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Month: June 2015

The Poop To Do List

The Poop To Do List

My new word is poop. Everything is poop. I have settled on poop because it’s more socially acceptable than me dropping the f bomb every other sentence. Plus, I’ve never written a blog title with overt obscenities in the title so I’m trying to hold on to that little shred of dignity. On top of all the grief, having your husband die is a giant pain in the ass. When you have lived with someone for over seven years, life…

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Don’t Know How to Say Thank You

Don’t Know How to Say Thank You

I’ve been sleeping a lot better lately, but I’m overwhelmingly tired all the time. I start this post off with that fact mostly because I’m pretty sure the rest of it is going to be incoherent babbling. I haven’t had much motivation to do anything the past few days. Having people around means that it’s pretty obvious if you don’t get out of bed until never or if when you do get out of bed the only thing you manage…

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The Fraught Straining To Be Good

The Fraught Straining To Be Good

The morning of the memorial I didn’t want to get out of bed. People flew in from around the country to remember my husband and support me, but I didn’t want to face it. I had previously picked out a funeral home based off of online reviews and the kind face of a white haired man who had been in the business for 60 something years. He was gentle, and he didn’t try to upsell me anything. I knew he would…

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Grieving Through Friend Face

Grieving Through Friend Face

Social media is a funny thing in situations like these. For the first few days after Tim’s passing, it was pretty much radio silence through my typical social media channels. There were a lot of calls to make, and I didn’t want anyone in the inner circle to find out through a Facebook post. I’m sure I missed some people, but I tried to keep the news as personal as possible. By day two of telling people, “personal” ended up…

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Coping and Existing and All That Jazz

Coping and Existing and All That Jazz

I write this blog for a lot of reasons, admittedly some of them selfish, but I knew posting about Tim’s death would be something I needed to do for myself. I did not expect the sheer amount of condolences, support and love I received from it yesterday. My phone, e-mail and Facebook blew up for hours and hours and hours. I cried a lot over all your comments and well wishes, because part of me is mourning the fact that…

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The Heart Hurts

The Heart Hurts

I’ve used the term heart broken before many times. I’ve probably used it on this blog, but I never knew why this phrase entered into the English language until now. There is a physical, dull ache in my heart. It feels like a hole that will never be full again. It feels like I’m being ripped apart at times, and numb to everything at others. It feels that way because my husband is dead. About two weeks ago, I enjoyed…

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OTTB Spotlight – Skye

OTTB Spotlight – Skye

Today I’m happy to bring you a super cute, versatile OTTB… Skye! Skye is owned by Courtney, an awesome blog reader. 🙂 Let’s learn more about him! What is his registered name? Elsberry (Barn name Skye, showed as “Skye’s the Limit”). He got the name Skye because when we trailered him home from the sale barn there was a gorgeous sunset sky for most of the ride home. Lineage? Sire: That’s a Nice, Dam: Hugit Tuff (nothing famous) Did your OTTB…

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Product Review – SMTT Sun Shirt Showdown

Product Review – SMTT Sun Shirt Showdown

Even though the skies are stormy here this week (thanks tropical storm Bill!), I’m still a big fan of sun shirts. Being blonde with green eyes, I basically am Norweigan and don’t tan well. Plus I’m a bit of a hunter/jumper princess and I like trends 🙂 When Britt of Our House on a Hill wrote a fabulous sun shirt review showcasing 3 different types, I knew I wanted to jump on the band wagon and write about the three brands…

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Simon’s Showing Progression

Simon’s Showing Progression

Sometimes when you’re in the middle of a tough journey with your horse, it’s hard to see the big picture. Even though I don’t feel stuck at all right now with Simon (rather, I feel pretty flippin’ fantastic but that makes for boring content) I still thought it might be a good time to step back and look through the archives. Below I’ve chosen one photo from every show since I got him. They start in October 2012 and go…

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Mauldins vs Scorpions

Mauldins vs Scorpions

This post is part a new paranoia that has entered my life, and part recap of a hill country getaway weekend with the husband. First up, hill country. If you drive about an hour and a half southwest of Austin, the liberal bubble of hipsters and hippies that I call home suddenly transforms into something a lot more Texas. Sure, the foliage and landscape changes pretty dramatically into less soil and more rocks but it’s more than just topography. There are…

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There Must Be a Pony!

There Must Be a Pony!

I’m really lucky to have some super awesome people in my life. They’ve been there to pick me up in dark times in countless ways, and I’m really fortunate. I wanted to share one of those pick me ups, because it’s probably the best and most appropriate piece of mail I’ve ever gotten. See, my best friend is one of the rare people left that’s a patron of snail mail. She loves post cards and stationary, and sent me this…

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Judge My Ride

Judge My Ride

Inspired by Hello My Olivia, I decided to post a picture of Simon and I from our last show on Judge My Ride. I won’t lie, I was pretty impressed with my lower leg in some of the pictures from this show… so I was curious what kind of feedback I might get. Below is the picture and comment I posted (typo and all). Pictured is my 9y/o 16.2hh OTTB and I in an Intro Jumper class at our local…

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