Monday, September 8, 2014

Chase Bracket Prediction

Since everyone is filling out their Chase predictions, here’s mine…

I want to be given credit when my choices win.

Starting out with the 16 drivers in the chase, I’ve narrowed it down to the eight I think will make it to the Eliminator Round, followed by the four I think will race for the Championship.

To be clear, I’ve chosen Jeff Gordon to win the Championship. Who you got?


Rowdy Nation

It’s Chase Time!

It’s time for the Sprit Cup Chase to begin, and as usual, I’m showing my support for Kyle Busch.

Let’s take a look at this new chase format. It might be easier for many to follow, since it’s similar to the way other sports do their championship finals, but for some, it’s confusing. Let’s try to make it a little less confusing….

The first round (Chicagoland, New Hampshire and Dover) will be called the "Challenger Round." If a driver in the Chase Grid wins a Challenger Round race, the driver automatically advances and their points will be reset to 3,000. Only the top 12 in points after the Challenger Round remain in championship contention.

The second round (Kansas, Charlotte and Talladega) will be called the "Contender Round." Likewise, if a driver in the top 12 in points wins a race in the Contender Round, the driver automatically advances and his/her points will reset to 4,000. Only the top eight in points after the Contender Round remain in championship contention, and all then will have their points reset to 4,000.

The third round (Martinsville, Texas and Phoenix) will be called the "Eliminator Round." If a driver in the top eight in points wins a race in the Eliminator Round, the driver automatically advances and his/her points will reset to 5,000. The top four in points after the Eliminator Round remain in championship contention, and all then will have their points reset to 5,000.

The final race of the year at Homestead-Miami Speedway will now be referred to as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship. To win the Sprint Cup title, be the highest finisher at the end of the race among the four eligible drivers, and you will lift the Sprint Cup.

Got it? Make more sense now? Good.


Who you got?



Sunday, September 7, 2014

A Hanging Memory

Circa 1994.
Sophomore in high school. Sitting out on the front porch with StepDad, just talking about life. The view wasn’t spectacular, mostly because the houses across the street made a better wall than window when trying to see the mountain ridge behind them. There was often a police officer that sat across the street during rush hour, hoping to catch the speeders that blew through our neighborhood. They often did that to avoid the crazy traffic on the main street one block over.

We talked about boys. We talked about driving. We talked about how to use tampons. We talked about cooking. And eating. And we talked about dying. I can remember the conversations as if they were yesterday.

He always spoke of Santa Barbara as if it was the best city on earth, which is why his ashes were spread there. Sitting on the balcony of a hotel room that overlooked the beach, was his favorite thing. And the only thing that made it better, was when he was there to celebrate July 4th.

Since Independence Day (and anything remotely related to ‘Merica), was his favorite, it only seemed fitting to make sure a part of him rested peacefully, inside an American flag. This necklace, holds the remaining ashes that weren’t scattered in the water of Santa Barbara.

And it will hang in my house, ever so perfectly, at the top of the clock that used to hang in his.



I miss you, StepDad. And now I’ll have you here with me forever. xoxo


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Our weekend houseguest

We’re babysitting this fabulous little guy this weekend. You probably know him from that TV show Heroes (and a million other commercials), but we know him as Lestat. He’s a 5lbs Pomeranian that is full of spunk! Even at his old age.

Here’s to a long weekend! Enjoy yours. xo


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

What’s Up Wednesday

I’ve been sitting in front of this blank screen for over thirty minutes. I begin to type something out, and then I think I don’t need to write about that, and erase everything, bringing me back to the same blank page. Frustrating.

I guess it’ll just be a What’s up Wednesday, kind of day.

a. It’s been six months since StepDad died, and this past weekend we finally had his memorial. His wish had always been to have his ashes spread out in the water of Santa Barbara, so that’s exactly what we did. He will forever be able to watch the girls in bikinis.
RJ was StepDad’s favorite grandchild, so it was very important that he be present. I hope that spreading his ashes into the water gave RJ some sort of peace with it.


b. I love these guys…. (you too, Squid!)


c. I’ve started thinking about moving out of state. Just so sick and tired of living in SoCal. The constant traffic everywhere you go, just makes my blood boil. It shouldn’t take 30 minutes to drive 15 miles, but it does. When I need to run down the street to the store, it becomes a 30 minute chore because of all the people/cars/horribly timed traffic lights. I’m just over it all and need a change. I need to move somewhere that isn’t in a constant rush. Somewhere that does things a little slower. I’ve gone so far as to throw a dart at a map to see where I should go. Unfortunately, Texas isn’t anywhere near where I want to end up. So, I’ll keep looking.


d. The new 2015 NASCAR schedule came out yesterday. Doesn’t really affect me much. The California Fontana race hasn’t changed, and since I watch all the rest on TV, I’m good with the schedule. Since we’re talking about NASCAR, let’s give a little credit to how well Jeff Gordon is doing. Great to see him back in Victory Lane. Again. (Better than Jimmie Johnson!) And hopefully Tony Stewart will be back to racing for the 2015 race season. (fingers crossed.)


e. SS and I went to our first wedding together. It was so much fun. His cousin got married at the top of a beautiful cliff that overlooked the entire Los Angeles valley. They spent a pretty penny on it, and it was nothing short of amazing. So glad I could be a part of it.


f. I jumped on the Ice Bucket Challenge bandwagon and did it! There’s video evidence. Don’t feel like putting it on YouTube just so that people can see it on here, but it’s on my Instagram feed if you want to check it out. The water was cold, so pardon my reaction.


Happy Wednesday!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday Letters

It’s Friday. Time to write some letters…

Dear Boss#1: You’ve been amazing while Boss#2 has been gone. You’ve fought for me time and time again. And I appreciate it. It doesn’t go unnoticed, I promise.

Dear Pur Water Filter: Even though SS has made some adjustments to you so you won’t spray all over my kitchen, I still hate you.

Dear Jeffy: I miss my car buddy. When SS and I were at your house that day to pick up the compressor, I wanted to stay and watch/help you work on the ‘stang. Maybe I can do that soon? For a bit? I just miss doing car stuff with you. It was always fun and I don’t do that stuff anymore.

Dear Trainers headed to Palm Springs: Be careful. It’s hot out there right now, and you’ve got a lot of work to do with that Boxer of ours. Be good to him. And keep him cool.

Dear Sis & Squid: I had such a blast last weekend with our cousin in town. I’m happy you guys were able to hang out and it was a family event. Twice! Great times. Now we do it one more time next weekend when the rest of the family is in town. Yay.

Dear SS: I’m anxious to attend our first wedding together. Although I’m unsure about what to wear, it’ll be fun. We’ll have a blast and remember it forever. xo

Monday, August 4, 2014


Did you watch this show? It was on for EIGHT seasons starting in 2005.

I had never even heard of this show until I met SS. He once mentioned it to me when I told him I watch Orange Is The New Black, and when I asked other people about it, everyone knew what I was talking about. Was I living under a rock? Just because I hadn’t had the Showtime channel in years, didn’t mean I shouldn’t have at least heard about it. But I hadn’t.

So, I went ahead and watched the first season. Immediately, I was hooked. The cast was fantastic. Hilarious even. I can definitely understand why this went so many seasons. It’s great.

I went ahead and downloaded all eight seasons, and right now, I’m just about to finish season SEVEN. I know it’ll be over soon, but I’m not ready for that. I’m not ready for Nancy Botwin to leave my living room. She’s too entertaining.

-Until next time….

Monday Activity

It’s Monday once again, and that means it’s time to do something fun.

Today, we went Bowling. RJ wanted to get out of the house, so out we went. ‘Twas fun. Wasn’t crowded, which is my most favorite thing about going on a week day. Once he goes back to school, we won’t be able to do that. Drat.

Looking forward to doing something next week that doesn’t cost half my paycheck.

Friday, August 1, 2014

When I start to complain…

…I have to remember this….


Sounds like life to me.
It ain’t no fantasy.
It’s just a common case of every day reality.
Man I know it’s tough
but you gotta suck it up.
To hear you talk you’re caught up in some tragedy.
It sounds like life to me.
-Darryl Worley

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Let’s Talk NASCAR


This year has been interesting. Ups. Downs. Penalties. Suspensions. And we’re only half way through the season.

Denny Hamlin: Whoa at the penalties handed down to Hamlin and his #11 FedEx team. For me, it’s hard to believe that the problems weren’t noticed in any of the pre race inspections, but who the hell am I to talk? I miss things all the time. Just not when it comes to my job. I’d like to see Hamlin come back and kick ass the rest of the season, winning several more races, but let’s face it, that’s not likely. Especially when KB is in the way. ;-)

Mark Martin: He’s going back to Roush! I’m so happy to hear this. Roush is exactly where Mark belongs. I hated when he left there in 2006. It felt wrong, but because I liked Mark, I supported his decision. I even bought memorabilia that proudly displayed the Army #01 logos. When he moved to Hendrick Motorsports in 2008, I was disappointed. I’m not a Hendrick fan, and so thus began my search for a new favorite NASCAR driver.

Jeff Gordon: This boy still has it. Especially at Indy. I remember back in 1999, when I was living in Corpus Christi, TX, Jeff Gordon and his #24 Dupont car showed up at a gas station. The X and I had been driving around and it caught our attention. The X made a u-turn, and we went to check it out. I wasn’t into NASCAR then like I am now, but I do remember thinking it was kind of strange that he didn’t have a huge crowd around him. In fact, we were the ONLY people at the gas station, not getting gas. It was weird. He signed the photo of him he was giving out, and we went on our way. Maybe people didn’t like him back then?

Carl Edwards: Leaving Roush Fenway Racing. All I have to say to that is IT’S ABOUT TIME, CARL! For several years now, I’ve wondered what has become of Carl Edwards. I support him because he drives for Aflac, and we provide Aflac with the duck, so naturally, when the duck is with Carl, we’re fans. However, now that he won’t be playing with the duck, I’m not sure how much support I can show for him. With the latest talk being about him moving to JGR, I can’t help but feel like I have to support him. Hopefully we’ll see some great things from him next year. Hopefully.

That’s it for today. More NASCAR later.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Letters

It’s Friday. Time to write some letters…

Dear Boss#2 : You’ve been gone for a month. I hope you’re enjoying your overseas vacation. We kind of miss you around The Ranch, though. Hurry back.

Dear SS’s Daughter : You go back to Arizona tomorrow, and I’d be lying if I said I was happy about that. Oh how I wish you lived here with us. ;-)

Dear Pur : I dislike your faucet filter. It’s annoying.

Dear Sis : I totally get that you want to move out of Cali. I hate it here too and want to move. I just wish you weren’t thinking about going NOW. I can’t move now, so that makes it so much harder to think about going through my every day life without my only sister. And it makes me want to cry. I will still support wherever you decide.

Dear SS : You’re a good sport. About everything. Thank you.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Workout: Part 2

Ever since SS and I finished the June exercises we were doing, I’ve felt a little off. Like something is missing from my every day activities. It’s weird, considering I didn’t really enjoy it. I more or less looked at it as something I had to do. It was just another thing I had to get done every day.

Sis is in full exercise mode because she’s tired of being overweight. I don’t have that problem, and my skinny size 3 jeans prove it, yet I still feel like I need to do something. While we were out of town this past weekend, I did a bunch of running. We ran up hills, and down hills. We ran in dirt, and on sidewalks. We ran, and ran, and ran. On vacation. And it felt great. The air was clean and not full of Los Angeles smog, so it was easy to just breath through the pain and keep going.

Now that I’m back home and SS’s daughter is going back to Arizona this weekend, I can get back into a normal routine. It’s so hard to keep a routine when all I want to do is play in the pool and hang out at the beach……


Here’s to a bunch more exercising! And maybe the loss of a few more pounds. (Like I really need that…)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Pur Water Filter–Product Review

When we moved into this house, I was buying case after case of bottled water, much to SS’s dissatisfaction. I took one with me everywhere I went.

A few months later, I finally gave in to SS’s constant nagging about bottled water, and we bought a Pur Water Filter. For the first few days, it worked wonderfully. No complaints. And SS was happy.

Fast forward to a few weeks later. This is what the water looks like when we turn the faucet on…. (water leaks out the seal). *It’s important to know that SS has had to tighten the black sleeve they gave us a number of times, but it still leaks out the sides. There’s no more room for tightening.


When we flip the little switch on the side to change the water to filtered, it sprays out all over the place like this….

It’s annoying. I hate it.

Pur Water Filter. Never buy this. Unless you want water all over your counters and walls.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


{Thinking About} All the stuff I need to get done now that I’m back from my mini vacation.

{Reading} The new NASCAR Illustrated. It came while I was on my vacay!

{Listening To} Weird Al Yankovic’s song Word Crimes. Ha-freakin-larious! And these other two…..I can’t stop laughing. LOVE IT!!



{Watching} A horrible acting performance by a woman trying to reenact a scene on Unsolved Mysteries.

{Thankful For} The ability to go away for four days. Mini vacations are awesome. Even if they aren’t to fancy beaches or expensive hotels.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Mini Vacations are Absolutely Necessary

This sunset, as it sat over Lake Comanche, brought me to tears, and I don’t know why. I wasn’t sad. I wasn’t upset. I was on a mini vacation away from any responsibilities at home. Perhaps I was missing SS. Perhaps I was missing RJ. Maybe I was missing someone completely different and I didn’t know it. Whatever the reason, it was beautiful. I couldn’t stop staring at it. I couldn’t stop clicking the camera in hopes that I would capture something equally as beautiful as it was in real life. This was the best I could do.


The next night, this was the sunset. A little different than the night before, but still beautiful. Trust me. The picture doesn’t even begin to illustrate how beautiful this looked.


The reason for my mini vacay, was to celebrate 93 years with this amazing woman. For 36 years, this woman has never let me down, never allowed me to get away with taking the easy road when it came to helping her, and always taught me that you can do anything. No matter how old you are. 


I walked out to have a Sunday morning smoke with my uncle before anyone woke up, when this beauty looked us in the eye. She was standing on a rock in the front yard eating the leaves off the trees. (My uncle hates the deer because they came and ate all their plans/fruit trees in their backyard/front yard. If he was mean, he’d shoot them, but he’s not, so he just complains about them.) I tried to get closer, but she got spooked. Thankfully there’s a long lens on this camera.


This kid. He’s seven. And grows too fast. He’s one of my favorite little cousins. Ever since he’s been able to talk, he’s called me Violet. No idea why. Nobody seems to know. Perhaps it was easier to say than Valerie? I think I might have broken the habit this trip, but we’ll see. Kids.

I’m happy to be home. Now that I have a home I’ve created, I miss it when I’m away. And it makes it even more awesome to come home, when I get picture clues like this as I’m headed home….

My house smelled amazing when I walked in. Chocolate cake. One of my all-time favorite desserts. And to know that SS and his daughter made it, makes it a million times better.

I love them guys. Winking smile


The Blogmopolitan Quiz

I think I did this once before, but not real sure if I ended up posting it. So, this time I am.

Found this fun little game over at Brittney Breaking Free.

Monday, July 7, 2014


{Thinking About} The birthday party I’m attending today at lunch. Boss#1 is turning 73-years-old, so we’re all taking him to lunch. Can you imagine still being active at 73? I sure hope I am.

{Reading} I’m not a big book reader, but a blog reader I am. So, currently I’m reading about how great pregnancy is for Stephanie over at Southern Mess, how much Amber dislikes Ginger Ale at Airing My Dirty Laundry, and how Perfectly Imperfect Jenn’s baby is. So freakin’ adorable. Makes me want another one. But shhhh! Don’t tell SS. It just might scare him away.

{Listening To} My XM radio vary rarely changes from the two country channels, so currently, we’re jamming to Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, and Thomas Rhett’s new song Small Town Throwdown.

{Watching} Since SS’s daughter is here for the summer, we’ve spent several mornings waking up to shows on Disney. We’re not huge Disney fans around here. Partially because I’ve never seen a more cheap group of people. Any time we get a call for an animal to work on a Disney show, the cheap rundown of B.S. we have to listen to, makes us roll our eyes and hang up the phone. Billion dollar industry, and they want to claim poor? Get real!

{Thankful For} The glass half full point of view I have been given. It wasn’t so long ago, that every glass seemed half empty. Thankfully, someone came along and showed me the difference.


Saturday, July 5, 2014

Happy Birthday, ‘Merica!

Happy Saturday, Y’all!
I hope everyone had a fabulous and safe 4th of July. And I hope people heeded the warnings put out by others, about their pets.

This panoramic view of our valley from the house, allowed us to see firework shows from three different venues. Along with any done privately by homeowners.

We did a few at the house. The kids had a blast.

We ate TONS of food. And there was a LOT of desserts. People are so creative when it comes to desserts. A talent I lack.


I still have four more days off work, so I’m in complete relax mode. Yay for vacations! I’m off to find some sort of trouble.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

This reminds me of MySpace

Back when the “in” thing was MySpace, I used to do a crap load of these things. And since I don’t have any creativity for this first day of July, you’ll have to read through this….

Happy July 1st!

1. What's a nickname only your family calls you?
Bones. It’s a nickname I was so affectionately given by my Stepdad when I was eight years old. And 28 years later, everyone still calls me that.

2. What's a weird habit of yours?
I don’t think I really have any weird habits. I mean, lets face it. I’m not weird.

3. Do you have any weird phobias?
Nope. Nothing that’s weird. I mean, spiders, heights, birds flying above you and pooping on you. That’s all normal stuff to be afraid of, right?

4. What's one of your biggest pet peeves?
Bad drivers. Empty toilet paper rolls. Spills not cleaned up. White spots left on the mirror from teeth brushing. Dirty dishes in the sink. Misspelled words………

5. What's one of your nervous habits?
Sweating. If I’m nervous, the sweat starts to pour whether it’s warm or not.

6. What side of the bed do you sleep on?
Driver side. Winking smile

7. What was your first stuffed animal and what was its name?
I have no idea what my first stuffed animal was, let alone it’s name, but the first one I can actually remember, was a 4’ tall rabbit I won at a carnival. He didn’t have a name. Perhaps I would have named him ‘Rabbie’?

8. What's the drink you always order at Starbucks or Dunkin?
I don’t go to either of these places, but if I did, I would’ get plain Iced Tea (with no lemon or sugar).

9. Which way do you face in the shower?
Both. Depends on what I’m doing. If I’m lathering up my hair, I face the water so my hair doesn’t get wet. If I’m rinsing the shampoo out, I face the back of the shower.

10. Do you have any weird body skills?
Ha. I refuse to answer this one based solely on this not being an X rated site. But know that I do it very well. Winking smile

11. What is your favorite comfort food that you know is bad for you but you eat it anyway?
Chicken Fried Steak! It’s a meal Stepdad used to cook when we needed a little reminder that no matter how far away we lived, home was always still close.

12. What is a phrase or exclamation you always say?
“Anyway” or “Whatever” or anything with a cuss word in it.

13. What do you wear when you go to sleep?
Nothing. My sheets feel much better when I’m not covered in clothes.

14. What did you used to wear that you thought was cool and now you realize it wasn't?
Haha. Baggy pants. Crop tops.


Hopefully you all have a fabulous first day of the month. It’s warm out, at least around these parts of the country, so stay warm, hydrated, and remember to smile.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Saturdays are better than any other day

Saturday Mornings. They’re my favorite. I wake up at 6:30a, toss and turn, cuddle with SS, and bask in the beautifulness that is my view from bed. It’s awesome, and I’m grateful for it.

A trainer friend of mine has some chickens on her property, so she brought me some fresh eggs. I’ve never had fresh chicken eggs before, and since I’m told their so much better than store-bought, I was anxious to try them. Saturday morning seemed like the perfect opportunity. So, I hopped out of bed and made breakfast for SS before he left for work.

He gobbled through them like he hadn’t eaten in two days, so I assume they were good.   Score!

Happy Saturday, y’all!


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Song for Today

In honor of my most favorite dog in the whole world, today’s song is about just that. A dog. And how much happier they make our lives, than people do.  

 He never tells me that he's sick of this house
He never says why don't you get off that couch?
He don't cost me nothin' when he wants to go out
I want you to love me like my dog

He never says I need a new attitude
Him and my sister ain't always in a feud
When I leave the seat up he don't think that it's rude
I want you to love me like my dog does baby!

When I come home, want you to just go crazy
He never looks at me like he might hate me
I want you to love me like my dog
He never acts like he don't care for my friends
He never asks me where in the hell have you been?
He don't play dead when I wanna pet him
I want you to love me like my dog does honey!

He never says 'I wish you made more money'
He always thinks that pull my finger's funny
I want you to love me like my dog

He don't get mad at me and throw a major fit
When I say his sister is a bitch!
I want you to love me like my dog does baby


-Billy Currington

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