[Linking up with Michelle at The Vintage Apple for Oh, How Pinteresting Wednesday]




When all else fails where do you turn.....duck tape and baling wire Pinterest!


So when words are failing me for my blog, I link-up with Oh, How Pinteresting Wednesday. So here goes some of my oldie but goodies, some new finds and Pinterest isn't Pinterest without some quotes. Some images had to be censored for blogland. Don't hate me. Click here to follow me on Pinterest.

Oldie but Goodies


New finds

No, I am not pregnant, note the wine pic is bigger thus more important

Quotes  I need reminded of (or just love)


This one isn't all in Sweetwater County, but neighboring Sublette County. Oil and gas is a major industry and source of income for both counties. It is very important to the local economy and in my opinion, quite interesting.


This is the one where I get to go to an oil rig...like a real one, and not just beside it, but ON it....in the Jonah Field. Job perk, I guess you could say. According to some, its the next big demise of Wyoming (probably right after the downsizing of wild horse herds), but I think its cool! Plus I learned a whole bunch about the oil/gas field, both the Jonah and the new NPL field that is coming soon (hopefully to make my house worth 1 miiiilllllliiiiooonnnnn dollars)!

I'll be the first to admit, I've probably forgotten more of the information that they shared with us on this day long tour than I remember, but I'll do my best.

First off, my awesome PPE (personal protection equipment)


Drill bit have some diamond insets in them. These things are huge and can cost over $40,000 apiece. They weigh somewhere between 75 and 200+ lbs. Most of the time a drill bit is only good for one well.



The view inside the driller's room. He can pick up pipe and put it in to drill all from here. The room was pretty small, but usually only has 2-3 people inside at a time.


Location.


The new Normally Pressurized Lance (NPL) project is south and west of the existing Jonah field. As drilling winds down in the Jonah, Encana will shift its operations and resources to the NPL. The NPL will utilize directional drilling rather than vertical drilling, which should decrease the surface footprint left behind. Encana anticipates a maximum of 3,500 wells in the NPL. Directional drilling is where there is only one surface pad and then several wells are drilled off sideways underground from the one hole in the surface.

Check out the professional story from the Pinedale newspaper here. They did a slightly better job of pictures than me and wrote their story while they still remembered the details of the tour. Hey, they get paid to write.


This week I'll be livin' it up at Yellowstone, Billings, MT via Cody, WY, and Bear Lake/Montpelier, ID via Thermopolis, WY.
Welcome to Soul Food Friday! I will host a link up the 4th Friday of the month. Link up to share with your fellow bloggers 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 :))


Food (literally) is my Soul Food. These dishes and any frown will turn upside down!

Every town has that one food that just can't be replicated anywhere else and will forever be the favorite of anyone who has ever lived in that town....makes it famous if you will.

Southside Bar and Grill, Limon, CO

The pepperoni and onion calzone. I won't even order a calzone unless its at Southside. Trust me on this one, if you are in Limon, eat a calzone. And if you sit by Mike, he might buy it for  you! And those plates....been there since the Tornado I'm pretty sure.

Mario's Pizzaria, Gunnison, CO

The half and half salad with no black olives and ranch dressing. If you didn't think you were in heaven with the calzone, this one will put you there for sure! Half regular salad, half pasta salad smothered in shredded mozzarella cheese, green peppers, tomatoes topped off with pepperoni and ranch dressing. Mix it up and enjoy!

El Vaquero, Stillwater, OK


Carne asada cooked in a special cheese sauce served with rice and beans, mix it all up, throw it in a tortilla and if you want to go crazy put a little of their yummy salsa in there too. Goes great with the mucho mug of cervesa. This one is so good, I asked for it for Christmas and guess what Little Sister delivered.....4 of them under my Christmas tree in my freezer...I guess I was a good girl that year.

Cattlemen's, Oklahoma City, OK


House dressing. to.die.for. And possibly the best steak I've ever had. Go ahead and add it to the "If I am in the great state of Oklahoma, I have to eat here" list. Eat here, you won't regret it.

O'Charley's, Columbia, TN
 Sometimes you just need a good burger and O'Charley's got one!

Taco Mago Taco Stand, Rock Springs, WY


They don't speak English and they randomly close down for a few days at a time (I speculate they get deported, but who knows) and if they ask you if you want the "special sauce" say yes, but maybe order some milk to go with it! Smokin' hot and super yummy!

Where is THE PLACE to eat for you? It's ok to pick more than one, I did!
I'm packing up on Sunday and I'm headed to Montana for a farm loan training for real estate appraisal authority. In case you didn't know I work for the US Department of Agriculture - Farm Service Agency on the farm programs side.  Apparently, someone (and I guess I'll admit, myself too) thought I didn't have enough to do administering farm programs to 2 counties, so I signed up for the Farm Loan Officer Training (FLOT) program. Perks include working with my super fun trainer, being stressed to the max at times and ..........going to Montana for a week. Unfortunately a bigger paycheck is not a perk, that's right folks sometimes I work for free.

I am headed out on Sunday for a drive to Billings. Now since I will be traveling on Sunday, I decided that the route through the Park (that is what us Wyoming folks call Yellowstone....I'll have to ask if that is what they call it in MT too). I'll be staying the night in Cody, WY before heading into Billings. After a week of training...and hopefully some golf, I'll take a more direct route home and stop off in Thermopolis, WY for an overnight before making it back in time to pack up the camping stuff and head to Bear Lake for the weekend where we have boating and glo-in-the-dark golf tournament (which they moved to Thursday so I can't golf....don't they know I have a Dirty 30 list that needs some check marks? com'on guys!!! work with me here!) on the agenda.

Hopefully, once I return I'll have some 'place of employment' blogs....however, knowing me I'll probably have them disguised as vacation, the Park, gunfights re-enactments, Cody night rodeo, golf, walking brewery tour, golf, hot springs.....cleverly disguised, if I do say so myself. Most importantly, I hope I can report that I passed all my tests!

One of my big fears about blogging has come true recently....I don't seem to have anything worth writing about. Some of you noticed that I took a week off as "life caught up with me and interrupted my blogging schedule" and there is a good chance I will take Montana week off....hopefully get some writing done and get back on track.

Don't forget we have Soul Food Friday link up tomorrow right here at Almost Gypsy Soul. Come back, linkup and share what feeds your soul!
[Linking up with Jamie for What I'm Loving Wednesday]

This carpet shampooer that Tylie bought me a few months ago. She musta ate something bad and it was put to good use and that is all the detail I will provide for your reading pleasure.



These impulse buy Ariat shoes at the National High School Finals Rodeo trade show....so comfy and don't make my feet look huge......huge bonus points for them!



All the fun folks that I re-connected with at the NHSFR and the new ones too. I think next year I might have to take the week off to keep up with them!



Sunday afternoon naps after a long week of pretending I'm still a youngin' AND a big kid (going to work).

ZZZZZZZZZZZZ



What are you loving this Wednesday?

WILW

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[Linking up with Jamie for What I'm Loving Wednesday] This carpet shampooer that Tylie bought me a few months ago. She musta ate som...
A while back my real life and blogging friend, Football Fan, wrote about her trip to The Cowboy Rides Away Tour with King George. As I started commenting on her blog post, I realized I was telling her the entire story about my George concert experience a few years back at Cheyenne Frontier Days and ended my comment early with ........"but.....well I'm just going to write a blog about it" So here is said blog!

As long as I can remember there have been 3 artists on my dream concerts list 1)George, 2)Brooks & Dunn and 3)Garth. When I found out that George was going to be at CFD, I immediately called the Sisters and ordered us tickets. We got the "Party Zone" which is standing room down on the track between the stage and the grandstands. We had been to CFD concerts before and the Party Zone was awesome, comfortable and fun, close to the action.



BE WARNED! THE PARTY ZONE IS NO PARTY AT A GEORGE CONCERT! I have never been surrounded by more rude, obnoxious, awful people in my life. I was called names that I had to look up the meaning of when I got home, pushed, elbowed and almost took a visit to the jail or the ER. Although as the story unfolded I'm pretty sure it would have been jail. One guy even told me, "I must not be from Wyoming because I was the rudest person he'd ever met and that George Strait wouldn't like me" because I wouldn't let him elbow his way past me to stand 4 inches in front of me. The BIL would be proud of his girl, Assistant Pack Leader and that rude, drunk guy should be saying his prayers that BIL was not in attendance to the concert.

The party zone was packed! 2x as many people as they should have sold tickets to were jammed down onto the track. A whole new meaning to packed in like sardines. Of course this doesn't stop people from pushing, shoving or lying their way through the crowd. Rude, drunk guy had been through several times and finally the Assistant Pack Leader let him know that "there was no place to go, that she had paid her money to see George too and that if his pregnant girlfriend meant so much to him that maybe he shouldn't be leaving to get beer every 5 minutes" At which point he turns around and yells at her "F you" (I'm gonna clean this conversation up for you folks). And at that time, she loses it.....grabs him by the front of his shirt, lifts him up off the ground and is yelling in his face "No, F you", I turn around just in time to see him rear back with a fist, which is caught by a nice Harley riding, bodyguard looking guy, as Assistant Pack Leader ducks nicely out of the way. Enter security, Exit rude, drunk guy and no one knows about the pregnant girlfriend.

My first and last George concert and likely my last time to the Party Zone at CFD unless its for a local band that neither I nor anyone else in the world has heard of.

Have you ever attended an event that, in your mind was going to be the best ever and turned out to be slightly less.....or much, much less. If it hadn't been George, I could honestly say it was the worst concert I've ever been too. You, sir, I'm pretty sure George wouldn't like you!

Have you ever read the urban dictionary? Did you even know there was such a thing as an urban dictionary?

I learned about its existence from Assistant Pack Leader when she bought her "hooptie". I learned of said purchase via text message and I had no idea what a "hooptie" was. About 10 days later after it had been the victim of attempted grand theft auto, I was home and was informed about the proper definition of a "hooptie". If you missed the grand theft auto story make sure to click the link and check it out!

But back to a "hooptie"


Any car that meets the following: a) driver must enter car through passenger side b) three different brand and size tires - 3 of them missing hubcap c) exhaust is held up by half a clothes hanger - other half replaces the antenna d) backfires every three blocks - loudest backfire being when car is turned off e) must open door at drive-thrus as windows don't roll down f) you only get one AM station and the tape deck eats all tapes inserted g) can't open the glove box as the whole thing will fall out h) if you let go of steering wheel while driving you'll make a u-turn i) must manually move blinker lever up and down as it no longer blinks on it's own j) must keep one foot on brake and one on accelerator when at a complete stop k) has had the same temporary registration sticker in the window for the last 18 months l) has all the above issues but still has a $200 professional tint job
"Hey fool...you gotta have the phattest hooptie in town!"


Thanks for the lesson Assistant Pack Leader!
When I was growing up I thought I had it so bad. I had chores, I had a summer job, I got spanked, I got grounded, I was responsible for my own checking account. The older I got the more I realized how thankful I am for the "rough childhood" I had. My parents taught me responsibility, integrity and that there ARE consequences for my actions.



This week I spent a fair amount of time at the National High School Finals Rodeo that is held here in Rock Springs where there is somewhere around 6,000 high school kids here from all over the U.S., Canada and Australia competing in 10 days of high school rodeo. A few days ago, I was sitting outside the NRS trailers talking with Chance and a mother and her 7ish year old screamed by. The mother was dragging the little boy by while he was screaming and crying "I want that rope." As they made their way in front of us, he grabbed her arm, shoved it in his mouth and proceeded to bite her as hard as he could. She threatened that if he "didn't quit she was going to give him a spanking." About 10 yard down the midway, he grabbed the bag she was carrying and ripped it out of her hands, spilling the contents on the ground. As she bent over to pick them up, he continued screaming, stomping his feet and crying. As they started out of the midway, he came up behind her and kicked her to which he got a spanking a swat that wouldn't have killed a fly and then off came his shoe which he proceeded to throw at her head. I sat there, not believing what I had just witnessed. I have never, ever seen a kid act so poorly with no consequences and I have to admit, I shuddered, literally shuddered when the thought of what my parents would have done to me if I had acted half that bad when I was his age, crossed my mind.


In addition to my horror after this scene, it came to my attention that the bad behavior continued inside the trade show. Over the loud speaker it was announced "God doesn't like thieves".....many vendors have questioned themselves about attending the NHSFR in the future because of the amount of merchandise that has been stolen this year. In the booth next to ours, the vendor caught a kid stealing a bit from her shop. She called the cops, the coach and went to the parents. When the parents were told what the kid had done, they weren't upset, they did NOTHING! NHSFR however did do something....the kid was disqualified and sent home.....all the way back to Florida.


I believe in responsibility, I believe in discipline, I believe in consequences, I believe in integrity and I believe in butt whoopins'.
 [Linking up with Julia at Black Tag Diaries for Thankful Thursday]

"The farmer is the only man in our economy who buys everything at retail, sells everything at wholesale and pays freight both ways" ~ John F. Kennedy
This is where I came from (photos courtesy of Amy, told you I'm not very good at this picture thing)


Where this (even though most will argue about the 'right' color).......





turns into this.......

I love eastern Colorado. I am thankful for growing up there. And I'm missing it a whole bunch lately.

He knows me. He is allowed to say things to me that others would get slapped for. We lived together. He is OCD. I make piles (clean, neat, tidy ones). He does dishes. I make messes in the kitchen. He is nice to my dog even after she bit him. He wouldn't let his dog bite me. I call him an old man, but he can't wait until is excited I'm finally 30 because we made a pact to get married when we both turned 30, if we weren't already married. He's been waiting a while ;).

He'd drive across the state of Oklahoma when my heart had been broken and left with no ride home just to pick me up and take me home (unfortunately this is not theoretical). He calls just to check in on me. He buys me Cattlemens' when I'm in Oklahoma City. He lets me ride his best reining horse and doesn't laugh when I almost fall off. He lets me call him a nerd. He's one of the good ones.

Saturday  I played "Mommy" for a day. Colorado Transplant Friend and Little Boy were scheduled for some "intensive potty training". I think I got the better end of the deal, although I'm sure Little Boy did great. My plan of attack against a 9 month old? Wear her out! (so we Aunt Jen can take a nap). I'll hand it over to Miller Baby for the rest of the story.

First things first, we did a little volunteer work at the National High School Finals Rodeo. Aunt Jen and I were at horse check-in where we were responsible for chatting with contestants and their parents, make them feel welcome in Rock Springs ya know!? While I checked health papers, Coggins papers and stall assignments before sending them on to the brand inspector, Aunt Jen put the mane tags in. I was a pretty big deal at horse check-in! Aunt Jen completely screwed up my schedule and I took a nap before we ate lunch at......1:30! But since its kinda her first day, I didn't even cry. We stopped by Mom's house and ate lunch while Little Boy was napping. I think Mom was glad to see me and feed me some yummy squash for lunch! For dessert I had my favorite....a graham cracker!

Then I went with the boys to Wendy's where I tried really hard to sweet talk them into giving me a french fry. I got the offer of chicken nuggets but Aunt Jen wouldn't let the boys give me any....I have 2 teeth, I don't know what the big deal is. All that work flirting with the boys (they really liked me) made me tired so we went home and took a real afternoon nap....I think Aunt Jen needed it more than I did, but I humored her and slept for an hour.

Then Aunt Jen's friend, Snowboard Friend came over. They are going to Yellowstone, I think that is a long ways away. I just got back from South Dakota so I don't think I would want to go to Yellowstone.

Even though we didn't make it to shopping at the trade show, where I'm sure Aunt Jen would have bought be some cute cowgirl clothes, we had a good day! I think Aunt Jen is sorry that she didn't take any pictures.....she says its hard to corral me, my stroller, my bag and my big girl sippie cup. Oops.
Well, life caught up to me and my blog took a backseat for a few days. BUT I'm back and hopefully full of BS true stories to tell you. You can look forward to reading about speedos at the Hampton on Mondays, camping and gettin' extreme on the wakeboard, volunteering at the National High School Finals Rodeo, golfing with the cowboys, being Mommy for a day, the towing of the boat and maybe some serious thoughts sprinkled in there.

See I really have been busy! Stayed tuned for some fun stories and I'm ashamed to say, mostly without pictures. :( Boo.

These aren't a new recipe off of Pinterest, but has become a staple in my attempt at dieting. If  you are anything like me as soon as you try to start watching what you eat, all of a sudden all you can see, taste and want is donuts, chocolate, ice cream, pizza (I could go on, but I'll spare us the torture).

These powerballs are energy packed....if I'm starving before my workout I pop a couple of these and it gets me through. If I'm craving some sort of dessert, I'll have one of these, they satisfy as dessert! As usual, I didn't have all the ingredients on hand so mine have varied a little bit so listed below is my edited recipe. Click here if you want the "real" recipe.

  • 1 cup (dry) oatmeal (I used old-fashioned oats)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed or wheat germ (or add more oatmeal if you don't have flaxseed or wheat germ)
  • 1/2 cup Andes baking chips
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour. Once chilled, roll into balls of whatever size you would like. (Mine were about 1" in diameter.) Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week. 



These little dandys are the bright spot of a "diet" errr......lifestyle change.

I spent my 4th of July helping out my co-worker by supervising a high school boys basketball team's concession stand at the youth rodeo that is held every July 4th in Farson, WY. On my way back to town, the radio advertised a photo contest and I thought, well maybe I should enter....I don't know what I might won't win, but I should still enter. So as soon as I got home, I looked through my Wyoming photos (I should really take a few more!) and uploaded the following photos to the contest. Hey, ya can't win if you don't enter, but if you'd like to help tip the scales my way visit the website and vote for one of my photos!

The rules for the contest were pretty easy
  1. All photos must be taken in Wyoming
  2.  All photos must be “family friendly” in order to be entered into the contest
  3.  Photos can include any type of photo from landscapes, action photos, underwater, glamour, wedding, architecture etc.
  4.  Must upload all photos on website
  5.  Any person can submit photo or photos but can only win with one photo meaning if they have 2 photos in the top 3-5 the photo with the most votes will win and the 4th    or 6th place photo will move into the top 3-5 (depends on how many winners I want to give prizes to)
  6. Must be from the same counties we use for the Big Bull Contest to partake in contest
  7.  Photos must be the work of person submitting the photo(s) into the contest
A River Runs Through It: Green River, Sweetwater County

Good Morning, Sheep Camp: White Mountain, Sweetwater County

The Devil Made Me Do It: Devils Tower, Crook County

      
Sunday Church: Flaming Gorge Reservoir, Sweetwater County
















Its here! Its here! Its here! YIPPEEE! My favorite holiday of all time! I love everything about the 4th of July, what it means, how we celebrate.everything.

Over the years, how I have celebrated has changed.

From spending the holiday at wheat harvest,

Thank you Amy for being good at taking photos
to spending the week in mountains with the Cowboys,

Thank you Yahoo for housing photos

 to BBQ, yard games and  in the trailer park


to days at the lake camping and boating.



But it all means the same......"we are the land of the free because we are the home of the brave"

God Bless America!

Fourth of July

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Its here! Its here! Its here! YIPPEEE! My favorite holiday of all time! I love everything about the 4th of July, what it means, how we celeb...
When I started pushin' 30, it started pushin' back......and I compiled this Dirty 30 list . I'm now  halfway through my 30th year. My progress report? Well its a few days late I think I'm doing pretty good so far! I'm adding on to my first quarter report (shown in brown) and my running totals after the second quarter are in green. And remember when I reserved my right to change and amend my list....yep I'm doing that and those are in purple.

1. Hike a 14'er
2. Run the Tower Rock 10K 5K
3. Buy the person behind me's meal
4. Lose 30 lbs (7/30)
  • This obviously isn't going as well as one would hope. Encouraging words appreciated (or possibly yelling at my lazy rear would be more appropriate). I'll report I'm down a few pounds....long ways to go! 
  • We will not be talking about this one at this time. 
5. Save $6,000
  • What was the moral of the story about the tortoise and the hare?
  • BAM! Hit my goal way early in the year! Thank you tax return, "extra" paycheck in April (the icing on the cake of being paid every 2 weeks) and selling some unused items for cash. 
6. Finish TurboFire
  • It took me 8 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!
  • Um, yeah this one is back on the shelf until fall. I know I suck. 
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) (6/12)
  • 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! This quarter you met TC, Stretch and Military Friend
  • This quarter I introduced you to my amazing Far-away Friend Families! This quarter you met Oklahoma Cowboy family, Cowboy Family and Jeremiah Johnson Family.
16. Have outdoor Christmas lights
17. Have a blog  
  • You are here! Thank you for reading!
  • Moving up in the world, I have 8 followers now! Thank you! 
18. Go night snowboarding
19. Glow-in-the-dark golf tournament
20. Donate blood 3x (1/3)
  • Click here to find out more about donating blood
21. Adopt a soldier program
  • Click here to read my letters
  • Well one of my guys is headed home, so I'm down to 1 soldier again. I even got a little shout out from him on Facebook for sending some super fun packages! And then my other soldier will be shipped home next month! I'll have to update on his final care package soon.
22. Volunteer at National High School Finals Rodeo
  • I'm scheduled for a midnight to 2 am shift next week :)
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 5 state road trip, just me, my car and the open road
26. Finish my house projects - trim, yard, closet doors
  • I'm checking off the yard and my patio even is looking inviting. And I have a semi-great stand of grass in Tylie's backyard oasis.
27. Pay off my car.....again (which also means paying off the basement swimming pool removal)
28. Visit my grandparents
29. Make 12 new Pinterest recipes or projects (3/12) (9/12)
  • 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.
  • I think I'm on track to finish this one before my deadline too....mostly all successes.
30. Read 6 new books (1/6) (6/6)
  • Click here to see my library!  
  • Thanks to my flights to/from Cali, I have another checkmark on the ole' list
I'll preface this post with I don't have kids of my own (I don't want to lose any readers!) so in my expert opinion......here we go.

As I'm out and about, I've noticed that little kids all have their own cell phone, Ipad (I mean seriously they took the book Goodnight Moon and turned it into Goodnight Ipad), Ipod, Gameboy (whatever the new ones are called, I realize that Gameboy is so yesterday) and various other devices that require some sort of charging cord. Along with packing these items around, it seems that many kiddos also pack around the opinion that they have to have these items and their parents owe it to them to spend the money so that they might carry them to school each day. I have even offered the advice to one of my ranchers "If you have trouble, just ask one of your grandkids to send me the email from your Iphone."

Last week, a friend from back home posted this video of the reveal of her daughter's birthday gift from Mom and Dad.


Do you kinda feel like its your birthday because you have to click the link to find out what the present is?

I love this video and love that in place of an Ipad, this little girl asked for this gift instead (and obviously meant it with her whole heart)!

Happy birthday!


It’s July, you know what the means?  We celebrate the birth of America!  We have BBQ’s, we gather with friends and family, we go camping or to the lake, and we shoot off fireworks.  But the most important part of this holiday is not a day off (although that is pretty nice!), it’s the fact that the greatest nation is the world came into existence this month 237 years ago. 
So, this playlist is devoted to America… Enjoy…

Ray Charles; America the Beautiful
Toby Keith; Made in America
Shooter Jennings; 4th of July
Don McLean; American Pie
Lee Greenwood; God Bless the USA

Sorry no Red Dirt, maybe next month

Happy Birthday America!!!!