Monday, November 18, 2013


I think of myself as a pretty focused person, and I stay busy, all the time. I do not do down time very well (and I'm getting worse). As daylight wanes and I don't ride as much or be outside, I get a bit "squirrel!" (This is how my office describes being distracted, a classic scene from the movie "Up". Anyone who doesn't know the reference or see the linked video: you must see the movie. Cutest distracted dog ever)

Sometimes I can fit a ride in after work. Sometimes it is just too damn dark and I don't want to deal with it. So I come home and I should be on my treadmill in the living room, watching a favorite escapist movie (when on the boring treadmill I seriously watch the same cheesy movies over and over: No Escape, Reign of Fire, Dark City, Sahara, Pitch Black). Instead I create messes, I mean craft projects, throughout the house. I start one project and usually have about three more going at the same time, spread throughout the house in various stages of completion.

My recent project is not horse-related at all. (Unless you count that Kirk and Picard ride horses, both in the movie and in real life, they are so awesome). It is now hanging in my office at work, and I love it. Seriously geek stuff, and proud of it. I am also in awe of people who do models and painting. I totally do not have the patience for that. If this had taken longer than a couple days I wouldn't have done it. ("To Boldly Go" is on my emergency bracelet, I think it a fitting saying for any rider.)

in process, just a bit messy

watch out for the new Crystalline entity Enterprise!

OK, I need another project, let's go to the craft store! I should go to the grocery store too (worst thing ever, except maybe bra shopping, I have an aversion to pushing a cart, unless I'm at Home Depot).

But have you noticed how horses invade all aspects of our lives? Here is a recent (supposedly non-horse) outing:

I know, I know Christmas is coming And I know everyone complains about stuff being out too early. But seriously, I can't even look…

Look a these little rubber band things! In orange! I have enough black mane bands to last a lifetime, the bag seriously has like 10,000 bands or something. And I only do a few rides a year, which is the only time I braid, I'll never use them up. But look, these are orange! Add them to the basket.

Look at that little pony thing! Strange bridle set up. It comes with a trophy? That's some high expectations for your first show. And the kitty rider is not wearing riding clothes. Yeah, that is what is wrong with this! I would not have liked this as a kid, I liked the realistic Breyers, even if I did change all their names to names from books I'd read.

Woah, duct tape is now trendy? Oh, the possibilities.

I love these! Look at all these heads! They could fit on a helmet! How cool would that be, or at an endurance ride, or a team event! I wonder if it would freak the horses out. I could totally torment the barn. Remember this for later, I may need to be a land shark…

pile 'o projects on the desk

Oh, a paint by number, how retro and fun! Just about my painting ability. Soon it will be cold and wet and I'll be trapped inside with lots of free time. I could paint it to be Major and kitty Thomas! I'll probably have to buy some brushes and paint to match their colors too. I'll add it to the pile of projects on my computer desk.

my awesome lunchbox, however…

…sadly, an actual "lunch"

I had no food today for lunch, and had to buy crummy lunch and only take snacks and treats. Fine, I'll go to the grocery store. I hate the grocery store. Stupid cart. Too many people.

Zilco water. Hmmm, like the tack company. I really would like a new orange halter/bridle. Or maybe a sidepull. Would I get all orange, or black with orange accents? Maybe one without a browband as Major hates to get all itchy and sweaty. I like the beta biothane one I have, but maybe give the Zilco a try. Oh, wait, it's Zico coconut water. Nevermind.

Hmmm, let's get some carrots. I don't think I have carrots at home. Carrots, how much is enough? Horse says never too many, but doesn't exactly mind when he gets Nicker Maker treats either. I could make some homemade carrot treats, good to add some extra salt this time of year. Oh, I already did have a bag. How am I going to fit all these carrots in the fridge?

Ha, I forgot about this old comic buried on my fridge. Still is funny. And could be useful! Maybe I should clean off this fridge…

(Oh my. I AM my horse. I cannot be mad at Major's need for speed, his inability to do one thing consistently, his love of new trails and adventures. Do our horses resemble us, or do we resemble our horses?)



  1. Love your Enterprise! Do you keep up with Season 8 on Twitter? I am trying to get my husband to get a Season 8 tattoo - this one's my favorite lately:

    The pretty duct tape lacks stickiness and strength. It is best used as an accent, not as a method of holding one thing to another.

    Dixie and I are basically the same personality too.

    1. oh, fun twitter, thanks!

      I know the duct tape kind-of sucks, even the orange I have is pretty useless, but it sure is pretty. Now Gorilla tape is AMAZING!

      Glad to know there are other "squirrels" out there!

  2. Squirrel!!! (That's a part of my everyday vocabulary for distracted moments.)

    On the Zilco -- the orange fades really badly. I actually returned mine because within a couple of weeks and a couple of short rides, it had started taking on a pinkish cast, and it eventually turns this weird pinkish-yellow. Haven't had fade issues with the orange beta.

    And I want those orange mane bands! The animals heads are great...I think I'm a fan of the orange tiger.

    1. Good to know about the Zilco, even though I also don't like the shiny aspect anyway, sad that it faded like that. I have orange beta reins, they're fading after 2 years. I think I'll stick with black with accents, seems to be safer. Of course I can't justify a new set-up anyway!

      The orange mane bands are at the craft store! I got them at Mcihaels, it's some sort of kids toy/art project that uses rubber bands, They're pretty cheap, but you can use like 100 per ride and still not run out!

      We could all be a different animal, that would be awesome!

    2. Black with accents is what I've far, so good. Against my better judgement, I got neon orange SnugPax, a move I'll regret in about a year or so after they've faded...but for right now, they look awesome. And then I'll learn my lesson and go back to black packs. :P

  3. Oh god I agree. SQUIRREL. That is my life for the past...awhile. I don't know why. I have period of insane focus....SQUIRREL.


    1. You're obviously in good company. Embrace your inner squirrel....

  4. Squirrel is standard operating procedure around here. ;D

    There is a clear duct tape that works great - those fashion ones suck though.

    That cartoon is perfect. ;D

    1. I'm sensing a pattern of horse people = squirrel. So good to know I'm not alone.

  5. This cracked me up! We definitely would get along in every day life. I am totally getting a paint by numbers! My awesome detailed horse coloring book from last winter is almost done..Oh, sweet Enterprise!

    Scrappy probably has the most headstalls of any horse ever now. You would think going bitless and wanting no browband etc made things simple--it doesn't!

    1. oh yes, find a paint by number, they look so fun (we'll see how frustrated I get if it takes too long!)

      I hear you on the headstalls. I was inspired by your new indian hackamore (i'd been wanting one) and ordered a nice one. It'll just be for fun though, I don't think it'll have enough brakes for a "real" ride. So I'm still on the lookout for the "no browband but can use bit, beta maybe orange accents" headstall. Or I could be content with my perfectly serviceable one...

  6. Hmmm... sometimes focused, sometimes distracted, several projects going on at once, wanting to try new things and have new adventures. But I ponder a lot and I DO do down time well. Am I a squirrel personality, but travelling at a sloth pace? I think maybe that's it, and I honestly don't know how you put up with me! The animal heads are great! Is there a monkey? I could be a monkey-jockey! And with that awesome lunchbox? Peanut butter sandwich, DingDongs, and Tang!