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The Greatest Spectacle in Racing

…is the Indianapolis 500. I’m not sure how many years in a row this will be for me, but I’m so excited that I thought I’d share 5 reasons why I love this race so much!

1. It’s a huge Indiana tradition.
I started going to the Indy 500 as a little girl. That’s me in the picture below sitting on the tire – as well as my dad holding my shy little brother, and my cousins Kiely and Taryn (and I think the older man with the white hat is my grandpa – aka PawPaw). Not sure what year that car is from, but it’s definitely an older one. The race has been around since 1911 so over 100 years now! Crazy!

2. Close to 400,000 people attend every year.
400,000 people! Yes, you saw that correctly. The Indy 500 is the largest single-day sporting event in the entire world! Although I’m not a fan of large crowds, this is entirely different. The track is obviously huge so it doesn’t feel that crowded. The years I’ve attended as an adult (over 21) have all been in the infield of the track (the image below shows the turn 3 infield – so. many. people.). Basically it’s one big party while the cars are racing around loud as can be.

3. The cars go an average of 230mph.
We always sit in turn 3 of the infield so you can stand right up to the fence and see the track. When they get up to full speed you can’t even tell what car is what because they are going so incredibly fast. I mean, can you imagine driving a car going 230mph?! That’s insane! Nascar only gets up to around 190mph. It’s also very scary to go that fast because the cars crash more easily. The drivers don’t have much protection over them so it’s a miracle they usually walk away unharmed.

4. It’s one of the cheapest sporting events to go to.
Tickets to the infield are only $30 (they used to only be $20, but they raised it a few years ago) and you can bring everything in that you want. Beer, liquor (as long as they aren’t in glass containers), cups, food, blankets, coolers, cameras, etc. Not many sporting events let you bring our own alcohol or food so you definitely save a ton this way!

5. It’s a fun event to hang out with all your friends.
I would say that majority of my friends from Indiana go to the race every year (image below is from last year – before walking into the track). I see tons of people I haven’t seen all year at the race. It’s fun to walk around (mostly turn 3 where all the young people hang out) and see everyone. It’s also a great people-watching event. There are definitely some interesting people that attend. I’m talking longest mullets I’ve ever seen. Men’s jorts (aka – jean shorts) so short and tight that you see e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. Men should never wear jean shorts. Ever. Oh, but my boyfriend will be joining in with them wearing jorts, tie-dye cut off t-shirt and a straw hat.


Also, for all you Bachelorette fans out there here’s a fun fact: Arie from this season (Emily Maynard) is the son of two-time Indy 500 winner/legend Arie Luyendyk. I’m sure he will (Arie Jr.) be at the race on Sunday so I’ll keep my eye for him (haha, in all 400,000 people). I am rooting for him in this season of the Bachelorette. He is super cute and seems very into her.

Happy Friday everyone! Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

Summer Fun List – Updated

So back on July 7th I put together a Summer Fun List containing things I wanted to do over the course of the Summer. Below is an update on how far I got!

– Make homemade ice-cream. Nope, but I did buy an $8 ice-cream maker on clearance from Target.
– Visit an amusement park (hopefully going to Cedar Point in September). Nope, the plans never happened. Next year I just need to be the coordinator because no one in our group of friends seems to want to do that kind of stuff.
– Have a game night with friends. Nope again. Evan did buy an XBOX Kinect for the new apartment. I’m waiting for people to come over so we can play!
Take Crosby to the dog beach. Yay! Evan and I did take Crosby to the Montrose Dog Beach (probably on the windiest day of the whole Summer).
Have lots of cook-outs with friends. We had a few, but not lots!
– Go to a concert (or two). Nope, but I am going to the Kanye West & Jay-Z concert next month!
– Have breakfast in bed. Yea, never happened.
See the fireworks at Navy Pier. Finally saw them for the first time with some new coworkers at Meredith.
– Go out to brunch for bottomless mimosas. Yum! I wish, but sadly I only had a few mimosas and they weren’t bottomless.
Plant something and somehow manage to keep it alive. Well I sort of did this one. I bought a plant that was already planted, and then it died. But they were Gerbera Daisies, and I don’t think those are supposed to live forever.
Have a “matinee Saturday” on a rainy day. Evan and I went to see The Change-Up and then snuck into Friends With Benefits on a rainy afternoon. Love doing this so we definitely need to do it again sometime soon!
– Visit the Lincoln Park Zoo (last summer did not count). Nope, failed at this one!
Have a boat day. A group of our friends went to a lake in Valparaiso, Indiana for the 4th of July.
– Rent a trolley on a Saturday afternoon. Gonna have to try this one again next Summer. Again, no one likes to plan things!
Explore a new Chicago neighborhood. Evan and I wandered around Ravenswood before I moved away from the area. Such a cute little area.
– Go to a “Movie in the Park”. Going to be on next Summer’s list.
– Make a root beer float. Nope, but I did drink a lot of Sprecher Root Beer.
Go to Southport street festival. Evan was out of town, but I met up with friends of ours and went. It was definitely a good time.
Watch a Chicago Fire game (already have tickets to the July 23rd game against Manchester United). I bought Evan tickets to the Chicago Fire vs. Manchester United soccer game for his birthday. It was a super hot day, but definitely fun to go see them play!

Summer Fun List

I made a list of fun things that I want to do and accomplish this summer. Summer in Chicago is clearly the best part of the year, so I want to be sure I make the most of it!

– Make homemade ice-cream.
– Visit an amusement park (hopefully going to Cedar Point in September).
– Have a game night with friends.
– Take Crosby to the dog beach.
– Have lots of cook-outs with friends.
– Go to a concert (or two).
– Have breakfast in bed.
– See the fireworks at Navy Pier.
– Go out to brunch for bottomless mimosas. Yum!
– Plant something and somehow manage to keep it alive.
– Have a “matinee Saturday” on a rainy day.
– Visit the Lincoln Park Zoo (last summer did not count).
Have a boat day.
– Rent a trolley on a Saturday afternoon.
– Explore a new Chicago neighborhood.
– Go to a “Movie in the Park”.
– Make a root beer float.
– Go to Southport street festival.
– Watch a Chicago Fire game (already have tickets to the July 23rd game against Manchester United).

Looks like I still have a long way to go!

4th of July Weekend

I love 3 (and 1/2) day weekends. I think Friday should always be a work-free weekend day. The world would be a heck of a lot happier. Any way – here is what I did over 4th of July weekend.

Friday
Our offices closed at 1:00 on Friday, so we had the rest of the day to do whatever we wanted. Since the weather was horrible, (well, not beach weather like we originally planned) Evan and I decided to take a little shopping trip to Target and HomeGoods.I am absolutely obsessed with HomeGoods. Friday night we went out with some friends that were in town for the weekend. (more…)