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