The Great NC Christmas Adventure

The Great NC Christmas Adventure

As you may have noticed, I’ve been out of town for about a week.  We packed my car full of Christmas presents, three dogs, and barely fit ourselves on the 2400 mile round trip from Texas to North Carolina.  We drove straight through on the way there (20.5 hours) which was pretty miserable.  After visiting family and friends in North Carolina for the week, we started the drive back and stopped in Jackson, MS to stay with Tim’s family for one night.  It was nice to see lots of people, but it was a pretty hectic trip that I’m not sure I’ll repeat any time soon.

The SC Peachoid
The SC Peachoid
Swamps in LA
Swamps in LA

 

Some of my travel buddies
Some of my travel buddies

This trip was the first time in a really long while that I was able to celebrate my birthday with my family.  Originally we were going to go to the zoo, but it rained all day so that didn’t happen.  Instead we saw Anchorman 2 (so bad), I got this awesome pony cake, and went out to dinner at Cowfish later.

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I’m 12, not 29
Cowfish "Tanked" Aquarium
Cowfish “Tanked” Aquarium

Other NC highlights including seeing old friends, having a visit with my main man Elvis (more on that later), and of course… Bojangles.  If you don’t know what Bojangles is… I just can’t even begin to describe to you what you’re missing in life.

Our tradition of burning Christmas trees
Our tradition of burning Christmas trees

 

Sweet delicious tasty.
Sweet delicious tasty.
Walking the dogs through a neighborhood the family business builds in.
Walking the dogs through a neighborhood the family business builds in.

On the gift front, I was really spoiled.  I don’t think I was quite this good this year… but I’ll take it!  Horse themed gifts include an Eco Gold fitted pad for shows, new martingale to match my bridle, fancy stitch halter for Simon, needlepoint belt canvas, and my absolute favorite… a shadbelly!  I know it’s a pretty ridiculous thing to have for the one local 2’6″ derby I hope to do this year… but I’m so tickled with it.  By far my favorite equestrian item ever!

Shadbelly!!!
Shadbelly!!!

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So, a great holiday!  I’m glad to be back and still have a few days off work to play with my pony and straighten the house… plus get back to blogging!  I did keep up with reading everyone’s blogs while I was on vacation, but commenting on mobile devices is really tough so I apologize for the lack of comments.  I’ll be back in full force when I’m in the office again on Thursday!

And of course we need some pictures of your favorite nerd horse modeling his new stuff!

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16 thoughts on “The Great NC Christmas Adventure

  1. I just can’t see the peachoid without revisiting calculus II… We had a project where were were required to calulate the volume of the peachoid… I still have nighmares… LOL

  2. Love the belt! I have one to get started on (my fourth), but haven’t done it yet. Maybe I will during WEF.

    PS, come visit whilst I’m there? Please?

  3. Three things:

    1. I love that cake, and specifically requested one for my next birthday.
    2. I expect a full review of the Ecogold pad!
    3. OMMMGGERRDDD SHADBELLY

    And one more for good measure: Is that the Wellfleet halter from SmartPak? Visa had one and I *love* it

  4. 12? Yeah, my mom made me that same cake when I was 6. I still have the pictures……which only makes it MORE awesome that you got it at 29!! I wish someone would make me a pony cake again.

    And, dang. Awesome loot!

  5. AH! Love the cake! Adorable. I’m totally for the kid cakes. They’re so much fun and usually taste better than fancy adult cakes. I bet Simon loved all HIS gifts 🙂

  6. I used to love going to Bojangles when I show in NC and now they finally have them in FL!!! Yummmm! Love the shadbelly!

  7. I am FREAKING OUT over the absolute perfection of the shadbelly. (And the pony cake!)

    And God bless anyone who makes that long of a drive. “Glad to be home” probably doesn’t even begin to cover it!

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