Monday, August 31, 2015

brief thoughts: a preview of a successful weekend

Yesterday's outing at Olde Hope went really well. Really better than it had any right to go. More details to come later, but suffice it to say I'm quite pleased. We had our share of 'green' moments (to be expected) but Isabel proved herself to be a reliable and 'generous' horse (yes that's actually a quote from the dressage judge lol) and we had a blast.

'as if i could be anything other than awesome' - isabel
There were a couple little things that happened early in the day that I chose to take as good omens. First off, the recently discovered spider that had taken residence in my truck's mirror? Well, he was super busy and active all morning long while I was packing, and it was kinda freaking me out. He was ALLLLLLL OVER my drivers side window and yea... the idea of driving for an hour and a half with that thing right there was really unappealing.

But lo - poor spider got too bold and ventured down low enough where I could swipe a sweat scraper underneath him to fling him into some foliage where he'll surely eat just as well but yet be nice and far away from ME. Just the way I like it. (it is maybe worth mentioning that I have a serious aversion to killing predators so I'm happy that 'eviction' was an option here rather than 'execution' lol).

spider was quite active for quite some time. as evidenced by the changing color of the sky as we moved from pre-dawn to past sunrise
Another silly 'good omen' was driving past a couple hay trucks on the way out. I'm not sure how this superstition originated, and perhaps it's total and complete bunk.... but for whatever reason my family has always considered it good luck to encounter a hay truck on the road. Bonus points if little stray pieces of hay wash over your car in passing.

So I felt really oddly (and ridiculously) reassured when I passed two such trucks in a row.

check it out!!!
But whatever the reason, things just worked out really well for us. Well enough that we were able to put in a near-record dressage test and just barely cling on well enough to finish with a quite lovely blue ribbon. 

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  1. Woo! I've never been, but I've heard Olde Hope is really nice. And BLUE RIBBON!!!

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    1. it's really nice out there - and so fun! looks like a perfect place to take a whole bunch of kids too. plus the ribbons were soooo cute! i'll have to get a closer pic haha, but two of the streamers have this pretty floral pattern

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  2. Excited beyond belief for the full recap!! :D

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  3. Yaaaaaaay blue ribbon on a move up! Wow!

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    1. i'm pretty pumped about it - first blue ribbon at an event too!

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  4. Yay! Congrats! That's so great. Can't wait to hear the details. Also good for you for find the spider a new home. I feel the same about squishing them.

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    1. lol this one would have been verrrrrry messy to squish - ew! but yea, details are coming soon :D

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  5. Congrats! You've put a lot of work in for this-so happy for you!!

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    1. thanks - we HAVE been working pretty hard, but fortunately isabel makes it feel like play :)

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  6. That's the way to do a move up! Woo hoo!

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    1. lol right?? i'm still a little bit in shock haha

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  7. Awesome!!! The spider and hay trucks were definitely lucky :D

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  8. HOLLLLLLLLY SHIT!!! That's so exciting!!!!! YAY!!! **applause** :)

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    1. haha thank you!! it was a little harder won than last week's romp around for 2nd, but we did it!!

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  9. Just beyond thrilled for you both :)

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    1. thank you!!!! hopefully Tillie is healed up quickly so you can come join us next time!

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  10. Wow! Congratulations for sure - I bet you're super pleased. Your work is paying off big-time!

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  11. Heck yes!!!! Congrats on a bitchin' move up! I can't wait to hear all the details! And media!!!!

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    1. lol definitely not the way i expected to move up but i will take it!! media spam to follow tomorrow haha

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    1. lol. superstitions are weird but best not to question ;)

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  13. Congratulations!! Way to go! So happy for you!

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    1. thank you - i'm super pumped for this little mare

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    1. thanks - it's been a long time since we got a ribbon this color!

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  15. Yay! Congrats on the satin. Can't wait to read the full write up.

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    1. thank you!! write up starts tomorrow!! :D

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  16. YAY! So excited that A) the spider has a new home and B) you have a pretty blue ribbon!

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    1. haha i may or may not have texted photographic updates to more than a few barn mates about that damn spider... he was definitely distracting me!!

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  17. Congrats!!! Can't wait to hear all about to!

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  18. Awesome! Glad you guys did well! And ewww spiders! 8~o

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    1. lol thanks - and yea that spider was pretty gross haha

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  19. Can't wait to hear the more in-depth recap!!!!

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