Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 [final review]

1. 12 months, 12 massages (12/12)

2. Yearly savings goal
Totally did not make this in not even close. I did spend my whole vacation fund on a downpayment on the trip of my lifetime, so that is something......right?
3. Territorial Prison Museum

4. Glow-in-the-dark Golf Tournament

5. Soldier's Angel *Angel Tree*
I adopted 2 senior citizens and 1 kid this year. I have so much fun with the Angel Tree every year and this year was no different. 

6. Goal Weight
It took me a while, but I'm finally there. Operation maintenance has now begun. I'm motivated and I'm excited about the "new" life I have!

7. Complete Les Mills Pump

8. Mountain Bike Trip

9. Maui, Hawaii

10. Palisade Wine Biking Tour

11.* Donate 100 Charity Miles (111/100)

I'd say I did pretty darn good this year! I added one goal, changed one goal and didn't make only one goal, I'm chalkin' it up as a win!

Goodbye 2015 and bring on 2016! Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

M2WI, round 2

Minute to Win It, Round 1 was such a hit that we had to follow it up with Round 2 for our WYASCOE sponsored event at a work training in Casper. Everyone has so much fun with these games and of course there are always a few corny trophies up for grabs! I highly recommend putting together a M2WI game for your next gathering of friends, family or co-workers! Its best to get the boss to do the best game too!

Stick 'Em

Suck It Up

The competitors

The Champions

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

and the winner is......

As 2016 comes closer and closer, I am reminded that I've got to get all my posts done that have happened throughout the year that I never actually gotten posted....because I'm a slacker.

 If you remember back when we decided that our evenings at training shouldn't just be sitting around talking about work and knocking a few back with our coworkers and we decided to spice it up a little hosting Minute 2 Win It! Well it was a hit! And we hosted a second Minute 2 Win It (which I realized I never blogged about....I'll get on that).

Minute 2 Win It games are fairly simple, but we've found out they do take a surprising  bit of planning. Especially when you have somewhere between 20 and 30 people to play. Since this training happened to fall the week before Halloween and I was unmotivated to organize another game night, one of the girls suggested a corn maze and Halloween costume contest. While the corn maze didn't work out, the costume contest did. We had a blast!

The Old Man

The Pink Ladies & "The Judges"

The Spice Girls

The Attribute Table

Lots of costumes!

Runaway Bride

Thursday, December 10, 2015

its the most wonderful time of the year

The angel tree is absolutely my favorite thing about Christmas. I love imagining the faces of little kids opening presents on Christmas morning when they may not have had a single present if not for the thousands that play "angel" at Christmas. I love imagining the relief and smiles on the faces of their parents, who probably worried and lost sleep over not being able to afford presents for their children. While I love the angel tree, I have repeatedly been disappointed by the number of requests for xbox, iphone and the like. Pretty much if you ask for one of those things, you will still be hanging on the tree when I walk away.

After spending some time at the nursing home with one of our ranchers and with Bonnie's mom, I've added senior citizens to the angel tree as well. Those living in nursing homes are often forgotten or no longer have family nearby. I can't imagine how difficult the holidays must be when they are so lonely.

While the season has become more and more about buying and wanting that I'd like to admit....I mean Christmas stuff started showing up in stores before Halloween! They literally had to pack away summer stuff to make room for Christmas! The simple requests of the angel tree this year tugged at my heart strings. I was nearly in tears by the time I walked away from each tree.

Senior #1: hand/body lotion and slip resistant socks
Pembrook Non Skid Socks - Hospital Socks - Slipper Socks - (4-Pack) 2 Purple / 2 Pink. Great for adults, men, women. Designed for medical hospital patients but great for everyone
Senior #2: blue sweatsuit
Kid #1: gift card for food, shoes, hygiene items and anything Dallas Cowboys 
PUMA Men's Tazon 5 Wide Training Shoe,White/Black/High Risk Red,10.5 W US 

 Dove Men + Care Gift Box, Clean Comfort

Overall, I spent less than $100 to give these three individuals a merrier Christmas than they probably expected. While I didn't spend a ton of money, I do believe its the thought that counts. Thank goodness for Amazon Prime and and friends in high places!

Giving to the Angel Tree project truly is one of my favorite things each year. I often find that I enjoy shopping for these simple gifts more than anything else. Sorry family and friends, but I'm not really sorry that people I don't even know are my favorite to shop for.  

Merry Christmas everyone!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

the barn by bryan [December 2015]

Ok, so its December, I’m not going to play any Christmas music, we get enough of that on the radio. So, instead I am going to (maybe/maybe not) introduce you to some new tunes I’ve recently found. You’ll have to let me know they are any good.

Mr. Misunderstood, Eric Church
Dangerous After Dark, Cole Swindell
Tennessee Whiskey, Chris Stapleton
Wasn’t That Drunk, Josh Abbott Band
I Love This life, LoCash Cowboys