Saturday, February 21, 2015

It’s race time, folks.

FINALLY!

It’s been an off-season that seemed to just drag on. January 19th had us all in an excited frenzy because tire testing began. I’m excited for another season. A fresh start. A new beginning, for some.

Carl Edwards
We welcome Carl Edwards to the Joe Gibbs Racing team, who I’m hoping brings some amazing talent to this group of drivers.
Kyle Busch
I’m not going to lie. I’m a little nervous about Kyle’s new crew chief being able to handle the pressures of the Cup Series. Although he’s the former crew chief for the #54 Monster Energy car that Kyle drove in the XFinity Series last year, I still fear they’ll struggle. A period of adjustment is always expected, so I hope they mesh real fast. :)
Denny vs. Danica
Have you seen the video of the Denny/Danica wreck? According to Danica, Denny wrecked her. According to Denny, he never touched her.
Danica was so angry, that she confronted Denny after the race POUNDING ON HIS CHEST!! If Denny had walked up to Danica and pounded on her chest the way she did, there would be people yelling and screaming and completely up in arms that charges aren’t being brought against him for assault. But, when a woman does it, it’s okay?? What is this double standard I’m seeing in NASCAR?
Kurt Busch
Yesterday, Kurt Busch wasn’t even CHARGED with any sort of crime, yet NASCAR has suspended him, and Chevrolet has terminated their contract with him. Pardon the language, but UN-FUCKING-BELIEVABLE. I know just as much about the story as everyone else does, and it’s my opinion that the bitch is crazy. There’s no doubt in my mind that Kurt is an asshole with an attitude that probably gets away from him from time to time, but is he a violent abusive monster? Absolutely not.

Now that racing season is back, I promise to spend a little more time on here. I’ve allowed life to get away from me, but it seems I’ve got a few readers who miss the crap that spews from my mind. ;-)

Friday, February 6, 2015

Friday Letters

It’s been a while since I’ve written some letters, so let’s get to it.

Dear Lady-at-the-Courthouse: Thank you for all the help you provided, and the extra time you spent going through the whole case. I promise I’ll pay it forward.

Dear Jamie: Thank you for covering for me in the office so I could get some important paperwork done at the courthouse. It’s time that rules are put in place and people stop making decisions that are not fair for both parties. #FightForYourKids

Dear SS’s Daughter: You are officially eleven years old, and although we weren’t there to celebrate for your ACTUAL birthday, we will be there this weekend for your party. Can’t wait! #RoadTrip

Dear Simon Baker: You have done a fantastic job playing Patrick Jane in The Mentalist, and I’m really going to miss the show when it’s done. Hope you get another gig real soon. #ThreeMoreEpisodes

Dear Super Bowl Watchers: I didn’t get around to doing a post about the commercials we did this year for the Super Bowl, but know that we had three. Of course, the Budweiser commercial with the puppies was ours. Nobody could do them better than us. Thank you for loving it. :)
We also did the Go Daddy commercial that everyone threw a fit about and was eventually pulled off the grid. I can remember when we first got the call for that job, thinking about the repercussions. Only it wasn’t for the ‘sale of the puppy online’ that we thought would be the issue. We thought people would be mad about the puppy falling out of the truck, or the spoofness it had to the Budweiser commercial we were shooting at the same time. Thankfully, we have amazing trainers and American Humane Reps, so contrary to how it looks on camera, all the puppies were safe and never in harms way. Ever. And for those that bitched and complained about the ‘sale of puppies online’, shut up.
The final commercial we did was for the game Game of War. It was a white horse that a woman rode through the scene. Nothing real exciting, but it was ours nonetheless.

Dear SS: I’m excited to go on a mini vacation/road trip with you. And again, I promise I’ll be on my best behavior. xo

Saturday, January 10, 2015

The Countdown has begun

42

Forty-two. An important number. A number that has ties to not only Math, but Science, Technology, Astronomy, Religion, Music, Television and Film, Video Games, and Sports. When I hear the number forty-two, it makes me think of Jackie Robinson. When a friend of mine hears the number forty-two, he thinks about the movie The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

But today, this 10th day of January, when I hear the number 42, I think of NASCAR. Forty-two days from today, I’ll be sitting in front of my television, watching my favorite sport come back for another season. I’ll be cheering for my favorite driver, and hoping some others don’t finish.

Like every year before, there will be changes for the 2015 season. Changes that’ll undoubtedly have me confused for the first few races. Here’s a few….

  • Carl Edwards moves from Roush Fenway Racing to Joe Gibbs Racing. He will now be teammates with Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, and Matt Kenseth.
  • Adam Stevens moves up to the Sprint Cup Series from the Xfinity Series. He was the crew chief for the #54 team. He will now be Kyle Busch’s crew chief in the #18.
  • Sam Hornish Jr moves from the Xfinity Series (driving part time) to Richard Petty Motorsports.
  • Trevor Bayne gets a new look at Roush Fenway Racing, with a full time Cup Series ride.
  • Greg Ives was crew chief for Chase Elliot in the Xfinity Series. Now he will be Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s crew chief.
  • Horsepower reductions being made to the Sprint Cup cars will go from 850 to 725 with the help of tapered spacers.
  • Roller valve lifters will be used instead of flat valve lifters.
  • The rear spoiler will be reduced from 8” to 6” to reduce drag.

There are so many other changes being made but didn’t feel it necessary to list them all. You can check them out yourself at the NASCAR website.

Some of the rules have me annoyed. I feel like they’re making NASCAR more boring by making the cars even less fast and more the same. This is supposed to be STOCK car racing, not IDENTICAL car racing. And while I’m on the subject, can I just say when did a Ford Fusion or a Toyota Camry become a race car? They are grocery getters!

Forty-two days….

Saturday, January 3, 2015

New iPhone 6

Hi Y'all. 

Just dropping in to say "hi!" and "happy Saturday". 

I'm writing from my new iPhone 6. Didn't need a new phone, my previous iPhone 4S was just fine, but SS's daughter wanted an iPhone. So, sacrifices were made, and we both got what we wanted. #HappyFamily 

We are headed out of town, so see ya on the flip side. 

✌️

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Goodbye 2014. Hello 2015.

Another year has come and gone. Time to celebrate, right?
But celebrate what? Are we celebrating because we’re happy we made it through the year without being thrown in jail, or run over by a truck, or that we didn’t make it on Uncle Sam’s bad list? Or are we celebrating because we’re starting over and, we know American’s have to drink and celebrate anything new they’re starting (i.e. new job, new house, new baby, etc.)? Maybe it’s just another excuse to get drunk. I don’t know.

2014 wasn’t my favorite year. It was a year that brought me many tears, many headaches, and many, many bad dreams. It was a stressful year. One that I’m happy is over, I can’t lie.

Please don’t misunderstand me though. 2014 wasn’t all bad. I had some great moments. Celebrated some great things. Learned some important lessons. Traveled to some really neat and fun places. And my favorite thing, stole the heart of a 10-year-old cutie.

Although life won’t be allowing me to have any more children, I feel a sense of satisfaction when said 10-year-old wants to be just like me. It makes all the hard work I’ve done to improve myself, worth every struggle I faced.

2015 will be a challenge. A challenge I don’t honestly know I’m ready to face. I have some great support in my corner, so feel I can’t fail. I hope I don’t let everyone down.

Here’s to a fabulous 2015!

Monday, December 29, 2014

If you liked Jumanji, then this movie is for you

Do you remember the movie Jumanji? A couple of kids play a board game that comes to life. They have to finish the game, regardless of what kind of trouble comes to life. Once the game is finished, everything resets and it seems as if nothing ever happened. Very good movie, if you’ve never seen it. And Robin Williams was amazing. As usual.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well, the author of that book, wrote another one that was similar, and they turned it into a movie as well. Except it was called Zathura, and takes place in space, not the jungle. The premise is the same. A kid finds the game, takes a turn, and the rest causes the house to be invaded by meteors, robots, and aliens. Once the game ends, everything goes back to normal.
It had me scared a few times, worried about what was happening to the characters, and even had me tearing up at one point.

Point is…. If you loved Jumanji, you’ll love this one. Go watch it. It was worth the two hours of my time.

 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

When the love of a dog takes the pain away

Pain. It can be described in so many ways. A physical suffering. An emotional suffering. Or even a laborious effort that sometimes goes unnoticed. No matter the way you feel it, it’s real, and it’s in everyone.

I went in to the doctor for a female procedure yesterday, and the cramping it causes, is painful. Not so painful that I walk hunched over like an old man with weights in his pockets, but a pain nonetheless. An uncomfortable one that has mentally talked me into not going to work. This pisses SS off to no end, but ultimately it’s my decision, and when it comes to my body, I’m the boss. No matter what.

This handsome, freshly groomed Poodle, is the best bed cuddler ever. He sneaks in between SS and I, and when he lays his head on our pillows, we just can’t help but feel our hearts melt. (We only allow this when he is groomed and clean.)
While cuddling this morning, it made me think about the dog I had as a child. She was a Beagle/Lab mix, and saved me a number of times from a bad situation. You see, my Dad would throw his cigarette butts out into the lawn in the backyard when he was done smoking them. Me, not knowing any better and assuming they were okay because my Dad was putting them in his mouth, would find them and put them in MY mouth. That awesome dog, used to take them out of my mouth and lay on them so I couldn’t eat them. Smartest dog ever.

Here’s me with her in the doghouse…..

She really was the best dog ever. We were ALWAYS together.

When I was five, my parents sold their house in the Valley, and moved to a huge 2-story home in a newly developed city called Valencia. You might all know it as the home of Six Flags Magic Mountain. There was very little here at the time, but now, it’s full of cars and people and is ultimately just overcrowded. Definitely not my favorite city anymore.
Not long after moving into that house, the dog somehow hung herself with a leash she was tied off to that afternoon. I can remember coming home from 1st grade and hearing the news. It was heartbreaking for a five-year-old, and the first time I can remember feeling emotional pain.

As the years past, we had other dogs. Labs, German Shepherds, a Cocker Spaniel, and even a Dachshund. And with all those dogs, I never could get close. I never developed a relationship that said we were friends. Sure, I would feed them, and maybe throw a ball once in a while, but didn’t go out of my way to bond with them.

Then I met this guy, and my whole outlook on dogs changed. I never thought a Poodle could steal my heart, but every day when he looks at me with excitement and recognition, my heart flutters and I know it’s true love.

LOVE is a 4-legged word.

 

Monday, December 15, 2014

New Toy

Guns. The topic of many late night conversations on television. A dangerous weapon? Or a tool? No matter how you feel about guns, they’re in our society and they’re not going anywhere.

stevie new gun

SS got a new toy for his birthday. A 50th anniversary Ruger 10/22. It’s a beautiful gun. I love the sleakness and the light weight of it, and I can’t wait to shoot it.

Happy Birthday to SS.

 

 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Christmastime is here

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…..

It looks like Christmas around our parts. Finally got the tree up and decorated the other day. Yay!
It’s funny, I can remember just a few short years ago, feeling as if it didn’t matter if Christmas came or went. It was just another day to get things done. Life sure has twists and turns you don’t expect sometimes. I’m happy for that.

 

How is YOUR holiday decorating going? Do you have everything up already? Have you finished your shopping? Yikes! I haven’t. Back to it….

 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Accident in Gnomeville

Kids. They can be so rambunctious and careless at times. And in times like that, bad things can sometimes happen.  Back in October, there were some kids playing out by our front door. One of them jumped down off of a balcony, and landed right on top of Francis.

Francis came to live with us back in March of this year, right after StepDad died. :(
He sat ever so beautifully at the top of the stairs that welcomed you to my home. (click the link to read the story).

I happened to be watching out the window when it happened. Francis fell from the weight of the kid when he landed on him, and I felt an immediate pain shoot through my body. It was weird. Took the breath right out of me as I fell to the ground crying. SS tried to be a hero and went after the kids, but by the time he went looking – after trying to console me – they were nowhere to be found. Fear not, I’ll never forget the face of that kid. When I see him, I’ll know.

Two and a half weeks later, Sis and Squid showed up at my house with a gift. They called it an early birthday gift.

Meet Grimble
He’s the new Gnome that resides at Casa de Gnome. He temporarily took Francis’ place at the top of the stairs.

Thank you Sis and Squid. He fits right in around here.

 

It took me a real long time to decide what I wanted to do with Francis after his fall. Call it not being motivated, or just plain lazy, but whatever it was, it’s done. He’s been placed back at the top of the stairs, and Grimble has been moved to the stairwell in our hallway.

Smile

 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

That time I promised you SIX new commercials we did.

Remember when I posted THIS post? About the six new commercials we were doing? And that cuuuute little monkey? Well, they’re here!!

Ready?

Here ya go….
They play one right after the other so just keep watching.


Which was YOUR favorite?
Mine? The Sloth.
HILARIOUS!!!!!!

Hope you enjoyed them. It was a LOT of hard work, but they came out great.

 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

December Cheer–in the form of photos

It’s been a while since I’ve participated in the Photo-A-Day Challenge, so I thought December would be a great opportunity to spread some Christmas cheer.
I’ll be posting the photos on Instagram, so if you want to play along, hope on over and follow along.

 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Birthday Wish List…

 

In four days, I will be another year older. In four days, I’ll wake up and be 36.

Thrilling.

I’ve had a few people ask me if there’s anything specific I want, but truthfully haven’t given it much thought. Until now. I feel fairly lucky just being able to have what I currently have, so anything else, would just be the cherry on top of this awesome cake that is my life.

Fish tank:        
I’ve written about my passion of fish tanks in the past, and since I feel pretty settled into my house, I think it’s time. I don’t need something huge, certainly don’t need that big 100-gallon tank back from my Dad, but perhaps a tabletop/desktop tank with a couple of fish would be fine. Maybe a trip to the pet store is in my near future.

Kitchen/Cooking Items:  
I’m in desperate need of glass bowls for my kitchen. I have a set of plastic, but sometimes, it’s just not in plastic, that I want my leftovers. I’m also in dire need of a second medium pot. I have one that I use almost every time I cook, but sometimes, I need a second one that same size. And while I’m on the subject, maybe I’ll just take two new medium pots and put the one I currently use, in with the camping stuff. Decisions, decisions.

Master Bedroom Décor:    
The Master Bedroom and the Spare Bedroom are the two rooms I haven’t spent time finishing. It drives me nuts, because I know I could be so much more in love with my bedroom than I already am. I would love to have a new bedframe. Something that takes my bed a little bit more off the ground would be nice. Putting some wall décor above our bed would complete the room, just haven’t decided on what would be perfect there. I’ve been waiting to get a new bed frame before putting stuff up because I’m not sure how the headboard will be placed. I suppose I just need to dive in and do it.

That’s enough. I could go on and on about other things I’d like to have that would decorate my house, but I have other things to do today, so this is where I’ll stop.

Enjoy your Saturday.

 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Monkey Business

It’s time for another big commercial shoot. This time, we’ve got six different spots we’re shooting. And there’s a different animal in each spot.

A few days ago, we had them all out at our ranch for rehearsal with the talent. Such a fun day. I can’t really say much about the spots until they’ve been aired on broadcast television, but I can tell you that they’re going to be hilarious.

I tried to talk SS and Squid into coming out to see these guys, but having to show up to work that day was more important to them. Whatever. Everyone has their priorities. ;-)

During some down time in the rehearsal, I allowed the Poodles to have a tea party. They like fun too. And look very impatient while waiting for me to bring them their tea…

 

Speaking of Poodles…. Did you watch Conan the other night? If you did, then you saw our Golden Retriever sweating while the very best Mini Poodle in the whole world was shown to him. I make no comments on the outfit. Or about the fake boobs.

Poor Udon!

 

I promise to share the spots as they air, but something tells me you’ll know when you see them.

Oh! One more thing. Don’t forget the Super Bowl is only a few months away. It’s almost time to start shooting those commercials. Can’t wait!!

 

Song for Today

Sometimes, there’s a song that plays on XM, that just tugs at my heart with no plan of letting go. Today was one of those days. Heard this on the way to work this morning. Apparently, it’s an older song of his, but I’d never heard it until this morning.

   

I saw it in her eyes
When I was sayin' goodbye
That girl, she ain't gonna be alright
'Cause I could tell
She'd be goin' through a livin' hell
And I wouldn't be there by her side
And Lord I felt so bad as I sat and watched her cry
Thinkin' I was movin' on and she was barely gettin' by

Look at what I've done to her
Look at how I made her feel
I gave back her heart, the broken part
She got the raw end of the deal
And look at what it's done to me
You gotta know it tears me up
I gave it everything I had, and
Lord, it just wasn't enough
And hurtin' her like this seems so wrong
Yeah, look at what I've done to her
Now she's alone

I saw her out last night
And she was havin' a good time
That girl, it looks like she's doin' fine
But then I saw a man
Walk up and take her by the hand
And I, oh God, I almost died
And then it hit me, she didn't really need me
I just sat there for a while, until I finally smiled

Look at what I've done to her
Look at how I made her feel
She's found somebody new
And look who took the time to heal
And look at what it's done to me
You gotta know it tears me up
To have walked away from the love we made
And just leave it in a cloud of dust
And now it's got me thinkin' maybe I was wrong
After all the things I've done to her
Now she's strong

I walked up and said hello
She said, "It's good to see ya
But hey, I've gotta go"

Look at what I've done to her
Look at how I made her feel
She's standin' tall, she's got it all
Got the world at her heels
And look at what it's done to me
Look at how it makes me hurt
If I could go back now
I swear somehow
I'd find a way to make it work
Ain't life funny
Now I'm the one alone
Look at what I've done to me
She's gone

 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

The day my life changed forever.

October 5th, 2013.

One year ago, a mechanic walked up to me with the keys to my car, and politely told me that my car was driving straight again. I was thrilled, and probably showed a little too much excitement. Perhaps that’s what sparked the next conversation.

SS: (handing me my keys) “So, is there a Mr. Nascar?

Me: “Ha. No. There isn’t. There used to be, but he wasn’t smart enough to hold onto me. So no. There is not a Mr. Nascar.

SS: “Can there be?

Remember when I said Fuck the Norm? Well, it’s worked out amazingly ever since. I left my guard up for as long as it needed to be up, and eventually brought it down.

It’s been an entire year, and I don’t want to hurt him and bury him in a hole. I can stand to be in the same room with him for longer than 30 minutes at a time, which brings the grand total of people I can do that with, to SEVEN. I’m proud to be seen walking around with him, and live for the moments when he chases me through a parking lot with a basket full of groceries. We create our own fun, and I think that’s what I love the most about him.

My Dearest SS: You were there to help give me that push I needed to move out on my own. You were there to wipe away the tears when I got the news StepDad was dying. You were there to comfort me when things went bad at work. You provided a strong shoulder, when all I expected was a hand. You’re an amazing man, and I’m extremely grateful every single day, that we have found each other. I love you.

Here’s to many, many more…..  Mug

 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Vegas Weddings

Vegas. The Entertainment Capital of the World.
A place for gambling, drinking, prostitution, crime, love, bright lights, fancy shows, and weddings. Not the kind of place I ever imagine getting married, but that’s one of my favorite things about America. Anyone can get married any way they want. And it’s totally okay.

Smile

Over the weekend, my favorite cousin got married. After a few years of dating, they finally decided to do it. And since not everyone in the family could go to France, they decided the Paris hotel in Las Vegas, was close enough….

The photographer that was provided by the venue, wouldn’t follow them around town to take photos at the various locations they had in mind, so I broke out the D90, and down the strip we went….

They were greeted with smiles and well wishes for the future by just about everyone we passed.

SS and I jumped in for a few pictures of our own…

Then we stopped for drinks….

And then this happened……

SS was given the garter. I was given the bouquet. I know what this is supposed to signify, but SS and I are so far from entertaining the idea of getting married, that people just need to simmer down. It’s something that could be in our future, we won’t deny that, but trust me when I say It’s nowhere in the near future.

In all the times I’ve been to Las Vegas, I’ve never been to the New York hotel to ride the rollercoaster. So, this time we made sure that happened. And it was sooooooo awesome!! I highly recommend you do it if you’re ever in Vegas.

Until next time….

 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Catching up…

 

1.  Summer. It’s officially over tomorrow, and I didn’t once go camping. I’m disappointed about that. So, in a mad dash to rectify that, Sis, RJ, and I jumped into the car and drove around looking at several different camp sites within a 50 mile radius. We found a few places that seemed promising, but most of the places we were actually interested in, were shut down or closed due to extremely high fire danger. Apparently, they don’t trust people in the outdoors with campfires during a drought.

2. Vegas. Since camping was a bust, we decided a different weekend getaway would suffice. One of my favorite cousin’s is getting married in Las Vegas. So, a Vegas trip is in our future. Our very near future. Like, this weekend future. It’ll be the first time SS and I have been there together, and it’ll be the first time I’ve ever gone with my Sis. I’m anxious. Can’t wait. The last time I was in Vegas, I hung out with this guy….

3. Food. A few months ago, I received a waffle iron as a gift. Since I’ve never even used a regular one, I was a little apprehensive about using a different type. But, they tasted like waffles and everyone ate them, so it didn’t matter. Score!

4. TV. Regularly scheduled television is back, y’all! This week is the beginning of Premier Week, and I’m so happy! Like, doing the Happy Dance kind of happy.

CBS…..

ABC…

NBC…

 

Hope everyone has a fabulous week……

 

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