Thursday, March 10, 2016


I know I've been MIA a bit lately and that will be fixed quite soon.

In the meantime, go read this post that I wrote up on my other blog.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Horse Show Panic

This next Saturday is the first horse show of our season. I'm excited and nervous all at the same time! This show is going to be at the collegiate equestrian center, aka the first barn I leased Missy at. Great facility that I'm already familiar with, so that's a plus! 
I'll be competing in the flat equitation classes (seriously doubting that my equitation is good enough for this, but if Lindsey says I can do it, I guess I can!) and Missy will also be in several of the jump classes with R, her owner.  Super excited about all of that! 
I've been stressing out over everything related to this show... how to practice so that I can ride my best under pressure, what I'll need to wear to look appropriate, and how in the world do these classes work anyways?? 
With that in mind, what was your first season of showing like?  What were the things that made it good, or made it bad?  Curious here!  And maybe overthinking it all.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

University 1.1

Six weeks in!!  All the school related stuff is actually going really really well right now!  In fact, today I have two mid term exams. Eeek!
Since I have these two exams, I might as well talk about those two classes.  The first one is Contemporary Mathematics. I've been trying to attend class more regularly, but honestly it is SO hard. When attendance isn't even part of my grade and I can get just as much information on the homework website as I can in class, there really isn't much point. But I try to attend class at least once a week, even if I spend half the time using wifi on my phone and taking notes only on the important sections.
Wow. That paragraph makes me sound like an awful student. I promise that isn't true. I've missed almost no other classes at all, so maybe it balances out?!  :)
The second class that I have a midterm in today is Aural Skills. The exam is almost entirely comprised of sight singing. We are given melodies that we have never seen before (usually composed for the class) and must sing them on sight. I'm actually quite good at this class - its going to be an easy A, I think!
My other classes are going quite well also. Music History is the only one I'm a bit behind on, since I haven't gotten my research topic completely ironed out. Thankfully, the research paper isn't due until Finals week, so that should be okay too.
I have been sacrificing a bit of my riding time to get in more piano practice time. It would be nice to have more time for both of them, but that's okay too, I suppose.  Yesterday was my first time to play in my studio class (private performance for my professor and fellow students)and that was fun!  I played two Bagatelles by Tcherepnine and got some great feedback on them both.
Still loving this school, y'all. It's a wonderful experience all around.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Monthly Goals - February/March 2016 Edition

January seems like it was so very long ago, and yet on the other hand, it felt like I didn't get anything done in February because it disappeared before I knew what happened. There were quite a few things that I did get done (namely finishing my best friend's wedding dress) and figuring out how to manage my time better.
I'm going to go back to a more traditional goals list for this month. Therefore.... 

March 2016 Goals
1.       Get up at 6:30 every morning again.
2.       Work out in some form every day.
3.       Continue using my current action plan to fight off the infection and no longer be sick.
4.       Enjoy the wedding planning, travelling and craziness to some extent! 
5.       There is no extra money this month, so don't pretend like it isn't the case.
6.       Horse show!!
7.       Finish reading a book. Finally.
8.       Write 500 words of fiction every day.

Shouldn't be too hard, right?  Haha... much easier said than done!