Officially in another division

Dressage Mom Archive on August 26, 2008, 1:02 pm

In Arabian breed shows, the larger adult amateur divisions are often divided by age. Usually 18 to 39 and 40 and Over. When I was a kid and showing I used to think the people in the 40 and Over classes were so old. I think that's funny. Now that I'm in the 40 and Over division, anyway.Here's the thing about me and birthdays - I don't have birthday parties. Not since my 11th birthday, when I invited around 30 girls to my house for a party and only one person showed up. I can attribute this to the
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Oh, my legs! And abs, and everything else!

Dressage Mom Archive on August 21, 2008, 12:50 am

I've been so busy that this is the first time I've had to post about my ride in the new arena on Sunday. Yeah, I know it's Wednesday. The only reason why I'm getting this done is that I'm being a bad mom and letting the kids entertain themselves with Go Diego Go on TV while I type this. And when I'm done there are dishes to do and laundry to fold. And then I have to get everything ready for the kids for school in the morning, and my riding clothes packed in my bag so I can get to the barn and ride
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The Arena Project - Phase Four

Dressage Mom Archive on August 17, 2008, 2:19 am

Phase OnePhase TwoPhase ThreePhase Four - Gradation(was Restoration)Amazingly, Mr. F came out today to level the arena. I had to work so Susan met him out there. I hurried out to the barn as soon as I was done at work, but when I got there he was already gone. I was amazed that he was done already, considering Susan sent me a text just before 9:00 saying that he had gotten there, and when I got there it was11:30. I thought he had about four hours of work to do. Apparently, he finished faster than
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We have confirmation

Dressage Mom Archive on August 16, 2008, 3:18 am

Susan called Mr. F tonight to confirm what time he'd be showing up. She said he sounded a little annoyed that she insisted he give her a time, but said that he would be there between 8 and 9. I have to work in the morning, which sucks, but I'm going to get over there as soon as I can. He said he'd have a few hours of work so he might still be there and working by the time I show up.Thanks for all the comments on this continuing saga. To be fair to Mr. F, I've only been dealing with him for three
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Another promise

Dressage Mom Archive on August 15, 2008, 11:58 pm

By the time I got to the barn yesterday, I was completely frustrated with the arena crap. I asked Susan to call Mr. F for me. She called him and the conversation went a something like this...***Mr. F: Hello?Susan: Hi, this is Susan. You've been talking to one of our boarders about doing work on our arena. I need to know if you're still going to be able to do the work. I have a few people who want to come in and board here but I need to tell them if the arena is going to be fixed or not.Mr. F: Oh,
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What's it going to take?

Dressage Mom Archive on August 14, 2008, 6:50 pm

I haven't been posting a lot recently about riding. Mostly because I have nothing to post about, since I haven't ridden my horse in an arena since I finished Boot Camp at my trainer's barn. This is because the arena footing STILL has not been fixed. I've tried very hard not to whine about this, but holy cow, what's a gal gotta do? I've been trying to get this arena footing fixed since February. It's now halfway through August, and it's still not done. The most frustrating thing is that I've accomplished
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"Hi, this is the lab calling..."

Dressage Mom Archive on August 11, 2008, 7:22 pm

"...and unfortunately I have some bad news for you."This is how the conversation started. It ended with me making a patient cry.In the IVF business we sometimes have to give bad news. The nurses and doctors have to give it all the time, in the form of "Your pregnancy test was negative" or "I'm sorry but the baby has no heartbeat." or something shattering like that. Usually the lab just has to give the facts, like "You had 8 out of 10 eggs fertilize." or "Your embryo quality is not perfect, and based
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I resemble that remark

Dressage Mom Archive on August 4, 2008, 2:48 am

A few weeks ago as I was headed out to the barn I was listening to NPR on the radio, as usual. They were having a segment about the Olympics and had Olympians past and present as guests. It was really neat to hear the different points of view between the guests, such as a current men's gymnast versus a women's synchronized swimmer from the 70's. They talked about the hard work, sacrifices, politics, and economics of getting to the Olympics. I was enjoying the show, until they got a caller named
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Make it Work - Part 3 - Work

Dressage Mom Archive on August 1, 2008, 7:50 pm

Part 1Part 2For most of us, having a horse (or two or ten horses) means that we have to have full time jobs. No matter if you board them or if you have them at home, horses are expensive. I have had a job - at least a part-time job - since I was fourteen years old, and I didn't get my first horse until I was twenty-one. That doesn't mean I didn't spend money, it just means that the majority of it didn't go towards board.Most of the horse owners that I know only have jobs so they can afford their
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Oh come on now.

Dressage Mom Archive on July 31, 2008, 3:58 am

This arena thing is really starting to irritate me. Marge agreed to have Mr. F out to fix the arena. This is his business, and he said he'd call me when he knew what his schedule was. Four days later I called him, and he seemed a bit irritated that I called to ask him what was going on. He said he still didn't know when he could make it out.Seriously? How can you not know? Don't you schedule your clients? He told me that it would probably be this week. This week only has two more days in it. So,
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Dressage Mom Archive on July 29, 2008, 2:37 pm

Jewel over at 20 Meter Cricle of Life gave me a blog award! This is super cool, because I've been tagged a ton, but no awards.Arte y Pico AwardThis award comes with some rules:1. You have to pick 5 blogs that you think deserve this award for their creativity, design, interesting material, and also for contributing to the blogging community, no matter what language.2. Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone.3. Each award winner has
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Do I even dare write this post?

Dressage Mom Archive on July 25, 2008, 2:54 am

I think it's finally happening.Marge agreed to pay Mr. F, the arena specialist, to come out and level the arena. She wanted me to be the contact with him, so I called him to find out when he could come out. He said maybe this weekend, but he'd call me when he had a chance to look at his book and give me a date.I'm so excited that I'll actually be able to start training again in that arena. If time permits I'm going to be riding Albert too. He's such a little stinker but he's so talented.Keep your
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Spur Tag

Dressage Mom Archive on July 23, 2008, 2:32 am

First of all, I made it through the plane ride without getting a splitting headache. And the girls were stars. I was traveling without Craig so herding two kids under 5 can be a challenge, but they were both wonderful. In fact we got four compliments on our way to baggage claim in Cleveland about how good they were and how well I handled them. All the comments were made by businessmen, and since we were traveling on a weekday I can only assume that they'd had their share of flights that included
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Dressage Mom Archive on July 22, 2008, 7:44 am

I've been fighting a bit of a cold for about two weeks now. Today I laid down with the girls for their nap and when I woke up I knew I needed to see a doctor. The whole left side of my face was throbbing and the top row of teeth were in significant pain. Just what I need - a sinus infection.Since I'm still at my parents house I asked my dad if he thought he could get me in to see his doctor. No dice. Instead he found a Doc in the Box for me to go to. It was actually a very nice experience, except
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Dawn of the Pop

Dressage Mom Archive on July 21, 2008, 2:51 am

Before we left Cleveland for my parents house, I sat the girls down and explained what would be happening so they could know what to expect, and also so I could answer any questions they might have. I told them that Grandaddy had died, and that he had gone to heaven. But he left his body here, and it was up to us to take care of it. So when they saw him at the funeral home he would be in a wooden box.Lily said "I know, that's called a coffin!"Yes, I agreed. Then I said that we'd be able to see him
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Ode to Thomas

Dressage Mom Archive on July 19, 2008, 10:22 pm

Today was Pop's funeral in Annapolis, Maryland. It was a very sad occasion, but we all had the chance to spend a few days remembering Pop and all the stories surrounding him. He was very devoted and loving to his family, and was a very hard worker.Pop had been a waterman all his life, starting out as an oysterman as a kid. He was born on Gibson Island in Marlyland and stayed there until moving to Annapolis with my Nana. Pop was a very quiet man, and was perfectly evened out by my outgoing, bubbly
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2:12 pm

Dressage Mom Archive on July 14, 2008, 7:34 pm

Pop passed away today at 2:12. My mom was there holding his hand, as was my father. They said he went peacefully and calmly.Thanks for all of your well wishes. He was a great guy, and I'm proud to have called him my Pop.And to my Nana - Mix up a Manhattan Ethlyn! He's coming to you!
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Dressage Mom Archive on July 14, 2008, 1:55 pm

I got a call from my dad on Saturday morning saying that my grandfather, Pop-pop to me, was in the hospital. He had been complaining about not wanting to eat, or being unable to swallow, for about a week. He had an appointment with the doctor on Friday to evaluate the situation and decide how to proceed. The doctor decided that he didn't want to scope Pop at this time because they'd have to sedate him, and since he's 94 they want to avoid that if possible. Pop was scheduled for a barium test next
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Boot Camp Session One - Day 7

Dressage Mom Archive on July 12, 2008, 2:17 am

Our last day included one last lesson, and I could tell that my pony was pooped the second I got on him. I'm sure he was thinking "Listen, lady. I'm seventeen. I haven't worked this hard in almost three years. I need a break, okay?!"We started warming up the trot and my trainer was very happy with how he looked. She said he was much straighter and had better rhythm than the first day. She also said that not once did she see uneven strides like she did when he was hurt. My trainer's mother was there
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Dressage Mom Archive on July 11, 2008, 2:25 am

Yep. Still having problems moving air in and out of my lungs. Truth be told, the description of my last day at Boot Camp, as well as my last day at my trainer's farm, is not that exciting. But I want to finish it anyway so the series is complete. But I'll have to finish it tomorrow.
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