Monday, September 2, 2013

Looooong weekend!

I have mixed feelings about the Labor Day weekend. On the one hand, I'm all for an extra day off! On the other, I'm really sad to see summer coming to an end. So I've made a decision to just pretend it's not ending. It's still 80 degrees and stiflingly humid out, so clearly, summer is still here!
So what did I do all weekend you ask? (Just pretend like you asked or this will be a very dull post.) My weekend was FULL.
Here's what I had on the schedule for Saturday:
Horse show
Ride Ducky
Change the course in my ring
Run 7.5 miles
Sadly, the horse show took FOREVER! Which was shocking since there didn't seem to be very many exhibitors. At the end of the day, the boys and I came home with these ribbons:
Due to the small turnout, they look a lot more impressive than they really are... But hey, I take what I can get!
It was after four by the time we got back, so I was only successful in getting Ducky worked and playing some fetch with the pugs. I then took a lovely nap on the floor until 9:30 and went to bed!
So here was my updated Sunday schedule:
Run 7.5 miles
Go to the Farmers Market
Clean the barn
Catch up on horse laundry
Ride all three horses
Change the course in the ring
Straighten up the house and do/put away laundry
I did a little better with Sunday's list! It was tough to get out and do the run so early, so I made a deal with myself. I could go as slow as I wanted as long as I went out and did it. The run is best described by the three H's. Hot, Humid, and Hilly. In other words. 7.5 miles of pure torture. But I got it done!
Next, I followed my favorite rule when I have a lot to do. DON'T SIT DOWN. Got directly in the shower and then headed off to the farmer's market.
I have one piece of advice for all of you, if ever you see the following item in your travels, BUY IT!
After stuffing my face with cheese, bread, and the above Honey Butter, it was time to get to work on the barn. The stalls were pretty messy since it was already after noon. They normally get done first thing in the morning. It was 6 PM by the time I finished stalls, horse laundry (3 loads!) and riding everyone, and I was pretty sleepy! So I skipped moving the jumps and opted to just straighten up the house and do a couple loads of my own laundry.
My bed was a welcome site at 11!
Monday's to do list:
Run a 5K in New Haven
Clean the barn
Ride the horses
Change the course
Yep. You read that right. Running two days in a row. Ugh. At least it was a nice flat route and only 3.12 miles. But also HOT and HUMID. So humid. I muscled through at a steady (slow) pace and got it done in just under 30 minutes (literally 29:59). Got some free ice cream at the finish. WIN!
Cleaned the barn and it was raining off and on the whole time. Decided to skip "ride the horses". They didn't seem to mind at all!
I then nearly concussed myself with the pitchfork handle (I have no idea how, don't even ask). Once I could see clearly again, I got to work on the ring. I had new flowers for the jumps from our newly opened neighborhood dollar store (WIN!) and was very excited to put them to use. The only nice thing (in my opinion) about autumn is the decorations and Halloween! So I made an autumn themed jump AND a halloween jump.
All done!

Autumn Jump

Halloween Jump
I gotta tell ya... After all the running, horse riding, cleaning, moving all those heavy jumps, etc this weekend, I am POOPED! Went out and ran some errands and got a burrito that weighs about as much as I do. Just about bed time for this old lady!
What did you all do this weekend? Anything fun and exciting? Did you sleep late? Seriously did you? Cause if so, I'm super jealous.


  1. honey butter is amazing- i wonder what else I can dip in it...... or put it on..... i considered carrots the other day (options were slim)

    1. Oh I just found the ultimate honey butter companion. I am planning to eat the pair for dinner:
      Pumpkin Bagel

      Yes you read that right. Gonna toast that bad boy up and bathe it in some honey butter. I can hardly wait!