Corpus Christi, Texas

I recently spent some time in Corpus Christi, it was a great week, filled with meeting new people and catching up with old friends. While most of the trip was all work, I was able to check out a few activites and eat at some amazing restaurants. 

Most people with kids traveling to Corpus make it to the aquarium and the USS Lexington. If your kids love water and animals, I recommend hitting those spots too. We explored something different and went on the Pirate Adventure Cruise – The Red Dragon. While this is located in Port Aransas, it is a fairly short drive or you can always ride the ferry. This cruise was definetely a highlight for me. The crew was phenominal. They dressed like pirates, had accents like pirates, and told hilarious jokes. They also made it very enticing for the kids! All the kids on the cruise got to participate in a treasure hunt, sword fighting challenge, and a water gun fight. They do have a bar on the ship for adults interested in adult beverages. We went at sunset and the weather was perfect! You can’t beat watching a sun set on open water. The dolphins we saw just made the cruise that much better. 

My co-worker, Taylor and I, got to try some of the local restaurants in the area. Shout out to my friend who came in clutch with the best restaurant recommendations!

B&J’s Pizza Restaurant, this place makes the best pizza. Granted, most people that go to Corpus want seafood, but if you are looking for something different. This is the place to be. This restaurant served craft beer before craft beer became a thing. I will admit, I was a little hestitant walking up to this place, but don’t let the looks deceive you. The pizza is tasty. 

Water Street Oyster Bar – honestly, there are no words to describe how great this place is. We arrived around 5:30, the restaurant was already on a wait, and the bar was hopping. They had half price oysters and sushi rolls during happy hour. The spinach artichoke dip was exquisite. I am not the biggest seafood eater, so I went with the Ribeye special with bacon wrapped shrimp. Simply divine. 

Executive Surf Club – this is a must see spot. You can’t beat a surf board for a table and an open mic night. Every night they have something different going on ranging from game night to live music. The vibes and atmosphere were exactly what I needed for my last night in Corpus plus, the food was really good too. 

While I am sure there are a lot of other great places in Corpus to eat, these are definitely going to be on my list to revisit next time.

Share some love, we could all use a little more love

XOXOXO

Casey 

Beef Cattle Short Course – 2022

This week is always one of my favorite weeks of the year! Beef Cattle Short Course took place in College Station, Texas. There is something special about being surrounded by like-minded people. The camaraderie between everyone. The opportunity to catch up with your friends who live in different parts of the state. Most importantly to be able to make an impact on the industry, to provide educational material and inform not only the producers but the consumers as well.

If you have never been to Beef Cattle Short Course, it is a roughly three day event at Texas A&M University. There are some sessions that take place Sunday, but the official event kicks off bright and early Monday morning. The schedule is packed for Monday and Tuesday with a variety of different sessions to attend. The best part is that you can pick and choose what you want to go too. Want to hear more on Nutrition? There are sessions for that. Interested in learning more on brush control? They have it covered.

Monday night, is a meal that you do not want to miss! Prime Rib Dinner! By far, one of the best meals I have ever had, the picture does not do it justice!

Wednesday morning, the Short Course moves from classroom style teaching, to hands on demonstrations. These topics range from Fencing demonstrations, to brush control, to cattle handling. My favorite to watch is the cattle handling demonstration. No matter how many times I have watched Dr. Gill do his demonstrations, I always learn something new. Never stop trying to learn. Keep learning so that you can start teaching!

While this year’s event is over, it is never too early to start thinking about next year. For more information on the event, be sure to check out – https://beefcattleshortcourse.com/. The full schedule from this year is listed along with some of the additional programs that are combined with this event.

Looking for events to attend and information right now? Check out the RanchTV Youtube Channel. Also, follow the Beef Cattle Extension Specialists on Facebook – Beef Cattle – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension for upcoming events.

My heart is full and my love for the industry has only increased. Today, I am extra thankful for the opportunities that I have been given. Our paths may take us a different direction than we originally attended, find the blessings in that, you will be surprised by the things that come your way.

As always share some love, we could all use a little more love
XOXOXO
Casey

Living with Grief

Grief – Deep sorrow, the natural response to a loss. The emotional suffering you feel when something or someone you love is taken away. Many people associate grief with the death of a loved one, however any loss can cause grief. From the loss of friendships, relationships, pets, health, jobs to dreams or even selling the family home. One thing that I have learned about grief, is that each person experiences and handles it differently.

Grief can hit you in the most unexpected ways. There can be times when you think you are making progress, things seem to be looking up, and a song comes on the radio or you see something that reminds you of your loss and you are taken back to the pain. This recently happened to me and it was like getting hit with a wall of emotions. Everything changed in an instant, my mindset and how my body was feeling. It was the first time I realized what I was experiencing. As much as I tried to shift my mindset and stay busy, those feelings hung back there waiting for my mind to quiet down. Waiting for me to sit in them and sort through them. I think that is one of the hardest things, not brushing your feelings under the rug, but trying to navigate through them.

There are different stages of grief. A simple search online shows the original five stages that have now been amended to seven. The original five stages are highlight below.

Denial – This often come across as – “This can’t be happening to me.” Denial can also consist of not acknowledging your feelings, saying you are fine when you really aren’t.

Anger – If you have experienced any kind of loss, you more than likely have been angry, even if it was only for a short time. I have hit it. I have been angry, unable to understand, asking God questions that only He knows the answers too.

Bargaining – This one is just like it reads. When you are trying to make deals, this can often be with God or others depending on your situation.

Depression – This is the grief or sadness that hits you, sometimes out of no where.

Acceptance – When you come to peace with what has happened.

As I stated earlier, everyone grieves differently, some may go through all of these phases and some may not. Some may go in this exact order and some may jump around. There is no right or wrong way to grieve. You and you alone are entitled to your feelings. Do not let anyone else tell you how you should be feeling and don’t try to tell yourself how you should be feeling, remember there is not right or wrong way.

These are some things that I do to help with the grieving process; acknowledge and sit in your feelings. Feel the pain and know that things will get better. I also journal to help with this process. Pick up a new hobby or activity that brings you joy. Talk to someone, a support group or a counselor. Know that there is no quick fix, it takes time to heal. Know that you are not alone.

Sometimes it is hard to console people who are grieving. Sometimes no words are needed. Just having the mere presence that someone is there for you is enough for some people. If you know someone who is grieving or who is going through a hard time, don’t be afraid to reach out. We could all use a little more love in the world.

XOXOXO

Casey