In which we play along with a blog hop, and you readers can play too
No new, cool photos of bears today,
so I'm going to join a blog hop.
This one originated with Rocking E Cowgirl,
and I picked it up over at Dom's blog.
You can join the fun by inserting answers in the "Comments" section below, or by doing a copy/paste to your own site.
1. What is your earliest, clearest horse memory?
I'm sure there were "pony rides" at the fair, but my earliest clear memory is riding double with my dad at Ocean Shores. The horse we had (a grey) plodded out to the turn around point and then...well, you know. Took off like a rocket towards home.
As far as I can recall, we stuck. I must have been 4 years old or so.
|Pony camp: age...9 or 10?|
2. Describe the perfect summer day.
Years ago, Madeline and Jill and I rode horses down to the river. The water was low and slow and warm--probably not more than 4 feet deep. We tied the horses to trees in the shade, took off our helmets and halfchaps and boots and dove in fully-clothed. Lycra tights dry fast on hot days :-)
|Madeline and Hana...but not summer.|
It was the perfect ride with those two girls who have since grown up and flown away to far away.
3. Are you reading anything right now? Tell me about it!
I'm always reading 5 or 6 books at a time. Open at my elbow right now is Illuminae by Amie Kaufman, a story set on spaceships with a crazy genocidal computer that puts HAL to shame, a bunch of zombies, and a computer hacker in a hazmat suit. At the moment, she's hiding in the closet with a fire extinguisher. Things do not look good.
I'm also reading The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein, which is a prequel to Code Name Verity, the book that topped my best-of list for a couple of years. Scottish aristocracy falls on hard times, noble tinker lad to the rescue, and also a dead body. What's not to love?
And because I love graphic novels, The Time Museum by Matthew Loux, which is time travel and science and excellent female friendships and the library of Alexandria (swoooooon!)
4. Do you follow a celebrity (horsey or non) that you're embarrassed to say fascinates you? Tell me. NOW.
Not really. I'm overly-geeky in my admiration for author Neil Gaiman, I think that's as close as I get.
5. What is your single most biggest horsey dream or goal?
Tevis, no doubt.
Fiddle is not a good candidate for Tevis, so I won't be doing that for a while. I am toying with the idea of doing a local 100-miler with her next year, but we need to get through this year first.
6. If you were at Starbucks right now, what would you order?
I love SBX hot chocolate, but only in winter. In summer I go to this neat little locally owned coffee stand for an iced latte.
7. What is your biggest equine pet peeve?
It drives me crazy when people say (usually when a horse is being an idiot) "oh, he's a rescue."
Sorry: if you've had him for more than 2 years, he's not a rescue anymore. He is now a horse who is allowed to act like an idiot.
8. With everything going on politically and in the media, tell me, do you follow it religiously? Tune it out? Or something in between?
I duck in-and-out of connectivity with the news. I try to pay close attention to local issues (county, state, region). Stories further away from the Swamp do not hold my attention as readily. It's often hard for me to remember that Washington DC really is part of the same country as Washington State--the worlds are very different. In general, Canadian news and issues are often more relevant to my daily life.
That said, I read the BBC news a few times each week, and I check in with the New York Times and NPR. I spend a lot of time at work poking holes in fake news (I'm a librarian, it's part of the job) so I consult Politifact several times daily to check on stories that fascinate other people but if I'm away from my desk, the radio is tuned to classical music.
9. If you had to show your horse to a song, what would you choose?
Hard to choose! Maybe something from Harry Belafonte? Jump in the Line ("When she wind up she bottom / she go like a rocket!") or Turn the World Around because I love the rhythm.
But I also love I'm Going to Go Back There Someday from the Muppet Movie. I sing this song to Fiddle at almost every endurance ride.
And I love Your Personal Penguin for so many reasons. It's kind of our theme song.
10. What are you most looking forward to this summer?
Riding! Sunshine! Friends!
|The usual stuff|
All that good stuff.