Wednesday, December 31, 2014

GO-al time: 2014 recap

1. Meet a yearly savings goal

2. Have a spa day/weekend at a legit spa (with a robe)
My sisters and I got together in SLC and had a sister weekend for our Christmas present to each other. We crashed the Woolgrowers Convention, hit the spa for some TLC (and a robe), movies, dinner, shopping and general relaxing!

3. Palisade, CO vineyards pedal bike tour

4. Get to/maintain goal weight

5. "Pay for" season snowboarding pass

6. Finish the Dirty 30 list
6A. Hike a 14'er
We made the 12 mile hike is about 9 hours. Click here to read all about it!

6B. Lose 30 lbs (7/30) (5/30) (14/30) (22/30) (32/30)(33/30)

6C. Finish TurboFire Chalean Extreme
6D. Brice Canyon
6E. Zion National Park
6F. Territorial Prison Museum
6G. Finish my will
6H. Have outdoor Christmas lights

6I. Go night snowboarding
Ultimate fail, a second snowboarding season has passed and I didn't get this done. Maybe night snowboarding just isn't for me.
6J. Glow-in-the-dark golf tournament
6K. Take a Spanish class
7. 12 months, 12 massages (1/12)(2/12) (8/12)
Despite my slow start I made up some serious ground on this one. Besides just being awesome, I really felt some health benefits from regular massage.
8. Only go to Wal-Mart once a month
Not happening. I'm still an American.
9. Instagram Photo Challenge (copying Football Fan once again)
I participate.....sometimes.....and sporadically at best. And by sporadically I mean practically never.

10. Sell my house

All in all I didn't do too bad, although I was really hoping to get them all crossed off. I won't be carrying over another list, I think it was a bit stay tuned for my 2015 goals....and a few of the unfinished ones did make the 2015 list.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

christmas at the 1413

Christmas is the second most wonderful time of the year....sorry, July 4th is my absolute favorite holiday. What does Christmas look like around here this year?

1. I like to buy Christmas stuff right after Christmas because its so cheap....and this year when I opened my decorations box, I had some surprises that I had forgotten about. BAM, brand new tree decorations this year!

2. If you are on the angel tree and you ask for cowboy boots, you pretty much get everything that is on your wish list. I'm a sucker for kids that don't want video games or iphones.

3. I finally have outdoor Christmas lights....complements of the after Christmas sales!

4. My nativity set.....only took me two years and bribing my friends and family to help me finish it, but I have a nativity set....that I painted and its awesome!

5. Don't forget the seniors. I love the Angel Tree and picking out gifts for the younger generation that needs a little extra boost around the holidays, this year I added a senior citizen to my list. And all they wanted was some homemade cookies and fruit.....I can do that! And I failed to take a picture of my beautiful cookies!

Merry Christmas to all my wonderful friends and family!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014


Jealousy is something that I never want to feel of others. I mean sure its there, the small things like I wish I had that snowboard or I wish I could wear those super cute tights and make them look good, but I honestly never, ever want to be so jealous of someone that it makes me miserable. So miserable that I can't see the world really turning outside my head and what I think I know. We know that if we are that miserable with ourselves and our feelings of jealousy....we are bound to be making those around us miserable too. We've all been there at one time or another....the jelouslee and the jealousor and neither one is a fun role to play.

Jealously can feel like a lot of different can look like a lot of different things. It looks ridiculous, it looks like low self esteem, if feels like inadequacy, it looks like anger, it feels like humiliation, it feels like high school.  and its a vicious cycle that is tough to break.

And when someone is jealous of you? How do you act? What do you say? How do you make yourself appear less threatening?

I've decided there is only so much I can do. I'm going to work on me, being the best me that I can be is important, physically, emotionally and mentally. If that requires me to do some housecleaning friends cleaning then so be it. I'm going to be thankful for what/who I have. I'm going to do what is best for me, while not pushing others down. I'm going to lift others up. I'm going to work on my self esteem, being confident and maybe, just maybe I'll wear those super cute tights too. I'm going to work on getting rid of any jealousy that I may have, no matter how big or small and hope that throwing out jealousy will be more powerful that jealousy itself.....maybe getting rid of jealousy will take hold and be contagious to all those around us.

The pathway to happiness is not paved in jealousy.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

comedy club: sheldon cooper

Holy crap! I do not know how I ever missed this episode, but it will be bookmarked next to "Ed Being Naughty" for when I have bad days and just need to laugh!

Monday, December 8, 2014

the barn by bryan [December 2014]

I hope everyone found enough turkey and fixings to over eat for Thanksgiving. Now it’s time to spend lots of money, spread lots of cheer and be merry. And, of course, it’s time to hit the slopes (or, for me, fall down the mountain). So, here is my gift to you, a bitchin’ playlist (it’s not Christmas music, but hey). HO, HO, HO… Merry Christmas!!!

Great Divide, Let’s Get Out of Here Tonight
Reckless Kelly, Snowfall
Chris Ledoux, The Ol’ Double Diamond
Josh Abbott Band, Touch
Turnpike Troubadours, Whole Damn Town 


And for the record, its not Bryan's fault that this is so late getting posted. I take the full blame!

Monday, December 1, 2014

i'm knockin' it and i ain't tried it

Black Friday shopping sounds horrible, even in my medium sized town.....avoid at all costs. Plus it like starts at ungodly hours....count me out, I'm still in a turkey coma.

Its as bad as I imagine.....right?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

always go to the meeting

because if you don't, you will get volunteered to host the next area rally. And no one will want to come to your town because you live in Rock Springs. And everyone wants to go to Jackson and you adamantly are opposed to hosting a multi-state meeting in Jackson because there is so much more to Wyoming than Jackson, damnit!

So the biggest thing I've ever organized (and I'm not really that organized) in my life was a bridal shower, 4 hours tell me how did I get roped into hosting a 3 day event with food and meeting rooms and hotel contracts and group rate entertainment and transportation and sponsorships and meetings and the possibility of 70ish people.......crap.

I used to be a big planner, but I'd get so upset when my plans didn't go according to plan so I tried to change and guess what!? I LIKED IT! Now I get the plane ticket and I get to the airport on time, but that is pretty much the extent of my planning. Sure, I surf the web to see what I might want to do, but I'd just rather get there and do whatever I feel like these days. So much less stressful.

BUT, I'm guessing that when being a host to 70ish people who have flown, drove or maybe took a train to get to Cody, Wyoming......well I suppose they probably wouldn't be too impressed with my "do whatever I want" planning.

So I've begged, borrowed and threatened people (just kidding....mostly) some chairpersons and have given them a piece to be in charge of. Even my sisters have been volunteered to help me! I figure if everyone can keep a little piece organized, then the whole thing will appear you think I'm on the right train of thought here? 

So what can my co-workers look forward to? A tour of the Y-Tex facility, Prime Rib buffets at Buffalo Bill's Irma hotel, chuckwagon dinners at the Cody Cattle Company, cowboys and cowgirls at Cody's Nite Rodeo, an afternoon at the Buffalo Bill Museum (which is actually 5 museums), hospitality rooms, meetings........and sheriff badges for name tags. and I rest my case, its going to be the best convention ever!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

angel trees sometimes sparkle before Christmas

Last Saturday we went to Wingers for some dinner and a cocktail or two. I was insistant on not sitting at the bar "because we were eating dinner too"...which I was overruled and we moved to the bar. Our bartender was a neat young lady with a terrible limp. Come to find out she had fallen on the ice, but was unable to catch herself because she had been carrying her baby. The baby was fine, but her knee was a different story. We had a great dinner and friendly service.

The next day I cleaned out my closet and listed some clothes for sale on Facebook and got a buyer right away, when she came to my house to pick up the clothes I recognized her face, but couldn't put it with a time and place. We chatted briefly and I learned that she had recently lost quite a bit of weight, but was still trying to lose more so she didn't like to buy new clothes for herself until she got to her goal....completely understand that one! I also learned that she was a single mom so most of her extra shifts went to kiddo clothes, shoes etc.

Moving right along to the next day, I was browsing through the Facebook "For Sale" group and saw a post from her searching for shoes for her little girls because they had both managed to wear through theirs in the SAME week. I immediately knew that I wanted to buy shoes for them.

I love the Angel Tree at Christmas time and I knew that this was my Angel Tree opportunity that came a month or so early. I had fun shopping for some new shoes for the girls and came home with some fancy athletic shoes in size 2 and 3. Of course I couldn't stop there, I took one last look at my closet and pulled out a green sweater that I hadn't worn in quite a while, she mentioned that she loved green! That paired with a Thanksgiving card and a little cash, I hope that this Thanksgiving is warm, loving and memorable for that family just struggling to make all the ends meet.

Remember to take a deep breath this holiday season, look around you...Is there something you can do to make sure someone around you, someone in your community, or someone you may never know has a better holiday season than they are expecting. Find joy in giving to others. And one final thought "we rise by lifting others".

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

the barn by bryan [November 2014]

Well, we made it through another month. And this month brings us the first holiday of the holiday season, Thanksgiving. So, load up on turkey and all the fixings, enjoy the company of friends and family and, of course, watch some football!
Here is your November playlist; I decided to go all out with the red dirt this month.

No Doubt, Casey Donahew Band
Bottom of Glass, Jason Savory
Broken, Jackson Taylor Band
Hot Water, Josh Abbott Band
Holding on to Letting Go, RRB

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

shank-a-pota-mus [12 days of summer edition 10]

The annual all day golf trip to Fossil Island in Kemmerer, Wyoming. We decided to go earlier this year because the last 2 years we have golfed in cold weather.....all day. Fossil Island has an amazing fall golf special, all you can golf with a cart for only $25! The bad news is Pizza Hut in Kemmerer doesn't deliver to Hole 7.

We played 33 holes and had a great time! I can't hardly wait until next year's annual trip. And this time we will be armed with our team t-shirts that are in the works as we speak!

Monday, October 27, 2014

the happiest place on earth [12 days of summer edition 9]

Its no secret that I loved my time in Oklahoma and it remains that its one of my favorite places to go back to and visit, after all its the happiest place on earth.

This year, our employee's association was hosted by the great state of Oklahoma and I was excited! I of course turned it into a slightly longer vacation and squeezed in some extra days to visit some of my favorite Okies!

I started out in Tulsa with one of my good friends from OSU and his wife. Although I'd only met her once before at their wedding we were/are instant friends. I went to a baby shower, we got a pedicure....some quality girl time. I didn't completely ditch my friend though, we got in some good Mexican food and some beers too! Tulsa isn't one of my usual stops, but I'm sure glad I drove the few extra miles to visit see them and because I was one of the first few to find out they are expecting their first little one in March! They will be awesome parents!

From Tulsa, on to Guthrie and the Okie Cowboy Family. We didn't really do anything that special, but just hung out and tagged along to all the activities that surround 2 little girls. And oh boy do those girls know how to keep you busy! I'm positive I have never pushed on a swing set so much in my life!

After leaving Guthrie, I headed down to the City for my work convention. Let me just say I have some of the best co-workers in the world. In addition to informative meeting we sure had a blast seeing the best of what Oklahoma has to offer!

There is always a day to see the sights around the area hosting the Convention. I chose the Ag Tour this year and was super excited to visit Express Ranches, the Oklahoma City Stockyards (complete with lunch at the famous Cattlemen's Steakhouse) and Braum's Dairy (complete with ice cream)! It was a very fun and interesting tour!

We also spent some time in BrickTown, which I never had really done, even though I lived there for about 2 years. If you are ever in the area, I can't recommend Michael Murphy's Bueling Piano Bar enough. Hands down the most fun bar I've ever been too! Even our head hanchos from Washington DC had a good time up there.....and got on stage!

We also had dinner and entertainment at Remington Park, I didn't win any money, but sure had fun. It was a beautiful night and the atmosphere just couldn't be more exciting than at Remington Park!

I love Oklahoma despite the heat and humidity and I always have a great time, every time I visit!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Some days come and some days go
But someday never gets here.
Someday is just a dream away.
Someday is always next year.

Someday we’ll all go fishing.
I’m taking my family with me.
Heading to that lunker lake
Where that trophy is bound to be.

Someday we’ll all raft the river
Or maybe paddle by canoe.
We’ll soak up fun and challenge.
There’s nothing we won’t do.

Someday I’m heading up north
Or maybe I’ll head west.
Take my son on that dream hunt
Where hunting is the best.

We’ll go by boat. We’ll go by plane
Or maybe mule or horse.
Somewhere where big game is big,
In the wilderness of course.

Someday I’ll win big in the lotto.
And when my ship comes in,
I’ll find the time. I’ll find the money.
I’ll be gone with the wind.

But, something says there’s work to do
And bills that must be paid.
That time and money can’t be found.
They both must be made.

So, the time had come for action.
Someday would soon be here.
I’d go for broke. I’d make my move.
I’d overcome my fear.

Then I called the man to set it up
And confirm our coming date.
He said, “Someday ’s been booked for years.
That we were way too late.”

It seems that everyone is going someday,
The most popular of days.
He suggested that I try firsts or seconds
of Junes, Julys or Mays.

And when I cursed in great frustration
He sensed that I turned red.
So, he agreed to confirm a date for me.
That someday I’d be dead.

And on that day we will all be together,
My family and my friends.
They’ll toast the times that could have been
And say their last amens.

They’ll say, “ol’ John was quite a guy.”
“He knew how to set a goal.”
Then bury those dreams right with him
Inside a six foot hole.

Because some days come and some days go,
And someday is going to get here.
Some day when your dreaming is done,
Some day there’ll be no next year.

So make the time and take the money
And make your dreams come true.
Because every day is someday!
But, the decisions are up to you.

~John Nelson

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

color me bad [12 days of summer edition 8]

Military Friend, Colorado Transplant Friend, Little Sister and I signed up for the Color Run in Logan, Utah this summer. We made a weekend out of it and had a blast! Only 5Ks from here on out for this girl. That distance suits me.

Friday, October 17, 2014

I'm crazy....well maybe only half

So as I am about to embark on my second (yeah who in the hell ever thought there would be a first let alone a second....I'm a pushover) half marathon, I came across this post titled Only HALF Crazy on Facebook, so naturally I clicked. You should too, hers is funnier than mine.

So what crossed my mind in the 2 hours and 50 some odd minutes while I was cruising around San Jose, California?

1. Why did we get here so early
2. I hope I make the train crossings in time....or do I?
3. There sure are alot of port-a-potties
4. Jeez....where are all the port-a-potties?
5. My hips hurt
6. My knees hurt
7. Which hurt worse? my hips or my knees?
8. I wonder what that guy's time is going to be?
9. Where is that guy's shoes? Who runs barefoot?
10. Which wine should I drink first?
11. How many people signed up for this nonsense?
12. I hope they don't run out of medals before I finish
13. I should have taken one of those donuts at mile 8....damnit.
14. O happy day! the finish line and the end of my last ever half marathon!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


When I ordered some stuff the other day on one of my way to frequent online shopping binges I got a coupin (yes I know its coupon, but I like to call them coupins) for a free Graze box. If you know me, you know I do free! I signed up for the calorie counter box. You know, trying to be good. But all the yummy sounding snacks...well those weren't available in the calorie counter box so I immediately switched to the nibble box before ordering!

I was super excited to tear into this box when it arrived, so excited in fact that it served as dinner. yummy snacks and no cooking.....what could be better?

So what was in my free Graze box?

Peach Cobbler peach fruit strings, honey almond slivers, amaretti drops, and yogurt covered sunflower seeds. I rate it "like"

Summer Berry Flapjack rustic rolled oat flapjack with berry infused cranberries. I rate it "love"

Bonnie wee Oatbakes red onion marmalade with cheese and chive oatbakes

Super Berry Detox blueberries, green raisins, goji berries and cranberries

And while I won't be sending them a check every week or month or whatever it was, I thought it was a darn good free box.

Monday, October 13, 2014

this sh*t is gettin' serious [12 days of summer edition 7]

I took the plunge and I bought my very own mountain bike. After lots of deliberation and riding about 10 different bikes, I made a decision and whipped out the ole' Visa (which is currently residing in a block of ice because I'm irresponsible).

I haven't gotten to ride it much this summer and I'm already looking forward to next summer. There will be no running next year, all biking and hiking! Little Sister and I did get in a quick ride one weekend, it was her first ride and she did great!

Little Sister's first mountain bike ride

My new beaut!

Logan River Trail

Great day for a ride!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Toes in the sand, a** in the shale [12 days of summer edition 6]

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 Fourth of July is my favorite holiday in the whole wide world. I just love, love it! Its all good things, all in one weekend! Good friends, good reason for celebrating, good booze, good food, good activities.

The trip started off a bit shaky after a storm rolled in, bringing with it the infamous Wyoming wind which of course ripped my tent right off the stakes, leaving behind shreds of tent staked to the ground while the rest of it took flight. My trashcan is now overflowing with tent remains....but the weekend wasn't ruined. Thanks to Mike and his over zealous packing, we had a roof over everyone's head.

We have made an annual trip to the Flaming Gorge Reservoir our July 4th plans. Music Man brings his boat, my family comes from Colorado, Utah and Texas. And we camp on the lake, we fish, we boat, we build campfires, we play cornhole. Its exhausting having that much fun!

I have decided that I can maybe get this wakeboarding thing down, but slalom skiing....that might be a thing of the past, as in my high school past. I sure don't remember it being so dang difficult to get my rear up out of the water on one ski!

My fishing skills seemed to have left me for the weekend and the only one that caught a fish was Assistant Pack Leader.....and I don't think she was too thrilled at the photo op. She did request that the following hashtags be used in any social media involving this pictures so here they are. #fishfearme #smellofvictory #killerinstinct #nofishwereharmedinthemakingofthisphoto.

God Bless America!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

the barn by bryan [October 2014]

Do you ever find yourself saying, “Oh, yeah, I can do that”, or “I’m all over that”? I do and I did. I took Jen’s “Couch to 10k” challenge. Ok, maybe there was no challenge. But... That’s what I did and I will just tell you this, it’s not a good idea. I didn’t leave said couch the rest of the day after said 10k, I was wrecked. It did, however, give me some time to think about the next song list for this awesome blog, or at least songs, they maybe random and scattered, but my head is still in a fog.

It Ain’t the Whiskey, Gary Allan
The Boys of Fall, Kenny Chesney
Until I Met You, Sundy Best
Broken Window Serenade, Whiskey Myers
Forever, Aaron Lewis 


Monday, September 29, 2014

my bike group is more awesome than your bike group [12 days of summer edition 5]

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 Well the day has finally arrived, I'm clipped in my shoes are attached to my in I have way more power and way more incidents of falling over. which really happens by the way......TIMBER!

Every Tuesday is a group ride. They are really nice and let me ride with them even though I'm way slower than they are, but I'm getting better. There is usually always good food, good conversation and a few adult beverages after the ride. Definitely the best night of the week!

Doin' the Joler pose
And the serious pose.....well most of us

Friday, September 26, 2014

this is jennifer, she's the single one [12 days of summer edition 4]

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 Yup, that really happened, that is how I was introduced at my cousin's wedding. I'm that girl. the single one. in a super awesome dress (I added that last part, it wasn't part of the introduction). So anyway, back to my cousin's wedding. It was held at a beautiful botanical gardens in Berthoud and there were lots of my favorite family people there. The weather held and the ceremony was gorgeous. They had a wonderful reception right there with music and dancing, food and fun.

Missing the other sister
Hands down best thing at the wedding.....a photo booth! Which we managed to drag both Mike AND the Big E into. against their will I might add, but the end product was some pictures that I'll cherish forever!

Congratulations Landon and Kristen!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

flat stanley

Preface: I have actually considered having my own kid for the sole perk of Elf on A Shelf....then my wits came back to me and decided that maybe I should just borrow one for a few weeks of the year, might fit my current life stage better. As in better for me and WAY better for said kid.

Current: I got the following letter from Jacob in Tennessee.  
Dear Jennifer,
In school we read a book about a boy who got flattened by a bulletin board. His name was Stanley, now is Flat Stanley. He wanted to go on a trip, so his family folded him up and mailed him to California.

I am mailing my Flat Stanley to you. Please take him somewhere and write me back telling me about his adventures. if you have pictures, postcards or brochures, please send them back with him.  I will share his adventures with my classmates and this will help my classmates and I learn more about other places in the world.

Thanks for helping me with this project. I wish I could fold myself up and visit you.

Love, Jacob

WHAT! This might be better than Elf on A Shelf....or at least a tie. At the very least a tie. Yep, I'm 30....ish. So I promptly posted my picture on Facebook with Flat Stanley and started planning some activities for us. I may or may not have kept Stanley for a little longer than I was supposed to, but I sure showed him a good time! Nashville (as in TV show) concert at Deer Valley Ski Resort,

hiking in Mill Creek, Utah,

horse racing at Sweetwater Downs (my hometown), AND we won $21 bucks! Horse racing is always fun, but its super fun when you get to "cash in" tickets!

buying a new mountain bike in Wilson, WY,

golfing in Pinedale

and out to an area ranch where we did country things.

Stanley: Jen helped me write a letter back to Mrs Dial's third grade class and even printed pictures of our adventures for me to take back to Tennessee with me to tell the class about Wyoming (and Utah). I am excited to go back home and share what a wonderful state Wyoming is! I had a blast!

Monday, September 22, 2014

when country comes to town [12 days of summer edition 3]

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 Rock Springs is the host of the National High School Finals Rodeo for the past 2 years and 3 more. I am lucky enough to have some cool friends that work for Resistol, Cactus, NRS etc....and they descend upon Rock Springs each year for the trade show at the NHSFR.

Now you all know that I have a raging social life so I'm really excited to have some folks to go out to dinner with, drink an more than one adult beverages with, sit in the shade of a really fancy NRS horse trailer,

 go golfing

and the annual grill party at my house!

Plus they gather attention everywhere because they drink Coors Light and wear cowboy hats.....its like being famous in this town I think.

Its always good to see them and catch up. I think they look forward to it as much as I do!