Thursday, November 14, 2013

One Email Can Change Everything

I had every intention of posting what I was thankful for yesterday but truthfully, I couldn't find anything I was thankful for all morning.  I realize that I am very fortunate but yesterday, yesterday just didn't start out to be my day.

As I went outside to leave for work I found ice (already!!) on my windshield that I had to scrape.  No big deal but it's really just too early in the year to see that.  Then...then!!!  I go to Sonic for my ice tea fix and turn the truck off to order (diesel's are way too loud for drive thru ordering), I turn the truck back on...put it in drive...step on the gas pedal...and the truck cuts out and the check engine light comes on.  The continues to run and I proceed to the window and get my glorious tea.  I decide that I better stop by the dealership and get it hooked up to see why the light came on.  A quick stop I HOUR later almost they come back with 4 codes...not just one but FOUR!!! 

I get to work and google the code they are most concerned with and find that it can be as easy as a blown fuse...or as expensive as $900 to fix!!  This is not what I need when I'm days from being without a job.  Queue tears!!

This then makes me think about the fact that I haven't heard back from BNSF and that certainly has to be bad news.  I've put all my eggs in one basket and haven't applied anywhere else.  What am I going to do now?!  Queue more tears!

Work problems...queue even more tears!

And's where we get to what I was thankful for yesterday!!  I got an email at 1:15 was the BEST email ever! have a job offer from BNSF!!!  I got the job, well it's not mine yet, today I am sitting here filling out forms and making phone calls to get all of my medical testing completed.  But after that...I get the job!! 

Day 13 - I was so immensely thankful for that one little email that changed my mood and is directing me to my new future.

And today - Day 14 - I am thankful for hair appointments, I have one at 4 PM today and it is needed and deserved if I do say so myself!

I'm still on cloud 9 over this job and cannot quit smiling!!!  So here's to new beginnings!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

5 Days of Being Thankful...I'm a Little Behind

With nothing going on all weekend I somehow didn't find a chance to post any of these.  So here we go...the things I've been thankful for over the last five days.

Day 8 - Alone Time - I spent Friday night home alone and while I sometimes think that is the worst possible thing I was kind of happy for it Friday night.  It gave me time to cope with things and wrap my head around things that are coming soon and quickly.

Day 9 - Distractions - Saturday I distracted myself with Sonic ice tea and Target.  I've been waiting on an email that I was supposed to receive by Saturday and had spent the majority of the week refreshing my email approximately every 5 minutes.  Saturday's distraction took my mind off of it and allowed me to enjoy an hour long shopping trip at Target.

Day 10 - Friends - This should be on my thankful list every single day.  I don't know where I would be without my friends.  We don't see each other every day and sometimes even every week...and some I don't live close enough to even see once a month but I've got a group of the GREATEST people supporting me and making me laugh.  Life wouldn't be the same without them.

Day 11 - Naps - Apparently life has gotten me down and just completely exhausted lately.  I got home from work and put away some laundry and was just going to sit down for a few minutes.  That turned in to a very amazing almost two hour nap.  With not getting much sleep at night lately I was very thankful for this nap.

Day 12 - Family - Along with friends, my family needs to be on the list daily.  I don't have a big family but I have the biggest hearted family I could ever wish for.  They push me to be better, they encourage me to do my best, they let me complain about things all too often...they are there through everything. 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

So Thankful

I missed yesterday I somehow just let the day get completely away from me.

Day 6 - yesterday I was thankful for the fact that my daddy and brother and all of the other men in my life have taught me to be self-sufficient.  I replaced (by myself) the turn signal bulb on my truck and the air filter.  I do the air filter all the time but the bulb was a new experience.  And if it hadn't been for "my men" teaching me that I can do those things, I would still be driving around with a blinker out. 

Day 7 - today I am thankful for new beginnings.  As sad as I was/am (I'm not sure if I'm still real sad most days) about my company closing I'm realizing how great this opportunity is.  I have a second chance at a career...a fresh new start.  I had a second "interview" Monday and I'm just waiting to hear back...hopefully I will get good news soon.

And just because when I saw this a couple of nights ago I couldn't quit laughing!  Three wise men...
3 Wise Men sign funny Christmas sign funny by TheFlyButterFactory, $4.95

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Day 5 - Giving Thanks

Today I am thankful for coffee...and peppermint mocha coffee creamer.  Without it I wouldn't make it through most days, today especially.

The last few nights I've had a hard time sleeping.  I sleep great from about 11 or 11:30 to about 1 and then I'm up.  Like wide awake, should be up doing something, but still so exhausted I cannot handle it.  That feeling usually goes away around 4 or 5 and then I can sleep until 5:30!  I wake up not feeling rested at all and truth be told this morning I woke up and thought that I might not make it through the day without choking someone.
With that being said...I am so so thankful for coffee and everyone around me should be as well because I think I just might make it today!
And yes...I'm also thankful for my comfy, cuddly Taz blanket from probably 1990 or so!  That blankie has been on many adventures with me.  It rarely gets left home when I go out of town.

Monday, November 4, 2013

A Month of Giving Thanks - Day 4

I decided on November 1st that I was going to post everyday something that I am thankful.  With that being said, I am already 4 days behind but have a good excuse.  Ok, so it maybe isn't a good excuse but it is an excuse.

I had a great weekend full of nothing.  Absolutely nothing besides cleaning house and doing laundry.  I left the house twice, once Saturday to buy groceries and Sunday morning to get a breakfast burrito from Blakes.

So what have I been thankful for...

Day 1 - I was thankful for the fact that I am closing in on the end of the school year.  Only 4 more days of class after 11/1.  Four more Friday's of traveling all the way across town to go to school.  Four more 7 hour school days and I will be done!

Day 2 - Saturday I was thankful for early morning grocery shopping.  Now, it wasn't super early, like 8:30 early but early enough that I didn't have to deal with the crazy crowds at Wal-Mart.  And there were actually some very nice people there that early!

Day 3 - I was not thankful that I woke up around midnight and didn't go back to sleep until close to 6 am.  That made for a long Sunday but I was thankful that I had no plans and could spend the day in my PJs doing laundry and being lazy.  Lazy weekends are sometimes the best.

Day 4 - Today I am so very thankful for new opportunities.  I have a second set of testing to do for a new job, and while I'm nervous for it, I'm not near as nervous as I was last Wednesday for the first testing and interview.  Here's to hoping that today goes great and I don't panic and forget how to type!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Thursday Things

Thursday!!!  The last day of the work week!  I'm so ready for the weekend!

1.  Guys - Why do they have to be so stinking confusing!?  Why can't they just let their feelings be known?!  And why are they so freakin' indecisive?!  They like you then they don't, they want to hang out (they say they do at least) and then they never do.  Then they stop texting and all of a sudden on a random Wednesday night, every single guy that you've spoke with and tried to date over the last 8 month period texts you all at once. 

2.  Speaking of guys...I bit the bullet and signed up for a couple of days ago.  My best friend did it and has had pretty good luck so I thought I'd give it a try.  I mean...especially since guys (mentioned in # 1) drop off the planet more often than not.  Maybe I'm being too picky but I've not had the outcome I'd wished for.  I know it's only been a couple of days...and I've met one guy but he lives 300 miles away.  I'm considering deleting my account...just not sure the online dating thing is for me.

3.  Work - Work is still so slow!!!  Of course that is to be expected but it's driving me crazy!  I did apply for a job last week.  I'm hoping that will go well.  I need to find some others to apply for just to keep the ball rolling.  Job hunting is so stressful.

4.  School - Only six more days in class!  The closer I get to the end the less motivated I get to finish.  I think just knowing that I'm so close to not having homework and to go sit in class has got me antsy to finish.  I took my mid-term last Friday and think I did pretty well.

5.  House Work - Why do I have such a hard time making myself keep up with this?  I really need to do some major cleaning this afternoon.  I'm hoping to tackle most of it today.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

A Very Quick Trip to Lubbock

We made a very quick trip to Lubbock this past weekend and man did it wear me out.

We've been planning this trip to Lubbock to see BFF Trish for about a month, the normal weekend trip.  Leave by 6 or 7 at the latest on Friday evening and return mid-day Sunday.  That was the plan at least...until Thursday.  BFF Bobbie works at the livestock auction on Thursday's and Friday's and Friday happened to be the BIGGEST sale of the season.  2,250 head of cattle came through the ring that day which meant that our departure time ended up being...midnight!!!

Lubbock is a good 5.5 hour trip without stops but everyone knows you can't sit in a truck that long so there were a few little stops.  We arrived at our destination at 6:15 AM...most people sleep all night.  Nope, we drive! 

After getting there and settling down from the all night trip we slept for approximately 2 hours...2 hours of sleep.  That's it!!!  We made ourselves look halfway decent and headed in to town to do a little wandering around.  We ate lunch at Cheddar's and spent a little time shopping at the mall.  We all ended up with a couple of really cute purchases.

After making our way back to the house we decided that we could relax for about an hour then we had to start getting ready.  Relaxing with 3 very chatty girls means not a whole lot of down time but it was so fun.

We spent hours getting ready and headed out.  We had decided that we were going to go to Buffalo Wild Wings to watch football, when we got there the place was packed...apparently some big UFC fight.  so we found a table and proceeded to enjoy each others company and a few adult beverages while watching baseball, football, and UFC.  By about 10:30 Bobbie and I decided that we needed a change of scenery and to move around a little (living on 2 hours of sleep wasn't great) and we forced the others to the bar.  We ended up at Chances R and as much as some people thought they were going to hate it we all ended up having a good time.  Needless to say by about 1 AM we were ready to head home and finally get some sleep.

In bed by 2 AM and up by 8 AM...this girl needed a nap bad!  Sunday morning we got up and got ready.  As tradition goes we spent our last hour together at Hooter's talking about the fun we had and how we would miss each other until the next trip.  And of course trying to decide when that next trip would be. 

The drive home from Lubbock was not too horrible, there were a lot of very sleep deprived conversations and silly comments.  The whole trip was less that 48 hours...I think we decided about 43 hours and approximately 10 of that was spent driving and 8 sleeping.  8 hours of sleep all weekend...I'm getting too old for this.

Can't wait for the next trip...hopefully it will be a longer one.  But even if it isn't it is worth every sleepless minute!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Job Hunting

For many months I've known that I need to be looking for a job...five months actually.  I've been putting it off for the most part.  I mean, I've thought about where I might like to work...and where I know I DON'T want to work.

For 15 years I've come to the same job, I've worked with some of the same people for 15 years.  I've progressed from a front desk receptionist starting my senior year of high school to a project engineer/manager that is so close to finishing my second associates degree (I know it should be more than that).  So much growth has occurred at this company - personal growth and growth as a company.

My dad has been with the company 40-something years, which means while I've had this job 15 years this has been my life...forever.  I take my work home, I dream about it, it's discussed at the dinner table and around the table at the bar.  It's a huge part of my life.

And now...this part of my life is coming to an end.  In the next two months I will be out of a job and the company will be liquidated.  I've been asking myself for months...What do I want to do?  Am I good enough at what I do to go somewhere else and do it?  Do I even want to?  This is an opportunity for me to start start fresh. 

I've been on websites for hours looking at job openings...hours!!!  I've looked local, I've looked other places.  I cannot find anything that I feel "fits" me.  But I don't know what exactly fits me, this is the ONLY job I've ever had. 

Friday, August 16, 2013

Friday's Random Thoughts

It's Friday and that means I've used all of my brain power for the week.  Since I last blogged...I finished the summer term at school, we went to Ruidoso for a long weekend...and that's about as eventful as it's been.

  • Finishing summer term almost got me down.  Most of my classes have been directed towards my field, construction, and they were mostly hands-on, semester long projects with no final.  This semester...physics and accounting, both with finals.  I ended the term with an A in physics and a B in accounting.  Not my best but it's over.  One more semester, with just one class, and I'm done.
  • Ruidoso = best friends, cabins, hot tubs, horse races, and lots of booze.  We had a blast, we had an amazing cabin this trip (just like the last two times).  Our cabin had a converted garage that had a pool table in it and we had so much fun with it.  We only got to watch a few races on Saturday because they were having technical difficulties, we sat and waited for over a half hour and became impatient and went back to the cabin to relax. 
  • I have been sitting at work for 8 to 9 hours a day for the last couple of weeks with approximately 3 hours of work to do.  This whole thing of the business closing its doors is going to have me going crazy soon.
  • I got my hair done last night and I LOVE it!!  It wasn't exactly time to get it done again but I just wasn't loving it so I went in and Terri made me happy! 
  • Las Vegas...we will be seeing you in about 3 1/2 months!  Just booked our rooms to go to the NFR this year.  I'm already so excited I can't hardly stand it, especially because it's the next trip I will probably be taking. 
  • Chris Cagle...we will be seeing YOU in one month!!  I've seen him a few times up in Denver but he is coming to the NM State Fair rodeo this year and I just got our tickets.  Wednesday night rodeo and concert...rough Thursday morning at work!
  • I really want to go see Eli Young Band at the fair also, and Aaron Lewis and Robert Earl Keen let's see if I can find anyone crazy enough to go to all of these with me!
That's it...that's all I can conjure out of this brain of mine today!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Rodeo de Galisteo

A weekend with no photos...not much different than most weekends around here.

This past weekend was the 42nd Annual Rodeo de Galisteo and a weekend for the books.  My BFF and I...I mean we do almost everything together so why would this be different, made the short drive to Galisteo, NM Saturday morning to visit with and help some great friends and enjoy a rodeo weekend.

I haven't been to a rodeo in years.  I mean...probably 7 or 8 years at least.  I used to go all the time, my ex was a bull rider, that's what we did.  I mean, I've been to all day long team roping's and weeknight team roping practice so I guess that's kind of a rodeo but I mean a full on rodeo...years.

A great friend of ours is the stock contractor for this rodeo and his sister is the rodeo secretary and our other friend was the photographer so we knew it wouldn't be all fun and games and relaxing but it would be fun.  I was set up to be the lovely assistant to the photographer complete with computer and printer out in the dirt and wind...and rain. 

We worked, we ran, we got a little sun and most importantly we had a blast!  Seriously, it's weekends like this that make me the happiest.  I saw friends I hadn't seen in a long time (we had seen the stock contractor in over a year), we laughed at the stupidest things, we laughed at each others expense.  I mean, we rode in the back of the truck to go to a post-rodeo party down the road.  The stock contractors dad and his wife loaded 8 of us up in the bed of his truck and drove us down the road to a post-party. 

I came home exhausted but so happy with life.  Weekends like that rejuvenate me, they make me remember who I really am.  They make me realize what makes me really happy. 

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Thursday, July 18, 2013


Lately life has been hectic.  Not a horrible hectic but full of all kinds of stuff.

1.  Studying - Taking Physics and Accounting in a summer term when I'm not used to those kind of classes wasn't the best idea!  I'm struggling through the homework and maintaining a B in both classes with only 3 weeks left until the term is up.

2.  Working - I have slow days that drag and drag (today is one of them) and then I have crazy busy days that just fly by.  I wish I could level these days out but sometimes that just doesn't happen.  I haven't started the job hunt yet but I guess I need to get on that soon.

3.  Housework/Yardwork - This has been pretty non-existent lately.  I need to get caught back up.  I did do a deep cleaning on my bedroom and bathroom Sunday and I got all of  my laundry done and put away!  That is a major deal at my house, I can go months without getting laundry put away, I'll wash it and dry it and then leave it in a basket.

4.  Vacation - I've been doing plenty of vacationing.  We spent 3 days in races, hot tubs, and good friends.  It couldn't be beat.  We then spent 5 whole days camping in the mountains near Pagosa Springs, CO.  And by camping I mean us girls slept in a tent and my folks had their 5th wheel decked out with everything anyone may ever need. 

The picture isn't the best but that is about 50 elk down in a was awesome to see. 

About a 10 mile drive from our camp you can take a 1/2 mile walk to this really cool waterfall.  People actually swim at the base of it and jump off some rocks off to the side.  The water is way to cold for me to do that these days.

The beautiful view driving to the waterfall...don't mind the crack in my windshield.
That trip left me with this dirty truck that the car wash and numerous nights of rain hasn't totally cleaned. 
5.  One of my good friend's fathers passed away last week.  We took time to mourn him and then celebrated life with a great group of people.  Some people I hadn't seen in 15 years.  I love friends that can still get together after that long and just pick back up where we left off.
In NM this is how we dress for funerals...jeans and boots.  It was the first time I had put on jeans in about a month. 
Next up...I'm going to get my hair done tonight.  I haven't been since late March / early April so it's getting desperate.
I cannot decide what to do with it.  The left is what I normally do.  The right was a spur of the moment change a while back.  I think I'm just going to stick with my normal.

This weekend we are headed to a rodeo about 2 hours north of home.  Sleeping in the front seat of the truck Saturday night...I haven't done that in years.  It should be exciting.
In two weeks we will all be going back to Ruidoso for another 3 day weekend.  It is my "make-up birthday" weekend.  Full of presents and everything. I cannot wait for that trip.  And at that same time I will be finishing up school so it will be a nice little break.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Let's Be Real

I've got LOTS of things going on in my little life right now.  Lots of good things, lots of fun things, stressful things, scary things, emotional things...LOTS of everythings.  I'm so thankful for all of it because it will help me grow.  However, I'm so ready for some of it to just be over. 

I love all my friends and family that are ever so supportive and helpful.  I'm not sure I'd have made it through some things without them.  And goodness do they all help me have some super fun times.  A 3 day weekend in Ruidoso watching the horses race and sitting in the hot tub.  Five days camping in Pagosa Springs, CO, I cannot even wait to see what adventures will come from this trip.

However, I'm struggling on daily basis to get through the other parts of life.  Apparently taking Physics and Accounting during a summer semester while still trying to work full time and enjoy the summer was a bad idea.  Holy homework!  It's been crazy.

And speaking of's been soooo slow.  I know that is to be expected since we are not bidding work and all of our work is being completed.  I mean that is to be expected when the company is closing the doors but I'm not sure how to react.  I've been here working for the same people with (mostly) the same people for 15 years.  I know nothing different.  I've not interviewed for a job since I was 17!!!

I need to start the job search but I don't know when to do that.  I've told myself I'm committed to my current company until the end but no one is exactly sure when that will be.  And I cannot not have a job when this one is over.  I'm not even sure how to look for a job these days.  I'm not even sure what kind of job I want to pursue! 

This is a huge opportunity for me.  A chance to branch out and do something different, a new beginning.  But I worry, I worry that I'll fail at something new, I worry that I'll fail at doing what I currently do at a new company. 

I try to keep this positive attitude, I try to not let people see that I'm worried, stressed, confused...all of the above.  I don't want to burden them with my troubles.  But the truth is...I stay awake at night with all of these thoughts running through my mind.  It makes me sick worrying what to do. 

I guess I need to get over it and get busy looking for that chance of a lifetime job I'm hoping to find.

Monday, June 10, 2013

So Much to Do...

Getting back in to the swing of things after being off for two weeks has proven to be a little difficult.  I had THE BEST 2 week vacation ever.  And while I was very glad to get back to a normal routine I was extremely sad to be leaving my best friend and her family in Lubbock.  I'm hoping to get pictures out of my camera and downloaded early this week and post a recap...let's see if I can make that happen.

Like I said, it's proven to be difficult getting in to a routine again.  I got home on Sunday and by Tuesday was packing another bag (just an overnight trip) and headed back across the state for work.  Needless to say, that totally messed up my week and had me scrambling for time to get things done.

You see, while on vacation my summer semester of school started and while one class is an on-line class I missed the first two weeks of class time in my Physics class, and that, isn't a really smart thing to do.

I spent last week trying to catch up on sleep, catch up on homework, get laundry done and get my house back in order.  I made a mess of my house while getting ready to leave on vacation and need to get it back together.

So why so much to do...well I'll be headed out of town again this weekend for a little get away to celebrate a friends college graduation and I need to get homework done and packed for that and then I have company coming in to town the following weekend so my house needs to be in order.

My to do list...

1.  Finish laundry and get it all put away.
2.  Clean house
3.  Grocery Shopping for this weekends trip
4.  Physics homework (2 assignments)
5.  Accounting homework (3 assignments)
6.  Upload pictures from vacation
7.  Clean out / wash truck
8.  Clean out / wash car
9.  Work on my resume (that's a whole other post as well)

I think that's it...we shall if the list grows and if I get it all done. 

Here's to hoping I get it done!!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Packing and Procrastination

I am the world's worst procrastinator when it comes to packing.  Maybe I'm just lazy and like to come home and sleep instead of pack, either way, packing for my two week trip is not getting done!  And I leave Saturday so I better get at it.

Packing really isn't that bad...if you're going somewhere for a few days and staying in that one location.  Here's my problem, I'm driving to Texas and staying there for 6 days (Saturday thru Friday) then I fly to Oklahoma on Friday and stay there until Wednesday then fly back to Texas and stay there until Sunday.  So, I've got to pack for both places and have enough to take to both places.  I know I can wash clothes and I fully intend on having to do so.  However, I am a woman and we all know that we over pack.  I mean, what if I don't feel like wearing what I "intended" to wear a certain day.  What if I have a super fat day, or if the weather gets crazy and turns cold again, or or or...I don't know but packing SUCKS!

I mean...we're going to best friends' sons' graduation one night and I tried on these dresses to wear...but couldn't decide which to wear.  Guess what?!?!  They're all getting packed.  But wait...

This is even better...right?  This may be it, it may be the best outfit for graduation!  So...they all get packed just incase. 

And then...then there is a dedication at the church for this amazing graduate.  Tell me, what does a girl who doesn't normally attend church wear?!  Well...

After trying on, oh, maybe 18 million outfits, I decided on this.  Hope it works ok because I did not pack options for this!

And this...this is what 14 days worth of clothes looks like.  Except, there is no swim clothes or sleep clothes or jeans and a sweatshirt just incase it gets cold clothes.  And no workout clothes, because realistically, those won't get used much on this trip!

Here's to finishing packing, two weeks vacation, and lots of fun in the sun!!!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

A Recap

Things have been busy and I don't expect them to slow down anytime soon.  HELLO SUMMER!!!  I know it's not officially summer until June but I started summer break early and it's summer to me!

I knew I was going to finish the spring term a week early and went to class the week before and ended up finished 2 weeks early!

Since then...

There's been lots of driving for work and for fun.
 Bobbie & I at Buffalo Wild Wings

 The group at Buffalo Wild Wings
I gathered up my bestest friends and drove to Lubbock to celebrate my birthday.  It didn't hurt that my favorite nephews birthday is two days before mine and we got to celebrate his with him.

We spent the day with the kids and relaxing and then the evening with the grown ups at the bar.  We headed to Buffalo Wild Wings for drinks and appetizers then ventured off to Wild West to see The Bart Crow Band!  It was so fun!  And a good friend I hadn't seen in at least 3 years came out to celebrate with us.

Now, the drive home Sunday...was miserable!  I was hung-over and 5 hours in the truck was not my ideal place to be but we survived. 

This past weekend was very low was nice and unexpected but just what I needed. 

This weekend I'm headed to the ranch to celebrate another friends birthday then home for two weeks and then some more traveling.  The next few months will be crazy but so worth it.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

We Went Out Last Night...

And the night before...and the night before that...and the night before that! get the point.  Life has been super crazy as of late and I LOVE it!  Absolutely LOVE it!

So, my BFF came home from Michigan for a long weekend. it's really not home to her anymore technically but it really should be.  I met Jeni when she was my next door neighbor 7 years ago.  We became such good friends in the few years she lived there and then she was forced back to her real home in Michigan.  I hadn't seen her in 3 years and all of a sudden...BOOM!!!  She was back in my life for a short 6 day vacation.

Friday I called in sick and her and I went shopping.  We spent some time in Old Town looking at the little shops and I really forgot how great some of them are.  It's amazing the things you forget about when you live here. 

We all got together and went to Graham's Central Station and watched a local artist play some awesome music.  And then part of us decided to head to the Dirty Bourbon Dance Hall since Jeni had never been.  We had a blast that night and turned in semi early around 1 AM.

On Saturday we decided to all get together and cook and hang out at my house.  We spent the morning being lazy and the afternoon grocery shopping and prepping for the party.  Complete failure for trying to take pictures that night but in my defense there were 15 or so of us sitting in a circle in my garage drinking and listening to music and telling old stories.  I got one picture the entire night...

This is a normal windy cool night messy hair look.  Oh!  I did get some other pictures that night but might get beat if I posted them on the Internet.  I had 5 or 6 bags of old clothes to get rid old I mean I've had them for awhile but some still had tags on them.  Well, you put 4 girls in my garage with 6 bags of free clothes and it gets a LITTLE crazy!!!  These girls were trying on clothes over their clothes and fighting over clothes and we all had a laugh or two at some of the items that were in those bags. 

Saturday night ended with good food, good friends, and good drinks at about 1 AM.

Sunday was a relax day.  We had no plans except to take Jeni to see my parents.  Which ended up with us a pig sale.  What, you don't randomly end up at the local pig sale?  My brother and his family were in town and ended up by 2 pigs to add to the 6 that they already have.  Show pigs...who needs 8 of them.  Truth be told I really wanted to buy one and keep it in my back yard.  They're super cute when they are little!  And holy expensive!!!!  $550 for a pig!!! 

The day ended a little like this...

Monday morning I ventured to work for a bit and then spent the afternoon visiting with friends and relaxing.  Bobbie and Lacey came over to hang with Jeni and I and we ended up staying up far too late for a week night after a long weekend. 

Tuesday was a sad sad day when I had to take Jeni back to the airport to fly home to Michigan.  We tried like crazy to find a way to keep her here but decided her kids wouldn't be too happy about that!

As sad as I was I've got plenty to look forward to.  I finished school almost 2 full weeks early on Tuesday so I'm free from that until the first part of June.  And I'm packing tonight to head to Lubbock tomorrow.  Of course with my birthday being Sunday we can't not go out tonight and pre-celebrate with my parents so after a few beers and good company I will pack!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

A Month Later...

Where has time gone lately!  I've been crazy busy.  Some of it fun...some not so much.

My BFF and her two youngest kiddos came and spent a week during spring break.  It was so nice to have them around but so proving that I'm ok living alone right now.  I love those kids to death but oh my goodness I struggled with them all in my house that long.  I know that the boys were restless and didn't have their own stuff...and let's face it I don't have an abundance of toys to keep kids entertained.  Maybe struggled isn't the word but...something.

I need to get the pictures off of the camera and on to the computer and edit and post some here.  We spent a day at the zoo, we went up the Tram, we spent time at Chuck E Cheese, shopping, looking at numerous John Deere tractors, riding 4-wheelers, and playing at the park down the road from my house.  Oh and eating...I ate more that week than ever before.

They left and the next day (3/16) my amazing group of friends went out to support a good cause.  An acquaintance, a good guy in the rodeo community has cancer and is going through treatment.  Being part of the rodeo community is an amazing thing.  People pulled together and put on a rodeo and benefit dance.  I didn't make it to the rodeo but heard the turn out was great.  We did make it to the dance and it was so fun.  A little local band that is trying to branch out played and sounded great!  Drinks were had, dancing was done, laughs were contagious. 

With the weather trying to warm up and teasing us we have been itching to BBQ and enjoy a few cold beverages on the back porch.  We've spent Saturdays at my house cooking and eating and enjoying friends telling old stories. 

We've been out to the bars to see Bo Brown and Roger Creager.  We're going back to the bar this Friday to see Bo again and next week will traveling for my birthday and to see Bart Crow Band.

Pictures need to be edited and posted...drinks need to needs to be cleaned.  So much to do and so little time!  And an exciting thing is that I get to pick up one of my best friends at the airport tomorrow for five days of fun catching up!  It's so needed after not seeing her for 3 years.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Vacations...Part 2

OK...I lied!  There are only 2 trips planned for May.  We also have Beth's birthday...out at the ranch.  It's no doubt going to be a good time.  This will just be a quick weekend trip, nothing fancy, and some days at the ranch you don't even have to get out of your pj's.

So, June, it isn't horribly busy.  Amy graduates and we are going to make a 3 day trip to Ruidoso, NM to celebrate that and relax and enjoy the cooler mountain weather.  I just now actually booked our cabin.  If you're ever looking to go to Ruidoso and rent a cabin I suggest booking through Condotel Vacation Rentals, they are absolutely awesome to work with.  We used them last year, a couple of us searched for days on the Internet looking for a perfect cabin for our group, finally we called them and had the cabin of our dreams booked within minutes.  Last year we stayed in the La Posada De Ponder house and it was amazing, unfortunately we waited around a few weeks too long this year and it was completely booked. 

I'm already so excited for this trip and ready to start meal planning!  We take all of our own food and don't usually eat out at all.  We enjoy our time visiting and cooking and grilling and sitting in the hot tub!  Last year, due to some really bad equine quarantine (VS) some people had to back out of the trip.  This year we are expecting 6 or 8 people but have room for 12 in this amazing cabin.
June is surely to be full of lake and ranch trips as well.  And there may be a Lubbock visit or two as well. 
In July we will be headed to Colorado for a week of camping, riding 4-wheelers, fishing, and I'm sure a lot of eating and drinking.  This is an awesome annual trip that has grown over the years.  It started 27 years ago with 2 families and has now grown to 4 or 5 families and tons of friends.  There are 5th wheels and tents EVERYWHERE in our camp! 
I'm so excited for all these fun and amazing trips!  I've also found out in the last couple of weeks that my best friend from Lubbock and her 2 boys will be coming to stay with me this Saturday!  They will be here a whole week and I cannot wait to spend some much needed time with them.  And then, in April my best friend neighbor (she was my neighbor then had to move back to Michigan) is coming to visit and stay with me for a week in mid-April.  I can hardly wait!!!!
Life will be crazy busy but so amazing with all of my friends!

Friday, March 1, 2013

So God Made a Stock Show Kid

Everyone saw the Paul Harvey Super Bowl commercial..."So God Made A Farmer".  I couldn't stop watching that for days.  Yesterday while wasting my day away on FaceBook (I should've been working), I saw this commercial.  It's completely accurate and I just felt the need to share it. 
So God Made A Stock Show Kid...

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Vacations...Part 1

Last fall a group of friends decided that we would spend this year taking vacations.  Nothing big but lots of little trips.  Of course, most of these trips would turn out to be trips we wanted to take from April through the first part of July. I'm talking lets mash every trip we can in to three and a half months right!?

So the plans...

  • April - I posted about it before here, we are planning a trip to Lubbock.  We're still not sure which weekend.
  • April - this weekend, while having an impromptu party at my house, we were told by some friends that our presence was being requested in Waynoka, OK the first weekend of April.  Some big sand dune festival or something...I'm not sure.  We were just told that it was bound to be a good time with our group.
  • April - Branding weekend at a friends ranch up north.  That's always a fun trip and we are pretty much expected to be there.  Now, with everything else going on and needing to home some on the weekends to work there is a question if we can go or not.
So, that would be three trips in April, leaving one weekend free, that weekend would end up having to be my best friends mothers birthday which kind of makes us need to be home.  The question is can we afford to be gone 3 weekends in one month.  Not only financially but physically? 

  • May - Graduation in Lubbock, TX.  My longest best friends son (got that?), he's growing up and graduating at the end of May.  There is NO way I can miss this.
  • May - Annual trip back home to Oklahoma.  My parents make this trip every year...I make it about once every 3 years.  We spend a week at Tenkiller Lake then move to Green Leaf Lake for a family reunion.

This family reunion is always at the same time...the weekend right after Memorial weekend.  Well, that happens to be the same weekend as the Lubbock graduation.  I've decided I'm going to drive to OK with my folks then drive back with my brother and get straight to Lubbock, then some how, magically get home.  I'm thinking flying but I hate that flight, with layovers it's a longer flight than it takes to drive.

Right now there is nothing else scheduled for May.  I'm ok with that, these two trips puts me away from home for a week and a half.  I'm sure we will squeeze in lake weekends or ranch weekends somewhere in there.

Up next...June and July vacations!  That's entirely too much drama right now.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Decisions Decisions

All of my friends and I have decided that this is the year that we will do the things (ok some of the things) that we've been wanting / needing to do.  Last year we did huge weekend long birthday celebrations for a couple of them.  Me...we did a couple of hours at the little local bar.  Don't get me wrong it was a blast but it doesn't qualify as a GREAT birthday gathering.

So, this year I decided I wanted to go to Lubbock and go out there.  See one of my BFF's lives there and a few of my others live here.  Lubbock gets us out of town and let's my Lubbock bestie be involved.  We've decided we'll do Friday night at her house and Saturday night out to Wild West for a concert. 

Now, I'm not picky which weekend we go.  My birthday is April 21st and I want to go in April but we also have other things going on and so I decided we would pick a concert we want to see and a weekend we could go and adjust accordingly.  I've found out who is playing there three of the four weekends (if I could just find out who was playing the 27th I would be set).

My options...

 Aaron Watson - I've seen him a few times but always a good show.  I actually took a picture with him and he shook my hand and my friends and told her happy birthday.

Bart Crow Band - Haven't seem them.  The weekend they are there just isn't the greatest timing but we can make it work.

Reckless Kelly - I've seen Reckless twice..both at Wild West.  Both great shows...once just about a month ago.  I wouldn't mind seeing them again.

Trish and I at Reckless Kelly!
So now it's just time to decide which weekend we should go.  And hope to find out who is there the last weekend!  I mean!!!  What if that's an even better show coming!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Thank Goodness it's Friday!

Dear My Favorite Uncle: You made it through your very scary surgery yesterday with no problems at all.  I was worried, and sad that I couldn't be there, but I'm so happy it went great.  Hopefully I'll get an update soon this morning on how you're feeling.  Get better soon, we all have big summer plans!!

Dear Sun Care Tan:  I had my first spray tan in years last night and I feel like a completely different person this morning sporting a little bit of color.  Too bad the weather is taking a turn back to cold and possible snow/rain.

Dear Weather: Can you please make up your mind and just warm up?!  I'm getting a little tired of wearing sweatshirts and jackets every morning.

Dear Work:  I'm glad that the approximately 1,000 miles that I drove this week looking at jobs got me out of the office.  However, this girl is seriously not used to making those day trips like that.  I mean, seriously, I went to Arizona and back Monday. 

Dear Music:  You've been a lifesaver this week!  The Highway on Sirius, my IPod, and Pandora...seriously lifesavers.  Long road trips, sleepless nights, days in the've got my back.

Dear Bart Crow Band:  I wish I could say I was on my way to see you tonight but I just don't think it's going to happen.  Everyone besides me has commitments tomorrow and don't think they can make it tonight.  Maybe I should consider getting new friends?!  HAHA

Dear Friends:  I won't really get new friends...OK maybe I will but I'll keep you too.  I mean a girl needs options and the opportunity to go see Bart Crow!!!


Friday, February 1, 2013

Friday's Letters

Dear Friday:  Thank you for FINALLY showing up!!  I've really missed you.  And thank you for being a half day of work!  Dear Eye Associates of NM:  I'm really glad you scheduled my appointment for a Friday afternoon so I only have half day of work.  It took us three trys but we are finally doing this.  Dear People at Work:  Yes we are going through some crazy times, don't try and hide your emotions.  Let people know how you feel instead of working like a jerk!!

Dear Self:  I really need to take better care of you I'm sorry.  Pedicure, eye brow waxing and facial may be on the agenda this weekend.  Dear Ulta:  Please do not put too many things out on the shelfs that I will be tempted to buy.  I don't want to spend my whole paycheck while I'm there.

Dear Weekend:  Please don't move to quickly.  Down time is what I need...oh and great Super Bowl party on Sunday!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Mid Week Ramblings

Seems that's all I do these days is ramble.

I've got lots on my mind so it's hard to concentrate on any one thing.

  • I've got to start waking up earlier and exercising again!!  I shouldn't be THAT hard to get up at 5 AM...especially because I know I feel better when I do it!!!
  • Organization is really needed in my life right now and I can't seem to do it.  Work...a messy desk, house...a clutter of junk, car...let's not even go there!  My truck is all that is half clean and not covered with "stuff"
  • We've had the first layoff at work from this whole selling or closing down thing.  It makes it even more real.
  • Super Bowl Party; sure why not?!  I don't have anything else that I need to take care of!  Let's plan it at my house and have a blast!  Oh...cook?!  You want me to cook!  I can do that
  • Half Finished Laundry Closet Remodel - I'm half way there...not sure when I'll have time to finish the second part.
  • New TV and TV Stand!!!!  So excited...not to set you up but to watch TV on  you.
  • Boys Lie!!!  That's all
  • I've got the best friends ever!! 
I'm looking forward to a great weekend with some amazing friends!!!  And hopefully get a few things done so my mind will quit wandering so much!

Monday, January 28, 2013

My Weekend

My weekend was very low key.  Here it goes...

  1. I ended up "calling in sick" on Friday.  Everyone needs a mental health day now and then and after my week I found it fitting.  I slept in a little (until 7 AM which isn't much).  I finally got all my Christmas stuff up in the attic and I vacuumed and shampooed the carpets in my study where the tree was.
  2. I went and bought paint to paint my laundry closet.  I'm going to post about this later.  Hopefully it's finished soon and I can do that post soon.
  3. Friday I went to lunch with my parents.  We went to Chili's and I had two tall beers (day drinking was ok after my week)...I came home and proceeded to take a two hour nap!!!  Someone has been lacking in the sleep department it seems.
  4. Friday night I went out with some friends.  I hadn't seen one of them since October and she just got engaged before Christmas.  It was good catching up.
  5. Saturday morning I did a lot of laying around and then went to lunch with some family (my dad's second cousin) whom we hadn't seen in 15 years.  His oldest daughter was born 15 years ago and was a premie.  They lived out of town and were airlifted here to the hospital for better care.  That was the first and only time we'd seen them until Saturday.
  6. Saturday afternoon / evening I stayed home doing laundry and cleaning around the house.  I took the doors off the laundry closet to prep for the painting that I did Sunday.
  7. Sunday was spent finishing laundry and then painting the laundry closet.  After that I treated myself to a new TV.  I went out and bought a new 52" RCA TV.  Just in time for next weeks Super Bowl party.
A very low key weekend but just what I needed.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Let's be Serious...for a moment

Let's get serious here.  I've spent the last couple of days wandering around and trying to function normally all while trying to digest this new information that was presented Tuesday morning.

After 86 years in business the company that I work for will no longer be.  The owner of our company (3rd generation owner) has decided that it is his time to move on for personal reasons.  His sons have no desire at this time to take over the company and he doesn't believe with things that he has going on currently that it is a smart idea to continue.  So, either sell out or close the doors.  The good news is that this could take some time and I will more than likely have a job for the next six months to a year. 

The bad news...well the bad news is this.  Besides the fact that it is extremely sad that this family owned business is doing this.  This family owned business is the only business I know.  See, my grandpa worked here, and then when my daddy got old enough he worked here, and then when it came time for my brother to get a job in high guessed it, he worked here.  Then it came my time and I started working here...15 1/2 years ago.  My daddy has been here for 40 years or so, my brother worked off and on for probably 20 years.  My brother chose to move on about six months ago to move to be with his girlfriend which was a wonderful choice for him.  My daddy, well, his retirement package was set for January 2014.  Me...I have a lifetime left to work and now I have to find some where else to do that.  How do you move on from something that has practically been your life for so long?  I've helped many friends get jobs here and have met some amazing people working here...and now we all have to move on. 

I've cried over it, I've cussed over it, I've drank over it, and I've prayed over it.  I know that I will be fine.  I will move forward and find something new and start this new chapter in my life.  It will bring amazing things...but for now, it sucks majorly to think about it and it stresses me out to think about moving forward.

On another note...I finished my OSHA 30 Hour Construction course this morning.  It took me 6 months to get thru it but it's done and it's something that I can add to that resume that I'm getting ready to have to dust off and pull out.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Cause You've Had a Bad Day...

There's always hope for tomorrow.  For today I listen to great music while "working" and think of the possibilities that come with the recent news that I could be unemployed soon.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Weekend Happenings

A lot of nothing but keeping busy...that's how this weekend felt.  Of course busy part of the time meant laying on the couch relaxing and watching movies.  It was needed after the last few weeks I've had.

My fun weekend started Thursday when I received a package of goodies that I had ordered from Cavenders earlier in the week.  Purchased on Monday received on Thursday...some exciting stuff to me.

After seeing this jacket on this blog from Crystal Cattle I had to go check it out and eventually buy.  That of course lead to more browsing and this dress.  The pictures are horrible...I'd just got home from 15 hours at school and work but just had to try them on before crawling in to bed.

Friday after work I went to Chili's with some friends for drinks and we ended up at a little local bar that can be a little ghetto at times.  We had a blast but by the end of the night had seen 2 or 3 bar fights and witnessed the front door of the place being broke off its hinges. 

Saturday morning I slept in a little from my slightly late night...sleeping in is rare these days.  Then made some breakfast and got ready for a busy day.

My busy day turned in to shopping with my mom and spending some quality couch time hours.  I did get the ornaments off the Christmas tree...but have yet to get the tree down.

I bought a "woozie" at a cute little store in town that I'd never seen; I came home and relaxed on the couch; Mama gave me a very early birthday gift of  Le Creuset cookware; my dog decided he wanted to get really close and snuggle; I bought some movies!

I also did approximately 4 loads of laundry that is still piled up in my living room chair.  Days like this are the best days to me.  I love when I get to relax at home and not have much that must be done.

Sunday I woke up to a phone call from the fraud protection group at my bank.  Someone had got hold of my debit/credit card info and charged some stupid amounts of money to a Star Wars website.  What a way to start my day!  After that and getting ready I headed to the grocery store with my weekly meal plan and grocery list in hand.

I came home and made this to do list...

Well...let's just say I got 2 1/2 of these things done.  Then I headed to my parents to eat dinner with my brother and his girlfriend and son.  It was a nice relaxing way to end the weekend.

This morning I woke up bright and early and actually took the time to get ready for work so I had to take a pic to document that and just decided to share it here as well.

Here's to hoping for a great week!!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Life & Love Lately

Or should I say the non-existence of love?!

Life has been pretty great!  Enjoying time with my friends, working, going to school...while they might not all be fun things they are life and what is normal.  I like normalcy.

Now love...well, that's something that hasn't been around much lately.  Love from and for my friends and family, of course that's there.  But love from a man that wants me, that wants to date me, and appreciates that hasn't happened.

I was ok with that for awhile, and I'm still OK with it.  I have just been missing that feeling.  That one person that calls or texts and makes you have butterflies.  The one that calls and asks you to dinner or comes over and just sits on the couch and watches movies with you.

I want that...I need that.  But I don't know where to find that!  I don't go out often and when I do it's the same places all the time.  No where that I have much chance of meeting someone new.  I love all my friends and the fun that we have but I sometimes wonder if I need to find new friends (not to replace my current friends but to add to) and expierence new things and places with said new friends.

Looking for love...

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Out with the Old...

This weekend while boozing it up on the back roads with some of my best friends I vowed that this year would be different.  That I would move on from that ex boyfriend that I love so much but hate at the same time.  That I would move on from the drama that he causes.

We drank A LOT...and drove the back roads A LOT (something like 300 miles of dirt road driving).  And we talked A LOT about the things that would be different this year.  Things will be GREAT this year.

How do I plan to make things great...

1.  Finish school - with only 3 more classes this should be an easy task.

2.  Travel more - at least once a month I will get out of town...even if it's just to the ranch it's a little break from reality and everyone needs that.

3.  See new places - I've traveled quite a bit but I want to see new things and enjoy different experiences.

4.  Be the best me I can be - working out more, eating healthier, loving myself.  I've always said that I will not force myself to a strict diet and feel miserable if I fail at it.  I just try to eat healthier most of the time and be ok if I over do it sometimes.

5.  Find someone - I want to find a guy that I can enjoy spending time with.  One that wants to take me out on dates and will buy me flowers every now and then.  One that really likes me.

6.  Enjoy my friendships - I do this already but I want to make sure everyone knows it.  I want to make my friends feel loved and appreciated.  We're all kind of going through the same things right now and need that extra push to get through it.

7.  Save a little money - while that's hard to do when you like to travel and shop as much as I do, I think it is possible and I will strive to do it this year.

2013 will be great!  It's going to be the year that everything turns around and I have that AHA moment in life where things just fall in to place!