Friday, December 26, 2008

Docs Smart Lil Lynx

Ok... I have totally been slacking at this blog stuff lately! Here's my "excuse" though. Over Christmas I got a really large gift from my friend at the barn and now I really have zero time unless I do this at work. Here is a picture of what I opened on Christmas Day... Her name is Scooter and she is so great. Honey is not at all happy about it but maybe it's like that for all only children at first. :-) Honey has tried to bite me 3 times since Christmas!!! She hasn't tried to bite me since she was 4 years old and I layed the smack down on her for it!! LOL! She's been very pissy and immature for an almost 9 year old horse.
Anyway... Scooter is so much fun and I had been talking about wanting a new project for a long time and I finally got it. I will be starting her in drill this year but other than that I am not sure what exactly I want to do with her. I was thinking about trying her out at the Zone shows this summer in Hunter classes. She seems to be a very willing horse for me and she has an amazing trot. It kind of amazes Janice (her old owner) because she and Scooter used to fight each other for everything. She is actually bred to be a cow horse but doesn't look it much. I might see if she has any natural talent for cutting or reining or whatever. Maybe we'll have some buffalo again this summer. I can't wait to go trail riding this summer!! I know right...who would have thought those words would come from my mouth! HAHA! I love Honey with all my heart and she will always be my first girl but trail riding on her was never a whole lot of fun for me. My fault for not doing it more often with her. Actually I think I am just retarded now that I think about it. Honey was excellent the last time I took her on a trail ride. I think I hated it so much because it was a ride everyone told me was nice and easy and only a couple hours long. Over two hours and you are pushing it with me. HAHA! But that ride ended up being 5 hours long up in Elbe Hills on switch backs and other crappy stuff!!

Yep...pretty sure it is just me. Here's to having two horses! I never actually though it would happen. HAHA! There is something to be said about getting a horse for Christmas. Let me tell you!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas.

From the looks of things so far I won't just be dreaming of a white Christmas. This past weekend I finally got to enjoy the snow. It helps so much when you don't have to commute in it. It's not that I don't think I can handle the snow it's the other idiots around me, flying into ditches, into stopped intersections, trees, cement barriers, oncoming traffic, or worst of all me! (That is how my malibu got totalled.) Anyhow, this last weekend I felt the "Spirit of Christmas". I was very cheerful all weekend and I went out & played in the snow with my horse. Honey really likes the snow apparently. She immediatley dropped to the grond out side & started rolling in it. (I think she was making snow horse angels). Then she started to eat it. I joined in the fun with her. :-) I am posting a few pics I took with my cell phone this last weekend. I hope everyone has a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! Much love!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Holiday Eating Tips

1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Christmas spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they're serving rum balls.
2. Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly. It's rare.. You cannot find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It's not as if you're going to turn into an eggnog-alcoholic or something. It's a treat. Enjoy it. Have one for me. Have two. It's later than you think. It's Christmas!
3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That's the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat.
4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they're made with skim milk or whole milk. If it's skim, pass. Why bother? It's like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission.
5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Christmas party is to eat other people's food for free Lots of it. Hello?
6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year's. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you'll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.
7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them and don't budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. They're like a beautiful pair of shoes. If you leave them behind, you're never going to see them again.
8. Same for pies. Apple, Pumpkin, Mincemeat. Have a slice of each. Or if you don't like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day?
9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it's loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have some standards.
10. One final tip: If you don't feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven't been paying attention.
Re-read tips; start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner. Remember this motto to live by:
"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO what a ride!"

Have a great holiday season!!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Winter Poem...

I found this beautiful winter poem
and thought it might be a comfort to you. It was to me, and it's very well written.
I hope that you enjoy it too.

by Abigail Elizabeth McIntyre

Shit It's Cold!

The End

SNOW...and my Birthday.

I know it is winter, and I know everyone (including me) loves a white Christmas. These things are wonderful. I have decided though that they are only wonderful if you don't have to commute anywhere. If I could stay home today and just sit and watch the snow fall & I only had to go to the barn I'm sure I'd be outside making a snow man or something retarded. Throwing snowballs at Cheyanne or whatever. I remember for my 9th birthday (Dec. 18th, 1990) I WISHED for Snow. I totally got it too. I remember loving it. School was canceled for two days, my mom got snowed in at work for a night. I stayed at my God-mother's house. A DREAM COME TRUE!!! I wish I would have called in to work today. Of course now if I miss a day of work that is $140.00 I am not making. THIS SUCKS!!! Hopefully something will happen here in downtown Seattle so the snow will melt & I can get my butt home to Spanaway and Roy. This is a horrible Birthday gift if you ask me!! Sitting in traffic from 5am - 8am. JEEEEZ!!! Nice Joke! Sorry I am blowing off some steam. Well, anyways hopefully I won't have to cancel the big B-day party on Saturday. Let's all hope for some 40 degree weather please. :-)

Monday, December 15, 2008

Hmmmm... What do I say?

So I hate to be overly obsessive but if anyone has read any of my blogs it's pretty obvious that I do lean toward that tendency. I call myself passionate about what I love though. In my previous blog I said that there would never be any books to compare with the Twilight saga books. They have not been out done by any means, but let me just tell you, The Host has risen to the same level as Twilight for me. I finished reading it just like I did with all the Twilight books, up until 5:30am until I was DONE! I am now convinced that it is Stephenie Meyer. She tells such great stories I can't help but being sucked into them. I also discovered that yet again I am in love with characters from books. I am very much in love with Edward (my vampire) still. Alas, though I am now in love with Ian & Jared from 'The Host' as well. What is a girl to do?? HAHA!
So anyhow, any person that is a die hard fan of the 'Twilight Saga' should really read 'The Host' also. It is so wonderful & I am glad to add another book (soon to be books) to my collection of books I can read repeatedly. :-) I'm so excited for the next in the series I can hardly stand it!! 'The Soul' I really hope will be coming out pretty soon. YES!!!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

OK! I've Commited! Now just to read it...this should be interesting.

OK...I have committed now. I admit I do not want to be done with Twilight yet by any means but since I got the urge last night to buy Stephenie Meyer's 1st book of her next series I just went and did it. I have read three chapters so far, and it seems good. Don't get me wrong!! It's NO TWILIGHT SERIES!! I don't think anyone will ever be able to top those. The fact that I love every character in those books and the way I am somehow drawn to them... I mean I have never wanted to go visit a town where a book is based out of. Yet, there I was in Forks, WA and La Push, WA taking in the sights. As my god-mother told me yesterday..."You are drawn for a reason which you may not understand for now." She's always so supportive. HAHA! My mom just thinks I am crazy. (It's because she won't read them.)

Anyhow, back to this new book. It was definitely an adventureto get it! I went to the store to pick one up and there were only 3 copies (all in hardback). I would have bought it but I didn't have the cash on me to buy a $22 book. I assumed they would have it in paperback for like $10 or something. No such luck. So I decided to go home get cash & go buy it at the Wal-mart by my house. Well of course that location didn't have it so I just went home, ate dinner, and went to bed. This morning I woke up early ran to the Spanway Wal-mart and bought it. I misjudged the time it would take me to get to work so I had 30 minutes to spare before I started. So...naturally I started to read. Like I said it feels like it's going to be a good book...and then it happened.

I went to lunch today and read 2 more chapters. Now I am hooked! GOSH DARN IT!!!! This Stephenie Meyer lady is a hypnotist I tell you!!! Only she does it with words! Making them all hypnotizing and stuff! LOL! I'll admit it, this book was not something that I was interested in reading at all. SCI-FI about aliens...but, alas I now will be reading into the wee hours of the night I assume.

The only negative...I found Twilight when all four books were already released. This book 'The Host' is only the first of 3 or 4 books. None of the others are out yet. UGH!!! What kind of mess have I gotten myself into now??!!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Getting older...but it still feels like I'm 21!

Have you ever had a moment in your life where everything just kind of stops…and all of a sudden you’ve realized that you are older? If you have had this moment you know exactly what I am talking about. I, for the last six years have not really felt any older than 21. In some cases I still tend to think that I am more like 19. So, about a month ago I was telling my mom about these books that I read. They are “young adult” novels but I told my mom “they are for adults too!” She looked at me and said “well yeah…you are an adult you know.” That statement kind of weirded me out a little bit. I didn’t have “the moment” yet but it was still strange to have my mom say that to me, especially since she still sits me and the rest of my cousins that are my age at the “kids” table. Ha ha! I didn’t think too much of it after that and just went about my normal life.
Well last week I decided to look up these actors on because they are in my favorite movie based on those novels I was talking about earlier. I had seen this movie…lets just say…numerous times. I was slowly looking at everyone’s DOB and what other movies they were in. Now, I knew that the main female character in the movie was 18 yrs. old in real life and two of the male characters in the movie were 22 yrs. and 16 yrs. old. This never bothered me before and I just felt like pretty much everyone in that movie was in my same age group. When I started looking at the years each of these people were born in THAT’S when it hit me! All these actors & actresses aside from three of them were much younger than me. Their Years of birth ranging from 1979 – 1992!!!!! I mean REALLY!!! This was not what I wanted to experience! Some one that is 18 years old was born in 1990!!! In 1990 I was in the 4th grade already!!!
Since last week I have been in this strange state of mind. I wouldn’t call it depression because I KNOW that 27 is not anywhere near being old. I guess it could be that I am actually coming to the realization that I am closer to 30 now than I am to 21. Maybe that it’s time I start to grow up and leave behind my irresponsibility and silliness. Maybe it’s because I am one of the VERY FEW people left in my group of friends that is still completely single with no strings attached to my ankles holding me in one place. I have never been depressed (so far) about being single though and I do not ever want children. Who knows the answer?? I am hoping it will pass quickly since I am essentially a very happy person, happy with my life and everything in it (other than wanting to win mega millions). My 27th b-day is coming up in 2 weeks and I don’t want to be acting retarded because I all of a sudden think I am old. LOL!! I guess it’s just like people always say… “Age is a state of mind.” Here’s to keeping my young state of mind for as long as possible!

Friday, November 28, 2008

A few Pictures finally!!

Soooo...finally, like I said I have a few pictures from our road trip to Forks & La Push. I really wish I coould live out there. :-( I don't really know what else to say. I guess thanks to my parents for letting me use thier SLOOOOOW computer while I was at their house for Thanksgiving. HAHA!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Twilight @ Midnight??

Well...I LOVED IT!!! I know now there are a lot of people who think 'twilight' is a horrible movie but they just aren't appreciating it fully. I have officially seen it 5 times now and I only LOVE IT MORE AND MORE. I think seeing it more than once is the key. It lets you go back and appreciate all the moments more fully. I absolutely adore Robert Pattison...Ok, really I want to marry him. Everyone they cast in the movie, even the people I was a little wary of did a GREAT JOB!! Jackson Rathbone really stands out in my mind & I can't wait to see him have more screen time. Really I can't wait for EVERYONE to get more screen time. I hope it makes more and more and more money. They are already in the works for the next movies. I AM SO PUMPED!! Anyhoo...I'm going to see it again on Wednesday!! HAHA!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Forks & La Push, WA

HOLY CROW!!! If I became independently wealthy I now know where I would buy a home. I LOVE LA PUSH!!! I really like Forks also but First Beach @ La Push is breathtaking. It's hard to come up with words to decribe what I felt when we pulled up there. I felt like I didn't know Washington at all.

Anyhow, our road trip to Forks for our Twilight mania, self guided tour was SO MUCH FUN!! I took tons of pictures. LOL! The drive over even felt like we were going into another world. The rainforest was beautiful (we took the more scenic route.) We went through Port Angeles. When we got to Lake Crescent it was almost surreal...the weather was beautiful but there was this weird misty fog floating through the mountains and across parts of lake. Once we got within about 15 miles of Forks the sun disappeared and were suddenly in overcast weather. LOL!! They don't lie about their weather over there. HAHA! When we drove through the town we stopped at Forks High School & snapped some photos. A photographer from 'The Olympian' found us & asked a couple questions, then he took our phone numbers & names so their reporter could call us later. HAHAHA! We went on to the Chamber of Commerce to pick up our maps to do the self guided tour. The lady there (Marcia) was totally fun. They have sweatshirts there and bumperstickers. They give you the Twilight packet which consists of the map, other attractions in Forks, and a long list of Twilight trivia. It actually has pretty good questions too.

So we drove all around and took pictures at the Outfitters (Bella's work), The Swan's house, The Cullen's, The police station. We went to the hospital and Dr. Cullen (the real life Dr. Cullen) came out & we got our picture taken with him. One of the hotels in town had a reader board that said "Edward Cullen did not sleep here." This town went all out! We did some shopping but didn't find anything that great. The Outfitters has the best stuff there I think or the Chamber of Commerce. After this is was off to La Push!! The Quileute resevation is very beautiful. First Beach & Second Beach are probably the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen in Washington. I got lots of really beautiful pictures I can't wait to put in frames. Once we were done at the beach we were ravenously hungry!! We decided to go back into Forks & eat at Sullys Burgers. This joint has great burgers & shakes. Home of the "Bella Burger" and the "Twilight Punch". If you like pineapple on your burger you will love it!! The punch is really just strawberry lemonade but it's tasty!!

This was probably the most fun "1 day road trip" I have been on. Beth, Rosina, and I are planning on going back to La Push. Ok well not so much planning as actually going. We have a 2 bedroom cabin booked for 7/24 -7/26. Thanks so much to Ms. Beth's speedy-ness. I know after this movie comes out it will get even more crazy in that area than it already is. So we booked EARLY. I can't wait to go back!! This might be my new vacation spot. I LOVE IT!!! Soooo...all in all it was totally worth it for me to go. I think if you are as obsessed as I am you should take the trip. If you want to see pictures I should have them up on my myspace pretty soon. :-) Now comes the movie...I can't wait!!! This is my next event that I am pumped up for!! only 2.5 more days!!! AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Twilight Tours...

OH WOW!! Holy mo-fracky!! This is just getting ridiculous. Does anyone else think it is strange how absolutely PUMPED I am to go to Forks??!! My friend and I added another person to our road trip today. We are now taking my roomate and fellow "Twilighter". I had to call the chamber of commerce to get the scoop on the tours and here are a couple of pics from the Seattle times when they went on the tour in July right before 'Breaking Dawn' was released. This town has really stepped it up for all the teenaged tourist coming with their parents! I wonder if they will think our small group of three women, age 24 to 27 are a little strange. I suppose not since people come there and really expect to see a vampire or a werewolf. At most they'll probably just wonder why we don't have our younger sister/neice/cousin/child we babysit for with us. HAHA!

I know I said I wouldn't be writing another one of these until probably Monday but I couldn't help myself. In case anyone reads this and wonders about these Twilight Tours...they only have them one Saturday a month and you need to make reservations. If you have a good sense of direction or like a little adventure. You can simply go to the Chamber of Commerce and they have maps so you can drive yourself around to all these "tourist spots". It's going to be totally awesome!! I can't wait to go to First Beach @ La Push! The number for the Forks, WA chamber of commerce is 1-800-443-6757.

Everyone who is a 'Twilight' fan should seriously go. Especially if you already live in WA. I will FOR SURE update this again on Monday. HAHAHA!!!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Going to Forks, WA...sometimes I really think I have a problem. :-) we go. I am now officially taking a roadtrip to Forks, WA so I one with Bella Swan & Edward Cullen. LOL! My friend Beth & I wanted to go as of about a week & a half ago maybe. I wasn't really sure if I would get the umph to actually go for it though. The two of us conspired together this morning via email, I checked the weather. Of course just like in 'Twilight' it is supossed to be gray but essentially a nice day. For Forks that is. Nothing we mossbacks from the northwest aren't used to already though.

So they say its about a 3 hour drive and I am totally justifying the LONG ASS drive by using my 1.5 - 2 hour commute to work everyday. I do think it will be completely worth it though. They have TWILIGHT TOURS!! It may be a retarded tour but, honestly, I wouldn't even have a clue what to do or where to go in Forks. How would I know how to get to La Push or the Quiluete Indian reservation? I may be from NW Washington but I can't remember a time in my life that I went to Forks. HAHA! The restaurant here has Bella burgers and Edward shakes and crap like that. There are stores with 'Twilight' t-shirts. I am curious if they'll be different than the ones they sell at hot topic & online. There are lots of people going to Forks now from all over the USA and the world for that matter. (It has been great for the small town of Forks and their economy.) The best part of this is Stephenie Meyer apparently used some actual names from this little town. THAT'S RIGHT!! There's a Cheif Swan. (I heard there is a Dr. Cullen running around there as well.) Apparently he gets asked for autographs a lot now. "big" weekend plans consist of going to a tiny little town in the Washington rainforest to essentially find a family of vampires or werewolves?? Pretty lame. No but really I think it's going to be a blast to just put myself even more into this fictional but still very real backdrop of my favorite books and a piece of Washington I at least don't remember ever seeing. (Which is really sad considering I've lived my whole life here.) I'll even be a true tourist and bring my camera. I am sure I will write more on Monday about our roadtrip. I CAN'T WAIT!!! Maybe I'll even get a picture with Cheif Swan. :-)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

My obsession!!!

So these books are my obsession...I can't really explain it to people because they always think I am crazy. That is until they finally get curious enough to read them themselves. From there it always turns around and they finally understand. LOL! It all started on the way to Italy. I had seen a couple of the previews for the upcoming movie 'Twilight' and thought to myself that looks like a movie I want to see. When we were in Las Vegas airport I saw a book by the same name and decided to read it on the plane. The ONLY breaks I took was on our rush to the next plane in New York and when I was eating. So, about 15 hours later, there I was in Pisa, Italy done with this book and not in possesion of the second book 'New Moon'.

If you have read these books I am sure you have barely been able to wait overnight to go buy the 2nd, & then the 3rd, & then the 4th books in the series. Well I went to find it in Italy and immediatley cursed myself for NOT BEING ABLE TO READ ITALIAN. HAHA! I hunted & hunted. Finally I found 'New Moon' (in English) in Sienna and bought it. I cursed myself then because I finished it in less than 24 hours and was empty handed again. Our last day in Italy I found 'Eclipse' in Lucca. Again I read this book on the plane from Pisa to London to Shannon, Ireland. I found myself in another country I was SURE it would be an easy book to find in Ireland since they speak English and all. I was correct about that and I tried to savor every moment of that last book since as far as I new it was the last one.

I thought that with the end of this book that I would relax and I wouldn't be quite so engrossed in these books. When I got home I couldn't shut up about it! I became a promoter for the entire book series. (Even though you only need to have people read the first one & then it's all over.) Sometimes I wonder how much money I am making for Stephenie Meyer & her family. LOL! I have now read Twilight about four or five times and the other three books I have read three times. I still have not let go of these books and I doubt I ever will. Not to mention there is suppossed to be another coming out now.

I have never been much of a reader at any time of my life. Only the books that we were ordered to read in school. It had been about 2 years since I had read any books actually. I think I personally have found the books that I will be able to pick up and read again for the rest of my life, at any time in my life. Last night my roomate & I even went to the South Center mall to wait in line to meet some of the cast of 'Twilight' the movie. I have never seen so many screaming, 15 year old girls in my life!! I have now recruited many, many more fans and I am so happy to share my obesessiveness with them too! SO!!! I want to HIGHLY RECOMMEND READING THESE BOOKS! Twilight starts out somewhat slow but before you know it... BAM!!! From that moment on you are addicted. You have been warned...Enjoy every moment of it.