short trip

I just flew back in tonight from a highly compressed but, thankfully, productive business meeting in Denver. I’m tired. I found out Thursday that I would be flying up to Denver yestreday (Tuesday). This, of course, meant a mad scramble to finally get around to activating my silly corporate card and getting my info into the travel system. After spending way too much on plane tickets and having to scramble to find a hotel room (apparently the National Junior Dragster Championship was in town), a couple of my coworkers and I flew up to Denver yesterday afternoon. The flight was miserable (no air-conditioning even though the flight attendants were swearing the pilot had it cranked all the way up). The weather was rainy once we got in to Denver, but it was wonderfully cool. It was a great relief after the heat we’ve had lately in Phoenix. The hotel was quite suitable. Today’s weather was gorgeous (even if I only got to enjoy it for a few minutes). Flew back into town tonight and am now ready for sleep. Playing corporate politics for a day exhausted me more than I was expecting. Thank goodness the week’s almost over.

Cashing in on Useless Knowledge

Well, as everyone may well know I have a unhealthy obsession with cars. I read about them online everyday, i spend time in bookstores flipping through magazines and I chat up everybody I know about what new thing I have learned about cars everytime I see them.

Well I think I have finally found an outlet for my previously useless knowledge. On July 29th I start my new job with Vivid Racing. I was hired on to become their wholesale brand manager, basically growing the Vivid Racing business to business sales. Vivid deals with aftermarket automotive parts, things like body kits and go fast poarts. They even have a shop to do all the installation and recently installed an AWD dynometer for tuning. I am extremely excited about my prospects with this job and may have finally found the career path for me.

This also means that any of you car people out there that I talk to, go visit the website. I can probably swing a deal with you depending on what you need. We will also be adding rim and tire packages soon. We can get them now, they are just not listed. Give me a ring after the 29th, and I can give you more details.

Well that’s the gist of the post, Sean has a new job, selling aftermarket car parts. And he is most excited.

lightning storms

It’s that time of year again. As of yesterday, it’s officially monsoon season here in Arizona. What does monsoon season mean for us? Three things: 1. Incredibly hot weather (well into the triple digits now), 2. Definite spike in the humidity, thankfully, usually resulting in rain at night, and 3. lightning storms. The third is my favorite. Last night, on my way home from a friend’s house, I got treated to a spectacular lightning storm. I’m currently gazing out at one through my office window, too. Last night’s was particularly special, though, because there had been just enough dust kicked up by the wind that the lightning was almost orange and it created a beautiful glowing haze around it as it struck. It’s just so beautiful, I can’t even describe it. I’ll try to get some shots this weekend and post them.

In the mean time, Sean and I are doing fine. Sean’s nose is healing fine, although he’s been dealing with a bit of a sore throat from drainage this past week. All I care about, though, is the fact that he can breathe and sleep again. Yeah! Oh, and Sean and I have both finished the latest Harry Potter book. If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend getting your booty to the store and picking up a copy. It’s definitely well worth it. You know a book’s good when that’s all I will do for a weekend. I bought it Saturday afternoon and only put it down when absolutely necessary (we had friends over on Sunday) until I finished it Sunday night. Really. Go out and buy it. You won’t regret it. I’ll even stop this post right now so you can go buy it right now.

(You’re still here. Go away. Go buy the book.)

the diet, day eleven: and we’re spent

Day Eleven
Meals:
Breakfast – Scrambled Eggs with cheese
Lunch – Chicken and grapes
Water: ~100 oz.

To say that we’re both glad to be done with this diet is an understatement. Eating a piece of red meat was absolutely exquisite this evening. We have five eggs left in our fridge and I think the closest to a whole egg I’m going to be eating for a little while will be french toast.

Tomorrow, Sean goes in for his nose job. Afterwards, he’ll be spending the next day or two eating things like homemade chicken noodle soup and smoothies. Hopefully, by Sunday he’ll be up to more solid foods, because we’re headed to some friends to watch MotoGP on TV and munch on gumbo. Yes, folks, my cooking bug is back with a vengeance now that I can cook freely again. We’re going to both be much more watchful of portions and calorie intake, but it’s nice to indulge a little bit.

Not too much to say about today, other than that I’m once more very glad to be done with the diet. The restricted menu was nice for a while, but the repetitiveness started to get on both of our nerves after the first half. Overall success was that Sean and I both lost about 6 pounds. Not too bad. Most of that weight, of course, was lost in the first week, which leads me to feel that perhaps this diet could work in smaller doses. Perhaps in a few more weeks I’ll be interested in trying that theory out. We’ll see. For now, I hope everyone has a lovely evening. Sean and I are going to get a good night’s rest and get to the surgery center first thing in the morning.