Thursday, August 29, 2013

NSUJL NW Director

I finally get to share my Facebook reason #2! I am the newest part of the National Sisterhood United for Journeyman Lineman (NSUJL) as the Northwest Regional Director! Woop!! They do most of their meetings through telephone and a closed Facebook group so I was going to start a new fb just for that but I decided to open my old one because, lets be honest, Facebook is the best social media and I want to get the word out about NSUJL!

The position came to my attention after I saw the virtual option of the 5k race going on in California. I wanted to get more involved with this amazing organization (25before25 #24) so I figured I could post and get a big group of us to run together on November 19th. After talking to another member and Astra mentioning they needed a NW gal, the ball started rolling and last night I was officially offered the position.

My Responsibilities:
  • States: Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana & Wyoming
  • Keep in contact with state reps & help where needed
  • if an accident occurs I'm the go to gal. I will contact the hall to find out details, get in touch with the families, help set up their account for donations, help out where ever the family may need. (this is the part that I pray every night I won't be needed, I know accidents happen a lot, its the scary part of this job) Side note: Forbes just listed journeyman lineman as #4 top dangerous jobs. Please stay safe guys.
  • MEMBERSHIPS! NW is not high on the membership chart so my job is to gain attention for NSUJL. I plan on attending local meetings, popping into a few utilities and using social media to get more members. The number one questions I've gotten since I first posted about this group is its only for woman? And again the answer is no. This is for fallen/injured lineman. I would hope the brothers & sisters are wanting to join to support their guys (and girls!)
  • Represent at all the lineman rodeos I'm able to attend! We are really hoping to make it to the International Lineman's Rodeo this fall but as usual we're not positive because of where Mike will be working and the hours.
  • Fundraising! NSUJL just started a group that all members can be apart of for fundraising.
  • Be involved. Simple as that. Talk about it. Live it. And do something about it.

If you're interested in becoming a member, feel free to message me or "like" NSUJL and ask away there. Here's the link that will take you to the membership process HERE this link will also let you play around on their site and read (in much better words) what this organization is about. Plus check out the store! My favorite item is the cook book (which we are currently submitting new recipes to be added!)

The biggest part that I love about this group is the bond that these woman have. I've known most of them through linewife support groups and social media. These woman have shown pride in their husbands that I've never seen in any other trade. I've always been proud to be a linewife and now I am even more excited to run along side my husband in a bigger way. And in case you're curious how Mike is with all this. He's pretty proud. He loves his job and has worked his ass off to get here and the fact that I get to be apart of something that support him and his life is pretty great.

I had been tossing around ideas about maybe finding a part time job this fall to keep busy and have some me time. Come on SAHM and wives, we all need that one little thing that we don't have to share and its our own thing to work on. Well this is just perfect for me. I am beyond excited to start.

Mike's work note: as some of you know Mike got a call Monday to head back to work (already!!! :() He leaves Monday for Ione, Wa. Its a pretty small town about 2 hours from us. He'll find out more Friday at orientation but it sounds like he's starting out working 6 10s with moving into 7s later on. This job sounds like it will be going until Christmas. Its defiantly hard thinking I won't see him every week but its a beautiful drive that Wes and I plan on making a lot. Plus the RV part looks pretty cute and rumor has it there is a neat train that I have a feeling our little boy would just love! choo choo! :)

Sunday, August 25, 2013

#3: Try Sushi

When I first shared my 25 before 25 goals try sushi was by far the one that most friends wanted to help me out with. Last Friday I got to check #3 off and couldn't have had a better night!
I met up with some of my favoritest girlfriends downtown at Bonsai. It was so great to catch up with everyone, its been a busy summer for all so getting all of us in one place was pretty wonderful.
I figured since sushi is kinda fancy I couldn't just order a bud light so I decided to start off with a huckleberry lemon drop and was seriously impressed. I might not have to be so back woods after all!
In the week leading up I was asking everyone's opinion of what to order but decided to go with Astra's suggestion of ordering the "tiger." I honestly couldn't name 2 ingredients except for rice and shrimp but dang was it yummy!
I was actually very impressed with the drinks, food, and atmosphere. I am very excited to take my burger loving husband to try it again sometime soon!! :)

Since Mike was home with Wes I didn't have to feel guilty about staying out a little later and fully enjoying the down town cda experience.. haha let me just say my sushi/ girls night out was one of my favorite memories of the summer!

We decided to keep the "fancy theme" going... carriage ride to the Beacon? okay! 

carriage ride :)

 After a few drinks (aka beers) sorry I couldn't keep up with what to order! haha at the Beacon we decided to check out the new country bar. I can't remember the name and I'm also aware its actually not new but new to us!

We had SO much fun dancing the night away. I even got a special treat Christopher showed up and actually danced with me! If I can't have my hubs I'll take my handsome brother!

Thank you again girls for making my fancy night, a wonderful memory. xxx!!

I'm adding this gem in here to top off this post... we took Wes to the fair yesterday. Sweetest child ever.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

catch up: aug addition

Hey fellow blog readers! If you're reading this thanks for hanging in there during my sporadic postings and ramblings during this summer! So here's the haps of what's been going on in the crazy world of the McBrides!

Bashlyn Val Underdown was born on August 10th. Ahhhh this makes my heart so happy. As you all have gotten to know through the blog Astra and her lineman Brandon (who's now a 5th step! woop!) got to welcome this beautiful girl to the world after 10 months of waiting. I love this little family and am seriously looking at dates to go back to Colorado.

We had our 3rd annual family reunion last week and it was probably my favorite year. Mike not only got to come but he brought our house on wheels so we got to camp in style!

Jussy & I at camp.

CORNHOLE! ah we love us some games and cornhole is defiantly at the top of our list.

(Baby) Jocelyn turned THREE years old!! gah this makes me tear up with happy tears. She's growing up so fast and turning into such a beautiful little lady.

My first Tone It Up motivation mail came from my TIU pen pal. LOVE! :)

We celebrated 3 years of wedded bliss on the 14th! Okay its been really tough but we've had lots of obstacles but I am so happy to have Mike by my side.

Silly goose.

Wesson's attended his first North Idaho Fair, complete with his own huckleberry ice cream cone (momma didn't wanna share ;))

While at the fair he fell in love with dirt bikes. Between Mike and my dad this kid is gonna have a bike before he's two!

Bittersweet: Mike's Omak job ended today so he's back on the books. Luckily he's already number 5 and rumor has it Sturgeon Electric has a job opening up in Air Way Heights (whhhaaaaat SO close to home!!!) we'll see, he'll most likely be back on the road shortly after labor day. Until than I'll be loving havin my lineman home :)
And lastly tomorrow I'll be meeting up with some beautiful girlfriends to knock out #3 on my bucket list!
xxx night!! :)