Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
As for the title of today's entry, I saw a dentist today. I have been trying to avoid it as #1 we are broke #2 I know I need a bunch of stuff done to my bottom incisors #3 who DOESN'T put off the dentist?
The reason for the visit was that my teeth are finally throwing in the towel and aching like mad. I got the pleasure of taking 18 X-Rays and getting a general once-over. The really nice Doc said I have no cavities but need a "deep cleaning" (sounds ominous) and he will finally remove the cursed permanent retainers! All of this will be completed in a few weeks.
I am getting to like the new "Corporate" style of medicine that is being implemented now a days. I now have Dental insurance through this place, and medical through the Urgent Care facility I have visited on a few occasions recently. The fees are quite reasonable and now when I go in the prices are not anything that will have me paying out for the next half century. Cody is on the plan also. Sweet!
Monday, January 26, 2009
It is snowing again. And it's cold. Again. I believe it was 12 degrees today and another storm has rolled in. Good thing I am still fascinated by the seasons thing.
I am coming to realize why the Eskimos have something like 100 different words for "snow". This morning there was a blanket on my car that looked like the poly fill that you blow into the stuffed animals at the build-a-bear places. It was caused by the super light, super cold snow that fell most of the night. This made super thin filament ice crystals then as the morning came on the snow got a little denser. Finally on top of the super thin filaments was a half-layer of more "normal" flakes and the tiny snow "balls" that tend to show up when the snow melts and freezes as it falls.
The best part of this "poly fill snow" is that it *poufs* when you brush your car off, just like a powder puff exploding all around you. I had a huge grin on my face while experiencing this phenomenon, which is quite a feat for me at 8am!
As the day wore on the snow flurried softly. At one point the sun came out and I thought "That was a nice little storm. Now it will clear up." Wrong. About 2pm it started snowing for real. I had to brush my car off again after classes and managed to get a bit in my car upon entering.
The roads weren't too bad on the way home. Once again I was thinking we were over the bad stuff and was wrong yet again! There is another storm moving in and the schools have already declared that they are on a delayed start in the morning. Morgan's school anyway... mine starts right on schedule. Yippee. Have I mentioned how much I don't like Parasitology?
OK, enough about the snow. I should mention that I did get to go to the Stock Show again on Sunday. We got to see the 8 horse hitches and the heavyweight sled weight pulls. Totally cool! Check out the videos on my Facebook page. (hope this link works... http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/video/?id=1131106228 )
The Heavyweight pulling class was awesome! The biggest team had a combined weight of 5000lbs. and they pulled 14500lbs. That was COOL! Watching those horses dig in is breathtaking. They sure love it too! The drivers have a hard time getting them hooked up before they take off.
Lastly today, I have included a few new pics of Annie that I messed around with in Photoshop. I got to ride her two times before the weather turned "normal" again. She has three blankets on again and I am back to wearing three layers at minimum. Alas, it is Colorado in January! We couldn't expect the April weather to last.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
My normally 15 minute drive took over an hour. Luckily I thought I had an 8am class and I didn't actually have a class until 9am. I was a whole half hour early!
Cody also took the dogs out and got some photos of them playing in the yard. Little Brigs had just had a massive haircut last night and enjoyed himself, though he did get very cold and has been asleep in the warmest place on the couch all evening. He has even refused to go out tonight!
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
So I checked my previous posts and realized I never really told everyone what I got for Christmas.
I got home late, as usual, somewhere close to 2am and discovered what I really wanted: a 102" Comp-Arf Yak! There was also a nice fire and candles and a card. Soon following the card was a little box. Yup. We're officially engaged! =)
I said yes of course and the ring is perfect. A small, gold, wedding band. I am thrilled that I can wear it all the time! I am far too active for anything that isn't flush to the finger.
For Christmas Day we went to the Urgent Care as mentioned previously for a nerve flare that caused the third sleepless night in a row. Provided with narcotic pain killers, muscle relaxants, and instructions to go to the ER we had a lovely family dinner with Cody's mom, dad, step-mom, two half brothers, and half-sister. The ham was AWESOME! We were glad that they brought chairs! (And ice and heating pads for me!)
After watching National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, A Christmas Story, and some of Planet Earth everyone went home quite full and happy. Then Cody and I packed up and headed to the ER.
The ER doc was awesome. I told him my symptoms, history, and also that I had no insurance. He listened and explained that he had two docs in his practice that have similar injuries. He didn't order the MRI saying "you'd just have a $5000 bill and a result saying nothing has changed" and instead dosed me with steroids, Valium, and Percocet to sleep with. I was out of the ER in 2 1/2 hours. Seriously.
I was like a new person the next day. With a "Z" pack of step-down steroids and a few nights of sleep I was bouncing off the walls. I had one night of minor flaring two days after the last pill in the "Z" pack and no symptoms since then. I saw the Chiropractor today and am booking every other week regardless of anything to keep this from happening again. Better living through chemistry and eastern medicine!
I started school again yesterday and am remembering why I prefer to work than go to school. But at least I have an awesome plane to fix up for Spring flying! And as for the wedding... Cody and I are thinking Fall but likely it will not be this year. We just can't afford it until I get out of school. I'd say October 2010. Keep it open!
Monday, January 5, 2009
He's a bit of a goober to ride, even more than Annie. He isn't going to buck or anything but doesn't know how to walk straight, and is a bit barn sour.
Katie has a cute little gelding named Galahad that she does Jumpers with and she is working on teaching me to jump. I am working on dressage with her.
Katie sure likes Annie and puts up with her goober-y-ness. I just need to get in shape before I can figure out how much work I need to do. At this point 5 minutes about kills me. Sad.
Isn't Pippin cute? He's almost as wide as he is tall and is super quietly tempered. He will be awesome downtown.
Sweetie Pie worked her little rear off this Christmas season. Mikey didn't work much as he is more of a "Thursday" horse, meaning he is semi-retired and just isn't up to the heavy holiday workload. He did come out a few nights though and looked down right adorable in his little Santa hat.