Friday was relaxed. We rented a bunch of scary movies (Rogue which was surprisingly good, Halloween– the 2007 Rob Zombie version which Damien watched alone and loved, Rise which was a little disappointing, and one other one that I can’t remember) and got Steers take-out for supper. Damien and I often used to do the DVD and take-out movie night on payday weekend so it was cool to do that again.
Saturday was a little hectic with my Glugster working and me doing party preparations and blowing up balloons. There was some drama with the party platters I’d ordered. I went to fetch them at 1PM and the stupid woman made the wrong ones despite my easily read order form taped to the lid of one of the platters. I then called the manager, explained what had happened and informed him I’d be back at 6PM to fetch the correct platters. They were ready and more or less done when I went back, but the woman didn’t apologise even once! In fact, she more than once tried to make out it was my fault! Glugs and I then cleared out the bottle store of everything we could see except Stroh Rum and Tequila and made our way home to shower and get dressed.
Ooh, and I baked “devil’s food” cupcakes and tried to decorate them to look like bloodshot-eyeballs, but I couldn’t find the right colouring to make black icing for the pupils, and I couldn’t find life savers anywhere so they didn’t look like I wanted them to. They were sufficiently gross to fit the Halloween-type theme though, and there were none left, which was more than I could say for the platters! The knucklehead and Glugs are going to get party platter food for lunch for the next few days!
So, our party was attended by a gypsy, two soldiers, a school girl, Sonny & Cher, a clown, a couple of witches, a wizard, superman, a zombie and his hippie mom, the phantom of the opera, the corpse bride, the happiness fairy, the Stig, an angel, the devil and the grim reaper!
I was an angel, Glugs was the devil, and Damien was the grim reaper!
Thank you so so much to all of you who came, it was an awesome party and we had a total blast!
Here’s a collage to whet your appetites for more- and when I get them from my daddy darling I’ll post them too!!!
On Sunday we slept late, and woke up feeling suprisingly good considering what we’d consumed the night before. I helped the maid a little to clean up the mess, and then we drove through to “Cool Runnings” for a late lunch with EXMI. I do love that place’s food, I’ve never been disappointed. And their cocktails are totally fabulous!
And from here on out its all formula one, so if you’re not interested or don’t want spoilers, stop reading now!
The final race of the season- the Brazilian grand prix at Interlagos- started with a bit of chaos and with only 7 points separating title race leader Hamilton from Massa.
They were all ready for the warm-up lap and the start was suddenly aborted when the rain came down in buckets… for all of one minute! There was a mad scramble to get intermediate tyres on the cars as the rain was stopping, and the start was delayed for 15 minutes. Rain was predicted again about 30 minutes into the race, but that forecast changed- thank goodness! Interlagos in the rain is bloody awful!
Massa and Raikkonen, the Ferrari drivers, qualified 1st and 3rd respectively, with Hamilton qualifying in 4th. Hamilton had to finish 6th or lower for my beloved red fire engines to take both the drivers and constructor’s titles- but I had to be honest and say it looked unlikely from the start. However, if they finished level on points with Massa winning and Hamilton in 6th, Massa would take the title as he had more victories this year.
When they started, David Coulthard- who was to race his last race today before retiring after 15 years and 245 races- got thumped from behind by Nico Rosberg at turn one, and then took out Nelson Piquet as he spun! What a way to go. His accident brought out the safety car, which always has a huge influence on strategies… and considering how closely this year’s championship has been contested, once again, I think Hamilton was hoping for another uneventful race to tie up his title as the youngest ever F1 champion, and the first ever black driver to take the title.
By about lap 10 the drivers were starting to pit and switch to dry tyres. Massa switched before Hamilton did, and Jarno Trulli briefly took the lead. Interlagos’s pit lane seems endless and to watch the cars exiting the pits with the race leaders practically parallel to them on the track is so nerve wracking! Massa managed to keep his lead after all the pit stops though, and there were then some spectacular overtaking manoeuvres behind him as cold tyres battled in the semi-wet conditions and the drivers fought to make up the places they’d lost.
On lap 20, Trulli put a move on Bourdais for 8th place that forced Bourdais to rally-cross his way over the grass and back onto the track- controlling his car beautifully it must be said, but losing a few places at the same time and dropping to 13th.
Felipe Massa set several fastest laps through the race, determinedly keeping his hold on 1st place.
Glock was very quickly gaining on Hamilton throughout the race, and then the poor dude had a disastrous pit stop dropping him several places when the fuel hose nozzle wouldn’t go in the first time and had to be lifted and reinserted.
Then suddenly, about 13 laps from the end, there was rain threatening again! The teams were again thrown into disarray trying to work on strategies and with 6 laps to go the rain came down again, albeit not as heavily as the beginning of the race. The drivers started pitting again one by one to put the intermediate tyres back on! This put Hamilton’s title hopes in jeopardy as the rain didn’t come down as hard as they were anticipating and the intermediate tyres are slower than dry tyres, and losing 5th place to Glock who was behind him would mean Massa took the title! Then with 2 laps to go Hamilton was overtaken and put into 6th place by Vettel, with the rain still not coming down hard enough for the intermediate tyres to work properly. As Massa crossed the line to win the race, Hamilton had 2 corners to go when he managed to take back 5th place and crossed the finish line to become the youngest ever F1 champion. The crew in the Ferrari garage was already celebrating Massa’s win when they realised Lewis Hamilton had reclaimed 5th place and claimed the title by one point over Felipe Massa.
So Ferrari keeps the constructor’s title and McLaren claimed the driver’s title for the first time in 9 years.
Bunnies- don’t ever let anyone tell you F1 is boring! I had friggin GOOSE-bumps!!! I can’t wait for next March!!!
As for the debate about making the F1 engines all identical has got me more than a little upset- but that’s another post.
I hope you all had a fantabulistic weekend!!!