I was crying around this time last year. Literally, everyday I shed a few tears because of how cold I was. January is brutal in Utah. But here... January treats Texas a little more kindly.
January is Stock Show and Rodeo month! Dad and I spent a good 5 hours at the Stock Show on Tuesday. We especially loved the junior cattle shows. I was fascinated by how the judges ranked each competitor. They talked about each heifer, and which ones displayed the most "femininity" and showed the greatest potential. After all those hours of watching, I still could not pick out which ones I thought would win.
Dad and I tested out this tractor in the nearby cornfield. Just kidding, it's a screen. But it looks pretty convincing, doesn't it?
Pigs have got to be the cutest animals on earth.
And baby calves. I spent the whole day trying to convince dad that getting a miniature cow, pig and goat to keep in the front yard would be a really good idea. He doesn't agree with me.
It was very fitting that we visited when we did. I had had a lecture in History class just that morning all about how Fort Worth became "big". Originally, some businessmen had contracted with the railroad company to bring the railroad to Dallas, and then on to Fort Worth. Apparently, they ran out of the funds needed to complete the project, and it stopped when it got to Dallas. This is when the Dallas/Fort Worth rivalry began. Dallas thought we were just some podunk little town that had no need for the railroad. But Fort Worth residents were so determined to get that railroad, that they raised funds to finish the project, and they sent their own laborers to work on the railroad. It was finished eventually, which really helped boom the cattle industry here. The Fort Worth Stock Yards became quite the happening place, and people from all over came to visit.
Dad and I have a tradition of eating a funnel cake every year that we come to the stock show. We don't eat funnel cake anywhere else throughout the year. Yum :)
Typical January weather in Texas means a couple of cold days (which really isn't that cold, like 40 degrees or so), and then a few days of plentiful sunshine with a high of 73. Dexter and I took advantage of one such set of days, and went for a hike around the lake. It was beautiful. I took about 90 photos. In this photo, Dexter is seen dutifully following my instructions to "stand there and look majestic".
Classes are going well, I was very happy to receive an "A" on my first paper from my crazy English Professor. Literally, he is bonkers. Work is slow. The month after the holidays always hits the salons pretty hard. The A&M application is kicking my butt...And I have no other news at present.
My cat sure can pull off the shades, right?