Thursday, December 31, 2009
I'm great on making lists. Everyday, I make lists of things that need to be done, places to go, shopping lists...
This is a list of the highlights and low times from 2009 for me. I thought 2007 was a terrible year because I lost my husband. But 2009 has seemed to continuously bring me down again and again. However, there were some highpoints as well. My list spans a little over a year but that seems to be most appropriate:
In the last year (15 months), I've:
lost a job of 6 years
earned 17 credits at CNM community college
earned an Associate's degree in PreManagement
Certificate for individual tax preparer
Ceritificate for payroll clerk
worked part time since July at the gym
began working full time this month at the health services having worked there p/t since October
for most of the year, my son and daughter have both been unemployed, although both worked several short term jobs.
volunteered at the zoo as a Rio Grande River hiking guide for school age children
volunteered in TaxHelp 2008
volunteered at my church as Treasurer
replaced several major appliances:
new water heater
new used refrigerator
repairs on Stihl chainsaw (I list this because parts were almost $300, so it's a major appliance)
new desktop computer and monitor
and have yet to replace-
can opener ;)
bought a 2004 Hyundai Accent
paid for major repairs on my son's Ranger
and repairs on his 2000 Saturn
lost Gunnar to nasal cancer
lost Daisy to cancer
lost a good friend
spent time at the emergency room with family
celebrated (?) a landmark birthday. At 51, I am officially over the hill.
went on a balloon ride during the balloon fiesta.
permanently injured the joint of my index finger, from my Arabian mare, Nadia, pulling away from my other Arabian mare, Annie.
planted and harvested a wonderful garden with my neighbor and my older son
began letterboxing (found 100 and placed 10) in one year
won $125 at Sandia Casino on quarter slots
saw my son play in his band, Spring Loaded Hot Dog (he won Battle of the Bands at a local high school, then lost in the B of the B at his own school.)
saw Gin Blossoms in free concert downtown
and the best part of the year involved horses:
road trip to Scottsdale Arabian Horse show with my mom
audited Dennis Reis clinic
Mother's Day Nebraska trail ride with my mom and daughter (and thanks, Tammy!!)
Yalla! (thanks for being there, Lisa)
I'm sure there's more...just can't think of anything right now. What a crazy year it was!
I would like to:
go backpacking. I never got to go last year although I did take several short day hikes.
go trail riding with Scout and Nadia, big time, "trailer there" kind of trail riding.
teach Yalla! tricks (kneel, say yes, whatever?)
I want to learn to play violin. I got one for Christmas from my mom. Crazy, huh? but I've always wanted to play one.
Publish my guide to canoeing the Labyrinth Canyon of the Green River.
maybe get a tattoo??
I'm open to whatever 2010 brings me. I want to find a friend to share it with. I want to celebrate life because I realize life IS too short.
How about you?
I wasn't sure whether to name this post blackest (past) or golden (future) years so I decided take the optimistic point of view.
Feels like something's gonna happen this year- song: Telling Lies, artist: David Bowie, album: Earthling
Monday, December 28, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
here's a mash up of MCML by Ryushi Sakamoto and a Japanese singer, Utada.
and here's the instrumental with Ryushi Sakamoto live.
Merry Christmas - Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, a Nagisa Oshima movie starring David Bowie, Tom Conti and Ryuchi Sakamoto.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Here's Yalla with all four feet off the ground. And then I got Annie also with all four feet in the air.
I managed to catch Yalla on one hoof
They look so good together - song: Here comes the night, artist: David Bowie covering Them, album: Pinups
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Yalla looks fine! She is completely unconcerned about her missing mama. Of course, she has never had a very strong need to stay with her mama. She seems happy to hang with her other pals out in the arena, especially Nadia.
Usually Yalla stays by Scout, but this morning, Scout was at the corner next to Baby Doll in her field and by Annie's pen.
Annie, on the other hand, poor Annie, is suffering from major milk overflow. Notice the swelling going down her belly? She certainly produced plenty of milk!
She is walking around slowly, like it hurts, and standing towards the back, in her stall, away from the fence line. I am withholding grain from Annie for a few days but I am giving her double hay so she can munch all day.
I left the three horses: Scout, Nadia, and Yalla, outside over Saturday and Sunday nights. Although it was cold, it was clear and they all have thick winter coats, so I figured they'd do fine.
I gave both Nadia and Yalla a half can of grain each in their feeders. Yalla wasn't sure where to go and she didn't want to walk in the puddle, but she's smart, so she stood in Nadia's stall and ate from the wrong side. Then I gave Annie and Scout a few mouthfuls of grain so they wouldn't feel left out.
What a night!
Saturday, December 19, 2009
The afternoon was gorgeous and warm so I decided to go play with my horses. I brought out a santa hat for some photos. At first, Annie, Scout, and Yalla were afraid of it. But, brave Nadia casually strolled up to me and I placed the hat right on her head. However, as you can see, she was really expecting more carrots, not to model a silly red hat! After Nadia's show of confidence, Scout and Yalla were curious and cautiously investigated.
and Yalla made sure to hold his reins for me.
Doesn't Annie's mane look nice though? It all falls on one side now and is really long, for my horses, anyway.
Earlier, Annie wanted nothing to do with the Santa hat. However, if I use any sort of head restraint on her, she is well behaved. Just having a bridle on, as you can see, she didn't mind wearing the hat. She gets that way with her blanket too. She'll leave and come back to me and leave and come back to me, until finally she'll just give up and accept me putting on her blanket unless I have a halter and lead rope on her. I don't need to tie her, I just throw the line over the stall wall. Then we do it all over again the next time.
And again, Yalla held the reins.
Not too bad for a self portrait. Only, I guess the lens got dusty or something. I sure wish I could fix the spots on Yalla's face.
Bing Crosby's White Christmas or
Bing and Bowie's Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy
Guess who gets my vote? Go here to place your vote.
Peace on Earth - song: Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy, artist: Bing Crosby and David Bowie
Friday, December 18, 2009
Whew, it's Friday, finally!
I have had an extremely busy last few weeks. This week and last week were finals at school. I had group presentations in my management class and my interpersonal skills class, a big tax 'problem' that required several study group sessions, and a two hour final in my online religion class that I spent hours studying for.
I am happy to announce that I got straight A's in all four classes!
I started working full time at my new job this past Monday. I started in October and they let me work part-time while I attended school this semester. It's funny, because I planned my classes so that I could find a full time job, working days. I had four classes: one morning class 2x a week, an online class, and two long, once-a-week, evening classes. Because I was only working part-time, I kept on working at the gym, two afternoons a week. When I told them that I had gotten a full time day job, fortunately, I was able to switch from working afternoons to working evenings.
This past Monday, I took my final in religion.
On Tuesday, I worked both jobs.
Wednesday, I made cookies and candies: chocolate covered pretzels, peanut brittle, gingerbread snowmen and ginger babies, and chocolate covered peanut butter balls.
Thursday, I worked both jobs.
And tonight, I made biscochitos. I had to go to three grocery stores to find anise seeds. Is everyone making biscochitos this year?
It's not Christmas without lots of goodies! I still want to make another batch of fudge and some brownies, maybe some macaroons...
Do you like to bake for Christmas? What do you like to make?
Far too busy - song: Looking for a Friend, artist: David Bowie, album: Bowie at the Beeb