In honor of Dr. Seuss: My Ode to Wyoming Life


In honor of the amazing Dr. Seuss’ birthday today, I felt a little inspired to write a little poem about Wyoming.  Now, I’m not a poet, and believe me, I know it… But I digress and will give my rhyming a rest.  So if you don’t mind taking a moment or three, and reading my poem — this is Wyoming to me…

My Ode to Wyoming Life — A Seuss-istic poem by Kati Hime

Tell someone Wyoming is where you live

And a wide-eyed stare back to you they will give

Says the city-slicker back from the far coast

“Say, isn’t a horse what you ride the most?

And cars aren’t really welcome there, I hear…

Why, didn’t you just get electricity last year?”

Yes, we’re small, and our state is big,

To get from town to town takes more than a jig.

And it may seem like we’re backwards at best,

But really, we give our boasting a rest

Although if I could go on, I would be happy to

And here’s what I’d say to you…

Get in your car and drive end to end

‘Cross prairies and lakes and mountains and then

Dip your feet in a river, or smell the fresh air

Ride a horse, or a bike, take a tram through the air,

And feast on our grub until your belly is full,

And experience our history – it’s far from dull.

Then walk around a town – big or small,

You have to stop everywhere to see it all.

You’ll see ranchers and farmers, cowboys and cowgirls,

You’ll see climbers standing on top of the world

You’ll see high western fashion to well-worn jeans

You’ll see parkas and sandals because we’re more than it seems

We’re a little bit of everything, believe it or not

In Wyoming, a tough spirit is what we’ve got.

You have to be tough to live in the wind

And every summer, know that winter will happen again

But that’s what we do – because we love our home state

And once you visit, you’ll agree – it is great

This is what makes Wyoming beautiful to me

And if you don’t like it, you can disagree

But we’re a little bit of everything – every one too,

But no one does it quite like we do

And that makes us unique — even a little sweet

Which makes talking to city-slickers a real treat

When they ask “Is electricity all that you thought it would be?”

I simply smile and say “Well…we’ll see.”

Check Out the Caddie Shack


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When we were in Casper last Friday, we stopped in at one of Casper’s newest All-American restaurants…the Caddie Shack! Located at the Casper Municipal Golf Course, the restaurant also includes a bar area and a veranda that overlooks both Casper Mountain as well as the greens at the Muni.  We opted for indoor seating since we had our kiddos in tow, and, well, it was late January.  Summer, one of the restaurant’s owners, had promised me their burgers were an experience to be had, and WOW was she right!  Levi and I both chowed down on a flavorful burger that was cooked just to our request, with a nice thick bun that was both unique and filling.  It was a good thing our kids were loving the fries, because they were able to help us finish ours – we were stuffed!  The kids picked hot dogs from the kids’ menu, an item I also noticed on their adult menu as well.  There were many other interesting items, including some tempting salads and soups that would have warmed the cold spot the Wyoming wind had created, but we were feeling rather carnivorous that day.  The Caddie Shack’s burgers do NOT disappoint!

Our server had several tables keeping him busy at once when we arrived, but he still took he time to greet us and invite us to pick a table.  We were able to find a spot with multiple TVs to keep us entertained…golf of course was the channel of choice, which Levi was thrilled with…another screen had Nascar highlights, which kept the kiddos entertained. I noticed on their board that they have a Super Bowl party and other special events coming up — so be sure to stay tuned to their Facebook page and website for more information, as well as their daily specials and yummy soups! Even with the busy atmosphere, our server collected our order and delivered our food in good time.  We always come loaded with special questions when we dine out as we have a few health concerns in our clan — our server was excellent and knowledgeable.  We’re always thankful when a restaurant knows their stuff!

The cool thing about the Caddie Shack is they’re open during the off-season for golfing as well — and they also offer catering services!  For more information, visit their website, Facebook page, or call them at 307-233-6619.  Stop in for lunch and check out their burgers…and see if you can eat a whole one! They are VERY filling!

‘Til Next Time…

Kati Hime, Editor


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Ring in 2012 in Wyoming!


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Looking for something to do in Wyoming on New Year’s Eve?  We have some suggestions for you — and let us know what we’ve missed, we’ll be sure to add it!

CHEYENNE:  Wyoming Community Media is bringing live video streaming of Cheyenne’s New Year’s celebration online — and we get to play hosts! Join Levi & I as we interview folks and bring the celebration to you!  Coverage will be streamed on KGWN TV 5’s website beginning at 11:30!

CASPER:  First Night Casper — Substance-free, family-friendly and culturally rich — a great event! Check it out on our blog:

CASPER:  Lai Thai’s New Year’s Eve celebration:


LARAMIE:  Attend the coronation of Laramie Jubilee Days Queen-to-be!

JACKSON:  Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has a LOT of events listed on their website:  New Year’s Eve Champagne Special at Terra Cafe at Hotel Terra…Glow Worm & Torch Light Parade & Fireworks…New Year’s Gondi Gala at Couloir…Kids’ Night Out…New Year’s Eve Party at the Peak, Four Seasons Resort…WOW!

JACKSON:  Thanks to Aaron Davis for the scoop! Screen Door Porch is playing the lobby of Snow King Hotel in Jackson. 9pm-12:30am. $5. Americana, Rock, Folk-Blues. Get there early because it fills up fast! More info at

JACKSON:  Check out the music scene for New Year’s Eve in the Teton area thanks to Aaron Davis Music:

JACKSON:  Check out The Mountain Pulse for a full list of Teton New Year’s Eve happenings!

LANDER:  Thanks to Jennifer Cole O’Connor for the scoop! Lander Children’s Museum is hosting New Year’s at Noon on Saturday!  

EVANSTON:  Thanks to Samantha Hill for the scoop! Evanston has Time Square in Depot Square…always a good fireworks show!

ROCK SPRINGS:  Thanks to Bernice Shuster for the scoop! From Rock Springs Main Street:  Have you gotten your tickets for this year’s Top Hats and Tiaras New Year’s Eve Ball? We still have a few left and it’s a great way to ring in 2012! Call TODAY to reserve your tickets: 352-1434.  Click on the name for their Facebook page!

ROCK SPRINGS:  Thanks to Bernice Shuster for all sorts of great tips! The Young At Heart Sr. Center (YAH) is having a New Year’s Eve Family Night Dinner and Dance at the Sweetwater Events Complex in Rock Springs. Roast Beef dinner and all the extras from 6pm to 8pm. The dinner and dance is from 6 pm to 1 am. $20/person ($5 ages 10 and under). The Sundowners & EIO Bands will be playing. Tickets available at the door or at the YAH. You can reserve a table by calling 307-352-6737. Games for the kids.

ROCK SPRINGS:  The Rock Springs Civic Center will be hosting a New Year To Remember. Kids 7-12 can stay until 1am for $17.00. The fee includes a t-shirt, swimming, games, dinner and snacks. Sign up starts at 8pm on Dec. 31st and children must be picked up by 1 am. This is not an all night party! Proof of age may be requested.

SHERIDAN:  Thanks to Buy Local Sheridan for the scoop! Check out the Rails to jam to the Teka Brock Band and Greenhorse … Or head to the Holiday Inn for Gumby Brown & The Nifty Critters! 

CODY:  New Year’s Eve Masquerade Party at Olive Glenn Golf & Country Club:  Celebrate the ball dropping at the Irma Hotel!

See what we’ve missed?  Shoot us an email at and we’ll be sure to add your event!

‘Til Next Time…HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Kati Hime, Editor


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We enjoyed a VERY busy (and exhausting!) day at the Wyoming Cowboys v. Nebraska Cornhusker game Saturday, September 24. The weather was BEAUTIFUL and the crowd was EXHILARATING.  Levi and I served a little time as UW Cheerleaders ourselves, and we were excited to feel that rush of the crowd while on the field — sure brought back some great memories!  (I also found my old uniform for sale at the cheerleaders’  fundraiser tent — I had to snag it before it was gone forever!) Below are a few images from the day — and be sure to check out the link to our video of the drum line from UW’s Western Thunder Marching Band warming up — the whole band is awesome and we’ll have more footage coming, but we were really awed by the cool tricks the drum line had up their sleeves for us…

Western Thunder Marching Band drum line

Til Next Time…I’ve still got my crowd buzz from that energy…WOW…

Kati Hime, Editor

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LIFE AND TIMES OF WLM: On the Road Again…


Hitting the pavement with Levi in Cody…

The weekend after Memorial Day Weekend Levi and I hit the road for a big distribution trip.  We hit a wide variety of towns on our trip:  Shoshoni, Worland, Thermopolis, Greybull, Cody, Riverton, Lander, Dubois, Jackson (and Wilson and Teton Village) and Pinedale.  WHEW!  It was so much fun — we fight over who gets to do distribution, because it’s the best part of the job:  everyone is so excited to see the new issue, and you get to hit the road and travel through Wyoming — as WORK! Who could ask for anything more?!

The weather was gorgeous and the driving absolutely beautiful.  The scenery was on display for us and we enjoyed the time together thoroughly — it’s hard to find time to get away with your hubby when you’re both engrossed in careers, volunteer activities and family life.  A few notes from the road:

— We rented a truck to haul the gigantic load of magazines that we had (and to keep the miles off our SUV).  We rented through a Laramie company that brings up their vehicles from CO — hence we had a CO license plate on our truck.  I cannot tell you how many times we were asked “You’re from CO?!”  NO!!!  We just had a rented truck!  We joked that we were going to have to make a big sign that says “No, we really ARE from WY” to attach to any rented trucks in the future… 🙂

— Cody has a Dairy Queen.  Why is this important?  Because as a child I grew up with these crazy traveling parents.  (My father truly could have been the inspiration for Clark Griswold. ) There were two rules when we would travel as kids:  #1, eat fast.  My dad would sit there during meals and say “Eat eat eat darn it!  We’re losing time!”  (Levi still can’t stand it when we’re traveling and I’m done eating in 10 minutes.)  Rule #2:  ICE CREAM.  And lots of it.  For some reason my parents’ stomach size triples as soon as they leave Laramie’s city limits.  They eat breakfast — get ice cream — then lunch — then get ice cream — then dinner — then get ice cream again.  Sometimes we’ve been known to see how early the ice cream places open while on vacation.  (Levi (being the one to marry into this crazy family) said to me when we were 20 “I can’t keep up with all this eating!”)  The other thing that you need to know about my parents though is that they are workout fanatics:  my dad is a champion tennis player for the Wyoming old fogies league (don’t tell him I said that), 🙂 and my mom runs five miles a day on average.  So all the eating really doesn’t seem to phase them. But it is a funny story to tell.

ANYWAY, now that I’m an adult I find myself strangely craving ice cream when we’re traveling…and Cody had a Dairy Queen.  I think the other DQ patrons were a little confused by my display of sincere excitement…  There was also a carnival!

— Levi FINALLY got to see Snake River Brewing, and Tim did not eat anything with ketchup.  Tim also did not run into a fire extinguisher while giving us the tour — which was my fault before because he was looking at me, walking and talking. (Or at least he said it was my fault.) 🙂  We had some very enthusiastic guests join us on our tour — I really should have asked them where they were from…  As always, the food was incredible and Levi had a great time.  Thanks, Tim!

— We stayed at the REMARKABLE Bentwood Inn in Wilson.  Absolutely GORGEOUS!  The lodge was breathtaking, the patios and opportunities for relaxation were abundant.  We also had our own in-suite gas fireplace which was a really nice touch.  The breakfast the following morning was delicious:  fresh fruit and french toast with a variety of syrups, including LAVENDER — I never have had the chance to try lavender syrup, but it was really good!  A MUST stay when you’re in the area!  Visit their website for a tour as my photos don’t even begin to do it justice:

By the time we were approaching home, we had discussed our family, our future, the business, the house, split the atom and cured world hunger, AND panned through Levi’s entire ipod twice…we were becoming rather bored.  We began looking at Wyoming license plates as they passed and started coming up with the counties that stood for each number.  We discovered we were lacking on our knowledge in this department, so in case you are too (or are slightly curious), here they are:


1 — Natrona — Casper

2 — Laramie — Cheyenne

3 — Sheridan — Sheridan

4 — Sweetwater — Green River

5 — Albany — Laramie

6 — Carbon — Rawlins

7 — Goshen — Torrington

8 — Platte — Wheatland

9 — Big Horn — Basin

10 — Fremont — Lander

11 — Park — Cody

12 — Lincoln — Kemmerer

13 — Converse — Douglas

14 — Niobrara — Lusk

15 — Hot Springs — Thermopolis

16 — Johnson — Buffalo

17 — Campbell — Gillette

18 — Crook — Sundance

19 — Uinta — Evanston

20 — Washakie — Worland

21 — Weston — Newcastle

22 — Teton — Jackson

23 — Sublette — Pinedale


‘Til Next Time — Hope to see you on the road!

Kati Hime, Editor



Bridal Expo Mania!!!


Well, as is the case with most bridal expos, it snowed. However, we were able to travel easily, so it was okay! What. A. Weekend. Although it’s draining and busy, it’s arguably one of my favorite weekends of the year, business-wise!

We started with a quick trip to Rawlins for some business Thursday night. Met some great folks! Hit the road and headed to Rock Springs, where we had to have dinner at one of our favorite restaurants: Winger’s! We used to have one in Laramie, where I waited tables in college, and we MISS it! We had a great time there — brought back a lot of memories… 🙂

We stayed at the Homewood Suites in Rock Springs, which is a co-sponsor for our Sweetwater County Bridal Expo along with First Comes Love Bridal in Rock Springs. WOW. Seriously. Christine Kronz and I discussed how we could quite possibly be content just making that our second residence. 🙂 The staff was so fun to work with, like always. GM Ginny and Sales Director Pam put on quite a show! We had to enjoy our favorite places (IHOP stacks of pancakes, for example), 🙂 but we tried a new place for lunch — Dickey’s Barbeque Pit! Holy COW they are GOOD! We were expecting Keith & Erin Turbitt in that night, so we didn’t eat a big lunch, since we DID have stacks of pancakes at IHOP for breakfast…had to keep our stomachs ready to go out that night… 🙂 We were informed by the staff that we were ‘going to be sorry’ we ordered one sandwich to split. And yup, they were pretty much 100% right on that. 🙂 GOOD. Yummers. Go there. It’s awesome!

Before lunch, we went and visited Bernice, a dear friend from Facebook who lives in Rock Springs. It’s always so neat to get to meet people and put faces and voices with names. Bernice is a very dear lady, and a good friend, and we wished we could have spent more time visiting with her. We had a hiccup with vendor tables that I had to sort out Friday, and we had to keep working on that, so we cut our visit short. I was excited, though, to see her at our expo on Saturday, along with her husband David! What a treat to meet them both — and Bernice even got pictures so we can remember our visit! She is a VERY special lady.

First Comes Love’s super cool owner, Sonya, got to work setting up the staging, balloons, etc. with her hubby Kevin, and their amazing support staff of family and friends. Sonya & I were laughing at how easily things came together this year — even if we did have a hiccup in vendor tables. Part of the excitement! 🙂  They were super organized, so Keith & Erin, Levi & I went to Bitter Creek Brewery for dinner that night…

Bitter Creek Brewing is one of our must-eat places in Rock Springs. Levi really enjoys their brew pub burger, and I’m a classic burger gal. We discovered Keith will find ways to work their creative beer names into the conversation…which dissolved the entire table into laughter more than once. We had entirely TOO much fun!  Levi and Erin highly recommended the Sweetwater Wheat…and the Red Desert Ale too… YUM…

The show Saturday was AWESOME! We had a fantastic turn-out, and great vendors — we are so blessed to work with such amazing people! The hotel was very accommodating, First Comes Love put on a fantastic fashion show, and we greatly enjoyed the event. We’re excited for next year! 🙂

The snow made its appearance as we packed up to leave. It never fails! We were going to take Keith & Erin to Winger’s, but we changed plans and hit the road with snacks to make sure we made it back to Laramie — we had to be in the Laramie Bridal Expo Sunday! We made it back late and drug our tired selves to Altitude in downtown Laramie. Levi & I really enjoy splitting the Garlic Chicken Pizza, and Erin liked the chicken fried steak…Keith had to tempt us with fried cheesecake, which was entirely too delicious. Levi’s favorite beer at Altitude is the 7200 Stout…yes, he has a favorite at all of Wyoming’s breweries. 🙂 Check Altitude out online!

We were EXHAUSTED, but mustered up the energy for the Laramie Bridal Expo on Sunday. And of course, it revolved around food as well… 🙂 Yes, we enjoy eating! We introduced Keith & Erin to McAllister’s in Laramie — my absolute favorite there is the orange cranberry club sandwich, and Levi really digs the french dip…and the sweet tea. LOOOOTS of sweet tea. 🙂 Erin was wondering why we had never introduced her to McAllister’s before… 😉

The Laramie Bridal Expo was AWESOME as always!!! Lori at Dan D Party Corner puts on quite a show. Anne from Ludwig Photography is her co-sponsor, and Lori (surprisingly!) gave me a microphone for a SECOND time — one of these times she is going to learn! 🙂 I got to introduce Kelli Erickson, owner of Mountain Valley Bridal in Laramie, for the fashion shows, and announced door prizes… And discovered just how tricky some names can be…sorry to those names I butchered! We met a LOT of wonderful brides from all over Wyoming and the country — our wedding guide is sure making the rounds this season! We weren’t able to attend the Cody Expo, but David Huber Photography and Pre.Veil Events had them on hand — we heard they flew! Thanks guys!

Tonight, we’re tuckered out. But ready to hit the ground again tomorrow, because the printed copies of our newest issue are hitting the streets! Time for distribution trips — more eating — and more blogging! Best of all….more exploring Wyoming! 🙂

‘Til Next Time…I’m going to work off these calories I digested the last few days…(but they were worth it!)

Kati Hime, Editor

Tips from the Road

I have been on the road a LOT the past week. Since last Thursday, I have driven over 2000 miles. And we’re not done! We have traveled darn near every corner of the state repeatedly since we began our Wyoming Weddings guide in January 2009. Having grown up in Wyoming, we have spent years traveling the state to visit family, attend sporting events (as participants and coaches), with our volunteer organizations, for vacations, etc… But I have to say that we’ve learned the most about our state these past two years. Now that our 1st anniversary of Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine and 2nd anniversary of Wyoming Weddings is approaching, I thought it appropriate to highlight some of the tips and memories I have accumulated…

I have learned that when speaking in front of people, I need to remember one word: EXHALE. I tend to inhale, inhale, inhale, until I’m speaking fast and about to hyperventilate!

I have learned which public bathrooms throughout the state do not offer paper towels for opening the door to the bathroom as I leave. Yes, I’m one of those. I am a health care worker who is a germaphobe and a mother — bad combination. 🙂

Speaking of bathrooms, I have discovered that there is a gas station and general store combination in Pinedale that has the most beautiful bathroom. Yes, my travels revolve around places to eat, get gas, find cell phone service, and bathrooms. Modern day survival tools! 🙂

I will forever think of setting up the Rock Springs Bridal Show when I eat Domino’s Pizza. Combine a whole stack of pizzas, beer, a stage and balloon arch to assemble… The boys had too much fun making things out of balloons and we enjoyed ourselves far too much. Can’t wait for the next time! It also ALWAYS snows either before or after the show. Always!

Speaking of Rock Springs, I am hopeless when it come to navigating Rock Springs and Green River. I get lost in Downtown Rock Springs EVERY time I am there! Yesterday was no exception — I got lost in Rock Springs AND Green River AGAIN! Someone, I need a map!

For the Rawlins show, it was again storming. We left early with Keith & Erin Turbitt and crawled through the storm to get to Rawlins. There was a very sweet desk clerk at the Hampton Inn who has an accent — it’s a New York accent I think — that I cannot understand. He kept making jokes and laughing at me and I was clueless — Erin had to translate. 🙂

There are some Wyoming terms that you just don’t get wrong. I knew for years that Popo Agie is NOT pronounced ‘Po-Po Agee”, and ESPECIALLY not “Poo Poo Agee”! However, this year I was informed that Devils Tower does NOT have an apostrophe in it. To the dismay of English teachers everywhere. 🙂

In Wheatland, the Best Western has the sweetest desk clerk. He remembers my name, where I’m from, what we do and all of the places I’ve been to recently each time I go in. It’s pretty impressive! I need him to remind ME what I’m doing sometimes… 🙂

I have learned that there are many scenic places I drive through that cause me to say “WOW….” every time. Doesn’t matter if I just drove through that area two hours ago. I say WOW again.

I have learned where the sulfur pockets are throughout the state. Just saying. 🙂

This year was the first time I witnessed the Evanston Roundhouse. WOW! That is one impressive structure!

I learned that Tim Harland of Snake River Brewery eats fried bologna and ketchup sandwiches. My lunch was abruptly ended when I learned that fact. 🙂

I met Patrick Zimmerer in person by surprise when we were having dinner at The Bunkhouse in Torrington — and of course he had lots of Table Mountain Vineyards wine on hand at his table! He’s a good guy — and The Bunkhouse is one of many great restaurants in Torrington!

I have learned that Matt Mead does not mind two obnoxious youngsters who are bent on showing me that they are not going to always behave at a business event. Bless him for being so patient. 🙂

I have learned that Leslie Petersen has a terrific memory for people, places and conversations. She remembered a great deal about our interview the next time I saw her — what a classy lady!

I have learned that I can run four miles instead of two in Torrington — talk about good workouts! I may have to drive to Torrington regularly just to work out! 🙂

I have (slowly) begun to understand the one way streets in Casper and Cheyenne. Kind of.

When I see a Maverick store, I will always think ‘Linda Mccoul’. 🙂

I have learned that wearing my tall platform heels two days in a row to business events will give me a case of plantar fasciitis. However, one day on, one day off and one day on again will not…even though Levi warns me I’m tempting fate on that one…

When a special guest appears at an event, be careful introducing them at the podium. They may just have left early…. Hmmm, does anyone have a joke to fill that moment?! 🙂

And most importantly perhaps… I have learned that no matter who you talk to in Wyoming, they know someone, somewhere, that you also know… Without fail. EVERYONE is connected. Everyone!

Till next time, I’m going to keep gathering those memories and little lessons learned. Last night, as I saw the lights of Laramie ahead, I realized that entire state of Wyoming is ‘home’ to us. And that’s a pretty good feeling.

Kati Hime, Editor

Plan a Ski Movie, and See it Snow!

Well, I did it again. I planned a trip, and it snowed. So if you’re grumpy about the arrival of winter in Wyoming, I’m afraid you have me to blame. It happens every year during bridal fair season, and this year we added presenting ski movies to our list of special events — so henceforth there will be snow. (Sorry.)

For me, though, I LOVE snow!!! A gentleman I know calls me a ‘Wyoming Road Warrior’. I take that as a compliment. My father the Highway Patrolman calls it insane. I think that is part of the definition of ‘Wyoming Road Warrior’ — a little bit of courage and insanity mixed together — and add some 4-wheel drive. 🙂

I left last Friday morning for a 3-day adventure in northwest Wyoming. What an adventure it was, too! I arrived in Jackson and had lunch with my friend Tim Harland, VP of Sales & Marketing for Snake River Brewery in Jackson, and author of our column, “The Beer Made Here”, which takes an educational approach to the life and times of brew in Wyoming. I enjoyed lunch and a tour of the brewery — this business really strives to work in tandem with the community of Jackson, and they have grown by leaps and bounds. (They also make a pretty tasty pulled pork sandwich, although I had to give Tim my fries, it was so filling — it was either that or his story of fried bologna and ketchup sandwiches that made my lose my appetite.) 🙂

While waiting for our Jackson screening of Warren Miller’s “Wintervention” to begin, I went shopping in downtown Jackson. If you’re there, do NOT miss MADE, in Gaslight Alley! I bought a really fun and funky glass ring for $15. Seriously. John, the owner, makes beautiful works of glass art, including Steamboat belt buckles! They are COOL! As always, I enjoyed my time shopping in Jackson — the shopping is where the West meets New York. Always a treat for me!

Our movie screening was decent — the JH High School was very accomodating, and the ski coach, Cody Hansen, was a great help. We had a modest crowd, but it’s a good start to our work there. We’ll be there next year and will look to grow on what we started!

I stayed in the most ADORABLE inn. The Inn on the Creek. Oh my GOSH is all I can say! This inn combines a handful of comfortable yet luxurious rooms that are contained within a quaint stone cottage that overlooks ‘the creek’. My room was the Goldeneye, with a jacuzzi tab and gas fireplace in my bedroom, complete with votive candles! I felt a little guilty about being there by myself — but the jacuzzi tub soak and a good book helped ease that guilt slightly. 🙂 Breakfast was served to my door right on the nose, with my specifications made when I checked in. The staff was so gracious and friendly, and I will definitely put this on my list of repeats. Bravo!!!!!

I hit the road on Saturday morning and headed to Cody by way of Dubois, Riverton, Shoshoni and Thermopolis. My Road Warrior status was challenged slightly as snow was falling on a slick road over Togwotee Pass. The beautiful scenery welcomed me to Dubois, and I was excited to see that the Capitol Christmas Tree Celebration was taking place! I enjoyed meeting members of the tree committee as well as an online friend from the area! It was a fun, short stop!

The rest of my trip was uneventful, and I always love traveling through the Wind River Canyon. What a town Cody is! I had a great time. My hosts highly recommended Cassie’s for supper and brunch Sunday morning, and they were absolutely spot on. I recommend the rotisserie chicken, which was HUGE! For brunch, I had the cream cheese stuffed french toast with berries and whipped creme…it was absolutely enormous and decadent! The Bloody Marys are known as some of the best in town. The atmosphere is very cozy, and the history just oozes from the walls. The staff is friendly and very knowledgeable about the menu. The manager is always greeting guests and making sure everyone is well cared for. When I arrived, I was greeted by probably half a dozen employees! The live music was a nice touch for my Saturday night visit, and I can imagine how much fun one can have on their dance floor!

Sunday morning pre-brunch I enjoyed the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. What a gem! I could go on and on about all that I loved…the historical models, the displays, the William Cody antiques and family memorabilia, the Plains Indians exhibit, the Yellowstone displays…just outstanding. Definitely one not to miss! Post-brunch, I took a drive up to the Buffalo Bill Dam (BEAUTIFUL!!!) and stopped in to see the Irma Hotel. Another historical gem not to be missed — built by William Cody and named for his daughter, the hotel celebrated its centennial in 2002. I also had only a moment to explore downtown shops before the Capitol Christmas Tree arrived in Cody, so I popped into Reindeer Ranch on Sheridan Ave. WOW!!! The beautiful Christmas decorations were jaw-dropping. The store is a mixture of historical components and fun holiday decorations. I could have spent a LOT of time in that store!

I felt very privileged to experience the arrival of the tree in Cody. The turn-out was impressive, and the excitement was electric! It was fun to be a part of that energy, even if it was for a brief moment — we had some movies to put on!

Our two screenings of Warren Miller’s “Wintervention” in Cody went over VERY well! The Sleeping Giant Ski Area staff were great at connecting with the public, and the attendees were very supportive of the resort. We had a great turn-out, people had fun, and it was a real joy working with the staff. Tony and the staff of Big Horn Cinema were AWESOME, and extremely accommodating! I’m excited to go back next year!

The drive home was slow, with snow the entire way from Cody to Laramie. Levi waited up for me as always to get home, and we rolled into bed at 3 AM — but it was worth it, it was a GREAT weekend!

Til next time — I’m logging the miles and excited to see where the adventure takes us next!


Kati Hime


The Life & Times of WLM — The Killer Casper Wasp (Yes, it was a KILLER!!! Quit laughing!) :)

Well, Levi is going to kill me for posting this one…but that’s okay. I rather like our couch, it is comfy to sleep on…hence why he’ll come wake my sorry butt up at 2 AM when I’ve fallen asleep writing an article on that same couch…often times hands still on the keyboard… 🙂

Last weekend Levi & I were in Casper for another Job’s Daughters conference. We arrived a little early and made our way through our distribution points in Casper, dropping off loads of extra copies. (Sadly, this is about as close as we get to a vacation sans babies anymore.) 🙂

As we left Country Charm Gift Shoppe, we began to cross the street. What should come buzzing around my head, then his, and back ahead, but a wasp! One thing you should know about me — I do NOT like wasps. I don’t know why. They’ve never done anything to me — but they seem rather grumpy, and I tend to shy away from grumpy organisms, people, moose and wasps included. 🙂

So I did what my grandma always told me, and that was to stand still. Which I did — in the middle of the street. Levi apparently did not receive my grandma’s memo, as he proceeded to wave at the air in front of the wasp and told me to move OUT of the street, but that childhood lesson was firmly lodged in my brain. I was unable to move. Plus…it LANDED ON ME!!! I resisted the urge to scream and jump around, and then it moved — to Levi, then in my bag of magazines, then in Levi’s bag of magazines, to him, to me, and so on. We ended up going back to the sidewalk after a moment of “It’s on you!” “No, it’s on you!” We put down our bags, and watched it explore their contents before flying off…once we guessed it had left, we picked them up again and kept going…

Once we arrived safely on the other side of the street, wasp nowhere in sight, we breathed a big sigh of relief. THAT was when we looked up — and saw a man in the shop window laughing hysterically at us. And that was when we realized that we probably looked a little silly. (Just a LITTLE.) I really wanted to go in that shop and inform that laughing man of the size of this killer wasp… 🙂

Well, lessons for the day: #1 You’re never too old to be afraid of a wasp. #2 My grandma failed to tell me what I should do if a wasp lands on me in the middle of a downtown street. #3 My husband is truly my knight in shining armor, risking his safety by waving his arms in the air in front of the killer wasp… and #4 I am definitely now sleeping on the couch. 🙂

‘Til next time… I am maintaining that this wasp was GINORMOUS and had a stinger the size of an embroidery needle… 🙂

Kati Hime, Editor

The Life & Times of WLM

I have run into many people that want to know about the people behind our publication…for some reason that escapes me, people think that what we do is glamorous. Quite the contrary! We’re ordinary people living ordinary lives, save one thing — an extraordinary opportunity to promote the people, places, lives and times of our great state. I’ve also been one to share the crazy happenings of our family behind the scenes — and some have said that the crazy anecdotes that we experience would make a really interesting column. Well, here you go…the Life & Times of WLM. The craziness behind the scenes that makes us who we are. Not just ME, mind you — our crew, our helpers, our little oddities…we are an interesting bunch. 🙂

And to start off with, I’ll do what I do best — make fun of myself. Many of you may not know that for all the work you see on the front side, I am a Mountain Dew crava-holic, who says ‘so’ too often and chews my gum too loudly (per my husband). 🙂 What many of my friends know is that I am my worst critic….

Case in point yesterday. My hubby was enjoying the new PSP game I got him for his birthday, and I was playing Spider Solitaire on my laptop, attempting to unwind from the day so I could get to sleep. We were sharing the couch, me with my legs stretched up on him and he busy blingy-blingy-blinging away. And this was the conversation:

Me: “Hey guess what — someone told us the magazine is good today!”

Levi (with game clicking and little blingy-blingy sounds happening, eyes never looking up): “Awesome, Honey!”

Then it occurred to me. Why hadn’t I thought of this before?

Me: “Hmmm.”

Levi (blingy-blingy-blingy, eyes glued on game): “Hmmm what?”

Me: “They said ‘good.'”

Levi (blingy blingy blingy…): “Yeah. Good is good.”

Me: “Yeah, but…they didn’t say GREAT.”

Blingy blingy blingy stopped. Silence. I looked up. His left eyebrow was raised and he looked at me with that look that said ‘What did you just say?’

Levi: “Seriously.”

Me: “Yeah, seriously! Good is good, but…great is GREAT.”

Levi: “Ser-i-ously.”

Me: “Well…yeah! Why, what’s wrong with always striving to be better?”

Levi (face turning red and little puff of smoke coming out his ears…to his credit all he simply said was: “Woman, you are killing me.”

Back to blingy blingy blingy…

I thought about that then and again today when I was running…which is my time when my creative juices flow and I think about things in great detail. (Of course, perhaps it is because that is my time when I am childless and have a few minutes to think in peace.) When is GOOD good enough? When am I being too harsh of a critic of myself? As Levi always says, “You have to trust in the product. Trust in yourself.” That’s pretty hard to do sometimes. That’s something that I’m going to add to my to do list — FIND HAPPINESS IN THE GOOD, WHILE STRIVING FOR THE GREAT…

I hope that you all find happiness in your GOOD today while striving for your GREAT moment…and in the meantime, I’m going to work on that exact same thing…while attempting to shun the Mountain Dew habit and keep my gum popping to a minimum… 🙂

Kati Hime


Catching up!

My goodness, how time flies when you’re preparing an issue! Now that things are wrapping up, I can finally catch up on things like blogging — and laundry, yikes! 🙂

Summer is entering its last month, and August brings with it a feeling of ‘hurry up and get things done’. Hurry up and do school shopping, schedule the kids’ activities, go through the school clothes to see what doesn’t fit, but most of all, hurry up and enjoy all that Wyoming has to offer before the winter comes again. (Although I need to add that winter holds its own allure for me — I’m a ski bunny at heart.) 🙂

I battle with myself during August, because with the urge to hurry up comes the urge to SLOW DOWN and enjoy summer. It’s funny how both of these urges can describe summer enjoyment. Go, see, do, explore, photograph, log in the memory book; but also sit, breathe, sip and smile. Fortunately in Wyoming, we can do both — the same outdoors that offer endless opportunity for adventure also offer beautiful scenery in which to sit, relax and unwind.

So as a way to satisfy both cravings, I suggest going, doing and seeing — with a dose of relaxation. For example: GO hike the nearest mountain with your kids — and stop at every viewpoint to breathe, sit and take a picture. Point out the colorful wildflowers to your kids — guess at what their names are (who cares if you’re wrong?). Or fish the nearest lake — and I’d suggest that whether you catch something or not doesn’t matter. What’s important is that you are OUT, enjoying Wyoming. On the other end of the spectrum, go check out that neat museum or cultural center in your community or a neighboring one. Learn something new about your home state that you never knew — and once you have, promptly share it with someone. Education is one half learning, and one half sharing.

Once you’ve gone, done and seen, learned a little and experienced a little…don’t do anything. Fix yourself your refreshing beverage of choice and sit on your step, patio, deck or front yard. Breathe deep. Enjoy the fresh air — and the time that summer has left. Enjoy life — that is part of what summer is all about!

Until next time — I’m breathing deep! (And doing a mountain of laundry!) 🙂


Terrific Torrington

OK, I was searching for a superlative with a “t”… 🙂 We were in Torrington this past week for our annual Wyoming Job’s Daughters conference. What a time we had! Between catching up with folks from around the state, we enjoyed a very hospitable reception from the community!

The staff at Eastern Wyoming College (EWC) were very kind, and their custodial staff was top notch! They constantly asked if we needed assistance of any kind, and they even saved my reusable signs after we left a few behind by accident! I was very impressed also by their librarian — she allowed me to rearrange tables and clear off displays for our competitions on Thursday morning — and then she did the major share of setting it all back up again while I attempted to clean up (obviously, I failed some by the fact I left signs behind…) 🙂 The facility was excellent, and our 200+ attendees had a wonderful time. Bravo EWC!!!

My husband, Levi, and I went around town, visiting friends (like Carol over at Adorn, and Rob McIntosh at D&B Fine Furniture) and meeting new friends (like Ben and Bill over at Ben’s Diner, the owner of The Bucking Horse Steakhouse & Lounge, the wonderful staff at Western Mall and the owner of Brighter Side of Life gift shop). What nice people live in this town — friendly and ready with a smile!

So here are some of my personal recommendations for your next trip through Torrington…

Ben’s Diner — AMAZING burgers!!! I had the Aloha burger, with onions and grilled pineapple…my husband had the bacon burger, and we both agreed it was top notch. A definite stop!

Wine Time — Great selection and service!

The Bucking Horse Steak House & Lounge — We were there with a party, and enjoyed a great meal and drinks. The staff was very friendly and outgoing, and the view is to DIE FOR. Honestly — BEAUTIFUL view to match some great food! I definitely recommend this one!

Shopping: Adorn (a neat and colorful selection of clothes to fit many tastes); Western Mall (for cowgirl chic but also home decor, jewelry, and more!); D&B Fine Furniture for a great selection in home decor; The Brighter Side of Life gift shop (fun atmosphere and adorable gifts!).

Just a selection to start with — There are many more shops and restaurants to choose from, and you can find more selections at the Goshen County Chamber’s website:

Thanks Torrington for a great trip — we appreciate your hospitality!

Until next time — we’re exploring Wyoming!

Kati Hime, Editor


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To work, to work!

Thanks to KGWN TV 5 in Cheyenne for two fun interviews! We presented wedding trends for 2010 last week with Wyoming Weddings; this week, we presented WY Lifestyle Magazine! Both of these interviews were at 6 AM, and believe me, being up and out the door in time to be at the station has NOT been an easy task!

The one thing that I love about being up this early, though, is having the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful Wyoming Morning. Coming down the summit back to Laramie this morning, I was marveling at how green the valley looks — the rain we have received the last few weeks has really turned everything into a beautiful, spring green! Off-set by the blue of the Snowies, it’s a beautiful sight. I imagine it’s just as beautiful all over Wyoming…we are so fortunate!

The best thing, though, is returning home from another trip on the road with WLM to my family — walking in the door and hearing “Mama’s home!” just warms my heart. I’m so glad that this journey is not mine alone…

As we enter into our next ‘crazy season’, as we refer to it, I’m fortunate to have new crew members working alongside our team. Our growth is becoming remarkable, and I’m so glad to bring aboard new people to help make that happen. Ad and distribution reps are joining in many areas; if you are interested, please e-mail today! We also are receiving many requests for coverage and opportunities — and we’re working hard to fill them all!

Please keep checking back as our exciting developments are beginning to take shape — and remember, our subscriptions are available online! We are so excited for what’s in store…

Until Next Time — We’re Growing like a Weed!

Kati Hime, Editor



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Why We’re Here (And why we’re GROWING!)

It’s always worthwhile to reflect on WHY you do something. It’s so easy to know WHAT you’re doing, (even though the HOW sometimes takes figuring), but it’s the WHY that is so important. The WHY is what gets you out of bed in the morning, what keeps you cooking, and what make success taste that much sweeter.

Personally, I set upon this journey as something to make my family proud. I want my children to have pride in seeing what their parents can do — and I want to set a good example for women everywhere. Embarking on this journey as a family is difficult at times, but we always make it through together — I couldn’t take one step down this road without my husband and children not behind me, but BESIDE me!

It also helps to have wonderful friends — and I am making them everyday as more and more friends join our crew. I can’t thank the support we have enough for what they do everyday — from being a sounding block for ideas, to creating beautiful work, to giving me inspirational quotes to get me through those days when the mountain of work feels too heavy. THANK YOU, you know exactly who you are… 🙂

As a business, we set upon this journey for YOU, Wyoming! We wanted to cover not ONE area of life in Wyoming, but ALL areas — for ALL of you! Your interests and personalities are as diverse as our topography, and I for one feel immensely blessed to meet your faces on the road! We know that YOU feel our love for you, too, as the returns we have received thus far have been ten-fold.

As we prepare our THIRD issue, we’re growing by leaps and bounds — we have demonstrated our quality in our first issue, proved our ability to reproduce in our second, and are now spreading our wings to fly into our third issue — our best yet!

Our THREE exciting announcements so far — many more to come…

#1: Increase to 20,000 copies in our upcoming issue — to release in August!

#2: We’re hiring!!! (E-mail to apply!)

#3: We have our online subscription service available! Receive WLM directly in your mailbox for one year at a low rate!

STAY TUNED as the announcements continue — BELIEVE ME, you’ll be amazed! We’re here for YOU, the people of Wyoming — THANK YOU for being HERE for US!

‘Til Next Time — I’m Proud to be on this Journey…

Kati Hime, Editor


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Photo from Billings Gazette story posted on February6, 2010

That’s the only word I can think to describe the scenery I drove through yesterday, and that one word doesn’t hardly do it justice. I left at 5 AM on a journey to Ten Sleep for an interview that will be featured in our new issue of WLM, due out in August — something about having to get up early in the morning, I never sleep well the night before because I am afraid of sleeping through my alarm! So, sleep-deprived and blurry eyed, I began my journey. I was jerked awake though by the sight of so many animals on the drive to Casper! I lost count of how many antelope, deer, rabbits, birds, etc. I saw…it was really something!

I traveled through Casper, to Shoshoni, up to Thermopolis, to Worland, and then over to Ten Sleep. The drive from Thermopolis to Ten Sleep was absolutely incredible — the river was full, the mountains were multi-colored and dotted with greenery…it was simply jaw-dropping. The last time I was up in the area was three years ago, with a car full of girls on our way to a state Job’s Daughters function — they were singing loudly and it was approaching nighttime, and I obviously failed to notice the scenery around me! Yesterday was a different matter: I was able to truly appreciate what I saw around me. It was breathtaking!

After the interview, I enjoyed a shaved ice from Ten Sleep at Sno Shavers — make sure you do NOT say it’s a snow cone, because it’s not! I made the mistake of using that term and was given a demonstration on how the ice is actually shaved — it looks like a spider web of ice, it’s really good! Said hello to some folks and met some new friends — what a neat little town!

I spun through Worland, where I stopped in at the Washakie Museum. WOW!!! Be sure to check out this brand new attraction with your kids! It’s a class act!

I then traveled onto Thermopolis, although FIRST I stopped in Kirby to say hello to the nice folks, Steve & Donna Nally, over at Wyoming Whiskey. They run tours of the distillery and it’s a neat place — definitely worth the stop! Also check out the local restaurant, Butch’s Place, on the way into town — my husband says lunch there is also worth the stop! For Wyoming Whiskey, visit: Butch’s Place is on Facebook! Check them out:

I met the nice folks over at the visitors’ center in Thermopolis as well — what a beautiful town with some great tourist attractions! Be sure to check out their website!

I journeyed back through Shoshoni, where I need some more info on the Yellowstone Drug — are they now Shoshoni Malt? Is this the same place with a new name, or a different place? I’d love some info from WLM fans, please!

Traveled through Casper, where I stopped at my FAVORITE Cold Stone Creamery for some smiles from the girls working — they are an enthusiastic bunch! I tried the Key Lime Pie concoction, which I know has a catchy name that has escaped my brain at the moment…forgive me… At any rate, it was GOOD, and Cold Stone is ALWAYS on my list of favorites in Casper! They’re also on Facebook:!/pages/Casper-WY/Cold-Stone-Casper/120090941356284?ref=ts&ajaxpipe=1&__a=40

Then I made it home, where I nursed my aching head and sore back, but shared my travels with my husband…what a BEAUTIFUL day in Wyoming! Beautiful scenery, friendly people, new friends and fans, and TONS of wildlife…a 17 hour work day never was so much FUN!

‘Til Next Time — I’m loggin’ my miles!

Kati Hime, Editor