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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Manchester aka Fabio

It's always a fun to celebrate with a friend, particularly when that friend just bought a new horse! And not just any horse mind you. But a Ken doll horse. A barbie horse. We may or may not be calling him Fabio for short. He arrived from Canada late last week and I had the chance to meet him (swoon)- he's even more handsome in person! Delish!

Monday, August 22, 2016

A Breech Rainbow

I quelled my OCD on Saturday by doing some mid-year closet cleaning and reorganization.

I was able to pull together a good haul of items to donate and I'm still toying with the idea of selling a few pieces online just to get my feet wet. More than just purging, it was great to take inventory and also just refold things- I tend to grab things closest to the top so a reorg gets me in some lesser worn stuff. Categorization was also a big theme- denim shirts all together, tee shirts all together....and I did go a little crazy with color coordination in my Breech shelves!

I'm always curious to hear how other's organize their closets! How often? Rules of thumb for what to keep and what to donate?

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Silver Status: Unlocked

While I was at AETA one of our buyers for Manhattan Saddlery who I've had a chance to meet a few times and adore, mentioned that she read my blog. I was both flattered and shocked...mostly shocked.
And happy- a good reminder that a) some people read my blog and b) that I haven't posted anything for a million years!

What I have managed to do is unlock my Silver Status on United with the past few trips and now shooting for Gold. It's good to have goals I suppose!
There was something immensely gratifying about choosing my Economy Plus seat on the day of a long few flights home from Philly.

So on to a recap (in photos and captions) of where I've been the past month or so. Ellie and I are signed up for Sonoma Strides and Tides September 14-18 and I've been viciously guarding those dates from travel. Now between Salt Lake, Arkansas, Seattle, Denver, and NYC I'm hoping to get a few prep rides in.

First up: Montana for my cousin's wedding! It was a great Geick reunion in a beautiful setting! Lots of fun family time. My poor Mother- most of my photos revolved around getting a selfie of her photogenic self!
Clockwise Top Left: Last Stampede Rodeo, One Armed Bandit Entertains the Crowd, Tube/ raft/ kayak/ paddleboard trip in Helena, and Brewery Selfie with the crew
Clockwise Top Left: At the wedding- unassuming MOM w Kate and Karen, at the reception w MOM, Kate, Aunt Betsy, paddle trip w MOM, Kate, Karen, Celia and in the car w MOM,  Kate, and Karen
Straight from the wedding to Outdoor Retailer. A HUGE difference this year- rather than staying in Sandy, UT- I "house sat" for my step-cousin-in-law (say that three times fast)! The most exciting moment of the trip was on Friday evening when I went to show (Facetime) Paul the chickens and they had all "flown the coop" and escaped into the backyard. 
Clockwise Top Left: The Booth, Devious chickens, teardown (Saturday afternoon- finally!), and the deer (a fabulous, old cemetery w a herd of deer next to the house) 
And finally AETA. My favorite moment of this busy weekend was when we all crowded into the Chronicle of the Horse Booth on Sunday to watch Valegro win Gold!
Clockwise Top Left: The Booth, The Team...and Beezie, the thunderclouds that threatened my sanity, Team photo! 

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Moving Day for Wilbur

Wilbur spent the week getting ready for his move to Susie's which we had tentatively scheduled for Saturday. He got a rabies vaccination (uncommon for vets to give in the Easy Bay), a trim and shoe reset, and wormer. It was a super busy week at work so when Susie called to finalize plans on Friday afternoon I was grateful that SHE was following up on things!

I had the chance to give him a quick ride on Saturday morning, then Susie hopped on for a few minutes, and they even went to work opening and closing the arena gate.

We tossed some shipping boots on him, I handed over his fly mask, and he stepped right into the trailer. Susie called once they got home to let me know he traveled like a champ and had already face planted into grass. And then emailed today to let me know that he had survived his first night and had already made friends with his pasture mates.

He's going to live the life being a pasture buddy and guest trail horse. Susie's property is beautiful and I'm not sure this situation could have worked out more perfectly!