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I Wish for a Month of Weekends

This weekend was a blast….I wish I had a month of weekends.

Friday I left work in the afternoon and got home to find Dee and Violet outside enjoying the beautiful weather.  I kicked a soccer ball around with Violet and took in some sun and cool air (finally!)  Since it was a race weekend (NASCAR), there were crowds of people already converging on the town, as evidenced by the skywriter who decided to write everyone a message:


That last one was flipped so you could see a little easier what the skywriter was writing.  The final message ended up saying "Welcome Race Fans", although the wind was so strong that by the time the next word was written, the previous word had all but blown away into insubstantial wisps of cloud.  Still, it was pretty neat to see it in action, and Violet really enjoyed it.

Mr. Blue Sky
Electric Light Orchestra

Friday night I went to Shabbat services at the synagogue that I just joined – it was a little bit of a weird experience because I have NEVER been to a Shabbat service somewhere where I didn't know at least someone.  I was sitting alone in a strange sanctuary with strangers, singing songs with strange melodies.  However, there was enough continuity in the prayers and some of the songs that I was comforted and felt welcome, if not yet at-home.  The people I met seem nice, and I am looking forward to going back to more services and really feeling like I'm part of the congregation.

The next morning, I got up early (!) to get ready to take my daughter to "Tot Shabbat" – this is a Shabbat service the synagogue holds once a month for kids under 5 – it's a 15 minute Shabbat morning service filled with songs and stories, followed by a craft activity and snacks.  Violet loved it and really got into the singing and coloring her tzedakah (charity) container craft.  Unfortunately, I wimped out when it came to talking to other adults and only ended up introducing myself to 1 other parent.  I hope to do better next time – even if I don't meet up with these parents, it'll be nice to introduce myself and not act like a loner.

Dee took Violet to my mother-in-law's for lunch, leaving me home alone.  I took advantage of the time to go for a run and get rid of some excess energy.  It felt good to get my running shoes on again and just go out there, unencumbered and free to let my mind wander where it wanted to go.  I REALLY need to get back into running regularly, I feel so much healthier (both physically AND mentally) when I do.

Saturday night was a girls'-night-out event for Dee as they celebrated my niece's birthday at an italian restaurant.  I spent the evening doing the two-step with Violet (at least, she thinks it's real dancing) and playing house with her and her little people toys.  Oh, and after the tater tot went to bed, I had a manhattan or two and watched Hostel.  Creepy and gory and engaging.  Definitely recommended to anyone who is a fan of the genre.  Definitely not recommended to anyone who is not.

Sunday, I was a complete lazy bum – I watched some football and helped out around the house and played with my daughter, but I'm not sure if I even went outside at all (oh wait, I brought in the groceries from the car, that counts, doesn't it?)  Idyllic, if not very healthy.

Anyway, I really enjoyed my weekend, and am totally ready for another.  In fact, I'm ready for a whole month of weekends.  Anyone know where I can find some?

Light & Day
The Polyphonic Spree

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OK NASCAR Fans… Time For a Game…

Can you identify the drivers for all these vehicles?

Before I get into this, let me first say that I am not a NASCAR fan.  I am not even a casual watcher.  I don't dislike the activity, but you'd find me scrubbing the bathroom shower soap scum before you'd catch me watching a race.  No offense, you millions of NASCAR fans out there.  It's just not for me.

As you may or may not know, this Sunday is the Coca-Cola 600 in North Carolina at the Lowe's Motor Speedway.  For the past week or so, there have been races, events, festivals, and all general hoo-haw in town to promote this or ride on the coattails of this event.  Traffic has been sucky, the lots near the speedway are full of RVs and people parking tailgating, and since my house is somewhat close to the track, I get the privilege of hearing all those cars go VROOM VROOM in the evenings while they run time trials or races.

Anyway, caught this on my way home late last week – I would have thought they'd protect these things a little better on the road, seeing as they care so much about every little detail of aerodynamics and whatnot.  But maybe these are just show-models or something, so it doesn't matter if they get a little road-debris on them on the drive up…

But, regardless, I can't wait for Monday.  Not just because I have the day off from work, but because traffic should FINALLY be back to normal…

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