My Life Be Like…One Big Roadtrip

NJAS 2011

Hey everyone,

I am writing to you to assure you that I am still alive, I have been trapped in a tornado of traveling recently and just now have firmly planted my feet on the groud for more than 3 days. I have traveled to seven different states starting from the last week in June until yesterday.

We arrived safely to Pennsylvania where I attended my first National Junior Angus Show. It was a stressful week, but lots of memories were created and new friends were made. I was able to keep it all together and didn’t get shot in the ghetto when my stubborn male counterpart decided to run out of disel. It was a sigh of relief when I was sitting at the banquet (because at this point all the awards were being passed out which meant all of the contest were over and went smoothly) as that was my homestretch. It was wonderful to watch as a close friend and wonderful family won the owned heifer show and two of my closest friends made the top 4 for showmanship. After wearning my Shorthorn jacket through the barn I was quickly furnished with an Angus one..haha I appreciate that Pennsylvania Angus Association for all their help!  Watch Kyle get picked on this video!!!

And Lauren and Ty on this link

After 14 days of fun, Robin and I returned home just long enough for me to do laundry and pack again before heading out. On Thursday I headed to Ames, Iowa for Knowledge Empowers Youth (KEY) with the AJSA. It was a wonderful time and full of fun. We luckily had are largest number of kids yet and I even got to see my little sister; who by the way has been kicking butt on the show road this summer with both cattle and sheep. I am very proud of her. I finally have my feet on the ground for about a week and a half before I head to LEAD, which will be my last Angus event of the summer. I can’t believe that my time with the NJAA is almost complete as well as the summer. What a great time I have had!! When I get myself caught back up I will write some post on some insights I had while on the road.

Need to catch up on sleep….


A Never Ending Job

Grand Drive minus the baby..didn't fit...

Hey ya’ll!! Can you tell I just got back from the deep south? You will all be glad to know I survived gator country, in fact I didn’t even see one, so cheers to that. I survived Louisiana, what a wonderful time it was. For a brief synopsis: great food, friendly people, and air conditioning pretty much made me happy. Although, I thought I was never going to make it out of Atlanta, GA due to storms I finally arrived around 11:30pm on Thursday. Friday I helped with check-in and was also honored to be the photographer for the Queen’s Luncheon where I met a lovely bunch of young ladies and got to bond with the adorable Miss Keegan Cassady…For some reason Keegan’s father didn’t want to attend the Queen’s luncheon so she came with me. Following that we jumped right into Opening Ceremonies and making class breaks for the Showmanship Contest. I got the job of serving as announcer for showmanship, my Midwestern voice struggled with the Louisiana towns and names, but no one yelled at me, TOO BAD that is!! (Needless, to say by the end of the week I was very tired of being called “Yankee”!!) And I think I gave some people a few laughs! Friday was the Bred and Owned show where I lined up classes and then we held the Cajun Relay Races, where I served as judge for the junior division and got to be the guinea pig and demonstrate the obstacle course. Saturday was the Owned Female show and once again I served as announcer, still struggling with names and cities I made it through! All in all it was a wonderful weekend and I tried several new types of delicious foods and met many wonderful people!!

Madame Announcer

The real purpose to this blog however, is the lessons I learn as I go..While in Louisiana I was reminded of a very important aspect of being toward the end of my years as a junior, and what I love most about being on the junior board. What is that? Well that is serving the never ending role of serving as a mentor and a role model for youth across the nation. I think too many times we don’t realize or easily forget how many individuals look up to us and want to be just like us. Especially, when you are a junior board member!! During the Cajun relay races I watched as myself and the junior board members interacted with the kids and how much more enthusiastic they were as we too got more excited. It amazes me how many times I hear parents come up and say our kids adore you and I hardly even know them. But them I remember how much I looked up to those in the then maroon, now red jackets and how much they influenced me to participate and one day walk in their shoes. The thing they may not realize is that I still look up to many of those young adults today as they are carving their paths in the business world and beginning families and I still look to see if I am making them proud.

It reminds me of this little blonde haired girl back home who adores my sister and I. Until about a year ago she was the only girl in her family and loved when my sister and I played with her at the cattle shows. I remember one day in particular when we were coloring at a county fair on a summer day and she turned to me and said “Will you be my big sister?” It almost brought me to tears. Just by taking the time to interact with her, tell her hi, and give her a smile, I had made a major footprint in her life. I never knew she even remembered who I was all the time because I mostly only see her in the summer. This May, I was visiting with her mom, when she informed me that her daughter always talks about my sister and I and how she must wear makeup and look cute because Emily and Sarah do. It is things like that make you stop and think…Am I presenting myself in a manner that I would have approved of as a little girl and would I allow my children to be around me?

Well I am getting wordy and I HAVE SOOOOOOOO MUCH ON MY PLATE!!!! Surely you will here more from me soon!!!

Hopefully, I won’t need a boat to get home this weekend!!

My 'Other" Little Sister


Well, Today I will be heading to Sportsman’s Paradise as my internship takes me the untraveled land in the state of Louisiana. I will be headed to Monroe, LA which is in the northeast corner. I am hoping that I do not run into any alligators as I am not trained to defend off those creatures..KRIKY!!! (or whatever the Crocodile Hunter used to say)

This weekend I will be helping with the Eastern Regional Junior Angus Show in West Monroe, LA. Not only is this the FIRST time I will be in Louisisana this will be my first time attending this show. I am very excited for the adventure and meeting many new Angus breeders and juniors. Hopefully, I will have some exciting photos to share upon my return.  I will be assisting witht he show and showmaship contest. I also will have the honor to attend the Queen’s Brunch tomorrow, lookout this girl will be in a dress and heels at a cattle function. Nervous about my flights, but highly excited for the weekend.

West Monroe, LA

In other news, yesterday I achieved a moral victory at the office. American Angus Association CEO, Bryce Schumann, and I like to give each other a hard time. From time to time Bryce returns to the office with a cup of ice cream. Since the first time, I have been giving him a hard time about when he was going to bring me ice cream. Yesterday, to my disbelief, he came in after lunch and told me at three o’ clock I was to go get ice cream. He would finance the trip if I did the leg work. Being so proud of myself, I agreed to this and at three o’ clock the adminstrative assistants and I enjoyed some delicious ice cream. When I brought him back change, he told me tha I was the first woman who had ever brought him change, I quickly smiled and said, ” I learned along time ago that if you bring back change, you get more money the next time you ask.”  Needless to say, he was speechless and just laughed. I really expected it would be July before I got my ice cream, so now that he caved so fast, I am going to have to think of a new goal and gain a little more than a cup of ice cream! haha


Chargin’ Ahead

Dodge Charger SRT8 - 3/4 View

Image by sidehike via Flickr

It is time for me to update about my whereabouts.  Last Friday, I began my first journey alone and the Junior Activities Intern heading to the Wisconsin Angus Association State Preview Show. Little did I know all of the things that were in front of me.

I began my journey to the airport Friday morning, without my mirror fixed on my car, to Kansas City Airport. I was very nervous about finding The Parking Spot and getting to the airport as this was my first time for that. Effortlessly, all of this was accomplished and I made my way into the airport. I had to go through the new x-ray/screening/security process which was very intimidating but soon I was ready to go. My flight out to Milwaukee went rather well despite some turbulence, I just tried to sleep. As I was getting my luggage I began to ponder what kind of rental car I may be stuck with. I quickly became estatic like I was jacked up on Mountain Dew when I was handed the keys to a 2011 Dodge Charger (black with black interior). This was a HUGE bonus to my weekend and trust me, I was very reluctant to return it. The charger and I made our way toward Jefferson, WI were the show was located. With a little help from a friend we made it there safely. That afternoon I helped with the check-in process for the WLBA and WJAA shows which would be the following day. To say the least, it was very interesting. I also saw my first ever registered Lowline steers.



Calli and Kelli Love Flat Andy!

On Saturday, I helped with the WJAA show and then was asked if I would be announcer for the rest of the day. Having not much else on my agenda I figured it would be harmless for me to announce for a few hours. That few hours turned into a marathon of boredom as I announced until 5pm that night (mind you the show started at 9am with no breaks). Needless to say by the end of the show I was WAY over announcing. I then attended the WJAA meeting and hospitality night. It was great to meet with old friends and make new from the Wisconsin Junior Angus Association. What a great (small) and amazing set of individuals. I am very thankful that they were so welcoming as it eased nerves that I had had prior to the trip.

Sunday was the Wisconsin Angus Association State Preview show. A small but high quality show was a much more relaxing event and I didn’t have to announce. After the show concluded I found myself with lots of time to spare. I said farewell to friends and headed to the outlet mall for some browsing and shopping. Although the flight home was delayed, I eventually made it back to St. Joe safely to be greeted by my roommates who were having some Emily withdraws.

This post is getting long so I will make another with further updates. Pictures to be added at a later date.








New Faces

Wild Cherry Pepsi

Image via Wikipedia

Hello Everyone,

A bit of news from the SJ and AAA for the day!! Today was all about the interns!! We are all here now and have officially began our summer of success! I began the day working on the Oustanding Leadership Award packets so that I could prepare them for judging. We had a tour today, so that was interesting as well. I recieved my first bit of mail and also my first telephone call!!! HOW EXCITING! I was able to get all of my travel plans set up so that I can attend the Wisconsin Junior Angus Preview show in the month of June,which I am sure it will be fantastic. The American Angus Association (AAA) staff took all of the interns to lunch at Chilis today which was a great way for us to get to know each other better. We also got pictures taken and interviewed for press releases. I will have to add the pictures later on. We have titled ourselves ” The Fiercesome Four” or ” The Fantastic Four” whichever you prefer, fashionistas by day and superheros by night! Works well for me. 

I am very proud of myself for not partaking in any Wild Cherry Pepsi today however I kept myself very busy working on the Quiz Bowl contest for the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS). The Angus juniors better be prepared for a mentally challenging written and oral examination! I am sure they can handle it. After work I partook in a relaxing run around the neighborhood I am living in over the summer and fixed myself some supper. I started my online class that I am taking through the University of Illinois over the summer, Sales Communication. Should be a great class! 

I am sorry for my lack of pictures and deep insightful post, but I have been very busy getting adjusted.

Be prepared for some interesting SJ adventures with my roomate, Katie, and I as we explore the interesting city of St. Joe. I have heard that people watching is the number one hobby to partake in from my co-workers at the Assoc. (haha)

I have still not quite adjusted to this whole getting up early thing…however, in time my body will remember what that was like, at least I hope!!

Well I probably need to get my beauty sleep….so goodnight everyone!