Hullo good friends, I am alive, and things are good, mostly even better than good, and some things doing the best that they can.
It was rather an agonizingly impossible feat, but my parents have officially moved and are now ensconced in their new home in Ensenada, Mexico, mostly intact, although as of last night the truck with their stuff hadn't arrived yet. So, hopefully that resolves today....
My week helping my parents pack can be summed up thusly: they don't throw anything away, and if you say, 'hey, you know, this [whatever] has been in the back of a [cupboard/closet] for years and you have [never used it/forgotten it existed/have done without it for YEARS] maybe you can [throw it away/give it away]?' you are met with either shock at the thought or an aggrieved sort of complaint about how it might be needed or it's still good or it'll keep or what have you.
The amount of expired food I threw away... let us not speak of it.
But, what I had to remind myself (constantly) is that of course this was rather a difficult thing for my parents, change always is, and at this stage in their lives, having to uproot and go somewhere unfamiliar, even with all the advantages that might or might not be there, was quite traumatic in its way, and they are not young, and not entirely well.
And now they're just far enough away that I will not really be able to help them much, which in some ways is a relief, and in other ways is a little frightening. I really do hope this is over all a positive change for them.
So, that's done, then.
In other news, I'm busy as a bee. I placed 3rd in my class (training test 2) in the Dressage schooling show that my riding school had about a week ago, which is cool. And me and two other girls did a very silly Western riding exhibition, and that was fun, even if my pony spooks at loud music... haha.
Also, I may have ridden bareback on my friend's horse with another girl, tandem like (the two of us both on his back). There is a picture somewhere that I hope to get. At least I wore a helmet?
Also, somehow I've been designated as the go to girl/crash test dummy for kid horses that are acting out. How this happen?
My roommate is leaving me AGAIN. And hopefully (really) for good this time because she's on the verge of getting engaged and I wish her all my love and all the best, etc.
I'm dreaming of affording my apt. by myself, but if that were the case I need more income. So, I need to get on that...
Or I could a) get another roommate, b) move to a one bedroom, which I can more or less afford on my current salary. CHOICES. OPTIONS.
I finished the audio book for Emma
and then went on to Mansfield Park
(LOVE. Although Edmund remains a boob. I love Mary Crawford!) And now I have Pride & Prejudice
(read by Lindsey Duncan!!! I luff her! I totally have a girl crush on her big time), although I haven't really listened to it yet. There was a problem with the disks playing in my car so I'm ripping them for my iPod. I would rather have saved P&P for last, actually, and may do so anyway. Can't wait to listen to Northanger Abbey
I have to admit that S&S is my least favorite of the JA books, although it's one of my favorite movies. hm.
I finished the first 3 seasons of Burn Notice
. The 4th is not out on DVD yet. So, meanwhile, I've moved on to The Wire
, because everyone says it's the best TV show ever, and so naturally I must investigate.
It's time for hlh_shortcuts
I truly debated whether to participate (with this and yuletide) or not this year, mostly because I am MIA from practically everything and not at all fannish, and easily distracted with Real Life, such as it is. But the truth of the matter is I love to write, and I have fun every year. So, there you have it.
In the immortal words of Flight of the Conchords, "Come on sucker, lick my battery!"