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Crystal & Cookie Archive on July 12, 2009, 10:37 am


of the things that stinks, is I have taken some cool pictures, but we are using them on Jim’s blog so I have to wait until they are posted OVER —-> before I can post them here. UGH!
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germany…

Crystal & Cookie Archive on July 11, 2009, 4:32 pm


Germany is freezing.  It rains a lot here.  Cold and wet.  Not very happy about this. Jim and I went after this morning horse activities to get the card to fix our internet.  Disaster.  No one has the card we needed.  We had to travel around, getting bad directions in bad German- English translations, parking and walking in the rain… to stores that ended up NOT having what we needed.  I mean to tell you – I was miserable.  When I was still in the States, I googled the temperature
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Jim’s blog

Crystal & Cookie Archive on July 11, 2009, 4:27 pm


got jim’s website and blog up… http://www.koforddressage.com
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thank you’s

Crystal & Cookie Archive on July 11, 2009, 1:12 pm


In a separate blog, I wanted to just mention how many people helped me get ready for this trip.  I can’t name everyone, so seriously, don’t be offended if I leave ya out. Michele from M&M tack shop – was super.  Not only did she help us greatly secure some items from vendors, but she wrote me a card before I left which brought tears.  It was a card of encouragement.  We were together in the previous days before we left, and I was extremely stressed packing Rhett and Jim. (Jim…
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random tidbits

Crystal & Cookie Archive on July 11, 2009, 1:02 pm


I know most of the readers on here are gonna be reading Jim’s blog as well, so I don’t wanna bore all 3 of ya’all by repeating what Rhett and Jim did in their daily lesson.   I will just say I think it’s been such an awesome and rewarding experience for both of them, and I’m excited to see how this helps further both of their careers. ~ Most of their lessons take place in the indoor arena and I can’t take pictures there because of the lighting.  So I was excited today, when
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7 - ordinary day

Crystal & Cookie Archive on July 10, 2009, 4:08 pm


Last night I ate well.  We barbecued with the grooms from Michael’s barn.  I wasn’t expecting to be able to eat, and took a shower while Jim and Company went to the store.  I figured I would make some noodles so I wasn’t totally left out.  I was pleasantly surprised when Jimmy managed to find chicken breast!  Yay!  We grilled out and it was yummy!  I went to bed fat and full.  Have I mentioned what a fatty I will be when I get home?  Things are going along here.  No complaints
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germany

Crystal & Cookie Archive on July 8, 2009, 9:37 pm


Jim and I went shopping today in some different stores, looking for rubbing alcohol and some groceries.  As he calls it…  we are like “Dumb and Dumber Go to Germany”.  At home, everyone told us “oh no problem!  Everyone there speaks English!  You will be fine.” Um.  That is not true.  People speak german here.  Go figure.  German in Germany.  You really should come over with a working knowledge of the language, otherwise you are screwed.  We barely manage not to get
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1st lesson

Crystal & Cookie Archive on July 8, 2009, 1:30 pm


Today was Jim’s first lesson with Michael on Rhett.  I have seen Jim and Rhett go many times… I’m sort of immune to it.  I was very interested in seeing what Michael had to say about Rhett.  I could tell Jim was a little nervous about this first lesson.  Of course, Rhett looked immaculate.  I rubbed the fur off of that horse.  I did everything you can to a horse, groomed, painted hooves, cleaned tack, polished boots, all for a good first impression.  After Jim mounted, I sat
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jimmyyyyy

Crystal & Cookie Archive on July 7, 2009, 2:05 pm


Another funny that makes me laugh is that everyone here has followed my suit and called Jim “Jimmy”. LMAO. W e were untacking Rhett and Jim said “I can’t believe you have everyone calling me Jimmy.  No one has called me that since I was 10”.  I said I call you that all the time.  He said he never noticed.  Idiot. 
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no internet.

Crystal & Cookie Archive on July 7, 2009, 2:04 pm


By the time, the audience reads this (all 2 of you), I will obviously have access to the internet.  Right now, I am blogging on a word document, because we have no internet yet.  It’s our biggest problem.  We have to be able to connect in order to use skype and to email back and forth to home.  We don’t have a SIM card yet but the phone isn’t as big of a deal as the problem with the internet.  I also just found out that most places are closed on half a day on Saturday and all
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rhett…

Crystal & Cookie Archive on July 7, 2009, 2:03 pm


On the horse front, I told Jim I can tell Rhett is beginning to get attached to me.  Rhett has always liked me, and we have always gotten along fine.  However, this is something different.  Jim said this is a bonding experience and I can believe that.  Rhett has been completely dependent on me to take him out, feed him, bathe, etc.  I flew in the plane during take off and landing with him while he was nervous as heck.  It’s hard to describe in a blog – but I feel Rhett is always
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dinner!

Crystal & Cookie Archive on July 7, 2009, 1:57 pm


Jim and I went to dinner and hoorah for us!  We found a place by ourselves and we found a place in which I could actually order from the menu.  Pizza!  It was quite good.  The service here, however, is not so good.  Its’ really really slow.  Sort of inattentive.  We were also assured by many “Everyone speaks English over there nowadays”.   Um.  Not so much.  Danny speaks enough English for us to get by as friends, but it’s not enough to have any sort of discussions
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day 1

Crystal & Cookie Archive on July 7, 2009, 1:54 pm


This morning I got up at 6am (doing pretty well jet lag wise… I had some medicinal help sleeping last night), and took care of Rhett.  I fed him, gave him ulcerguard.  I walked him around – he about jumped about of his skin crossing a bridge…  unwrapped his legs, lunged him just so he could stretch out after the long flight / trailer ride in a nice indoor, gave him a bath… and now I’m blogging waiting for him to dry fully.  Gonna go back and put some preventative scratches
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