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I've been super busy the last few weeks volunteering for the rodeo. What rodeo you ask? Well, I'll tell you. This rodeo:

(Why yes, that is Christian Kane wearing a t-shirt for my hometown rodeo at the Friday Night Lights movie premiere. And yes, he also wore that same shirt in Her Minor Thing, which is an INCREDIBLY mediocre movie and yet he is SO adorable in it that I do not regret watching it AT ALL. Ahem.)

ANYWAY, the rodeo is like the social event of year around here, but I've never been involved with it before. My next-door neighbor is like this big deal on the ticket committee, though, and she talked me into volunteering. Basically you work a few shifts selling tickets and in exchange you get a Committeeman's Badge that gets you into the whole shebang, including the BBQ cook-off and the fairgrounds (where you can get deep fried pretty much anything) and the concerts and all the corral clubs, for free.

Unfortunately, I wasn't super psyched about any of the bands playing this year (although I did end up watching ZZ Top over the closed-circuit feed in the Stockman's Club). But it was still pretty fun. I got to meet a lot of new people and see some ropin' and ridin' and drink some milk punch (which is a traditional rodeo drink made with bourbon and half & half) and now my cowboy boots are well and truly worn in (and even have a little horseshit ground into the soles). And more importantly, I got outside of my comfort zone and did something totally new and kind of intimidating with a bunch of total strangers, and lived to tell about it. So yay me!

When I haven't been busy with rodeo season, I've been working on a lot of stuff for leverageland that I'd put off. I've been doing a shit ton of graphics stuff over there which has actually been loads of fun. My graphics skills are woefully rusty and I've never really done much collage work, but I've been learning some new techniques and making some wallpapers and fic banners that I'll try to gather together and post here because I'm a little bit proud and want to show them off.

I'm all caught up on that now, though, and ... oh, hey, I've got a Veronica Mars fic that's still waiting for revisions! I should get on that.



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Mar. 22nd, 2012 07:20 pm (UTC)
Okay, that is just straight up cool!
Mar. 22nd, 2012 09:36 pm (UTC)
Good on you for getting out of your comfort zone. It's always a challenge, so it's nice when it's rewarding and fun.

I am half repulsed and half intrigued by the milk punch.
Mar. 23rd, 2012 02:22 am (UTC)
It's basically just egg nog without the egg. Don't know if that makes it sound better or worse.
Mar. 23rd, 2012 03:58 am (UTC)
Actually better, I think.
Mar. 22nd, 2012 10:24 pm (UTC)
And more importantly, I got outside of my comfort zone and did something totally new and kind of intimidating with a bunch of total strangers, and lived to tell about it.

I am super proud of you! Yay you!
Mar. 22nd, 2012 11:02 pm (UTC)
That's pretty awesome! Yay for getting out of your comfort zone and surviving. :-)
Mar. 22nd, 2012 11:35 pm (UTC)
That sounds like a grand time!
Mar. 23rd, 2012 01:17 am (UTC)
I'm sorry... were you talking about a rodeo and personal growth and stuff? I was distracted by the pretty. ;)
Mar. 23rd, 2012 01:35 pm (UTC)
If you haven't seen the mediocre movie I mentioned above YOU SHOULD. They trot out pretty much every lame romantic comedy trope in the book and Christian Kane looks OMG SO HOT doing it. And it also has Michael Weatherly, if you're into that kind of thing.
Mar. 23rd, 2012 01:49 pm (UTC)
heee! I do actually like Michael Weatherly too (limited, but he's easy on the eyes as well, so... yeah. :)) Also, if I can watch those lame ABC Family romcoms, why NOT something with Kane to boot? *g*

Mar. 23rd, 2012 11:27 am (UTC)
It sounds like you had A LOT of fun despite it being out of your comfort zone, good for you!

Wait, you live in Texas and your cowboy boots weren't truly worn before? Were you even aloud out of the door? ;)

Yes, collect all your graphics here, that post is way to huge and you have to expand everything all the time...I want to see it all collected. I'll be doing that as well. And you should be proud of yourself, you're awesome!
Mar. 23rd, 2012 01:41 pm (UTC)
Believe it or not, I didn't even OWN cowboy boots until a few years ago. Growing up here I was practically allergic to anything even remotely countrified, a lingering side effect of the square dancing they made us do every year in elementary school. *shudder*

It wasn't until high school that I discovered the simple joy of sitting on a tailgate listening to Garth Brooks and began my slow road to recovery. But even so, I just don't have that many occasions to wear my boots. Honestly it's so hot here that I mostly wear flip flops ten months out of the year.
Mar. 23rd, 2012 02:03 pm (UTC)
Hehe, I kind of like square dancing, but that might be because I more or less never do it and I'm not the greatest dancer...but I can do steps and go with a steady rhythm...I think, lol.

I don't think I would survive temperatures like that...I don't do heat that well. Of course I'm also the first person to get cold...very appropriate in a country were we have snow about 4-5 month out of the year. :D
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