Monthly Archives: March 2011

If you watch a cowboy video, expect to see … a lot of cows!

I like to borrow educational videos from our local library for my kids to learn about people and things they may not get a chance to see in real life. So far, we’ve explored the underwater world, outer space, airplanes, construction equipment, garbage trucks… you get the picture. This week, it’s All About Cowboys!

All About Cowboys video DVD Part 2

All About Cowboys video DVD Part 2

Alright, so I can only blame myself for this one, but my kids really wanted to know more about cowboys. Of course, they’re not called COWboys for nothing so if you get to watch this 30-minute DVD, you’ll see hundreds of cattle heads in one sitting.

All About Cowboys video - cowboy and cows

All About Cowboys video - cowboy and cows

You get to learn a lot about cowboy life in this DVD, including ranching, lassoing, rodeo, horse handling and caring, etc. But yeah, let’s be honest, it’s mostly about cows… Way more about cows than I imagined.

All About Cowboys video - cow close-up

All About Cowboys video - cow close-up

As my kids were watching and saw the cattle climb onto a large trailer, I asked my oldest where he thought the cows were going. His guess was that they were going up in the mountains. I hinted that they were probably going to end up as burgers. I swear he looked at me as if I made the whole thing up. What can I say? We’re a beef-free house, so he’s got an excuse for thinking I’m a complete nutcase.

Now I saved you the best for last. I serve you… the piece de resistance:

All About Cowboys video - Cow with long horns

All About Cowboys video - Cow with long horns

This specific shot got a lot of aaahhhs and ooohhhs when it came up on the screen. Those long horns are quite impressive, I have to admit. Overall this is a really cool video to learn a lot about cowboys, but I’m all cowed out for the day!

So many dairy cows, from happy to wacky

Every time I browse the dairy aisle department, I run into more cows than I can handle for one day. Even when I think I’ve seen it all, new cows seem to pop up on the dairy shelves, taunting me with their smiles and long eyelashes.

Here are a few of the many cows I spotted today, sorted from the most normal to the weirdest one. At least that’s my opinion!

Our first cow is a pure representation of bovine happiness, daisy munching included.

Happy cow on the Brown Cow yogurt

Happy cow on the Brown Cow yogurt

I love Brown Cow yogurt and the claim on the tub that it’s “smooth & creamy” is 100% true. This has to be the BEST yogurt available on the market.

Our second cow is Greek. Well, what else do you make Greek yogurt with???

Brown Cow greek yogurt with bathing cow

Brown Cow greek yogurt with bathing cow

Brown Cow apparently now also makes Greek style yogurt. I haven’t tasted yet but I’ll need to do so as I have a strong appreciation for Greek yogurt. What I find disturbing about this brown cow is that it looks like it’s taking a bath in the yogurt tub (and obviously enjoying it). Do I really want to taste that?

Our third cow is organic and obviously getting a little cold in the frozen department. How cold it is? My guess is pretty cold – it’s wearing ear muffs! Maybe someone should tell the Stonyfield people that you don’t make ice cream by milking a cow in a deep freezer…

Stonyfield organic ice cream with frozen cow

Stonyfield organic ice cream with frozen cow

Our last cow is… well, I’m not sure what to think of it. I find the slogan for this Broguiere organic milk quite puzzling.

Broguiere milk bottle ith happy cow and wacky slogan

Broguiere milk bottle ith happy cow and wacky slogan

Hmm, “Milk so fresh… the cow doesn’t know it’s missing”. Did a drunk farmer come up with this one on a lonely night? Does this milk really move at the speed of light? I’m sorry but anyone who’s seen a milk pump sucking on cow utters can imagine the damn cow notices anytime its milk is coming out! I suggest the Broguiere family to sober up and come up with a little less wacky slogan. Keep the cow though, it’s very, very cute, and very happy.

Is it a cow? Is it a moose? A case of moosetaken identity

Those of you who are familiar with children’s literature have probably guessed from this post’s title that today’s cow is right out of Bernard Wiseman’s famous book Morris the Moose.

Morris the Moose by Bernard Wiseman

Morris the Moose by Bernard Wiseman

Poor Morris walks around his neighborhood thinking every other animal he runs into must be a moose because they share some similar attributes with him. This is a great lesson of logic for little growing minds and a real fun book to read out loud.

Morris the Moose’s first victim happens to be… a cow! This poor cow gets more confused and frustrated with every line of dialog.

Morris the moose meets a cow

Morris the moose meets a cow

Well, Morris seems to have a point. Or rather four legs, a tail and things on his head, just like this cow…

Morris the moose thinks the cow is a moose

Morris the moose thinks the cow is a moose

If this cow doesn’t think it looks like a moose, maybe they sound the same? Hmm, now that’s a stretch, Morris!

Morris the moose - are you a cow if you can say moo?

Morris the moose - are you a cow if you can say moo?

The poor cow resolves to use genetics to prove her point, but Morris just won’t give up.

Morris the moose shares a mom with the cow?

Morris the moose shares a mom with the cow?

If you think that’s a lot of cows for one book, you may be surprised to hear that this cow appears in several more pages, along with a deer and a horse. Morris comes to his senses by the end and I get to overfill my quota of cow sightings for the day. Thanks, Morris!

More Chick-fil-A cows, please!

As I was reading my incoming e-mail messages this morning, I spotted one from my best friend titled “Cat Posters”. Yes, cats, not cows. Each picture was cuter and funnier than the previous one, and all came from the very funny website I Can Has Cheezburger? Stop by if you need a good laugh and you like cats (or almost anything funny since they have a whole bunch of hilarious sites).

Of course, the law of cow probability (one day, I’ll write up this one officially) says you can’t view dozens of cat posters without expecting to see at least one cow, so here it is, in the bottom right corner. A mountain dairy cow scratching the top of her back…

Cat poster with mountain dairy cow in the background

Cat poster with mountain dairy cow in the background



Still browsing through my messages, I spotted one from my husband. It was the type of messages he sends through his cell phone, with no subject line. Thanks for thinking of me, baby, this was definitely not something I was expecting to see…

Chick-fil-A billboard with hanging cows

Chick-fil-A billboard with hanging cows

He apparently ran into this Chick-fil-A billboard while driving in San Diego and managed to take a quick photo at slow moving speed. All I can say is that I’m glad he’s the one who spotted this billboard. Had I been the one suddenly exposed to such lifesize cows hanging for dear life at the top of the billboard, I may have driven off the road!

This is Chick-fil-A’s second appearance on this blog so far (read Chick-fil-A’s first appearance if you missed it), and I have a feeling it may not be the last. After all, who can embrace cows more than a chicken dish selling company? Wait, maybe we shouldn’t think this one through…

Cows help sell anything, from milk to cars

Since the rain we’ve been exposed to for the past several days decided to stop today, we took the kids for a quick visit to SeaWorld San Diego this morning. Last time we went there, I ran into the lifesize talking cow at the Mango Joe’s Cafe. That was an interesting and memorable experience in itself.

Today we organized our visit around a multitude of closed exhibits and pathways. It seems the SeaWorld people have decided to remodel half of the park before the summer season. One show I really wanted to take my youngest to is Pets Rule. It took his brother during our last visit and we both enjoyed it, so we decided the rest of our family should see it too.

Pets Rule is by far the BEST show at SeaWorld San Diego. From the fact that all the animals taking part in the show were rescued from shelters across the country, to the hilarious screenplay and gigs, Pets Rule will light up 20 minutes of anyone’s day. My youngest was apprehensive when he realized he’d have to sit on bleachers but quickly changed his mind as soon as the show started.

The Pets Rule stage is full of props larger than life. One of them happens to be a milk bottle with, you guessed it, the face of a happy cow on it.

SeaWorld San Diego - Pets Rule milk bottle with happy cow

SeaWorld San Diego - Pets Rule milk bottle with happy cow

If you’ve never seen the show, I won’t tell you what happens to the tabby kitties who jump into the bottle to drink some milk, but you’re in for a good laugh.

As we left SeaWorld and trekked through the parking lot back to our car, I found this sticker on the back of a car.

Earnhardt car dealer - no bull

Earnhardt car dealer - no bull

My husband said he’s seen it on other cars, so it must be some popular dealer, all the way from Arizona. I have to say I love the bull photo on the history page of the Earnhardt dealer website. Forget about “no bull”, that’s plenty of bull on that page!