Horses…and lions

Last week my boyfriend and I celebrated our 3 year anniversary. To celebrate, I arranged for us to spend the day horseback riding. I haven’t ridden since before Apache died, so over a year at this point. Luckily, riding a horse is apparently like riding a bike, only way WAY better. In the saddle is still definitely one of my favorite places to be.

My horse for the day was this handsome palomino named Simba, who was a beauty and a sweetheart. My boyfriend rode the handsome bay, Indy.


We got along perfectly and spent the morning and part of the afternoon taking a leisurely ride through what is (in my slightly prejudiced opinion) the most beautiful place in the world.





Silly Simba. He made a lot of faces.



What a perfect day! The weather was the best it’s been for a week, so we lucked out there! It’s too bad I don’t think our lease covers horses under “approved pets.” Charlie would have liked a big equine brother.


Spring Break 2015

In the past two weeks I’ve been to school twice- once for an actual day of school and once for a workday. Because we have missed so many days the school system made the decision to take the first two days of spring break in order to make up some time.

This might make some people sad, but I don’t mind too much. For one, I don’t want to be in school through July. For another, I grew up here. This won’t be the first time I’ve had a few days of Spring Break taken. One notable year we didn’t have a break at all.

Also, I didn’t have any grand plans for Spring Break anyway. I’d be much more upset if I had beach plans. But honestly, I’d probably just be doing a lot of what I have been for the last two weeks. Just with more sunshine and less snow.

Charlie and I have started channeling his previously unrealized sled dog potential with lots of runs through belly deep snow. His belly, not mine. If it were up to my belly you can bet your ravioli I would not be going outside.



I’ve spent hours doing one of my most favorite guilty pleasures, looking at house plans. I’ve loved looking at house plans since I was in middle school. Luckily for me, my parents had considered building a home at one point so we always had tons of plan books lying around.

I’ve also been writing for fun, something I haven’t done a lot of since high school. While my most recent project is in the very early stages, I am very motivated by the fact that I’ve reached 15,000 words (around 58 typed pages) and haven’t gotten stuck yet.

Most amazingly, I’ve also had the time to read! I never used to understand when my teachers would say they didn’t have much time to read during the school year. Now I completely understand. It’s not so much that I lack the spare time in the evenings, but more that I lack energy and focus during that time.

Last weekend, though, I grabbed several of my old favorites from my mom and dad’s house and have throughly enjoyed having the time to devour them properly.

For the final day of break, my boyfriend and I took a day trip to his hometown. His mom made us tons of delicious food, and it was nice to get out of Snowville for the day.

We saw these incredibly strange (but also awesome?) cars.



Plus, I had my favorite road trip snack.


As fun as the impromptu break was, I was SO glad to be back at school today. I’ve already got a million things to do!

So, until next time, have an awesome day!

Monday Musings 10.13.14

It’s been quite awhile since I had an official Monday Musings post. Here are some things of note:

1) I think I may have missed my true calling as a cotton candy maker. I got to take a turn making one of my favorite childhood treats during one of my school’s fall festivals last week and it was surprisingly fun. In case you were wondering, blue is by far the most popular flavor. It is also the flavor most likely to end up stuck in a rock hard sugar crystal tangle in your hair. Just FYI.

2) Charlie may be renamed Houdini. Today is the second time he has managed to escape from his metal crate. He did really well with it the first week we had him.

Then when we moved into the new apartment he didn’t do so well with it. He managed to chew, bend, pry, and squirm his way out of the bottom section. We put a piece of plywood on the floor of the crate, thinking there was no way he could get through that the same way he managed to with the hard plastic bottom that was originally there.

Except he can. My mom and dad dropped by to check on him today and found he had managed to pop the latches and walk out the door of the crate. I’m torn between being annoyed and impressed.

This did lead us to the discovery that his separation anxiety does not cause any destructive behaviors. He just REALLY wants to look out the window. Once he does that, we found, his whining also drops to low level. He eventually calms down (for the most part) so we are going to try leaving him out and see how he does.

3) I also took Charlie running with me for the first time today. He really loved it (think doggy bliss face the whole time, even though it was pouring rain) so I’m hoping making him my regular running buddy will help his stress levels.

4) Unpacking sucks. That is all.

5) No, wait. That’s not all. I’ll cook you dinner if you come unpack for me. Right now getting through the spare bedroom is a feat akin to climbing K2, there are so many boxes and bags.

6) Note to self: have less clothes Next time, find a place with bigger closets.

So there’s a quick update. Enjoy some Charlie pics, and have a wonderful evening!





I can muse on a Tuesday, right?

Spring Break: I think for teachers (or even student teachers like myself. And probably also students.) Spring Break is kind of this weird time warp where calendar days and time don’t matter. This weekend I went to two movies that started past ten o’clock, went to sleep after 2 a.m., got less than seven hours of sleep (which is generally the kiss of death if it happens during the week) and wasn’t bothered in the slightest. My boyfriend theorizes that it has to do with waking up when you want to, not because you have to, that makes a difference, and I’m inclined to agree. Either that or Waffle House chocolate pie consumed after midnight has previously undiscovered energizing powers. That would be pretty cool.

Nyquil makes me stupid: I have a pretty awful cold right now so I took some Nyquil last night in the hopes that I would be able to sleep without suffocating. It worked, but apparently a little too well because I was very out of it. When my phone went off at 7:20 this morning I assumed it was my alarm. Never mind that I don’t have an alarm for 7:20 and certainly wouldn’t start one over Spring Break. Without looking I swiped the screen to turn it off. Some time later (probably only a minute at most, but it felt more like half an hour to my groggy brain) I looked over to see that it was actually a phone call that I had answered. Knowing that upon waking when I have a cold I speak like a snuffleupagus with a deviated septum, I was too embarrassed and confused to actually pick up the phone and start talking so I just kept punching the end call button like a crazy person until the line was finally disconnected.

But wait, it gets better.

The same number calls back a few minutes later (probably because they were at this point very confused) and I finally recognize the number. It was a school system calling about setting up an interview. So then I do what any normal, cold medicine addled person would do. I answer it AGAIN only to remember that I can barely speak. So I hung up. Again. And went back to sleep.

When I awoke some time later I gulped down a cup of hot tea so I could speak more coherently and called back. I explained what had happened, apologized profusely, and tried to give the overall impression that I was not actually insane or stupid. The woman was really very nice about it and told me not to worry. That may have been because she couldn’t actually understand what I was saying and just wanted to get me off the phone. But whatever.


Return to work: It doesn’t seem like that long ago that I was writing about how I would have more time to blog because I was in the off season of my part time waitressing job. But I start up again this weekend, though my schedule will be a little nuts until after graduation (which, by the way, is in 18 days, 1 hour, and 2 minutes. Approximately.) That means I plan to spend what’s left of my break doing a little crafting, cleaning, reading, job hunting, and enjoying any sunshine mother nature deems fit to through my way.


I’m not at the lake right now, but I so wish I was.

I hope everyone has a great day!

Monday Musings 4.7.2014

I’m really excited about this Monday. It’s the start of my birthday week! I have to confess that I tend to drag my birthday celebrations out for basically an entire week. That’s not to say I have multiple parties or go out every night. Far from it. But I do let my self splurge on things I wouldn’t ordinarily for the entire week. You know, a Starbucks trip here, $30 mascara there (it’s my most expensive indulgence and don’t you dare judge me!)

There are lots of other cool things coming up with week besides my birthday (FIELD TRIP!) and I can’t wait!

School Switch Up: Today at school I spent most of the day covering for another teacher instead of being in my regular class. It was actually pretty cool just to see what another special ed class is working on. Some of the kids are working on a celebrities with disabilities project. Apparently Robin William has ADHD, Jay Leno has dyslexia, and Cameron Diaz has OCD. Who knew?


Rainy Running: I’m trying to get back into the running swing, but the weather just hasn’t been cooperating. Every time I have a run planned it starts to pour. I know this is going to make me sound like such a sissy, but I hate running in the rain because my hair gets wet. I don’t wash my hair every day because it takes hours to air dry and is a real pain to blow dry. So anything that causes me to do it unnecessarily is not okay in my book.


The view from my window, and the main reason I decided to do an ab workout instead of run.

Reading: Over the weekend I read a book called The Bear by Claire Cameron. Inspired by real events, it tells the story of a 5 year old girl named Anna who must survive in the wilderness with her two year old brother after a black bear kills her parents while on a camping trip.



Overall, I really loved this book. The ending, in particular, had me in tears. I’m actually planning to do a more in depth review of this book, so stay tuned!

And that’s it for this Monday Musings. Have a great week, all!





Monday Musings 3.31.2014

Another Monday has rolled around, and for once I’m actually feeling pretty rested. It certainly has absolutely nothing to do with my feelings about the Walking Dead being over for the season. What am I supposed to watch now?? Oh, wait. Once Upon a Time. Problem solved.



Callie is a good T.V. watching companion. She basically just sleeps on the back of the couch and occasionally makes adorable yawning noises.

Drinking: I go through phases when it comes to my caffeine of choice. In high school I was a coffee obsessed fiend. I think, in one particularly over caffeinated spell, I even came up with a little jingle declaring my love for it. Then, around the age of sixteen, I started getting really bad migraines. At the advice of my doctor I cut back on my coffee drinking to see if that would help and I started drinking tea. This went on for a few years, into my sophomore year of college. Then I rediscovered coffee. Now I just sort of vacillate back and forth every few months. Currently I’m in a tea phase. I don’t drink any super special kind of tea. Twinnings English or Irish breakfast is my bagged brew of choice. I also have some loose leaf chai and green teas from Teavana that I love. My only real requirement is a cute mug.



Movies: I went with my mom this weekend to see the movie Divergent. I am such a huge fan of the books so I was really looking forward to seeing how they did adapting it to the big screen. Overall I really loved it! I felt like they did a pretty good job of staying true to the book, which is always a criteria of mine for a good movie. Shailene Woodley has been one of my favorite actresses since she was in The Descendants with George Clooney, so I’m excited to see her doing more major movies!

Eating: As part of my resolution to eat more vegetables, I’ve been making a spicy veggie wrap for lunch a lot lately. All I do is saute a bunch of veggies (spinach, onions, zucchini, tomatoes, and peppers, mostly) and toss of bunch of my homemade cajun seasoning on it. Throw it on a wrap with some sour cream- delicious!

Soaking Up: The sunshine! After the weirdly cold and snowy weather last week today was a much needed gorgeous day.



Unfortunately, it looks like we may be in for another cold snap next week, just in time for my birthday. Joy.