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Year: 2015

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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The Thing With the Ring

The Thing With the Ring

Ever since I decided to stop wearing my wedding rings, I’ve been wondering what to do with them. It seems like an easy enough problem, but I’m having a hard time figuring out what to do. Part of this has to do with paperwork. After Tim gave me my engagement ring, it took him less than 24 hours to ask me if I wanted to know how much he spent on it. “NO! Why would I want to know that?”…

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Equestrian Confessions – Body Clipping

Equestrian Confessions – Body Clipping

I know it’s the time of the year to complain about body clipping and horse hair everywhere and how much of a colossal pain in the ass it is, but I have a confession. I like body clipping. Now that confession comes with some clarifications. I like body clipping my horse. I like body clipping my horse when he’s not over the experience and refuses to stand still for legs & face.  But even with those two caveats, this is not a…

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Hi, It’s Me

Hi, It’s Me

A big side effect of my grief has been compulsively wanting to reach out to people of my past that I’ve lost touch with. After all, there’s no better way to realize the frailty of life than staring at your 37 year old dead husband. It’s kind of like watching The Dead Poets Society on repeat for 100 years and condensing all of that into a 5 minute span. Carpe diem, folks. Carpe diem. Of course, a normal person might take…

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Fancy Saddle Shopping – CWD

Fancy Saddle Shopping – CWD

As I mentioned last week, I’m in the market for a new saddle. One of my friends told me that she was going to live vicariously through my saddle shopping, which made me figure that it would be a decent process to blog about. Plus, I can’t write depressing broody content everyday… right? The first company I had come out to fit me and Simon was CWD. People seem to either love or hate the company, but I’m a big…

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Discoveries While Living Alone

Discoveries While Living Alone

I’ve said earlier that I love living alone, and that’s still true. Despite being happy living in my own dwelling with nothing but sometimes barfy dogs to keep me company, after several months of single apartment life I’ve discovered a few things. My relationship with cleaning has changed. Previously, I’ve been the kind of person who has a pretty high standard of living in fifth. Days and days would go by with the same dishes in the sink, and I’d…

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Blogging vs Journalism

Blogging vs Journalism

I don’t think anything has changed the face of journalism more than social media. Gone are the days where your only option for hearing what’s going on with the world were the nightly news or maybe National Public Radio if you were more “in the know.” Now with Facebook and smart phones, the options for obtaining information have blown wide open. Think of how many times you’ve seen a news story that wouldn’t have even existed without a video clip from…

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Dependably Crazy

Dependably Crazy

I survived October! I’ve never been so happy to meet November before, with a lot of tough dates , memories and feelings behind me for a while. This month was tougher than most, but one of the things that has surprised me throughout this grieving process is the extreme up and down of it all. I’ve jokingly diagnosed myself with grief induced bipolar disorder. That’s not to make light of a serious mental disorder, but more of the best way to…

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Dogosaurus

Dogosaurus

Sometimes you’re in a bit of a mood funk because it’s been a hard month, so you buy your dog a dinosaur costume. Then you get yourself a matching t-shirt so you can dress up together. Then you drag your friends to a dog party where there are dogs everywhere in costume. They had doggie ice cream, treats and a photo booth. Pascale is definitely my fur child, because she helped herself to two servings of ice cream. There was also this…

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An Italian Problem

An Italian Problem

Guys, I don’t like my saddle. Though it fits Simon relatively well, I’ve never taken to my Prestige Roma Jump saddle. On the aesthetic side, I am not a huge fan of the leather. Even after having it for a year and a half, the leather still is just okay at best. Granted, I’m not the world’s best cleaner/oiler but this thing remains slick and stiff. It doesn’t like to soak conditioner in despite my best efforts and it scratches super…

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Why Horses?

Why Horses?

Last week, SprinklerBandit explained how she transitioned to an animal loving kid to a horse loving kid. When I read her post, I thought it would make a decent blog of my own until I realized something specific. I’ve never known a time in my life when I wasn’t in love with horses. This is not because I’m from an agricultural family, far from it. My dad is more likely to invest in a farm and turn it into a housing development…

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The Adventures That Unfold

The Adventures That Unfold

Last weekend, I traveled to Southern California for my best friend’s wedding. It was both my first wedding without Tim, and the most I’ve danced in my entire life. I’d be lying if I said I was quivering with excitement for this event. Logistically, I’ve been running around like a crazy person all month. The day I got back from North Carolina I had my estate court date, and two days after that I got up at 3:45am central to…

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