Sunday, May 31, 2009

It's Time For Leslie Law!!!!

Ok! It's the time that we've all been waiting for, (well at least Grant Ronan and I.) The Leslie Law Clinic at Falconwood!!

In case you don't know, Leslie Law rides for the Great Britain Eventing team, and was the individual Gold Medal winner in Eventing at the Athens Olympic Games, and he's coming to train ME! Well, me and about 15-20 other people, but anyway....
This will be our 4th year to ride in this clinic out at Falconwood with Leslie. (Ronan's 3rd).

I always come away from it all charged up and confidant, and I just learn so much! It's going to be so groovy! Plus, it's our time to party. Grant always comes with me. We get to see a lot of our friends, and always end up making new ones as well. What could be better? Getting to go to a Gator Farm too!!! Yes, Kelley always comes up with the best stuff! We're all going to an Alligator Farm and show for dinner on Tuesday night.

I'll let you know how it all turns out. Hopefully Ronan will be a good bucking like 2 years ago...Don't ask....

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Go Fetch!

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Another ball from planetdog.

Another example of the plethora of photos that I've been taking for my photography class.

The truth is, Frodo can't actually pick up his "fetch ball", but tries to and chases it around the house playing soccer and bouncing it all over the place, so it's almost better! I think it's a little big for his mouth, and it's a bit squishy, so he can't just chomp down on it with his teeth. He loves it does the cat.
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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Happy Earth Day

Happy Earth Day from Frodo!!

Cool depth of field trick...I know.

It's because I'm taking the "Snapshots of a Good Life" photography workshop with Karen Russell over the next 2 months, and we're in week 3 now...aperture and depth of field.

The ball came from, which is just about the coolest dog toy store ever. They donate part of every purchase to help service dogs, promote recycling, and taking care of the planet. Their mantra is "reduce, reuse, rewoof". This is their small "original orbi" ball. (Orbi is what they call the material that it's made from)

Just one more shot.... and yes, I've got a backlog of things to blog about that are much more important than this. : )

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Sing us "Your Song", they're the piano men....

Went to see Elton John and Billy Joel together in concert Thursday night.

Yes! I said TOGETHER!!!! In fact, not just sharing the venue, and night, but performing TOGETHER!!! Like, in a dueling pianos sort of way! Yes. I saw Billy Joel and Sir Elton John sing several of their songs back and forth as duets, and yes, it was just about the coolest thing I'd ever seen.

When the show started they both came out, each sat down at a Grand piano that were facing each other, and Billy Joel stated singing "Your Song", and they just traded verses back and forth, etc. did some harmonizing and both played really cool complimentary piano work at the same time. They sang several songs together like Just the way you are, Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me, Moving Out.....

Then Billy left, somehow a piano disappeared, Sir Elton's band showed up and he played almost a full show all on his own. I have been trying to see Elton John in concert my whole life, ok well...since I was about 8...but, anyway, and now, I'm a bit older than 8, and it was so worth the wait. He was amaaazing. Could go into so much detail, but hey! That's why I never get my blog posts done and I'm cutting it off.

Then, Billy came back out and did his set....Yes. He did sing Scenes From an Italian Restaraunt, and yes, I did cry because it made me miss home...or more like, it made me miss New Jersey in the late 80s and early 90s and my friends and the Mom and Pop Italian tratorrias that were on every corner (before I even new what "Mom and Pop" meant since almost everything was that way there...not just one big chain after chain like here in TX), and I missed Parkway Ave. and even the Parkway Ave. diner, which I actually used to loathe having to go to since I didn't drink coffee, and they had horrible food, but since they were open 24 hours, and my best friend, Geoffrey, and all of my other friends loved that place, and coffee, I went there a ton once we could drive. (One day I'll do a post just on Billy Joel in my life..... but remember... I do want to actually get something posted here!)

Then, they came back out together and did a lot more songs together. It was just awesome. Really, really Awesome!!!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Something new......and French I know that there are hundreds of things that I have neglected to blog about in the last few months, and I really do mean to at least post some sort of summary, but in the meantime.......

This is Frodo!!!Frodo 9 wks.

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Frodo 9 wks.

Well, we wanted to start the year off, on New Years Day we got a new Frenchie! (French Bulldog)

The above picture is from new years eve when we went to go look at the puppies. He's 9 weeks old (born on Halloween...isn't that cool?)

I swear, he is the epitome of cuteness. He loves EVERYONE! He is the Don Juan of pupppies. People swoon when they see him. I think he may start to give Ronan (aka Bono) a run for his money. Besides being absolutely adorable, he is fearless, and excited and happy all of the time, unless he's being snuggly, which he is quite good at as well. : ) Oh, and when he wants to play he stands back and does this little hoppy thing over and over, which falls somewhere between an airs above the ground and a buck!

I haven't had a puppy in 10 years, and this is Grant's first puppy ever......

So groovy.

Ophelia thinks that he's just about the greatest thing that's ever happened to her, next to Thomas, of course.

Ophelia and Frodo (9 wks.)