Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Friday, May 25, 2012

5 Thing Friday

1.  FINALLY got off my arse and did the first day of Insanity, the Plyometric Cardio Circuit.  Word of Advice:  Where there are THAT many vowels in the title of the workout, run away.  Run very fast, very far away. 

Seriously, it kicked my 1/2 marathon running booty around the block, then ran me over.  Twice.  AND ITS ONLY DAY 1!  I like to think I look like this post race:

But I'm certain it was more like this:
Actually, I'm sure of it.  The good news is that I only kicked Thing 1 twice (he should have learned to get out of the way the first time) and Thing 2 once.  Not bad actually, I have those same stats walking across the kitchen.

2.  GOOD LUCK to all the runners, specifically Run with Jess Bayshore 1/2 and Full Marathons this weekend in BEEE-U-T-FUL Traverse City Michigan.  Its on "The List" and with a course view like these

why wouldn't it be!!

3. Daisy only had 1 calf (THANK GOODNESS) so I'm up to 6 Gremlins.  Dolly is still claiming both calves (and hates me) and Daisy has enough milk to feed a small army at least one other calf.  I'm not real great in the mathematical department but I think that leaves me us feeding 4.  Which ones, I really don't know....I'm just going out with enough food for 4 and whoever gets there is the lucky one. 

4.  Thing 1 and Thing 2 + Baby Powder + Vaseline = Need for alcohol for momma.  No pictures cause I was livid slightly annoyed at the time and the camera was the last thing on my mind.

5.  Week 1 of the 90 Day Challenge is DONE and Shawn and I both lost some weight!!  Shawn is down 3lbs, which is great but when also taking into consideration he was branding everyday this week and brandings involve LARGE lunches....he did great!!  I'm also down 3lbs...woot!!! 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


Bucket Calves.  They are everywhere.  I'm beginning to think the little buggers are like Gremlins and if you feed them after midnight, they multiple. 

Actually, two of them I'm sure are gremlins and into more mischief then 2 little calves contained inside a barn really should be into.

**Ill put a language disclaimer right here....sorry, they are called barn/pasture/cow words for a reason*

Please meet Dip Shit and Dumb Ass (aka the Gremlins).  They are about a month old and twins.  Well, not twins to each other but each is a twin.  Momma cows apparently are incapable to keeping track of 2 calves which doesn't surprise me since sometimes they cant keep track of one will not claim 2 calves, so when twins are born, we take one and bottle feed them till they are old enough for a bucket.  Hence, bucket calf.  These 2 little terrors were born 1 day apart so we have had them for the duration.  They are trouble.  TROUBLE.  They both want to suck from the same bucket, even if I have 2 there.  They want to run between your legs and knock you down, run under each other and knock each other around. 

DS on left, DA on the right

Now enter Stupid Fuckin' Idiot.

This little nightmare is older then Dip Shit and Dumbass.  I'm not sure how much but he is older, he is bigger and he is dumb as a box of rocks.  He is the example of what happens when your stupid and your momma doesn't care.  He cant figure out how to suck on the bottle, and he is alittle big so straddling him to hold his head up, while fending off Dip Shit and Dumbass, who always choose that time to run between my legs and under can only imagine.  No, unless you have wrangled 3 bucket calves you probably cant.
Yes, he is as bright as he looks.

Those terrors live on the East side of my barn. 
Lets go to the West side now.

Little Shit.  Its not really his or his momma's fault but she doesn't produce enough milk.  He is bottle fed now, but will be moving to a new momma the bucket soon.
He is just a little dude.  Getting stronger now that he is getting some food!

So, the plan is when you lose a calf (which happens during calving...don't get all sentimental, it usually happens alot) you take the bucket/bottle calf and move him to the momma that lost her calf.  They really don't care...little powder on them to remove the previous moms/human smell and they are dumb enough to think its their calf. 

That's the plan, but it doesn't always work out that way.  Enter, milk cows.  They produce enough milk to raise 2-3 good sized calves.  And we have two of them.....Dolly and Daisy.  Both of them also get bred so we have calves from them and have been waiting for them to calve out so we can move some of the gremlins outside and let them raise them. 
Dolly Momma
Daisy Mae

Impatiently waiting. 

Dolly finally calved yesterday..........TWINS!  AHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!  Of COURSE the nurse cow who is supposed to take one of the stupid bucket calves off my hands would have twins.  Now go back up to the paragraph about Dip Shit and Dumbass and see what happens with twins. 
OMGSFHT #1 (#2 looks just like him but was hanging close to momma....keep reading and you will know why I dont have a photo of him)
Lets add that up Dip Shit and Dumbass, Stupid Fucking Idiot, Little Shit and OMFGSHT (oh my fuckin goodness she had twins).  Dolly and Daisy are here at the house now, so when Daisy calves Ill know right away and hopefully be able to use her as a nurse cow.  Unless she also has twins.  But that also means that Dolly and twins are here also. 

Now, the whole "mommas wont claim both" theory was put to the test this afternoon when Shawn left me a note and in trying to help ease the load of feeding the crew (since he is at cow camp branding overnight) said "turn OMFGSHT #2 out with Dolly and see if she will claim him."  Dolly is big, and has horns and while she is "gentle" she kinda looks crossed eyed at me and I don't think I'm her favorite person.  My plan which always works out for me is to open the door, the calf runs out and goes right to her (as opposed to her coming to the calf and ME).  Well, the calf ran out but not before he crashed into the door to the grain room then he crashed into the barn door causing himself to trip and fall out of the barn.  Apparently traumatized and he froze.  Bawling.  So here comes Dolly, right at me.....and stayed by me as I jumped over the fence.

Not my favorite cow. 

But as I climbed back over the fence, in the far corner, and ran like a little girl to the safety outside of the nursery corral, OMFGSHT #2 was sucking away.

I guess Dolly will claim two calves.   

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Just like Daddy

Me to Sage: Lets go potty on the potty today!!!!  (Please feel free to input lots of fake excitement and jubilation that moms are required to use when trying to convince a stubborn boy 2 year old that going pee on the potty is way more fun the it really is),

Sage: Nope

Me:  Lets put on your Mater big boy pants and not pee on him (again, insert all the same stuff from above)

Sage: Nope (nooo excitement whatsoever)

Me:  We (when did this really become a team effort....last time I check, I am potty trained) can go into the bathroom, and you can sit on your Mater potty seat and not pee on your Mater big boy pants and it will be fun (starting to have trouble bringing the fake fun out)

Sage: Mater SEEEEATTTTT (I got his attention)

Me: Yep...lets go (the Mater seat has been there for 2 months.....)

We go into the bathroom and all he wants to do is stare at Mater and Lightening McQueen on the seat. 

Me:  Lets sit down and go potty

Sage: NO SIT ON MATER!!!!  (Ok then....)

Me:  Want to go outside and go potty? (Last resort)

Sage:  Like Daddy? 

Me:  Yep, just like daddy

He marched his little naked booty to the door, out onto the step and assumed the position.  Nothing happened but he has since done it 3 more times.  Now its "Potty like Daddy"...wonder what Shawn will think of that statement :)

I thought he would want a Cars potty seat.  He does..he just wont sit on them :)

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Are YOU ready for the Challenge???

I have started a new adventure in my life.  I am now a Body by Vi Promoter!  It all happened so quickly, to be honest, my head is kinda spinning husband says that normal, but in a good way!  A VERY good way.

It all started a few weeks ago when Jamie mentioned that she had started taking these shakes and how great she felt.  That was the week of the Lincoln 1/2 (which I KNOW, I haven't blogged about, I don't really know why....overwhelming experience I'm still processing I guess....but I will get one out) where Heather and I struggled more then a little bit and Jamie rocked out.  I mean she was singing along with her iPod at Mile 11 something bitch.  After, she felt great and Heather and I were slowing pulling ourselves together, she commented on how it MUST be her shakes and possibly the beer she had the night before. 

I had already succumb to peer pressure signed up and ordered a Balance Kit and after seeing her after Lincoln, I couldn't WAIT to get started on Monday.

Let me start here by saying I am NOT a breakfast person.  Not so much, never have, never will, no desire to get up and cook food at 7am 6am 545am.  Its a terrible habit and I know this.  I have tried to change it but that resulted in drive thru McDonalds and Burger King, neither of which were high on the healthy menu.  I figured I would try the shakes for a month as my breakfast to try and jump start my day.  I didn't really expect much...I figured it was a fad thing.  I would do the shake, feel nothing, finish the month and move on to something else. 

Yep, looks just like the pic :)
Soooo not what happened.  I tried my first shake and WOW, 1) it was DELISH!!  I mean soooo yummy!!!!  Butterfinger (we will get into the dessert for breakfast aspect of Body by Vi in a bit...but we will get there) and yes, I used my finger and cleaned out the glass.  That was at 6ish in the morning and it was well after 12pm before I realizes it was time for lunch.  No snacking.  No searching for food or something to keep hands busy so I didn't go looking for food. 

I did go and clean the kitchen, do a load of laundry and play with my kids!  I felt GREAT....I was PRODUCTIVE.  IT WAS AWESOME!!!!!

This pattern repeated itself the rest of the week and so on....the only exception being was the day I didn't get a shake and I felt like crap all day.  And the day I went back to running, had a shake and after a week off from running, 1 lost toe nail, pulled hammy and aching ankle.....Body by Vi pushed me to a nice easy, 3 miles in 27 8:53 average pace!!  After a week off WITH some aches and pains. 

It was A.MAZE.ING.

and SOLD.  I knew that this was a product that could and was changing my life.  And I want to share that with all of you.  If you are looking to lose some weight or just add some extra nutritional balance into your already healthy lifestyle, then look no further! 
Little color starts the day off right!!

Body by Vi can and does help with BOTH weight loss and nutritional balance.  The "shake mix that tastes like a cake mix" has everything you need to get your day started off on a good foot, nourish your body and help promote weight loss.  There are HUNDREDS of recipes.....want something fruit....Sex on the Beach....something sweet Chocolate covered strawberries (told you, dessert for breakfast).  Apple Pie, Angel Food Cake, Watermelon, Raspberry Fizz, the list goes on and on.  You make what you feel like in the morning.....sweet, make something sweet.  Want something fruity....go for fruit.  ITS UP TO YOU!!  YOU make the decisions.  YOU make the commitment.  YOU get the results. 

YOU take the CHALLENGE.  90 Days to a new you.

Best part (ok, well maybe not the best but super cool) is that you dint have to be a promoter or distributor to gain financial benefits from BBV.  ANY customer can get their monthly supply for FREE just by referring 3 people to the shakes.  You try, you like...tell 3 friends, they try and they like and YOU get YOURS for FREE (as long as their orders total enough to cover yours....details...I know, but if you try and we get to that point, Ill explain more, promise!)  How much does that ROCK!!!  Totally and completely, I will have you know. 

And just cause we are there....if you want MORE financial return....becoming a promoter doesn't cost a fortune ($49 for basic) and you get 10% of your customers sales.  I made $68 in well, 3 days.  Doesn't sound like much, but when you consider all I did was post on Facebook how much I loved my morning shake-of-the-day, and send out some samples.....$68 wasn't to tough to make.  In 3 Days. 

Check out some transformations here and here .

If you are interested and would like more information sent me an email at tarahanna1108 at hotmail dot com or head to my Body by Vi page and surf for more  and I will be crazy excited for you to feel as awesome as I do glad to help you start a new journey to health. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Ring Ring......

Im debating doing a triathalon.  Crazy, I KNOW...since I really dont like to swim and I havent exactly or at all been riding my bike, let alone preparing for a 12 mile off road run, 1/2 open water swim, or 3 mile sandy shore run.

I can run, thats about it :)

But what the hell...gotta live dangerously right???

Camp Marantha Summer Triathalon IS calling my name and I may, just MAY answer the phone......

Friday, May 4, 2012

48 hrs...but who is counting.....

Oh wait, I am....we already established that.

2 days from now the race will have STARTED!!!  Or I should say, the gun will have gone off and the crazy fast 5-6:00/mile runners will have taken off.  The rest of us will be waiting another 15-20 minutes to cross the starting line but at least we will BE THERE in our running skirts and shoes.

Weather looks chancy.  Typical Nebraska in Spring.  So far in the last 4 days the temp has dropped from 80 degrees to 7654  but the wind has gone from 1467 and I believe we are currently at 20.  Humidity is all over the place....75 to 87 to 72 to 98%. 


Possible thunderstorms and tornados.  YAY BABY!!! 

Game plan
1) Finish!!  Sounds simple, but really....not so much.  I dont know what to expect....Ive never done this before.  I think I am going to rock it.  I PLAN on rocking it.  But we all know that sometimes my plans go to hell in a handbasket faster then Usain Bolt finishes a 100 meters (9.72 seconds, FYI) so my A #1 GOAL is to FINISH.  P.S. If I dont cross the finish line, I dont make it on HuskerVision.....that would be a waste of a trip to Lincoln...just sayin'

2) To Run a SOLID, STRONG race.  Ive trained.  Ive put in the runs, battled the weather, my head, my body and WON.  I can do this.  I got this.  I just need to put it all together and get it done.

3) Have fun and enjoy the experience.  This will be the longest run I have done (my top is 10 miles so far..but hey...if you can run 10 you can run 13.  And maybe even the .1 at the end :), the largest race (10,000 people), and from what I hear incredible crowd support.  Cowbells, polka music, magicians, homeowners handing out orange slices to runners and yelling your name (names are on our bibs!!).  I want to experience and take it all in and just enjoy the cumulation of a 12+ months of work.

4) Put it all together....ok, at the risk of screwing with #1 terribly....Im gonna shoot for between 2:00 and 2:05.  Im going to line up in the front of the 2:05 pace group and hopefully pull away around 7 miles and push for a 2 hour time.  Of course...thats the tentative plan....Mother Nature may put a wrench in my plan but oh well.....THATS why FINISHING is #1.

Looking forward to a great weekend and experience with great friends!!  Moms weekend kids, no hubbys....who would have thought we would make it around a 1/2 marathon.  Typically, these weekends involve alcohol, food we wouldnt usually eat, karaoke and dancing.  Pretty sure we wont be doing most of those things but I guess its time to prove to our husbands that we really can have fun, in a group, without alcohol.  Or karaoke.  Or dancing.  Maybe dancing.