Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A Farm Raised Education

Alright y'all I am fixing to do a little rantin' and ravin' so bear with me. I think I should start this out with the fact that I am not a big follower of politics, but this just stuck a nerve and well here we go...

In between classes today I was killing time like most other college students (on facebook) when I stumbled on an article. If y'all haven't seen this already take a look at it. Granted I have not researched much into the subject matter, but it is not looking good. Here is a little summary, but you can get the entire article by clicking here.

A proposal from the Obama administration to prevent children from doing farm chores has drawn plenty of criticism from rural-district members of Congress. But now it’s attracting barbs from farm kids themselves. The Department of Labor is poised to put the finishing touches on a rule that would apply child-labor laws to children working on family farms, prohibiting them from performing a list of jobs on their own families’ land. Under the rules, children under 18 could no longer work “in the storing, marketing and transporting of farm product raw materials.” “Prohibited places of employment,” a Department press release read, “would include country grain elevators, grain bins, silos, feed lots, stockyards, livestock exchanges and livestock auctions.” The new regulations, first proposed August 31 by Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, would also revoke the government’s approval of safety training and certification taught by independent groups like 4-H and FFA, replacing them instead with a 90-hour federal government training course.

Being raised in the country I would not of had it any other way. I think children of today's generation are going to be missing out on valuable educations if this proposal passes. A good work ethic and responsibility are two of the many lessons I learned growing up in the country and would NOT change it for the world. The many lessons I learned helped to develop me into the person I am today and helped me get to where I am at in my life today.

If you were to tell 9 year olds of today's generation that they had to wake up every morning to go out and work with their animals (usually for a couple hours), then feed them before it got too hot. After the animals were fed, they had to clean the pens and barns before they could start their day, how do you think they would respond? Probably not good is my guess. Well then you tell them you have to repeat the same process every night as well.

I can imagine there would be a lot of whining and arguing from the kids. I was raised this way and I am not going to lie, sometimes I really did not want to get out of bed to go feed the animals, but I did it because that was how I was raised. Many times the animals got fed before I ate dinner, this was just how things were. I treasure every one of my memories of being raised in the country and I would NOT of had it any other way. Not only did I develop a work ethic and a sense of responsibility, but I also developed manners and respect which seem to be lacking from today's generation.

I think that children should be expected to do much more than sit on their butt all day eating unhealthy food and playing video games. I was expected to take care of thousands of dollars worth of animals at a young age and put their well being ahead of mine most of the time and I turned out just fine, for the most part :). 

Not only would this proposal affect on the agriculture industry as a whole, but also our youth's 4H and FFA programs as well. These student led organizations have developed some of the nation's finest leaders over the years would see a decrease in enrollment with this proposal. This is just another step of the way our nation is leaning in the wrong direction.

Well I have had a nice little rant and rave here, but I guess that is what happens when you are passionate about something. PLEASE read more about this proposal and spread the word to your friend's and family. Our nation's future in agriculture is in your hands.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

I NEED your help!!

Along with the semester coming to a close I am trying to get ready for all the madness of summer (IPPE rotation, Camping, Float Trip, Egypt.... you get the point)! Well as part of pharmacy school we have to do a 4 week rotation of free work during the summer (that't the IPPE I referred to above). I figure it would probably not be too professional to have a rainbow in my hair (which I have right now).

I currently have/had purple on the bottom layer of my hair. So now I have to decide what I want to do with it.  If you did not know this already, I am not the best person for ideas on hair. I can tell you that I want to keep it dark. My hair is pretty close to my natural color right now, and I like it (or I am used to it). I can also say that I do NOT, let me repeat, do NOT look good with blonde. I tried the whole blonde highlights one time and it was a disaster. I also like having red in my hair and if I ever have time to spend outside my hair naturally turns red, so that is pretty cool. Unfortunately for me, most of my days are either inside studying or inside doing something else. Lucky for me Laker Lover is good at helping me with my hair, but I thought I would get yall's feedback as well. Below are two of her picks, but I would love to see what y'all think I should do.

I think I am leaning more towards the bottom picture, but I am certainly open for options! Feel free to either email me or leave a comment on your ideas!

Hope y'all are having a great week! 

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Apologies from the Administration

Well y'all I am going to go ahead and apologize now for being M.I.A. lately and for the next 4 weeks [in advance]. School is getting absolutely crazy with it being the end of the semester, so unfortunately the good 'ol blog is getting put on the back burner. I promise to have a full update on anything y'all miss during these next few weeks whenever I get my life back after school is over. In the meantime I hope y'all are having a terrific week and hope the ones to come are each better than the one before.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Egypt: Let the Planning Begin

Well considering it done darling!

Y'all know the feeling when you decide to go on a grand adventure or yearly vacation? It’s the perfect combination of sheer excitement mixed with a ton of planning and dash of frustration. Well that is exactly where I am right now. I am beyond excited for my trip to Egypt with Miss Artesia, but the planning is driving me crazy!

I am not sure if y’all have ever been to Egypt, but there is a lot of planning that goes into international travel. Plane tickets, registration for the conference, post congress tour, Egyptian visa, cancellation insurance, travel insurance, vaccinations, blah blah blah, the list goes on forever!

So in the mean time I thought I would share some of the fun stuff I have planned for my trip, with y’all. After my conference is over, I am going on a 10 day tour all over Egypt. Here is a little break down of the fun we are going to be having!

In Hurghada: I will either do a 2-days diving course program or a snorkeling and submarine program.

In Luxor: I will visit the Karnak Temple, Hatshepsut Temple, and Colossi of Memnon.

In Aswan: I will visit Kitchener Island, the High Dam, the famous obelisk of Aswan, Phillae Temple, and Edfu Temple.

In Cairo: The first day I will visit the Egyptian Museum, the Pyramids and the Sphinx, and Khan Al Khalily bazaars. The second day of Cairo's program will include introduction to the different religious relics in Cairo, I will visit the hanging churches, Salah El Din Citadel, Sultan Hassan Mosque, El Refa’ey Mosque, and Amr Ebn Al A’as Mosque.

In Alexandria: I will visit Alexandria library, Qayetbai Citadel, and El Montaza Palace.

If any of y’all have ever been to Egypt or know someone who has and you have any suggestions I would LOVE to hear them! :)

Hope y’all are having a wonderful EASTER weekend!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Generation Rx

Have I ever told y’all I was a statistics junkie? Well if you didn’t know, now ya do and since you know my secrets I figured I would get on my soap box for a bit so hang in there! :)

Did you know that the United States represents 4.2% of the world’s population?
--The US consumes 80% of the world’s opioids &
99% of the world’s Lortab (hydrocodone/APAP).

75% of heroin addicts say they started on pain pills.

Most addicts start their addictions on pain pills. Pills can become too expensive and hard to locate, so most switch to heroin since it binds to the same receptors on the brain, is cheaper, and readily available.

3 out of 5 teens have more of a chance of becoming addicted to prescription medications when compared to adults.

You may think that you have control of an addiction, but you DON’T! There are 2 different kinds of addictions, and they can develop quicker than you think.

I am sure some of y’all are wondering where the heck I am going with this one. If you are just joining my blog [WELCOME], and FYI I am in pharmacy school so the rest of this should make sense now. So as you can imagine drug abuse is a H-O-T, hot topic! So what’s next, what do you do as a future health care professional to help spread awareness, well let me tell you!

The UNM APhA chapter has adopted a program called, the
Generation Rx Initiative
The Ohio State University in partnership with Cardinal Health developed this program. Now that I have this out of the way let me tell y’all the goods.

When most people think about drug abuse, prescription medications do not usually come to mind. Did you know that prescription medications can be just as dangerous, if not more deadly than street drugs? Did you know that the number one cause of accidental deaths in New Mexico is prescription drug overdose? An epidemic is among us friends, and CHANGE needs to start now!

GenRx is developed to target all age levels from Pre-K to Senior Citizens. In the past month and a half I have given 20 presentations to various age groups all over the state of New Mexico. Why am I mentioning this you might ask? If you are interested in anything I have mentioned I encourage you to shoot me an email or add a comment. I would love to have the chance to talk to any of y’all about this information or potentially set up a presentation for y’all to check out. Let me know what ya think :)

Oh How Pinteresting

Oh how pinteresting.....

As always we are linking up with Michelle at

  This past weekend y'all heard me mention that my lovely mother was in town. She was actually in town until yesterday for the Professional Photographers Association of New Mexico annual conference. The conference ended with a conference banquet that showcased tons of gorgeous shots. So in the spirit of photography here are some of my favorites from pinterest :) Enjoy y'all!

First off I thought I would show y'all some of my mother's work. Now before y'all start saying something, the only pictures I have on my computer are of me so just to enjoy it.


This first one I found on pinterest that I absolutely LOVE! What a creative and fun idea. I will definitely be doing this with my future family even if it's 10, 20, or 30 years from now! I have linked the website where this photograph came from. I encourage y'all to go look at the full story behind this picture.

Now some of my favorites of the kiddos...

Love the glitter!
BEAUTIFUL baby & LOVE the accessories!

Can you say UP?!?
Couple/Wedding shots too cute to miss...

TOO funny!
Great idea to start with the future hubs.
P.S. This does not mean you missed something, I am still single. 
Love sparklers on the 4th. Why not add it to your special day!

Another one of God's beautiful creations...

Props to the photographers who edited these bad boys...

Happy Hump Day y'all :)