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!

http://youtu.be/qnj-0k3kupY  Watch Kyle get picked on this video!!!

And Lauren and Ty on this link http://youtu.be/n9is1clY8k0

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….

Emily

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!