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17 December 2013 @ 07:03 pm
I am somewhat ashamed to admit that I have not done much in the form of financial donations in the past. Not because I didn’t want to, nor was it because I was living paycheck to paycheck and didn’t think I could afford it, but rather because it was not a priority.

One of the benefits of adopting more “minimalist” attitudes and behaviors is that it allows you to focus on what is the most important, and what really matters to you. Until you really start thinking about how you are spending your time and money, it is all too easy to waste either one on things that really don’t matter, without your even realizing it. The process is amazing. Once you clean out all the clutter, whether in your mind, schedule, or home, you leave more space for things you never thought you had the time or money for.

One tip that I find very helpful, is changing your words. Rather than saying, “I don’t have time for that,” say, “That is not enough of a priority.” How do words change your behavior? Try it and see. Don’t think you have time for a friend? What are you doing instead? Watching your favorite TV show? Reading a book? Whatever it is, you are spending time doing it, rather than something else, and in effect, it reflects your priorities.

The same can be applied for expenses. “I can’t afford that” effectively implies “That is not enough of a priority.” This may seem like more of a stretch to some people, because if something costs several times your annual income, you would automatically think that it is just a matter of affording, and not a priority issue. However, I challenge that even in the direst of circumstances it is always a matter of priority. No matter what your income, you could theoretically afford just about anything, simply by saving exclusively for that item until you had the money saved up. But for most people, these expensive purchases have a lower priority than things such as housing, food, clothes, etc., so they “can’t afford” it since their available money is already dedicated to these such necessities.

Anyway, back to my original topic, I made a financial donation last week to my office department’s collection of funds to send to the typhoon victims in the Philippines. My company made a holiday offer to match donations of $50 or greater, three to one, for the rest of the holiday season. So if I donated $50, the company would donate an additional $150. No brainer, right? From having cleared out much of the clutter in my life, I had the ability to make this decision in line with my values. As obvious as it seems, I may not have made the same decision a year ago. I feel a sense of peace whenever I make it a priority to do something that is important to my morals and values. And that feeling is much more important than whatever else I may have spent the money on. The money will be greatly appreciated by the recipients, and I honestly won’t miss it. And I challenge that just about anyone would not miss some comfortable amount of donation, if they made it a priority to give (if they so desire, to the organization that they value, etc.). $50 is a board game (for my fellow gaming enthusiasts), a nice dinner out with my parents… Now, this is not meant to be a preachy post telling everyone, “You must donate!!!” But rather I am trying to encourage people who would LIKE to donate, but do not feel like they are able to, that it is possible to live your life closer to your priorities and desires. And if you really feel like you cannot afford financial donations, donations of your time can be even more valuable and rewarding.

It’s a matter of priorities and where you decide to spend your time and money. Personally, I feel a lot more strained in my time than my money (right now), so my free time is spent doing other things of higher priority than volunteering. One of my goals in lessening my expenses is so I can reduce my work hours, which will allow me more time available for volunteering to causes of value to me. For me, life is about more than just working my butt off to make the most money I can, so I can spend as much as possible on things and trips. The less money I spend, the less time I need to be working at a job I don’t care about, and the more time I have available to put towards things that matter to me, whether that is volunteering for a cause I care about or spending time with loved ones. Both of these are more important to me than the “things” I may spend my money on from working more.

This seems especially true during the holiday season. It’s been interesting to see how my ideas about Christmas have changed in the last few years. First, it shifted from presents to being about time with family. I still value the time with family, but I feel myself adding the priority of giving to this season. I would like to come up with a holiday tradition of volunteering somewhere, but have not come up with the tradition yet. It would be really neat to combine both aspects of my view of Christmas to one tradition: family and volunteering…

Assignment: Think outside the road map that society has provided you for life. Some people may want and be happy with what society tells us we should want, but I’m betting that most of us want something different, we just haven’t thought about it, or if we have, we deemed it not possible. Life is all about decisions, sacrifices, and priorities. Do you want A or B? What is something that you desire that strays from what society tells you? Have you come up with ideas as to how to attain this? My example is that I do not want to wait until retirement to work less and have more meaning in my life. Life is too short. My plan is to build a small home so I have a smaller mortgage than society tells me to have, which will free up my finances so I can work (the job I hate) less and do more work with personal satisfaction.
 
 
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13 November 2013 @ 07:23 pm
NOTE: I am not necessarily going to be cognizant of putting in descriptor words to explain that I am not referring to ALL people. This is an assumption. I believe that in life there are very few, if ANY, situations where ALL or EVERY is applicable, so please assume that everything I say about people is something that I encounter a lot of the times, but not ALL of the time (unless I specifically say ALL or EVERY).

I consider myself to be a very empathetic person. I don’t just write people off as “evil” for the most part. Often, the poor behavior of a person can be tracked back to one or a series of events, whether while they were a child or as an adult. Can you empathize with someone while at the same time, not condone their behavior? Sure you can. So why is it that I feel so much negativity towards people and society in general? This is the question that came across my mind the other morning. I despise hypocrisy, and all but refuse to be hypocritical in my life, so it was something I had to figure out.

The answer is that I am understanding, empathetic, logical, try to see the bigger perspective, and am not happy remaining naïve about an issue that I care about, and the majority of society seems to take the other route. The stuff that frustrates me are things that close people off from understanding people, which is something I care so much about. Your behavior affects everyone around you, and so many people don’t seem to understand that. And this is why I decided it is not hypocritical for me to be so strong in empathy, yet dislike so many people at the same time.

Yes, I hate that people are so self-centric, and don’t take the time to think about how something may be different for someone else. They assume that since you do something differently than they do it, that it is wrong; if they feel differently about something, that they are wrong. If they live their lives differently than you, then they are wrong. Every person is different, their brain works differently, and their life experience has been different to bring about a different person. I recently told a friend that I believed everyone had the capacity of understanding; it is just a matter of taking the time to sit and think about it. Most people don’t understand and don’t care to understand. That is why most people don’t understand other people, not because it is impossible.

I hate that people do things with the assumption that they as one person makes no difference, so why not? While I make the assumption that if I do it, then everyone else could do it, and what would happen then? This is a big pet peeve of mine. Yes, I may seem like a goodie two-shoes to some people, but it is not necessarily that. It is that I believe that many rules are meant for the greater good of society, and everyone has to obey in order for that order to remain. No, not all rules are actually intelligent rules. Some ARE meant to be broken, ha ha. Seriously though, it’s all a matter of logic. If there is not enough to be gained by breaking a rule, to compensate for what would be lost if everyone did it, then even just one person should not do it. Just the way I am, as my weird self ;-)

Another pet peeve of mine is when people have a blatant disregard for other people’s time, energy, and private property. I just don’t even know how to embellish here; just don’t do it. If it’s not yours, don’t write on it, spray paint it, carve your initials into it, etc. Whether in nature or on someone else’s property, leave no trace. Even better yet, leave it better than it was when you arrived. Pick up just one piece of trash. This follows the previous paragraph as well. How many times have you hiked to a popular location, only to find the place covered in graffiti? If only one person did it, you wouldn’t have noticed, but the problem is when everyone does it. You may not make a difference, but put lots of “yous” together, and you do make a huge difference then.

I hate that people prefer to live in their idealistic world and not allow themselves to see what is really going on. Yes, I acknowledge that people do this, so they will be happy, rather than saddened by the realities of the world, but how is anything going to change (to being realistically happy, and not just fantasy land happy), if we all just stay in our fantasy land? And I do recognize that some people just don’t care about the things I do, and no, I don’t expect them to do anything to work on changing that. I am talking about the people that seem to care, but at the same time, are perpetuating the problem. Want to end humane euthanasia, yet they buy their dogs from breeders. Sorry, but euthanasia is not going to end until we breed less and rescue more. How much of a part are you doing, by hating euthanasia, but not Doing anything about it? This can be applied to any passion. Most people are all talk, and no action. If you don’t want to help, then don’t pretend that you care. And I don’t want this to delve into volunteerism, because I know more than anyone that you can’t volunteer time for everything that you care about, but there are more often than not other things you can do to help your causes outside of giving time or money away. It is often just the daily decisions in your life… Be cognizant and aware.

I guess people are happy in their worlds, and I should leave them be. Like I’ve decided to leave Charlottesville people be with their desire to have an 8 lane road with 26 lights on it, rather than build a bypass/throughway. They are happy with that, ok. I like highways, so I spend my time in Richmond, lol. Everyone wants something different, and that’s ok (I suppose ;-). What still sometimes bothers me is how little people realize that they CAN do to inspire change in their own lives. People are stressed out about money, so what do they do, they spend MORE money to feel the freedom? I don’t get it. Take control. Life doesn’t have to be an endless stress of paying your bills. I know you can do it. People are so unintentionally focused on what society says life should be, that they don’t take the time to sit and think about what THEY want. I find it hard to believe that EVERYone in this entire country wants to go to college, graduate, get married, buy a 2500 sf house, have kids, work your ass off until retirement, if you live that long. Make your own story. America is the land of the free supposedly, but I feel that most people seem to really NOT be free. They’re trapped living the “American dream”, and I’m not really sure what kind of dream that is. It certainly isn’t mine. And it may not be yours either. What is your dream? Whatever it is, it’s possible.

Many people would say I think too much, and yes, I do. I am a very active thinker. I enjoy watching documentaries and thinking about it afterwards. I see someone who seems sad or excluded, I think about it. I see a lost dog on the road, I worry about it. Yes, I am more sad than general society, because of all the thinking I do, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I like thinking. Thinking about things outside of myself makes me a better person. I will actively include someone when I think they’re having trouble. I give a smile, invite for a game, or simply be kind. I have contributed in bringing two lost dogs back to their owner, both of which I heard (from the person making final delivery) were SO incredibly thankful to hear they had been found. Yes, my thinking too much may make myself more of a sad person at times, and maybe even have fewer friends, since most people do not like to feel sad about the realities of the world, but I wonder the number of people who I’ve made their day or lives that much better, merely by the result of my overthinking. So no, I wouldn’t change who I am. I am a believer of the butterfly effect. If you change one thing, you will change many others. I am happy with myself, my personality, and who I am, and just don’t feel the need as of yet, to change anything that may in effect change something else that I cherish.

This is a summary about a number of things I feel about society and people. Since I am such a thinker, I know there are tons more I have opinions about. I hope that even just one thing made some of you think about something. I like to inspire thought and introspection. I hope this didn’t come across TOO hateful. Sometimes you have to be strong to make an impression, but I also do not want to offend people at the same time. Some of this was free thought, and I don’t always want to edit my free thought. If there’s anything you would like to hear more about, let me know. Or if there is something not mentioned that you are curious my thoughts on, let me know. Many people will have no interest in hearing my thoughts, but I have helped many people sort through their thoughts, worries, questions, concerns, problems, etc, maybe I could help put some perspective on something. As negative as I may come across, I do have a strong enjoyment of helping people, empathizing, being that person to make you feel understood, and making people’s sad days just a little bit brighter. You can leave an anonymous comment on the posting if you want to remain anonymous about a topic to be covered. But please be kind, if you don’t like me or what I have to say, simply leave.

Assignment: Post something that you do on a regular basis, that you feel makes a difference for someone else, even if they don't know you do it. My example is that I turn off my brights whenever turning onto a road that would have my brights going right into someone's home. I figure that has to be annoying (even though it is their choice to live there ;-).
 
 
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21 August 2012 @ 01:49 pm
Days Before
  • Print out ride information, directions, and this list
  • Get cash, gas
  • Wash tack, packs, bridle, syringes, pill bottles (for electrolytes), rinse dixie midnight, girth, HRM belt, hoof boots
  • Feed myo-guard in feed for 3 days prior to ride, elytes in feed night before and morning of trailer ride
  • Assemble/cook my food
  • Put to be cold stuff in fridge - ensure, drinks, saddle water bottles, camelbak
  • Freeze gatorade, milk jugs (w/ water), ice horse packs, bag ice cubes for cooler
  • Fill and stock hay and water into trailer
  • Put shavings in trailer
  • Make sure stocked with grain, beet pulp, minerals, alfalfa
  • Check tire pressure & charge powerstation
Check in Trailer & Truck
  • Ziplocs for rider card, map, feed at vet checks
  • Fleece sheet, rain sheet, blanket
  • Muck fork, scissors, coggins
  • Electrolytes (horse), myo-guard, syringes, pill bottles, ice horse leg wraps
  • Vet check bags
  • Hoof boots, mallet, hoof jack, rasp
  • Livestock chalk, braiding bands
  • Camping chairs, table, cot
  • Canopies & mallet / Tarp, poles, stakes, rope & figure 9's, mallet
  • Electric fencing - posts, rope, charger, ground rod
  • FM Transmitter (for ipod)
Go Grocery Shopping (everytime I read an article or something, I continually add notes to this list, each ride I just get what I'm in the mood for)
  • Carrots, apples
  • Mountain dew for drive to/from, gatorade
  • Any meals not provided (and dessert! =)
  • Yogurt / elyte mix / baby food
  • Ensure
  • Banana chips (Trader Joe's vacuum fried, yum!)
  • Freeze grapes off stems (new tip I read =)
  • Breakfast stuff - granola bars, cereal, juice, english muffins, nutella (string cheese, apple, nuts)
  • Lunch - lunchables, cous cous, pasta salad, sausage, meat/cheese by weight for sandwiches, pb&j, bread, meal bars (pb&j crescent rolls, new recipe I just printed)
  • Dinner - chef 5-minute meals, trader joe's premade meals
  • Snacks for vet checks - nuts, jerky, trail mix, fruit, peanut butter, fruit snacks, chewy candy, tuna/egg salad, elytes (I mostly eat honey stinger gummy chews), gatorade, goldfish, apricots, triscuits, applesauce, pudding, energy bars, bagels, potato chips
  • Energy dense food - spinach, watermelon, broccoli, milk, potatoes, bananas, lentils, eggs, tomato juice, green beans, sunflower seeds
  • Potassium dense food - potato, apricots, cantaloupe, broccoli, sun-dried tomatoes
  • Vit C dense food - papaya, strawberries, broccoli, red peppers
  • Hydration - watermelon, honeydew, peaches, plums
  • High carb food - carrot, yogurt, chocolate milk, chocolates (complex carbs - oatmeal, corn, pasta, potato, sweet potato, brown rice, shredded wheat, bagel, cereal, peas, chickpeas, refried beans, garbanzo beans, lentils)
  • Healthy foods for a better workout - eggs, hummus, carrots, berries, bananas, avocados
Packing

Clothes for riding
  • Rain stuff - jacket, rain pants, gloves
  • Warm stuff - warm vest, coat, gloves
  • Cool stuff - tshirt, wind vest
  • Underwear
  • 2 pairs of socks
  • 2 sets of riding pants
  • riding boots
Other clothes for non-ride days
  • Tshirt/shirts
  • Underwear
  • Pants/Shorts
  • Socks
  • Jacket/Coat
  • Bandana/hat
  • Sleep clothes
  • Muck boots, tennis shoes, tevas, other shoes, gaiters
  • Sweatshirt
Random Stuff
  • Bag for dirty clothes
  • Flashlight
  • Gps, batteries, usb cable, car adaptor
  • Book
  • Camera (and battery)
  • Nailkit
  • Sunglasses
  • FM transmitter
  • Checkbook
Random Riding Stuff
  • Bag for trash
  • Mirror
  • Alarm clock
  • Headlamp, lanterns, batteries, solar pack
  • Binoculars (fun!)
  • Camelbak reservoir, pack, tubes, water bottles
  • Heart rate monitor & watch
  • AERC Card
Sleeping
  • Sleeping bag, sleeping pad, pad blanket, fold-a-bed
  • Tent, pillow
  • Sheet (for hot rides), and blanket (for cool rides)
  • Tent fan/light
Hygiene/Health
  • Comb, deodorant, toothbrush/paste, rinses, floss, pills, advil
  • Pads/Tampons
  • Shampoo, loofah, razor, oil
  • Camping shower, body wash, towel
  • Shower sandals
  • Suntan lotion, bug spray
  • Ponytail holders
  • Swimsuit and towel
Leaving
  • Cat stuff - clean litter, top off cat food and water
  • Breakfast and brush teeth
  • Leave out money for petsitter
  • Shower, gather last minute packing stuff
  • Pack cell phone, ipod, chargers, pillow, sunglasses
  • Last minute check of gas buddy, weather forecast, shut down computer
  • Thermostat setting to vacation mode
Ride Specific - Night Before
  • Pack as much as can, load into truck
  • Hook up trailer and fill with hay and travel water bucket
  • Pack dry cooler & snack clips
  • Put ride folder in truck
Ride Specific - Morning
  • Pack cooler (see grocery list for items)
  • Fill camelbak & water bottles with ice (car, saddle pack, insulated); make sure have camelbak reservoir and tubes; ice packs for horse leg wraps
At Ride

Night Before
  • Preload elytes, sweet feed, beet pulp
  • Braid Chey's mane
  • Drink lots of fluids!
  • Rasp feet if needed
  • Vet in, short ride, and put number on
  • Weight Cheyenne if there is a scale
  • Chey breakfast 4+ hours before start
  • Set alarm for 2 hours before start
Vet Check Stuff
  • Large bucket for water
  • Large bucket for hay
  • Small buckets for sponging
  • Feed bucket/pan
  • Chair
  • Saddle rack
  • Snacks and water for rider
  • Hoof pick, Brush
  • Water scraper, sponges
  • Grain / beet pulp
  • Carrots and apples
  • Electrolytes
Pack Saddle
  • GPS
  • Camera
  • Maps
  • Ride Card
  • Rider Snacks
  • Hoof pick
  • Hay, grain, carrot chunks, alfalfa, elytes
  • Fabric bucket and sponge
  • Water Bottles
Morning Of
  • Get dressed, do hair
  • My breakfast, brush teeth
  • Suntan lotion, bug spray
  • Get camelbak, water bottles carrots
  • Boots, HRM, vaseline, tack up, fly spray
  • Warm Up
At Vet Check
  • Elytes, carrots, apples, watermelon
After Vet Check
  • Reload rider snacks, hay, carrots, water bottles, camelbak
  • Make meal for next check
  • More vaseline?
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30 December 2010 @ 10:14 am
Ok, for those who don't know, and/or who haven't been to my place yet...

I have hay trees set up all around my paddock paradise track (http://paddockparadise.wetpaint.com/page/Hay+Tree). It is a tall post with a screw eye in it. Attached to the screw eyes are slow feeder hay bags (http://paddockparadise.wetpaint.com/page/Miller%27s+%2F+Dover+%2F+Smith+Brothers). In the middle of that page, it shows different options for closing it up, I use option #1 (with a bucket strap).

Ok, so the bucket strap goes through all of the loops at the top of the hay net, then the bucket strap clip end goes THROUGH the loop end, and the clip is clipped onto the screw eye on the hay tree.

This morning I went around my track to exchange hay nets and get empty ones. One of the hay nets was completely detached from the bucket strap, and I thought "well, finally she managed to break one". But I got there, and the net was completely intact, and the bucket strap and loop were also still completely intact. How the heck did the net come apart from the bucket strap without anything breaking?

The only thing I can think of is that the strap was not actually through the loop when I hung it up, but I REALLY think that would be: 1) difficult to not notice, since all the loops would not have been all gathered up together as when I normally hang it up, 2) that the net (filled with hay) would have started to detach itself when I went to hang it up making it even more difficult to not notice.

I put all the hay nets and straps together at the barn and carry the nets around to the hay trees. It would have had to completely come apart while I was carrying it, but not apart enough for me to not have noticed it.

It just doesn't make any sense, but there is no possible way it could have come apart once attached. Can you think of an answer?

;)
 
 
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09 July 2009 @ 09:23 am
Ok, so when I left for work this morning, I saw FOUR cop cars in my development parking lot, all clustered together in the same area.  I only saw one cop, and he appeared to be searching an suv in the parking lot.  Looking in the side doors, then as I went around the corner, he opened up the rear hatch and was looking back there.  Very weird...  Or I just look for interesting stories all around me =)  I can't say it hasn't happened before...
 
 
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28 May 2009 @ 10:10 am
Ok, so the "post" button failed, and I'm like "fuck".  I push the back button, crossing my fingers.  Why the heck does it remember EVERYTHING except for the body?  Like seriously, the title is there, the tags, the mood, the security setting.  No body...  I really need to get back in the habit of copying the body before pushing that button, just in case!  =(
 
 
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19 May 2009 @ 10:24 pm
I got a mailing from Clearwire today.  It says $29.99 a month for life.  I am thinking about it.  The service is limited in area at this time, but currently my internet is only good in my house, so anything would be an improvement...  That's a big enough savings to really think about...
 
 
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30 April 2009 @ 10:01 am
I will be upset if they decide to do another season, weaning off the main characters.  Blech, no spin-offs!  They really just need to end it on a high note, and not let it die a slow and painful death =(
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21 April 2009 @ 04:25 pm
First of all, I am a complete idiot for not looking at the drive up to Elkton, and actually absorbing the fact that I had to drive around DC and Baltimore, and putting 2 and 2 together, in realizing that I was going to have to deal with icky traffic, and idiotic drivers =P  The drive up was ok, a little traffic here and there, but nothing prolonged, which made it a little more manageable.  I did have several interactions with idiotic drivers (AND a truck driver, who is supposed to understand and empathize with our mutual inability to stop quickly =P  ).

I got there eventually though, after about 4.5 hours, and thanks to Becky, I had a spot all blocked off for me.  It was near the port-a-potty (which is good at a ride, since you don't have to walk far to go to the bathroom!  And not too far from the vet-check area, and thus later finding out that Becky was planning on crewing AT the trailer (I would do the same), so it was really nice.  After setting up camp, we went out for a short ride, to introduce Cheyenne to the scary tunnel we have to go through, and stretch their legs.  Cheyenne did great, but I decided that I should probably wear my gloves during the ride, since my rope burns were not quite healed to the level I would have liked for the ride.

Doing everything myself, I woke up in the middle of the night to feed Cheyenne her breakfast (luckily this ride wasn't too cold, so it wasn't as huge of a deal).  I went back to bed for a few hours, and got up around 5-5:15ish to start getting ready for the ride, starting at 7am.  I got everything ready for the vet check, and got Cheyenne all tacked up and ready.  We left with plenty of time to spare.  Though about 50 feet from the trailer, I realized I forgot my half chaps, so off we go trotting back to the trailer (wouldn't want to be missing that important piece of clothing/equipment!).  I felt like I was running out of time, so trotted a bit to get to the start (though we ended up waiting a good 5+ minutes before the trail opened anyway, my plan wasn't to wait in the back of the pack, so I wanted to be there in time).

I didn't hear the guy announcing the trail was open, but I saw the cluster of horses trotting/cantering off down the field, so I assumed it was open, and started in that general direction.  There were a ton of horses registered for this ride, 80 in the 25 mile ride alone.  As we calmly trotted down the field, we passed at least one or two people who had fallen off (lesson number one to newbies about leaving at the start of the pack, lol), and at least one person off to the side with a psyched up  horse, trying to calm him/her down, lol.  We all make our own decisions, and that is exactly what I wanted to avoid...  ha ha.  I'd say I passed a good 5+ people during the course of the ride who had fallen off for one reason or another.  One horse that got loose after having dumped their rider (and someone else running off with their horse to successfully CATCH that horse, lol).  And heard that the guy I had sat near at dinner on Friday galloping to catch another horse that had gotten loose towards the end of the ride.  Props to them, as I'm no hero, and would likely just be trying to keep Cheyenne relaxed and away from the psycho horse, so that I stay on her, lol.

The first loop was somewhat of a fight.  I wanted her to go slow down the steep hills, and if there were horses in front of us that continued trotting down, she'd get mad at me, stop, back up, back herself onto a wall of dirt (if it was there, she's weird, lol), anything other than walking forward, which I personally thought detracted even further from our progress than what I was asking her, but she was annoyed, ha ha.  Even though we left after the first rush, there were still a ton of people passing us at high speeds.  Cheyenne dealt well with it though, and we eventually fell into a decent bubble of space.  The first loop still maintained a generally high energy feel (which is normal), and was definitely the cause of my sore shoulders after the ride and the Sunday after.  Maybe a quarter mile from the end of the first loop, I was going through some deep mud, and noticed a renegade boot stuck in the mud.  I thought for a second, and decided I'd save someone's day, got off on the side of the trail, and heaved and ho'd, eventually pulling that suctioned renegade boot out of the mud.  I strapped it to my saddle bag, asked some passing riders if they could stop while I got back on (which they did), then proceeded through one of the scary tunnels I had prepped Cheyenne for.  It wasn't long before we got to the hold (making for the 15 mile loop in about 2 hours), and I went walking around yelling "Is anyone missing an orange renegade boot!"  lol.  I eventually found someone who knew the woman who had lost it, he said she was off crying about it, and he brought it to her, I'm sure saving her day as I had predicted ;-)  Yay, I did my good deed for the day...  =D  Those things are worth about $80, and she had apparently just got them last week.

I took Cheyenne to the trailer, untacked her, sponged her off, and proceeded back to get her pulsed in, get our out time, and go through the vet check.  She went through with flying colors, except for a small scrape she had gotten on her lower leg, near the hoof.  I was very pleased =)  Returned her to the trailer, set her up with her food, some apples, carrots, sponged her off, etc etc.  By the time I was done with her, I had about 10 minutes to sit down, eat my sport beans, drink water, and lie down for a second.  Then, stood back up, tacked up, and got Cheyenne ready for the second loop.  Headed out about 5 minutes late (oh well), and trotted down the fields...  It wasn't long before April came up from behind, and we ended up riding together for the rest of the loop.  She was great to ride with, and our horses got along great =)  This loop was amazing, both April and I rode it almost entirely with a loose rein, it was nice and relaxing, no struggling, no fighting, and Cheyenne had perky/excited ears the whole time!  I could tell she was enjoying herself...  We finished that loop in about an hour and a half.  A little longer than I had wanted, but it was with great company, and Cheyenne REALLY enjoyed that loop, so I was happy =)

The second loop also provided more interaction with the 50k runners running that day.  They were going in the opposite direction, so we passed them head on, but we passed a ton of them.  What was funny, is that there was one group that we passed, that had someone in it, that Cheyenne didn't like the looks of.  She bent her neck, turned, and looked at them, like she does to those holes in chopped down trees that obviously have boogie monsters in them.  It was quite amusing.  I also think there were at least 3 or 4 times (probably more) that I saw the trail go in a different direction from where everyone else was going, started down it, calling out to the other people that the trail was "over here!"  lol.  I was a good samaritan at this ride...  =)

This loop was only 10 miles, so it was over really quick (but was oh so much fun).  April was worried about her horse, as she has had lameness issues with him, and they ended up getting pulled, so I was sad =(   But Cheyenne recovered well, and got all A's at her final vet check...  Finishing up the ride with all A's, with the exception of the one B for wounds at the first vet check.  I brought her back to the trailer, and slowly started packing up camp.  Not forgetting to go up to the main area to get my complimentary hot dog =)  yum!

It was a great day, which is great, but also leaves me with the dilemma on whether to sign up for the 25 or 50 in SC...  If Cheyenne had been tired after the 25 at Foxcatcher, it would have been an easy decision ;-)  I should probably do the 50, but I'm simply not sure if I will be able to make myself go slower, I'll probably want to do the same pace we did at Foxcatcher, and I'm not sure if that would guarantee a completion or not...  So still deciding on that, we'll see.  I might sign up for one, and see what the weather is like, to possibly switch when I check-in.  So many options ;-)
 
 
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06 April 2009 @ 11:42 am
So I'm having mixed feelings about my ride yesterday.  On the one hand, it was SO much fun, lol.  I am in love with those trails.  I do wish they were a little closer (an hour and a half drive), but at the same time, they're only like 10-30 minutes closer than most of the places I go, and WAY better!  The trails were so much fun, that I was literally laughint out loud on part of the ride back.  The trails were all dirt, so Cheyenne was 100% comfortable (also having 4 shoes on), so we really moved out, and even did the occasional canter stretch.  The trails were windy, so we got to move out, but it was interesting, and not boring.  I didn't bang my knees on any of the trees, which probably would have severely hindered my enjoyment, ha ha.

Unfortunately, Fran was coming out to ride with me, but was running late, so I only did a 5.5 mile ride by the time I went back to get her and her horses.  We waited around a decent amount, resting, before heading back out with her and her horses.  I then did about 7.4 miles.  So in total, it was a decent conditioning ride (13 miles), but with the break in the middle, I didn't get the comfort that I was looking for, in knowing that Cheyenne was ready for a 15 mile loop of about the pace that we did yesterday (with no break in the middle).  So now I'm reconsidering taking next weekend off with no riding.

I actually don't think Cheyenne needs that time off, but I might.  I feel like my work week is my time off, and time to sleep in, ha ha.  So having a day off would probably be nice.  On the other hand, going on the long ride I had originally planned for yesterday, would probably be good conditioning for ME for the ride the following weekend, lol.  But also, if I went, I'd want to do another gravel free ride, and Beaverdam is really the only place that provides that (at this point in my knowledge), and I'm not sure if I want to do that drive again so SOON after doing it.

I guess Cheyenne is probably fine for the ride :-/  I don't know what I want to do.
 
 
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