Thursday, August 17, 2017

bird brain

Happy Thursday everyone! Brace yo'selves for another picture-heavy recounting of a work trip that tries to make it look like I didn't spend the whole time freezing my lady balls off in an overly air-conditioned conference center lol.

it's a ship!
Bc it turns out that work trips aren't really all that glamorous, even when they take me to cool places.

kites kites kites
San Diego is a very pretty place tho. The harbor definitely lends itself to some very pleasant sightseeing even on the briefest of walks.
 
i'm more than a little bit obsessed with west coast trees
It's good to be home tho. I miss my pony and would legit rather be posting pictures of him right now. This is, after all, a dedicated horse blog. Not a work travel blog lol. But all in good time, right?

srsly. these trees. they are cool.
Hopefully I'll see Charlie this evening for a nice long hack (if the weather cooperates lol). In the meantime tho, I'll just satisfy myself with recovering from the jet lag and red eye flight while trying to catch up on what everyone has been up to for the past couple days.

oooh look, it's another ship!
I'm looking forward to a little more stability in my schedule soon hopefully too. For whatever reason, I've been heading out to the west coast fairly often lately. It's a cool place to go but that's a lot of travel!

kinda wish i had made it for a tour
And it's hard to give Charlie the consistency I want for him with all that back and forth. Considering in the past 7 days he's been ridden once. Not ideal. But again, hopefully that's it for time off for a little while.

more treeeees!! these palms being decidedly more natural and normal looking than the overly preened palms of anaheim
Really tho, if Charlie has shown anything over the course of time I've had him, it's that he's pretty much always fine. Always the same horse. I always know what I'm getting with him, and it's always pretty wonderful.

so pretty tho!
And that's a reassuring feeling, right? To know that we can put something down, walk away for a moment, and still have everything right where we left it when we return.

even the little weedy mossy plants are pretty cool looking
As much as I joke about Charlie being the King of the Dings and a sensitive soul, he really has been Mr Reliability.

marina in the bay
Obvi it's tempting fate a little to write that out lol... But so far, so good.

they almost don't look real, right?
So I'm looking forward to getting back out there again soon, getting my pony fix and hopefully having some exciting stuff coming up to write about too!

can't stop, won't stop
There are a couple topics I want to write about soon too, in addition to our standard content following the training progress of everyone's favorite goofy big bay TB.

another notable difference from anaheim: birdies!!!! they wanted to share my breakfast orts lol
Not least of which, the most major of silver linings from this most recent trip!!

oooooh except we got some drama goin down!
San Diego, as you know, being home to actually quite a few wonderful equestrian bloggers - so naturally we had to find a way to weave a fun meet up into the regularly scheduled work shenanigans!!

angry birdie doesn't wanna play nice with everyone else! chill out birdie!!
And even more to my great relief - this included getting to meet a couple very special and internet-famous ponies!!!! More to come on that later!

oh snap! i love the shocked expressions of those other two trying to figure out wtf is up with crazy pants over there lol
For now, tho, wish me luck in recovering from the jet lag and getting to see Sir Charles this evening (I miss the big guy!!).

'Tis the season anyway, right? I know a lot of you have been on vacations lately, or travel for work too, or have other circumstances interfering with a consistent summer riding schedule. How have you made that work for you? Is your horse cool with down time? Or do you always have to make arrangements to keep the horse in work when you're away? Does it depend?

22 comments:

  1. Haha, those birdies are mad!
    You got a lot of great pics of the trees that I take advantage of/wish there were forests of trees and don't usually notice the ones we do have.

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    1. oh man i am OBSESSED with the trees and general foliage on the west coast. totally obsessed haha. it's so pretty tho! but also so different from the east coast! sparrows are apparently the same everywhere tho ;)

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    1. just me and them crazy birdies, i <3 them lol

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  3. I am always so obsessed with scenery pics from different places just because they're always so DIFFERENT than what I'm used to! I love it. Also dying over those bird photos hahaha.

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    1. I blame my afternoon brain dead slump for using different two times in the same sentence.... Haha. Oops? I started to say I love west coast scenery pics but really I love all scenery pics 😂

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    2. haha, and see, in my own bird brain / brain dead state i didn't even notice lol. also glad i'm not the only one who really enjoys looking at different style sceneries. the west cost is kinda in some ways the most alien, but there are so many distinct regions in this country - it's fun to try to zoom in on those interesting unique facets! and... uh... it definitely beats starting at weird conference center rug patterns all day LOL

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  4. I just wrote a post this afternoon about consistency for Gem. You read my mind! Work trips always sound so much more exciting than they are, but it seems like you snuck in some good horse time to make it better.

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    1. definitely some good horse time!! ponies fix everything! and i'll be curious to read your post about consistency. it's a surprisingly complicated subject and so dependent on the individual horses!

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  5. Buying a horse forced me to cancel all imminent exciting travel plans. So. That's lame. Bai east coast peeps.

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    1. :( sad to miss you! but also happy about SB's ZB. the east coast will still be here later!

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  6. Seriously though, why do they always try to freeze you out at those conference centers??

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    1. omg i do not know. but it was intense!! we kept talking to the organizers who would talk to facilities and it would start to get a little more comfortable.... then POOF, frigid air right back on again!

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  7. I travel a bunch for work as well, so I totally get it. It's nice to get out of town, but REALLY nice to get back

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  8. Omg. I've been to San Diego a couple of times for work - main office is there - and I had NO IDEA there were cool ships. But I've been to the zoo, so yay?

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    1. oh yea, that harbor is absolutely crawling with activity!! normal shipping type stuff, but also there's a huge navy presence. it's pretty cool to just chill at one of the bay side cafes and watch all the hustle and bustle

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  9. I *think* those are buttressed figs, which are definitively the greatest trees ever! Also, the Anaheim palms are manicured the same way every bush in Hollywood is practically required to be manicured by what I can only imagine is an overly-invasive city ordinance.

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    1. i'm pretty sure anaheim is run by the dark, seedy, conspiratorial laws of disney. everything must be PERFECT!! but NO BIRDS!!!! lol....

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  10. Those trees are BEAUTIFUL. And the birds, hahaha. We have feeders on our windows at work now and I get to watch them daily. We have a particularly crazy pants bird that will hang upside down on the feeder while the others look at it like, "WTF man?!"

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    1. hahaha yup that sounds about right. goofy birds

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  11. I think that Katai enjoyed her vacation from my recent TWO WEEKS away and I sort of knew how to ride still when I get back so no damage done. I won't be doing that again though if I have any sort of choice in the matter.

    Welcome back!

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