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BlindLucky
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Tue Sep 17, 2013 3:04 pm

Flanders wrote:My mom got me Matriarchs, new and pristine, and Matriarchs II for my birthday! :) So excited, I've wanted these books for a long time. I said to her, wow, how much did you pay for this copy of Matriarchs and she said about $125. *shakes head* I'm really really happy though.
I forget where I got my volume I, but it's such a fantastic book!

For some reason, ExclusivelyEquine has volume II marked down to $7.95. That's a beautiful one, too.
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Senator L
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Tue Sep 17, 2013 9:13 pm

Somnambulist wrote:Man, I am happy this website is back so my work days can go back to being unproductive!
Sooo funny and so true :D
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pointgivenfan
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Fri Sep 20, 2013 11:35 am

There's almost always food here at work.
Birthdays, meetings, whatever.
I love it.
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Sat Sep 21, 2013 10:50 am

I literally just had the most amazing riding lesson! We jumped a course of 7 fences then swapped over to another lesson horse and jumped a different course, it all went really well and we got all the correct strides and kept every pole up plus my hands are getting better (normally I give too much) :D Then we finished off with a nice walk round the field.
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Catalina
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Sat Sep 21, 2013 11:04 am

Le Beau Bai wrote:I literally just had the most amazing riding lesson! We jumped a course of 7 fences then swapped over to another lesson horse and jumped a different course, it all went really well and we got all the correct strides and kept every pole up plus my hands are getting better (normally I give too much) :D Then we finished off with a nice walk round the field.
Good going, LBB! I'm green with envy. Jumping didn't come easily to me, and circumstances (aka spare cash for riding lessons) changed right around the time I finally started to get the hang of jumping.
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Sun Sep 22, 2013 10:36 am

Bacon, egg, and cheese on a french toast bagel.
"Life's no piece of cake, mind you, but the recipe's my own to fool with."
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Le Beau Bai
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Mon Sep 23, 2013 5:18 am

Catalina wrote:Good going, LBB! I'm green with envy. Jumping didn't come easily to me, and circumstances (aka spare cash for riding lessons) changed right around the time I finally started to get the hang of jumping.
Thanks! That must have been frustrating for you! It's been a bit of an up hill battle for me as I was very confident when I was younger only for me to lose all my confidence and flatly refuse to sit on a horse for 6 months. This is the first time I've felt really confident for a very long time and I'm actually enjoying my jumping lessons (I prefer dressage) :D
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Mon Sep 23, 2013 8:34 am

Le Beau Bai wrote:
Catalina wrote:Good going, LBB! I'm green with envy. Jumping didn't come easily to me, and circumstances (aka spare cash for riding lessons) changed right around the time I finally started to get the hang of jumping.
Thanks! That must have been frustrating for you! It's been a bit of an up hill battle for me as I was very confident when I was younger only for me to lose all my confidence and flatly refuse to sit on a horse for 6 months. This is the first time I've felt really confident for a very long time and I'm actually enjoying my jumping lessons (I prefer dressage) :D
Having to overcome that makes it an even bigger accomplishment.
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ElPrado2
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Tue Sep 24, 2013 12:05 pm

Well, I found something to laugh about. I live across the street from a nursery that seems to cater mainly to nurses, etc.
I had the giggles just now. The woman that runs it seems to like to rocket out of her driveway when she leaves for a grocery run or to pick up kids at school, etc. It has been absolutely pouring rain since noon yesterday. She did not rocket off very far. By the time she got her car going forward she had managed to stall it 7 times. I could hear her screaming at it behind the wheel. I have been waiting for this to happen. They change SUVs fairly often, 4 so far this year, and she was about due. She already has one that they have to start with jumper cables. Now she has killed the transmission in this one. She drives like a football linebacker, all aggression.
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Tue Sep 24, 2013 11:02 pm

https://www.facebook.com/kaycee.mauer/m ... 383&type=1

For my 26th birthday this month I decided to give myself the gift of a photography session and the final prints only ended up being 22 but I am happy with the results she does great work. I love them and my eyes look amazing!!!
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Tue Sep 24, 2013 11:03 pm

My root canal was phenomenal. Literally.

I can eat PAIN FREE for the first time in a month!! My dentist told me I was the happiest person to ever sit for one.. but who cares! It was numb!
"Life's no piece of cake, mind you, but the recipe's my own to fool with."
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Thu Sep 26, 2013 4:17 pm

More car fun.
The same family that owns the nursery are very hard on cars.
They have another SUV that seems to have killed a battery. Today, I watched 4 guys standing around it for half an hour. One of them attached jumper cables. Then he stood around for a while holding them. Then another guy took them and he stood around holding them. A 3rd guy stood there drinking a soda. The last one wandered around trying not to do anything at all. The guy with the soda waved arms a bit. The cables changed hands back to the original cable holder. Everyone stood around a while longer. The guy with the soda managed to find the garbage can and tossed the empty can in. They slammed the hood shut after tossing the cables on top of the engine compartment. Everyone went inside.
I need to make movies. I could sell this stuff on some wacky cable network, I am sure.
Even better, their next door neighbors are my drunk dopers for the neighborhood. They are always good for helping with something. All sorts of things can happen there. I was there thanking one for some yard work one evening about 6. Another one wanders in, gets his dog and goes outside. Next thing I know he comes back in, stark naked, with the dog wet from a bath, and he is looking for his underwear. He and his dog had had a shower. I just turned my head so he was not in full glory. The man I am talking to just shakes his head and looks down at the floor.
I am not sure if that one would sell.
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Mon Sep 30, 2013 8:17 am

Just back from Munich/Oktoberfest and Prague. I now understand the concept and necessity of detox.
Soto, Suni, Sham, whichever.
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Mon Sep 30, 2013 8:27 am

Went grocery shopping at Harris Teeter yesterday. I normally don't shop there because their prices are a bit higher than Food Lion, but they had a lot 2 for 1 deals advertized. Normally, their Cadbury ice cream bars are $5.19 box for 8. They were 2 for 1. I was happy. So was Bill. I love sales.
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Mon Sep 30, 2013 9:53 am

I love this time of year. October is my favorite month for a number of reasons:

1. cooler weather (except for this week, argh)
2. gearing up for the Breeder's Cup
3. Halloween
4. horror movies!!!
5. NFL is in full swing

I usually take the last week of October as vacation every year, partly for my horror movie challenge on another board, partly so I can go on a hiking trip or two with my dad, and partly to prepare for the BC.

:D
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Tue Oct 01, 2013 6:41 pm

My degree proved useful for once - I, my family, and my good friends are all eating and drinking for free this weekend.

I'm glad it basically just did all the things a solid rich man could have done for me, but less frequently. Thank you higher education!
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Horsecrazygal21
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Tue Oct 01, 2013 11:25 pm

The Lions week 4 game was AMAZING to watch!! I am still euphoric over the win 2 days later.

I got my tickets for Thunder From Down Under again :D

I cut up my credit card this morning before work and threw it in the trash. Didn't even bat an eye now I just have to pay off the balance and cancel it. Imagine how much more money I will save for other things when I don't have to make a credit card payment! :mrgreen: I feel awesome right now!
Pan Zareta
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Fri Oct 04, 2013 1:53 pm

We're on countdown, leaving for Chile four weeks from today. We made a change to our itinerary. We'd originally planned to spend the entire vacation in Santiago and Valparaiso/Vina del Mar. Then we realized this might be our only chance to see penguins in their native habitat. So we're taking a few days out of our stay in Santiago and heading south to Punta Arenas on the Strait of Magellan. We're going to spend most of one day on Magdalena Island, which is home to over 100,000 Magellanic penguins and lots of sea lions. Then we're going to visit a recently established colony at a place called Seno Otway. We're also going to try to see Cape Horn, weather and time permitting. Punta Arenas looks like an interesting place. Lots of little cafes, coffee shops, art galleries, etc.

We're shopping for a new digital camera for the trip, and I'm open to/appreciative of suggestions. I want something with a good zoom, good video, more than the basic point & shoot but not something big and bulky.
BaroqueAgain1
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Fri Oct 04, 2013 2:59 pm

You're headed to a spectacularly beautiful area, so I hope you get good weather and lots of photos.
But...if you're leaving in four weeks, does that mean you're going to miss the Breeders' Cup?!?
Hope you've got a DVR.
Pan Zareta
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Fri Oct 04, 2013 5:26 pm

It's supposed to be a good time of year weatherwise, so I'm hoping for sunshine and blue skies. The days are very long that time of year. The sun doesn't set until around 10:30 p.m. I hate missing the BC, but this is the trip of a lifetime. Sacrifices have to be made. I'm thankful for the DVR, so at least I can see the races after the fact. I won't be totally without horse racing, though. There's a track in Santiago, and one of their big stakes races happens while we're there. We're planning to spend an afternoon at the track. We went to the races at the Capannelle when we were in Rome a few years ago and had a great time despite not speaking the language (figuring out the program was fun). I have the advantage of being fairly fluent in Spanish, so Chilean racing won't be so much of a mystery.
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