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Hey, don't worry, my account hasn't been hacked or anything. But I've been taking surveys for $$$ and thought there might be a couple people on here who would be interested. In the past 2 months, I've made over $20 in cash and $25 in Amazon.com gift certificates for about an hour or two combined of survey taking. Obviously it's nothing to live off of, but it's decent beer money considering I just filled out a few surveys online, and hey the amazon gift cards have paid for Christmas presents. Anyway, I get money for every survey taken by every person I refer, so if it sounds like something you'd like to do, click here:

https://www.surveysavvy.com?id=2387623&action=join

Sometimes you will start a survey and it will tell you you don't fit the criteria they're looking for, but just keep trying. I figure most of us are already wasting time online anyway, might as well make a few bucks doing it. ;)

[livejournal.com profile] beckyaya, I first heard about this from you years ago so I hope you're getting some $$$ from the surveys I've done!
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I've found 30 or so photos of myself on flickr and googleimages that people have taken of me driving the horse carriage. I just found a pretty sweet one of Adam and I driving Mikey, and our boss driving Nacho behind us:

Mikey )

I've found lots of photos of me driving at the old company, but this is the first one of me driving with Mikey (even though I don't actually have the reins in my hands, haha), so that's exciting.
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I'm going through old Facebook albums, and photos like this one are making me pine for summer and it's not even November yet:

Summer hacking )

Green grass, sunshine, sunglasses, and sleek fit horse.
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This weekend we were bored at the carriage stand so I decided to get on Mikey, the 19 hand Percheron I drive...

Probably bad_riding but who cares )

haha. People ask all the time if they can ride on the horse instead of in the carriage. Nope, only I get to do that. :P
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Okay I'm pretty excited 'cause I never win anything!

My photo got an Honorable Mention in the Equinesite.com Photo Contest.

Here it is:



The people in the photo are my friend Jennianne, and boyfriend Adam, on Keeper and Ax, respectively.

I am not a photographer but it is not hard to take gorgeous pictures when you are provided with beautiful lighting, scenery, and horses!

Incidentally, [livejournal.com profile] k7point5 won first prize, so congrats to her!
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So I played tourguide for [livejournal.com profile] kateandjack and her friend Naomi on Thursday night, and Friday night they took a carriage ride with me! We snapped a photo with Nacho:



I ended up taking the train home to fetch my car from my mom's house on Friday, which meant I was able to see Axie!!!

Ax pictures under the cut )

She is looking very roly-poly already! I asked the BO to cut back her feed a little bit now that she's not being ridden regularly. I'm SO glad that her winter coat is starting to grow in, because she got sooo bleached out this summer. I'm very happy to have my BLACK horse back again, thank you very much! She's not 100% back yet but it's better! I rode her for a bit outside-- the weather was beautiful-- and she was a very good girl.

Saturday at work we drove Mikey, the black percheron, again. I love him!

Pics of the work horses )

Adam and I went to a party Saturday night after work, and this is what happens when we do those self-taken photos:
Adam and I )

So it was a decent weekend but it went by way too fast. I spent more time traveling and bringing my car back and forth and taking the train back and forth than anything. And I have the most awful cold! Ick.

yay!

Sep. 17th, 2009 02:03 pm
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Meeting up with [livejournal.com profile] kateandjack tonight, she's visiting from England, I'm gonna show her around the city a bit. Yay!
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This )
is Mikey, he's a 7-year-old Percheron who we got to drive at work today (he's a bit of a freak but very sweet, and apparently camera-shy-- I could not get him to look at me for a picture!). My boss said he's 18.3 hh, but I think he's actually a little taller than that. Anyway, I'm fairly certain he's THE biggest horse I've ever worked with, and I've worked with a lot of big horses, which is silly since I'm 4'11 3/4". Anyway, we're out there at the carriage stand today, and this guy walks up who had to have been 7-and-a-half feet tall. See him compared to Mikey here )
The guy whose head you can barely see between Mikey and The Very Tall Man is my boss, who is over 6 feet tall. I could not stop staring. This guy could look down on the top of Mikey's head whereas when I stand next to him I'm eye-level with Mikey's chest!!!
Adam with Mikey for comparison )
It's probably terrible that I was snapping all these photos of this guy, who probably gets gawked at all the time, but I thought it was so crazy that I was just remarking to Adam that Mikey is the biggest horse I've ever really been around, and then up walks this guy who could put his chin on the horse's poll.

Also, Ayla Brown, that chick from American Idol, walked by the carriage stand today too. I didn't get any cell phone pictures of her. lol

my weekend

Sep. 8th, 2009 05:12 pm
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Had a really good weekend this weekend. Friday Adam and I went to have some drinks with my friend's parents that live in Palm Springs. They are basically responsible for Adam and I meeting. When I was on vacation in California with my friends in January, we went to visit one of my friend's parents in Palm Springs, and his mom said, "Hey why don't you go horseback riding down the street?" So Jackie and I went, and met Adam, and the rest is history. So it was really nice for Adam to meet them and vice versa. They invited us to stay at their gorgeous huge house in Palm Springs when we move there this winter. Sunny Bono lives over the back fence, Barry Manilow next door, and I think she said Julia Roberts or someone is right down the street, and that Frank Sinatra went to a party at their house once, and last summer they rented it to "some famous English actress" that Dan-o's mom couldn't think of the name of. Hah.

After that we got drunk at Conduit Labs in Kenmore Square with a bunch of friends and Adam won at Poker.

Saturday during the day Adam and I went for a carriage ride (lol!) and walked the Freedom Trail and had lunch. We got offered a job with another company and took it (more on that later).
Saturday night we went to a party to welcome my friend Sean, who has been in Scotland for the past year, back to the states. There were lots of good friends there and it was great to catch up with everyone!

Sunday we had to work, which was the best workday I've had in...ever. It was very laidback and relaxing, and profitable. We got out of work much earlier than we're used to, and came home and watched movies.

Then on Monday Adam and I went sailing on Boston Harbor in a gorgeous 31' sailboat. A couple months ago a guy came up to us and gave us coupons for a free sail, so we called him up and he remembered us and he took us out for a 2 hour cruise around the harbor. It was lovely and romantic. We had dinner at The Black Rose afterwards, which I've always wanted to try. So overall it was a great long weekend. Oh and today, I got a check from the people whose camera I mailed back to them-- they gave me a reward! That was a nice bonus!

Photos from the weekend )

:)
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Well I thought I'd share some photos of my new apartment with you all, since I love it so much. I wish I wasn't graduating because I wanna stay here forever!!! It's as close to campus as can be without being on Comm Ave, and it's super close to the B, C, and D green lines as well so getting anywhere is easy. And the neighborhood (Brookline) is really classy with lots of nice restaurants and shops and bakeries and book stores.

My apartment...yeah I'm kind of into pink )
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My boyfriend is really awesome. I don't know if I've really talked about him extensively here, but it still amazes me that by such a slim twist of fate, such an amazing person came into my life that I so easily could never have known existed. We've now been together 8 months which really isn't that long of a time but I'm so happy to have him. Today he stood up to my boss (who is being a complete bitch) for me, and he handled it so well. He's always on my side, he's ultra supportive, and always makes me feel better, even when I'm being a complete bitch.



This picture was taken back in March while Adam and I were on a 3-hour ride through the largest natural palm oasis in North America. It's on the Andreas fault line in the Indian Canyon near Palm Springs, California, and it's one of the longer rides offered at the ranch he works at. We were on top of a mountain, not a soul in sight for miles in any direction. The wind was blowing, and our horses, Jackson and Jimmy, were nose to tail. It was taken moments after what was probably one of the most romantic kisses in history.

He also got a new job yesterday and he did really well on his first day today. I'm super proud of him.

Tomorrow will be my last first day of classes ever, at least as an undergrad. I'm pretty sad about that.
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So I moved back to Boston last Wednesday. I ended up going back to Lakeville for a couple days but I spent the weekend here in Boston. My new apartment is sweeeeet. It's really big. Will post pictures soon. I have a random roommate, but she seems pretty cool. She's from France. I haven't been working driving a carriage the past couple weeks, long story, which I may or may not get into a friends locked post, but I've been having a great time spending time with friends and working my other job. Monday night the Dean of Students at BU bought me, my friend Emily, and our boyfriends a round. We went to the BU Pub, but it was closed for a private party for high-up BU staff, and he ended up inviting us to join in and bought us all beer. So that was really cool. My friend Dan-o gave me his awesome iMac since my laptop was having so many problems. I've been having a lot of fun with that. Now my laptop is fixed though, so I have two computers, and am pretty overwhelmed over what I'm supposed to do with them both.

Adam just went home to Lakeville. He was here all weekend but he got a job finally! Yay!

Oh yeah, Adam took some photos of me riding Ax on Friday before we came back to Boston. I miss her already!

Photos )

I love my horse soooo super much!
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We went riding on the beach at dawn again yesterday and Adam rode this time. We took pictures, naturally:


Hoofprints in the sand )

So yeah, I imagine you all must be sick of the beach photos by now. :P It just makes such a good photo opp. It sucks because my horse is going so good, I feel like we could clean up at a horse show, but working weekends and my horse trailer needing repairs makes that sort of impossible.

This week has been rough, work really sucked last weekend and then on Tuesday my car and my laptop broke down within a half hour of each other. Luckily, several hundreds of dollars later, they were both fixed--within a half hour of each other-- by Wednesday night.

I'm looking forward to school starting (I move in next Wednesday), but also not, because the sooner it starts, the sooner it'll be over. Graduating early is saving about $25,000 (well, technically it's saving me $16,000, after you consider financial aid), but I feel like my time in college went by so fast, and I'm really going to miss it once it's over. I will just have to enjoy this last semester as much as possible...
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We went riding on the beach again last Tuesday at dawn (yes it takes me this long to find time to put them up). Some of the pictures came out really good.


More beach photos )
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I went riding on the beach (the ocean beach this time) with a friend from my old barn a week ago. I believe we may go foxhunting tomorrow! Unfortunately my boyfriend didn't get many photos of us cantering and trotting because by the time our TBs stopped spooking at sand castles enough to canter, it was too dark to get any good photos. But we did get some good galloping-down-the-beach in!

Anyway here are the photos:



more photos of riding on the beach )

I also have a few videos on my facebook too. Hope everyone's having a good week.
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Just thought I'd share some photos from a couple weeks ago of me and my horse cooling off on a hot day.



More pics under here )
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So what do you guys think I should do here? I paid [livejournal.com profile] foalstory on June 30th for a jacket she was selling on equestrian. I would have bought it sooner but she took a week or so to let me know it was still available. She told me the email address to paypal the money to on June 30th, and that's the last I heard from her. I've since commented on the post in equestrian, on her most recent LJ post (I'm not friends with her so I don't know if it's actually her most recent, just the most recent one I can see), and I've emailed her twice. The thing is, I've seen her replying to posts in equestrian in the last couple days, so I know she's been online! I emailed her 4 or 5 days ago and then again yesterday saying that I really want the jacket but just haven't heard from her, and I understand if she's been really busy and can't get to the post office, but I just want to know I'm not being screwed, and that if I don't hear from her in a couple days I'm going to protest the charges on my credit card. Still no response. I've always respected her through reading her posts on equestrian, and even have a friend in real life who has also bought a jacket from her. I really want the jacket and don't want to accuse her of anything, but I also can't afford to just toss away the 30 bucks for nothing. So should I protest the charges, or give her some more time, or what?
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So I had just gotten the saddle on my horse when my boss called to tell me that we're going to work a few hours early today. AHHHHHH. And, I have to be at work at 8 fucking AM tomorrow. I have no problem with waking up early, but it's damn near impossible when I didn't get home 'til 2 AM the night before and I know I have to stay until 1 AM. And be back at 10 the next day. I can't take this anymore! I just want to have a ride on my horse without being interrupted!
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So I turned 21 the other day. I had a good birthday. We got a hotel room in downtown Boston (I miss living in the city!) and Adam took me to dinner, and then we went bar hopping with like 9 or 10 of my good friends. A few people that said they were gonna come didn't, but we had a good time and I drank responsibly! Our hotel room bed was soooo comfy. The day after, we went to the zoo which was fun. It was something I'd been wanting to do for awhile.

Work has been really busy so far this weekend. My boss is making me insane. I'm probably going to have it out with her tomorrow.

I've been riding my horse religiously everyday, until this week. I didn't ride on my birthday on Thursday, and couldn't the next day because we were in Boston, and I worked all day today and will have to work all day tomorrow so I won't have ridden or even seen my horse for 4 days! It's so crappy that I don't have any time for myself whatsoever on weekends. But such is life. Anyway I'm gonna go watch a movie with Adam.
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I wonder if hermit crabs miss their old shells when they find bigger and better homes...
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