Thursday, May 30, 2013

Five things.

1. My work life is crazy right now.  In the best possible way - but it's still crazy.  We are right in the middle of a huge CRP sign up, and software sometimes works and sometimes doesn't, and all I basically think about is rental rates, bid points, CP 1 or CP 2 and how many legumes and forbs do you have?  We are getting to see a lot of our favorite producers and while they usually have a lot of hard, hypothetical & challenging questions, we're still glad to see them.  But I won't lie - I'm looking forward to June 14th (the end of CRP sign up).  You'll probably find me, and a crew from our staff down at Hamley's enjoying happy hour. 

2. Garnier's BB Cream needs to be in your makeup arsenal. When we were in Jordan Valley, and our initial plans were to stay Saturday night, and head home Sunday morning.  Plans changed and we ended up staying Sunday too....the only problem was, I hadn't packed any makeup or real clothes that I could show up in public in.  (A sweatshirt stained with manure probably isn't the best thing to wear to a rodeo....or maybe it is?) 

Anyway, Clint's dad Dave was flying out of Boise that morning, so after I dropped him off at the airport, I ran into Target to pick up a few things to make myself presentable.  This BB cream was one of them - I'd seen a few reviews on blogs that were great, so I thought I'd try it out.

Now normally I am strictly a Bare Minerals girl.  I love that stuff.  And it loves my skin.  But at 9 am on a Sunday in Boise, my options for finding a store that carried it was pretty slim.  So drugstore make-up it was.  And this stuff is awesome.  It's sunscreen and tinted moisturizer in one.  Except it's heavier than a moisturizer (but lighter than a foundation) so it gives great coverage. It now lives in my makeup bag, and I use it under my Bare Minerals foundation.  And I fully intend on using it solely on the weekends, when normally I'd just put a bit of moisturizer on and some mascara. 

3. I'm headed to happy hour at La Palma with the Bunco girls just as soooooon as I hit publish.

Publish can't come fast enough.  ;)

4. This guy is the best. He'll always be my favorite thing.  Love you babe.

5. I originally titled this post "Five things on Friday." 

 And then, I realized it's only Thursday.....

Pretty sure that means I need to have two margaritas tonight, right?

Friday, May 24, 2013

The Big Loop.

A weekend in Jordan Valley was just what we needed last week.  And I don't even think we realized we needed it until after it was all over.

Morgan & Kim invited us to JV a few weeks ago to take in the Jordan Valley Big Loop.  We had never been before, and there have been some changes in a state law that makes horse roping illegal, so we wanted to be sure to go if/when those changes are enacted.

And can I just say - it was the best time.

The whole thing is family oriented, a celebration of the ranching lifestyle, and a relaxed affair.  If you don't have fun during the Big Loop.....well, then I guess you aren't a Fun-Haver!

I mean - you can roll your cooler right into the rodeo grounds and plop it down next to your seats.  Where else can you do that these days?

So Saturday morning we packed up our beer & Angry Orchard into the collapsible cooler, loaded the four of us (Dave, Lindsay, Clint & I) and our stuff into the Equinox and headed south to JV.

And after such a great weekend - it just might have to become an annual event.

Hopefully the Johnsrud's are ok with that....because Jordan Valley isn't exactly the hotel mecca.   :)

Thank you Morgan & Kim for hosting us, and for {talking us} into another day. 
We appreciate you & your friendship!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Loomis II.

Never fear.
Just when you think I can't publish any more pictures of us breeding heifers....

I can.
And will.
I'm sorry.
But not really.


We were in Loomis about 10 days ago breeding a group of cows with Genex bulls that are being progeny tested.  Since there were so many to breed, we took up a crew of 8 (Clint, myself, Dave, RJ, Jesse, Jack, Kevin & the Genex summer intern James) and met Alan & Cassie up there.  The AB crew there at Loomis helped gather, and bring the cows to the alley, while Clint & Dave sorted and kept records.  Jesse & I thawed, while the other six bred. 

We got in late Friday night and set up the alley, a Y, and three breeding boxes (two doubles and a single).  We'd brought Scoopie the skidsteer with us (yes, that is it's name) so set up took almost no time at all.

Then, in the morning, all we had to do was show up bright & early and get to breeding.  Once the first group was bred, we tore everything down, loaded it onto trailers, drove 8 miles down the road, set everything back up, and finished breeding the second group.

It was a great day.  The pace was great, everyone hung in there like champs (even though it was hot), the record keeping was done well, and hopefully we got a lot of cows settled. 

I say this a lot - but we really have a great group of people to work with - and if it wasn't for them, we wouldn't be able to make a lot of what we do in April & May happen.  Thank you guys!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Ready for Lazyville.

This has been my little corner of the world for the past few weeks....
that is, when I haven't been at work.

I've been tucked in my corner of the breeding box with a thaw unit, semen tank, timer (thanks Mike!), lots of paper towels, straw cutter & Diet Snapple.

Lots of Diet Snapple.

The Diet Snapple pack from Costco gave Diet Pepsi a run for it's money this year....
the new Half & Half Snapple is pretty darn delicious.

But never fear.
I'm back on the Diet Pepsi bandwagon.
It is the breakfast of champions after all.
And I'm here to be a champion.


I didn't really take too many pictures this year while we were AI'ing this year.  Most of the time, there were three guys breeding in two different boxes, so I was hustling.

But we've wrapped up the season, and are about done with breeding heifers.

At least, I think we are.
The best of plans always have a way of changing sometimes around here, I tell ya.

Not that I'd have it any other way.  Variety is the spice of life.  ;)

These guys were happy to be done for the day!

And so if you'll excuse me....I'm headed for Lazyville.

Sitting on the couch with my feet up after work, watching DVR'ed episodes of Duck Dynasty & American Idol sounds just about right, right now.  :)

At least for a day or two.

PS - I bet the heifers are glad we're done breeding too....

Sorry - I had to include this picture.
These heifers were happy humpers.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

On the road again.

On the road again.

Just can't wait to get on the road again.

The life I love is out eating green grass with my friends,

And I can't wait to get back out on the road again.

We've been very busy breeding cows & heifers here the past couple of weeks, but the crew at Double M has also worked to get all of the cows & calves turned out to grass. 

Because most of the ranch's pastures are contiguous, when they're ready to move the cows, the guys open the gates, send a truck in front to stop traffic, and have one or two people on horseback follow up the rear.  Since Morgan, Miles, Dave & Jesse were here helping breed heifers that day, they helped Clint, Jack & Deana get the group moved.  Oh - and Teagan was there too.  Every crew needs a cow boss, right?

The cows know the drill....when they hear a pickup horn honking, they head towards it, go out thru the open gate and turn onto the road.  They trot along and when they come to the first open gate, they turn in.  The calves keep up alongside their mama's, and eventually everyone gets safely to the new pasture where green grass is awaiting.

Green grass + Pairs = Happiness.

And when that pasture is grazed down a bit, they'll be ready to head out onto the road again to greener pastures. 

Thursday, May 2, 2013

The crew at Double R.

They say you should never get so busy making a living, that you forget to make a life.

I've said before that we get to work with some of the best people around....and because of them, quite honestly - it doesn't feel like work.  It feels like living.  In the best possible way.

A big thanks to the crew who helped us last weekend.  We're looking forward to heading back your way in a few weeks.