Comment with "I wanna play!" and you will be assigned a number between 15-50 of facts for you to share. I was given 37 by herecirm.
1. The first horse (er... pony) I fell off of was a POA named Rosie. I was in my early teens and had a brief stint of jumping lessons (my only formal lessons until I was 19). We landed crooked over a small crossrail and I clung on sideways a few strides before bailing.
2. We initially thought of breeding Ruby to Hedzer (Z's sire), but decided on Panda instead.
3. I was getting over a nasty sinus infection when we went to look at Hedzer, fever and all a day or two before, but when Hope asked if I wanted to ride him I jumped on it (and Chris got quite the glare as he thought about pointing out the fact that I was a recovering sickly person). I only did walk and some trot, but he had the coolest trot, lofty and thrusty. Riding a Friesian stallion checked off the hucket list.
4. I did concurrent enrollment my senior year in high school. I took classes at the community college for high school credit. It was awesome.
5. The three classes I took at the high school my senior year were Seminary, AP Studio Art and (AP) German III.
6. I claim semi-fluency in German. My grammar has slipped, but I definitely know more words than I did when I took my last class in '04.
7. I decided I wasn't going to be a large animal vet in my early teens when I came to the conclusion I would rather work with horses than on them.
8. I briefly thought I was going to go into counseling.
9. My first year of college I thought I was going to dual-major in Art and English with a minor in German, possibly teaching all three.
10. Judy was the one that showed me the newspaper ad for Kash. For sale 5 y/o bay Arab gelding $500. She thought I should check it out and I did.
11. Judy is also to "blame" for me doing the Equine Science program at SCC. She's the one that told me about it and encouraged me to go.
12. When I applied to work for Judy (newspaper ad) I was one of over 60 applicants. I still don't really know why she chose me, especially since I hadn't ridden in a year and had almost no formal riding education.
13. I had my concussion working with Thunder, one of Judy's young horses. Had I been wearing a helmet it would probably not have even been that. I've been a helmet person ever since.
14. I did a one month exchange in Germany my Junior year in High School. I lived with a Greek family in Hamburg. It was my first time really away from home and I was only briefly homesick the first call home after I arrived. The rest of the time it was awesome. Even when I got sick briefly and Frau Demi nursed me back to health with camomile tea and greek honey.
15. My second trip to Germany was just after I graduated high school. Two and a half weeks cruising Bavaria with a few days in Salzburg, Austria and Zürich, Switzerland.
16. A group of us were looking for a bank to do an exchange in Zürich and couldn't find one for almost two hours. You know ... in the banking capitol of the world?
17. I learned to drive during a cross-country trip where we did a church history tour, driving all the way out to Palmyra, New York to start and weaving our way along the pioneer's trail to Salt Lake City. I think over the course of those two weeks I logged ALL the hours necessary for my license on that trip.
18. I bought my Mamiya RB67 Pro S, a 120 back, a polaroid back, and three lenses from my dad's work when they were having a silent auction to get rid of a bunch of equipment that wasn't being used. I bid $525 for it. It was the highest bid in the entire auction. I was stupidly happy to get it and continue to enjoy it some 13 years later.
19. I learned to photograph on an Olympus OM-1 and still have my OM-1 MD. It went to Germany with me the first time.
20. I have a little white stuffed moose named Milton that Angie gave me to keep me company on travels. He has done it a lot. He went across the US with us, Germany twice, and he even came on Chris and I's honeymoon.
21. My first car was a 1968 El Camino and still is the yardstick by which I measure all vehicles. Had I the money/time to maintain one I would have one again.
22. I once got the Camino stuck on the side of my parents' house ... it required a jack stand to get it off.
23. My depth perception/ability to judge the space around me is poor (see above), yet I have very good spacial intelligence so far as getting things to fit in a space if it is remotely possible.
24. While I could have continued with advanced classes in Middle and High School I decided that it was dumb to do all that extra work and stress when I could do well in my normal classes and have time to pursue my own interests outside of the classroom. I think it was a good choice.
25. I have made up close to a dozen writing systems and have snippets of several languages for my world building projects.
26. I have small ring folders with all of the information for my world projects. I call them my "Books of Knowledge."
27. I took "Mixed Media" in college thinking that it was about combining various media, but it turned out to be "Intermedia," which covered everything from video, performance, audio, installation, and all such art. I was such a fish out of water in that class, but I never quit a class and stuck it out. I did surprisingly well (A!) despite feeling like I was flailing around 3/4s of the time.
28. I did this for my Intermedia class:
This is located on top of ASU's library and I had to go through the process of contacting the facility manager and several other people, filing paperwork and all to get permission to do it. Talk about out of one's comfort zone!
29. Kitt was the first Fjord I ever met ... and I bought her the same day at the auction. Apparently I have no self-control. (In my defense there were two other Fjords there I did not buy...)
30. I didn't plan on dating until after I had finished college ... and then I met Chris and we were married after year two.
31. We did postpone adding kids to the mix until after I was finished (and two years after I graduated actually).
32. Naming Tristan was super easy because Chris and I both liked it. No arguments and when he was confirmed a boy the name was set for sure. Kelhan's was much harder.
33. My first real instructor was deaf. I stopped taking lessons from her when I was pregnant with Tristan and after he was born she had stopped teaching (partially due to a messy divorce). She did qualify for the National Eventing Championship in Texas last fall. I haven't heard how she placed, though. She taught me a lot of good things (namely how to effectively use that dangboutside rein) and I got pretty good at understanding her "accent."
34. For about six months I took lessons an hour and a half away. So worth the four hour investment of my time! I wish I could find something similar again, but closer.
35. I didn't start reading until the middle of first grade ... and then they couldn't get me to stop. (I was reading high school level by the time I finished 6th grade.)
36. I took the SATs without doing a minute of intentional studying (1200s?). It really annoyed my friend David that I did better than he did without really trying. I would have done better had I not answered all of the questions (being penalized for getting a question wrong is stupid by the way).
37. I learned to whistle when I was three or four and I do it out of the right side of my mouth instead of the middle.