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        05-27-2013, 12:45 AM
      #421
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    1. Saw Gentleman Friend at church tonight, unexpectedly. It's ridiculous how over the moon I am about this. I'm such a sap.
    But then again, I hadn't seen him in....4-5 months and he is one of the few people I really feel at home with, no matter where we are, so....
    Something was different tonight though. He wasn't acting as comfortable with me as he used to. Maybe I'm being "too-too". I mean, I have been texting him a joke nearly every other/every 3 days for the last...long time. He always responds and stuff but maybe he's getting spooked. I should back off.
    But he did kind of lean towards me through the whole service (his brother, on his other side, was getting a LOT more room than I was...hahaha) -our arms were touching nearly the whole time...due to his close-ness- and I did get a full hug when he saw me initially and a side hug when we said goodbye which is mildly unusual for him since I told him once that I'm not a huge hugger and, from then on, he's been really careful about hugging me. Usually I'm lucky to get a single side-hug! Haha Of course, I love getting hugs from him and I mostly told him that initially because it was before I liked him..and I'm not too bright sometimes, etc. But now I can't say that I want him to hug me forever and all day!

    ANYWAY, sat with him and his family, met his dad (his mom seems really introverted, lets his dad talk to "strangers" hahaha), and it was really great.
    So I don't know but it was really wonderful to see my friend. Really really wonderful. Pretty sure I chattered his ear completely off.

    2. Lacey is lame, very lame, again. D: And her left pastern/fetlock, the area that was swollen when she initially "broke" herself in September, is swollen again. Not as badly swollen as it was in September and she's not AS lame as she was in September...but she's really lame.
    I hate to say it but I'm beginning to wonder if she has something like ringbone. She definitely has a sort of boney "hardness" all the way around her right hoof in the low-mid pastern area. It matches the pictures I've seen of "severe" ringbone........it's definitely visible to the naked eye.
    But this whole thing is making me rethink even trying to put her back into any sort of "real" work, ringbone or no. I'm thinking, once she becomes re-sound, we're to a "walking ONLY" sort of state. Maybe trotting/cantering with little kids but no more for me. Her comfort comes first.

    3. PICTURES.

    Group shot! [is Atti huge, or is he huge?! LAcey's "only" 14.1hh but still! Look at that boy! Haha]



    Hazel's the cutest!



    Is this normal "I've lost my front teeth because I'm one" baby goat tooth growth? It looks so...sketchy!
    Sorry for the bad picture. Atti was the opposite of pleased with me.



    Lacey!!



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        05-27-2013, 01:03 AM
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    I hope Lacey will get better sooner than later. She is in great shape for her age - I think your excellent care has a lot to do with that.
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        05-28-2013, 12:59 AM
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    Aw thanks. :)

    I just recently realized that this July 14th, it'll be my and Lacey's 5th "anniversary"!! I guess what they say is right: forever isn't scary when you're doing it with the right "person" [horse!]. How time flies! It seems like it was just yesterday that I first saw her bathed in golden sunlight, trotting around like a maniac and coughing her little fatty heart out...but at the same time, it also seems like a really distant dream. Apparently that event WAS real and it was just 5 years ago.


    And, in true Unicorn fashion (probably thanks to Chevaux's good wishes), Miss Lacey was totally sound this morning!
    She's such a dork. It was POURING rain this morning and she did not have a blanket on....and guess who was standing, shivering, in the center of her pasture...just eating..and shivering..and being drenched? Um, yeah, that would be Lacey.
    She was shivering so hard she couldn't hardly eat her breakfast! It was actually kind of concerning.
    Thankfully I still have towels up at the barn, from Hazel's pregnancy scare, so I was able to towel her off and get a warm blanket on her. It took her a while to warm up but she eventually did.

    This horse! She has my heart wrapped around her hoof. Gosh darn her.
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        05-29-2013, 12:50 PM
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    Wallaby, you sound like too wonderful of a human being to be led on by this gentlemen friend! He needs to man up and make a move!!!!
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        05-29-2013, 07:02 PM
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    Wallaby, you sound like too wonderful of a human being to be led on by this gentlemen friend! He needs to man up and make a move!!!!
    Agreed... he doesn't really seem like he's chasing you per say. More like peeping out of the corner to say howdy now and then.
         
        05-29-2013, 07:11 PM
      #426
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    Haha I agree! Well, about him making a move. Not sure about my own wonderfulness! :WINK: But thanks.
    I think he's just nervous about it. We're both basically stuck in 5th grade, relationships-wise (if you couldn't tell, AT ALL ), neither of us has ever had a significant other, of any kind, we're both really logical-non emotional types, and the cherry on top is that we're both really introverted = significant confusion.
    Believe it or not, I truly am super super super introverted.
    So I'm trying not to be tooo hard on him.
    We did have a good conversation last night that made me feel a whole lot more secure with "us." So bonus.



    Anyway! Enough Gentlemen Friend talk.
    I'm supposed to be doing my photo final (think I shared those photos on the last page) and after I went to class yesterday and got them sort of "critiqued" by some classmates, I'm not really sure I like them as much as I did. I kind of want to go in a totally different direction...but I'm not sure what direction that would be. If this weren't a color photography class, I would be allllll over doing this in b+w. But that's a no go.

    Hopefully I'll get something figured out by tomorrow....or this evening. That'd be ideal.
    I might just end up going and taking "some" photos. Basically, as terrible as this is, I've found that, if I want to acquire an A in a photo class, all I reallly need to do is jut take some in focus, nicely colored, shots of Lacey. They don't need to be particularly profound or anything, just acceptable. And I'll get an A. I really would like to not do that, as a matter of personal integrity, etc, but if worse comes to worse. :/
    I only have one more week of classes before finals = the worst. Ahhhhhh.
    BUT! Summer is soon and I'll get to take care of all the hings I've been putting off. I'm really excited!!

    Speaking of Lacey and the G's, they are all doing great. Lacey's lameness seems to have cleared itself right up, which is thrilling.
    Hazel has "Mud Fever: Goat Style" on all 4 of her legs/feet AGAIN. So frustrating. It's clearing right up since I've started putting my usual ointment on her legs daily (AGAIN), but it's still frustrating. Mud Fever is my 100% least favorite ever.

    Atti is growing, AGAIN. He's now closing in on 40inches at the withers!! He is literally bigger than an appropriately sized mini horse. He's into PONY heights. I did want big goats (was nervous about the coyote and figured that big goats might be safer) and boy, did I get a big goat! Haha Love him though. He's still annoying at times but he's figuring out so many commands! He backs up on cue and, if he enters a space I don't want him in, a low "OUT!" gets him to leave. He also knows "come!" We're working on "stay" but he's figuring it out!
    He's VERY food motivated so a combination of clicker-type (I have terrible hand-eye timing and great vocal timing so I use "Good boy!!" instead of click) training with modest amounts of luring is going really great.
    He's definitely a smart one!! Haha

    Then, some pictures for you! Mostly drawings since I realized hat I've been doing them and sharing them on Facebook...but not sharing them here!!

    Couple weeks ago, drew this for the Gentleman Friend. :)



    I don't know if I showed you guys this but some mounted police officers were wandering around campus one day after I had gotten of of class!
    Terrible quality picture, but you know.



    From yesterday. (the pattern on the dragon is the word "bored" written over and over again. Hahaha)





    Thanks for looking!!
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        06-01-2013, 04:18 PM
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    I finally figured out my photo final!!

    They're printed separately in real life but, since they go together in pairs, seemed important to make sure you got to see them "as they should be viewed." :)

    Basically, the thing I was going for is kinda a "Lacey and Hazel are the same....but NOT!" thing.













    And then this one. I took this this morning during Lacey's lesson. HOW SWEET IS SHE??! Haha SLK isn't even holding Lacey, yet Lacey's just hanging out, taking a nap. SO cute.

    I took it with my phone and had to crop it a bunch so the quality is not great...but still. :)



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        06-01-2013, 04:22 PM
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    Excellent idea for your final!!
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        06-01-2013, 11:17 PM
      #429
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    Thanks a bunch, Chevaux!!

    Also, for today, guess who had their first ponying lesson??!



    ATTICUS!!

    He actually did pretty well. He freaked out initially but by the end of 15 minutes he was coming along pretty nicely - so we stopped. Lacey LOVED it. The job part, that is. She was most unimpressed with Atticus's dramatics.

    I think this photo sums it up well:

    [As you can see, Atticus is doing his best "you are HANGING me!!" impression - silly goat!]



    By the end Atti seemed to have figured out what as going on a little bit. We definitely need to have more sessions, but it'll happen.
         
        06-06-2013, 11:41 PM
      #430
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    1. It's weird, maybe you guys experience this too, but, the more I've been outside, the less "human" issues seem to bother me. Like Gentleman Friend = not even worried about it. I'm happy that we're friends, of course, but I'm just kind of "meh" about the whole thing.
    It's like being inside and around so many people for so long has freakin' messed with my brainnnnnnn. And now that I'm spending more time outside, "I'm" coming back to life....
    Is that weird? I think so.
    But whatever. I'm ok with it, who wants to spend a summer pining after some guy who may or may not like me "the way I want him to right now"? Notttttt me.
    So that's my new outlook. I'll of course let you know if anything happens but that chapter is stopping for now.

    2. Funny story: so there's this guy who was in my "History 300" class and who was in my "African History to 1800" class last term. He seemed like a super serious guy last term and he also bears an uncanny resemblance to Clark Kent...if Clark Kent came to life. AND he's from Iowa, which who knows where "Smallville" is, but it could be Iowa. Also the stereotype of Iowa = "good people"
    Anyway, I named him Clark Kent inside my head.
    Then, this term, I had a friend in this HST300 class who I told about "Clark." She also saw how serious he was and we started keeping track, making a list, of every single time he laughed in class. We excused our behavior by saying to ourselves that we "needed to make sure he wasn't a sociopath"...but really.
    About mid-way through the term, he started sitting directly in front of us...but we of course did not cease to speak about him. Though we whispered more quietly.
    Anyhoo, long story short, today, me and this friend of mine were "whispering" about how we wished we could smile at these people we were paying attention to (he was not the only one, there were other "people of note" that we named and "befriended" inside our heads - this was a SUPER boring class) without seeming weird. Then I had to pass him the attendance sheet and, 100% out of character for him, he turned around to us, SMILED a super broad smile, then turned back to whatever he was doing.

    Who knows how much he's heard. I'm really really glad his "name" is Clark Kent. Other names included "Cool Kid", "Molasses" (he moved and talked like he was stuck in molasses...but he was cool), "Sweat Stain", and "Shearing." Soooo Clark Kent was basically the most most flattering.
    Since he was in HST300, it means he's a History major too. Hopefully we'll have a class together next year and it'll be great.


    3. I drew an octopus yesterday!! I'm really kind of proud of this. I've been trying to draw this octopus alllll term but each time things got scary and I chickened out. This time I followed through and pushed through the scared. And I love the result.
    If I were rich, I mightttt want this as a tattoo... maybe one day.





    I hope you all are doing super super great!!
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