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Month: April 2016

The Taste of Ink

The Taste of Ink

Tim was not one for symbolic tattoos, even though he had lots of them. When I met him, I was pro tattoo but hadn’t actually taken the leap. Neither had many of my friends. In fact, my only real experience with tattooing was going with my best guy friend in high school to get his back done. He almost passed out, and I had to go to the grocery store next door to buy him a Sierra Mist to get…

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Product Review – Horze Crescendo Orion Combi Wraps

Product Review – Horze Crescendo Orion Combi Wraps

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a product review, but with things returning to more normalcy around here I would expect to see more of them in the future. Today I’m back with a new product from Horze. While I will be the first to admit that I’m not a huge polo wrap fan, I thought the design of the Horze Crescendo Orion Combi wraps might change my mind. It’s not that I hate polo wraps, but I’m…

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Fuel the Fire

Fuel the Fire

We’ve been having massive rain in Austin lately, so my lesson on Sunday was my first one since the disappointing horse show. I’d be lying if I said I was super excited to be lessoning again. My brain had already prepared itself for life with a baby hunter, and had lost a lot of my gumption for the 2’6″-2’9″ jumpers with my changeless wonder horse. My trainer had setup a mock hunter derby course to prepare for the horse show…

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The Holy Trinity of Weekend

The Holy Trinity of Weekend

I spent 90% of my time this weekend doing one of three things – drinking, sleeping or hanging out at the barn. As I’m sure you picked up from my pitiful post on Friday, my mood going into the weekend was poor. I had committed the cardinal sin of horses, “Thou Shall Not Get Thy Hopes Up” and was feeling down in general. The best fix for that is good friends and time with the nerd horse, and after a…

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Whomp Whomp

Whomp Whomp

I was hoping to have exciting news for you today, but I’ve learned a valuable lesson – don’t write the blog post until the vetting is 100% done. That post went into the trash, and instead I feel the need to update y’all slightly since I dangled a large carrot earlier in the week and have nothing to show for it. I’m sad, because I haven’t legitimately shopped for a horse in ten years ever and I’m not used to…

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31 Years in 13 Feet

31 Years in 13 Feet

When I bought my house, I had relatively no idea what to do with it. There are options everywhere I look. Paint color choices and furniture to be decided. How much should I upgrade the kitchen? A lot of those answers are in progress, but I always knew there was one thing I wanted to do to the house – built a wall of shelves. I wanted to build a library nook in my long living room. Somewhere that I…

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My Ideal Horse Show

My Ideal Horse Show

As you know, I’ve been thinking a lot about horses and horse showing lately. While a lot of this has been deep and theoretically, I have decided something concrete – I need to host a horse show. I’m thinking a low key, no thrills event with satin as long as our torsos since everything is better with amazing ribbons. Location to be determined, but I wanted to toss out my tentative divisions to y’all and get some feedback! I’m Over…

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Why Dream?

Why Dream?

“Thank you for being patient while I go through literally every horse option like a crazy person,” I told my trainer when I spoke to her on the phone Friday morning. She laughed at me. Truth is, I’ve been coming up with grand ideas for a while. Most I haven’t blogged about, though some I have. No matter what kind of crazy horse scheme I came up with, they all involved hard choices. Sometimes it’s a financial sacrifice, because I…

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Ten Months

Ten Months

There are more good days than bad days now. Initially it felt like my personal role in life from here on out was to honor Tim in every way. In the back of my mind with every decision was the question, “What would he have wanted?” For many questions, this was the right thing to ask myself. As time goes on though I realize that the sadness of death is in the lives of those still living. Tim is fine now….

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A Postcard a Day

A Postcard a Day

I have a friend (who’s witty comments can even be found on this blog) who’s been a postcard aficionado ever since I’ve known her. In one of my “binder of important things” I have a postcard she sent me from Singapore complete with a Tuk Tuk illustration she drew on the back. When my life first started falling apart, my friend would send me the most perfect postcards in the mail. She had this uncanny ability to send a simple 4″x6″ piece of paper…

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A Taste of Tryon

A Taste of Tryon

A surprise bonus of this weekend was being able to stop by the brand new Tryon Equestrian Center in western North Carolina. I stayed with family in the NC foothills on Thursday evening, and when my aunt suggested we stroll over to the horse show in the morning I certainly did not argue! Having been to WEF many times, I wasn’t sure what I would think of Tryon. It’s built by the exact same people and those familiar with PBIEC…

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Among These Rocks

Among These Rocks

When you’re a young widow, you need different kinds of friends. You need the people that have known you since you were a little kid – the Lauren that existed years before “Lauren and Tim” were a thing. These friends still think of you as “Upton” instead of “Mauldin”. They’re a little pissed at everything your husband put you through, even though they did like and him and miss him in their own way. These friends remind me of the…

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