Friday, November 29, 2013

Red Dirt Friday, Vol. 12

For anyone that follows me on Instagram, you may be aware of my love of Alabama, red dirt artists and cover songs.

Look for this album cover in stores or online!

I recently posted this picture, stating that "good music" is one of the 30 things I'm most thankful for ... and believe me, this version is awesome.

I've told you before about how I listen to the Red Dirt Rebel online, and one of the top songs for a few weeks was the Turnpike Troubadours version of "If You're Gonna Play in Texas." Love it.

Then, I happened to find the whole album - "High Cotton: Tribute to Alabama."

And my whole life changed.

Just kidding.

But seriously, go buy this album. Out of respect for Alabama, think about all they contributed to country music. (Dixieland Delight anyone?) Did I mention it's the band's 40th Anniversary? What a great way to honor them.

In a recent review, GAC blogger Daryl Addison said -

"The 14-track High Cotton is a thoughtful tribute project that allows its performers to reinvent a hit list of Alabama classics. By recreating these songs in a new and unique way, High Cotton successfully delivers a new artistic vision while showcasing the timeless and universal nature of Alabama’s enduring legacy."

What's your favorite cover or tribute album? Please share below.

Until next time,

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Bucket List Update

It's been a while since I did a bucket list update. Here's what I have accomplished!

My view riding in the combine with my dad at one of our farms in Crown Point, IN
Domestic Things
1. Start a garden
2. Go 1 month without shopping (food and healthcare items excluded)
3. Craft with my old 4-H ribbons
4. Make chocolate oatmeal cake
5. Put all of my CDs onto my iTunes account

Career Things
6. Fix my rkkcommunications website
7. Book 5 human photo sessions (not family) - 4/5
8. Judge a show
9. Enter a photo contest - I entered the High Plains Jounal "Down Country Roads" contest this summer. Unfortunately, I didn't win any prizes.

Good Citizen Things
10.Help out a 4-H or FFA judging team
11. Get a library card

Family Things
12. Take Cougar to a dog park
13. Ride in the tractor with my Dad, just like 6 year old Robin did - see photo above.
14. Teach Cougar how to play dead
15. Introduce my family to Nick's - 8 of us ate at Fahrenheit 212 last Thursday. Nothing too embarrassing happened!

Traveling Things
16. See Stoney LaRue (carryover from my college list)
17. Go fishing
18. Visit Joe in Stillwater, Okla.
19. Return to Manhattan, Kan.
20. Go to a baseball game

Personal Things
21. Read 3 non-fiction books - Outlaw: Waylon, Willie, Kris, and the Renegades of Nashville; Bossypants; Appetite for Life: The Biography of Julia Child
22. Lose 20 lbs.
23. Buy a new laptop
24. Watch The Hatfields & McCoys

I had a nice weekend with my girlfriends in Manhattan, KS for the K-State homecoming game on Oct. 26th.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Online Reviews - Worth it?

At the concert!
I just wrote my first ever online review, and for some reason I feel empowered.

Just this weekend, I used online reviews three times in order to make buying decisions and travel plans.
  1. For booking our hotel room in Scottsburg, Ind.
  2. For our supper reservations at the 1875 Steakhouse in the French Lick Resort in French Lick, Ind.
  3. To help me decide where to go Christmas shopping on Sunday.
So, I figured it was about time to give my own two cents to the online community.

I wrote a review for the Dwight Yoakum concert the boy and I attended on Friday night at the French Lick Resort.

I bought him the tickets for his 26th birthday back in September, so we had been looking forward to this night for a while.

Approximately 26 rows of screaming women in front of us.
Ladies, let me tell you - Dwight Yoakum has got some moves ... I think. It was kinda hard to see from our seats, which I shared in my review.

It was worth every penny to see him in concert, but had I known that we would have been in chairs in a banquet hall, I probably would have ponied up for some seats closer to the stage.

In the review I wrote for Ticketmaster - I talked partially about the show (fabulous) and partially about the seats (not-so-fabulous).

What I want to do know is do you value online reviews? Do you seek them out when making purchasing decisions? 

I think I want to start reviewing more, because I read them almost religiously. Especially for purchases like camera parts, batteries and supper plans - obviously all very important to my life :)

Until next time,

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Reagan + Aaron | Sneak Peek

This past weekend, I had the great honor of photographing my first wedding.

Congratulations to Aaron & Reagan (Woolley) Shaffer!

Luckily, I had beautiful subjects who were married in a lovely church (Brook United Methodist Church) and had a cool venue for the reception (Embers Venue).

The church had this awesome exposed brick in the upstairs part. Loved it with the combo of stained glass!

Loved this place - exposed brick & tin ceilings. So gorgeous!
 And here's just one of my favorites!

I promise to share more later ... but I will say editing wedding pictures is tedious! However, the end result is WAY worth it.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Yes, I'm Thankful

I've seen your posts. I've read your blogs.

A pile of my friends, and my friends' friends, have been dogging on those of us who are posting our "30 Days of Thankfulness" during the month of November.

Let's get one thing straight - I love to say thank you. 

I want people to know that what they did for me was appreciated.
I want to make people feel special.
I have a great life, and there are things that happen everyday to remind me of that.

Found this on Pinterest today. What a great reminder!
So yes, you might think it's stupid. Yes, you might think that I'm just cashing in on a silly social media trend. But - I like to celebrate the little things in life. Sue me.

I love the holidays,
I love my job,
I love my boyfriend,
I love my dog,
I love good food,
I love my friends,
I love my family.

And you're darn straight I love this blog, among other gems in my life. 

I will never get tired of telling you that, so please don't view my "30 Days of Thankfulness" as a ploy for attention.

What are you thankful for today? Please feel free to share them below.

Until next time,