Merry Christmas to everyone who may stumble across this site, and God bless in the next days and year to come.
Yes, it's here, folks...Christmas Eve. I had the day off, and have taken full advantage of it.
Actually, I spent most of the morning lazing about and sewing. I had bought a men's flannel shirt, size XXXL, and sized it down so it would fit me. It took much cutting, sewing, darting, and similar alterations, but it finally fits me. And while it's not the greatest looking shirt, it's COMFY. And that's all that matters. :P
ALSO IT'S SNOWING. When I woke up I looked outside immediately, because they were calling for snow last night. But there was no snow when I awoke. Cue sighing and complaining and carrying on...but by 10 AM it had started snowing and now, at 8 PM, it's still falling. Mweeheehee.... 8D
And it's wet, heavy snow....SNOWMEN. SNOWBALL FIGHTS. SLEDDING (even though we don't have any sleds). AAAAHHHHHH.
Javert has been rather thrilled...he likes to run madly around in circles and throw snow around. Weird dog... XD
The Converse have seen three seasons so far...they hold up pretty well in inclement weather. And they've probably seen more miles than any shoe should. XD
*sigh* I love snow. Have I mentioned that already? XD
Lights on outside...
...presents under the tree...
...bokeh around the tree...it's been a great Christmas Eve.
Merry Christmas to everyone who may stumble across this site, and God bless in the next days and year to come.
...has been really stinkin' busy. O.o
But good as well.
So. For the past four days I've been working for the farrier. The days have been long, kinda hard, rather cold, and sore-muscle-inducing, but it's great too. I don't have a whole lot to say here, but I'll try to explain the pictures here, at least.
This here is Ladybug...she rides with us EVERYWHERE. And she is very happy and generally an awesome dog. (Joe calls her 'Killer Dog', which cracks me up.)
This horse should be given a medal, because she stood very quietly and calmly with nary a flinch while I spent ten minutes wrestling a shoe off. Pulling shoes takes a lot of leverage, let me tell you...
Oh yes...one of the places we went on Monday had two little donkeys (not sure if they were minis or not...they were roughly the same size of the miniature pony). I have officially fallen in love with them and want a little donkey now.
The miniature pony...she was a bit of a pain to trim, but when they're that tiny it's easy to subdue 'em. XD
This was my favorite... *squeezes* He acted kinda like a dog, by coming over and leaning on my leg until I would scratch his head or pull on his ears, and when I knelt down to watch Joe trim the full-sized pony he would rest his head on my neck and back. XD
(I'm know that that's not good ground manners...but he was still stinkin' adorable.)
Ahh, cute pony...but I still like the donkeys better. XD
Ye olde rig. I've driven this baby a few times over the week, and according to Joe I'm getting the hang of it. Just don't let the clutch out too quickly...be smoooooooth. :P
This is the knife-sharpening-station...it's attached to the inside of the trailer door and has a whet-stone type thingy and a buff brush. I'd say that the knives get sharpened every other day or so...dull knives are NOT fun to use. :/
I sharpened these...aren't they purty? In a glittery sort of way. XD
This is a very nice stud that Joe trimmed...I got several videos of the process just for the heck of it. I maaaay post it, if I ever get around to it. XD
Ah yes, I gets to wear an apron. I can't do a whole lot yet (not strong enough/don't have the right technique for pulling or nailing shoes), but I do get to rasp their hooves. The apron keeps my jeans kinda clean and if the rasp slips and hits my leg it won't tear my jeans.
So that's been a brief glimpse in the past week...most of the times we've been working in barns, which REALLY helps (it may not be extremely cold temperature-wise, but after standing around for a couple of hours in a cold breeze certain parts go numb and it's not pleasant). I'm really enjoying this job...it's long hours and hard work, but very interesting and I get to meet a lot of really neat people.
Here I give you my two latest drawings:
So here we have my friend Emily (this is an all right drawing, but it does NOT capture 'her' as far as the essence of her personality. :/)...
...and here is my bruddah-in-law Obi! (It's not EXACT, but it's purty good.)
Short entry tonight (I'm Skyping in a few minutes)...for the past two days I was babysitting for three little girls ages 3-6. I managed to survive (okay, they weren't THAT bad XD) and am getting ready for work tomorrow, when I start working for our farrier. I have to be there at 8, so...it's gonna be interesting tomorrow. I may take pictures if I have time...but until then, enjoy this peeksures and adieu.
Since I haven't been drawing hardly at all lately, I am starting a little personal challenge where I take friends and draw their portrait. So far I've got a list of about 13 people that may or may not get completed...
These are not in order of favoritism or whatever. I'm literally drawing names out of a hat to see who I do next--makes it more interesting that way. :P
If you would like the finished product I am more than willing to ship the original. They aren't for sale unless you insist on buying them. ;) Anyway...enjoy the challenge and feel free to suggest yourself or someone...and crack the whip occasionally to keep me going. XD
First challenge: Miss Jean Marie!
Her hair is amazing and insanely time-consuming to draw. There are several things I'm not real happy with here, but I do like how her eyes and hair came out. Nose is a bit too small, mouth seems a bit stark...but oh well. It's just practice. :P
I'm working on the next person now too, but it'll be a surprise. I'm drawing the names out of a hat to keep it more interesting....anyhoo. Have a great night, ya'll, and I'll come back with a 'life' update tomorrow.
Dear person who keeps leaving unwanted messages on my various online accounts,
You know who you are. And the more you keep leaving these unwanted messages on my website and online accounts, the more I'm going to delete them and tell my friends about your stalker behavior and warn everyone I know.
So. Since you won't stop trying to contact me (and using increasingly stalker-esque behavior to do so, i.e. false names, identities, etc), I am forced to bring things out in the open. I've been giving you a chance to bow out gracefully and know when you aren't welcome, but you leave me with no choice.
You want to keep placing yourself where you aren't welcome? Fine. You get one chance. The next time I get a message that looks even REMOTELY to be from you, I'm contacting the police.
Have a nice day,
I would like to start this off that insomnia usually doesn't happen to me. I'm usually a very good sleeper and stay asleep without waking up more than once in the night.
However, a combination of pain and taking too much Ibuprofen on an empty stomach (NOT a good idea, for those who might have not tried it before) has had me awake since 3 AM, and no amount of tossing, turning, drinking water, playing movies in my mind, writing in my journal, or playing songs in my head has helped. Which is why I'm up at 5:15 AM, writing this.
Let's just say that my mind does strange things when it doesn't want to sleep.
On a side note, only 32 more days until the brothers visit! XD (Gabe is listed as my brother on Facebook too, so he's under the umbrella of 'sibling by choice'.) Today is Obi's 21st birthday...it finally snowed with some accumulation last night (and it's blowing all over the place)...the tea I'm drinking now is very good (something called 'Passionfruit' from Starbucks? It's got hibiscus, cinnamon, and anise in it to list a few), and I saw the musical version of 'A Christmas Carol' last night.
I'm ashamed to admit it, but before now I don't think I've ever seen 'A Christmas Carol' in its entirety. I mean, sure, I know the basic premise and all that, but haven't read the book or seen any of the versions (except for the Muppet version, and I was maybe 3 or 4 at the time).
I got chills last night. And it was just a school production! I didn't expect the parts with Marley and the spirits to be quite so chilling...eesh. But it was REALLY good.
Okay....rambling....Rhonda Vincent visited my town last week, so I have a post in the making about that. Mwahahaha...until next time, I say adieu.
Well, things are going to be changing around here a bit.
Not on the website. But here, in normal life. That place where I am forced to spend most of the time? Yeah, there.
Anyway...so finals are in less than two weeks. After said finals are finished I am quitting my two current jobs (cleaning houses and working at the gym) and switching to working more-or-less full-time for our farrier. I'm not certain about ALL the particulars yet, but the way I understand it I'll be holding horses, learning, acting as assistant/go-fer/etc, and basically getting some horse-training experience under my belt. I'm rather excited about this...
As far as school goes, I'm taking some time off. I probably COULD keep going part-time, but...I'm getting REALLY tired of school. There are some classes I really like (I've loved doing Advanced Photoshop this semester), but there are also some classes that I reallly loathe because they're very much common sense, but still required. So...I'm gonna fly the metaphorical coop and start working with horses full-time.
The taking school off thing actually works quite well in January, when my brothers-in-law are coming to visit.
Yeah. These strange people. XD
Actually, I can't WAIT for them to come visit. Almost every day is spent with texts, Facebook message, or phone call that basically says "CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YA'LL!!!!!" I think all parties involved are rather excited. XD
Oh, and this guy is coming too!
Good ol' Gabe Lynn...he's almost weirder than the other two combined. Almost.
Actually, I take that back. ALL of these guys have a particular brand of weirdness that caters nicely to the way my family works. And when Gabe and Gabi are in near proximity, something called G2G Platinum happens.....
Don't ask me what that is. It just HAPPENS. And it's why you shouldn't have very many Gabes in close proximity. XD
Suffice to say we're all excited out of our minds...and I foresee long days of trying to cram everything we wanna do in just a few days. Just sayin'.
So...suffice to say there are several things that I am looking forward to ending, starting, and continuing...and it's only a matter of time 'til they do so.
The road to Barberville! Okay, this was an all-day affair, but by golly was it fun.
For a bit of explanation: Barberville is a festival in Florida that occurs several times a year. Their big times of the year, though, are the Spring Frolic and the Fall Jamboree. We were there for the Fall Jamboree (obviously, what with it being November and all), and had an absolute blast.
Also? Barberville is the first place that Isaac and Lydi met. *squees* IS THAT NOT STINKIN' ADORABLE?
*ahem* Anyway. On to the post!
There were mounted policemen EVERYWHERE. I thought this paint was quite the looker--nice markings, good solid conformation, etc...
And then there was Violet's doppleganger. XD Well...maybe not really. But I thought there was quite the resemblance here.
So there were all these tents and vendors and shtuff...
Will and I split off and found Obi and Gabi in fairly good time--they were on their way to the 'petting zoo' and we tagged along.
Now, when I heard that they were helpers for the petting zoo I envisioned a REAL petting zoo, like with animals and stuff.
Let's just say that I was rather mistaken. XD They led us into this room full of instruments, and at first I thought they were making a detour. So I hung around...took a few pictures...waited while they and Will picked up instruments and started playing...
After a few minutes I managed to get Gabi's attention and asked when we'd be going to the petting zoo.
....turns out he said an INSTRUMENT petting zoo. XD
Ahh, mistakes. Gotta love 'em.
After that was cleared up I toddled around taking more pictures...there were a TON of instruments, and most were in some degree of out-of-tune-ness, but it was still pretty cool regardless.
Ahh! It's Gabe Lynn! XD And, for the record, I have no idea what he's holding.
There were some pretty interesting characters in the petting zoo...y'know, aside from us weirdos. XD
And the Stone Family Band was singing in the church! So of course we had to go and listen... :P
Obi...you're so oblivious. XD
Feeeeet! Anna is hilarious because she ALWAYS plays barefoot (or, at least every time I've seen her play she's barefoot).
They had no idea I was taking this...yay for candid shots!
The Sparling Family Band...I think I left after this to answer the call of food. :P
Okay...bit of a story behind this...I caught a glimpse of this guy while we were on our way to the food building, and he looked so lost and had such awesome sideburns that I HAD to get a picture.
By the way, random guy with the sideburns (if you should ever read this): I'm not a creeper. Truly and honestly. I just think sideburns look cool. (It's my Javert influence. *taps nose*)
The food line was HUGE...so we gave Mom and Dad our orders and ran around in the schoolhouse while waiting for them to go through. I think Gabe Lynn was with me at this point...Will, Obi, and Gabi were all in the petting zoo again and we were looking for other entertainment (and possibly food :P).
I forgot to get a picture of our food...but I must say that this was some of the best hot chocolate I've had in a while. It was YUMMEH.
Okay, so after eating there's a 2-3 hour gap between pictures, because I went into the schoolhouse and danced all freakin' afternoon.
See, as I pointed out in the previous entry, there's nothing here in Illinois that is anything like the contra dancing we got to enjoy in Florida. My feet were raw and my calves were dying by the end, but it was SO much fun...
Oh yes...there was a family wearing Converse, so I had to get a picture. XD
And a picture of the booted ones in our party. :P
Mah spoils...I figured I should get SOMETHING while I was there. The soap is amazing, by the way. And the fan was sold by a lady from Yorkshire, which made me happy. XD
Oh yes...and on the way back we drove past a horse farm with all sorts of show jumping and cross country courses and dressage arenas...it was so cool. *is completely deprived in those areas of horse training)
So that was Barberville...I have SO many other pictures that I didn't put up for brevity's sake, but rest assured that I will show off more of the details and experiences that I failed to do so this time around.
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