Also, this is super cheesy and holla at Emily overthinking again, but look at Gman's body language in that picture! It's adorable. He's totally like leaning into my space while I'm just all "sup, dawg".
That might not seeem like much, but in every picture of him with people [and he's one of those people that has pictures with various people all the time...so I have a pretty good base for his 'usual' picture tricks] that I've seen, he always is leaning one way or the other. USUALLY he's mildly leaning away from the person, or his head is at least noticeably tipped away from the other person.
That he's not pointing all kinds of away from me makes me feel fuzzy.
And just for the funnies, here's an 'outtake' from our camera debut. The lady who took our picture had a nutty kid with her. He was crazy in the best way, all darting everywhere and being really active. Obviously I was distracted. Gman, however, was laughing at the kid but ready for that picture! Haha
It cracks me up sooo much how he's so ready for his GQ cover and I'm all "um. What is happening right now?" Best pair evvvver.
On the Lacey/goat side of things, they are all wonderful!
I've changed Atti's back-up command from "back up" to just "back" and he's completely stopped with the whole back up then jump in the air thing he was doing. I guess he was just jumping ahead to strings of commands! That's some pretty advanced action, I'm impressed with him!
He's so smart and tries so hard, he really makes up for A LOT of my shortcoming as a trainer.
Hazel's actually staying at a good weight right now, which was a major concern of mine now that it's getting colder. Last year she was IMPOSSIBLE to keep weight on! This year she's doing much better. She's probably thinner than I would realllly like, but thinner is probably better given her age+arthritic-ness.
Lacey is also doing great! But really, when is she not doing great?? She's actually not fat and she's not thin. I'm looooving it. She's usually so obese all the time.
And she's so furrrry. I love my winter pony. :)
And here's a little Fall landscape action for you, from Saturday. :)
Y'all are so super cute! But body language speaks VOLUMES about how you feel about a person. You're naturally gravitated towards the person you like. Facing them/leaning your body towards them shows that you're trying to pay attention to them, and have them pay attention to you. You're "opening" up yourself to them. His relaxed stance with loose relaxed shoulders also shows that he is comfortable around you. Your body language says so much about how you feel about someone and most people don't even know it. That's why guys go into "power stances(feet shoulder length apart and chest puffed out)" without even realizing it when they find someone attractive and are trying to impress them. It's neat stuff. :)
Haha, I'm glad, Cherrij! ;) I am nuts though, people like to say I'm "refreshing"...but we all know what thatttt means. :P For instance, way back when, Gman introduced me to his brothers as "one of the strangest, but coolest, people he's ever met".
I grow on you, I guess! Hahaha
And I love that cat! SO GORGEOUS!
Right, Kayella? The coolest! I took a class once on nonverbal communication and it was my FAVORITE! It helped me understand people so much better! I still have a hard time, don't we all, but it really helped!
Annnnd I love how he's all relaxed and I look so not. I really do like him a lot, I promissssse.
So I was talking to one of my close friends [who knows about me+Gman, known him longer than I have, worked at camp with us, and always basically told me that anything to do with him was a pipe-dream...and was floored by that picture since she hasn't been "in the loop" lately ...heeheehee] and apparently her first thought on seeing that picture was that we were secretly holding hands+hiding it/ it's a "surprise! We're a couple!" picture....and now I feel incredibly awkward about it. I thought of neither of those things.
Plus side, Gman, if anything, is being more 'there' than he was pre-zoo trip so at least he's not freaked out!
I thought about saying something to him about it [like asking if it made him uncomfortable] but decided that that was something that would be mentioned if it was a big deal, but that not mentioning it was probably better.
Also, a couple of things [we've gotten into the 'realization period' where I suddenly start realizing all the things I did not take note of and really probably should have] -
1. While were were watching the otters, he made a point of saying that he thought they mated for life...and how sweet that was. Then he was all "they sleep holding hands!....*looooong pause*..... You're so cute."...insert awkward pause here and me saying "oh my goodness! I think it just peed!"...and him saying "........*awkward pause*...........Gosh Otter. I tell you you're cute and you do something like that?"
He could have honestly been talking to the otter. Probably was. Of course.
2. He remembers meeting my parents, not even 2 days after meeting me...and rehashed the entire sequence of events surrounding him meeting them [they don't remember meeting him at all. Haha SAD.]. Then I said something about the lunch that day [see, I'm the smoothest operator. How do I not have 40 boyfriends??!] and he honestly had no idea what I was talking about.
3. At one point I was saying I felt like I talked about myself too much and he replied "if it makes you feel better to know this, in the years I've known you and all the times I've thought about our conversations, that has never crossed my mind." *collective awwwwww* [AND I TOLD YOU HE OVERTHINKS TOOOO!!!]
And that is probably really great since I mostly feel like I talk about myself too much around him! Haha
Pretty sure there was something else...but maybe that was it.
And see, now that you guys have seen his face, you can SEE why I can't even believe it. I know his face shouldn't matter [and I would like him without that face!] but, really. Hot diggity, boy!!
Lacey was really bad in her lesson today. :( Well, ok, she wasn't bad-bad but she was mad about the whole thing. She did tolerate doing the lesson but that's all. She was almost acting like she was sore or something.
However, as soon as we let her out after her lesson, she went off and peed like a waterfall. She refuses to pee [well, she dislikes all bodily functions while being ridden but will poop if it's really necessary] while a rider is on her back so maybe that was all it is. Hopefully!!
She's 4 months away from being 29!! I can't even believe it. Yay!
When I went up to feed this evening, Atti had his head down grazing near Lacey's front feet and Lacey had her neck over him, grazing. It was absolutely adorable. And, of course, I didn't have my phone/camera with me. Boooo. Haha Maybe it'll happen again. They looked so peaceful and happy!!
Daisies!! In November!
Lacey in her lesson today..
Sooo I ordered 10lbs of MSM from horse.com just to see what it looks like. Lacey goes through MSM like crazzzzy for her eyes [she gets double the joint dose, so about 2tbsp/day..1lb lasts a little more than 2 weeks] so I usually buy it in 5lb amounts since that lasts for 2-ish months. I thought 5lbs was hilariously large so I was like "what does TEN pounds of it look like!?" and I've been dying to get the 10lb amount for months.
Yeah. Ordered 10lbs of it and it came in a 5 GALLON BUCKET. Ridiculously huge!
But, in the spirit of horse ladies everywhere, I cannot wait to get my hands on that bucket once it's empty! It's one of those 'good' buckets with a strong snap-on lid and a sturdy handle...I can't even wait. I am buying 10lbs at a time from here on out!!
How many horses would a 'normal' horse-person have to have to even need 10lbs of MSM at one time? It's killlling me.
[and Hazel got a new glucosamine supplement! She seems to really like this one which is great because she hatedddd her last one!]
A sunrise downtown from Wednesday:
Lacey last Saturday. This made me think of "The Hidden Garden" or something of that vein.
Atti, last Saturday!
Apparently I've been holding out on pictures. Sorrrrry!! Now you're caught up on the good ones. :)
The poor frog ended up being unable to get himself out of that windowsill-thing [it's below ground by a foot or 2 and he had been in there all day, bumping against the window+trying to climb the window, then falling down...]
Anyway, I fashioned a little scoop+scooped him out! :)
Haha somehow I doubt that our frogs are really super cooler!! My mom grew up in OK and you guys have turtles/tortoises??! And "Horny Toads"..she tells me stories about those! I'm jealous of THAT! Haha :) we only usually have slugs and whatnot around here!
Nothing much to report..except that tonight at church, Gman's entire family greeted me and asked how I was..and 1. He has a huge family 2. They've never ever done that before. They've greeted me when I'm with Gman but never when I was on my own+didn't greet them first. I am SO making progress.
I felt loved!
His mom was the only one who didn't say hi to me..but I think she's super introverted/shy because she's the only one who isn't really really warm to me. In any case, I try to smile at her but not be overly "let's be BFFs now because I like your son!!" since that would annoy me if I were her! Haha one of my friends suggested that she's sizing me up..but who knows.
Other fact: Gman was so inundated with work that he literally RAN up to give me a hug, and RAN away post-hug. He actually made people frustrated with him for taking the time to come see me.
Feelin' special over here. :)
It's rainy here again so Hazel's been having foot issues again..that seems to be a recurring theme with her. Makes me sad. In any case, I know how to treat it and I'll be starting treatment tomorrow. Poor baby, she's lame on all 4 :(( Basically she gets the goat version of mud fever. :(
Oh!! In other news, my former boss texted me last night to ask if "I would be interested in taking Fabio if a new home seemed to be in his best interest"!!!! Right now I wouldn't be able to commit to another horse but things that are "meant to be" will be meant to be and it'll work out if it's right. She's not selling him yet so hopefully she waits until I have another job+have graduated (this summer)+etc.
I told her that I would be interested, didn't commit, but asked her to notify me.
He's 8 and with Lacey about to turn 29..it would be nice to have "the next generation" locked+loaded.