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    07-20-2013, 08:31 PM
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Right, RC?! Hahaha
I'm hoping not, about the cribbing - Lacey's not a cribber, Hazel doesn't eat things besides ALL THE FOODz [she will literally eat first, think later. Hold anything out to her, she'll try to eat it without determining if it's even food! Hahaha], and Atticus is the only one that might try to chew on it a bit. Of course, Atticus, as we know, can cause a great deal of damage...but fingers crossed he won't!

I got 2 pallets up today. I had hoped to get it all done today...well, technically I had hoped to get it all done by Thursday...but I haven't been feeling super well all week and all of it was a little more than I could handle. So I moved everything down one day, got all the other things I would need the next, basically doing it in a step-by-step fashion instead of doing it all at once.
Today it got hot fast and I wasn't dressed right for the weather, basically ended up being better to stop while I wasn't dead. I'm hoping to get 2 more up tomorrow morning while it's still cool, then the goat section should be done and it'll be on to Lacey's section. Lacey's section will be easier because it's just a straight line [I'm redoing the goat's entire 'outside' area because they really don't use the outside area at all, so there's a lot of "if I do this, what will happen here, here, and here?"].

Ok, you guys, Gentleman Friend story time again. So feel free to skip if you don't want to hear about my Whitney Houston meets Amy Grant meets...some other lady singer...'love' life. I will not blame you in the least. There aren't any pictures for today either - sad, I know! So get out while you still can!! Fleeeeeee, my preciouses!

Ok, now that everyone who doesn't want to hear is gone, basically the 3 really 'exciting' highlights from this week are:
1. He texted me TWICE this week to tell me about stuff that happened. TWICE.
2. We've texted/talked everyday this week.
3. On...Tuesday, I think, I went a little nuts [ok, he would say "not nuts, it was perfectly reasonable"...but that's because he's the nicest person ever] and was all "OMG, why haven't you liked my Facebook statuses this week at all?" [I know, I know.]
And after he gave me a perfectly reasonable explanation [which, seriously, I had no right to. I mean, "liking" stuff on Facebook isn't an explanation necessitating activity!] I felt reasonably embarrassed and apologized. And he told me that I really didn't need to apologize because "if it was bothering you, you deserve to be heard out!" OH. MY. GOSH. Who is this kid. WHO SAYS THAT JUNK.
That's not even a line, like he seriously is that kind of person and he seriously lives his life in that way.
Of course, that basically made me cry for the next few days, every time I thought about it, because, really, when do you kind of 'go crazy' and then have the person you went crazy at, just turn to you and say "that's ok, I'm glad you told me. I accept you anyway." COME ON.
And then, the next morning after that^, he texted me to tell me a story. A story that was kind of reaching in its "this is so good, it's text-worthy!"-ness. Not going to argue with an unexpected text of any kind, but it really felt like it was more to say "don't worry, we're ok" than anything else.
And I needed exactly that since I was still feeling like a tool. Heck, I STILL feel like a tool...but without that I would have felt like a triple level tool vs a single level tool.

Really, whatever 'this' is, I could be the luckiest person in the world to have a friend like this. It's hard for me to accept myself sometimes...ok, a lot of the time, so for someone to just not even mind me being 'nearly my worst'...still having a hard time getting over it! Haha
I'm mildly nervous to see him tomorrow but I'm sure it'll be ok. I work so hard to make myself really invulnerable most of the time, defense mechanism...a little vulnerability is good, no matter how darn foolish I feel.
This is certainly not the first time I've been 'ridiculous' and we're much better comrades/companions/friends/whatever now than we were those other it has to be ok. Maybe a little awkward at first but you know.

Annnnnnnyhoo, I hope your weekends are all going superbly! Thanks for reading!

ETA: is it weird that when I see that there are "guests" reading this...kinda freaks me out? It's the NSA! They found us! Everybody run!
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    07-20-2013, 08:59 PM
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ETA: is it weird that when I see that there are "guests" reading this...kinda freaks me out?**It's the NSA! They found us! Everybody run!**
Uuum I worked for NSA..... lol.

But yeah. Creeps me out too when I see that. I just go to my happy place and pretend its members that have crappy tablets like mine that log them out randomly lol

On Gentleman friend front...dont you just love those awkward moments after you realize....why did I send that text?! Haha but glad he was chill about it. You definitely have a keeper there!
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    07-20-2013, 11:37 PM
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Don't worry, I accidentally logged out and couldn't remember my password- I'm your guest!!
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    07-21-2013, 01:09 AM
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Hahaha sorry about that, RC! That was really truly meant to be a lighthearted NSA joke, really truly. Didn't mean any disrespect! :)

I'm glad you guys are guests sometimes! Makes me feel better! <3
I'm always like "what if Gentleman Friend found this?? What if my MOM found this??! Oh gosh, that would be the worst!! Nooooooo!" but then I can't stop telling you guys about it. I've even done some serious Googling to see if this is easy to find...but I think you'd have to Google pretty hard and I'm pretty sure he wouldn't do that. My mom might be inclined to Google that hard, but we can hope not.
For instance, hilarious mom story: the very first weekend home from camp, after I met Gentleman Friend - hadn't even known him for 10 days...but we have one of those friendships where we've always felt like we've known each other forever, that first week we were basically ALWAYS together. I was telling my parents some story that had happened during the week and GF was featured in this story because...well, he was a main character. Couple hours later, I go into my mom's little computer room and she quickly exits off Facebook, inquiring about GF's full name. I was like "Whyyyyyy?" and she pulls Facebook back up, which 'happens' to be open to his profile, and asks "well, is this him? I hope so, otherwise I've been looking through all of some random person's pictures."
My mom. It's obvious that we're related.

On the "seeing him tomorrow front," apparently he got put in charge of the whole kids program tomorrow so he can't leave to come give/get a hug. :((((( But he did text me to tell me that he was going to be unfortunately busy, so he gets points for that! No "oh, oops, forgot to tell you."
And that'll give the awkward more distance. I accept this idea! Haha

That makes 3 spontaneous texts in one week!! WHAT IS HAPPENING. I love it!
    07-21-2013, 02:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Wallaby    
Hahaha sorry about that, RC! That was really truly meant to be a lighthearted NSA joke, really truly. Didn't mean any disrespect! :)
Oh I know hahaha no worries we make those jokes all the time too

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    07-21-2013, 03:51 PM
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Fun thing:

Lacey's on Google Earth!!
[I'm not sure where the house went that is/was directly 'up' from the shed...but I guarantee it's still there in real life! Hahaha Also not sure why everything is so weirdly 3-D but whatever. Haha]

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    07-21-2013, 07:00 PM
Your ways with Gentleman Friend make me laugh sooo hard.. omg Emily :P

Stop being so darn cute!
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    07-23-2013, 01:10 AM
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Oh shoot, Maggie! Hahaha Glad I can help you in the area of LOLz.

1. I got the goat half of the pen-thing done today!! It's darn sturdy = super excited.

A picture:

[it's a much smaller area than it was previously but they really weren't using the whole thing before...and that would have been A LOT of pallets haha]

2. Lacey laid down again today while I was working!! It seems that about an hour after breakfast is 'naptime'. Hazel was also laying down...I feel like I should probably be given some kind of an award for "Double Old Lady Naps" or something
This time Lacey even let me pet her without getting up. I knelt down next to her and basically let her sniff me+patted her once or twice on the neck. She seems nervous about letting me touch her on her neck/farther back when she's laying's times like this that I really wonder about her past - she trusts me so much with everything else so for her to be all "Heck NO." about something makes me wonder.
Anyway, I patted her on the neck a couple of times, then got up before she felt she had to also get up [I'm hoping that I might be able to convince her to let me actually touch her while she's laying down at some point...]. She stayed down and had a nice 15 minute nap, then got up. IT WAS ADORABLE.
And I got a rainbow filter for my iPhone editing thing. So obviously: napping Unicorn=rainbow filter

How cute are they??!

3. Tomorrow I have work!
I'm super looking forward to it.
I'm going to try and maybe surreptitiously get some photos of the horses for you guys, also that would be good for me since I really don't know their names at all. Ok, correction, one is named Tazzy [bay Paint gelding], one is Skippy [sabino TWH gelding], one is Gus [formerly named Fabio, so I call him Fabs inside my head - he's a chestnut Morab or Quarab...definitely an Arab cross, I think (these people aren't super interested in what breeds their horses are...they all looked at me blankly when I asked last time. Haha!)], and the last one is Buddy [Dun, Fjord/QH cross is I think what I remember hearing].
I guess I do know all their names...look at me go! Nothing's stopping me now. Hahaha

    07-23-2013, 11:14 PM
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Today went great! So so good.
Out of 4 sessions, I 'observed' 2 and 'took charge' of the other two. The two I observed were with the TWH gelding [Skippy] who is definitely the worst out of the bunch, attitude-wise. I wanted to see what the old handler did to deal with him. I did work with him some: we played 'Session' during lunch, and I did a bit of lunging with him right after I got there. I think the worst thing about him is that he's very similar to Lady [that foster I had last summer], in how she'd bluff and bend towards you while making nasty faces. However, Lady had no issue actually backing up her faces with action, while Skippy will back down pretty much immediately after you correct him. So I worked a lot this morning on correcting him as necessary and not letting him make me nervous.

In more positive news, the horse [Buddy] that was being a jerk last week = nearly perfect angel this week. He was great! I must have made an impression last week.
And I got to ground-drive Tazzy today which went FANTASTIC. I'm still really excited about it. I've tried to ground-drive Lacey before and it always fails miserably = I was concerned about ground-driving because I already felt like a failure. BUT, good ol' Tazzy made me look like a pro! The girl who's training me/the old handler was super impressed.
I got to drive him for a girl with MS, it was great.

And, of course, that 'guy' I told you about, the "Morab/Quarab"? Yeah. Turns out he's a purebred Arab. And, yeah, you can see where this is going, I got to work with him today and FAVORITE HORSE. So far he's a gelding version of Lacey, plus eyesight and minus some sass. Kinnnnnda love him.
Awk. Sorry, guyz. Hire me, watch me 'steal' your Arab. But really. REALLY. Not going to get another horse for a long time, but it's nice to know that there are Arabs out there like Miss Lace and I like that there's one at my place of employment!
They don't use him yet in therapy sessions because "he's spooky" but guess who didn't spook at anything while I led him during a 'desensitization session'? Not to toot my own horn BUT, spooky Arabs = an area of expertise.
We'll get there. They couldn't figure out why he was "being SO perfect!" so I let him take the credit.

The singular real downer about today is that it's becoming more and more clear that the lady in charge, my boss, has a serious case of Parelli-brain. Not that there's anything really wrong with that, but she's using it as a one-size-fits-all and she's using the method instead of changing herself into a good leader, if that makes sense? Like she's using the method as a solution versus a means to personal+equine growth. So basically she has a foursome of seriously confused horses, when she's around...and she thinks that they're totally fine because they'll turn their haunches away from her...even though they get right on top of her, personal-bubble-wise, as soon as she backs off the pressure. Hrrrrm. #frustration

Thankfully, she's not tooooo involved with the horse side of stuff so I can just kind of humor her, accept her advice, and figure out a way that works for me.


And here's a picture of Gus/Fabio/Fabs, mah boi.
He's adorable.
[they have a slight fly issue. Haha]

I hope you guys are all doing super well!!!!
    07-23-2013, 11:41 PM
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Dat faaaaace! Omhygosh he's a cutie for sure lol. Wooooh glad its going so well for you.
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