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  1. TurkishVan
    04-14-2014 12:26 PM - permalink
    TurkishVan
    Neat! My mother used to be an RN nurse at a mental health institution. In fact, I grew up living right next to it, and would occasionally slip up to her unit (wasn't supposed to!). Most of the people there had some serious mental illnesses (mainly schizophrenics, extreme cases of bi-polar, manics, etc.). I learned quite a lot from them actually. I remember helping out with a Halloween party there one time, and I was waiting to go down with the group. A guy across the table from me visited. I thought he worked there. Then he asked, "So how's it feel to be in the loony bin?" Turns out he was a patient! He'd been planning on leaving that day, as his parents (he was late-20's) were coming to pick him up. Turned out his parents didn't want him back, which upset him quite a bit. I couldn't blame him.
    My Mom really enjoyed working there, and I liked some of the patients.
  2. TurkishVan
    04-13-2014 05:18 PM - permalink
    TurkishVan
    I do board my horse in Ames. I usually board two, actually! I work off my board by doing about an hour of chores in the morning and night. I'll do 2-3 hours on several nights during the week, but it's a pretty easy schedule. The barn I'm at is sort of like a "co-op", where everyone works together. It's good when it's good, but everyone is always eager to show a new person the ropes. Because if you really mess something up, we ALL hear about it from the barn owner, lol!
    I wouldn't blame you if you wanted to switch schools. Iowa State is horribly expensive! I'm originally from southern Iowa, so I was eligible for in-state tuition. It was STILL cheaper to attend a good school in Missouri than it was to go to Iowa State! Although I will say that ISU has lots of interesting choices for classes.
    Equine mental health sounds like an interesting field! What does that involve? Rehabilitation? Equine diseases that affect mental abilities?
  3. TurkishVan
    04-12-2014 12:34 AM - permalink
    TurkishVan
    I noticed on your blog that you're minoring in performing arts. Know anyone with the last name of Rankin? She just graduated last year, I believe. I went to H.S. with her. You might be affiliated with my previous roommate, as she's a performing arts major. I won't mention her name. That relationship really soured because she was- and there's just no way to put it nicely!- a slob of a roommate. I envy you living at home! I decided to just rent the entire 2-bedroom apartment after the last one. :P

    By the way, were you in line for food at the VEISHEA tent on Wednesday at around 11? There was a girl standing in front of me with riding-type pants and Ariat boots (or Ariat look-alikes). She looked a bit like your picture. I wanted to say something, but I looked like I just woke up. I was wearing my bright pink tennis shoes too. Way too embarrassing to say anything.
  4. TurkishVan
    04-12-2014 12:28 AM - permalink
    TurkishVan
    Something that makes money, at this point! lol! Initially I wanted to work for the USDA-NRCS, but I got hired as a temporary employee for 4 months before I graduated with my bachelor's. The people at that location were awesome, but the work was just dull, dull, dull. Basically the same thing with a different field, every day. One employee basically surfed the internet for the majority of the day, but she was federal, so they're practically impossible to fire. That sort of thing really annoys me, and there are offices with LOTS of people like that, so I'm also afraid I'd start slacking as well.
  5. TurkishVan
    04-08-2014 07:40 AM - permalink
    TurkishVan
    Not a bad arrangement! I used to know an older woman who drove to and from Cedar Rapids EVERY DAY. It wasn't usually so bad, she said, but she had a wine-tasting class as her last class of the day on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so she had to make sure she "spit" instead of "sipped", lol!
    I'm going for my Master's in Soil Science. It's more interesting than it sounds, provided you have the right introductory teachers. I didn't do my undergrad at ISU.
  6. TurkishVan
    04-07-2014 01:12 PM - permalink
    TurkishVan
    Not a bad idea really! I live 3 hours away from Ames, and since I'm a grad student, I'm required to be here everyday. Otherwise I'd be doing the same thing, no matter how far the drive! :)
  7. TurkishVan
    04-06-2014 10:50 AM - permalink
    TurkishVan
    So you found a good boarding stable, I hope?
    I read a bit of your blog that you linked to. I know the McDonald's that you went through, and I agree that the woman who sings the little jingle before asking for your money is TERRIFYING. So friggin' weird!!!!
  8. SueC
    03-31-2014 12:37 PM - permalink
    SueC
    Hi CL, so that's not your horse! Good thing you don't have The Incredible Hulk for your avatar photo then!
  9. SueC
    03-30-2014 10:19 PM - permalink
    SueC
    Hi CL, that Avatar photo of yours is like a book cover! Lovely horse too. Looks like a sweetie.

    Best wishes

    Sue
  10. Herosbud
    03-26-2014 03:46 PM - permalink
    Herosbud
    Corazon, This is what I have from my friend that frequents the Black Hills. Willow Creek has pit toilets. $20.00 night and $85.00 for a group. The sites are poorly marked so you have to pay attention to where you are parked so you don't get charged the $85.
    I stayed at this camp years ago and we rode to Harney Peak and Mt. Rushmore which was pretty neat. There were hitching rails provided above the parking area and you could tie up and then visit the monument. I don't know if that is the case now.
    Another campground is French Creek. There are showers there and you need reservations. It is a longer ride to Rushmore. You would have to check on the costs.
    Another would be Iron Creek. However the road in to Iron Creek is tricky and if you met another trailer it could be a problem. I have never been to the last two camps - Only Willow Creek.

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  • About Corazon Lock
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    I'm a college student with no clue what I want to do, but I love my three horses and my cat!
    Location
    North central Iowa
    Interests
    Horseback riding, writing, reading, being social
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    Cashier/College student
    Gender
    Female
    Current Status
    learning to weave in and out of the situations we call life.
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    Rusty ~ a miracle horse Knight ~ my little Arab
    Blogging on Midwest trail riding at: www.hittingthetrailsbyhorseback.blogspot.com

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