Monday, June 29, 2009


Pink Sunset

"Nothing is permanent in this wicked world - not even our troubles."
- Charlie Chaplin

Life is continuing on quicker and quicker every day. I am really enjoying my summer and can't believe it's already halfway over.

Of course, school is stressing me out. I've only been offered $500 in scholarships so far. I'm baffled by this; I mean, I have a 3.9 GPA. It's ridiculous. If I don't get scholarships, who does?

I'm also having problems getting enrolled. Plus, I haven't even figured out where I'm living. It's too much for me right now.

I'm going to stop worrying and go outside and enjoy another perfect sunset. Because that's what's important right now.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Wordpress or Blogger?!?

I'm trying to decide whether to move over to wordpress. I want more control of my blog and blogger just isn't doing it for me.

One problem: I can't seem to figure out to get all my subscriptions transferred over. I'm not even sure that wordpress has an easy way to follow your friends. Well, I haven't found it yet anyway.

Help me people! Please.

What do you think I should do. I have imported my blog into a cute little wordpress account and it looks so good! I'm excited about the switch, but I really need to be able to follow all of my favorite blogs.

Wheat Harvest

I have once again had a very busy week. I've been spending all my extra time out in a wheat field, taking pictures and riding on the combine with Colby.

Wheat Harvest

I won't deny it. I've been having a great time. At sunset, I'm always amazed be the beauty around me. I get to see this every single day. How lucky am I?

Wheat Harvest

I've learned more about farming in the last seven months then I had in the last twenty years of living in the country. It's crazy what happens between the time wheat is planted and the time it is made into bread. Crazy.

Wheat Harvest

The combine goes along the ground, sucking and cutting the stalks. Once inside the head is separated from the stalk. The good stuff goes into the combine and the rest is kick out on the ground. You can then gather all the straw up and bail it.

It's pretty much like a giant, complicated lawn mower. That used a lot of gas and cuts really fast.

Wheat Harvest

Things can get pretty complicated with three combines going at the same time. They have to dump off the wheat before they make an entire trip around the circles. A grain cart, pulled by a tractor, is driven around to unload the combines.

When the grain cart is full, it drives over and dumps the grain onto a semi-truck where it is driven to town.


Once again, it wows me by how beautiful the sunsets are out there.

I'm so very blessed.

Monday, June 22, 2009

An Update

Hello blog readers... I hope the world has been treating you well. I'm exhausted and scattered, but I thought I would show off some of my favorite pictures I've taken during the last week.

This is my life
I love my new camera. It's shiny and pretty. I find myself often leaning out the window and yelling "pull over, I want to get a picture of that!" Luckily, my loved ones usually allow me to get my perfect shot.

Hello world.
Dreamer has been getting a lot of attention lately. She loves taking pictures and poses for me everyday. I love how silky her hair looks here.

Too cute.
Jamey also has a tendency to run over when my camera is out and smile happily. I'm loving having my own little model.

My sisters
This is Ashley. She also likes posing for the camera. It's a girly girl thing. Boy of boy, is she ever a girly girl.

Poor frog.
Jamey doesn't look quite as cute in this one. You should have seen us chasing this frog around my Grandpa's yard. It was hilarious!

Look at how sweet me and Colby look!

I love him so much!

As you can see, I've been learning so much about my camera and photoshop. I'm enjoying it so much!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

And I thought I was busy last week!

Boy was I wrong! Harvest started yesterday, totally turning my world upside down.

Here's my schedule:

7:00 AM- Roll out of my bed- grinning. Okay, I'm lying. I'm usually totally pissed when my alarm goes off in the morning. I never feel rested in the morning. I then shower, get dressed and pretty, pack my lunch, eat breakfast, and check blogs if I have anytime at all.

8:15 AM- Leave for work.

8:54 AM- Arrive at work where I have all kinds of fun. I mean, who doesn't like mowing and cleaning up trash. Being the minion totally rocks.

1:00 PM- Eat lunch.


1:19 PM- Glare at my boss as he tries to cut my lunch break short. Does he not realize I'm off the clock for a full 30 minutes?

1:30 PM- Resume being paid.

2:53 PM- Glance at my blackberry and wonder "Why does the time go by so slow??"

4:45 PM- Proclaim- "We have less than an hour Clay!" in a very excited voice.

5:27 PM- Pace by the door, waiting to make my run.

5:30 PM- Knock over my coworkers as I try to be the first one outside. Smile as we pull out of the parking lot.

6:09 PM- Arrive home. Immediately start proclaiming, "What's for supper?"

6:25 PM- Stuff something, usually anything in my mouth. Get on the computer.

7:10 PM- Order Colby and the crew something for dinner from one of the local restaurants. Dream of cooking them a homemade meal, but realize that I barely have enough energy left to drive it fifteen miles to them.

7:35 PM- Pick up dinner.

8:00 PM- Arrive in the middle nowhere when 5+ people happily take dinner off my hands. Usually eat again.


9:13 PM- Look at my blackberry and wonder "Where does my time go?"

9:58 PM- Began to insist- "I really need to go home."

10:59 PM- Finally leave the field.

11:19 PM- Arrive home and get ready for bed.

11:42 PM- Finally get to bed, sighing because it's about to start all over.

No wonder I'm tired! That's exhausting just thinking about all of it. I have one question: What vitamins should I be taking right now?

Oh gosh. I'm late again. Where does all my time go?

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Meet Dreamer

My new camera got in today. I'm amazingly excited about it too. It takes really good pictures and I'm enjoying playing around with it so far.

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Jake would like to introduce you to his friend, Dreamer.

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Jake and Dreamer have a unfortunate relationship. He likes to follow her around and she likes to kick at them.

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She sure is pretty though...

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What do you think?

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Jake sometimes just stares her down. It's totally a Border Collie thing. They get obsessive over the weirdest things.

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But you gotta admit, he's sure handsome.

P.S.- Can you tell I live in the desert from the background of these pictures? Everything that isn't watered is depressingly brown.

I Skipped Work Today

And I no longer feel bad about it.

I woke up this morning totally exhausted. My body was aching and my throat was stuffy. While brushing my teeth, I had an asthma attack. It wasn't horrible, but it didn't make me excited about work.

I'm a "Forestry Aid" for the USDA. I have to do a lot of crappy outside work that sometimes involves running around in weeds. I probably could have made it through the day without having another asthma attack, but I was already feeling bad so I just decided to call in sick.

I had the hardest time deciding not to go. I really wanted to stay home, but I felt bad for some reason. Of course, my brother and Colby reminded me, "They give you sick days for a reason. Stay home."

Of course, I took a little nap and I no longer feel bad. I definitely made the right decision.

Monday, June 15, 2009

I heart faces! (Sepia Fun)

Hi everyone. I'm really trying to learn more and improve my photography, so I decided to start participating in the I heart faces contest every week. (Well, at least some of the time anyway.)

You should head over to to check out some of the other amazing entries for this week.

This weeks entry was actually taken last summer at the lake. It's one of the very first pictures I've played with in Photoshop. What do you think?

Jamey & Flag

My new camera is getting closer everyday and my excitement is rising by the second. I just can't wait to really dive into photography and capture more memories.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

"But Dad..."

Last night, Jamey got in trouble from our dad for eating in his bedroom. She had been watching television and had made the mistake of leaving her plate laying on his floor.

"Jamey, did I tell you yesterday that you are not allowed to eat out of the kitchen?" My dad was obviously annoyed.


Jamey got totally serious and said, "But Dad, you don't know about my memory." She went on, "I forget everything when I go to sleep at night. Everything Dad."

I didn't pay attention to the lecture or threats that came out of my father's mouth. I was too busy trying to hold in my giggles.

Jamey is utterly and totally hilarious. I can't imagine the trouble she's going to cause as a teenager.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

So Excited!

For the last several (probably three) months, I have been dreaming about my next camera. My old one is a crappy point and shoot. I've been dreaming of getting the perfect SLR.

I finally made the move and ordered my new camera today. It won't be here for a full week, but I'm super excited about it anyway. Isn't it so pretty?

Now I just have to figure out how to work Photoshop. Awesome.

Sleeping, Swimming, and Dirty

Hi everyone. I've more than halfway through another work week and don't have much to share. Instead, I thought I would jump right into this weeks Thursday Thunks a day early.

Welcome to the June 11th version of Thursday Thunks!

(which we always seem to post on Wednesday)
Where we make you think a little bit before you blog!
This week we will answer some crazy questions brought to you by Berleen, the number 1 (because I am) and the color nude.

1. What is your least favorite candy bar?
Haha. I love all chocolate. I can't pick one "least favorite." That would be like choosing my "least favorite friend" or something.

2. If I were to call you, what would you say?
"'Sup dawg. What's shakin your boat?"

Or "Hello." It all depends on my mood.

3. What is your favorite type of leaf?
Really? Where do these questions come from.

4. When was the last time you....
- had sex? Family blog. I'm not discussing.
- swam in a lake? Memorial Day. It was way too cold for that crap.
- went barefoot outside? Last weekend.
- ate peas? It's been a very long time.

5. Since Father's Day is right around the corner, tell us about the person that you are celebrating.
My father has no biological link to me, yet he has treated me as him own for the last ten years. He's an amazing man.

6. Were you dropped on your head as a child?
No... but I once convinced my younger sister that the doctor dropped her when she came out of my mom.

7. How often do you clean your toilet?
About once a week.

8. Have you ever been sunburned? Tell us about it.
I was sunburned last Friday after mowing for an hour and a half. It hurt.

9. On average, how many hours a sleep do you get a night?
Like six. I want eight so bad.

10 How many hours did you get last night?
Seven woot woot.

11. Take a picture of something. Post it.
No. My camera batteries are dead.

12. Are the bottom of your feet dirty?
Nope, but my jeans are covered in mud. It rained today.

13. Do you know the names of every member of the family who lives next door to you?
I live in the country and have no neighbors.

Monday, June 8, 2009

My Vow

I'm a blog stalker.

I absolutely love reading other blogs. I enjoy witty and funny words from the humor blogs. I like reading about new babies and annoying husbands. Sometimes, I even tolerate a good sad story.

I just like getting inside other people's lives. It's like watching nighttime television. So much fun.

I have a small problem though... I never comment on the amazing words of other writers. I feel like I'm intruding on their lives or something. Yes, I realize that they enjoy getting comments, but I rarely leave them.

I'm changing my ways though. From now on, I'm going to comment on every single blog I read. It might be a short, totally lame comment, but I'm going to make it.

Would you like to join me in this quest to spread happiness in the form of comments to the entire world? Wouldn't that be fun?

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Meet J. Turtle

Our little town had their annual Santa Fe Trail Days this weekend. One of the events normally includes a "turtle race" for the kiddies.

Jamey had been asking me and Colby for days to bring her a turtle.

She is a very persistent little girl. Colby melts every time she asks him for anything.

Fortunately, I saw one on Friday when I was driving through the country. I brought him home where Jamey was free to play (torment) the poor animal all weekend.

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She had a delightful time and ended up naming him J. Turtle.

The "turtle races" ended up being canceled because Jamey was the only kid in the entire county to have one to race, but she brought him home to play anyway.

Jake had a lot of fun playing with him too.

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You could tell that he was totally freaked out by J. Turtle.


I just knew he Jake's nose was going to get bit... but it never happened.

But that would have been very funny, in a mean way.


We all had a blast with our new friend, but we let him go this morning. He needs to be free to crawl through the grass, eat bug or grass or whatever it is turtles eat, and meet that special girl that is out there for him.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Exhausted, Overworked, and Busy.

I have been running in overdrive for the past week.

Between working and trying to spend time with Colby, I have absolutely no free time. (Did I talk about this in my last entry? Yes, I think I did.)

On Wednesday I traveled to my new college to work on getting transferred. After about three hours of walking around in circles, I think I might have gotten it all figured out. It was rough. I did not realize that transferring was like adopting a child or running for president.

Believe me- it is.

I did get to tour the apartment where I will probably live next year. It has a much better setup and larger rooms than my last apartment. Even better, it's cheaper.

Colby finished corn planting. We are now gearing up for wheat harvest. I visit him in the field almost everyday after work. Sometimes I bring him dinner and ride around with him for a while.

It actually is a lot like this song... except I'm never dressed up these days. I'm wear old stained up work shirts and muddy boots all the time.

I'm going to work on updating more regularly now... Seriously. This once a week stuff is ridiculous.