I never posted about our holidays after I promised to. So, now I’m going to make up for it and give you all an update.
Santa CP brought me a new camera for Christmas. I got the really cool new Nikon Coolpix. You know, the one with the touch screen from the Ashton Kutcher commercials! So, maybe I’ll be able to catch better pictures of Copper instead of having the lag time while it recorded the image for him to make squinty-eyed, tougne sticking out faces at me like this:
Santa brought Casey a likit tongue twister, the dogs and cats a Big Dog Drinkwell, Kitty got a new cellphone and Doodle and Dude each got a Nintendo DS. Kitty is into owls this year so there were owl items to be unwrapped. Doodle is on a Hannah Montana kick, so that’s what her theme was and Dude has discovered a love of Star Wars, so that was his theme. CP was quite happy to help Dude un-package his Star Wars toys. It seems to be the ok way for adults to play with kid toys too. Speaking of CP, he got camera equipment for his Canon 10D and Guitar Hero World Tour for the Wii.
Then we had the best meal I ever made for dinner. Roast pork loin with cranberry sauce, asparagus, baked potato and spiced apples. The “sauce” wasn’t cranberry sauce out of a can. It had an intricate recipe and was cooked on the stovetop. This is what it looked like:
Then we celebrated my birthday on Saturday. CP made a dessert called Chocolate Lasagna, which is something he modeled after a discontinued Olive Garden dessert. (Apparently, it was on their menu while I lived in Olive-Garden free Alaska). He wasn’t able to find what he wanted to get me for my birthday in all of the Portland Metro area as it was sold out before Christmas. (I don’t know what it was since he says he may randomly surprise me with it anyways). So, he decided I should pick my own present. I chose a synthetic western saddle and tack since Casey is a WP horse and I had only huntseat and dressage tack. This way I can ride him sooner rather than later. The tack is just “for now” tack and training tack at that. Not what we’ll have ultimately. I, being silly and feeling girly, chose to put my black Casey in bright pink! Well, why not?
It also rained on my birthday and melted the snow away. I occasionally see little pockets of snow left here and there in town, but there isn’t any left in my neighborhood. As usual in this climate, no snow for my birthday… (In actuality, I was relieved to see it go as it had been around for 12 days at that point).
I bought a sewing machine with the intent at making some of my own horse wear (tail bags, sleezys, helmet covers, etc.) and maybe selling some on ebay.
New Year’s Eve saw all of us staying up to watch the ball drop. I’d been prepping Dude and Doodle by letting them stay up a bit later each night. CP and I had pink sparkling wine earlier in the evening because I wanted to try it. We intended on having the $65 bottle of real champange when the ball did drop, but I had a headache. Guess we can always drink it tonight!
It was sad to see Dick Clark grow old and his clearly failing health. I realize he’s 89 years old, but the man should live forever! After all, he’s an American Icon.
CP and I also celebrated the anniversary of when we met on New Year’s Eve.
I haven’t made any real New Year’s resolutions but there are several things I want to accomplish this year and I’ve already started working on them.
Casey starts training this month for a tune up and reminders about what he already knows, and so do I.
I am going to schedule my days so I can be more productive.
I am going to work more with Copper and find some alternative methods to release his energy when walks just aren’t possible due to health, time, motivation, etc.
I am going to really work on moving myself so that the benefits of exercise will help with my arthritis. I will try to do something active every day above and beyond my normal activities.
So, what are your goals for the new year?