Archive for May, 2009

I rock at being productive lately!

May 28, 2009

Ah, what a lovely week it has been!

Last Tuesday, I got a phone call from a friend of mine in Miami saying that he was actually in Atlanta and asked if I would like to join him at a media event for Hyundai’s new turbo Genesis Coupe. Umm heck yes? I drove over to the W in Buckhead for cocktails and dinner, all courtesy of Hyundai (thanks Hyundai!). We got to play with the car (they had about a dozen, both V6 and 2.0T models) a bit and to be honest, I was very impressed with it. It looks great, handles well and is affordable – all in all a nice little RWD sports coupe. The motor itself is very “SR20″ish and I’m looking forward to seeing what sorts of things the aftermarket world does with it.

This past weekend was actually really productive for me. When we moved into our house (two years ago this Saturday), I had a ton of boxes that had “followed” me throughout college and across the country that I never bothered to unpack since I never seemed to stay put in one place for more than 6 months. Erik’s been after me for a while to unpack them, and I’ve really been meaning to but just hadn’t gotten around to it. For some reason I was more motivated than usual and I actually took a few hours to go through them all. I was shocked to find that some of the boxes actually dated back to 2001! I trashed/recycled/donated about 90% and can’t believe how much room I actually have in my room when it’s not cluttered by boxes! Hooray!

Later, Erik and I were trying to figure out what we should do that night. We decided to stay home and watch a movie to save money. Well, my big mouth suggests the bright idea that we should finally buy a TV for the bedroom and he actually agreed. After a bit of research online to decide what we wanted, we headed over to BestBuy and picked up a really dope 32″ Sony Bravia 720p HDTV for about $500. And yes, we “stayed home and watched a movie” that night. So much for saving money! 😉

Hung out over at our friends’ apartment/pool for Memorial Day and then went to dinner. One has a hybrid (and a Corvette, so he’s still cool in my book) and let me drive it a little… it was my first time driving a hybrid and holy hell it is WEIRD! The car was “on” but not “running”. I’ve been so conditioned to think loud, powerful, angry cars are normal over the years that this quiet little thing sort of freaked me out. Very bizarre.

My lesson yesterday was a nice, relaxing change of pace. I finally got around to wearing my Ariat field boots for the very first time and breaking them in is miserably painful so I was glad my trainer took it easy on us. Not to mention it was 80*+ and about 9000% humidity. Ugh.

Speaking of riding, we’ll be launching Riding Resource’s first email newsletter on June 1st. Want to be included? Shoot me an email and let me know!

Lastly, I booked me and my mother’s flights to Spain for October. We’ll be spending a week riding and relaxing at Epona in Seville. Only 135 more days!

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’62 Nash, Worthersee and Boots!

May 18, 2009

It’s that time of year again! What time exactly? The time we buy another car! Our neighbor sold us (and by us I mean Erik) his super-cute 1962 Nash Metropolitan. Hooray!


Cute, isn’t it? 🙂

I’ve actually been beyond busy again lately, which I really do enjoy. My best friend from college, EJ, has decided that she wants to go to grad school and therefore applied to a few schools. One of them just happened to be Georgia State, so she flew in the other week for her interview. Long story short, she got accepted (YAY!) and will be moving to Atlanta in July (YAY again!). I absolutely adore her and can’t wait to have my favoritest girl local again.

On the subject of friends, our friends Gerard and Gellian are getting married in July and had their engagement party while EJ was in town so I dragged her along. We had a great time and I really am so beyond thrilled to see such good friends so madly in love.

That same weekend was Formula D Atlanta, but since we were busy with the shower and other things we didn’t make it to the track. I was bummed but hey, friends only get married once, Formula D will be back next year. We did manage to squeeze in dinner with our good friend Antonio, all around good guy and photographer extraordinaire. If you don’t live under a rock, chances are you’ve seen his work. He also brought me some cute Cipher Garage tee’s. Thanks Antonio!

Spent this past weekend up in Helen, GA for the Southern Worthersee event which is one of the largest Volkswagen/Audi/etc. car shows in the country (they stopped keeping count after reaching 560+ cars this year). It was great getting to see some friends and some really incredible cars. Also enjoyed the cheesy-touristy-ness of Helen (it’s a re-creation of an alpine Bavarian village in the mountains of northern Georgia).

Unfortunately since we were away all day I missed the Preakness, although I did watch a replay of it later and was very impressed by the filly, Rachel Alexandra’s win and second-place finisher Mine That Bird’s incredible last-to-almost-first sprint. Bummer we won’t have a potential Triple Crown this year, but I’m almost glad as that means I don’t have to spend $250 to fly up to NY to watch the Belmont.

Back to work today, ran some errands during lunch and *finally* exchanged the beautiful Ariat Crowne Pro field boots that Erik so generously bought for me when I graduated for a size that actually fit and bought two new pairs or breeches to replace my one pair of 12-year-old Miller’s. I think I’m ready for Spain – only 145 more days!

As for now, I’m sitting on the couch trying to break-in the aforementioned field boots. I think it’s time for me to go enjoy the yummy muffins I just baked with some fresh, delicious strawberry jam, courtesy of my soon-to-be-neighbor and awesome coworker!

It happened – I’m finally 25.

May 5, 2009

Well ladies and gents, I’m officially in the “25-34” age range on surveys and that isn’t a good feeling.

I had the day off from work so of course I spent my 25th birthday at home, working on Riding Resource. Erik took me to dinner that night which was nice, and he got me a CalumSult ECU for my car which is dope because it allows you to tune with a laptop via USB. Yay!

My G20 turned “Sweet 16” on April 26th. I wanted to drive around with a party hat strapped to her roof but I was too lazy. Happy birthday to her!

I watched the 135th Kentucky Derby on Saturday and was amazed by what a spectacular race the winner, Mine That Bird, ran. It was unbelievable, to put it mildly. Here’s to hoping he can repeat this performance in both the upcoming Preakness and Belmont Stakes for the first Triple Crown win in 30+ years!

I got the rest of my braces put on today (everything in the front, I’ve had the backs for 8 months already). So far so good, they’re not hurting at all but I’m sure that’ll change tomorrow when I try to eat. It’s weird having so much “stuff” in my mouth…

That “old friend” that I got an email from the other week has since disappeared yet again. That’ll teach me to get my hopes up. Bummer.

Otherwise, nothing really new to report here. Riding’s going well and I’m having fun as usual. EJ is flying in tomorrow night for an interview at GSU for grad school and then we might swing by Formula D at Road Atlanta this weekend if we have time.