Nie Nie Auction


Randa and I decided that we wanted to help out with the Nie Nie recovery fund they have going on, so we talked to our dad and he said that we could auction off 2 nights in the cabins to benefit this family.  Check out Randa’s blog to see why this story has effected us so much. 

 So the auction will include 2 free nights in either the Cottonwood, Aspen or Lodgepole cabin, this is a $310 value.  The Old Mill was Featured in Men’s Journal: 25 Hideouts & Dream Towns and is located in beautiful Afton Wyoming, just a short 70 mile drive from Jackson Hole Wyoming, to place a bid, please leave a comment in the comments section of this post.  We will start the bidding out at $25, please bid in $5 increments.  The auction will close at midnight on Tuesday September 2nd, with 100% of the proceeds going to the NieRecovery fund.  Please bid generously, and tell all of your family and friends to come over and bid, you can even put a link to this auction on your blog to help spread the word.  Thanks so much! 









Nie Nie

Randa told me about this gal and her husband who were in a plane crash, and are now fighting to live and recover.  It just happened a week or two ago, and I haven’t had time to read all of the blogs and postings, but it is a very sad thing.  You can click on the link to go to the blog, where you can also make a donation. 

I’m politically active y’all

Well many of you already know that I went to see President Clinton and Obama both speak when they came to town this winter, but with all the conventions and non-stop ads running here (living on the border of Colorado has it’s downfalls), I thought I would revisit the fun times 🙂

The first night was President Clinton. He spoke in a small venue, where they only let in a few hundred people. Lucky for me, that venue just happened to be right next to the law school, and even luckier for me was that our friend Steve saved us a place in line.  Thanks Steve!


Not so lucky for me, it was like stupid 30 degrees below, and we had to stand in line for like 2 hours. This is what I looked like after only 10 minutes outside. Oh and Johnny picked me up from work, and I was wearing a skirt. But I had on really thick black tights, they were the only thing standing between me and certain death by hypothermia.


Here we are, super happy to be inside a warm building.

This is what your hair looks like after wearing a snowhat.

Me and Johnny and a bunch of random, excited college kids calling their moms, and dads.  Funny thing is, right after this picture was taken I turned into those same college kids, calling everyone in my phone book too. 

Grandpa Kay’s BFF.

So, people gush on and on about what a great speaker President Clinton is, and I tell you what, I got more than a little bored. It would have been ok, but he really talked for a long time, and he didn’t get you all pumped up or anything. He was a little dull if you ask me, the political expert 🙂 At the end I was taking pictures of my shoes and my wedding ring, and the lights on the ceiling. Here is proof. But I did get to shake his hand.



Obama was the next day, and it was much different. They had about 10,000 people come for it. We got there really early, and dressed much warmer. Here is part of the line.  Oh, Oh, Who wants to play a fun game called, “Where Johnny?”

Cold outside again.

I thought it was hilarious that someone made this. If you can’t see, that is a picture of Obama that the snowman is holding.

Inside again. We knew the wait was going to be long, so Johnny brought his homework. We were right down on the gym floor again. We waited inside for almost 2 hours for this to start as well.

I don’t know why, but they marked our hands.


Ta Da!

Ok, so this one was by far the best. It really was just like a rock concert. It was wild. They got you all pumped up, they planted “homemade” signs in the audience, they played loud rock music, they played videos of Barack. Before it started they had Cowboy Joe, the mascot, run out carrying our flag, and no one can rile a crowd like Cowboy Joe can. Then when Barack came out it was madness, I mean madness! I am not going to lie, I was totally pumped, and I was screaming and cheering right along with everyone else(I am easily swayed)…well everyone but my very conservative husband who kept loudly pointing out the faults in his speech 🙂 And at the end I squished my way up front and I got to shake his hand too. Pretty fun all in all, and I would go again in a heartbeat to any rally, it was so much fun.

Best burger EVER!

Ok, Ok I might exaggerate a little, but honest this is a stinking fantastic burger.  This guy at work told me try out the website and check out their great recipes.  I found this and showed it to John, who made it like the next night.  We skipped the glaze part, but that creamy jalapeno ranch is to DIE for!  I think it tastes like Bajio’s dressing (I miss Utah and all their restaurants).  Anyway, it was really good, so you should try it out sometime.  At least try the ranch 🙂



Spicy Ranch Sauce
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
6 tablespoons fresh lime juice
4 green onions, finely chopped
2 tablespoons minced seeded jalapeño chile
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

2 pounds ground beef
1 small onion, chopped (about 1 1/4 cups)
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon chopped seeded jalapeño chile
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Worcestershire-Coffee Glaze
1/3 cup light corn syrup
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 teaspoon instant coffee crystals
2 teaspoons (packed) golden brown sugar
3 tablespoons butter

16 bacon slices

Nonstick vegetable oil spray
8 hamburger buns or 3- to 4-inch square focaccia rolls, split horizontally
8 lettuce leaves
2 cups coarsely shredded sharp white cheddar cheese
Assorted additional toppings (such as tomato and grilled onion slices)


For spicy ranch sauce:
Whisk all ingredients in medium bowl to blend. Season sauce with salt and pepper.

For burgers:
Gently mix all ingredients in large bowl. Form mixture into eight 1/2- to 3/4-inch-thick patties. Place on small baking sheet. Cover and chill at least 2 hours and up to 1 day.

For glaze:
Stir first 5 ingredients in small saucepan over medium heat until coffee is dissolved. Remove from heat. Whisk in butter. Season glaze to taste with salt and pepper.

Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Working in batches if necessary, cook bacon in large skillet over medium-high heat until crisp and brown. Transfer bacon to paper towels to drain.

Spray grill rack with nonstick spray. Toast buns until golden, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer buns, cut side up, to plates. Place lettuce on each bun bottom. Grill burgers 5 minutes, basting with glaze. Turn burgers, baste with glaze, and grill until cooked to desired doneness, about 5 minutes longer for medium. Press cheese atop each burger and allow cheese to melt. Place some sauce, then 1 burger on each bun bottom. Top each with 2 slices bacon and desired additional toppings. Cover with bun top. Serve with remaining sauce.

Back to school

Everyone with kids has posted, or will post their back to school news, and since I don’t have a kid, just Johnny, I will post about him 🙂 

I can’t believe that summer is over.  We had a total blast this summer, probably one of the best summers since we have been married.  It has been the first summer that we didn’t have to worry about applying to some school, or wonder what our future would be.  The first summer that Johnny didn’t have summer school on top of his 40 hour a week job.  The first summer he didn’t have to stay late every night after work to clean out the bowling alley.  The first summer we weren’t DYING of heat in a little brick apartment in the middle of downtown Salt Lake, or a boiling hot metal trailer plunked in the middle of a hay field. 

We both still had to work, but every night after work was all ours.  We got to spend every night together doing whatever we wanted.  We went on walks, and played tennis.  We went to Farmer’s Markets, and fishing, and to carnivals, and parades, and shopping, and out to eat at new places.  We played games with friends, and grew a garden (Johnny did at least), and took pictures, and went to a rodeo, as well as Colorado a few times.  We had a total blast.  Now school starts on Monday and I don’t know what I am going to do.  I will have to go back to just being me for a while.  But at least that means that we only have 2 more years of school.  It also means that Johnny is a 2L this year, and that he is less stressed than he was last year.  It means he already has friends and study groups and that he already knows how much time he needs to devote to his projects.  It means that I can plan a little better this year.  We can maybe try to go home for Thanksgiving this year, instead of staying here like last.  Overall it means a much more relaxed year for us.  We aren’t new anymore, we know our way around, we love the city, and our friends.  It should be a really fun year.

YW Lesson #32-Service in the community

Here are my super simple handouts that I did for my lesson tomorrow.  Our lesson is on service in the community.  I am excited about this lesson too, I think it’s such a fun subject to talk about, and hopefully get the girls excited about it too.  I made the tags in Publisher (Thanks Chaddy!)  Here is my link on SugarDoodle if you want to download the handout. 



Helicopter ride-THE REVIEW

I had SO much more fun than I even thought I was going to.  I went with another guy from the fire department named D.C., and the mayor.  D.C. just retired from the Guard 3 weeks ago after 20 years of service, so it was great to have him with us.  He told us all about his last deployment to Afghanistan, he knew everyone there, and all the places we were going, and was basically the best tour guide we could have ever asked for.  Theron, the other fireman who is the pilot, actually got to be the one that flew us up and back.  The ride was so freaking fun, it was great.  They took us through a really narrow canyon, and flew us just right up above the water.  It was wild to see the canyon walls so far up and think that we are inside it.  We got to watch them shoot off rockets, and do an air drop.  We had lunch and walked around and it was really fun.  We were late coming back so they had to hurry fast and we were flying 180 miles an hour, with the 2 side windows open-that’s a lot of wind.  Here a few of my pictures.




One of the co pilots

The mayor, me and D.C.

The other helicopter


In the canyon

Me and our helicopter

Theron and D.C.

Shooting a gun

Me beating the Mayor



Air drop1

Air drop


Helicopter ride

Ok, so I am super excited for tomorrow.  Not only do I not have to go to the office, but I get paid like I did!  One of our firemen is in the National Guard, he is a pilot, and is getting ready to be deployed.  So the guard, as a thank you lets them pick 3 people from their organization to invite to a Superday.  So our fire guy invited his chief, the mayor and HR, because it is always a pain for us when they come and go because we have to do all of their benefits seperation paperwork etc, and I get to go.  I totally won by default because my boss is out of town, but who freaking cares-not me!  So we are driving to their base, about an hour away, where we will get on a helicopter and then we get to fly to their training camp and watch them shoot stuff off and eat a hamburger and best of all, NOT BE IN THE OFFICE!!  I will take a few pictures and show you when I get back.

My top songs this week

So I have a raging addiction to iTunes.  I can’t tell you the amount of money I have freely given to Apple, it’s insane.  I ALWAYS have to listen to music, day and night.  I have speakers in my bathroom, so I listen to my iPod when I shower and get ready every morning, I take it to work where I have speakers that I plug it into.  I listen to it on my walks everyday, in the car coming to and from work, and while I am on the computer at night.  I am pretty sure life should be set to music, you know, like in the movies.  Because I listen to my music so much, I end up buying a few new songs every week so I don’t poke my eyes out from the same songs, because once I am over a song, I still like it, I just don’t LOVE it like I did the week before.  I have a few all time favorites that I never get sick of though.  So here are my top songs for this week:

Johnny and June by Heidi Newfield
Trouble Sleeping by The Perishers
Mercy by OneRepublic

Please tell me that I am not the only music freak.  Plus I always love good new songs, so if you have some suggestions let me know.