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Best Laid Plans

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Yesterday morning, I went grocery shopping with my MIL and then the plan was to come home, eat lunch, have a nap, sit on the deck and enjoy the sunshine while reading and then get ready to meet up with DH's family for dinner before the Canadian National Sprint Car Races. Ever heard about best-laid plans?

First of all, I got an email from my BIL just before I went for my nap saying that he was sick and didn't think he could come. Bummer. He said he had the chills and shakes so I told him to take care of himself and I'd see if I could get a couple of nephews to take the tickets. However, not only were he and his GF supposed to come with us but he was supposed to drive DH's cousin in from Toronto as well. So, he said the cousin could borrow his car if he still wanted to go and he would try to get hold of him.

In the meantime, I went for a short nap because I really was tired but it was hard to sleep thinking of all this. I had been looking forward to seeing all of them and I hadn't made a backup plan. After I got up from my nap, I texted Mark (the cousin) telling him that Tavis (the BIL) was sick and couldn't come but that Mark could borrow his car if he still wanted to come or he could catch the train and DH would pick him up at the station and that's eventually what happened because Mark didn't exactly know how to get to our area driving.

After talking to Mark, I decided to go outside and sit on the deck and enjoy the sun for awhile and read because who knows how many more nice days we were going to get. But, our neighbour was running a wood chipper and it was extremely loud and annoying so I ended up going inside because it was just too annoying. I told DH that just once I'd like to get a neighbour who was quiet on the weekends. Our last neighbour had a dog who barked all the time when we were outside. It's enough to drive someone crazy!

In the meantime, I had 2 extra tickets that I had paid $45 each for and I wanted someone to use them. DH was at the McMaster University football game with my niece and nephew, their parents and my dad so I texted him to ask him to ask if anyone with him wanted to come to the races with us that night but no one did so then I called and texted my other local sister and her eldest son to see if he and his younger brother wanted to come with us? I got a call back saying that Alexander (the older brother) would come but his brother didn't think it was a good idea because they wouldn't get home until midnight and he thought that was too late for him (he's 12 - I thought this was pretty mature of him). But, I was happy that at least one of the two tickets was going to be used.

In the meantime, DH had come home from the game and was racing around trying to figure out what he was going to wear to the races and packing warm clothing and a blanket for others and him to use if what they wore wasn't warm enough.

And, our dinner plans had to been changed because DH was picking Mark up at the train station at 5:45 and then his mum at 6:20 and then me around 6:30 and then we had to go get Alexander and then head to the races because they started at 7:30. So, we decided we would just get something from the concession stand for dinner (not the healthiest option but if we wanted to get there on time, there really wasn't another option).

However, I actually decided to eat my rice and cucumber/nectarine salad while DH was gone picking up his family so I wasn't even that hungry at the race although, I did buy some caramel coated popcorn and had that at intermission. Oh well, I did stay in my calories for the day but not by much.

The races were good but I was freezing. It was around 55 but with a wind coming from my left (my left side was on the aisle) so I was cold. I was wearing jeans with tights on underneath plus a t-shirt, two fleece hoodies and a hat.

My friend, Mike actually builds engines for sprint cars and that's why we were there and for the final race, two of his cars had qualified in the previous races and were in the top 10 for the last race, which involved 30 cars doing 35 laps of an oval 3/8th mile dirt track. So that was pretty good.

Sprint cars weigh about 1200 pounds, have about 170 horsepower and go about 140 mph and it's way cool!

Unfortunately, first one of Mike's cars ran into the wall and then the second one had a spectacular crash with another car that ran into it. Fortunately, no one was hurt.
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  • 4CYNDI
    WOW! Crazy stressful, but you handled it beautifully. Glad you got to enjoy the evening at the races. Glad no one was hurt.

    PS. Checked out the NerdFitness site... of course I loved it. LOL
    1679 days ago
    I'm glad you got to go despite the snaffoo. It sounds like a good time. It's been cool here too. I think summer is finally gone. :(
    1679 days ago
  • ANGEL1066
    Sounds pretty exciting to me! Glad you are adaptable, and managed to enjoy most of it.
    1680 days ago
  • _LINDA
    What a disruptive day! Glad it mostly worked out for you in the end. Sorry your friend's cars crashed :( I sure couldn't tolerate cold like that. Its the one thing I hated about trying to be supportive of the old high school football team -it always seemed to be so cold at those games!!
    Enjoy what is left of your evening!
    1680 days ago
    Wow what a change in plans. When I was a teen (some 56 years ago) my dad ran stock cars on a dirt round-de-round track. I got brave and ran with the men one night, but gave that up for running the powder puffs. Lots of fun and adrenilin flowing.
    1680 days ago
    How fun for you with having some of your relatives with you! And, I'd say that you did marvelous at the races with the eating! emoticon
    1680 days ago
  • JMOUSE99
    Got to say that watching cars go round and round while freezing is not my cup of tea, but glad you enjoyed it when you finally got there. And way to go on avoiding the concession!
    1680 days ago
    Exciting race, Joanna.
    1680 days ago
    Wow a day full of busy plans... Glad everything worked out and nobody was hurt at the races......Down my way it will but be over 100 degrees. Thank goodness for air conditioners. emoticon emoticon
    1680 days ago
    So glad your friend was not injured. My son loves the Sprint Car Races.
    1680 days ago
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