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Today was my first day of my last-ever fall semester. It went very well, probably because I was in a great mood, despite having a broken face.

Let's start at the begining, which was Thursday. On Thursday, I was in a crappy mood. Crampy, upset about a friendship going awry, tired, etc. etc. I got to the barn around 5 pm, which is just before feeding time, so Fiyero was in a shit mood. I thought to myself, 'just groom him and go home.' I'd already driven there, however, so I didn't listen to that voice and I stuck to my plan. My plan was riding without stirrups, because my leg has been weak lately. Well, Fiyero was already pissed, and he hated that, and so things started out badly enough. Unfortunately they never improved, so I decided to just finish what I was doing, cool him down, and go home. And then my horse ran my knee into a steel support beam. Most things that happen to me while on horseback are my fault, but in this case my horse was just being pissy, and decided to take off. Whatever. It didn't hurt that badly at that time, so I reeled him back in, made him do what he was supposed to do, and walked him for a while. I gave him a quick bath and then he got to eat and was happy. Me, I was just more upset than when I'd gotten there. My tights acted as a compress until about an hour after my injury when I took them off, and my knee swelled up like someone injected a plum into it. There was also a straight line cut, basically it looked like I just had surgery on my kneecap. Well, fuck. I iced it and epsom salted it and took lots of advil and iced it some more and went to bed.

On Friday, Chrystal came with me to the barn. I was supposed to have a lesson, but Jeanne was sick. I rode anyway, doing some medium jumps, which I managed to do without BREAKING MY FACE. Please note the lack of face-breaking. Friday afternoon James and I had a SCUBA lesson. It was pretty hard to do both of those things with a huge throbbing knee. Friday evening, Cavanaghs and Talevs went to NODA and drank a lot of wine. Then we went to Cookout, and they claimed to not have water.

On Saturday, I had a riding lesson and James came to watch. It was definitely the best I'd ridden in a month, so I felt a lot better about Thursday. And I got to do a new kind of jump-- a bounce or no-stride (can't find one good picture of it)--which was very cool. After riding, James and I rushed home, showered, and were picked up by Cavanaghs. We met LeslEy at Chilis for margaritas (and dinner for Talevs). After that we went bowling at a crazy bowling alley where someone got punched just before we walked in, and was bleeding all over himself.

On Sunday, I had another riding lesson. I warmed up, everything was good, and Jeanne wanted to spend the rest of the time jumping. Good, fun, great. So I went to do my first jump, one that I had done on Friday (when I didn't break my face), and I fucking wiped out. I have no idea how I did it, nor does Jeanne. Both stirrups came off the saddle, which she'd never seen happen before. I landed on my face, which really would have been fine, except that I was wearing sunglasses and they cut/bruised me.

So, my first jump of the day, flawlessly executed just two days prior, ended with me bleeding from the face. We put the saddle back together and I did great. Figures. I went home and violently walked into the corner of my bed while changing.

I showered and tried to take a nap, but it took an hour for the painkillers to kick in and cover the pain in my ass sustained while falling.

Let's recap: Huge bruise on left knee from steel support beam, huge bruise on right thigh from iron bedframe, cuts and bruises on bridge of nose/eye area (and shoulders as well) from fall. Also I have a big bruise on my inner right thigh from the saddle (I have sensitive skin! This bruise can be partially seen in the last picture on this page). James is often afraid that he is going to get arrested for beating me, because I tend to walk around looking like this (minus the facial injuries) all the time. I always thought he was being crazy, but I got some Looks at school today.

This morning we had SCUBA again, and then we ate lunch in my car, and I went to school. I knew everyone in my first class (France Today-contemporary civilization, taught in French), and no one in my second (Elementary Spanish I). That's just how I wanted it! France Today is going to be exactly how I thought it would (I've had the prof. before). Spanish is going to be easy and fun. Tomorrow might be another story.

Right now I'm hanging out in the ferret room. I was going to be doing homework but then I started doing this instead. I'm going to go make dinner ('summer crab rolls') and then come back and get to work.

me and my Wil-bear

Maude wants to go to school

Anyway, yesterday and today I have been in great moods, so hopefully this trend continues!


( 19 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 20th, 2007 11:14 pm (UTC)
If anyone ever arrests James, I will vouch for him.

I"m sorry you broke your face.

Aug. 21st, 2007 03:55 am (UTC)
i will too! that's what i try to tell him, that he can't just get arrested unless i denounces him.
Aug. 20th, 2007 11:43 pm (UTC)

I LOVE bounces :) Last winter when my horse was off I rode a green horse through his first bounce ever and got to do a lot of gymnastic work with him and another horse I was riding for a friend of mine.

When I was a kid learning how to jump on Regal he bucked me off once and when they caught him one of the stirrup leathers was cross OVER the saddle and snapped with the iron on the ground (lucky me that it broke!).

How high are you and Fiyero jumping?
Aug. 21st, 2007 03:58 am (UTC)
we do 2'6 in lessons, and crossrails and 1'6 or so when not in lessons. the one i flew off on was a 2' that i've jumped at least 10 times, sometimes with it higher! so weird.

fiyero can do 3'6 easily though. not me!!
Aug. 21st, 2007 04:05 am (UTC)
Cool - that's the height I was showing Regal at the past few years - 2'6. He could do 3'0 but he's an old man so we took it easy on him... I did 3'0 in a bunch of lessons this summer but I haven't done higher than that much because I've never had the horse - you're lucky!
Aug. 21st, 2007 12:25 am (UTC)
Ahhh at the first picture.

You're like the Good Luck Chuck girl. :)
Aug. 21st, 2007 03:40 pm (UTC)
i had to go look up what that was :)
Aug. 21st, 2007 01:39 am (UTC)
:( Poor thing. I hope the scrapes and bruises get better soon!
Aug. 21st, 2007 01:42 am (UTC)
Also, I love hearing about your riding. I wish I was still doing it.
I remember bounces from way back. :)
Aug. 21st, 2007 03:40 pm (UTC)
they will, thanks!
Aug. 21st, 2007 02:30 am (UTC)
Citizen's arrest! This is what happens when we go missing--you get hurt! Can you still come out on Friday, or will James not let you?
Aug. 21st, 2007 04:00 am (UTC)
i will be there, unless of course i'm in traction by then. james will be there too, unless he's in jail.
Aug. 21st, 2007 02:32 am (UTC)
Oh, and also, my cousin's wife has this CD for children to learn Spanish that is hilarious! I will play it for you sometime. There is one song about a magical horse named Carlos that flies "mas rapido poco a poco." This is funny because my cousin's name is Carlos and his wife named a magical flying horse after him on her CD for children to learn Spanish.
Aug. 21st, 2007 04:00 am (UTC)
i am excited to hear it!!
Aug. 21st, 2007 04:21 am (UTC)
OMG. What a shit week. I hope this week is better for you!
Aug. 22nd, 2007 12:38 am (UTC)
the no stirrup work will take some time to pay off. it definitely won't work the first time... and mostly it will just frustrate you. keep at it, and it will help. my leg has gotten so much better!

also - we need to find you a saddle! did you guys go look yet? maybe you should come up here and go to horsemen's? :) you could come up september 22nd and watch the chunks and me show jumpers?!

BOUNCES ARE FUN! when spinner is sound (ARG) we do lots of gymnastic work.
Aug. 23rd, 2007 03:08 am (UTC)
i will, but never again on a day when i know things will go badly to start out!

no we didn't look but jeanne and i fixed our thing, so maybe sometime soonish? who knows :) i will think about coming, too.

they are! how is he?
Aug. 23rd, 2007 02:54 am (UTC)
Hasta manana moi cherie!

Auf wiedersehen
Aug. 23rd, 2007 03:13 am (UTC)
Re: Halla!
¿Verdad? iMucho gusto! Hasta pronto, mi amor.
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