Saturday, October 31, 2009

We're Almost Rednecks

We spent the day at the Strip at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway at the NHRA nationals drag races. (NHRA stands for National Hot Rod Association by the way)

These are the Top Fuel dragsters which go the fastest and also are the absolute loudest. I talked to my Dad this morning about going and he tried to express to me how powerful the cars really are. He (and Jaala) said that you could feel the rumble in your insides. I thought I understood what that meant, until I actually witnessed them racing. The starters were pretty loud and fast, but then when the top fuel guys came on, it was true: you could feel the rumble of the cars in your guts. When they drove by your vision blurred and you HAD to wear ear-plugs if you wanted to have all five senses at the end of the day. They were incredible! And if you'll see below, the times of two of the cars are posted above their respective lanes.

That is a 1/4 mile track, and the dragsters are running it in 3.8 seconds. Most run-of-the-mill cars run a 1/4 mile in around 12-15 seconds and that includes Ferraris and Lamborghinis and stuff. The other number on the boards is the top speed the car hit in the run, in MPH. You read that right, 312.21 and 313 mph respectively. Hella fast.

This guy's main job seemed to be to remove debris from the track. He can be seen here removing a blown drive belt from a top fuel dragster's engine. It's basically like a huge fan belt, and this one just ripped right in the middle of a run, which pretty much disabled the car.

This is a photo of the pre-run burnout's all the cars do to warm up their tires. There's a lot of smoke.

These are crew members from all the teams walking the track to make sure it is up to their standards of cleanliness and such before their drivers go nearly as fast as airplanes on it.

Here we begin the weirdness of auto-racing crowds. This couple of potatoes could not stop kissing outside the bathroom. They weren't french kissing or anything just very forcefully pecking over and over and over and over.

This guy is normal. He just seems a little old to be racing a motorcycle that goes nearly 200mph with no seatbelt or straps or guarantees of not flying off. Crazy guy.

Just one of the pro-stock race cars. These go a little slower than the top-fuelers (280 mph)

This lady was on par with several other women, at least in amount of skin shown. The difference here is her advanced years, and the dark stain on her left breast.....what is that?

Ike the was Halloween afterall.

This was a charming site really. The little guy was really into the races.

Nellis Air Force Base is practically right next to the speedway so this large cargo plane landed while we were there. Pretty neat.

This was the hottest chick at the races.

And the best looking fella.

And this was the fastest speed I noted for the day. 318.47 mph. That is some fast shiz.

Monday, October 12, 2009

My new favorite beauty product!

So, I have a new job which requires me to be professional at all times... which means I need to have my make-up done and clothes ironed everyday. Well... my new favorite beauty product is Clinique Touch Base for Eyes. I put it on before I put my eye shadow on and my eye shadow stays on ALL day! No joke. No joke at all! It starts to melt after about 12 hours... but hey... 12 hours is awesome. I have very oily eyelids and so this has been a miracle product. So here is a link (clique here) to get some of your own... it's only $14.50 and it should last at LEAST 3 months. Anyway, I thought I would share with you my new finding.


Thursday, October 8, 2009

Lots of new things... so much to update!

As you can see from these photos,we are very happy here in Las Vegas. Just before I "officially" moved to Las Vegas (after being a stay-at-home-mom for a week to my nephew and nieces) we had a photo shoot with a former co-worker of mine, **David Daniels. He has such an artistic eye for photos and it was a no brainer that we had him do us the honors of taking our first set of photos since our wedding (almost 5 years ago). By the way... we were featured on his website this last week... YAY (details at the end of this post)

Harrison is still loving his job. He is working with at-risk youth (teenagers) in the valley as a mentor to help with their social skills. After lots of prayers, resumes, applications, and searching (I sent about 90 applications in all) I landed me a job. I have been in my job for about a week. It is very busy but I believe it will be very rewarding. I got a job at Feller Orthodontics as a Treatment Coordinator. I am the one you see when you first get to the office for your consultation. YAY. I am also doing some Marketing/PR/Events stuff (which is right up my alley). It is going to take me a little bit of time to learn the technical side of this new field but I am sure I will be fine in another couple of days.

No news on a new house yet. DANG IT!!! The house that we put an offer on in July is at a halt right now due to some things that are out of our control. We have put offers in on some other homes as well and so we hope that something turns out positive for us before the tax credit deadline (cross your fingers).

Well, I think that is our updates for now. The weather is starting to cool off in Las Vegas.... DANG. I am still in shorts and flip flops during the day but I need a light sweater in the morning. I heard it already snowed in Utah, so I am thankful we got out of there in time to miss all of that!

I will post more photos of our photo shoot later as well as more updates.

**If you would like to learn more about David's photography or have him photograph your family/event/or other stuff... here are his links: