Thursday, December 26, 2013


So I am getting ready to go on a super awesome snowboarding hiatus.....and I have like 0 blogs written, so I throw up my hands I'll be on hiatus from blogging for a bit, but I'll be back.....someday.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

May your days be merry & bright

It's here!  Merry Christmas! I'll be spending the day getting packed up to go home for a week of snowboarding, Little Sister's bridal shower and bachelorette party, family time and my house going on the market, plus Tylie and I will be sneaking in a steak dinner to celebrate! The car is packed, the house is more day of work and I'm outta here!

I didn't get around to getting a real Christmas card in the mail today, but I did get this fancy one done that I shared on Facebook. Let's be honest, more people will get to enjoy it on Facebook! And as my Aunt said "This is the best card because it doesn't clutter up my table". I love that lady!

Since it's a little tough to read on my card, I'll translate. 2013 kept me busy and the 2014 outlook is busier. What did 2013 hold for me? I made it through my very first government shutdown, where I caught my supper. I golfed 4 new courses and had my best round ever! Tylie and I hiked 9 miles and lived to tell about it. I visited friends in CA. I painted a Van Gogh. I made a 3,000 mile, 6 state road trip by myself and I learned to wakeboard.

I hope that this blog finds each and everyone of you having a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Monday, December 23, 2013

My blogging breakout

I got asked to write a guest blog, so that pretty much means blogland superstardom in my mind.....legend of my own mind or something like that. Venture over to Figuring Out the Plot to read what I've got to say on this years Christmas decorations.

Thanks Football Fan for inviting me to write for your readers and if you don't follow Football Fan.....get on it! She's got some good things to say!

Friday, December 20, 2013

That time I thought I was Betsy Ross

They say catchy titles is one of the most important parts of blogging, so even though I do not even begin to pretend that my little large sewing project is anywhere near the same ballpark as Betsy Ross's accomplishment, it is still pretty darn good for this non-sewer. Catchy title? or no? Did you want to find out what in the heck I did to think I might be Betsy Ross? Do you know who Betsy Ross is?

Colorado Transplant Friend has two of the most adorable kiddos ever, Little Boy and Miller Baby. Oh and those cute Bronco outfits, yeah I picked those out.

Little Boy and Miller Baby
Colorado Transplant Friend wanted to make them quiet books for quite a while. She decided that she just didn't have time to spend on sewing so I got this great idea that I would make quiet books  for Christmas. Luckily, I started in plenty of time because even though I have a sewing machine, I'm a sewing disaster and this project is way out of my league. I figure they are kids, they won't know I'm awful at sewing right (even though their mom will probably know)?!

I'm sometimes creative, but I'll be honest, for this project I spent some heavy duty time on Pinterest. Follow me if you want to rip off others creativeness for quiet books. Lots of the pinners have patterns which make it even easier. The more pages I got done, the less I relied on patterns and just winged (is that even a word? it sounds funny to me)it....that goes along with not sewing in straight lines. Don't worry about it.

I'm not going to lie, I'm pretty proud of these books, not because they are that great, but because they are finished and I did them all by myself. And I only had to call my mom once!

Merry Christmas Little Boy and Miller Baby!

And for the record.....Ranger loved the car page and Landry....well she loved the box her book came in. Ya can't win 'em all.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

HomeMade: Bedroom #2

Although I've claimed nearly all the bedrooms in this house "mine" at one time or another, this one I think wins the official title. Its not the biggest, but I love the mattress on this bed, plus I have flannel sheets for the winter and that is just awesome when its below 0 outside!

And the final product

Have I ever said how nice it is to have matching carpet throughout the house instead of a different carpet in each room?

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The grinch

I love Christmas. I love the reason for Christmas, I love coming up with great presents that the receipient will just LOVE, I love the snowy weather and warm comfort food, I love decorations and lights. But this year, I’m a Grinch and I really don’t know why. I’m just having a hard time getting into the annoying, happy, smiling, not-a-care-in-the-world spirit.

I don’t have any decorations up because I’m selling my house, I’m going to be working on some final projects on Christmas Day, my shopping is done, but I don’t feel as I got any earth-shattering awesome presents for anyone this year. Stuff they will like? Yes. Stuff they need/want? Yes. Earth-shattering awesome? No.

So for these final days before the big hoo-rah, my mission is Christmas spirit……I’m going to hang some lights right now, maybe that will help.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Check is in the mail

First off, a huge thank you to all who participated in our 2013 Virtual Turkey Trot. Football Fan and I promised a donation to the Salvation Army if we had participants in at least 10 states.....and you guys delivered, and we will too!

To read all about (and look at pictures) from everyone's run click here, and here, and here.

Like Football Fan I had a couple fashionably late reporters, but we like 'em so we count 'em.

California - I will say I'm jealous of California Girl. She got to run in 75 degree weather. She knows she has it good so she ran a few 5Ks over the weekend. She's got a cute little husky pack that runs with her. She runs to be healthy and beat stress. She runs for those who are unable to run. California Girl is so thankful that she is able to run!

And on other end of the world Alaska - Alaskan Mom completed her 5K on the elliptical because it was a whopping -5 degrees in Alaska. Her son Tate also wanted to participate. I made the executive decision that playing 5 hockey games in one day counted for at least a 5K. Thank you for staying active even in the negative degrees!

And with the awesome participation from all over the U.S., my check is in the mail (really I just used my credit card online but that isn't as fun to say) to the Salvation Army, which is one of my favorite charities. 96% of donations go to the cause, while the Commissioner of the 2 billion dollar organization receives a salary of $13,000 + housing. Kudos to Salvation Army for truly being dedicated to helping others.

Not my real check, so don't try breaking into my bank account! :)

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Ask a herder #1

I am in awe of range sheep operations here. I just love them and I always have so many questions that I'm sure that my guys hate love taking me with them because I probably ask stupid questions, but they humor me and answer without laughing at me too much.

Q: How many times are your sheep ran through "corrals" in a year?
A: 6; shearing, docking, mouthing, before they go up to the forest for summer, coming off the forest and when we take the bucks out.

Q: How do you protect your sheep against predators?
A: We use herders and guard dogs.

Great Pyrenees - Guard Dog

Q: Are your dogs aggressive towards people, like people they don't know, like me!?
A: Ours aren't, but some people have more aggressive guard dogs.

Q: How often do herders get groceries delivered? Do they get to pick what they want to eat? Do they change it up?
A: Groceries are delivered every 2 weeks, herders make their own list and anything goes as long as they don't eat better than I do. They usually don't change it up too much, grocery lists are very similar among weeks as well as camps.

Q: Where are your herders from?
A: Peru

Refuge on a bitter cold winter day, it was nice and cozy inside though

 Who else has some questions that they would like answered? Let me know and I'll do my best to find out the dirt for you!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

I met an animal rights activist

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is charged with managing public lands for multiple use which includes the management of "wild" horse herds. When I wrote my original post in response to a news story that was ran by NBC News, I decided that in order to further educate myself, as I encouraged all my readers to do, I needed to attend a wild horse gather. And I did just that.

Last week I attended the Salt Wells Herd Management Area (HMA) gather, where BLM estimated that approximately 150 head would be removed from the range. Throughout the entire month of gather, an expected 700 head would be removed. This sounds like alot right? Consider that this covers an area that is nearly 2.5 million acres and 700 head isn't all that much.

I'll be honest, the gather was pretty much what I expected and not all that exciting. We were a good mile away from the trap and we waited for a long time before horses started coming in. The ran pretty far from us and there were no incidents that have been cited in article after article of the horrid treatment and abuse to the horses. I just simply didn't see any of that.

I thought the most interesting thing about the gather is  that they use a "pilot horse" inside the trap. The trap is made of jute material and serves as a guide rather than an actual holding pen. If the horses hit the jute it simply lies down and the horses can escape. As the helicopters brings the herds close to the wings of the trap, they turn loose Judas and he runs towards the band being brought in by the chopper. Once he has their attention, he turns and leads the band into the catch pen where they can be loaded on a trailer to be transported to the holding facility where they are processed. Many of the horses that go to the Rock Springs holding facility are processed then sent out to prisons for mustang programs in Colorado and Nevada. The rest are held in the facility and BLM will have an adoption push to attempt to get people to adopt a mustang.

You are welcome for pointing out the interesting parts of this photo because we were so far away and I don't have one of those fancy smancy wouldn't even know what you were looking at. Oh isn't that sage brush and blue Wyoming sky so beautiful. That is what you would say.

Now if I would have made friends with the animal rights activist.....well now she had a fancy smancy camera! So I will confess, I didn't actually meet her, but I overheard a conversation. That practically counts right? Said conversation included statements like "I've seen lots of horses with broken legs live and be perfectly fine, I think they just like to put them down and say its for the horse's own good" I bet that is why expensive racehorses are often put down when they break a leg....its because the quality of life and recovery rate is worth it. or "Its just so sad that they round them up and put them in holding facilities. They should just let them be wild" Yes, starving to death is much less sad. 

And let's be honest......are they even really wild?

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

HomeMade: Bedroom #1

Here is another guest bedroom and occasionally my guest bedrooms are clear full and I love those weekends! I use this room because of the wicked awesome big mirror on the dresser that I built in high school shop class. That is one good thing about having a big house and just me, I have plenty of room for all the furniture that I built in high school.

All ready for some company!

Monday, December 9, 2013

I'm not a soup person

........but I tried to eat the whole crock pot by myself of this recipe! It is fackin' AMAZING and EASY! The crafty mom with scattered thoughts got it together on this one! I copied her recipe from here blog here to make it easy on you guys, but it might be a good idea to swing by her blog and check out some of her other stuff!

Slow Cooker Creamy Green Chile Enchilada Soup

  • 32 oz chicken both
  • 24 oz chicken breasts
  • 2 cans of Green Chili enchilada sauce
  • 4 oz can of diced green chilies (I might have used more than 4oz. Ok I did, I used more than 4 oz)
  • 3/4 cup of water (As I'm editing this blog, I realized I didn't use any water)
  • 2 tbsp of ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp of chile powder
  • 1 tsp of onion powder
  • 1 tsp of garlic powder
  • 1 cup of frozen corn (defrosted) (I used canned, drained because I needed cans for a crafty project I'm getting ready to start)
  • 1 block of PHILADELPHIA cream cheese (cut up into a few pieces) (I used neufchatel cheese because its less fat)
  • 3/4 cup of instant rice (I used whole grain because it makes me feel like I'm being healthy)
  • salt and pepper to taste (depending on the sodium level of your broth, you may need more salt.) (skipped these on accident)
  • table spoon of corn starch (only if needed) (skipped this too)
**So other than changing alot of stuff or skipping stuff, I followed this recipe exactly!**


  1. In your slow cooker, mix together the broth, green enchilada sauce, green chilies, water, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder and cumin. (My spice measurements are to my taste, it is up to you if you like more or less...)
  2. Add the chicken breasts to the crock pot and cook on low for 7 hours.
  3. At the 7 hour mark, remove the chicken to another dish. Shred the chicken and put back in your slow cooker. Add the rice, corn and cream cheese to the soup mixture and replace the lid. Cook for another 30 minutes and stir the soup, making sure to get the cream cheese mixed in. You may need to cook just a bit longer to ensure the cream cheese is melted completely.
  4. At this point, you can judge to consistency of your soup. If you would like it thicker, mix a table spoon of corn starch with about 1/8 cup of water and then mix into the soup, after 10 to 20 minutes the soup should thicken considerably
Please, please, please make this soup. Its so delicious I want to share it with the whole world!

Friday, December 6, 2013

#15.12: Far-away friend: My best FSA friend

He had my job before I had my job so he knows what its like down here. He mentored me through learning how to run an office and how to manage FSA programs in a 2 person office that covers several million acres.

Even though we have had very little opportunity to hang out in person (because he moved clear to the catty corner side of the state after he left SW Wyoming), he is one of the people I trust the most and not just with work stuff. Plus let's just say when you work for the government you need to have someone who you know you can trust with anything because there are a handful of people you just can't trust.

And he likes to drink beer and his wife is nice and his kids are cute! Everyone knows I'm a sucker for cute kid stories!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

HomeMade: Bedroom #3

I feel as a single person with a dog I shouldn't be able to even name a post bedroom #3....who has 3+ bedrooms and only a dog to share them with. Especially when said dog likes to curl up on the foot of the bed in bedroom #1 with her human.? whelp, I guess that would be me.

So because I don't need this third bedroom to actually house a bed, I turned it into an office....which I never use. My thought process was to have a place to sort all the bills and junk that big kids are now responsible for. I thought it would help me keep my counter clean. For the record, my counter is not clean. ever. ok, maybe for a couple hours a month.

All the bedrooms pretty much got the same treatment, fresh paint, new blinds, new carpet and new closet doors and a touch of my style with furniture and wall hangings.

When I bought my house I had no idea how expensive some of the small things would be. Case in point, blinds....buying blinds could break Donald Trump! Unless you order from here like I did! They custom cut my blinds and I was able to install blinds in my entire house for around $200 bucks! Because I have funky sized windows in my house, my initial search had me thinking that I wouldn't be able to do 1 room for $200 bucks so that is a steal! They of course aren't real wood or the best money can buy, but they do the job, they have held up well and they look great! In my unbiased opinion of course.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

#7: Chalean Extreme

I really, really wanted to get into shape and be a healthier version of myself, the problem was I kept getting frustrated and quitting. I wasn't seeing the results that I wanted and so I would quit. Make sense? Absolutely not, but its what I did.

After seeing some pictures of myself on FB and giving a really long, hard look into the mirror it hit me that I was ready to commit. Please don't think that I'm perfect in this journey by any means. I still eat like crap, just not as often. I still sit on the couch, just not as much. I still drink beer, just not as many. And if you are wondering, I didn't hit my lofty goals, but I feel better, I look better and most importantly I'm still "on the wagon" as they say.

I did take 'before' pictures and measurements like they suggest in most Beachbody workout video systems, but I'm just not comfortable in sharing those with the internet world because they are flat out embarrassing and I'm still not where I feel like I can be proud of where I am now. What I will share with you are a few stats from my 3 month stint with Chalean Johnson.

Chalean Xtreme:
Phase 1: complete
Phase 2: complete
Phase 3:complete

Weight Loss:
10 lbs: 11/02/2013 (actual 11)
15 lbs:
20 lbs:
25 lbs:
30 lbs:

Inches Lost (thighs, hips, waist, chest, biceps):
10 inches: 11/02/2013 (actual 10.5)
15 inches:11/25/2013 (actual 17)
20 inches:

I've still got a ways to go obviously, but this is the first home workout program that I've actually completed! I'm going to skip the extra Lean for Life phase right now and head back into the Burn circuits for another round, I'll be adding in Turbo Fire workouts as well as Spin class to help accelerate weight loss.

Thank you Beachbody and Chalean Johnson for making a program that I can actually stick with and enjoy! I also want to give a shout-out to my Challenge Group that was set up through my Beachbody Coach, Farm Girl Fitness. If you are looking for a coach, pick her. She will get you set up with an awesome workout video series, some motivating friends and success!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The barn by bryan [December 2013]

Well, it happened, its December already, the season of giving, the celebration of the birth of Christ, so, tis the season. Ok, I know what you’re thinking, and no, I’m not going to play a bunch of Christmas songs that will annoy you all month. Instead, I’ll throw some totally awesome tunes your way, and maybe one Christmas tune just to make sure you stay in the mood. So, here goes….

Snowfall, Reckless Kelly
Fightin’ For, Cross Canadian Ragweed
Sing That Song Again, Glen Templeton (to remind you the summer is only 6 months away)
I Got a Car, George Strait (New George, always good)
And your Christmas song….. Merry Christmas from the Family, Robert Earl Keen


Monday, December 2, 2013

[Link up] 2013 Turkey Trot

Its time to tell us all about your 5K Turkey Trot! Grab the button below and link up with Football Fan over at Figuring Out The Plot and here with me at Almost Gypsy Soul. Then visit the other link up and see how we celebrated Thanksgiving across the country! Don't forget, if we have link-ups from at least 10 states, both Football Fan and myself will be making generous donations to either the Salvation Army!

Almost Gypsy Soul

Wyoming - My Turkey Trot included a pack so I guess I'll go ahead and take credit for a 20K, although I think the small one might have ran more than a 5K, she went crazy running all over. Which is kinda scary because she is so small even with the drought stricken sagebrush....she can't be seen! Because I haven't been running, I looked for a flat place to run. I've come to the conclusion that there is not one that exists in this county and I'll be honest there was some walking in my turkey trot, but we got in just under 4 miles and made plenty of room for an awesome dinner! And I'm so thankful it was above 20 degrees by the time I rounded up my pack for a run.

Wyoming - FSA Dee, who ran her Turkey Trot in Star Valley didn't fare so well. She completed her 5K early in the morning (probably because she has 2 of the most adorable little girls ever) and when she remembered to take a picture, her phone had died because of the cold. Guys.....she ran her 5K in a high of 10 degrees! I think she might get the 'Cold Turkey' Award!

Wyoming - Music Man and Tig knocked out their 3 miles on Sunday morning. The weather report wasn't very good and I'll vouch for the awful 40 mph winds that were blowing when I made it home from Utah. Way to be dedicated!

Arkansas - Micca got in her 3 miles in Arkansas and it looks like she had some great scenery on her run. Plus I really like the screen shot of her run....why didn't I think of that?

Did you get in your Turkey Trot before chowing down on some Thanksgiving Turkey? Link up and tell us about it! Thank you everyone who participated!

Friday, November 29, 2013

#20.3: O Drive

All the time, but especially around the holidays, blood banks are in need of blood. Everyone is busy, its hard to make time to give blood, but there couldn't be a more important time to give. You could save up to 3 lives, just by giving up an hour of your time.

My normal blood bank service is United Blood Services and they are having an O Drive during the holidays. What does that mean? It means they will track you down to get you to make an appointment to give blood. Not an O blood type? They will take your blood too!

 My poison of choice was the double red donation once again because now I don't have to get a needle stick again until March. YAY!

And since I'm a good donor, they told me to eat a Taco Bell hearty meal after donation. I swore they said Taco Bell, so I swung through the drive through on my way home.

If you are able, please take time to donate this holiday season. What better gift can you give than the gift of life?

Thursday, November 28, 2013

on Thanksgiving I'm thankful for

I'll never forget the first Thanksgiving that I spent away from my family. I was a freshman in college and we were in Grand Junction at a basketball tournament. I ate Thanksgiving dinner at the Golden Corral and then I cried. Who eats Thanksgiving dinner at the Golden Corral....well apparently a lot of families do, my college basketball team family included, but I just wanted to be at my Grandparents with all of my aunts, uncles, cousins, parents, sisters. Looking back, it wasn't as bad as I seemed to think. Those girls were really family too, we were sisters all united by a leather basketball. We were a team family. I couldn't have asked for a better group of girls to get me through my first couple years of college.

My second Thanksgiving away from my family came when I was at school in Oklahoma, luckily I have great friends and even though it wasn't my immediate family, it was still family in Southwest Oklahoma. These are my boys! and yes we drank beer on Thanksgiving.

Today, I will be celebrating my third Thanksgiving away from family. Its never easy, but I'm not crying so I think that's an improvement from my inaugural run. Even without family here with me, I still have a lot to be thankful for. So today I am thankful for:

Friends and family - Even though I'm not with my family, I won't be alone today. I'll be spending Thanksgiving with the Retired Guy and Bonnie. They take care of me like their own kid, so it will be almost the same as being with my immediate family and the food will be delicious. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the famous pumpkin roll. I request one every year from Bonnie.

My family, they are there rain or shine. Sure we have our differences and we aren't the poster child for the Brady Bunch, but we get it done and we love each other. I am so thankful for my family! As you can see I can't even get the words to come to say how I truly feel about them.

Being healthy - I've been really trying to get into better shape, to lose weight and be healthier in general. I'm making progress and this will be the first year that I, by my own choice, ran a 5K today to celebrate Thanksgiving. Want to be a Thanksgiving bada** too? Run your own Turkey Trot and come back to link up on Monday. If we have Turkey Trotters from at least 10 states Football Fan and I will be making generous donations to 2 great charities, The Salvation Army and Toys for Tots.

My job and my ranchers - My job is stressful and depressing at times, there is too much political and otherwise BS for my taste. But those days that I spend out on the desert, or on horseback, or by Razr with my ranchers have a way of erasing those crappy days that can sometimes occur. Although with the government shutdown and budget crisis, its easy to think that my job isn't all that great, its better to be thankful for having a job, a mostly secure job and the opportunity to work with great people and sometimes the view ain't bad either.

Tylie - What dog owning human isn't thankful for their dog? Lately, I've become even more thankful for Tylie because as she starts to show her age, I can't help but think about losing her. But she is still here now and she is still super excited every time I come home to her. I can't imagine life without her. Plus she snores and that is pretty funny!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

HomeMade: water closet #2

 Since I've lived here lived here for 4 years, there should be many more posts, but there aren't because I'm a slacker. To catch up on on my DIY(with recruitment of helpers) projects, just click here!

This project is complements of my taste in picking flooring, paint colors etc. It is not a product of my blood, sweat and tears. Actually, there was plenty of tears because this is one of the rooms that was flooded, but now that its all done.....its a much better place!

**Don't forget to Trot Your Turkey tomorrow through the weekend. Report back with your pictures and thoughts! If we get trotters from at least 10 states, we will be forking over a donation to the Salvation Army!**

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

RIP Critter

The Assistant Pack Leader had wanted a weenie dog for as long as I can remember. Said weenie dog had a name long before he entered this world and Critter joined our family one year for Christmas.

Critter Jack is the poster child for personality. He was quirky, he was fun and he wasn't afraid to stand up for himself......or any toy who he made the decision to adopt. Critty could "back it on up fat Jesus" into the roping box that looked eerily similar to the corner of the couch. Fist bump, had that one down. Want him to roll over? He'd do it with style by spinning in a circle first. every.single.time.

Critter was very protective of his bones, treats and especially of the toys that he found on his own. A hedgehide (which of course is a hedgehog that had his feet chewed off so he couldn't run away and had been gutted....becomes a hedgehide) or a bear that he pulled out of Assistant Pack Leader's garage sale pile, or "Snowy" the snowman that he adopted out of Tylie's Christmas stocking. These special things had a special hiding place in his crate, or condo as he liked to call it. And if any human tried to take these things out of his condo.....they would be the proud owner of a bloody stump for a hand.

Critter and Assistant Pack Leader were quite the pair. Critty was the best healer and looked after Assistant Pack Leader while she was fighting cancer. He would cuddle for hours on the couch making sure she wasn't lonely. He'd watch any show that she wanted and just all around loved her until she got better. But don't let that cute little face fool you, make him mad and you'd find a present waiting for you in your bedroom.

Critter was only with us for 6 short years, but he was a member of the family and a best friend to Assistant Pack Leader.

Yesterday, Assistant Pack Leader had to make one of the hardest decisions of her life. Critter had hurt his back and was in constant pain. She did the brave, honorable and was worthy of Crit's devotion. She let Critter join his brother Luck in doggie heaven where he can continue to look over the Assistant Pack Leader. And while this is an impossible decision, its one that we as pet owners are charged with. To do what's right and what our pets need us to be strong enough to do when they aren't strong enough to help themselves.

Rest in Peace Critter Jack.

Quite possibly the hardest decision I've ever made. Rest easy, Critter J. I lost a huge part of my heart today, and the six years I had you were some of the best. Love you pal.

Monday, November 25, 2013

I must go

If you need me this winter your best bet will be to visit a crap ton of ski areas throughout the mountain west. I had a semi-impluse purchase of a 2013-2014 season pass to Monarch Ski Area. Now its unlikely that I will actually go to Monarch more than once, but let me tell you, they call their pass One Planet, One Pass and they have deals all over for free days at tons of resorts. I figure I can pay for it AND get to try out a ton of new ski areas!!! WIN.

See you on the slopes!

We are already starting to plan some trips, so if you want on the fun train...holla!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Soul Food Friday [November 2013] 5 Cs

Welcome to Soul Food Friday, grab the button (its at the bottom of my blogpage), link-up and share what feeds your soul. It can be anything!

Don't sweat the small stuff! Yet its the small stuff that makes things ok. What can turn my day around in an instant? The 5Cs of small stuff:

Coke (fountain of course)


Country Stuff


Cuddly doogs 

 What turns your day around? Does it start with a C?