Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Pick My Outfit - Spring Wedding

We have a wedding to attend on Saturday evening, and I can't decide what to wear. Here are my three top choice dresses - vote in the poll to the right (and/or leave me a comment) and tell me what you think I should wear.

Also, please remember in case it is not painfully obvious, the camera adds ten pounds I am not a professional model. Oh, I also promise to actually fix my hair and put on makeup before I go to the wedding.

Option 1: Blue stripes. This dress actually hits right above my knees when I am not doing a weird tilt-to-the-side-hands-on-hips pose. Accessories not pictured: probably silver bangle bracelets and silver hoop earrings.

Option 2: Green with white polka dots. I have on white sandals in this picture, but I think I would trade those out for a silver-ish pair. I always feel geeky in white sandals. Accessories not pictured: diamond pendant/stud earrings.

Option 3: White/black/pink. This dress is actually strapless, but I don't like strapless dresses on me, hence the sweater. I might try to find a more cropped, shorter-sleeve sweater instead of this one. Accessories: pink necklace and pink dangly earrings.

BD will most likely be in a gray suit with a spring-y colored shirt and tie, in case that affects your decision.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Lunches That Work, Part 2

Another motivation to bring a healthy lunch to work? A cute, thermal lunch bag!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

And All the Hard Work Paid Off

Congratulations to Roy and the boys in light blue!
2009 NCAA National Champions

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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Bristol Motor Speedway

BD is a big Nascar fan but has never had the opportunity to see a race in person. (I should clarify that by saying that BD is a big fan of any sport, or really any type of competition in general, and Nascar is no exception.) Bristol, TN is only about 4 hours from our house, and BD has always said the track at Bristol would be his top choice to see his first race. A few weekends ago he finally got his chance.

Can't you just hear the excitement in his voice??

We had tickets to the Scott's Turf Builder 300 Nationwide race on Saturday and the Food City 500 Sprint Cup race on Sunday.

Bristol Motor Speedway is a half-mile track, and the stadium holds 160,000 fans. The race on Sunday was sold out. I'll pause for a moment while that sinks in...160,000 people in one place. I have to say though, that the lack of chaos that we experienced is very impressive. That place runs like a well-oiled machine; there were thousands of people everywhere you looked, but yet there were no lines for the bathrooms and short lines for the concessions. It was pretty amazing.

The tickets were purchased online from ebay, so we were just trusting that the seats were as good as the seller said they were. We were not disappointed. The nice thing about the Bristol track being so small is that there really are no bad seats, but ours were particulary not-bad. We had seats in the Allison Terrace for both races - on the front stretch, just to the left of the start/finish line.

Now we understand why people say it is totally different to see a race in person than to watch it on TV. For one, the noise level at the track is nothing compared to how it sounds on TV. Oh my goodness...the NOISE. Those engines are indescribably loud. Earplugs are an absolute necessity. And also, the TV doesn't really do justice to the fans. There are all makes and models of people there, and I quickly discovered that it is absolutely the best place to people watch. (You know, in case you don't find it utterly fascinating to watch cars go in a circle for 500 laps. *ahem*)

The atmosphere is great - everyone is there to just have a good time and cheer on their driver. There is lots of drinking and partying, but we did not run into any obnoxiously drunk people, or for that matter...any obnoxious sober people, which is saying a lot for a crowd of 160k.

Exhibit A:

These guys were grilling out, singing karaoke, and throwing Mardi Gras beads to the crowds walking by their RV.

Let's take a closer look at one of those guys because I think he's a little confused. Uhhhhh...shouldn't we be throwing beads to him??

On Saturday before the Nationwide race we watched the Sprint Cup drivers do a final practice before Sunday's race. We went down to the track to see the cars up close.

Kevin Harvick won the Nationwide race on Saturday.
Unfortunately, Kyle Busch won the Sprint Cup race on Sunday. BOOOOOOooooooo. He did do a good burn-out to celebrate his win. Too bad he's a huge tool.

Jeff came in 4th though, so we did have something to celebrate. Actually Hendrick had 3 of the top 6 finishers on Sunday.

When we left the race, the 4 lane divided highway leading to the track was closed, and there were people shoulder-to-shoulder as far as we could see in both directions leaving the track.

And, last but not least, here are some videos for all you die-hard fans. Of course the audio in this video does not do justice to the true noise level.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009