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Wonderful WEG

Wonderful WEG

Seven years ago when I was a pitiful unread little equestrian blogger, I wrote a post about how I wished I was in Kentucky for the World Equestrian Games. Now we’re one year away from the next US based games, it’s in my home state of North Carolina and I couldn’t stop myself from lighting my credit card on fire and buying tickets. WEG 2018 — here I come! Truthfully I hope I actually have tickets by the time this…

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From Writing Mad to Horses Mad – Exploring an Equestrian Buzzfeed

From Writing Mad to Horses Mad – Exploring an Equestrian Buzzfeed

One of the side effects of my new life includes a lot of alone time that I have to productively structure for myself. Sitting down at my computer to work lately goes something like this: Okay! I have four hours to write today. And …. Go. Go. Go! Write the things. Writey write write. Or… peruse Facebook. Or… look at Buzzfeed. Or… take a quiz about how well I know Disney horses. So today I learned that I don’t know…

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How to Survive Your Undergraduate Degree – A Guide for the Young Folk

How to Survive Your Undergraduate Degree – A Guide for the Young Folk

Hello undergraduate students of UCR! It’s me, that old person on campus who you tend to ask for directions because she appears to have been to college for a long time. Unfortunately, I’m just as clueless as you are when it comes to finding the rooms in the Humanities & Social Sciences building… but I do have a few tips for you in other areas. You see, because I am a mature student (read: old) and have successfully completed an undergraduate…

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Trying Yoga – Come for the Fitness, Stay for the Tears

Trying Yoga – Come for the Fitness, Stay for the Tears

I’ve never been much into mysticism. Meditation and the third eye are fine things… for other people. As for me, my brain is rooted in a world of practicality. I blame my Republican upbringing and excellent grasp of reality. Still, I keep hearing all these amazing things about yoga. A former co-worker used to tell me how not only was it making her stronger, but she left classes feeling centered and at one with her world. I have plenty of…

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Getting My Horse Fix Without a Horse

Getting My Horse Fix Without a Horse

I still need to arrange shipping, but once I have that squared away we’re going to be on the official countdown until Simon gets here. Though I’ve been on extended breaks from horses before, this is the longest I’ve gone without riding or touching an equine while owning a horse. Even though I’ve never been the kind of person that feels compelled to go to the barn every day, this is far too long of a horsey break for me….

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Observations From One Month in California

Observations From One Month in California

I’ve been a west coast resident for an entire month. So obviously, I’m tanner and I’m thinner than I was when I left Austin. That’s just what happens here. Something in the air. Don’t hate the beautiful people! Jokes aside, I am starting to get in a better place with my health. To help Pascale cope with losing her big backyard and barn time, I walk the dogs 2-3 miles a day. Plus the university’s baseball complex by my apartment…

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Initial SoCal Barn Search

Initial SoCal Barn Search

The thing I am most proud of last week is that I didn’t cry in a golf cart while being shown a beautiful farm in San Jacinto. I waited until I got into my car, and then had my meltdown on the interstate driving home like a proper adult. I knew finding a farm near me in Southern California would be a challenge. Simon and I are both used to the wide open spaces of Texas. At his current barn,…

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Wall to Wall

Wall to Wall

Things are looking at lot different around here — at least in my apartment. Last week, my pod came two days early to my utmost delight. For almost two weeks my bed had been my primary area for eating, sleeping, entertainment and study. An IKEA trip, some Amazon orders and about a million trips to Target and/or HomeGoods filled in the gaps from the furniture I didn’t bring from home, but my apartment felt sterile and strange without my belongings….

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Someone You Don’t Know

Someone You Don’t Know

My apartment is finally to the point that I’m not walking around piles of boxes. The counters aren’t covered in stacks of mementos. All my art is hung on the walls. But I’m still a little out of sorts. Don’t get me wrong – things are better than they were one or two weeks ago. When I first got here, I didn’t predict how much the lack of structure would unnerve me. For the first time since I was sixteen,…

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The Other Time I Moved Across the Country

The Other Time I Moved Across the Country

I’m here. I’m settling. I’m still collecting my thoughts on California, but in the meantime I wanted to tell you about the other time I moved across the country from Massachusetts to Austin. Otherwise known as the time Tim and I set my car on fire. Every time Tim and I made a significant move, we rented a big U-Haul truck. We’d tetris all of our wordly belongings into the back in some precarious kind of way, and Tim would drive…

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Moving With My Mutts

Moving With My Mutts

I made it to Riverside. Even though I had a temper tantrum somewhere in Arizona, the journey went really well. No blown tires. No giant mishaps. No overheated engines. Couldn’t ask for better. Moving with the dogs though, is a bit of an adventure. See, my dogs reflect the two opposing sides of my personality. Eliot is the wounded poet. He has a lot of feelings. As a deeply emotional dog who hates change, the hardest part of moving for him…

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Shop for Texas

Shop for Texas

I’ve been trying to write about my super mild experiences with Hurricane Harvey, but everything I have to say sounds insignificant or crass when I think about the damage on the Texas coast and the flooding in Houston. It’s hard to tell y’all about my new crush on our local weatherman hottie when people are losing everything, so I won’t. Although for real though, call me David… I’m here for two more days! My social media feed has been filled…

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