Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Snowball effect

Everyone knew I was leaving on the 21st/22nd for school.

I am not sure if people didn't believe me or it just dawned on them "oh sh*t she really is leaving for school" but all of a sudden everything has snowballed on me. I mean people going YOUR LEAVING CAN YOU DO THIS? YOUR LEAVING COME PICK THIS UP IT NEEDS TO BE DONE BEFORE YOU GO! YOUR LEAVING COME SAY GOODBYE!
It's like the amount of things I have to do that you know, could have been done a month ago was suddenly all tossed upon me, snowballing into a mad dash to get stuff done for school.

I think I have 4 major bags 3/4 of the way packed. Most of my clothes, towels. bedding, dishes and some food. Every time I start to pack something I know I am going to need it the next day.
So I made a list...Then I packed said list and forgot what bag I packed it so rather than un-packing everything I'll just make a new one. Everyone wants me to come visit them before I go, I am only one person I can only be in one place at a time. If you want to see me that bad before I leave come here, I'll be trying to decide what was on that list that I should pack.

On top of that I work at many barns. Tomorrow is my last day at almost all of them until I get back and pick a couple back up (minus a couple Friday morning I said I would feed at before I left). Most of these barns I have worked at for more than a year or two. I love them, great people great horses. One in particular I've worked at for about 7 years. I love the boarders, they love me. They love the way I clean stalls and leave notes about stuff that is wrong with the horses/barn/everything. Nothing gets overlooked by me and they love that.
However the barn owner is always telling me things that I "should" be doing, but I was never told to do it. If it wasn't in my time/pay/description how was I supposed to know to do a job? So I get nasty notes written when things aren't done, regardless of if I was there the day before or not they will be addressed to me. I am not the only person who works there and am only there 5 days a week. No one else gets nasty notes but me. No other barn I work at have I ever got nasty notes. No other barn has ever forgot to thank me, tell me they were happy with my job and oh yeah, forgot to tell me something they wanted me to do, then yell at me later when I am not doing the mystery job. I hate to say this but they can find some other poor sucker to write nasty notes and yell at becauuuuseeee...

I got a phone call the other day. I just sat down and it was the local therapeutic riding center. I had done some work for them with their youth summer horse camps teaching kids how to braid and make dream catchers. I also brought my 4-H group there and drove once for an event in the fall. They must have liked me enough because they put me ahead of the people who handed in resumes; I never handed one in. They said people who applied for the paying job either were good with horses, or good with kids but not both, which was what they were looking for so they called me first. They want someone to help with lessons and then eventually certify them to teach therapeutic riding lessons. Of course I had to say no, because I was going to school but I would when I came back. They agreed and told me to give them a call when I go back. They are in the works of making a new state of the art facility since their current one is being built up around by the city. What an opportunity. Teaching lessons at a facility like that and shoeing horses, what more could I want?

So enough of the complain train, I also got a blog award. Three times.

I sincerely apologize if I have not commented on your blog. I really, honestly have not had the time. I have been by though, read on the fly.

I would like to thank the following three bloggers:


and Mare

There are four duties with this award:

1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this award
2. Share 7 things about yourself
3. Award 15 recently discovered great bloggers
4. Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award!

I am glad to know I am considered "stylish".

I try.

Ok, not really because I am wearing olive green yoga pants and a royal blue t-shirt that is too short for my long torso right now. Isn't there some sort of fashion faux pas about not wearing certain shades of green and blue together? Don't tell vogue.

1. I should be packing my bags right now because I leave Friday. I have not yet figured how to train a horse to fold into a large suitcase. I am working on it.

2. I procrastinate at the worst times. See #1.

3. I've never had a cup of coffee in my life. I've had sips of it and wile I do like the smell of coffee beans I'll never like the taste. I do like tea however and other sinful beverages like pepsi and A&W root beer. I am addicted to iced cappachino's from Tim Horton's. Or I was until I read the health guide and found that one medium iced cap is the same in fat as one regular big mac. I try to limit myself which is easy considering the closest Timmies is about 15-20 minutes.

4. I guess you could consider me a daddy's girl. Wile I have never been particularly close to any of my immediate family members (my only sister and I are 11 years apart) my mom and I have always butted heads constantly wile my dad and I have this sort of silent conversation and we get stuff done together easily. I guess I have just always been incredibly independent. I just don't know when to ask for help. My friends had soccer moms, I had horse show dad. Mostly because he had a truck to tow the trailer and I liked giving him bald spots (blonds in our family do not grey, so that does not apply to him. Now hes gonna shoot me for talking about his balding head on my blog if he reads it.) by falling off horses or hurting myself at 4-H and various other events.

5. I aspire to get a cute, little, spotty ass. I mean the donkey kind, not the...Yeah. I want to drive it and make a hat for it's head. Real life goals there.

6. I really should be cleaning my gigantic mess I created packing. See #2. See my problem is the way I think is if I can't see it, it does not exist. I put things in closets and on shelves and I can't see them, I can't find them. I have a very photographic memory so usually if you lose something I can find it but not if it was just put in it's proper place. This does not include the barn. The barn is mostly always organized.

7. I have a cell phone. It does not take pictures, it does not text. People look at me like I have a third eyeball when I tell them, no I did not get your text because I do not text. That's how I roll, I've never been one to conform to everyone else's "normal" I guess that is why I wear cowboy boots in public.

7.5. I had a guy ask me what I was going to school for today. I told him horseshoeing. He made a motion like the game "horseshoes" then exclaimed "I didn't know you could go to school to be a professional horse shoe player" I laughed. He was dead serious.

Now to pick 15 bloggers.

You know I break rules all the time right? Well I honestly would love to go through my blog list and pick 15 of you but seeing as you just read #1 #2 and #6 about me you'll understand if I gift this award to the first 15 who have read this and haven't received it yet. Please put it up on your blog and link back here so I can see you stylish bloggers please!

My blog posts might be a bit sporadic for a wile as I find out what internet access I have and whatnot.

Have a good one.


achieve1dream said...

Yay I'm first! I already got the award though lol. :)

Sorry things are so crazy right now. That's the worst thing about extended trips. :) You'll be so relieved to finally leave after all of the hassle of packing and tying up loose ends.

Wow, that really sucks about that barn. Ungrateful people! On the other hand CONGRATS on the new job at the therapy place. I've been meaning to volunteer at my local riding therapy place, but I can't seem to get my schedule coordinated. They aren't open on the days that I'm available. :(

Anyway I hope you have a safe trip and look forward to your next post. :)

Shirley said...

I don't do awards. That's great about the therapeutic riding center. I volunteer at the local one and seeing the smile on those little faces is worth every minute of it. You'll do awesome at it!
Hope you keep us updated on all your adventures at school.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

lol! Good post. Always nice to learn about my blogger buddies.
#7 could have been written by me, except the cowboy boot part. Everyone wears cowboy boots around here. I don't even own a pair. lol!
But my cell phone is ancient and basic like yours. The only thing I care about is if it does one important thing: call 911.

Have a safe trip and congrats on the new job opportunity. Sounds perfect for you. And they will be very lucky to have you working there.


Fantastyk Voyager said...

Best wishes on your packing and schooling. How awesome to hear about the job offers before you leave! Sounds like life is moving in the right direction for you.

from my front porch... said...

The *Vogue* Police are on their way!
Good luck, Sydney! You-will-do-awesome!
xo, misha

Dreaming said...

Stylish, huh?! Yeah...I think some of my outfits could rival yours! Tonight, not so bad; my husband's socks that are flopping beyond my toes, old, old faded black jeans that have frayed cuffs, a turtle neck that shrank, so sleeves are a bit short, topped off with an old fleece vest that is a few sizes too large. I guess you could say "I'm stylin"! So, since I haven't gotten the award...I thank you. I'll take it!
You cracked me up with 7.5 - thanks for making me laugh!

Dreaming said...

Oh, I forgot to wish you good luck and safe travels. Learn lots!
The therapeutic riding thing sounds wonderful. I've volunteered for 10 years and love it.

Paint Girl said...

That's great about the job when you get back!
Good luck in school and can't wait to hear how it's going!

lisa said...

Good luck in school, Sydney. My take on things is you can never seem to do a good enough job for some people and as long as you think you are doing the job to the best of your ability then hay you are! I always am wearing my boots. I have jury duty and I have been tempted every week to wear my boots but have refrained! Next week is my last week and I think I just might!

Sarah Golden said...

I am glad to know I am considered "stylish".

I try."

LOL I cracked up really badly when I saw that.

And The Spotty Ass thing will happen when School is over. >:C

juliette said...

Good luck on your trip and in school!!!! You sure are going to have fun playing horseshoes for 12 weeks! ;)

robinsnest3 said...

Hey Sydney,

Lil Red and I are wishing you well at school. (I assured Lil Red that you will be back. :) Have a great time!


Rising Rainbow said...

I hear you on the packing thing. I hate it. Hope you arrive with everything you need, but then what are the true odds of that? LOL

Too bad the owner of that barn is such a smuck. Sounds like you like the clients. You'd think grumpy BO would drive all the nice folks away, go figure.

Therapuetic riding, that's cool that they're waiting for your return.

Small spotted *ss make me chuckle but I was wondering why you'd want spots until I realized you were talkiig equine. OK, I'm dense sometimes, what can I say!

Hope you have a safe and successful trip, Sydney! Looking forward to updates.

Dom said...

I would die without coffee. I have a cell phone that's water proof and shock proof. It makes calls and sends texts. People with smart phones laugh and ask when I'll get an upgrade. When I can drop my smart phone off my horse into a creek, have him step on it, and still call for help if I need to.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Hi Sydney, I had to come by and check on you..That sounds like a great job offer for when you get back. Horses and kids..perfect for you! You will be more appreciated there..although I know that your regular horses at the barns will miss you like crazy. Take a deep breath..and have a good start at school! :)

Crystal said...

Haha that was excellent! Good luck at school it should be interesting!

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