Showing posts from 2016

Hurricane vs Racing

Sorry its taken so long to write about the Charlotte race weekend. If you are familiar at all with NASCAR than you understand how much that weekend sucked for everyone involved. If you are unfamiliar then I will catch you up.
Charlotte is the home track for many of the teams. It is the local track for the employees and their families. Everyone commutes in and some even camp at the track. 
Well this year the weekend happened to fall in the path of Hurricane Matthew. There is nothing we can do about mother nature except for cuss at her a lot and let her know whats on our minds. She doesn't seem to care all that much though which I find very RUDE. Anyways, we cannot control the weather and I know that NASCAR does the best that they can with keeping everyone safe and still trying to appeal to the fans. Its a difficult situation.

Thursday- Cars got in one practice and we actually got qualifying in. Friday- All track activity cancelled as Matthew made his landfall in the Carolinas. Xfi…


This isn't going to be one of my standard blog posts and for that I apologize in advance but this is going to be something near and dear to my heart and something that is a part of who I am as an adult, a sister, a daughter and a wife. 
SIDS- If I say that how many actually know what it means? I know I didnt know what it stood for until I had to know. SIDS stands for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Technically the definition is known as cot death or crib death, is the sudden unexplained death of a child less than one year of age. Diagnosis requires that the death remains unexplained even after a thorough autopsy and detailed death scene investigation.SIDS usually occurs during sleep. Typically death occurs between the hours of 00:00 and 09:00.There is usually no evidence of struggle and no noise produced.
The only reason I even know about this topic is because my family went through this tragic event in February of 1999. Let me give you the backstory first.

It was December 1998. Our li…


Homesick...Everyone living away from family feels it. Its an awful feeling. It hurts in places you didn't think it would hurt. It makes you feel things you don't want to feel. It makes you question things you shouldn't have to. In the end you made the right decision by being away from your family but it doesn't make it any easier.

Since I have moved to North Carolina I have suffered with being homesick occasionally.  Nothing super severe. Nothing causing me to miss work, or curl in a ball and cry. But there are some circumstances that make it harder than others. After being here a year my homesickness isn't as severe as I am sure others have dealt with when they move away from their families. I believe that I am also struggling because I just recently made a few friends and that has truly helped.  Back home in California I have my mom, brothers, sister, niece, brother in law, my grandparents, my in-laws, and my best friends. Thats a lot to be away from every day w…

Darlington Throwback

Sorry I've been MIA. It wasn't intentional its called love and life for a reason because those two things get in the way sometimes.
I promised you guys an update from Darlington Raceway and here it is. 
I was fortunate enough to get to travel to Darlington, South Carolina 2 weeks ago with my hubby for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race over Labor Day.  Going to the track is something I look forward to and I haven't been to a race since April, so I was itching for the sound of the engines being fired, the smell of race fuel, and the amazing people watching
We got to the track prior to the garage opening and I went to the Fanatics tent to do some shopping for our niece and myself. I met him in the garage a few minutes after it opened. I walked in with a smile on my face (which the employees at the gates checking IDs and hot passes loved) and 2 things of brownies for the guys at Go Fas Racing. (They know I always travel with sweets for them). Off to the hauler I went. I am a weirdo …

Myrtle Beach

For those of you who may have returned back to school this week here is your dose of summer vacation one more time :)
Tim and I have just returned from a coupled days away to this humble abode!! And yes it was just as beautiful if not more beautiful than the pictures show.
We left early Monday morning and arrived in Myrtle Beach a little after lunch time for a couple days away. We wanted a mini vacation to just refresh and rejuvenate. When we arrived the first thing we did was play some mini golf. What is absolutely crazy is the amount of mini golf that is in Myrtle Beach (There is a course on every corned I swear!) The course that we chose had a view of the ocean from the 18th hole it was quite beautiful. Here is the hubby and I!

We then arrived to our hotel and it was magical. We were fortunate to be on the 16th floor(top floor), and had such magical views. Most of the pictures actually came from our room. We had an unobstructed view of the Atlantic Ocean and the beach beneath us. …

work, work work,

Oh the joys of work. Don't some of you just wish money magically appeared in our bank accounts and we didn't have to work to earn it? There are some days I wish that. There are other days I absolutely love going to work. I am fortunate to like what I do and therefor working doesn't bother me all that much. What bothers me is society today. This generation of new employees where work isn't important to them, they don't want to show up on time, and they don't want to put everything into their jobs. With that said, I am pretty grateful that I have a good head on my shoulders and I actually care about what I do. 
Yes, I work at Starbucks and yes, I absolutely love it. I begin work every morning at 5:30 and get to know and see my regulars, I get to smell and make coffee every day, and I get to chat all day long. Sometimes that is a negative the whole talking all day thing, but usually I don't mind it. What makes it difficult is when I come home and my husband w…

Rain Delays

Rain Delays...These are 2 words a fan, a wife, or an employee of NASCAR hates to hear. These mean that our wonderful men are getting home later than anticipated. An in the case of this past weekend's race in Pocono, Pennsylvania it meant our men were coming home a whole day later (or so we hoped).
Rain delays mean that the track is too wet and will take too long for NASCAR to dry and therefore the race gets postponed. Most of the time its only for a couple hours, but in the case of this past weekend it meant it was postponed for whole day. So instead of my husband coming home Sunday night, he wasn't coming home until Monday(and that was if we were lucky and mother nature cooperated). So here rolled along Monday(which I happened to take off) and it was raining at the track. I swear mother nature doesn't like NASCAR sometimes and she makes it extremely difficult for us. It wasn't a really rain more like a mist, but it was enough that the race didn't start on time on…