1. Lacey got another massage today! We've finally discovered that she prefers to be out of her stall for massages - she stays calm for the wholeee thing instead of just most of it
2. I went to the concert of one of my friends and Gman+I sat together. It was great. And the real basis for this story is how I told him about this whole "prospective new guy" thing and he FREAKED out, in a good way. It was so hilarious. He was so excited. He was all "someoneee has a crushhhh on Emilyyyy! They're going to get marriedddd and have church greeting babiesss!!!!" He's so excited. Apparently he's going to go "check up" on this guy on Sunday, and "make sure he's worth it". Haha this new version of our friendship is actually better than it ever was before. So much less stressful for me and now it's FUN!
And I have some photos..but I can't figure out how to upload them from my phone... I guess you guys'll have to wait until tomorrow. :(
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Haha see, that's probably most of the issue - I don't usually add photos as attachments, I just copy+paste them from flickr... Techno-special!!
Also though, I go to "full site" on my phone and each time I go to a new page, it goes back to the not-full-site, press full site again, etc etc. The one time I "went advanced" and tried to add photos as attachments that way, it did that as soon as the photo uploaded+lost the photo... :/ My phone hates meeee.
Anyhoo, I am home now and PICTURES.
The sunset yesterday! How incredible is that? The only editing I did to this picture was increasing the contrast just a tad, so the black areas would be really black - absolutely no color manipulation.
"Poor" Atti just couldn't work up the energy to walk around the fence to see if I had treats for him.
"New Prospective Guy" might be jumping the gun just a littttle bit but I dunno.
In any case, speaking of that guy, we actually talked for more than 1 second on Sunday. Not for like 5 minutes or anything, but longer than just "Hi"s. I made sure to thank him for inviting me to the zoo and told him that I would have liked to go. He said we should plan to go next year [the event he invited me to is a yearly holiday-zoo-thing]...
Step 1: become friends. [Status: in progress]
I started school again today. It was so stresssssfulllll. I only had one class but I feel like I fell off a bridge.
Hopefully tomorrow will be better.
I have to go ride Lacey tomorrow morning, or at least that's my goal, and hopefully it'll work out fine time-wise. She was bonkers with energy during her massage today and tomorrow morning will be my only chance to work her before her next massage on Thursday morning.
My first class tomorrow doesn't start until noon so, if Lacey and I are heading out by 8am, we should be good to go. That way we'd be back by 8:45, and I'd be home to get ready for school by, hopefully, 9am. Then, I'll leave for school at 10am and have school until 5pm, get back to Lacey+etc around 6:30, feed, and be home by 7.
I may die. But you know me, basically tenacity central over here. So I'll die trying!
In other news, Queen of Mud went for it today. Aren't you glad you didn't have to deal with this?
It's official. I survived my first week of school. Party time! ...but not. More like time to sleeeeep.
I'm taking the second term of my second year of Sign Language...it should be interesting. My teacher is one that's completely new to the school so that's a wild card.
However, the first year of ASL is the hardest and it gets "easier" with each term - the first terms are focused on a TON of vocab while the second year is more focused on "non-manual markers" [facial expressions, body movements, etc] which, though "hard", are more automatic/"what feels right is right"-ish.
So, this is totally crazy for me to say since I've never been even "ok" at a language before, I know I'll do ok in ASL.
Yay only this term and next to go before completely the language requirement for my degree!
ASL is on Monday+Wednesday, 10am-11:50.
Tuesday and Thursday, 12-1:50, I have a class on the freaking AMAZON RAINFOREST. I've had two classes so far and OH MY WORD. I am SO into it. It is so so so good.
I am fascinated.
The teacher really helps though. He's a storyteller-type and, you know me, I LOVE telling/hearing stories.
Plus, the class, work/grading-wise, is not going to be difficult. I really like classes like that - where the subject is utterly fascinating and I don't have to worry too much about working for a grade. I find that, somehow, working hard to achieve a certain grade often seems to prevent me from actually long-term-retaining any information..maybe that happens to everyone.
In any case, I'm loving that I will actually be able to learn and remember from this class!! It's SO GOOD.
Not to mention that I managed to snag a seat right by a huge picture window so I can sit there and scan for Redtail Hawks, in downtown Portland, bathed in natural light, while learning about the rainforest. That's a nearly impossible to beat combo!!
Then, on Tuesdays after the rainforest class, from 2pm-5, I have what's called a "Reading Colloquium" = basically a class where History Majors prepare to start writing their final papers.
Luckily for me, MY reading colloquium is on the American West so I'll be writing my final paper on THE AMERICAN WEST!! And learning about THE AMERICAN WEST allll this term. The Oregon Trail, and all that, is probably one of my most favorite time periods so I'm happy about it!
Not to mention that one of my funniest evvvver friends is in that class with me AND our mutual [we didn't know it was mutual until this term! Hahahaha] "crush from afar" is in there too. [that makes me sound seriously boy-crazy...but don't tell me you guys never had that one guy or gal that you never talked to, just stared at. Come on. ]
Anyway, a girl needs her SMART+NERDY eye candy.
We have no plans to actually befriend this guy...though it might happen since everyone else in the 15 person class is kinda.............I don't even know how to say it. There are groups of people, which sounds really rude but you know what I mean? Not in a mean way, just in a true way. And my friend, "Crush from Afar", and myself are the only ones in the same "group" [kinda hipstery..but not preppy hipstery, mostly nerdy, etc]. Therefore, the laws of humanity suggest that we may become friends over the course of the next 6 months [the span of these classes - the reading one is the first of a 2 part "thing"].
Then, on Wednesday evenings I have a class from 5:30pm-9:10. At least it's only 1 day a week.............
It's a super dumb history class. More like the philosophy behind history than anything and I am, most emphatically, NOT that kind of thinker. I like dealing in facts and absolutes, with projection about the future based on facts. Not "so and so said this which mighhhht influence our opinions about that because maybe ____".
Not to mention that, due to the night class-ness of it, I have to go home, take care of the kiddos, then go BACK to school for this second class=5 full hours on public transit on Wednesdays. Ewwww.
However, I survived last night. 1 down, 9 to go.
On the animal front, Hazel [who had started loosing a TON of weight again and I was worried] has gained a "significant" amount since last week!! I started a new feeding strategy with her and it seems to really be working. Instead of feeding her a small amount of soaked pellets [beet pulp/Alfalfa pellets/rice bran] and acting like hay is her main diet, I've switched it - now I'm treating the soaked pellets like they are most of her diet. She does have missing teeth and I think that maybe that was impacting her ability to eat+digest enough. I've been feeding her about 5lbs of soaked pellets everyday [over two feedings] and it's going well.
She had gotten to where her spine was very easily felt through her coat...for a horse it might be a 2 or a low 3 on the Henneke scale, and now, though her bones are still easily felt, it's not as "oh my gosh, what is wrong with my goat??!!"-ish.
Hopefully this feeding plan will continue to put weight on her!!
It's been really wet and cold here and dear ol' Lacey is feeling it. :( She's actually wearing her heavy weight blanket right now because it's 35*F, pouring rain, and there's a "wind advisory" out. And she was only just warm under her blanket when I checked her around 4pm.
Basically it's just a mess outside.
And Atticus is pleased as punch with everything. He's worry free.
Sunrise from Monday!
During Lacey's massage this morning.
"Maybe I can get a massage too if I line up exactly like Lacey??"
Then, from my Amazon Rainforest class.
The Amazon River "Basin".
My mom pointed our that the faucet looks like a face, I totally didn't see that at allll until she pointed it out but now I can't NOT see it! And the face makes it so much better!
I just wish I had seen the face while I was drawing...I could have really played with it.
Lacey's still not feeling great. :(
I'm not sure what's wrong.
It's not anything really ..."real" -the vet would be hard-pressed to find something wrong- but the massage lady and I both see it. I wish Lacey could talk and tell us what's wrong.
Basically, she's just been stiff and kind of uncomfortable seeming. Plus realllly low-key which is generally her reaction to pain.
In her massage today, she actually pinned her ears FOUR times. For her, ear pinning is a really big deal. She neverrrr pins her ears. :(
It appeared like the massage did help those areas, but still.
This sort of thing isn't exactly a-typical for Lacey, but you guys know - we never want our "babies" to be feeling bad!!
Annnd I was just thinking about things I could give her and maybe I should give her a smidge of her Devil's Claw+Yucca painkiller stuff. Too bad I have literally NO idea where that stuff is. I know it's in the tackroom, it has to be, but other than that...good luck. Tomorrow morning I'll go looking for it. I hope I can find it and it's safe...that stuff is seriously $40 for 2lbs. Basically pelleted GOLD. A little goes a super long way, but still.
Anyway, think good thoughts for Lacey and good thoughts for me to find that stuff!!
Whereabouts were the spots that caused ear pinning? Same location? Is it weather related do you think (I notice my knees have been really bothering me this winter on the cold days (which seems like it is pretty much every day))?
Have you tried essential oils? I'm a huge fan. I use peppermint and lemon oil on myself for my Tourettes, and I also use lavender, tea tree, and arnica (among others) for my mares. Depending on what you think is up with Lacey, I can look in my reference book to see what oils (and other homeopathic stuff) may help her?