Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Enough is Enough

Sorry guys. It's been reeeeeaaaally long. So basically my life in the last almost two months. School ended. Went home. Helped Bob fix our house after the flood. Got a car. Drove across the country with Bob. Got a job as a handicapped attendee for a four year old boy with autism. Moved into my room. (Ry's old one.) Went to an Alan Jackson/Brooks & Dunn concert with Liz and Margret. Started running/working out again. Went to Laura's wedding. Had an awesome time at Laura's wedding. Have been spending much time in a not so far off land where wonderful and funny people live (one person in particular. . . ). Found a stable for to start riding again. Learned a bit of fencing. Switched jobs to a nine year old girl with autism. And I don't start that until Friday, so I have a couple of days off for scampering about the area being a beatnik. So tomorrow it's off to see my dearest penguin bear (still working on the nicknames. . . ) again. *sigh* I have such a good life. Hopefully I will be filling y'all in on it more regularly.

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Finals

Finals are over. I did my 5 finals in 3 days. That was kind of crazy. Although I'm not done yet. I've got a paper that needs to get written. So I'm gonna go write 6 pages on Rose Hawthorne now.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Study Day

Classes are officially over. Now the only thing that stands between me and awesome is finals. . . and finding a job. I really need to do that. Hopefully this weekend. I also need to write my Bersnak paper. So right now I should be A) Workstudy B) Studying for finals or C) Writing my Bersnak paper. What am I doing? Wasting time on the Internet. Yup. Fortunately for all you out there in blogger world, I am motivationally challenged right now. Except that it's lunch time. Shoot. I didn't realize it was that late! More later.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

My Yearly Trip to the ER

This year in The WP Goes to the ER, the WP checks out to see if she has nerve damage caused by trauma from hitting the ground at high speeds due to being propelled off of a horse. That's right folks, Monday night and my hip wasn't getting better, my shoulder was getting worse and both my left hand and foot were starting to go numb. I did a silly thing and told my mother. She in turn told Laura-friend that I needed to go to the ER to get it checked out right away. Well that was that and before I knew it, I was in Bu going to Winchester. This was the first time I actually was quasi coherent in that ER. It was weird. Laura-friend and I waited and waited and waited. Then we waited some more. Eventually I got my vitals taken. Then there was more waiting. Quite a bit more. Then I got taken back to a hallway and left for awhile. Then I got X-rayed. Then back to the waiting room where I'm sure you can guess what Laura-friend and I did. Yea, we waited some more. Finally Laura-friend and I got to go back to see the doctor. But first we chilled at the nurse's station for an hour or two. (I completely lost track of time, even though there was a clock next to me.)

Eventually I got to see the doctor. She was really nice. Her best guess as to what happened was that I dislocated my hip, but it relocated itself. So I just needed to be nice to it for awhile and not ride horses for a really long time and take a bunch of meds that make me sleepy and weird. (Ask Liz B about me on muscle relaxers.) But there was no nerve damage so I didn't have to have surgery or anything horrible like that. I've found I don't make good decisions at 1:30 am, because the doctor offered me crutches and I told her that was okay, I didn't need them. Silly me! Luckily Mel had a pair that she let me borrow. Though I'm only using the one.

I came so close to making it through a whole school year without a trip to the ER. Maybe next year.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

On (and off) Western Saddles

Have I ever mentioned that I don't like riding Western? If not, I DON'T LIKE RIDING WESTERN!!!! Just thought I'd throw that out there. And here's why:

So Saturday morning Colin and I decided that it would be a good idea to go ride Rocky (Laura's horse that I take care of on the weekends for those of you who know nothing of my life). By morning, I mean morning. We got up at 7am. (Well, he got up at 7, I was waked up at 7:20.) We piled into Bu (Laura's car) and hit the road. Low water bridge was flooded, so we took the scenic route. We got there, greeted Rocky, who was in his normal calm mood. Although he perked up once I started tacking him up. (Laura rides western, I think you may see where this is going.) I decided it would be a good idea to lounge him first. So Colin and I vainly tried to keep from getting dizzy as we watched Rocky run around us in circles. He kept spooking by this one tree (Rocky, not Colin), so I worked him through that. Then I asked him to canter. Now I've asked many a horse to canter in my day, but very rarely have I gotten the response Rocky gave. He started bucking all over the place. I calmed him down and got him going again. I repeated the command. He reared. Just a small little baby rear, but a rear none the less. Got him going again. Once he calmed down I inspected my bleeding finger. After a little bit I turned him around and just kept him at a trot. He seemed okay with that, so I decided that it was time to get on.

And thus begins my tirade on Western saddles. I had forgotten how horrible they were. I felt like I was sitting on a couch or something, not a horse. I had half (or more than half) expected Rocky to take off as soon as or before my rear touched the saddle. But he stayed put. I breathed a sigh of relief and contemplated adjusting the stirrups. The next thing I knew I was flying through the air over Rocky's head. I had a moment to ponder what was happening, then I saw the ground rushing at me. (I said a bad word.) My left side slammed into the ground with avengence. Rocky was already racing off across the pasture before I hit the ground. I jumped up and pain shot through my body starting from my left hip. I assured Colin that I was okay and watched in horror as Rocky tore around the pasture with reins flying dangerously close to his feet. I kind of felt like passing out and couldn't figure out if that was out of pain or fear or a combination.

Rocky finally stopped at the far end of the pasture and I hobbled over to get him. He had started grazing and my first thought was, "You're not supposed to be eating with the bridle on!" I grabbed his reins and led him back to the shed. There was no way I was even going to be able to get my left foot into the stirrup, much less get back in the saddle. So I untacked Rocky, fed, and watered him and Colin and I went to breakfast. Thanks to Rocky and that stupid Western saddle I've still got a shooting/aching pain in my hip and am walking with a limp. Plus I'm finding new bruises ever couple of hours.

I can't wait until my hip heals and I can try again.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

I'm Still Alive

I'm surviving so far. I made it through my Modern Philosophy test, my Apologetics Midterm, my Macroeconomics midterm, and my English paper on T.S. Elliot. Thems was crazy times, believe you me. (And if you don't, just ask my poor roommate. I *heart* Liz!) After all of that, I was rewarded with the realization that I needed to get a student loan form signed and sent to WI IN TWO DAYS, otherwise I'd have to start paying on my student loans. There was a huge fiasco with the UPS store not being open, then them not having the right kind of envelopes and going to the post office and missing Apologetics and oh man, it was crazy. I'll tell you when you're older. At least I now know where the post office and the UPS store are. (I just got a letter confirming that they got the form in time and I'm in the clear. *whew*)

After that was Easter break. I went with Colin, Sarah, Katie, Joe, and Mike to Colin, Nick, and Katie's family's house for break. Oh man was that fun! I hopefully will have pictures from it very soon and will tell more about it.

Now I'm back at school and have just realized that I have a History paper on Rose Hawthorne, an Apologetics paper on the Spanish Inquisition, a Modern Philosophy paper on Hegel, an English 'quiz' on Frankenstein and Crime and Punishment, and about one month worth of Spanish homework all due in the next couple of weeks. So more crazy days are to come. Here, watch me write and do research for 20 pages in a couple of days. Hurray!

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Busy

I am so busy right now. I've got a 3/4 page list of things I need to get done tonight. They involve things like reading entire books and making study guides and putting in hours at work. (Note: I've found one can't put in hours at work quickly, it doesn't work.) Anyway, I will tell you all about it later, right now I've got to go read Frankenstein while studying for modern philosophy. :S