Tuesday, December 30, 2014

I made Crossfit ride my evil pony

ISo our "gang" is affectionately referred to as the muskateers. I had a friend out who goes by crossfit muskateer. She rides horses but doesnt have one of her own so I told her she could ride Ries. Even though he hasnt been ridden in three weeks. Im so evil.

But she survived his fiesty moments and I snapped some awesome pics.

And Calvin wanted cuddles. I apologize for awful iphone pics. I was about to leave and realized Troyota had a mustache. 

And thats all, folks! 

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Christmas Party with RedHeadLind

And HollyBully. It was at redheadlins's trainers place. Im hoping to join her for some jump lessons over the summer.

Der was a Christmas tree that my phone didnt wanna take a pic of.
I spy RedHeadLins with my little eye.

I got a candle and lighter from th e white elephant exchchange.

I told her to make an awkward expression.

And then HollyBully and I took an awkward pic. Mostly me with the awkwardness. Hollybully stole some rad bling bell boots.

And that is how I spent my Saturday night. My hand is getting better but in the meantime I had a non blogger friend hop on my pony. He hasnt been ridden in three weeks and definitely showed his excitement for her, but was still fabulous nonetheless. Look for our post about it tomorrow! I took lots of pictures :) 

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Just for you, Emma and Lauren who said I should keep up the good work ;)

Update on Riesy. Hes getting fat and hairy. I had to switch his supps around and he was really displeased. Hes getting used to them now. 

Im not a fan of christmas bragging, but I did get some cool horsey books and other goodies that will show up in future blog posts! 

Uh I have nothing else cool to post. Merry Christmas! Ill make some sort of post up for new years goals. Then I can look next year at them and cry over some ice cream at how little I accomplished lol. 

My blog is rambly. Im rambly. I missed yall. Oh so now that school is done I bet your wondering why I havent ridden. Monday I broke up a fight between the parentals dogs. Insert infected hand here. Boooo. But a friend is in town that will chug my fat pony along tomorrow. Ill get pics because Im sure they will look fabulous(atleast dressed for success).

Ill stop rambling. Proceed with festivities. 

Thank you Lauren!

Today I finally waited to open my package from Lauren at seehorsedesign.com !
Yay monograms! Im all over this decal to put on my helmet. Moar pics of helmet to come later! She also got me 
These waay too adorable cards. Me thinks one is going to end up in a frame. And of course peppermints for Riesy!

I am so thankful for the gifts and a new blog to follow! 

Ps sorry for lack of blog posts. I suck at this and have been super busy with work and school! I will go on a blogging spree this week though! 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Adventure with Fresh Prince

So my parents got a new dog. And went out of town. How convenient. Well the new dog's name is Ruger and he was brought here from a kill shelter in New Mexico. He subsequent nickname is now Fresh Prince of Boise. Because, naturally.

Today, he wanted my attention so bad while I was trying to do hw so I took him on a fieldtrip to Zamzows to get him some toys. He was being super cute so I had to take pics.

Concerned about where our destination might be

That doesn't look comfy

Nor does that

He tried driving

And then we got home and played with our friends
So that was our adventure. Next week is dead week and then finals. So pony-ness will commence again after finals.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Ten Reasons Why You Need To Bake This Holiday Season

Ah the holidays. It seems as though once Halloween is over ‘ol St. Nick comes bustin’ down doors. Christmas lights are up, turkey is in the oven, people are playing Dradle, and once you get on the holiday train, it is full speed cruising through December 31.
It’s the weather, finals, gift giving, and relatives season. It goes by fast and makes you feel like you have been blown down by a blizzard at the end of it all. But it doesn't have to be.

Baking is an age old tradition that all of our ancestors participated in on the daily. So why did we stop? Here are ten reasons why you need to start baking this holiday season. 
  1. It lowers stress - Dedicating time to focus on following simple directions helps your brain become clear. When there is a lot of things going on in your life, I find that by stopping and focusing my crazy energy on a simple recipe allows me to take a deep breath and step away from everything going on in my life. When my treats are out of the oven, I'm ready to face the task of processing everything going on in my life. It is almost like my brain takes a little nap, but instead of laying on the couch doing nothing, I am actually making something productive out of my brain nap. 
  2. Comfort Food Makes You Happy - Especially after Thanksgiving, everyone is fully aware of how happy your soul was after finishing off that plate of pie. Sure that turkey may put you in a food coma later, but it is pie that really makes me thankful for Thanksgiving. Something about butter and carbs are just make you feel good, as long as you don't look in the mirror after (see #7) 
  3. Boosts Self-Esteem- Even if your cake is not perfectly piped with roses, creating something from scratch gives you a sense of satisfaction. John Whaite, winner of a baking TV show in 2012, describes baking as an escape from his depression. He states that baking is "making something destructive into something constructive, and at the end of it you've got something to be proud of, something to eat, something to show off". Pulling something out of the oven and being able to say I made that! leaves a smile on your face. It is incredible to see what you can create out of some butter, flour, sugar, yeast. It is even better when you get to show off your creations to your friends.  1
  4. It Is Meditative - Measuring flour, stirring together eggs and water, gently spreading frosting onto a cupcake. Baking has many meditative properties. Nothing has to be perfect, and that is the beauty of it. It doesn't require a lot of thinking and can be as simple as measure, pour, stir, bake. In a study on mediation, it has been proven that mediation will lower your stress.Nothing better than to whip up a batch of Grandma's Minty Muffins to get your zen back. (Study cited # 2) 
  5. Boosts Endorphins - Vanilla has proven benefits of aromatherapy. Vanilla is said to boost endorphins that send calming signals to your brain. Throw some into your next batch of cookies and it will be like the Pillsbury Doughboy sent calming waves through your oven. Not only does your baked goods taste like happiness, they smell happy too. 2
  6. Boosts Creativity - Baking doesn't have to be a perfect equation. As long as you have a basic recipe to follow, the world is your playground. Feeling fruity? Throw some blueberries into those muffins. Need chocolate to sooth your soul? All it takes is a bag of chocolate chips in your bread. In a study on creativity, psychologists found that creativity has a positive effect on performance outcomes, such as baking. When you are baking, you are putting something together to create an end result. When you have influence on how to combine ingredients and what ingredients to use the happier your end result will make you. 3 (Study Cited #3) 
  7. Allows You to Make Healthy Choices -Baking doesn't have to be entirely unhealthy. You don't need to feel guilty after eating all of those brownies. Instead, sneak in a little black beans into those brownies and instead of just spreading health in yourself, you can sneak some in your family and friend's lives as well. It is like you have become the Health Fairy. Black beans are much lower in fat and provide a great source of protein to your brownies. But brownies aren't the only baked good you can turn into something good for you, click hyperlink 4 to find more ideas! . 4
  8. Good Physical Exercise - Need a good arm workout? Whip up a batch of bread and after ten minutes of kneading, your arms may have the desire to fall off your body. You don't need a stand mixer to make every recipe, instead put in some good elbow grease with a wooden spoon. Physical exercise is a great reliever of stress for any young adult. Recently there was a study done on how college student's stress levels change if they add in a physical activity class to their schedule. While baking isn't exactly the same as weight training, it is something that boosts physical activity. Making bread will burn much more calories than taking a loaf off the shelf from a supermarket.  For bonus points, take a lap around the block while you are waiting for your goodies to be done in the oven. (Study Cited #1)

    Redheadlins showin' off our bread we made
  9. You Can Do It By Yourself Or With Others - If you want some alone time, baking allows you some peace and quiet while mulling over a simple activity to gather your thoughts. Or, if you want to get all of your family and friends involved, baking allows you to be a social butterfly. No more boring group trips to the movie theater, instead spend some time having a cookie decorating contest. Baking adapts itself to a singular or group activity.
  10. Spreads Holiday Cheer - Everyone loves when someone drops Christmas cookies off at their doorstep. In an interview with a fellow college student who was overly stressed about finals, she said she would be "extremely pleased " if someone gave her some baked goods over the holiday season. She said "it's calming to be totally focused on something that isn't related to what stresses me out, plus it's nice to know someone was thinking of me, and consuming them is a pleasant experience." I think she was hinting at me baking her some, but hey, gotta spread the cheer right? (Study Cited #4)

So get out there and bake something! You will be happier, less stressed, and calmed. Whether it is for you, your horse, or your neighbors, spread some holiday cheer! (A yummy chocolate chip cookie recipe)
P.S. College student without an oven? Check out mug cakes, they are microwavable and take less than 10 minutes!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Riding Time!

Yesterday I got HollyBully and SprinklerBandit to come out and take photos of my ride! We also went and saw Courage and played with him. Riesling was a little stiff and just overall not his usual self. I pushed him, but I didn't do anything too hard on him. Mostly lots of trotting and long and low. He still put in a lot of effort, but I had to really push him to move forward. I'll hop on him today and see how he is. But without further ado, photo drop!

Why hullo there

All smiles when I ride this guy

Our long and low was not so long and low

Notice my lower leg trying so hard to move him forward

So majestic

I have chicken wing arms

I know I still have a lot to work on, and I'm hoping he will be more loosey goosey today. Then SprinklerBandit hoped on. I'm sure she will have pictures on her blog!

Now to some really awful eq pictures on Courage! I haven't been in a jump saddle for awhile and this was my first time riding courage so I mostly just tried not to interfere.
"Oh gosh this is so weird, he's so narrow!"

Gotta keep my chicken arms consistent *headdesk*

He was good at tolerating my awful eq

"Here Courage you just take all the reins you need" aka me failing at keeping my arms in a 90 degree angle.
Me thinks I need to get my jump saddle out and practice some eq.. embarrassing much (But C looks so cute so I had to include the pics) !