Long, Cold Winter

It’s been a long, cold winter here in Washington. Not only is this evident from the bare existence that is this blog, but also from the lack of activity in our racing camp. I think Chris would agree with me that this winter has been especially hard on all of us. Here’s a little summary of our activities for the past few months.

I, personally, have been slaving away at grad school. This off season left me with more than my fair share of coursework and papers to grade, not to mention my thesis. Unfortunately, I’ve experienced some “technical difficulties” in the thesis journey. With a little blood, sweat and tears I was able to complete my 90 page document and submit for review last week. I’m currently preparing to defend this project next week in front of my colleagues and professors. Then I will be graduating with my Master’s degree on May 8th. I’m so excited to move onto the next phase of my life and get back to the track!

Chris has had a very different experience this winter. His off season was spent with doctors, surgeons and oncologists. As many of you know, Deb’s cancer returned last summer and she has spent the past year in and out of the hospital for chemo treatments, surgery and blood work. Fortunately, things are looking up for this amazing woman. Her numbers and scans look wonderful and we are all looking forward to the day when she’s off chemo. Only 8 more to go!

Now that they have settled into a routine, Chris has been able to get back into the racing mode. He’s been working diligently on the car and trailer. He’s completely redone our trailer and it looks absolutely amazing. But I won’t spoil his blog update with too much information!

In other news, we ordered a custom fire suit this year. It came back looking absolutely stunning. I might actually look like a girl out at the track! We also replaced a number of out of date parts on the car (belts, etc.). It may have been an unproductive winter, but we are most definitely back in gear – well, as least Chris is. I’ll get back into once I my defense is over and I’m free to enjoy life again. We’ll be out at Pacific Raceways in Kent, WA for a test session on April 17-18. You all should come on out!

More to come soon – I promise!