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    rider of crazy bay mares
  • Birthday 01/01/1992

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  1. So, years ago, I used to hang out at the KOBB...but then that board died...and then I realized I'm not a kid here I am... Cause I'm OFFICIALLY BACK INTO HORSES! I'm so excited, you guys! I found a place half a mile down the road to board him, and I found my DREAMhorse. Granted, he's a bit of a project. For starters, most of what they told me wasn't true, and he was a bit neglected: His hooves were desperate for a trim. His teeth were crazy sharp. His fecal came back as a "heavy load" of parasites. His had the second-largest bean the vet had ever cleaned out of a sheath. 3/4 of those have been solved now, and he's pending his second dose of dewormer (as prescribed by the vet) to fix the worms. He's going to be a whole new man!!! I'm just glad that he's in a home where he'll be loved and cared for now, and I can't wait for all the adventures we'll have. Next week is my first year of classes in my fourth year at the local university, and I'm so excited to finally be joining the equestrian club. Plus, I live about a mile from a popular local riding trail, the fairgrounds where all the shows are held, AND my best friend who also has horses and has a horse trailer that she's willing to haul me in. It's the perfect location! Alright, it's time for me to stop rambling and give you guys what you actually want - pictures. First, his stats - Name: Major Age: 16 years old Height: 17hh Breed: Belgian Personality: TEDDY BEAR Meet Major!
  2. I Splatted Off Of Dixie Today

    I second that! Granted, I tend to have a horrible memory in general, but all those details in such a fast-paced Yeah, tell me about it... I've only come off a couple times, but the one I remember best was at a show. I was in high school and it was a 4-H gaming show. I was the first person to go in the first game; I think it was some version of poles - not regular pole bending; probably a figure 8 race. I was headed to the finish line when my stubborn mare got tired of me asking her to go faster, and she crow hopped/bucked a bit. It wasn't anything huge, but it was enough to throw me off balance, and her already-rough canter following the kick caused me to tip forward and tumble over her shoulder, in full-on cartwheel mode. I'm pretty sure I wasn't even sore - except for maybe my ego. Luckily the announcer was a good sport and thanked me for starting off the show on an exciting note, and the local 4H group was fun and not as awful about it as they totally could have been, lol!
  3. Christmas Decorations - When Is The Right Time?

    When I was a kid and was taking piano lessons, my instructor would give me Christmas songs to start practicing mid- to late-November. Unfortunately, I was not allowed to practice them at home yet, because my mother flat-out refused to tolerate anything Christmas-related until December. I grew up with that "value" instilled into my mind. But then, once December broke, I really enjoyed all the traditions and activities and festivities that came along with the holidays. Now, although I always feel wrong about it as I was taught to shun the holidays until the month that they occur in, I have trouble abiding by that "rule." And I'm learning to be OK with that! I understand other peoples' point of view - not wanting to get tired of these things before they even happen. That's fair. To each their own. Whatever. But I really REALLY love Christmas. I love the exciting wait for snow in early winter, and the hope for a white Christmas. I love the action-packed bustle of the stores during december, and all the silly products I can laugh at that aren't on display the rest of the year (how many different kitchen appliances can they possibly think of? dont' they know that there are already tools in most kitchens for making mini pies, cupcakes, pancakes, tacos, etc etc I love hunting out the perfect present for everyone on my list. I love seeing all the beautiful, festive decorations on people's doors. I love getting into the spirit and listening to cheery christmas music and eating scrumptious holiday treats and snuggling up during the cold weather surrounded by cozy holiday decorations. I especially love the childlike side of Christmas - the countdown to Christmas Eve; the excitement of the night before, scurrying to bed after a special meal and late-night service; and, best of all, the Morning Of: the anxious wait for my parents to start the coffee, turn on the christmas music, and illuminate the christmas tree before we were allowed to go out to the living room and see our "santa presents" under the christmas tree. I know that part was the somewhat greedy child in me getting excited for "stuff," but now, to me, it's about the traditions. It's about that excitement and the magic that is Christmas, and I don't think I should have to wait until December 1st to enjoy those feelings of festivity and excitement. I am not ashamed at all that I watched an entire Hallmark Christmas movie today, excited to see that that channel has officially started playing them all day long. I won't hesitate to play the odd christmas song as the mood strikes, although I won't go full-tilt until closer to the holiday because I, too, can overplay a song. I love Christmas. That is all. haha
  4. The Bionic Oscar Mayer Weiner Thread

    OH. also, I'm excited/torn. A friend of mine has just been named Editor in Chief of a lifestyle website and she is looking for an editor to work for her. I came about this knowledge during an interview with her about my attempt at building an English major with Editing specialization, instead of writing or literature specialization, at my university. So obviously I'm interested - I LOVE editing. It could be perfect. It would look great on my resume and I would even be able to use it as credits towards my major. of the biggest exciting parts about this new job I'm getting at the real estate brokerage is that I'll be able to have ONE JOB. only ONE. for the first time in about a year. I was really looking forward to that. And I don't want to get over-excited about this editing opportunity and throw that away and regret it later. As I just mentioned in my previous post, I'm really looking forward to a newfound simplicity and calmness. But, on the other hand, theoretically this would be something I'd really enjoy, and I don't know how much time I would be expected to commit to it either so it's possible that it's a very miniscule time commitment. Also, like I said, I could use it as credits toward school so I can look at it as doing that work instead of regular homework...theoretically I'd be doing some sort of work in its place anyways if I got those credits from some other class. I don't know. I really have to get more information from her first - and it's not like I've been offered the job; she simply said she'd send me the application. I'll investigate it and see if it feels right. I checked out the website and it seems pretty cool. We will see, I guess.
  5. The Bionic Oscar Mayer Weiner Thread

    Good grief. Long weekend. All of last week I've been trying to take advantage of my current jobs slowing down to get my life a little caught up. Still managed to stay pretty crazy busy in the meantime. Over the weekend, while sleep deprived and still super slammed, there was a death in Jeremiah's family so now we've been dealing with that. Discovered I was scheduled for more shifts than I thought at the hotel, so tonight is my last shift instead of Sunday. Tomorrow is the last day at the old office and I still haven't gotten around to even starting to clean out my mess of a desk. Plus I have like twenty other things on my to-do list - not counting sleep, since I'm at work til 8am. I'm hoping the beginning of the new job will mark a fresh, organized, non-hectic start. Hopefully. I was disappointed at first that I work Tuesday through Saturday, since it will make it hard to make plans for the weekend, but I am looking forward to having a weekday off because I feel like I'll be way more productive on a weekday than on a weekend when Jeremiah is home to do nothing with. (although, on the other hand, it's possible that I'll just end up using the lack of supervision and accountability to laze around all day. we will see.)
  6. The Bionic Oscar Mayer Weiner Thread

    Yes. Salary near the top of the range that I said would make me comfortable (although i didn't take into account that the taxes are higher than I thought since I"ll still be an independent contractor...stupid taxes), decent work schedule and they'll be working on finding a weekend worker so hopefully soon a GREAT work schedule, bonus check every time the company closes a transaction, etc...and there's room for advancement, too, cause the office is kind of evolving a lot as far as what they do and who they have to do it and size and stuff, so I can grow with it and develop my responsibilities over time. and I'll only have to work ONE JOB. AND that one job will pay all my bills!!! you have NO IDEA how nice that sounds. It's been a long several months. I'm super excited. But I'm currently sitting in my office anxiously cause I'm waiting for my boss to have a moment of free time so I can tell him I'm leaving the office. I'm not excited for that. I really like it here.
  7. The Bionic Oscar Mayer Weiner Thread

    The last two weeks of an awful job are simultaneously the best and the worst. SO unmotivated. SO ready to be done. But SO happy the end is in sight.
  8. The Bionic Oscar Mayer Weiner Thread

    Congrats to you!! I totally know what you're going for and even though it's been a long couple of weeks for me I'm glad I've been having such a tough time with my other jobs, cause it made it SO easy to make this decision. I know I'm doing the right thing and I can't wait to put in my notice at the side jobs. It will feel so good to work just ONE job for once...and get paid to do it, too...gah! Good luck with your new gig :) Hopefully for both of us they both turn out to be everything we hope! (I always have a glimmer of fear when I start a new job that it will turn out awful. Possibly because I've been burned so many times before with jobs I thought I'd love. Meh. I'm pretty confident about this one, though.)
  9. The Bionic Oscar Mayer Weiner Thread

    Oh, but I forgot the one major downside... Now I have to "break up" with my office (so to speak). I love them, though! Especially our admin...she's amazing. And I really don't want to do this. And I hope we still stay in touch. Cause this is going to make me really sad. And my boss is really cool too. And also scares me a I'm afraid he's gonna try to talk me out of it or not like me because of it or something like that. Bleh.
  10. The Bionic Oscar Mayer Weiner Thread

    I'm SO EXCITED you guys! I just got the call that I'm being offered the job I want/need. I don't remember if I've mentioned this here, before, but to summarize... Real Estate is really hard to do when you have ZERO marketing budget and are working two other jobs (that you hate) to pay the bills (even though they don't cover all the bills). I just today closed my first transaction (YAY!) so I get a paycheck finally, but it's not even going to be enough to completely catch me up and dig me out of the hole I've been slowly sinking into (I've worked on several transactions that flipped - it's not like this is my first transaction, just the first I get to get paid for. Real estate is tough like that). So I'm unbelievably stressed over money and work, unable to succeed the way I want to and could if I was able to devote the time and budget to my career that it really deserves, and just generally burning the candle at both ends and burning myself out mentally and physically. Last month a friend of mine (we met at one of my part time jobs and bonded over the fact that we both work in real estate) called me and said she had an exciting opportunity to tell me about. Her office, a brokerage in the next town over (a small town in the mountains with a lot of vacation homes/second homes/resort-y areas), is hiring. They were looking for a transaction and listing manager because they are just too busy for their current team (the owner/broker, her business partner, and my friend the marketing manager/assistant) to handle. Aside from the fact that I wouldn't actually be an agent anymore, it's a little bit of a different deal because this brokerage has a land developer and they have specific sets of property that they sell and then build upscale houses on for the clients. They occasionally take out-of-office listings (this is a newer division of the company that is developing and part of the reason they need more help) but only over $400k. So like...they do high-dollar transactions, obviously. This is an opportunity for me to have a job in my industry but earn a full-time salary and benefits - plus I'd be getting a (albeit small) cut of each commission every time the company closed a transaction. So like...I could pay my bills. I could get my cavities filled and go to the eye doctor cause I think I need glasses. I could live comfortably. And have ONLY ONE JOB for the first time in a year. A job that sounds like something I'd enjoy the HECK out of. Which would be the first time that's happened in my entire life. (I love being a real estate agent, but not when it's slowly eating away at my soul.) So I interviewed with the broker and interviewed again with her business partner and I've been waiting impatiently for almost two weeks and I just got the call that THEY'RE OFFERING ME THE JOB. I totally embarrassed myself by being like "YES! I accept!" and then she was like "well we should go over the terms..." and I was like...oh yeah... but oh well...although I don't know the exact salary I know it would be within the range I gave them that would allow me to pay all my bills and have a little left over (not including the commission bonuses), and I know that it will include weekend work but I don't know how much and it won't be every day of every weekend. So tomorrow I'm going to meet with her and we'll go over the conditions and then I will accept again (lol) and life will be SO MUCH GOOD. This also means I can start car shopping - I was waiting til I found out about the job to do that, because I don't think I'll be driving clients around in this job so a 4-door isn't as important AND if I"m commuting 50 miles round trip into the mountains each day the top priority becomes gas mileage and possibly 4WD (or borrow J's jeep during winter weather). And this means I can stop hating my life so much. And it means I can PUT IN MY 2 WEEKS NOTICE AT THESE STUPID STUPID SIDE JOBS. omg. You guys don't even know how good that sounds. Ramble over. I'm just so thrilled. gah.
  11. The "circle Of Trust" Pt. Ii

    I definitely love the idea of a fall wedding. With the chilly (but not downright COLD) weather and seasonal foods and such, it introduces such great opportunities for a cozy, intimate event, which really says "love" to me. I vote a big huge YES to a fall wedding and i agree that indoors is a good idea - or at least a venue that has both indoor and outdoor spaces. and if it were my wedding and it was fall time...cider and roasted marshmallows would be an absolute MUST! ;)
  12. The "circle Of Trust" Pt. Ii

    This is interesting. Tonight I experienced an interesting role change. Usually I'm the one sitting at home waiting for Jeremiah to get home, or just missing him. Well, today a friend of mine who I don't get to see very often wanted to go to a networking meeting and then go out to watch the end of the football game at a bar after the event. I had, way earlier this morning, told J we should watch a movie tonight because I'm working the night shift and he's going to leave for a long weekend trip before I get home from work, so I wanted one last hangout time. Well, this friend and I are out and having a great time, and she wanted to try out the karaoke place she'd never been to, and I obliged...the whole time I had J in the back of my mind and I budgeted time but by the time I got home it was a little later than would be best for a movie, and I was super tired too, and just in general I didn't quite come through on the hanging-out-tonight thing. It was kind of eye-opening to be on the other side of this phenomenon than usual. Aside from feeling bad for not pulling through on our plans, I felt actually a little bit better about when he does this now that I've been on the other side of things. Although I obviously don't think he stays out late or misses plans intentionally or maliciously, I now see how easy it is to get home late when you're just trying to balance your time between being out and being home. The whole time I was out, I was thinking about when I should say I have to go and I was missing him and feeling bad but not wanting to ruin the night or ditch my friend. And I don't expect J to be constantly obsessing over me/getting home to me, I realize now that it's not just one extreme or the other - you can be away from home without it being because you don't care about who is at home.
  13. The "circle Of Trust" Pt. Ii

    Oh jeez haha that's funny. Well it looks like it turned out well. :) So happy for you guys!
  14. The "circle Of Trust" Pt. Ii

    CONGRATS!!!!!!! I was so excited when I saw this on facebook. I can't believe it suddenly happened after the recent discussions on here...or...maybe he's been snooping around here without you knowing? lol jk. anyways though...that's AWESOME! and the ring is gorgeous too!!
  15. The Bionic Oscar Mayer Weiner Thread

    Definitely - this whole time, I've been saying that if he decides to do this he needs to get something in writing stating exactly what he'll be getting. Not cause I necessarily don't trust them, especially cause even if Joe is a dork his dad is trustworthy - but in a company this small, things can fall through the cracks and you can't have that happen with something like this.