Thinking Out Loud: Rest & Airports

Oh hey everyone! I’ve been missing from the blog world for the past week and it’s truly been a nice break. So let’s try to catch up by linking up with Thinking Out Loud!


  • Coffee and kitties are my favorite way to start my morning!photo(153)
  • In just a few hours I go into the dentist office and get my wisdom teeth taken out. I’m not excited about it, but I know I need to stop putting it off. Bring on the chipmunk cheeks!
  • While I’ve been away I was able to truly rest. I think my body needed and enjoyed a break from Crossfit. It was also refreshing for my mind to get away to a new place and not have the stress and worries that fill my mind while at home. And it’s always nice to spend time with people who fill you with happiness.Jul 31 rest week
  • Airports are one of the most fascinating places to me. I absolutely love being in the airport. I love looking at all the people. Where are they going? What are they doing? Who are they? You see the true colors of people when they are dealing with delays and cancelled flights. After a evening filled with delays I was thankful to finally get home.jul 31 rain airport
  • A rainy day afternoon/night in the airport made me crave warm, savory foods. I had a cappuccino from Starbucks with a cinnamon chip scone. I forget how good cappuccinos are. I was also so thankful that I had chosen to wear skinny jeans and bring a hoodie since I was sitting in a cold place for a long time!Jul 31 Starbucks
  • Yesterday was my last Crossfit workout at the box I’ve been going to all summer. Next week I’ll return to school and will be trying out a new box once my wisdom teeth heal up. Yesterday’s workout was fun and I really enjoyed it. For 20 minutes we worked on gymnastics moves that we wanted to improve on. Many of us worked on handstands and it was a lot of fun. I definitely improved and got more okay with getting up on the wall. The WOD: 3 rounds of 3 min: 500 meter row then wall balls until time ran out. My quads were so tired!Jul 31 crossfit
  • It’s always nice to catch up with you old friends from home. It’s neat how we can be at completely different stages of our lives, but still can talk about anything.
  • I know I’ve been saying I’m moving to a new blog and I promise it’s happening soon. The design is almost done and I’m thinking by next week it’ll be complete! Eeeek! I cannot wait!
  • I can’t believe my summer is basically over. All of a sudden last week was my last time working with my Dad since I’ll be out of commission this weekend due to my wisdom teeth. But I’m ready to get my final semester of school started. Jul 31 sprinkler and dad

That’s all for today!

Tell me your thoughts!


4th of July Ranch Rodeo Weekend

I spent this past 4th of July weekend at a Ranch Rodeo here in New Mexico. My best friend from high school was going to watch her husband and her younger sister was going along too so she invited me. Be prepared because things are about to get real punchy on here.

Ranch rodeos are different than your typical rodeo. Here’s how a ranch rodeo is described as by the Black Hills Roundup Rodeo: “Ranch rodeos are events in which traditional working cowboys gather to compete and demonstrate skills that are used every day in cattle ranching operations.”

Another important difference is that unlike rodeos where the competitors are competing individually (aside from team roping), ranch rodeos compete in teams of usually 4.

We’ll get to more descriptions of the events in a bit, but for now let’s talk about what I ate along the way. My friend had made chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter cookies, and no bake cookies that I had several of and they were great. A bag of hot cheetos was also a victim from the weekend. I’m going to squeeze in a What I Ate Wednesday Ranch Rodeo edition.

Ranch Rodeo eatsTop left: Dinner the first night at Cattle Baron. Steak and a sweet potato with strawberries for dessert. You can never go wrong with a good steak.

Top Right: Breakfast. Scrambled eggs with green sauce  with a side of hash browns and toast.. I’ve been needing more green sauce in my life.

Bottom Left: Brisket quesadilla. Brisket in any form is always good.

Bottom Right: Meat and potato burrito.


The ranch rodeo lasted two days. The first day teams competed in 2 or 3 events and then the next day they were in the events they didn’t do the day before. All of these events are practical and reflect what happens on a working ranch. The event descriptions are from the Smokey Bear Stampede site. And I can promise you that no animals were harmed during this if you’re concerned about that.

Team Gathering – Four cowoys start behind a line to catch a steer and a calf and tie them down. Time stops when all members are back behind line. Fastest time wins. Simulates gathering breakout calves during branding.


Team Doctoring – Four cowboys line out a steer, rope, mug or hold to allow mark of chalk on his head. Fastest time wins. Event simulates doctoring sick cattle in the pasture with a shot of antibiotic.


Team Branding – One cowboy ropes two calves out of the herd, drags them to the ground crew, who flank and brand the them. Fastest time wins. Exhibits the exact skills the cowboys demonstrate each year at branding time.



Trailer Loading – Two cowboys rope a steer and take hime to the trailer, where two cowboys on the ground help load him in the trailer. The riders then load their horses and time stops when all four cowboys are in the pickup. Fastest time wins. Exhibits the exact skills that the cowboys use when picking up sick or stray cattle on pasture.


Wild Cow Milking – Four cowboys line out a cow, rope her and hold her as still as they can while one of them milks her and runs the milk to the judge. Fastest time wins. Demonstrates the exact skills the cowboys use when tending to a momma cow with udder problems or to give a little extra to a weak calf.


Ranch Bronc Riding


The team I was watching didn’t end up winning, but we all still had a great weekend. Aside from the ranch rodeo during the day there was always a regular rodeo at night to attend. I had started to forget how much I love to shoot rodeo type events, so this was a nice refresher for my photography skills even though taking pictures from the grandstands makes things a little difficult.

And that’s where I spent my 4th of July weekend. Have a great Wednesday everyone!

Have you ever been to a rodeo? A ranch rodeo?

WIAW #5 The Struggle Bus

I was a bit hesitant to link up today for What I Ate Wednesday because I’m riding on the first seat of the What I Ate Struggle Bus.

What the heck does that mean?

Let me explain…

I read this verse in my devotional this morning: “Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.” Galations 6:4

The devotional was about how we tend to fake it. We try to appear to others as everyone but our true authentic selves. We compare ourselves to others and want how we appear to be comparable to this other person. When in reality we just need to be ourselves.

Sometimes when it comes to WIAW I want to fake it. I want it to appear that I eat all this great and healthy and colorful food all the time, but I don’t. And I know nobody claims to do so with WIAW, but there is almost this added pressure and competition to do so. And like I listed in my July goals that I liked to cut back on bread, eat more fruits and vegetables, and try to eat more Paleo-ish, it can be freakin hard and life happens. Life happens a lot.

Like when you try to make perfectly round protein pancakes, but once again they end up falling apart or coming out in weird shapes.

wiaw pancakes july 2

Or when you have hot cheetos with your peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch because hot cheetos are the bomb dot com.

pb and j wiaw july 2

Every now and then I’ll make a delicious and healthy coffee protein shake. I’ll take picture of it on a pretty table outside. Because this is really where I drink my coffee shake. I lean over and take a sip while I fight the flies off. Sometimes I get a few leaves in it from that plant in the picture to get some added greens. Totally kidding. But hopefully you get my sarcastic point…

wiaw july 2 coffee shake

And when I celebrate my 22nd birthday with my best girlfriend, I like to drink things that have a sugary or salty rim. We won’t even go into how much sugar is in that thing…

wiaw margarita july 2

Then your parents take you to a church service that lasts for almost 2 hours and you don’t get to leave until 9:30 at night (I promise I’m not complaining about church). Leaving McDonald’s or Taco Box as your only options for dinner. And when I go to Taco Box, there’s no going “healthy.”


Even though you get the Paleo Kitchen cookbook for your birthday, you then realize you don’t have any groceries and need to buy a few lot of things to truly get started.

wiaw july 2 paleo kitchen

And that my dear friends is why I’m riding on the WIAW struggle bus. Because faking it is overrated. And people don’t eat perfectly. Next week my WIAW may be great. Maybe we’ll make it to the grocery store and I’ll eat a few things with some vegetables thrown in and take beautiful pictures of my plate.

I’ll end with the words of good ol’ Teddy Roosevelt:

Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!!

Do you find yourself comparing yourself to others?