Human Vacation and Impending Christmas

You know what’s ironic? Buying a horse sight unseen in Florida, and then going to Florida.

Even more so? Having the friend you are vacationing with in Florida being literally down the road from the horse you just bought.

And the cherry on top? Neither one of us has the time or transportation to see him.

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Our last trip to Florida (and the Caribbean) together, in which it was unseasonably cold and I met the guy who became my husband.

So, despite my being just an hour away from the new pony for a couple days this weekend, I won’t get to meet him until Tuesday afternoon. A super friend will meet the shipper at the time of drop-off in NC, and has promised to check him over, give him a mash, and hand walk him for me. Oh yeah- and also send me pictures and videos of the pone so I can see what he looks like on NC soil.

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Same trip- making time for horses by visiting HITS

Between this and the cross country stage of the Olympic eventing trials, Monday is going to be a little distracted.

Hoping you guys all have a wonderful weekend, and check back Tuesday for new pony media!

Back from the Beach

If you follow me on instagram, you may have noticed a sudden departure from the usual Foster faces and Elliot/Drake posts. Instead, you’ve been inundated with beach pics and many adult beverage shots. Sorry, not sorry.

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Beachin’ it

Last night (or at 1:30 am, should I say early this morning) we returned from the Dominican Republic. The hubs and I had a great time, and I particularly enjoyed diving into a new book series (Discovery of Witches, anyone?) and getting a tan that is sure to last me until tomorrow. Unfortunately, between our late arrival and my lack of sedatives to keep Elliot calm after our 6 day disappearance, I’m riding the struggle bus today.

The lobby

The lobby

So, I don’t have any real horsey updates to share. While away a friend hopped on him a couple times, and took care of his heel, which he cut just a couple days before my departure. I’m assured that the heel is looking much better and without any heat.

The [Non] Honeymoon Suite

The [Non] Honeymoon Suite

I plan on getting out tonight and seeing how he feels. This weekend we are signed up for a Training CT at a local show, and I need to decide if I am just going to do the dressage part or not. Lots to assess in the next few days!

View from the room

View from the room

In the meantime, I want to thank everyone for the comments on the posts while I was away- while I wasn’t able to respond, the weak Dominican WiFi did allow me to read them and I really enjoyed hearing everyone’s different viewpoints on handling competition and sharing your horse with others! I promise to catch up with everyone’s blogs as soon as my inbox clears out… 🙂

Happy Monday

What a beautiful weekend it was! The husband and I went down to Charlotte to see my parents, grandmother, and an aunt I haven’t seen in 10 years. It was a happy reunion, and we had a lovely time at a formal charity event called the Red Cross Ball.

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Not much else to update on- I was able to get back yesterday to ride Foster and he felt fantastic. I finally feel like he’s back to where we left off in the winter, he is super supple and really responding to my seat. We even had a couple nice canter transitions, sans underneck! Now to try and fit in that jump school before the show this weekend!

Photography Friday

As many designers and artists do, I love texture. Maybe a little more unusual, when I see texture, sometimes I want to photograph it, and use it as desktop wallpaper. Am I weird? Nevermind, let’s not get into that.

Anyways, that is what I was thinking when I saw the beautiful wysteria at the Dresser Palmer House in Savannah.

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I’ve uploaded these bad boys at a rather large size, in case any of you guys have the same idea… just click on the image, zoom in and right click to Save Image.

Meanwhile, this weekend we will be doing some serious landscaping of our own- but that’s a future post! Have a great weekend y’all, and happy Easter!

In which Britt returns from Florida, and goes to Pittsburgh

That’s right, I arrived home yesterday from the land of sunshine and richly costumed theme park employees, and am currently blogging from a slightly more dismal, dank office in Pittsburgh. *sigh*

But let me regale you with my tales from Florida! Warning- there are LOTS of photos in this post!

My best buddy (also a fellow equestrian, who used to join me in terrorizing the hunt country on our Haflinger steeds) and I did Orlando on a budget- which means we took the train down to Florida instead of flying. If you’re curious, it’s 13 hrs by train from NC to FL.

On our way!

On our way!

We got there, then napped (sleeping is somewhat difficult on the train) and decided to save all our energy for the next day- Disney! Now, I haven’t been to Disney since I was little, and really didn’t remember a thing about it, so I was pretty surprised by the level of detail that went into the atmosphere, and many of the special effects were pretty jaw dropping. For instance, I always thought fireworks set to music were nice, but the music would be atmospheric rather than aligned with the visual pyrotechnic display- Disney’s firework show was brilliant- I don’t think I have ever seen timing done so well!

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The next day we went to Universal- the highlight of my trip because I am oh-so-into Harry Potter. Obviously. We arrived as they were getting ready to open the gates, and of course headed straight to Potter land before all the other obsessed Muggles got there and spoiled the fun.

Let me just say, if Disney world was jaw dropping, the effects inside the Castle ride were heart stopping. I still have no idea how they acheived some of the 3D effects they did. It was very well done, so much so that we went for a second trip later in the afternoon.

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Monday we caught some rays (can you believe it was 80 degrees there? paradise!) and then went indoor skydiving! This was possible with a giant wind tunnel, and an instructor will stand on the net and help you get in the correct position so you actually float in the air! The wind is obviously incredibly strong, so you have to wear ear plugs, helmet, and a badass looking flight suit. And, if you walked 2 miles in the blazing sun to get there and you can’t get your rings off because your fingers are like sausages, you also get to wear a glove a la Michael Jackson.

Anyways, the whole floating thing is actually a lot harder than it looks. In order to stay up, you have to relax your spine, drop your waist, bend your legs to a specific degree and hold your arms in a certain way in front of your face (or like me, go for the Thriller pose, embracing the Michael Jackson theme). It sounds easy until you add all the wind and the fact that there is nothing that compares to trying to float in space, so your body has zero idea what is right or wrong! I started to get the hang of it my second time around (we got 2 turns each, 1 minute each turn), but I have a new found respect for the people who do acrobatics doing the real thing! Wow!

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We toasted our new found skills with a glass of wine at Maggiano’s that resulted in a free meal plus dessert (winning!) and hopped the train back to Raleighwood. I got to spend one night with my guy, quickly see Foster, and here I am again in Pittsburgh the next morning! Phew! Lots of traveling, but I am so glad I got to go on such an adventure-packed vacation! Mischief managed!

Florida Bound!

Trip with my BFF!

Trip with my BFF!

Farewell, friends! Tonight I am headed to sunny Florida!

No, I’m not headed to Welly World, as much as I’d like to after seeing all of the fun photography opportunities on She Moved to Texas. Nope- I’m headed to the world of adrenaline and geekiness- Orlando! There to finally make my way to the mecca of PG related wizarding fun – Harry Potter world. And you can bet I am excited.

Just as excited as we were for the opening night!

Just as excited as we were for the opening night!

HP themed manicure!

Ready to go with my HP themed manicure!

 

So expect me to be away for the next few days, and back on Tuesday with lots of geeky fun photos to share with you guys! Have a great weekend, y’all!

Carolina Beach trip

We’ve just returned from our long weekend at Carolina Beach, and thoroughly enjoyed almost perfect weather, great conversations, and fantastic seafood.

Tyler and I headed down Friday afternoon to Casa Spiaggia, a cute little condo a block away from the beach. We made quick work of dropping off our stuff before enjoying an afternoon of sun. Another couple joined us later in the evening and we proceeded to get carried away with talking and partaking in adult beverages that reminded us the next morning that we aren’t exactly college kids anymore!

We did our best to enjoy the sun and the sand for as long as possible, even going for a long walk yesterday before hitting the road home. All in all it was lovely to get to relax and get to know friends better, and Tyler and I agree that maybe next year we should look into spending a week there instead!

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