the greatest spectacle in racing FTW!

First of all, THANK YOU ALL so much for your laundry comments! I wish I could respond to each one of you personally. You are all very smart about this and gave me wonderful suggestions. I plan to delve into it deeper in the coming weeks.

I have to confess, I had a really bad attitude for much of this weekend. On Saturday I was stewing because I felt like I should be doing something fun and flingy and fantastic but was instead cleaning the same messes and doing the same things without a break that I always do without a break and even though I love doing these things for my family and I love my life I don't really love doing them without a break and it was a bright cheery sunny holiday weekend. So anyway. I wasn't being mean or anything, but I wasn't being my nicest sing-songiest self.

Sunday morning we woke up at 7, as usual, and began preparing for our day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Before this year, we had not attended the Indy 500 since 2002. I was only 19 the last time I went. I sort of remembered it being loud and crowded. Based on that memory, I had low expectations for Sunday. I was also honestly quite nervy about leaving Alice for the first time and being gone for six full hours.

But whatever. I went along for the ride because my husband? He is a sports crazy guy. And he is into this. And I am into him. So, um, whatever.

Sunday morning was bad.
I was mad because I couldn't find the $100 in cash I was supposed to have. (It had disappeared in the laundry, go figure.)
I was mad because we couldn't find Clark's shoes and we destroyed the house looking for them on the way out the door. (They were in between his bed and the wall, go figure.)
I was mad because we were taking my baby brothers, Ethan and Kai, who are 9 and 10 years old with us to the race.
Although I love them as if they were my own children, I was sure they would be hungry/tired/bored/hot the whole time and I would feel like I was parenting during the one break I was finally finally finally going to have.

I did not expect to have a total blast.
I had a total blast!
Oh my goodness Indy 500!
You are so much fun!
And my darling baby brothers were actually the cherry on top of the whole thing.
They were radiant the entire time. They were so into it. They made what was super fun into something even cooler.

Kai kept asking me during the warm-up laps, "Did it start yet? Are they racing? Is this how fast they go?" and I just told him to wait and see.

I'm pretty sure the look on his sweet little face when the cars went full speed on Lap 1 is permanently ingrained my memory. My brothers were so good, so sweet, so impressed, so thrilled. And I kind of was too. I didn't remember the whole thing being quite so... amazing.

Do you know how many people attend the Indy 500? Somewhere around 300,000.


Do you know what it's like to sit in stands that create a 2.5 mile oval with three hundred thousand other people?
It is a fascinating and overwhelming shared experience.

Other fun facts!

Do you know how fast the cars go?
Like 220 miles per hour.
It's so. freaking. fast.

As soon as you've focused your eyes on a car it has flown away again.
And almost as soon as it has flown away again, you hear it coming back. Because when you're going 220 miles per hour, 2.5 miles really isn't very far.


I love this photo.
I took it as Helio (the little bit of a car you can see) was completing his 199th lap around the track, about to cross the finish line to win the 2009 Indianapolis 500, the greatest spectacle in racing. And they are so not joking around with that nickname.


  1. I love that you love the race. Mike is also a crazy sports guy and like you I went to the race when we got married because I wanted to do the things he loved. To my surprise, I loved it too! I actually asked for a scanner for my birthday last year and want to go to another Indy Car race this summer so I can better learn the teams and drivers and how to use my scanner so I am more prepared for next years 500!!

  2. I am so glad that you had fun!

  3. One more thing to add to the list of "things I'm jealous of Erin for..."

  4. I've never given a rip about racing, but your post so makes me want to go! Glad you had a blast!

  5. I love the 500! This is only the second time I've missed the race in 15 years. My dad has press passes, so we go through the garages and pit lane and I LOVE IT. I'm so glad you had a great day. I got teary at home watching the beginning of the race from my couch.

  6. I am glad you got to go and had so much fun. What great memories. That last photo looks so classy; like it has been around forever, but still is amazing, you know.

    I have only been to the 500 to sell Dip N Dots when I was in high school, how funny is that? :)

  7. I'm glad the Indy 500 exceeded your expectations.

    Did you wear that checkered bikini top? ;)

  8. I love surprise fun! I am so glad you had some. Also, my whole family in AL got a kick out of the checkered bikini top joke...and they added to it :) We used to go to the race when we lived in Indy and I was always surprised by how much fun I had. What you said about Ethan and Kai was so sweet, I loved reading it. Finally, I am LOVING your new pics. You have really gotten some things down and the colors are so cool :)

  9. i'm with madeline. i can't say i dig racing of any kind, but from the looks of your AWESOME photes, i would happily go. i'll wear my black-n-white checkered bikini top next year, if you wear yours?

  10. Never in my life have I wanted to attend the Indy 500 UNTIL NOW! What a recap. I'm so glad you had a great time and the photos you took? UH-MAZE-ING.

  11. OK, I am feeling really old and lame but after thinking for a couple of days, I can not figure out what FTW means...

  12. I got a blogger name just to tell you I don't know what FTW means either. I keep wanting to say For the Way, like BTW, but I know that isn't right. Please help!

  13. Also I am so happy to re-read your post about Kai Kai's face. He is so bubbly. You left out the part about how Alice and Clark got a new bike stroller and went to the pool and ate ice cream! I love those photographs. Who will babysit next year? We'll have to take the babies along - Kai wants us ALL to go together!

  14. Urban Dictionary definition: FTW "For The Win."

    An enthusiastic emphasis to the end of a comment, message, or post. Sometimes genuine, but often sarcastic.

    I'll bet you are sorry I got a blogger identity.

  15. Yes Mom. I'm kind of very sorry.