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I Love Us

I Love Us

Last night I sat on the porch with my roommate as she scrolled through Facebook on her phone. “I’m over everyone with these ‘I Love Us’ stuff,” she said without looking away from the screen. “What are you talking about?” I replied. “You know how they do profile pictures for holidays, well they have a Valentine’s one that says ‘I Love Us’ with a heart and a ton of people are switching to it.” “Barf.” She giggled on the dark porch….

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The 12 Days of Stressmas

The 12 Days of Stressmas

For the 12 days of Christmas, my Nerd Horse gave to me… 12 Christmas Pug Vines, 11 prose revisions, 10 Tinder creepers, 9 festive light shows, 8 Snapchat filters, 7 MFA apps, 6 cocktail parties, 5 GLASSES OF WINE! 4 work dramas, 3 wild dogs, 2 Thoroughbreds, and a festive Quail Manor house! Though we are not quite up on Christmas yet, I am in my last sprint of productivity for the year. I leave on Thursday afternoon to visit…

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Ornamental

Ornamental

My love of equestrian Christmas ornaments is well documented on this blog. Just as it has globally in the second half of this year, horses have taken more of a back seat in my life. I’m more than just an equestrian, and my Christmas tree is more than just horse ornaments (although… it’s mostly horse ornaments). Last year I didn’t even put up a Christmas tree or take a single ornament out of the box. It was an activity I used…

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Fa La La La Dogs

Fa La La La Dogs

Last year I did my best to skip Christmas. While I attended holiday gatherings with my family, my heart wasn’t in it. As a lifelong lover of all things holly jolly, I can’t tell you how weird this was for me. Weird, but understandable. The goal of Christmas 2015 was survival. This year, the stakes are higher. Grief has stolen so much from me that I’m not going to let it take my holiday spirit. I’m not back to my…

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Still Thankful

Still Thankful

I haven’t written one of these posts since 2014. I guess last year after everything happened, and my grandmother passed away right before Thanksgiving I could have only written, “NO I WILL NOT BE THANKFUL THANK YOU VERY MUCH 2015.” But really, I was thankful last year even in the thick of things because I knew how much love and support I had coming from all directions. This year, that support has continued. If you take away my struggles moving on…

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Spooky! Scary!

Spooky! Scary!

I hit Halloween pretty hard this weekend. While I feel like I need a few days of doing nothing but laying on my couch watching New Girl, I had a great time and regret nothing. Except forgetting to eat dinner before the party, and getting drunk on devil punch within about a half an hour. To the lovely person who rides Olly at my barn (you know who you are) that I acted like I had never met you before, I…

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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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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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Where do you go?

Where do you go?

A few weeks ago, my raccoon brain listed that I might be thinking about taking a road trip. That was more than a might, because I’m plotting my biennial pilgrimage to North Carolina for Christmas this year. Tim and I made this trip two times together. The whole thing started because my company closes between Christmas and New Years every year, leaving me with a lot of extra vacation. Since we have family & friends in North Carolina, we figured it…

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Equestrian Gifts To Get Your Husband for Valentine’s Day

Equestrian Gifts To Get Your Husband for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is almost here!  Many of us horse lovers will secretly hope for an equestrian themed gift for us.  Some nice pony themed jewelry, a new saddle pad or halter… all great options for the horseback rider in your life. However, I think we are grossly under looking the gift potential for our husbands. Open any equestrian catalog and you will find a plethora of horsey gifts to get your husband for Valentine’s day this year. You know, to…

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A Gift Horse Sends Many Great Gifts!

A Gift Horse Sends Many Great Gifts!

Other possible titles for this post include – Lauren Gets Super Spoiled for the Equestrian Gift Exchange, Genny is Oh So Gennyrous and SQUEEE! During my post Christmas holiday staycation (oh so exciting blog post coming soon on that), I received an unexpected package at my front door.  When I saw the return address was Genny from A Gift Horse, I did a little tiny squeal of delight and quickly went to open it. Immediately I spyed with my little…

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Austin Trail of Lights

Austin Trail of Lights

I know it’s a little late for Christmas posts, but in my family we always considered Christmas a season that lasts until New Year’s… and therefore this still works 🙂  Even though we’ve been in Austin for four Christmases (five?), we’ve never been to the Trail of Lights. For those of you who aren’t local, the Trail of Lights is a Christmas “winter wonderland” located in our most famous and beloved park near downtown.  Zilker park, home to the lights, is…

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