Thursday, June 25, 2009

Baby it's HOT Outside

It's HOT out there! Wait, it was nearly HOT inside my house last night when the stinkin' air conditioner froze up...cross your fingers, she's working again. The dryer's not working, but I maximized efforts and read journal articles at the laundromat yesterday. 9 loads, 3 articles, and lunch in 2.5 hours w/o my iPod)...not too shabby. It was 83 at 8:30 this's up to 93 now at's predicted to be ~105 again today. That's nearly too hot to drink a beer, too hot to sit in a pool, too hot to sit in the pool with a beer! Is it possible to sweat in the cement pond?

I had a mini epiphany...I should have went to law school.

Readin articles, wonderin where the iPod is, maybe analyzin some data, and tryin to stay cool!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


Sorry for 2 posts in one day, but this made me giggle. I just took a Facebook quiz "Which Decade Fits Your Personality?" Apparently the 1920's fit me best, and here is my description

You are classy, not afraid to go against the norm, and love to celebrate the joys of life. You love to be in the "right now" of society's latest "new thing" and because of that you exert the latest fashions and put a high priority on having a great time. After all, you deserve it after all the struggles you have gone through in life thus far. You have a little rebel in you, although you don't overtly show it because you keep yourself and your standards classy, sophisticated, and elegant. And chances are, you have a thing for jazz music. You are a perfect combination of lady-like and party animal.

That last sentence is my favorite part!

A Living Nightmare?

I may have nightmares...
My children may not have the privilege of growing up as I did...
My family's livelihood is at stake.

What has happened to this world we live in?! Do people not like to eat anymore? Has the population lost grasp of where their food and clothing comes from?

I just read that the Humane Society of the United States has received license as a higher education granting degree institution! Link

On the same blog (Advocates for Agriculture) that I read nearly everyday, I found a post titled "US Agriculture Can Feed the World". I would like to think that we, American Agriculturists, can feed the world; however, this is becoming a greater challenge each day. I am getting the sense that food production for our own country and other countries is not a priority. Correct me if I am wrong, food is necessary to sustain human life, is it not?

Also this past week, Food, Inc. came out in theaters attacking our food industry. A counter attack has been formed by some titled Safe Food, Inc. To deliver facts to American consumers.

During my rant this morning, I stumbled across this site I Love Farmers--They Feed My Soul. There was a video under one of the tabs on this site which said the following at the end, "Thank a farmer or rancher. They give a lifetime for you and your family." That made my heart skip a beat.

So at night, when you sit down to say your prayers and thank God for your family and your friends and that you may have a house and/or a job and that you may have food on your table and/or clothes on your sure to thank Him for farmers and ranchers.

A few blogs/sites I watch:
If you have any other interesting sites, please share.

Cheers to farmers and ranchers and the food they provide us with!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Monday, Monday

I had a great weekend. Spent Friday at the Texas State Jr. Hereford Show. Caught up with some old friends, made a few new ones, and got to hang out with the cows (my favorite was cheaper than seeing a shrink).

It was Fun In The Sun on Saturday at the Texas Reds Festival--a celebration of steak and wine! Tried most of the wine and missed the steak. I'm okay with that...I really enjoy the steak that I am capable of at home--Nebraska Beef and Cavender's Greek Seasoning--mmmmm delicious! It was VERY, VERY hot that afternoon, but Brandi and I persevered.
I've had in my possession a Wine for Dummies book. I've made it through a chapter or two, and I've set it aside for one reason or another. I think I need to get it back out. I went through the tasting on Saturday with this attitude "Fern, do you like it?" I answered "yes" to some, "mmm, okay" to many, and "tastes like tank water" to one that I can remember.

The Los Pinos wines (Sweet Rodeo Red and Pinky Tuscandero--the 2 I tried) were 1) tasty, 2) had adorable names and labels (because that is sooo important), and 3) were affordable (around $15...I have this random philosophy of choosing wines between $9 and $16...although I'm not ashamed to say I've found one that's alright at HEB for $6.95--judge me, I don't care!). The Landon Winery had a Super Texan that was amazing! Unfortunately, it won't be in my personal home selection anytime soon at $49.95. However, their Yellow Rose is $12.99. It's a fun white that the girls and I really liked. Inwood had a Tempranillo-Cabernet that was very good, and like the Landon Super Texas won't be in my collection anytime soon.

It was a unique experience. I had never been to anything like it before, and I would certainly go back. I wish that I had investigated the event website more. I would have loved to watched some of the cooking demonstrations!

Sunday. Newt and I hung out in our little house all by our little selves, and it was spectacular. We got caught up around the house, and I had several "revelations", if you will.
  • I want to go to Ireland
  • I want to see Greece
  • NYC is calling my name
  • Why is it that when people fall asleep and wake up on TV and in the movies that they don't ever look truly disheveled? And, why is it that none of them sleep in T-shirts and boxer shorts like most normal people I know?
  • I love the movie PS I Love You and its soundtrack (I happen to own both)

I also have several thoughts on activists groups this morning, but that deserves its own post!

Be sure to check out the Pioneer Woman's site, if you haven't found it yet. It's amazing. She posts great recipes. I've tried a few, and so far, they have all be tasty and have earned me a compliment or two. Her daily posts are fun, but of course I would think that--most focus around ranch life. She has giveaways! Brandi and I try nearly every week to win something. We have yet to win anything. She's also written the story of how she and her husband met and fell in love. I've read all but the last chapter. I keep telling myself that I'll set aside some time to sit down with a good cup of coffee or glass of wine for the final chapter (so far) of Black Heels to Tractor Wheels.

Back to analyzing, tabling, writing, and hoping for a home, a job, and Peace on Earth.

**Note: I have fixed the comment link on here to make it much easier to comment with fewer hoops to jump through.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Hodge Podge

A hodge podge of thoughts on a Wednesday:
1) My dad is the greatest...but of course I'm supposed to say this. I inherited many things that make me stunningly similar to this little round man, well little and round...there's two things for my list and the way I walk and talk and my hands and legs and feet...he has a kind heart, and I like to think that mine is from time to time, an appreciation for all things outside and good cows and stout horses, fine scotch and starched jeans...HOWEVER, I DID NOT INHERIT HIS PATIENCE, HIS EVER PRESENT FAITH THAT GOOD WILL ALWAYS COME, AND HIS CALM...nope, it's no where that I can find in myself. I do always feel better after I have a mental overflow and call him. How he hasn't choked me before now is a wonder

Let's just say that there was a meltdown of momentous proportion this morning, but after a phone call with Tubby, the course (although still unknown) is a little smoother

2) Emotional eating is something that I have developed or inherited somewhere, and I really need to learn and practice refocusing away from food. My fave Cajun friend offered lunch as a distraction today, and I kindly accepted after 2.5 emotional eruptions. Now, please follow what I am about to say wisely. Take it to heart. Do as I say, not as I do. DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES FOLLOW A HIGHLY EMOTIONALLY DISTRAUGHT MORNING WITH A PIZZA BUFFET LUNCH! DO NOT TRY TO CHASE ANXIETY AWAY W/ PIZZA. It's 4:38 pm. I am still full. The needle has not left full. It may be Friday before it reaches 1/2 a tank!

What caused all this emotion you say:
  • A sick dog at 4:30 AM...Newt cannot/should not eat pork, just so you know.
  • Not having a plan post August 1
  • Not having a home or gainful employment post August 1
  • During this meltdown I stopped at an ATM machine and left my card in it...not to worry, I promptly realized this...okay, not so promptly that I went back, I was across town...I was close to the bank, so I ran in--canceled the card, withdrew cash, and requested a new one. The little girl at the bank was so sweet, I think that she could feel my negative energy that was escalated to the power of 10.
Good news, I have found a cool twist to my project. I don't have to do anymore data search and/or data entry (praise Jesus!!!!!). Just some formula changes, a couple of new statistical codes, and I may have something that makes me feel useful. Also, I have developed (hopefully) solutions to my morning of problems that begins with no dead pig for Newt.

Friday, June 12, 2009

I'm Back's been awhile. Not too much has happened since my last post, except LEVI & LAUREN GOT MARRIED. And, it was beautiful! Brandi and I started our wedding weekend Saturday morning. We packed my car and were careful not to forget what Brandi called "the kit". "The kit" consisted of 2 varieties of vodka, bloody mary mix, gin, tonic, lime, 3 varieties of beer, and a bottle of wine. "The kit" came in more than handy!
We were put right to work upon arrival. We helped to haul the last load of stuff to the reception hall, and little did we know what lay ahead. We set the tables with the linens that Lauren's Dad and Levi had spent the two previous days pressing. We got to help decide the best location for the band and the keg. We got to help in the kitchen. Lauren's mom had taken on the responsibility of the reception meal herself. Family friends were cooking the meat and potatoes according to her recipes. The rest of us were frantically preparing hors d'oeuvres and salads. My station was to prepare these delicious little cucumber slices topped with a mixture of cream cheese, blue cheese crumbles, and coarse ground peppercorns and top that with crispy bacon crumbles. DELICIOUS! Brandi could not believe that the family had taken on such a task of doing the entire wedding reception. I however could. Have you met my mother?!
We swept (drug) Lauren away to get dressed. Brandi and I were more wound up than Lauren, which is not surprising. We got the girl all fancy and in her gown and down the isle! They said "I Do". The reception was BEAUTIFUL. The food was DELICIOUS! I am also confident that everyone had a FABULOUS time. If you went away hungry or didn't have any fun, I'd say that it's your fault!
I did learn several things...always pack a kit (my Cajun friend is so wise), do not panic (the wedding cannot start without a bride), and I should not wear a dress with a sash thing that ties in the back. About that last part--I liked my dress and my fancy shoes. It was a major feat I thought to make it in and out of the restroom without leaving the back of my dress in the top of the Spanxx. I did not account for long bow tails in water...yes, that was clean toilet water, but it nonetheless happened! Leave it to me! ONLY FERN! I also learned that for my dad's sake, should I ever get married, I should decide on a destination wedding!
The wedding was beautiful! The marriage licence was signed! We all had a great time! It was a great weekend!
12+ hours together and this is the only picture of Brandi, Lauren, and I.
Not too much has happened in the world of Fern this week. I've been writing this dissertation and working on a job application. There was big news back home...A FLOOD! Yeah, that doesn't happen often. The rain is very much appreciated, however, the hail and the torrential water is not! Ditches, fences, and roads washed out. Dad no longer has any wheat. It's still raining...2 days later, it's still raining! I wish that I was home to see see that much water, to see creeks that haven't ran in years, to see cows belly deep in grass! Mom has emailed me's one in the hills...yes, that's hail on them there hills (it's not sand, it's not snow, it's hail--dad took this the morning after the storm)
Well, it's back to writing for me!
Tonight is fried fish and boiled shrimp...I'm responsible for the salad. Tomorrow is Saturday Stuff (cleaning, laundry, errands, etc.), but my reward is a free concert in the park. One of my favorite artists, Jason Boland. Lawn chairs, ice chests, snacks,'ll be fabulous, I can feel it!
If anyone wants to send me a white buttermilk cake with butter cream icing, it would be appreciated!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

I don't thing I'm dealing w/ Mickey Mouse

Last week a pest control man so kindly brought me mouse bait... I get to the office this morning to find that those little bastards have only eaten the bait by my desk! 6 little bait squares and they eat nearly 1/3 to 1/2 of the one by my desk. The pest man told me that one bite and the little feller would be done for. I am hoping and praying that he/she/they have went and found a more romantic place to meet their maker than in one of my desk drawers. I still don't get the full appeal of my desk. When we discovered the mouse issue earlier this Spring, I was the only one with a desk full of mouse poo. All that I had in my cubical, in my desk, were some cough drops and some Midol. Everyone else has cubbys full of snacks! I guess it's like what they say about dogs and how they find the person that tends to like them least to pester first. Damn them little creatures! I have NEVER liked them. Not in my feed room, not in my barn, not in the ranch truck, not at all...and certainly NOT in my cubicle where I spend more time than my house some days!
**As I write this, I sit @ my desk with the iTunes turned up and my feet up on a stool (which I put them on all the time's the pits to be short....when I sit at a desk, my feet dangle...don't like it, so one of my students brought me a stool a few years ago.)

  • Dasani water has these new "unsweetened lightly flavored" waters....they are gross! I tried the Lime Essence this morning. Crap I tell you, it's terrible.
  • Agenda for today: mani/pedi's with Lauren and Brandi to celebrate Lauren's entrance into matrimony this weekend. But that's not all...after nails we are headed to La Bodega for some Mex and AMAZING margarita and if we have any spunk left in us, we'll head to Mad Hatters for $2 Teas on Tuesday...mmmmm, too bad we all need to be productive on Wednesday.
  • I have Fiesta Ware. I like to pick my plate color to go with what I'm eating and what suits my mood at the time. It makes me feel festive or special or something...really you are probably thinking that I'm just "special".
  • My new neighbors have a Beagle. The damn thing barks all of the time. I may find a way to choke a Beagle. The continual barking not only annoys me, but it seems to wear on Newts nerves. We can't have Newton upset.
  • The @ home attempt @ spray tanning is alright so far. Not streaky. Not too spotty. My feet are a little weird, but that happens even @ the tanning place. And, I'm so very thankful that no one can see me while I attempt to spray tan myself.
  • Tomorrow night: Wade Bowen and Randy Rogers acoustic!! Get excited, I am.
  • Saturday: Lauren and Levi's Wedding! I'm gonna be fancy, and I'm unusually excited about that. I have a new dress and everything.
  • Next week: We're stock contractors. Okay, not really, but it's fun to say. We have to take some ewes to a County Fair for the Muttin' Bustin'. AND Jason Boland, for free, in the park! I don't know which I'm more excited about.

I almost forgot...I had a job offer this morning! Dad called. They synchronized cows yesterday. They had them separated from their calves, and in a feed lot pen for the night. He got to the ranch this morning and they had tore down the gate and gotten all mixed up again. He and dog waded though the feed lot mud (we had 1+ inches of rain last night, WHOOP!) and didn't manage to get them sorted again, but they are contained. He told me that I could come home and take over...the pay and benefits weren't that snazzy, but the work was steady. I'm keeping my options open!