Friday, March 29, 2013

30/31: 1st quarter update

When I started pushin' 30, it started pushin' back......and I compiled this Dirty 30 list . I'm now a quarter of the way through my 30th 21st year. My progress report? Well I think I'm doing pretty good so far!

1. Hike a 14'er
2. Run the Tower Rock 10K
3. Buy the person behind me's meal
4. Lose 30 lbs (4/30)
  • What was the moral of the story about the tortoise and the hare?
5. Save $6,000
  • What was the moral of the story about the tortoise and the hare?.....again. I've made my monthly savings goal 2 months (thank goodness for tax returns to keep me on track!)
6. Finish TurboFire
  • It took me 8ish weeks to finish the first phase of the plan (for your reference Phase 1 is 4 weeks long). I'm doing much better in Phase 2 and have missed only 2 workouts total in Phase 2 (I'm just finishing up week 3)! And I've been running on my "rest" day.
7. Finish Chalean Extreme
8. Golf 3 new courses
9. Learn to wakeboard
10. Brice Canyon
11. Zion National Park
12. Territorial Prison Museum
13. Meet my neighbors
14. Finish my will
15. Far-away friend of the month card/care package (3/12)
  • I have the best friends in the world! Click on Far-away Friend to read about some of my favorites who live way too far away from me!  
16. Have outdoor Christmas lights
17. Have a blog  
  • You are here! Thank you for reading!
18. Go night snowboarding
19. Glow-in-the-dark golf tournament
20. Donate blood 3x
21. Adopt a soldier program
  • Click here to read my letters
22. Volunteer at National High School Finals Rodeo
23. Get my concealed carry permit and a pretty gun to conceal carry w/ a sweet shoulder sling!
  • I'm licensed to carry!
24. Take a Spanish class
25. Zip line
26. Finish my house projects - trim, yard, closet doors
27. Pay off my car.....again (which also means paying off the basement swimming pool removal) I'm getting closer I think I can have it paid off in the fall.
28. Visit my grandparents
29. Make 12 new Pinterest recipes or projects (3/12)
  • Click here for the projects and recipes I've tested out for you! Remember exact measurements are optional (most of the time) This philosophy may have failed me once before.
30. Read 6 new books (1/6)
  • Click here to see my library! 

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Licensed to


On Monday my phone rang with an unknown number, I don't usually answer these, so I guess since I was really over the place of employment project I was working on I decided "what the hey"

"Is this Jennifer blah blah blah?" [ah, crap] (see here how I'm protecting my PII)
"Yes, it is"
"This is the Sheriff's Office, calling to tell you your concealed carry permit is in"
"Great!, I'll be out to pick it up today!"

And now, I am officially licensed to conceal carry......and put a rush on that Dirty 30 list item to find a pretty gun and a super cool shoulder sling!

And yes, PII....that's what working for the federal government will do to your blog.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

WILW: Gettin' my art on

 [Linking up with Jamie for What I'm Loving Wednesday]

I'm LOVING my Colorado Transplant Friend and pottery!

My Colorado Transplant Friend gave me an awesome 30th birthday gift! We made our own pottery pieces at a cute little place called Pottery From the Heart over in Green River. At Pottery From the Heart you pick your own piece of raw pottery from their collection and then get your creative on and start painting. If you plan ahead you can order in pretty much any piece that you want to decorate.

It was pretty hard to even decide what I wanted to make. I finally settled on a casserole dish (I know my OK boys are pretty surprised that I would choose something to do with a casserole, hey casseroles are good for the soul) and Katie chose a really big platter. We can't wait to have a get together to cook in our new dishes!

All finished and ready to be fired. We can pick up our finished pieces in 3-5 days and I.can't.wait. to see the finished product!

Our finished art, all ready for a party!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

New & improved

People are into new. People are into fancy. People are into gadgets and gizmos. People are into technology.

Sometimes you just need old and functional.

Monday, March 25, 2013

#29.3: Malibu chicken

Hands down the best chicken I have EVER had! I've made several recipes from Six Sisters and they are golden. They got this cooking thing DOWN! I managed to find this one on a post called 100 Healthy Dinner Recipes, so I'm just taking their word for it,  you should too.

I mean seriously go to the grocery store right now (even  especially if you have to leave work early). Amazingly enough, there is only 1 ingredient that I didn't have (molasses) so I mostly followed this recipe!

6 boneless/skinless chicken breasts
12 slices deli ham (thin)
6 slices canned pineapple
6 slices Swiss cheese
1/2 cup pineapple juice (I just used the juice drained from my canned pineapple)
4 Tbl. unsalted butter, melted
2 Tbl. BBQ seasoning
1 Tbl. plain yellow mustard
1 Tbl. honey
1 Tbl. molasses
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp chili powder

Put a breast in a gallon zip-top bag and pound the thick end until the entire breast is uniform in thickness, then move to a platter or rimmed sheet pan.  Repeat with the remaining breasts.  Season both sides of each breast with the BBQ seasoning, cover and refrigerate at least an hour.

Combine the butter, pineapple juice, mustard, honey, molasses, Worcestershire sauce and chili powder a medium mixing bowl and whisk until smooth, then set aside.

Grill one side of each breast and each pineapple ring over direct heat until they are seared and have nice grill marks, about 2 minutes.  Flip each breast and ring, brush with the sauce, and cook another two minutes. Move the chicken to the indirect part of the grill and brush the top of each with the sauce.

Top each breast with two slices of ham and drizzle the ham with the sauce.

Put a slice of cheese then a pineapple ring on each breast and drizzle again with the sauce.

Continue cooking with the grill lid down until the internal temperature reaches 160ยบ (I don't own a meat thermometer because I'm not married and those are the types of things you register for) so I just guess about 10 minutes.

I can't even tell you how delicious this chicken is. Make it, I promise you won't regret it!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Soul Food Friday [March 2013]

Welcome to Soul Food Friday! I will host a link up the 4th Friday of the month to which I am quite sure I will be the only one for quite a while, but maybe, just maybe others will want to share what sets them on fire. Anything that motivates you, speaks to you or generally gets you excited about life.....share it at Soul Food Friday! (get your badge at the bottom of my page :))

Link up and make sure to visit other links to see what feeds our blogging friends souls.

My Soul Food..............

Via Pinterest

This picture just leaves me speechless. Speechless....not good for a blog right? But this picture really is worth a thousand words....maybe more. 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

#15.3: Far-away friend: military friend

I don't really know how to write about this far-away friend and really do her justice. She is amazing, she is inspirational, she is brave, she is caring, she is my best friend. It doesn't matter if we talked yesterday, 2 weeks ago or a few months ago, we pick up where we left off and its like we never missed a day.

We grew up a few miles from each other and in 6th grade we were exactly the same height and size. I grew and she didn't. We were a match on the volleyball court because we already knew what each other was thinking. She was a setter and I was a middle hitter....I say hitter because lets be honest in JH there just wasn't alot of blocking happening. She ran the point and I played inside the paint. We ran track together, we were in 4-H together, we ate fried spiders at Financial Friend's house together.....we could usually be found.....together.

Military friend was always extremely self motivated (and still is) and can accomplish anything! Her favorite color is pink AND she carries a gun! After high school, she went to the Air Force Academy while I moved across the mountains to Western State in Gunnison. I was amazed by practically being stripped searched when I went to the Academy to watch one of her basketball games.....she was equally amazed that I could order pizza on any night of the week,  not just Tuesdays.

She is a little tricky though, you gotta watch her! Its her fault that I once ran 13.1 miles.....all at once. She is crazy in shape and sometimes runs marathons for fun....I think that is weird but she really does that. Anyway, she called me up one day and the story unfolds like this:

Military Friend: Hey you want to run a marathon with me later this year?
Me: um.....26.2 miles, no thanks.
Military Friend: Oh come on it will be fun, we will do a rock n' roll, there is music and people cheering for you, you won't even realize its that far.
Me: I've never ran more than 2 miles at a time, I will never run a marathon.
Military Friend: Oh, ok. Well what about a 1/2 marathon?
Me: (WARNING: horrible mistake about to be made) well I might think about doing a half, I think I could at least finish.

FF a couple months and an envelope arrives from Military Friend with a Christmas card.......and a gift certificate for a plane ticket to the DISNEY 1/2 MARATHON. Military Friend, 1. Me, 0. I went, I finished (well behind Military Friend, in fact I think she thought I had died somewhere along the way), we had a great time and my toes hurt more than any pain I've ever felt, but we did it!

She has been extremely successful in the military and has helped so many people through opportunities that she has had. She is currently stationed at Ramstein AFB in Germany and does Medivac flights and hospital stuff (its really important even though I don't really know what I'm talking about with details). I know she has touched so many lives and has more life experiences in her 20 some 21 years (you like that Megs?) than most have their entire lives. OKTrailerPark Friend and I were able to go visit her in Germany in 2011 and we had a blast.....a few pictures to get you hooked, but there will be posts completely dedicated to our travels at some point.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The day I got a birthday present from the President of the United States

It was a little late, but that is about par for the US government these days, they can't get anything done, much less on time.

For my birthday, Congress and President Obama gave me and the rest of American sequestration, mandating billions in cuts, 85 billion to be split between defense and some domestic programs. So my birthday present from the President? Extra days off!!!!!!! Granted they are without pay and in fact, I get to pay them for furlough days by picking up the whole tab on heath insurance......but lets not think about that part, it depresses me. Let's focus on how important my birthday was that I got a present from the President of the United States. I didn't even know he knew where Wyoming is, much less who I am!

Over the last 5 years, FSA has played the game, voluntarily and involuntarily cutting its budget nearly 30%. These cuts have come as no travel (for County Committee meetings or employees), little to no training on the programs that we administer, not allowing County offices to send newsletters which is about the only way that we have to communicate program deadlines and regulations with farmers and ranchers, supply budgets decreases (we tell our producers to go to the bank before coming to our office....and bring pens from the bank!) and staffing decreases. Sequestration isn't going to only hurt the federal workforce, it will get everyone in one way or another.

With sequestration mandating additional cuts in our budget, an additional 5% with approximately 6 months left in the fiscal year will require at least 40 furlough hours per employee. Many offices staff has already been severely cut and are left with only 1 or 2 employees. These offices will be forced to close, reducing the level of service that farmers and ranchers can expect from their County Office.

Other side effects of sequestration might include decreased national security, longer delays when traveling, increased food prices (lack of meat and poultry inspectors), cuts to funding for special education, head start programs. These are just a few that come to mind, there are likely more that no one has thought of.


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Dinosaurs don't have hairspray

Did I just hear that right? Lawmakers are looking an passing legislative restrictions on hairspray? Obviously claims against vehicles, factories and farting cows didn't work out....on to the next culprit of the demise of the world as we know it. The downlow on these awful, life threatening beauty products is astonishing.

Music Man is what some would refer to as an encyclopedia of useless knowledge...which I am going to use today in this blog. So I guess it might be useful to some. I will not check the accuracy of his statements as I am not a real journalist, I can write whatever I want, but for the record, he is usually right (don't tell him I said that). He said that all of this research showing how bad CFCs and VOCs are for us is all government backed, but when you start to read some independent researchers work there may be a little more to the story......gasp. Apparently, we might not really be in that bad of shape. For instance CO2 levels were 600 times what are were back in the Ice Age. WHAT?!?! How is that possible?

 Dinosaurs didn't have hairspray!!!!!!!

Anyway, I guess now hairspray can join livers and guns on the black market.

Monday, March 18, 2013

I know famous people

Some people know real famous people, like the ones you might see on tv, or on a stage, or in a mug shot. Sorry, that wasn't very nice.

Anyway, I like to think that I have several people that I know in real life that should be famous because they are that nice, that giving and/or that awesome! As I'm writing this, I think this might become a "series".....hum....must make a special tag in case I decide to follow through on this.

So here is my first famous person, although it would probably be most accurate to describe him as an acquaintance.....we drank beer together at calf fry and have a good mutual friend, so introducing my first famous person friend!

Nick - he is going to be famous for hiking the Appalachian Trail! He will be starting his journey with his border collie, Gus on March 15, 2013 and will be on this adventure for approximately 5 months. Now the part that I am really excited about.......he has a blog so that someone who is a gypsy soul at heart, but just can't quite bring herself to throw her cares into the wind (that would be me) can live vicariously through his blog.

PLEASE, check out his blog and follow him and his doogis, Gus on their awesome adventure!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Soul Food Friday link-up grand opening announcement

Remember back here when I said that I'm not sure why I say YES? Well sometimes I can't even tell myself NO. So I am a pretty new blogger, but I quickly found out that I love link-ups! And I've been thinking "Self, you should start your own linkup" so I've been throwing around ideas for a while and I finally came up with

Soul Food Friday!

I will host a link up the 4th Friday of the month to which I am quite sure I will be the only one for quite a while, but maybe, just maybe others will want to share what feeds their soul. Anything that motivates you, speaks to you or generally gets you excited about life, share it on Soul Food Friday. I even made a spiffy badge for linkers to use :) You can get your code at the bottom of my page (and hopefully it actually works the way its supposed to....meaning I hope I made pirated borrowed the html code correctly)! While you are  there, grab the Almost Gypsy Soul button too!

I hope you will join me for the first Soul Food Friday on March 22!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Are you the match?

Assistant Pack Leader was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma, a blood cancer in 2009. Throughout her treatments she recieved several blood transfusions and had a stem cell transplant. She was lucky enough that they could use her own stem cells for her transplant and she didn't have to matched with an outside donor. I already donate blood fairly regularly because I have good blood (O-) and good veins (it doesn't take me long to let a unit run out into their little bag).

When she found out that she would be having a stem cell transplant and she didn't yet know if she would need a donor, I immediately started to prepare myself for getting tested to be a possible donor. After her transplant and some time had passed, I decided that I should look into donation for others if they should need it.

I registered for 'Be the Match" the National Marrow Donor Program. I've been a member of the registry for about 2 years now and recently received an email asking me to renew my commitment to the registry. Click here to learn more about the 'Be the Match' program. Its super quick and super easy to sign-up, but there is lots of information on the website to help you make sure this is the right decision for you.

So I challenge you.......ask yourself...... Am I willing to donate marrow to someone who may not otherwise have a match? Am I willing to donate blood for someone who I will never meet. Whoever's blood my sister got, I know she is thankful and I trust that the blood I've donated has made a difference in someone's life. And should I be called to donate marrow, I'll be scared, I'll be worried, but I could also save someone's life.

Assistant Pack Leader recently had a scan and is cancer free for 2.5 years.

Save a life, sign up to donate today!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Don't let hunger happen to you

Peanut Butter Snickers kicks regular Snickers a**. There I said it and I stand by my statement, forever!

All the great ingredients of a Snickers with the added smooth, creamy peanut butter. Ah-mazing! Plus they come in little squares to make it easier to save some for later (if you can really make yourself do that) or if you are a really good person I suppose you could share your wonderful 1.25 inches square, milk chocolate, nougat, peanut butter, caramel and peanut piece of heaven. Well I guess if you go with option B, then you must really like that person........a whole lot.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

30th birthday weekend recap.....part II

Just in case you missed them,  you can read about my fears of turning 30 here and you can read about Day 1 of 30 here.

PAUSE: And a forgotten photo from Day 1, one that really shows my age and maturity.


PLAY: Day 2 brought us small town girls hitting the town with our wallets and doing some shopping. I did really good and didn't spend too much money.....thank you gift cards! Then we were off to Texas Roadhouse to eat my daily caloric intake in one sitting......and it was awesome. Think fried pickles, bloomin' onion, house salad with ranch, warm buttery rolls with cinnamon butter, medium-rare ribeye with loaded baked potato topped off with a blue dolphin (H2O). A day of snowboarding and a night of cards might have caught up with the old lady! Then the nice folks at TR sang to me and gave me an ice cream sundae!

YEE-HAW! Its my birthday! Photo complements of Little Sister

Then we headed into the City for main attraction......Micky & the Motorcars and Reckless Kelly. I will say that they ROCKED! However, the venue, which happens to be called In the Venue left much to be desired and my homesickness for Stillwater was running rampant! In the Venue had a line of ticket holders that stretched for about 2 blocks to enter through 1 door. Doors opened at about 8:15 for a concert that began at 8:30 so thanks to this excellent planning, even though we were there early, we missed about 3/4 of Micky & the Motorcars (luckily we could still hear them outside). Once inside, we were packed in like sardines and couldn't hardly move. As we pushed and shoved (yes I was one of those people) our way to the bathroom, even blowing by the bar......only to find 2 bathroom stalls in the girls bathroom.....yes I said 2! Now that I'm 30, I decided it was appropriate to leave a less than stellar online review for the place and then tell everyone I know how bad this place is....hahahaha.

Despite the less than ideal facility, we had a great time at the concert! And now my pictures to prove it............

Someone might not know how to operate her camera phone :)

Ok, so I didn't do so well in the picture department, but I'll tell you what I was stressed by this place! My hotel roommates and I partook in some late night snacks and blue dolphins before bed. Then up for some free breakfast before I had to say goodbye to OKTrailerPark Friend and Mr. OKTrailerPark Friend. Drive safe and thank you so much for coming to celebrate with me!

Monday, March 11, 2013

30th birthday weekend recap....part I

 [Linking up with Sami @ Sami's Shenanigans for Weekend Shenanigans]

If you didn't read about me thinking that 30 might suck, boy oh boy was I wrong! The weekend might have started off a little rough, but even I-80 in the winter couldn't ruin our fun! A week late, but hey I warned you I might need some extra recovery time since I'm 30, not to mention I had lots of people waiting on little ole' me to return and get to work for them!

OKTrailerPark Friend and Mr. OKTrailerPark Friend (he might be getting his own name since I know him better now, we will see) were on their way to Wyoming when BAM, I-80 is closed from Cheyenne to Laramie. For anyone who lives in Wyoming or has been to Wyoming in the winter is not at all shocked by this. So they got one of the few hotel rooms left in Cheyenne, dropped a few bills at the western store and had a "down home" breakfast before heading on west the next day. Meanwhile, the rest of us, Little Sister, Little Sister's Boyfriend, Music Man and I hit the slopes for some Friday fun at Beaver Mountain.

We drew a few stares (I'm going to presume with jealousy) and a few shoutouts with our awesome  tailgate for lunch in the parking lot! Keith Stone is smooth and oh so many uses. I'm not really sure how big those burgers are, but I think they were knockin' on the door of HUGE!

First day of 30 wasn't too bad!

To be continued..............................

Friday, March 8, 2013

#30.1: Ride, Cowboy, Ride - 8 Seconds Ain't That Long

Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.  ~Author Unknown

Ride, Cowboy, Ride is Baxter Black's newest book and a Christmas gift from Sister. Now look at him, of course he is an excellent writer, poet and cowboy can tell by the wicked awesome mustache! If you have ever read a Baxter Black book, this one will not disappoint. If you haven't read any of Black's work....get your rear on!

This book gives us the lives of a rodeo cowboy, his rodeo cowboy/wannabe cowboy poet and lady bronc rider accused of trafficking endangered species bird feathers. Cooney Bedlam is infatuated with Pica, but can't seem to not make a complete fool of himself in front of her. When she is accused of trafficking bird feathers. Cooney and traveling partner Straight Line set out to save her reputation, prove Pica's innocence, win the National Finals Rodeo and of course......get the girl.

A couple of my favorite lines and scenes from the book:

"You're not stuck," she said sternly, thinking he was delusional and imagining he was still in the water. Then it hit her like a shot of schnapps right out of the freezer! Stuck to the tailgate!

"Well, " said Lick, "I've done dumber things than that. Less, what's your plan?"
And I went to school with his daughter's husband, so we are practically best friends.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

[Sweetwater series] winton

Something is wrong with us.....we have several winter days that are sunny, warm and beautiful, but we decide to head out to the desert when its snowing. But, hey at least the wind wasn't blowing!

Winton is an old coal mining town (I thought camp might more accurately describe the area), but according to some sources the foundation and basement that can still be seen today is the remains of the Union Pacific store. Winton had a boarding house that 50 some miners that worked 6 mines in the area called home. Main street ran east-west in front of the UP store. The whole town consisted of the boarding house, a pool hall, doctor's office, elementary school, post office, bath house and the mine office.

The brick wall is a retaining wall for the road up to Number 1 mine. We didn't venture around looking for the mines, but its pretty clear that is a popular spot for the youngsters of the county. Winton was abandoned in the 1950s.

And taking some time out to play with the dogs in the snow!

Those are my functional snowboots....not my fashion snowboots. My toes were nice and toasty all day!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

#21.4: Letters to a Soldier: duck dynasty edition

This is pretty much the most amazing theme care packages ever (I might be a little biased, but lets just ignore that for now while I revel in my genius).

I present to you.......... 

I covered the inside of the boxes with camo duck tape and filled it to the top with some wicked awesome goodies like
  • "Duck Dynasty makes me HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY" ~Phil, Duck Dynasty Season 1
  • "If you put camouflage on anything it automatically makes it cool" ~Jace, camo cupcakes
  • "Fear the Beard" costume beards
  • "Help me! I falled and I dropped my tea" ~Si, tea bags
  • "Eatin' squirrel brains is where you get your smarts" ~Miss Kay, "squirrel" summer sausage
  • "If you are too busy to hunt ducks, then you are too busy" ~Jace, nerf guns with rubber duck targets
  • "So now that I have my permit, I know I can't eat a donut and keep my hands at 10 & 2" chocolate covered donuts
  • Miss Kay's famous 'Porduckin'  

Miss Kay's 'Porduckin' is a duck stuffed in a chicken, stuffed in a turkey, stuffed in a pig. A Robertson favorite at the holidays. I made a 'Porduckin' that could survive the trip overseas without getting moldy. Jen's Porduckin recipe is:
I pretty much killed myself on setting the bar too high on this one......if I do say so myself. And yes, I am humble when I have revelations such as this one.

And a little quote shrine to Duck Dynasty, a few of my favorites!

"Pretty tires are for sissy rednecks!" ~Si

"First it's pretty tires, then it's pretty thing you know, you're shaving' your beard and wearing' Capri pants." ~Si

"When you don't know what you're doing, its best to do it quickly." ~ Jace

"The number one rule is.....there are no rules." ~Jace


"JACK" ~ Si

And my all time favorite.....

"To see grown men chasing chickens around the subdivision......I'd say America is makin' a comeback." ~Phil

Monday, March 4, 2013

The barn by bryan: March 2013

Hello constant reader (and listener), March brings the threat of warmer weather, longer days, and the birthday of a very special young [is he mocking me?] lady, Jen.  As the unofficial, or maybe official, musicologist (is that a word?) of the “Almost Gypsy Soul”, I have the privilege of contributing just a little piece of entertainment to the blogging world each month, and this month is specifically dedicated to Jen (as if any other month is different).  You see, Red Dirt comes west, just for Jen’s birthday (that’s what she says anyway) [its the honest truth!] this month and this playlist is Red Dirt[yahoo! my favorite!] heavy.  Micky and the Motorcars and Reckless Kelly[you know they came to town especially for MY birthday right?] are on their way to the City (Salt Lake City to us western Wyoming folk), so you will hear a lot of their music this month, I threw a bonus because there is a lot of good tunes that come from that region and its one of my favorites.
So, without further ado, your March Playlist….

“Rock Springs to Cheyenne”, Micky and Motorcars: How could I NOT play this song?

“Good Luck and True Love”, Reckless Kelly: YEP!

“Carolina Morning”, Micky and the Motorcars:

“Snowfall”, Reckless Kelly:  I think we have all been there

“Never Been Out West”, Micky and the Motorcars

“Nobody’s Girl”, Reckless Kelly

BONUS TRACK:  “17”, Cross Canadian Ragweed:  Always… in your hometown.


Friday, March 1, 2013

30 sucks....or does it?

Well crap! Its here, I'm officially 30.

However, I'm going to try to stay positive so here is what I'm loving about turning 30.

1. My friends are here to celebrate with me. OKTrailerPark Friend and Mr. OKTrailerPark Friend drove up from Colorado for the weekend festivities! Plus Little Sister, Little Sister's Boyfriend and Music Man will be joining! all.weekend.long.
2. We are headed to the mountain today instead of the office. Bring on the brews, burgers and boards! YA-HOO!

3. Micky & the Motorcars AND Reckless Kelly are headed west to celebrate with me(presumably just because its my 30th birthday!, I'm important like that). 2 of the best bands.EVER.

4. I'll be swallowing turning 30 and washing it down with a feast from the Roadhouse! Medium rare ribeye, loaded baked potato, salad with ranch, buttery rolls with cinnamon butter PLUS a coupon for a free appetizer! Should I pick the onion blossom or fried pickles? I believe this meal alone will probably equal my daily calorie goal!

Now that I'm 30, I'll probably need to take a few extra days off to recover from this kind of fun filled weekend!