Woke Up in Nashville

Nashville is a cool city!

I was supposed to go to Aiken this weekend for a XC extravaganza with LT but then my future sister-in-law reached out to me about her bachelorette party. Of course I had to go! I mean, I love XC schooling and it would have been so great but I also love my future sister-in-law and I cannot say no to a weekend of girl time and alcohol. Lots and lots of alcohol.

There were 12 of us staying in one (really beautiful and big house) but keeping us all corralled at night was quite a feat. Plus the Predators were playing the Penguins in the third game of the Stanley cup so things were cray cray!

I also felt kind of old because I can just not keep up with those youngsters. Boy do they have a lot of energy!

Still, I had an amazing time. Good food, good people, good times. I can’t wait to go back.

Happy Holidays

Happy holidays everyone! I am currently in the process of packing up and heading back home from the condo my parents rented so we could go skiing for the holidays. It has been great seeing my family but it’s definitely a different kind of holiday when you’re not at home.

I only ended up going skiing one day of the three we were up here because something is wrong with my ski boots and I ended up with huge bruises on my shin. I’m not happy about that but at least the day I did get in was basically bluebird.

My sister on her first run off the bunny hill.
My sister on her first run off the bunny hill.

The other two days I took the dogs hiking on a 4 mile round trip trail to a place called Greenwood Lake. It wasn’t much more than a pond but the trail was nice. Only the river we kept crossing was definitely way too strong for Harley and despite my ban on swimming in the river, she did jump in and almost got swept under some logs. I was terrified but luckily she managed to climb back out.

wpid-IMG_20131226_103549.jpg wpid-IMG_20131226_104056.jpgFor Christmas the boy got me a lovely light weight jacket for the barn and a brand new Micklem bridle!

wpid-IMG_20131224_170804.jpgDandy used to ride in the BO’s Micklem when we were at FTF. She had that rare and now discontinued tobacco color but I think he’s going to look smashing in this darker brown. I can’t wait to get home and put it on him tomorrow. It should also match the Voltaire Lexington Monoflap… hint hint.

From my parents I got some nice wool socks, a few other trinkets and money. Can’t go wrong there for a horse girl! I also got money from my grandparents and I immediately went out and bought the Rambo Grand Prix Fleece Cooler for $40 off the asking price. It’s a size larger than I usually buy for Dandy but it’ll probably work just fine. I can’t wait for that to arrive.

It’s been a lovely few days but I am looking forward to sleeping in my own bed. And see my pony.

 

New York City

Hello everyone! Apologies, I just got back from a very busy but very fun four days in NYC with my younger sister and my parents. It was supposed to be a vacation but we were so busy I can’t really call it that! Still, I had such a great time and the highlight was definitely seeing Laura Osnes in Cinderella. She was spectacular.

We saw three shows on Broadway: Cinderella, Nice Work if You Can Get It and Jersey Boys
Taylor and I at the Museum of Natural History. That is one big clam!

 

Geek Alert: Taylor and I are huge fans of the movie Balto so we had to go find the statue in Central Park.
This is my illegally taken picture of the Cinderella set up.
These were the sparkliest things I have EVER seen on stage. Also, I really want to know how they guaranteed her losing her slipper in the same spot every time.

 

At the Empire State Building
At the Museum of Modern Art. That’s Monet’s Water Lilies behind us.
Mom, Taylor and I in Time Square coming back from “Nice Work If You Can Get It”
I had a late night craving for Chinese food. Isn’t it great that there are places in NYC that will deliver at midnight?
When we were at the MET I overheard a lot of people commenting on the poor horses and how much the armor weighed. Personally I was more horrified by some of the bits. Still, the workmanship on some of those pieces IS beautiful!
Couldn’t go to NYC without getting cupcakes! Upper left to lower right: Milkshake, Raspberry Swirl, Red Velvet, Cannoli.

As much fun as I did have, I’m glad to be back home with the puppies and the boy.