Five of these guys just flew over my office (which is by the BG airport, in case you were concerned) and it was the loudest thing ever. I was pretty sure they were going to land on my desk. It was awesome.
They are the US Navy Blue Angels and if you ever have a chance to watch them do an airshow I highly recommend it.
My brother was stationed in Pensacola when he was in the Navy and that is where the Blues are stationed. We went there one Spring Break and my mom and I were laying out on the beach watching them practice. It was too cool!
So, my riding lesson was this weekend and it was FANTASTIC... I think the only thing that could've made it any better would be if it hadn't been 95 degrees.
I worked at the walk, trot, and canter on a little horse named Dave. He was a sweetie and he and I got along pretty well! I also worked at the posting trot (where you rise and fall with the rhythm of the horse's trot) as well as in a "2 point" position (the up position of posting).
It was absolutely a great time and I have already scheduled another lesson for Thursday. Riding this weekend was definitely what the Dr ordered!
See the huge bend in my knee? That was a huge change for me! Holly started with my stirrups shorter than this but I think she realized I was a little uncomfortable and gave me one more hole's length!
Trotting over poles in the "2 Point" position. I think this was to test my rhythm with him.
PS: My new boots didn't come in last week so I ended up riding in my cowgirl jeans and boots. Hopefully, my new shorter boots will come in before my next lesson on Thursday. I think I would've been much more comfortable and flexible.
This weekend Drew did the Lakewood Valley sprint triathlon. This race consisted of a 1/2 mile swim, 15 mile bike, and 3 mile run. His total time was 1 hour and 38 minutes which was about 18 minutes faster than he completed the same race last year.
He did the swim in 17 minutes and 40 seconds.
The bike took him 51 minutes.
And he finished the run in 26 minutes.
After finishing the race, he was able to cool off in the lake with a well deserved bottle of water and banana! I am so proud of his fantastic effort and the dedication and determination that he has put into these races. Great job, Drew!
So, the headline on MSNBC right now is "As Spill Costs Mount, BP Faces Financial Squeeze"...
Oh crap, I guess that they won't be making the billions (or trillions, whatever it is) that they consistently have made, only millions. What a pity. These stupid oil companies have done nothing but "squeeze" Americans for as long as they could get away with it and now when they royally screw up, we should feel sorry for them??? ARE YOU KIDDING ME???
I don't feel sorry for BP... Their greed has created this mess. They couldn't get oil fast enough to sell (or by some accounts, hoard) by drilling in reasonable locations so they felt it necessary to drill in the middle of the Gulf? Wow. Good Move. Let's drill places where when we totally screw up we don't know how to fix it!
The really sad thing is that if they do by some chance go out of business, we Americans will again have to clean up their mess. Lucky us.
Sorry for the rant. Hope y'all are having a good day.
Well, this is my 96th post... Do you guys have any suggestions for my 100th post??? For my 50th post I had you all give me questions and answered them but I think I want to do something different for Number 100 (but if you do have questions, you know I'll be glad to answer them!).
So what about it guys? What should I do... Please help, y'all should know by now that I'm not very creative!
I have mentioned before (here) how much I always thought of horse back riding as "therapy". It was the way that I released stress and also always seemed to be part of the way that I defined myself. Because of that, the past few years without consistent riding opportunities has been really hard for me.
Back at the beginning of the year, I went and watched my cousin Megan take a riding lesson. Megan is much younger and it was so exciting for me to be able to see how much she loved what she was doing! This past weekend, I was having a particularly grumpy day and decided that I needed to take charge of my life and do something for me. So, I decided to schedule a lesson with Megan's teacher! I called her instructor and told her about myself... I have ridden and shown stock seat (western) horses for my whole life but have only been in an English saddle a handful of times. I told her that I probably won't fall off but that I might not be the prettiest picture :)
The funny thing, is that English and Western riding attire is completely different so of course I had to buy some new stuff :) I had to buy pants, boots, and a pair of half chaps. Holly, the instructor, told me that I could just wear my cowboy boots and jeans for the first couple of lessons to make sure that I liked it... but I got a little over anxious and ordered the stuff anyway. The pants that I ordered look like these (don't they look flattering??) and my boots and chaps are black!
I don't think that I'll ever give up my love for stock horses. They are truthfully what I'd rather have, but I do think that it will be great for me in lots of different ways. Mostly because I will get to ride as often as time allows but it will also help me to keep my seat in decent shape.
Be on the look out for pictures :) I'll be sure to have my photographer (Drewby) taking lots for me!
Yeah, I know... Missing in Action... I am very sorry :(
So here's the latest in the life of the Richey's...
We spent Memorial Day weekend camping at Lake Barkley and it was amazing! We camped with my In-Laws in their camper and enjoyed a peaceful and quiet weekend :) We also got to eat at Patty's which was ridiculous! If you're ever in WKY, I recommend it.
No house yet. Obviously. We did sign the closing documents to sell the four-plex that we owned yesterday, so now its not ours anymore either. One of our four-plex partners needed out, so now the two remaining partners will start looking for something new!
Anyway, back to house stuff... Lowes had all their paint on sale over the weekend so we ended up buying 8 gallons of paint and a gallon of primer. Obviously we don't have anywhere to put it, so its just hanging out in the apartment. NICE. These are the colors that we picked out. The tan will be the neutral color for the whole house, the red is the kitchen and dining room, the light green is the master bedroom, and the dark green will be the master bath. I'm excited and think they'll look great! Hopefully I'm right :)
The most exciting thing for me is that I have signed up to take horse back riding lessons! I AM SO EXCITED... I have ridden all of my life but this is completely different and something I have never done before. There is a possibility that I could even end up jumping fences which would be so freaking cool... Like, out of this world cool. Y'all wish me luck :)
Anyway, have a good night :) Its bed time here in BG... I'll give more information on these lessons as they get closer to time... I seriously feel like I have a new outlook on life right now. Its amazing how much good a pony can do somebody!
I am a 20 something newly wed who has been married to her best friend for two years. We have an amazing family, wonderful careers, great friends, and the cutest dog named Scooter. We hope you enjoy our journey as we learn to be adults in the "Biggest Small Town in Kentucky"!!!