Monday, August 31, 2015

Goals for September

Photo link here.

1)  Work on building up one friendship.

2)  Meet two new people - reach out more.

3)  Go on a healing diet + supplements again.

4)  Start running again.

5)  Waste less time on tv shows and computer games.

6)  Find a job in Lubbock.

7)  Pass my college audition (hopefully - might be scheduled in October).

8)  Ride Lady three times a week.

9)  Work on my 2 point position.

10)  Finish up Comanche's training here at my property.

And by the way, I'm in love with the brown dressage tack in the photo above. Seriously... anyone else?

Friday, August 28, 2015

It's Been A Long Week

I've been busy all week, without much time for writing here... so I figured I would just make a bullet list of my thoughts this morning and leave it at that. Already got some posts put together for next week, so it won't be boring for long.

  • Spent yesterday changing up the layout of this blog and updating some of its pages. Yay!
  • My writing brain has been stuck on fanfiction most of this week.
  • I've slept a lot less than usual and somehow I still have energy. Figure that out.
  • Comanche and Tempest got moved to a separate pasture. Lady is by herself and her attitude has improved. The youngsters wear her out, it seems.
  • Comanche goes home in about 2 weeks. He's getting a lot better about a lot of things, like girths and blankets and me going all around him.
  • I miss riding.
  • I've been eating a lot of cookies. And I mean a LOT.
  • I helped a friend out by trimming her horse's hooves. Today I'm sore from it. Ouch.
  • There is a stack of six books on my desk from the library, waiting to be read.
  • Job applications are the worst.
  • I'm currently working a lot more hours than normal, saving money for The Move.
  • My best friend's birthday is coming up in 2.5 weeks and I need to plan something :)
  • Doctor Who is the best thing ever... next to Sherlock.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

2015 Goals... Updated... Part 2

Hi again!  Third posts in a week. I'm doing good, haha.

Here are my updated goals for the rest of 2015.  Enjoy. :)

1)  Europe.  Completed 2/12/15

2)  Move to Lubbock, settle myself and Lady in, and get enrolled in classes for January.

3)  Ride 120 times (mostly on Lady).  

4)  Ride 5 different horses while I scout out a barn for Lady.

5)  Take 10 riding lessons.  2 down, 8 more to go.

6)  Get my energy back and learn to stick to a proper healing diet.

7)  Enjoy a balanced and organized lifestyle.

8)  Continue writing on both of my blogs, as regularly as possible.

9)  Improve my riding ability.  Diagonals, transitions, and jumping.

10)  Bring Lady back up to health and a regular work schedule.

11)  Work on trailer issues and go to an event.  Completed May 2015.

12)  Bonus: Write a second novel.  First draft done by Christmas?

I'm mostly done with this goal/priority talk for now.  See you next week! :)

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

2015 Goals... Updated... Part 1

In the theme yesterday of priorities changing, I've had to look at my 2015 goals and realize that not all of them are going to work out because its just not the right time and season for them.

So for today, I decided to look at the goals I made for the year and edit or delete the ones that are no longer appropriate.

1)  Go to Europe - COMPLETED.  :)
2)  Write my second novel, have a completed first draft by Christmas 2015.  I have been working on this and will continue to, in my spare time, but writing is no longer a top priority. This is going down to the bottom of my goals list as a bonus thing to do.
3)  Go back to school.  This already isn't quite as I had planned; I bumped it forward a semester. But I will be moving in order to attend school again. Still a priority - still a goal.
4)  Ride Lady 120 times.  My horses are still a top priority, so this is remaining a goal.  Whether it will happen or not, ummm.... not sure! :)
5)  Ride 12 other horses.  This one is under the horse priority, but it really isn't a good goal anymore, especially since I'm not in a position where this happens very easily. I'm changing it to be:  Ride 5 other horses at barns in the Lubbock area during/after the move while I choose a barn to move Lady to.
6) Take at least 10 riding lessons.  Still a priority - still a goal.
7)  Push myself into a healthier lifestyle.  Still a priority and still a goal, but my plans to make it happen are changing.
8)  Enjoy a more balanced and organized lifestyle.  I still like this plan and it is still a priority and a goal. Moving on :)
9)  Improving on my blogs.  Writing again - not a top priority. As far as this blog goes, I want to keep it going and polish it up a lot. My other one, same thing, but its not going to bother me as much if I go a while without posting or something.
10)  Improve my riding ability.  HIGH priority. I had some specific riding goals that I wanted to accomplish this year and I really think they will still happen, depending on how far Lady improves and what other horses I get to ride.
11)  Improve Lady's fitness and balance.  This is a big priority, but we're taking it slow due to her health.
12)  Work through trailer issues and go to an event - COMPLETED :)

I know this is turning into a saga and it's probably really really boring, but I'm mostly writing this up for my own sake. Enjoy it if you will. :)
See you tomorrow ;)

Monday, August 17, 2015

Life Always Changes

I've started this post so many times and always either got distracted or couldn't figure out what to say.

Anyways, everyone is doing alright.  I've been very busy working with the local community theatre on a production of Little Women the Musical. Yesterday was our last performance and I was very very sad to see it end.  I love working in theater. :)

The good thing about the show being over is that I won't be neglecting the horses anymore.  Because of all the late nights and me being super worn out, they've all become lazy pasture ponies.

The Pony herself is doing well except for some weird wound she obtained on her hindquarters. Never caused her any soreness or lameness and its almost healed up now, but I could not figure out what in the world it came from. Almost reminds me of a picture I once saw of a gunshot wound, but that's not possible o.O  Anyways, she is fine and dandy and happy.

The Colt, Comanche, had a fine time for a few weeks finding every hole in the fence and pushing his way through it. He has been banished to the front pasture with the impossible-escape fences. Poor baby. He keeps growing and recently surpassed Lady in size! He's slowly accepting ropes around his girth area and random things around him. Plans are to introduce him to a real girth/surcingle this week and start laying on top of him. Colt is ready to be backed!

The Mare is the only one that isn't doing so well. She was doing better and then I ran out of hay and various other circumstances occurred... and well... the pasture got mowed and she got put back out on it.  She's not lame, but her hooves have resumed their insane growth rhythm and she's not super comfortable. She has a bit of a belly again from the combination of grass and hay, but her ribs still show and her back doesn't look right. Since I have more time again, I'm putting her back into work and changing up her feed and schedule. We'll see if we can't get this figured out... SOON.

I'm going to be working a lot more hours now... since I'm less than two months away from moving away to college and having money saved up is kind of important for that kind of change. My priorities have definitely shifted over the course of July and August so far... its been an interesting thing to experience. More on that tomorrow (post is schedule already, so this is true).

I may also have more pictures sometime during the rest of this week...  Hopefully.

Monday, August 3, 2015

July Goals Review

This is going to be a bit of a strange post.  July did not go according to plan in more than a few ways, and I'm totally fine with that.  Another post on that tomorrow though...

  • Write 50,000 words.  Nope.  I got almost 20,000 words in and then life got in the way and I just stopped writing.
  • Ride Lady again.  This did happen.  Yay :)
  • Get a saddle on Comanche.  Introduced it, but didn't get it on him yet.
  • Polish piano songs/prepare for college and moving.  Yeah, let's say this got done. Mostly.
  • Take time to look long and hard at my life goals.  Done, and done.  Again, more tomorrow.
  • Continue with regular workouts and 5K training.  This kind of fell by the wayside halfway through, but I'm getting back to it now.
  • Keep the blue hair.  I re-dyed it once, and was going to do it again, but due to certain circumstances regarding a play that I'm in, I'm letting it fade out. We'll go blue again in September perhaps.
  • Stay focused and productive by taking time over the weekends to recoup.