Monday, June 27, 2011

I Think I'm Going to be Sick

Last week I participated in the weirdest thing ever and I learned that if I ever hear about anything similar again, I will run the other direction, fast.

You see, for work, we have a Wellness program going on. The more “healthy” choices you make within the program time in terms of exercising, doctors/dentists appointments or education the more money you get. There’s no better incentive than money. I’ve been scrambling to get my last few points in, so I found a free wellness class called, Advanced Class: Beneficial Beverages. It was taking place at a chiropractor’s office after work, so I thought it would be harmless and an easy 7.5 points towards the CVBHealthy program. Thank goodness I influenced a co-worker of mine along; otherwise, I think I would have made a scene….

I assumed it was discussing the benefits of water, why pop is bad for you, etc. But no, instead, it was a cooking class on lacto-fermented beverages. Am I living in a box or have you heard about these drinks too? Apparently these drinks are for health-nutty hippies who want more “good” bacteria in their stomachs. The presenter actually didn’t go into why the drinks are so good for you in terms of medical terminology, she just said that it replaces your bad bacteria with good and will help your digestive system. Yah, it would help mine by bringing it back up and in the toilet. Seriously people, all of her 4-5 drinks she talked about were chunky, yes, chunky.

The following pictures were not from the evening’s festivities, but I googled it when I got back and this is exactly what her jars looked like.
She made different drinks including Kombucha and Keifer. Kombucha was made with this growing piece of crap called SCOBY that multiplies like a swap alien (left). You then add to your fermented concoction. 

Her Keifer used a bacteria that looked like moldy cottage cheese. This drink was made with made with unpasteurized, all natural milk. So, what this means, is that you use milk straight out of the cow, add the moldy cottage cheese stuff and then sit the jar out on your counter for 3 days. Then, whala! Curdled milk! But not just any curdled milk, fermented Keifer!

I think when I left, everyone in the room hated me, including the hosting chiropractor and the presenter since every glass they passed to me I threw it in a trash jar. My co-worker told me I had this look on my face the whole time too, which I'm sure was not inviting. 

When I also got home, I looked up Kombucha and this is what it said on Wikipedia:

"Kombucha is a tea that is often drunk for medicinal purposes. There is limited scientific information supporting any health benefit and few studies are being conducted, although there are several centuries of anecdotal accounts supporting some of the health benefits attributed to the tea."

This picture to the right is a Kombucha that apparently is sold in stores. The lady actually had one of these bottles to sample to. Her point was why pay $4 for a small bottle when you can make it at home for pennies. Ha! Ya, great idea...

I will say, it’s an education wellness class that I will never forget!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Here Come the Soukups....

There was some sad news over the weekend from Urbana, Iowa. A woman actually died after being attacked by a cow. I have some mixed feelings about this incident. The story said that the woman had her 23 month old grandson out with her and the family said that they’ve never had issues with the cattle before. Ok, seriously.... Growing up around cattle you know that even the nicer heifers will run after you when they have their calves. Then, to know that she had her little grandson in the same pen was also disturbing.

I don’t want to make a heavy story seem light, especially since this poor woman died, but this story does bring back some memories…

If you’re last name was Soukup and you lived at 5086 Red School Road, you’ll have some interesting stories about cattle. Between dad castrating the calves (and getting kicked to holy heck while doing it), dehorning (and watching blood spurt out like a squirt gun all over) and me accidentally shooting myself with a 3-way shot every now and again... it’s amazing none of us got hurt more. 

Then, there was tagging the calves in the spring. Boy, that was fun…ha! Usually one of the dogs would graciously come out to help too, which means the mothers are on charge-mode (example A, AKA Chance, to the right). For those that have never the pleasure to tag calves. It went something like this… Dad and I go out with a rope. I rope a calf and run as fast as I can to the nearest pole. I then wrap the rope around for leverage while dad hurries to put an ear tag in the calf’s ear. All while the calf is bellering for bloody murder. By that point, the heifer notices what goes on, bellers back and proceeds to take Dad down. Ahhh… good times.

There are also monumental stories on getting calves broke to lead for fair. However, I think that may be in a blog all in itself. There are too many crazy cattle stories. All I have to say is usually when our trailer pulled up at fair, you heard people say, “Get out the panels and move the children to safety, the Soukup’s are bringing their calves.”

I miss not having cows around. I honestly do. There were always good stories and they were a great excuse to get me out of school, since they were always out. I bet not many kids growing up in Waukee are late for school because they have to help their parents get the cattle in.

Monday, June 20, 2011

The Story of the Traveling Pants- Faded Style

This blog is going out to my three out of four devoted readers... 

To give a little background, one of my first blogs a couple of months ago discussed the latest fashion in men's western jeans. Well, one of the three amigos (mentioned above) schemed a plan and the other two followed suite. The plan was to purchase a pair of Faded Glory jeans and deposit the pair in my jean stack at home. All in hopes that one day I would pull out the pair and freak out. The plan was actually ingenious; however, it backfired.

A few weeks ago, Jake and I were packing to head down to Albia to the LJS Hunting Lodge. I was running barrels at a nearby rodeo and we were going to get some fishing done. My Mom and Dad also came down (mom is seen below). As I was packing at home, I noticed this weird pair of jeans. I immediately knew they weren't mine. 

You see, the weekend before, I was actually at home in Central City where I cleaned out a lot of my old jeans. For those of you who haven't seen my old room at home lately, it has been taken over by my mother. So, my old closets are now full of her clothing. Long story short, I thought I took home a pair of her own jeans. So, I brought the jeans to Albia that next weekend to give back to my Mom. 

Before we left that Sunday to head back to Des Moines, I made sure to give Mom her jeans back. She looked at them and then proceeded to try them on. "Huh", she said, "I don't remember these. I can still wear them, right?" I then proceeded to tell her that they looked a bit ridiculous, but if she wanted to wear them around the house, that would be fine.

So, long story short, the plan backfired because now someone is actually wearing the Faded Glory jeans. 

Good try ladies, good try.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Dress It Up

I don't think I can classify myself as an official "girly-girl". I think someone who ropes calves and hunts shouldn't apply; however, I'm not a tomboy either. I still liked to get dolled up and recently, I've been in the mood to wear a lot of dresses. My real job, at the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau, requires us to wear business attire, which I love. I enjoy wearing dresses because they're easy and they make a gal look hot and feminine. When you think about it, you can get away with a more reasonably priced outfit most of the time wearing a dress since it's just one piece instead of at least two or three when wearing a outfit with pants.

Well, last week Jake actually sent me a text to check out a website he stumbled upon. First of all, I was so impressed he mentioned it to me since it's a website for gals. I must say, when it comes to ladies fashion, especially the stuff I'm into, Jake is my go-to man. He knows what looks good on me and what looks good in general. So, I value his opinion. He's like having a gay shopping buddy that is 110% manly/hetero at the same time:)

The website he told me to check out was Ignore everything on their website, except the dresses. has a much better and much more unique selection of accessories, but on the apparel side, they are profiling some hot dresses!

I'd love to have some feedback on the below three. Keep in mind that I'd be interested in a dress that I could wear to work (with a cardigan or jacket), while still being back to wear it with a cute pair of cowboy boots. Thoughts?

34504 Black and White Versatile Sundress with Flowers-
31036 Turquoise and Orange Print Kimono Dress-

30067 New Dress!  Great Design with Yellows, Blues and Reds Loaded with Crystals!-

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Food Frenzie

Hey Everyone!

So, I have a few random ramblings for you this evening. First of all, my first issue is that I'm still wide awake at 11:30 p.m. due to me jogging on the treadmill at 10:30 p.m.... probably not the smartest idea for a week night..:)

I did want to make a few recommendations for you that I highly suggest you take action on immediately.

1) Pizza Hut's Cheesy Bite Pizza: This = a huge A+! Their darn commercials sucked me in. There is nothing in this round piece of heaven that is nutritionally good for you, but when your husband's gone, there are no groceries in the fridge and you love cheese... you'll fall in love like I did. Two thumbs up.

2) Make sure to check out the watch bands and faces that have been posted on Krazy Cowgirl. As always, if you have something in mind in terms of color, let me know!

My favorite band is this black and clear band. I really like the polka-dot glass beads I found. Very sexy.
Talk to you soon!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Once a Queen, Always a Queen

I guess it's true... once you get it in you, you live it forever. As of the conclusion of the Iowa High School Rodeo Finals (today), I will now be the IHSRA State Queen Coordinator.
I'm really excited about it and I hope to make some great enhancements to the program. What it will entail is putting on the state pageant every year at the state finals, organizing the contest, finding judges and finding sponsors.

One of my biggest attributes that I'd like to bring to the table is education. I hope to be more of a coach for the girl who wins than anything else. I remember when I won, back in the day, my Mom and I traveled around the state, researched and made dozens of phone calls trying to learn as much as possible before I went on the National Finals.

So, watch out girls! If you in high school rodeo in the state of Iowa, you will probably be recruited to run..! And if your over the age of 18, you may be recruited to help:)

I had to give a shout-out to my niece, Alex. She's the 2010-2011 IHSRA Queen (and my protege:)). She's done an awesome job and is just so dang cute!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Fishin' in the Great Outdoors

I love this picture below, because it just says everything on how our fishing went yesterday down in Albia...

My Dad got a dozen of worms and four of us caught 40 fish in about 30 minutes! It was really fun. You throw your pole in and immediately catch one. That's my kind of fishing! It actually got a little exhausting:) I shouldn't be too dramatic because my Dad and Jake were the ones exhausted. They took our bull heads off of our hooks and put new worms on. It was especially a chore because of all of Mom's fish. She was a fishing rock star- catching more than any of us!

And since this is a "fashion" blog of sorts, I probably should make at least a comment about that. Mom's boots were hot! Seriously! Colored rubber boots are all the rage right now. Have you seen the ones that they make look like cowboy boots? 
I think the ones below are cute. I just don't know where I'd personally wear them. If I'm going to get dirty, I plan to get dirty. However, I give a thumbs up to anyone else wanting to wear them! 

Friday, June 3, 2011

Equine Herpes Virus - On the Move in Iowa

For those of you in the horse competition world, hopefully you've heard about the recent alarm with Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1). Several horses recently competed in the National Cutting Horse Association Western National Championship in Ogden, Utah on April 29-May 8 were diagnosed. They then traveled back home and infected other horses. Reports of affected horses have been received from multiple states and western Canada, with several fatalities- and that number is growing.

The scary thing for those in the Midwest is that five of the horses that attended the event are located at stables in Iowa! I actually know who the Iowa horses belong to and they went directly into isolation.

The major issue with this disease, other than killing horses, is how easy it spreads. It's airborne; it can be contamined through people's hands, equipment, clothing, trucks, etc.

Clinical signs include nasal discharge, incoordination, hind-end weakness, lethargy and diminished tail tone (it sounds a little bit like Jake's condition after too many Jack & Cokes). Besides the nasal discharge, it's very similar to West Nile (hence the neurological aspect). My pleasure mare got West Nile some years back when everyone had horses getting it. Luckily, she came right out of it with no life-long issues. I wish I could blame her moodiness on it, but I can't:).

Other than intravenous fluids or anti-inflammatory drugs, there's no cure. Long story short, this sucks! Not only are other NCHA events (where the event started) not taking place, but I've heard of some barrel bash and rodeo numbers being down because of this too.

Maybe in the end, this will help my chances this summer when running barrels. Maybe this will scare all the top girls to stay home, which allows me and ol' Jakers to move into the top. Ha!

USDA has posted links with information about EHV-1 and a copy of the situation report at Be careful out there!

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