April 4, 2013
March 31, 2013
Our first 24 hours in Firenze, Italia has been an absolute dream come true and a very surreal experience. Practically everything we do and every place we go is all for the first time.
Here is a quick tour of our house, a walk around Firenze, grocery shopping, visiting the local flower shop, making our first dinner at home and hitting the club!
Thank you to everyone who has believed in us, supported us and helped make this dream become our new reality.
March 15, 2013
I'll preface this post by saying that I've never been one to make a big deal about my birthday regardless if it's considered a milestone birthday or not. Brandi on the other hand is the complete opposite and would never let me turn 30 without doing it right. Originally, we were supposed to be in Italy and knowing her, she had something already planned. Since our departure was delayed, we made the last minute decision to head to Las Vegas for the weekend to watch the NASCAR races.
We headed out mid-afternoon on Friday to beat traffic and although it was my birthday weekend, work still had to be done. Luckily I'm accustomed to working on the road...literally.
It's not a Vegas trip for us unless there is documentation of some bed jumping. Oddly enough, this is the same hotel we stayed at a few years ago when we went to the NASCAR race.
As we were walking through the MGM, we found out that Tabu allowed guests to enter for free and girls drank for free from 10-11pm. That obviously meant that Brandi was getting drinks for the both of us. On top of all the beers we had already had, we got smashed. Let's just say we woke up the next day not having any idea how we got back. BLACK OUT.
Saturday afternoon was spent at Las Vegas Motor Speedway courtesy of John Pangilinan for the NASCAR Nationwide Series race. As you can see below, we were in good company.
Something that caught my eye during the race was that #3 Austin Dillon was in the pit at the same time as one of my favorite drivers, #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Years back, I actually worked with Austin and his team since the company I worked for was his primary sponsor. Very happy to see him doing so well. Sometimes I get reminded of where I started and where I am now without even realizing it. Time sure has flown by!
After we got all cleaned up, we decided to go get married again. Getting married in Las Vegas has been on list of to-do's and since it would be the last time we'd be there for a long time, it was a must. Took a bootle of Veuve to the dome right before we left.
I can honestly say that getting married in Las Vegas was a pretty exciting thing for us. The entire time we were there, we couldn't stop smiling, laughing and just being B'Squared. A Little White Chapel will always be a place we remember having so much fun.
The drive home was anything but boring. I know that's hard to believe when it's typically spent being hung over, tired and stuck in traffic for one reason or another. We ended up getting stuck in some gnarly traffic because of an accident. Before we knew it, we made the decision to follow a bunch of other cars who had gotten off the freeway, drove over a bridge and into the desert. There was a service road about 10 miles long filled with hills, bumps, ditches etc. I'll be honest, there were some fairly sketchy times where the traction control light was going bonkers and a wheel or two were off the ground. Definitely the craziest drive home from Las Vegas that either of have had.
On Monday, my actual birthday, before we went to dinner, Brandi got ultra creative and taped 30 balloons with 30 things she loves about me. Who knew there were so many??? Given our living situation at the time, I really have to hand it to her for pulling this off. Not to mention, a beer cake? I'm not a big cake lover but c'mon, what's not to love about that? After that, she took me out to our favorite sushi restaurant, Shiki Sushi. On order was this massive beer pitcher just for us...but mostly me.
Although I am not big on the attention that birthdays bring, I just want to thank Brandi for making my 30th everything I could've wanted all in a single weekend. A Las Vegas getaway for the two of us, an awesome hotel room, 2 NASCAR races, great dinners, clubbing and getting married again all made for a birthday that I'll never forget!
March 7, 2013
If you have 17 minutes to devote to a video, great. If you don't, great. You can either watch or just listen to a wide variety of exotic cars rip around various streets and race tracks from around the world. I'm guessing that this is what heaven sounds like.