Hola everyone!! Having a nice summer? I hope so! Mine's been...semi-uneventful, but in a mostly good way. :)
I'm going to try to force myself out of my writer's block of the past few weeks.....starting now!
It's been a slow week without the option of a ride out to the barn. Friends I normally go with either started work for the summer or are known to be super busy so I don't ask...but I will remedy that soon enough!
|Nom nomming on a willow tree.|
I started going out on my third or fourth day home from school, riding for a bit the first couple of days, exploring a new trail that a friend showed me (it's my favorite yet - and this time of year, everything is SUPER green and beautiful!), but mostly hanging out and loving on our horses.
|Orion was slightly jealous when I fed Glory instead of him.|
Orion was super sweet and willing to please the majority of the time - with the exception of not wanting to go through the gate, which we argued over for a few minutes. I won. He was great, albeit a bit jumpy for some reason.
|Taken just after his bath.|
The dogs usually never bother him, but two days in a row, I got to experience him jump straight into the air and skitter sideways as he realized one of the - now grown - pups was nearer to him than he'd apparently realized. That was a fun feeling - usually resulting in a "WTF??" exclamation from me and a huge sigh from him as he hung his head in relief upon deciding a terrifying monster was not about to eat him!
|Bath + summer sunshine = beautiful =)|
One day last week, he actually came to me from the other side of the field when I whistled and called for him. I was giddy - yes, giddy - that he'd actually done it from that distance. Then a couple of days ago, I tried again...to no avail. He didn't even give me the courtesy of lifting his head in acknowledgement. So across the field I trekked, and he still didn't visibly acknowledge the fact that I was there until I was about three feet from him. Thanks buddy. I felt loved.
I finally decided to copy a friend's idea last week and made myself a summer reading list. Reading is something I love doing.......but unfortunately something I usually don't have time to do during school without neglecting other important things. :/
So this summer, I set myself a goal. The list is comprised of various books that I've been meaning to read for a while - in some cases, years - that I never get around to. Most of them are ones that I don't have on my Kindle, because I want to save those for when I go back to school - that way I'm downsizing on how many books I take back with me. Especially since I'll have a roommate next year and more limited space than I was used to previously.
I've already finished two of the books on it, and am about a third of the way through my third.
Here's the list:
Out of Oz by Gregory Maguire
Mirror Mirror by Gregory Maguire
Snakehunter by Chuck Kinder
The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger by Stephen King
The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King
The Dark Tower III: The Wastelands by Stephen King
And that's it. For now. I'm sure upon cleaning my room - another chore on my to-do list this summer - I'll probably find more that I haven't read or want to re-read. There's a few I've considered that probably won't make the list unless I can't find something else...simply because I want to read as much new stuff as I can while I have the time!
So far, that has been the extent of my activities this summer - horses and books and working out, though it's a bit hard to write much about doing Zumba and Wii Fit. Another fun thing was going camping with my two best friends at the beginning of the week - but I'll add more about that later.
Tuesday starts my babysitting job, so I'm sure I'll some humorous stories to tell about that. There's never a dull moment when my younger brothers are together all day long!!