Tuesday, March 31, 2020
So I guess today's confession is that I still have a TON of things to do around the house. You don't realize how much crap and clutter you accumulate until you get around to organizing and clearing it out. Thankfully, I still have a full time job, so I don't have hours and hours of free time to dedicate. But it is nice to have some free time to accomplish these projects. Just trying to make the most of my time stuck at home. Might as well love my space if I'm going to be here so much, right?
I've also found the furniture I want for my craft room. I have a spare bedroom that I never furnished. It's a weird shape, and really wouldn't make a great bedroom as it's long but very narrow. I have my room, plus two others, so I don't certainly don't need that one to house people. Anyway, everything I want is on Amazon, so next month I'll order. (This month I had to get the home office set up. Only so much $ per month ya know?)
What about you all? Have you been using your time at home productively? Learn something new? Do some crafts?
Thursday, March 26, 2020
I'm still allowed to see my horses for now. I'm not sure when my hay is coming so I can't really bring them home unless I source elsewhere. But they're in good hands, so should full lock down happen, I know they'll be okay. I have debated about riding and decided to proceed with caution. I won't start jumping Shiny until things calm down at the hospitals (so like... next year...) and I'm going to continue just hand walking Pammon for now as well. I was supposed to start tack walking him, but I think better safe right now. A little longer rehab certainly won't hurt him. And as for Eros, I'll just see where we end up. He has two more weeks of hand walking, then his third shockwave. Then I think two more weeks before we reevaluate. Hopefully by then we'll have a better handle on this pandemic.
And that's basically life right now. Work is still nuts, but we're running low on product. That's worrisome. But you can only worry about so many things at once, ya know? I had to curb my news watching to calm the anxiety. Which I never really had before, but it's moved itself right in. Me and everyone else I'm sure. Anyway... I have a riding outfit to share!
Jacket: Old Navy
Sweatshirt: TK Equestrian
Belt: Mane Jane
Socks: Dreamers and Schemers
And that's it from here for this week. I'm catching up on all of your posts slowly but surely! Hope everyone is staying healthy and sane through all of this.
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
If they decide to close to boarders, I will definitely miss my horses, but I'm honestly okay with that too. I want this thing to pass quickly. As an asthmatic, I'm pretty terrified of catching it.
Where are you guys at with this thing? Are you still seeing your horses? Are you riding?
Thursday, March 19, 2020
We had a meeting Monday to let us know most of us would be transitioning to work from home. I was so happy to finally get that call! Setting up the home office was a little rough at first. I couldn't find the driver to make my printer talk to my work laptop. Which was okay, because most of what I print comes through email and that doesn't have to be done on the work server. But then I realized my new laptop has no usb port for my printer (I never set up the wireless on it). So I had to bust out the old lap top until I could get an adapter for the new one. It was pretty ridiculous working off three computers for a couple days. Also, I can't get onto the work server through the wireless internet, so I had to stop by my brothers to steal an ethernet cord to hardwire in. Today I had to actually go into the office to retrieve my IP phone. So things are set up and rolling along. Mostly. I just ordered a proper desk chair. I was using a folding chair I keep in the trailer, and well... it wasn't cutting it.
Anyway, you're not here to talk about work. You're here to talk about horses! So first things first....
As for Eros... Despite his leg looking completely perfect on the outside and no change at all on the ultra sound, he's still unsound. Boo. We did some shockwave on it, and he'll have one more treatment in 10 days. Then I guess we'll recheck a couple weeks after that. And obviously all of that depends on what happens with The Covid (that's what I'm calling it now). If they decide we need to shelter in place... well then the vet won't make it out. But being nqr usually isn't life threatening. So worst case there, we just wait longer. No biggie,
Shiny is doing well, though she's starting to protest this whole having to work thing. She's pretty agreeable when I let her plod around like a beginner pony, but she gets very opinionated when I ask her to start coming round and carrying herself. The horror! She's definitely feeling stronger though, so I know it's just mare-itude and doesn't seem to be pain related. She's absolutely a lazy pony, so protesting hard work is pretty much expected from her.
In pup news... Well I'm not completely sure what's going on with them. P finished her meds, and I guess I need to bring a sample in to be tested. But with everything going on, I haven't done that yet. She seems just fine though, so hopefully we're good for a week or two. Artie finished his second antibiotic but is still coughing a lot. So I checked in with the vet and we decided that despite what the tests showed, we should try some heart meds for him. It doesn't make sense that neither antibiotic helped him except that it might be something heart related. So hopefully that will do the trick and he'll be feeling better soon. Fingers crossed!
I spent some of my free time last weekend putting together all of these shelves for my bedroom. They have fabric bins that will go in them, but I didn't get to that part yet. Hopefully by the end of all this isolation my house will be in order!
Those wraps I mentioned Tuesday though? Those are still in the laundry bag...
I also have somewhat of a riding outfit to share today. Since I'm working from home, I wore jammies the first half of the day and then just put on my riding clothes. So here it is:
Top: Tory Sport (by Tory Burch)
Belt: Mane Jane
Breeches: Hadley by Smartpak
Socks: Dreamers and Schemers
And that's it for today! Still about a week behind reading blogs, but some day I'll catch up with all of you! Maybe this weekend!
How are you all making out in these crazy times? Staying healthy?
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
My office has finally given us permission to work from home starting this afternoon (we're waiting for adapters to arrive for our phones, should be here in an hour or so). So maybe I'll drag that bag upstairs to the (new) home office and work on it in between phone calls and orders and what not.
Do you guys have anything like that you've been putting off and/or just completely forgot about?
Thursday, March 12, 2020
Helmet: One K
|Yes. I look tired.|
Sweatshirt: Smart Ass and Sass
Belt: Mane Jane
Boots: De Niro
So that's what I wore to ride in last night, and here's my work outfit today:
Sweater: French Connection
Jeans: Vintage America Blues
And that's it from outfit day! Do you have any favorites from today? I swear, I'm trying to catch up on everyone's blogs. So when you see random comments from me on posts that are like two weeks old... sorry. I'm trying! Hope you're all doing well and avoiding the Covid!
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
It was a good week with Shiny. She's flipped a switch back to working pony and has been pretty good lately. She's not tripping as much (which doesn't mean never, but it's improving) and she's warming up out of her western pleasure trot a bit faster. I imagine this amazing spring weather is helping too! Before the nice weather arrived though, it was VERY windy. Last Friday I had planned to just sit on her bareback and have an easy day. But when I brought her over to the mounting block in the corner of the ring, a big gust of wind blew a bunch of sand or whatever was outside against the building. She spooked and reared and acted all kinds of wild. So I decided instead of riding to just let her have a turnout in the ring. SUCH a good call! She was WILD! Galloping around and even kind of bucked a couple times. But the cutest part was that she jumped all the little cross rails that were set up in the ring.
|Take me outside please. -Shiny probably|
Eros seems to be doing fine. The leg looks good, nice and tight. We've been enjoying our walks. And we've had an audience:
|"Seriously Mom. Be nice." - Eros, likely|
Eros has his next vet check on Friday, so please everyone, cross all of your crossables that we can start back to work! I miss riding him tons.
In other exciting news though, I got to ride some extras this weekend! Barn owner is still in Florida so the rules aren't quite so tight I guess. Saturday I got to flat Neiko who you might remember from when I got to lesson on him a few weeks ago.
On Sunday, I got to ride a new one for me named Chacos. He's also older, and has been around the block a few times. I think he did the hunters most of his life, but his last job was doing the jumpers.
P and Artie both had rechecks at the vet Saturday morning. Neither of them is better yet totally which is pretty disappointing, but they have improved so that's something.
We changed P's antibiotic and a second one for Artie. Doc says for Artie, it's pretty common for pneumonia to take up to four weeks to resolve so I shouldn't get discouraged. He's still coughing though, so not sure if we'll have to switch meds again... We shall see I guess! The extra fun part is that P had to go on Amoxicillin which I'm allergic to. Thank goodness I sell gloves for a living!
|Welcome to the Pug pharmacy... We have three types of antibiotics... what's your pleasure?|
|Voting booth. Each taster gets two votes (glass beads) and you just place your beans in the hole for your favorites.|
|I have zero regrets. A few extra pounds maybe, but no regrets.|
And then I had to go home and do Sunday chores which was pretty lame. The work week came way too quickly and I'm already dreaming of 5 pm on Friday...
Did you all have a good week/weekend? Do anything fun? This might have been the last weekend for fun things before we all get told to avoid each other. This virus seems like it's coming fast and furious, and as long as I'm able to see my horses, I'm just fine with laying low for a few weeks. The introvert in me has been training for this my whole life! Jokes aside, I hope everyone stays healthy and safe.
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
This isn't really a confession so much as a HILARIOUS story about my brothers. And I had absolutely nothing to do with it, except for enjoying the hilarity... My older brother submitted his DNA to 23 and Me awhile back so he has an account with them. Any time a potential family member joins, he gets a notification.
|Sibs and Dad at Older Bro's college graduation circa 1998|
|Sibs at my college graduation circa 2002 complete with bunny ears...|
Also important to note, my younger brother was conceived via IVF in the 80's. You'll appreciate this in a moment.
|Sibs and Dad at little bro's college grad, circa 2010|
Are you guys dying yet?! Cause I am.. Hilarious. Total panic. Of course, my sister-in-law being a more rational human being says, "you should probably call your brother first." So big bro calls little bro and little bros says "What's 23 and Me?"
|sibs with Dad at Dad's wedding also 2010|
So that's today's story about how my Little Bro totally punk'd my Big Bro. And I just got to sit back and laugh my ass off.