I'll start it off with a bit of an essay!
I haven't been around here much since I was accepted to start training with the police force a few months ago. Having applied about 18 months ago, with a long and tedious recruitment process, losing my job just before Christmas 2012, and struggling to find any real work until April 2013, I was feeling a wee bit stressed for a while there. I sold my riding horse, made quite the pretty penny on him. I purchased him for a bargain price last year, with extremely good blood lines, super paces and a really talented little head on his shoulders but very much out of work. Got him up to state level competition, started flying changes and some half step work and more than tripled my money in 12 months after feed/agistment/general care bills. Got to be happy with that!
That money allowed me to pay off my car, which gave me a bit more breathing room.
In June, I started in the police, and am having an absolute ball - I can't believe I get paid to do this training!! Learning to shoot (for an Aussie girl that's a big deal - its tough to get a firearm here, not every man and his dog like you guys in the US!), driving a police car like I stole it around a racetrack, and having a blast with my course mates. Its tough work as far as the academic and time restraints, but I have definitely found my calling.
My young warmblood, who I have owned since a weanling, will be 3 at the end of this month and is booked in for breaking in November.
My partner has finally caved in an agreed to let me get a bullmastiff puppy
And I have put my hand up to do a country placement when I finish my academy study - out in 'the sticks' dealing with a lot of Indigenous Australians and being very much thrown into the deep end as far as being a prob. Connie goes!
My artwork is suffering a little, I haven't had much time to pick up my pastels so they are sitting in the corner collecting dust But on the plus side, I have 4 commissions already waiting in the pipeline for as soon as I get some time/finish studying
Phew, got all of my 'happy' raving off my chest.