closer to a digital SLR camera. I am still learning the ropes with this camera but I love it. I took all my race pictures in March with my I5…except for the pictures of Tony Stewart and Robby Gordon at the autograph signings.

And Andrea asks: How do you feel about the body of work that Duran Duran has amassed since 1986 -and- is John Taylor still hot?

To many of my readers, 1986 probably seems like a completely arbitrary date to you all…but to me it is the year that Andrea (or Andi as I called her) moved away. See we went to school together and she was my best friend. After she moved we wrote back and forth for awhile but drifted apart…until she (somehow) found me! YEY.

Anyway back in the day the both of us were really into Duran Duran. Oh Simon made me swoon! And don’t even get me going about John Taylor!!! Andrea, you may be surprised, disappointed or horrified to find out that it wasn’t soon after you moved away that I discovered glam rock which quickly turned into a love of all things Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. Bands like Poison, Slaughter, Cinderella and even Metallica quickly replaced my love for Duran Duran. I credit Metallica especially with getting me through some really rough times in junior high and high school. I then mellowed out and embraced country and now my iPod is full of a bizarre and eclectic mix of country metal and 80s pop with a couple of wayward rap songs thrown in for good measure.

Then about a year and a half ago or so my boss came in and was telling me about how he was buying tickets to go see Duran Duran (we both enjoy going to concerts so he was always telling me who he was going to see)…and I found myself downloading some songs to my ipod. I have to admit though, the stuff from the 80s is still closer to my heart than their newer stuff. And…yes…John Taylor is still hot. Simon however- not so much.