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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Meatsickle



One thing is for sure: we will not go hungry. Julie and C butchered a calf and we bought half of it. We had exactly enough room in our freezer for that much meat. We're looking forward to lots of tasty roasts and steaks in the coming months!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Cups

Two people live here. Yes, that's right. Two. So, what's wrong with this picture?


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Ski Trip

Yesterday I returned to work from a three-day trip to Wolf Creek, Colorado. Blondie and I went with his brother and Julie and C. for a long weekend of skiing and snowboarding. Since I talked Blondie into snowboarding last year, this year I agreed to learn to ski.

Here's a nice photo of me before I bit the dust:

And after. I have to disclose that Blondie did throw a bunch of snow on me for dramatic effect.


Here we are after I dusted off most of the snow.


And the one good shot I got of Blondie and his brother. It was difficult to catch them not being silly.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

What I Wore Wednesday

Today I'm wearing my favorite black pants and a really comfortable top. The shoes, not so much.



Top: Agenda, Pants: Express, Shoes: Nine West

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

What I Wore Wednesday

I'm sure you noticed that I did not post a photo of my outfit last Wednesday. That's because last Wednesday was another snow day and I wore sweats all day. No one needs to see that!

Today, on the other hand was nearly 80*. No complaints there! Today I had a big meeting with all of my colleagues from all over the state. I wanted to be comfortable because I knew we would have a long day. Yesterday I spent most of the day at the state capitol walking around in dreadful heels, so today I went for comfort.



A closeup of my comfortable shoes:


I walked about two miles in them, and even with a blister from yesterday, I was able to keep up the pace with three men who were in a hurry.


Top: Storm, Pants: Ann Taylor Loft, Shoes: Me Too

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Crafty!

I am not a fan of flowers on Valentine's Day. I think it is silly. First of all, they are marked up at least double the price of flowers on any other day. And why would you want flowers on the same day that everyone else is getting flowers? Then your flowers have to compete against everyone else's flowers. And if you get carnations instead of roses, your carnations will feel insignificant, even though they would be gorgeous on any other day. Flowers are better any other day of the year.


C always wins Valentine's Day in our house. He is pretty creative. This year I knew I had him. I had a brilliant plan. He is a huge fan of Count Chocula. Unfortunately, they stopped selling it in stores a very long time ago. Any time we go into a grocery store, he still has to check the cereal aisle to see if they have it. Sadly, they never do. Amazon is the best website. Ever. They have everything. Including Count Chocula. So I ordered him eight boxes. I gave them to him on Saturday because waiting to give someone a gift that I already have in my posession is difficult for me. I left it at work until Friday because I knew I couldn't restrain myself. He was very excited. He couldn't understand why I didn't buy every box they had in stock.


I came home to my gift after work on Valentine's Day. He had arranged a plate full of M&M's in a heart shape. I thought it was pretty stinkin' cute. After looking at Facebook, at least six of my friends had posted photos of the flowers their husbands or boyfriends had sent them. No one had posted crafts made out of M&M's. Creativity saved C at least $60. Or I could just be easily impressed...
And I still didn't win Valentine's Day. I would say this year is a tie.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day! Did your sweetheart do something nice for you today? Blondie gave me a sweet note:


And the aforementioned "sticks."


This rose bush reminds us of the rose garden we visited on our honeymoon. Plus, I have two puny rose bushes that need to be replaced. When he bought this one, he said he made sure to choose the heartiest variety they had for sale. The lady who helped him used to be a florist and educated him on the meanings of all of the different flower colors. She tried to talk him into buying the bush that produces red flowers because it symbolizes love, but he explained that since we're married we've pretty much established that. He wanted something low maintenance.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Another Snow Day

Last week we knew a snowstorm was coming on Tuesday, so we did some laundry on Monday evening just in case we ended up without electricity for the rest of the week. We were supposed to get lots of ice last week. Ice, combined with strong winds, wreaks havoc on our power lines and we often have to rough it for several days at a time. In fact, one winter when I was in college, we had no electricity for three long weeks on the farm.

However, this time instead of ice and wind we got snow and wind. Last Tuesday morning, I woke up to find snow in my dryer.

The winds were so strong that they gusted the snow right up the vent into the dryer! We were just happy to still have electricity, though, so we didn't mind re-washing the clothes. We thought about just re-drying them, but decided that might not be a good idea. That snow might look fresh and white, but it was actually pretty dirty. Blondie had to scoop up a drift in order to be able to open our back door, and he dumped it in the utility room sink. When the snow melted, there there was a puddle of mud where the snow had been. It has been so dry here that the dust blew right in with the snow.

This week we were promised another snowstorm. We learned our lesson from last week and replaced the dryer vent with a hood that had a more effective flap. There was no snow in our dryer this morning, but our washing machine was frozen. So much for doing laundry today.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Pioneer Woman Book Signing

On Saturday Julie, Carina, and I went to the Pioneer Woman book signing at Full Circle Bookstore in Oklahoma City. We have all been PW fans for a long time and we decided this would be a fun outing.

We got there early and picked up our books that I had pre-ordered. Quite a crowd had formed by the time PW actually took the stage. She was a little nervous that there was no podium, so Marlboro Man came to her rescue and delivered a podium to ease her anxiety. People asked questions, she answered, someone handed over an order of her beloved Sonic Pickle-Os, and a sweet redheaded ballerina asked if Cowboy Josh might be interested in her. It was fun and lighthearted.

After the question and answer period, PW signed books. We were in group 3, so we had to wait a little while to get in line to have our books signed. When I got up to go to the bathroom, I had to walk right by Marlboro Man and the boys and decided it might be fun to have them sign PW's cookbook. Right after I got mine, I sent it to PW to autograph, so I hadn't brought it. However, Julie and Carina each had one. The Drummond men were very gracious and tolerant of the hordes of women swooning over them.

It was finally our turn to meet Ree. I think we really bonded. She liked my necklace and she thought Julie and I were twins. Ree and I are BFF now. For real.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Snow Day from the Passenger Seat

Any time it snows in Western Oklahoma, the world seems to shut down. Schools and businesses close until the snow melts, which means I don't have to go to work! The snow doesn't make cattle stop eating, though. So C still has to get out to feed cattle and break ice. On my days off I like to ride along with him. Usually the passenger is in charge of opening gates, but he let me off the hook on Tuesday since it was only 5 degrees outside! This is what we did on our snow day:


This is our first ice chopping stop. These aren't C's cattle, but I thought they were pretty. These share a fence with C's cattle. The sweet little old lady who lives on (and owns) the farms likes to run water for all of the cattle every morning. C tries to stop here first on icy days so the determined little lady won't try to break ice. He also broke ice for these longhorns because little old ladies don't need to be chopping ice!


Lucy seemed to enjoy the snow. One of her favorite activities is running along beside the pickup after C lets her out at a pasture. It scares me when she does this! It especially scares me when it is icy, which is hazardous for running.


These cattle didn't want to move from their spot by the hay bale. They look very cold. And they were not one bit interested in getting a drink after the ice in their tank got chopped. They could use a warm beach and a fruity drink with an umbrella.


Marlboro Man isn't the only one who has to chop ice. C is also a good ice chopper. However, unlike The Pioneer Woman, I am not brave enough to leave the cozy, heated pickup. So all of my photos are taken from the comfort of the passenger seat. Snow days are best when viewed from the passenger seat!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

What I Wore Wednesday

I had grand plans for my outfit today. Then it got cold. Blondie and I were off work yesterday because of the weather, and my office opened at 10:00 this morning. However, since we only have one snow-worthy vehicle, we have to commute together. He drops me off at my office around 7:00 and then finishes his commute. That means I was at work a full three hours before I was required to arrive. I did get lots of work done in the quiet time while I was the only one there, though!

Today I wore warm, comfortable clothes. Here's my outfit:



Sweater Dress: Express, Cami: Bally, Leggings: June & Daisy, Boots: Gianni Bini

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

...And the Winner Is...

Thank you to everyone who entered the CSN Stores giveaway this weekend! Some of you had actually heard of turkey ham, and now I know to look in the regular meat section rather than the deli section. I'm going to try that!

Now for our winner!

(Drumroll, please)

The lucky winner is (selected by the random number generator at Random.org) comment #17, Heather!

Congratulations, Heather ! I will contact you via email today just in case you miss this post and then you will get to choose what you're going to buy with your $35 gift certificate!