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 tops....so 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 organized.....do 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!
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".
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.
Enjoy!


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