Wednesday, January 23, 2008


Quirks. We all have them. Some are very pronounced and make us stick out in a crowd of "normal people", but most are fairly minor and yet distinct. I love to watch people and sometimes one of the benefits of watching people is picking up on their very unique quirks. For instance:
  1. Friend A: Does not like to receive Christmas cards with animals at the forefront of the photo.
  2. Friend B: Nibbles on his/her fingers until they are almost scabby.
  3. Friend C: Taps foot/feet "nervously" whenever there is idle time or intense conversation.
  4. Friend D: Is always moving a toe.
  5. Friend E: Cannot help but dance or sing a song for any/every possible occasion.
  6. Friend F: Sighs whenever he/she wants to make a point or give the general impression that his/her opinion differs from the common consensus.
So, here's me being vulnerable. :-) {Some of} My quirks are as follows:
  1. I love to write the number 8 (so much so that I actually say a prayer of thanks when I get to write one while at work - or perhaps that's a reflection of just how tedious my job really is :-).
  2. I count the stairs when I'm going up or down, and always hope for an even number and make sure that I can end up on my right foot (weird, right?)
  3. I rub material (usually a blanket, favorite shirt or jeans) between my fingers when I'm thinking.
  4. Hearing someone with the hiccups always gives me a laugh attack.
  5. If anything is playing out of tune, I get the chills.
  6. I could eat blackberries for every single meal for the rest of my life and never get tired of them.

Thursday, January 17, 2008


They Rock!

Monday, January 07, 2008

Stunning Momma Horse

Fancy is so close to delivering her first baby. I am trying not to get too anxious and pretending not to worry, but it's been 11 years since we had a baby horse and now my baby is having a baby!

So here's for update number 1:
She has gotten noticeably rounder in the past two weeks, with her belly dropping lower each day.
The baby is still kicking fiercely.
Her appetite is decreasing, so that she is now eating smaller, more frequent meals, presumably because the baby is crowding out room for more.
Her due date is set to fall somewhere between January 30th-February 5th.
I've stopped riding her, though I'm still teaching my small students on her, because she's just too heavy to be comfortable with an adult on her back.
She's starting to get milk.

The photo is Daniel riding Fancy in the middle of December. What a difference a few weeks can make!