Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Working World

That's right everyone, I've entered the working world FOR REALSIES.

Last Tuesday, I took a job with Focus Marketing Group, Inc. This is REALLY REALLY exciting, because I have been hitting the job market pretty hard since August! It took me a bit to find the right fit ... but I think Focus will be just that.

My official title is:

Robin K. Kleine
Focus Marketing Group, Inc.
Eastern Rep
Print & Web Design
Social Media Manager

So what that means is  I get to travel around the Midwest picturing and videoing cattle, designing print and web stuff, as well as managing all of their social media outlets. I recommend checking out our Facebook (We've got a neat little contest happening right now!), Twitter & our blog!


I also will be traveling to the Oklahoma Youth Expo in Oklahoma City, OK at the end of the month! I have never been to this show (the world's largest youth show), plus I'll get to see my brother and a ton of old (& new) friends. Woot!

So for those of you that have real jobs, how do you best recommend staying on task? I'm working from home and sometimes I just want to play with Cougar or clean or watch Food Network. I'm open to any and all advice.




Friday, February 22, 2013

Red Dirt Friday, Vol. 1

I've mentioned before how much I LOVE red dirt music. I'm sure some of you are reading this and are thinking, "What the heck is 'Red Dirt'?" It's also called Texas Country - but either way, it's awesome!live

I got into this genre in college, my friends introduced me within my first month and BAM I was hooked.

So, according to Wikipedia: "Red Dirt Music is a music genre that gets its name from the color of soil found in Oklahoma. Although Stillwater, Oklahoma is considered to be the center of Red Dirt music,[1] there's a Texas Red Dirt sound as well."

Red Dirt Music is kind of indie country music if you will. I think I like it so much because the musicians sound the same way on the radio that they do in concert.

Screen shot 2013-02-21 at 5.28.37 PMI asked my Facebook friends last week what their favorite Red Dirt songs were, and got some really good answers - Cross Canadian Ragweed, Reckless Kelly, Casey Donahew Band and Stoney LaRue seemed to be the favorites.

As you can see, the song that got me hooked on the genre is "Alabama" by Cross Canadian Ragweed.

Alabama by Cross Canadian Ragweed

Take a listen to these bands and let me know your thoughts. OR - share with me, what's your favorite Red Dirt Country song?

Happy listening,

Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Things We Do For Love

[caption id="attachment_76" align="alignleft" width="300"]RK_ShortyJrNats_Cindy This is me, my mom and Joe with Peach in 2012.[/caption]

It's been a wild few days here in Indiana. I woke up yesterday morning to Nick calling me at 6 a.m. from the pasture - Peach was calving! Peach is one of my brother's favorite cows, probably in the second spot behind Karen (who is a red, dog-sized cow). So, if something went wrong, I'd be in big trouble. Joe (my brother) goes to school at Oklahoma State University, so my mom probably needs one of those "house divided" license plates. But, go Big XII nonetheless. Anyway, the moral of this story is that we had to make sure NOTHING went wrong with Peach.

From the looks of it, everything was going wrong. There was one leg, one nose and one VERY swollen tongue, but we couldn't help Peach anymore with the birthing process. So we called our local vet, and spent about 45 minutes worrying and waiting. (The whole time I was thinking about how to break it to Joe.)

[caption id="attachment_77" align="alignright" width="225"]IMG_1234 Welcome to the world Buddy![/caption]

Megan, the vet from Food Animal Veterinary Service here in Rensselaer, came to the rescue. She and a vet student from Purdue University were able to give Peach an epidural, get a chain around both front feet and successfully welcome a baby boy into the world.

He has a had a hard-go of it, so I'm going to forgive him for not nursing on his own yet. We've had a rough time, but he is living quite well on milk replacer for the time being. Soon though, he'll get life figured out.

Oh! and Joe, you're welcome. Hope you're ready to be a "daddy!"

[caption id="attachment_79" align="aligncenter" width="225"]IMG_1553 We gave Buddy some colostrum last night.[/caption]

I've named him Buddy, as we're clearly already best friends.



Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Day

[caption id="attachment_69" align="alignright" width="210"]valentine_MM The BEST V-Day candy.[/caption]

I don't particularly like Valentine's Day, but I don't necessarily dislike it either. Let's talk seriously here for a second.


CANDY, chocolate mostly.
FLOWERS, brighten up any home.


WHY DO WE EVEN CELEBRATE IT? I am just thankful Nick and I are in the same state.
THOSE LITTLE VALENTINE CARDS WE HAD TO SEND ALL OUR CLASSMATES AS KIDS. Why did I have to send one to stinky Phil* (name has been changed for discrepancy)?
NO WAY TO CELEBRATE IT IF YOU'RE SINGLE. I just bought myself pink, red & white peanut butter M&Ms when I didn't have a significant other. (Wait, I did that this year too.)

Screen shot 2013-02-14 at 10.51.49 AMMy conclusion - yes, I love my boyfriend. Yes, I'll tell anyone that asks. But - he doesn't have to buy me fancy things or take me on some fancy schmancy candle lit date to prove it. On the other hand, I bought him a gift and did eat all of those aforementioned peanut butter M&Ms. OH! and my daddy still sends me flowers from him and my brother.

I'm a mess.


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Not Creative

I make this claim ALL THE TIME to my friends. I tell them I'm not crafty, I can't even tie a bow nicely. But then - I go and make something like this:

Huck_1stBdayMy friends Rachael and Eric had this little guy, Huckston Eric McGee, almost a year ago! They were the first of our "group" to get married, and I was fortunate enough to be a bridesmaid for the event. Seriously, it was an ultra-fun wedding. *Magically* 9 months later, Huck appeared.

Huck is a CUTIE! And Nick and I really love him. I designed the invitation to the left, and I was so so happy to do it for them. He is slightly spoiled, but being the first grandchild and the son of an only daughter - it was bound to happen.

I design stuff often. I use Adobe InDesign & Photoshop to do so, but to anyone that thinks it's easy --- IT IS NOT! These programs are challenging, and confusing and usually don't work how you think they should. I've never been formally trained, pretty much everything I know is the result of self-teaching, podcasts and sucking up to the designers in the Dept. of Communications Huck McGee, 6 month photos 2012and Agricultural Education at K-State.

So, with that I'd like to thank Rachael & Eric for letting me "practice" my skills with their child. I took his 6 month photos back in September.

Until next time,


Wednesday, February 6, 2013


I like old stuff. Things that look "old," things that really are old and things I can one day pass onto my children.

IMG_7954I also like to cook, and have done considerable amounts of cooking since graduating in December. Thus, why I started a handwritten recipe book. This recipe has driven Nick crazy since I started it, mostly because I've been writing down recipes from Pinterest (But only the tried and true ones, because we've all had the Pinterest "fail"). AND I usually copy them down during our nightly TV time. But my thought is - who knows how long this social medium, Pinterest, will last? For all we know, it could be the next MySpace.

IMG_7957So in this book there are recipes for steak marinades, buffalo chicken tacos, whiskey caramels and A LOT more. Some, also as cool as chocolate cream pie.

Here's one of my favorites: Loaded Baked Potato Soup we've made it 3 times in 2 months!

IMG_7960But, recently while helping my mother clean out her house and prepare to move in next door to me, I stumbled across the recipe cards I hand wrote in 2006 for my Consumer Meats 4-H project. TWENTY recipes each for beef, pork and lamb! I can't wait to try them. Apparently I've always loved old stuff?

So - what do you collect? AND what's your favorite Pinterest recipe? Make sure you follow my boards - I've got some really neat stuff!


Monday, February 4, 2013

So God Made a Farmer

I can't get it out of my head. I didn't even WATCH the Superbowl, and I keep watching the YouTube video of Dodge's tribute to the American farmer, with the voice of Paul Harvey.

"And on the 8th day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, 'I need a caretaker.' So God made a farmer."

So God Made a Farmer

The imagery is powerful and not to mention beautiful.

Screen shot 2013-02-04 at 2.55.17 PMLike everyone else who has been commenting on this video in the agriculture industry - this takes me back. Back to my childhood, where my dad woke up to Paul Harvey talking and we ate a homemade lunch everyday to Paul Harvey sharing the rest of the story. I must tell you, when my Facebook was exploding with posts about this video last night, all I could do was text my brother and say "That's pretty much us, huh?"

Our industry has rallied about this commercial. Andy Vance posted about it this morning: "It was refreshing to see not only the recognition from Dodge, but also to see the overwhelmingly positive reaction to a spot that wasn’t clever, funny or overwrought. As an old radio guy and a farm boy at heart, I miss Paul Harvey, and I tip my hat to Dodge for tipping their hat to the American farmer."

While I still am a farm girl - I too tip my hat to Dodge and to the American farmer. What were your thoughts as you watched the commercial?


Friday, February 1, 2013

Puppy Training & Puppy Kisses

Now we had dogs growing up, they lived outside and got fed and watered everyday. But other than that, they weren't a major part of our lives. Screen shot 2013-02-01 at 1.42.21 PM

Then, I caught the puppy bug. Nick and I filled out a "puppy questionnaire" in October, and our precious little Cougar was born Nov. 1, 2012. We purchased her from Splendid Goldens in Goddard, Kan. and brought her home about 2 weeks ago.

She is the sweetest thing (I may be a little biased of course), but she has been really, really good so far. Only a few accidents in the house ... and she has the saddest eyes when it happens! She hardly jumps and never barks. Is this normal?

Anyway, she is a licker. And I usually don't mind - until she gets you on the smacker. Then I basically want to puke and/or brush my teeth. Nick doesn't seem to mind, but he's weird.

We're looking for any kind of puppy training advice we can get. Sit, tricks, not peeing on the carpet, you understand.

Best,Robin aka Cougar's new mama