Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Pete Meets E. Magee

I think it's safe to say Pete has bought himself another 18 years with the Givens clad. He'll be nice and calm in a few years! Next step is to get that old rusty trailer back in shape so he'll be ready for birthday parties. Pete joined our family the summer I turned 11 making him approximately 25ish. Still young for an Appaloosa.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Feminism in the New World and The Palace

Some of you may have seen this photo that my sister posted a few weeks ago:

I had someone ask me if Sis was a little obsessed with all things in the UK. I said Yes. She always has been and you should have seen how much we cried when Princess Diana died. You'd have thought then we were close personal friends.

Granddaddy got a little put out with all our tears. Finally he said, "Girls, that's why our family left that silly country." He said it like he was personally in on the decision to leave. We all laughed. He did not see the humor.

Speaking of Britain and humor, who is interested in the opening ceremonies on Friday night? In less that 24 hours we will see how the British respond to the Chinese. I can-not wait! We are even scheduling our mini-vaca around it!

The British author Caitlin Morgan was on KLG & Hoda this morning promoting her new book "Feminism in the New World." She was so funny and it's been billed as the "Bossypants" of the UK. Tina Fey's book is one of my absolute favorites. Only my Nook can tell you how many times I've read it! You can also follow "the Royals" on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/britishmonarchy/.

Here's the KLG & Hoda clip:

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If you have Hulu Plus watch "The Palace" there are eight episodes and it's a fabulous British drama about a Royal Family.

Here's the wiki link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The_Palace_ITV_titles.jpg

Friday, July 20, 2012

Great Article on Friends

One of the blogs I follow is a Cup of Jo and is written by a girl in NYC. It's what I call a "life styles" blog in that she discusses her life and what's in style in areas from trips to clothes to baby things. Her husband wrote a great article for the "New York Times" that you can read here: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/15/fashion/the-challenge-of-making-friends-as-an-adult.html?_r=2.

Basically the sum of the article is saying how hard it is to make friends, true friends, after college when life feels like "one big blind date." How true this is! Although I feel very fortunate in that we've made some really great friends since college! Doc didn't have TV in college so we watched episode after episode of Friends on DVD. I can still quote most of them! Life is so much more than just hanging out in a coffee shop but it sure is fun to hang out with friends any where you happen to end up. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Busy as Bees

We've had busy week at our house - Doc has had to go in almost every day for his rotation at the VA and is on call every fourth night. This basically means he is gone from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. for one day, is extremely tired the next day, and then maybe will get a day off sometime in the next seven days. That makes me tired just thinking about it!

I've been busy trying to get Scout to "sit" and Pepe to "lay down." They are both finally getting it. After Doc pointed out that Pepe thinks his name is Pepe and Scout thinks his name is "Your" as in "get your ball" or "get your Pepe." He has no idea what to do if you say "get Scout" only that means that Pepe wants to play.

Don't judge  him - he is just as smart as Pepe just not as good with words :) However, I think he'd be excellent at languages. We finally have video proof of this:

It's a little blurry - we started out with me holding the tennis ball. That was my first mistake. After that I just let them play!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Don't Eat Your Dog - said Scout

So why did Scout say that to Pepe? Well, you'll have to read to the end to find out! If you notice the little ads on the side of my blog (please click!) you'll see that I allow Google to advertise. Would I let anyone? Sure, if they are credible. My mom called me one day to complain that there was an Obama ad on my page. Well I can't reallly help that and if my yellow dog democrat friends want to click - please do! I'll make 0.50 cents :)

My friend Jenna Lee and I get into some deep discussions over our morning coffee. Today, we discussed American Idol and, well, Jessica's weight gain. I know, serious, national-importance type of stuff.

But sometimes we do keep it serious and solve the world's problems.

So, by clicking on this ad:

I found that I agree wiht most except I would change the third point to John Wesley's quote:

Do all the good you can.
By all the means you can.
In all the ways you can.
In all the places you can.
At all the times you can.
To all the people you can.
As long as ever you can.


Joyeux Quatorze Juillet

Happy 14 Juillet or "Bonne Bastille!" Today celebraces France's national holiday commemorating the 1789 storming of the Bastille prison marketing the beginning of the French Revolution.

We spent Christmas and New Years 2003 in France celebrating my parents' 25th anniversary. It was an amazing trip - and I was the unofficial translator since at the time I was minoring in French (in the end I finished one credit short of a minor). I'm trying to remember the little French I did know my using the BBC website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/audio/french/. It's a great free resource!

In celebration, try this recipe featured on KLG & Hoda: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/29054368/ns/today-kathie_lee_and_hoda/

Friday, July 13, 2012

Book Club: Death Comes for the Archbishop

My book club recently read "Death Comes for the Archbishop" by Willa Cather. It was great! I've read a few of her books but wasn't familiar with this one. The book club is a continuing of a Eudora Welty class I took a few years ago and I have really enjoyed it!

The group is lead by Suzanne Marrs - the official Eudora Welty biographer - and our books usually center around someone Eudora knew or whose writing she admired. In this case, Willa Cather was writing about the West similar to Eudora's writing about the South.

The book follows a priest in his journey to central New Mexico (about 300 years before the missions in San Antonio. Cather came from a Baptist family but she became a little obsessed with the Catholic Church while researching her books. This book can be looked at from the Stations of the Cross - it follows them pretty closely. Cather ended up becoming an Episcopal.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Photos: Black Cowboy Rodeo Parade

One of my favorite Jackson events is the Black Cowboy Rodeo Parade. It's so fun and the horses are beautiful! The parade goes from the fair grounds on High Street through downtown and then back.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Baby Birds Nesting

A little Finch has built a nest in our mailbox and there are four little eggs in it!

I set up our skype camera to get images. Isn't that cool? If anyone knows how to do a live stream, please let me know!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Leading a Horse(s) to Water

Have you ever heard the old saying: "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink." After a little positive reinforcement with Pete and Angel, I respectfully disagree. Especially if that positive reinforcement is an old coffee can full of sweet feed. 

The point was to get Pete and Angel (Ivy's horse) to follow me into the pond. To see that it isn't as scary as they thought. But who am I to decide that? I really don't want to know the creatures that reside in that greenish-brown water! The final goal is to have them "swim" with me (on top of Pete) in the pond. Don't worry - I didn't swim in the pond but they both got a little more practice!

I've tried to get Pete to do this since I went to horse camp at Camp Hopewell in middle school where we spent our last afternoon of horse camp swimming while riding bareback. It was so exhilarating!

Anyway, Pete and I have been working on this off-and-on for at least 15 years - he can be a bit stubborn - apparently, so can I. And all we really needed was Angel to go in first!

Pete, as you can tell by his body language, thinks this is a b-a-d idea. But he sticks around because of the feed bucket, and Angel doesn't seem to be nearly as worried.

Angel decides to go for the bucket. I had already given up at this point - and I turned around to find her in the water going after the feed bucket. Pete then quickly followed her in! So he did get in the water. Victory!

I love how Angel throws a little hissy fit when she can't fit her nose inside the bucket. Such a human behavior to throw a fit when we can't get what we want - especially if it seems to be right under your nose!

*Please forgive the bad videography job, I'm sure only my mom, Ivy and true horse lovers made it through both videos!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Ann Curry, Olympic Trails and New Hobbies

First off, let me just say that I am so disgusted with the TODAY show and how they handled Ann Curry's leaving. She is just wonderful and a true journalist! I briefly considered boycotting NBC until I remembered that the Olympics start soon. While I like Savannah Guthie, I don't think she deserves to take Ann's place. In my world: Matt be replaced by Willie, Ann and Meredith would cover the news and Al Rooker would keeping talking about "what's happening in your neck of the woods."
But speaking of the Olympics, I've been preparing for my favorite sports. Including practicing my diving and swimming strokes. I just can't not watch them. And in preparation I've been "training" for my favorite summer Olympic sports. Beginning with a little research for the equestrian team:

This big guy is at riding barn just north of Jackson off highway 49. Mom and I had fun trying to figure out how to get there! Let's just say we are both directional challenged and had separate views on how to get there, but we finally did and it was worth the drive.

My sweet parents! Mom has come and cleaned, cooked and set up my sewing machine. Or rather, Sis' sewing machine. Oliver refers to it as the "closet of lost hobbies" - but it definitely benefits me! Now Net has Mom's old machine that she got from her mother as a wedding present, I have Sis' new one and Mom has Mama Jean's old one (that is still nicer than the others combined). How's that for Indian trading?

Happy Saturday! Our plans include the Black Cowboy Rodeo and parade and hopefully some time in the pool.