Before getting into the last five questions, though, I have An Announcement!
A few of you knew this already but were sworn to secrecy until I could give my boss notice, but for the rest of you: Lex and I are moving to Ohio for the spring semester. I got a visiting faculty position at a university there, just for the spring, while someone else is on sabbatical. This means that we are going to have to deal with the cold.
I am a southerner. I have a southern accent. I say y'all, and I know the true meaning of "bless your heart" [roughly translated: go throw yourself under a moving train]. I like live oaks with Spanish moss, and I like being warm. I do not know what to do with actual snow. Lex is a Florida girl, too, and I doubt she's ever seen snow. I suppose we'll just have to do our best. I'm already blanket shopping, but if anyone has a 78-80 blanket you're not using and want to sell me, please let me know. I don't even know what kinds of blankets I'm going to need. Or what I will possibly wear outside myself.
BUT! This is going to be fun. Lex will get used to an indoor, we will be in a state that doesn't even have the dreaded coastal hay, and we'll be just a few hours from the Kentucky Horse Park. I already bought Rolex tickets! And then I'll come back, hopefully with some cash in hand, and be able to figure out how to do this horse thing along with the professional historian thing.
Also, Lex was just fabulous today. Her willingness to bend left has come leaps and bounds in the last week. It's always more of a struggle to the right, but she's getting there. She has some really nice moments here and there.
Anyway, without further ado:
21. Favorite classes to watch
Grand Prix, always, if there is one. Otherwise, whatever the jumpers are doing that day. Hunter derbies are cool but I will always, always be by the jumper ring if given the choice.
|Who DOESN'T want to watch this all day?|
22. What's in your cooler at a horse show?
23. One thing about showing (or riding in general) that you wish you could change
|[I am fully aware of the futility of this campaign as an attempt to end drug use in humans.]|
24. Your ringside crew
My girlfriend (who also rides and shows, yay), my trainer and his partner in crime, and sometimes my lesson kids. My mom would TOTALLY come to all my horse shows if she could, but she lives several states away.
25. Best prizes
I have boxes of ribbons at my mom's and some other stuff I've won, but I don't really think I've gotten that Best Prize yet. I need to join some local associations and rake in points for year-end awards or something. Of course, I could buy many many coolers for the price of one show day!
Welp, that was fun. Stay tuned for the confo critiques. I hope to get that up tomorrow.