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Month: November 2015

Filling My Blogging Bucket

Filling My Blogging Bucket

My dad has this thing he likes to say about buckets. To him, life is a bucket and if you have a lot going on that makes you personally happy and fulfilled, your bucket is full. Sometimes we’ll be talking about someone who seems a bit lost or preoccupied with irrelevant drama. He’ll say, “Her bucket isn’t full,” as an explanation for the behavior. I started this blog in 2010 when I first moved to Austin. In the early days,…

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Elizabeth Stockard

Elizabeth Stockard

My grandmother passed away on Monday afternoon. She was 90… or nearly 90… The age of death leaves the biggest impression when it is unreasonably young or exceptionally old. She was neither, but had a good run. A week and a half ago she had a massive stroke. At the time, they planned to move her to hospice and told my mother that she would never be responsive again. Of course my grandmother was an incredibly determined person, and decided to run away…

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Product Review & Giveaway – Noble Outfitter’s Quilted Jacket & Belt

Product Review & Giveaway – Noble Outfitter’s Quilted Jacket & Belt

I’ve always been a big fan of Noble Outfitters. It all started with some really great socks, and I’ve watched them expand their product lineup over the years. The representatives have always been super nice to me and pleasant to work with, and I believe they make quality product for riders. Because of all of this, I was pretty pumped when they asked me to review some products from their new fall lineup. I picked the Warmup Quilted Jacket and…

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Fa la la la drinking

Fa la la la drinking

I recently finished the most relate-able book to my situation, The Mediocre Widow. There are lots of gems from this book that I could tell you about, but the topic I’m thinking about today is milestones. In her novel, Tidd talks about how widows will dread a milestone and be depressed about it far in advance. Often they aren’t even aware that they’re doing it, but many times when the day comes it’s not nearly as bad as all the time…

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Parrish’s Pearls of Wisdom

Parrish’s Pearls of Wisdom

If you surrendered to the air, you could ride it. – Toni Morrison I’ve always been a sentimental schmuck, which can also be categorized as a mild hoarder. When I was a little kid, there was always at least one shoebox full of special items stored away under my bed. A vending machine ring from an elementary school crush. A worn piece of wide ruled paper folded up into a fortune teller. A plastic whale I was too old to…

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Unconventional Ribbon Colors

Unconventional Ribbon Colors

Once upon a time, the show series I showed at the most was a huge fan of nontraditional ribbon colors. Every 1-8 had a rainbow stripe down the middle and I have some rather interesting champion ribbons from various divisions. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a satin addict regardless of color so if a ribbon is big with a pretty medal medallion – I’m thrilled… even if it is orange, brown and dark red (true story). However, when it comes between…

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Five Months

Five Months

I am learning to live with the longing. Hours after Tim died, I sat on my back porch with a friend and the two county appointed crisis counselors. My friend rubbed my back and sat there, silently present until she needed to answer a question or wrangle my cell phone away from me. The crisis counselor sat in the chair across from me, leaning forward on her elbows with her hands clasped. I remember her voice was patient, and her…

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Fancy Saddle Shopping – County

Fancy Saddle Shopping – County

Last Friday evening I had a rep from County Saddlery come out to fit myself and Simon for a new saddle. The previous company I had out was CWD, and I don’t think you can get two saddles that are more polar opposites than County & CWD. My high level overview of comparing the two sales pitches would be: CWD – It’s technology! It’s French! It’s super kewl! Did I mention it’s French? County – This is a saddle. It is made…

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TSSA Year End Show

TSSA Year End Show

As I mentioned in my Simon haiku updates, I decided to take Simon to a last minute one day schooling show at our local show facility. Normally in November we trek up to Waco for the big year end show with our local show circuit, but this year that seemed like a huge expense to undertake when I didn’t feel prepared. Also if I’m being honest, I haven’t felt very much into the jumpers lately. I think it’s due to…

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Like a Squirrel With a Nut – Financial Apps to Help the Non-Financially Inclined

Like a Squirrel With a Nut – Financial Apps to Help the Non-Financially Inclined

I’ve talked about budgeting and money on this blog on several occasions, mostly exclaiming how I’m bad at it. While I’m good at saying, “Hey Lauren… maybe you don’t need three bridles…” I lack the overall budgeting discipline that many of my friends seem to be born with. Before 2014, I’m pretty sure my checking account only existed so I could check out how much shit I could afford to buy. My credit cards existed in a constant state of…

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Simon Updates in Haikus

Simon Updates in Haikus

Zen and the Art of Baby Horse Management had the fabulous idea of writing horse haikus. I’m a big fan of this plan, because I am lazy and am good at 5/7/5. Last year I even wrote my show reviews in haiku form, so am going jump on the bandwagon she started by updating you on Simon’s life in haiku form. After his layoff, Suspensory is spiffy. Okay, back to work. El Nino say wha? Oh, that just means lots of…

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Power Blazer

Power Blazer

I have a new secret weapon. Weeks ago, I had a moment where I wasn’t having as much of a personal financial crisis. All summer I’ve desperately needed a new pair of jeans, so once I could breathe a bit easier I trotted off to Nordstrom Rack to see if I could find any pants. Sidenote – why is pant shopping the worst? I can buy breeches much easier than I can buy regular people pants. My breeches are also much…

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