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OCTOBER!

October at the Boedie Abode means our favorite season – fall – but also our favorite TV season … baseball playoffs (and some football)!

OK. “Our” might be a stretch.

Dude and I love to watch the playoffs even if we don’t care who’s playing.

Toronto vs Kansas City? Bleh. Dude wants the Blue Jays to win “because I’ve been cheering for them the entire time.” I want the Royals to win “because I really don’t care who wins, but I know people who love the Royals, so I’ll cheer with them.”

Chicago Cubs vs New York Mets? Dude is all for the Mets winning “because c’mon, they CAN’T get beat by the Cubbies!” I initially wanted the Cubs to win . . . but then I thought, it’s been SOOOOO long since they’ve won, would they still BE the Cubs if they won? After 106 years, it’s kinda cool to not win it all . . . would YOU want to be the team that breaks that record? What would the fans have to love and hate at the same time? So I’ll get on board with the Mets I guess. I want the Cubbies to STAY the Cubbies :-)

Princess? She’s grounded from TV (and all electronics) for another week yet, so if baseball is what’s on, she’ll watch without complaining.

Hubby? He’s been tolerating Dude and I switching back and forth between baseball games and football games. Hubby left today and won’t be back until Sunday. Quite frankly, I think he’s happy to get to sit in a hotel room and do anything OTHER THAN watch baseball on TV!

Go Royals! er Blue Jays! er Mets! er Cubs!

Go Baseball!

PS – The Packers haven’t been bad to watch, either ūüėČ October is lookin’ pretty good!

124 and 147

They continue to move up! In four year’s time,¬†they’ve each gained ground :-)

Dude is currently #39,174 on the list
Princess is currently #49,168 on the list

Whoop whoop!

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Original Post – 10.10.2011

Approximate ages of Dude and Princess, respectively, when their number for Green Bay Packers season tickets will come up and allow them to purchase  general stadium bowl seats :-)

Dude is currently #45,360 on the list
Princess is currently #55,686 on the list

Wow – Just Wow

So we bought a horse trailer last March. It was a 2014 model, but it was new.

We never used it at night, and I guess on the rare occasion that we might have, we never had anyone follow us.

A couple weeks ago, Princess was¬†packing the tack room for a show. She tried to turn on the light, but it didn’t work. We’d never needed it before because it was always light enough out.

So I tried. Still didn’t work – apparently I’m NOT magic – who knew?

Confirmed that the trailer was plugged into the truck. Checked the light in the horse part of the trailer. It worked. Tack room light still did not work.

Turned on the lights in the truck. Still no tack room light.

Turned the truck on and turned the lights on. Still no tack room light.

Wasn’t the end of the world – got the awesome camping lantern out the camping box o’ stuff I took out the camper when I sold it – worked like a charm.

Went to the gymkhana and the person following us told us that the right tail light and running light weren’t working – BUT the brake lights and blinkers worked (we always check with flashers, so didn’t realize the few running lights weren’t working).

Plugged the trailer into a different vehicle the next day to rule out a short in the truck hookup.

Still had the same lights not working.

I finally get around to taking it to the trailer place we bought it from.

9:45 a.m. – I drop it off and tell them again that the right rear running light doesn’t work and the tack room light doesn’t work. All other lights work. And the right blinker and brake lights work. I hooked it up to another vehicle and they still didn’t work. So I’m guessing it’s a short in the wiring.

10:15 a.m. – Phone rings while I’m driving home. “Trailer is done. There was nothing wrong with the lights. We hooked up our tractor and turned the flashers on and everything works fine. You have to have the trailer plugged into the tow vehicle for the lights to work.”

10:17 a.m. – Are you effin’ kidding me?! Didn’t I just TELL you my troubleshooting steps? Try again!¬†(My filter WAS working and I was nicer. They agreed to continue checking it out.)

11:30 a.m. – Phone rings. “Trailer is done. They had to rewire faulty wiring in the right running lights, but it works now. The tack room light was fine. You have to have the truck lights on for that to work. The total for the labor is $68.” Silence from me while I decide what to say.

1:30 p.m. (really 11:30:36, but it felt like I waited in silence for a couple hours!) – I tell him that the tack room light has never worked. Did they even check it?! Guy tells me they don’t have the tack room key. I tell him I offered to leave it, but they didn’t want it and that we’d unlocked it before I left. He said they couldn’t get the door open. THEN HOW THE HELL DO YOU KNOW THE FRIGGIN’ LIGHT DOES OR DOES NOT WORK?!!! I said try pushing IN on the door a bit while you pull the handle. He said he’d call back.

1:30 p.m. (for real) – Phone rings. “Ma’am. We got the tack room door open. It was tough, but we figured it out.” ***Seriously? My 12 year old daughter opens that tack room door every day without trouble.*** “Turns out the tack room light wasn’t working. So we went ahead and fixed that wiring for you since we had the trailer here for service. The price will be $74 total. You can come get it anytime.”

O. M. G.

I went up the next day to pick up the trailer, all ready with my spiel¬†about how the trailer is less than 6 months old and should be under warranty and I shouldn’t have to pay for incorrect wiring. But, amazingly, my filter was working yet again ūüėČ

The guy helping me was super nice. But he had trouble, saying he couldn’t find an amount on the ticket. I told him the guy told me $74, but that I didn’t feel I should pay since it was under warranty. He said he had to find the amount for me to pay – didn’t even listen to me. Found another guy. That guy was even MORE confused that they ticket was in the done pile but had no amount on it. Guy #3 – same thing. Totally flabbergasted, and not one of them would listen to me.

Finally, the¬†young guy I usually get to work with walks in. I tell him what we’re doing, which trailer was mine, and that the guys can’t figure out my ticket. After 10 minutes (no joke) of young guy telling original guy + his two buddies that it’s warranty work and I don’t have to pay, they finally say “Well. Nothing we can do about it. We fixed your trailer for you so I guess you can take it and we’ll get in touch with you if we need payment.” WTH?!

So young guy and I head toward the door so he can go get the trailer out of the storage area and bring it around with his tractor. Guy #1 says “Little Lady? Did you bring your husband with, or do you need help backing the truck up to the trailer?”

Oh yes he did! AND surprisingly, he’s still alive.

Young guy was much smarter than original guy and just kept walking as a human shield between me and the guy at the counter.

I got the trailer. Young guy was awesome and nice. All the lights worked. I didn’t have to pay for it. And I didn’t kill anyone.

I call that a success ūüėČ

***Full Disclosure – I’ve had nothing but great¬†experiences with the trailer place in the past (which is why I’m not naming them). Young guy told me outside, as he shook his head, that guy #1 was new and clearly needed some work in the customer service department. Um, ya think?!

Damn You Starbucks Bags!

In yet another brilliant move by a member of the Colorado Boedie Family, I scratched my right eye yesterday. Like my actual eyeball.

I was cleaning some stuff out of the truck from the past weekend – tossed all the trash into a paper bag from Starbucks that had pastries in it on Sunday.

When I hopped out of the truck, the bag hit the seat and the corner of the bag jammed up under my right eye lid and scratched my eye.

Was a bit blurry to start with. No big deal. Figured I’d wait until today to see how hit felt.

Ended up taking Dude¬†to eye doc yesterday (that’s another story) so I had her look at it.

She looked at me and said “Wow! That’s a huge scratch! Why aren’t you screaming right now?”

Um – I dunno. Cuz it’s just a scratch?

She gave me antibiotic drops to put in every two hours.

She said I’m not supposed to drive and that Dude¬†should drive because of the blurriness and crazy light sensitivity and that it will get worse before it gets better. (That was all fine and dandy until he got out of the FunRunner at baseball and I had to go pick up Princess¬†– Hubby is gone).

I discovered why she didn’t want me to drive. When your eye is blurry – and sensitive to the sun – and has a scratch under your eye lid . . . let’s just say that needing that eye open to see with on an incredibly sunny Colorado day (even with sunglasses) and making it move around to, you know, see things . . . O. U. C. H.

She said I’d have some moments of high intensity pain but OMG! She was NOT kidding!

Princess and I made it home and I found someone to give Dude a ride home from his workout.

I spent the entire evening sitting downstairs in the dark. Then sleeping in the dark. Then woke up to another gloriously sunny Colorado day – and immediately put sunglasses on, in the house. I’m cool like that.

It’s feeling better today – as long as I don’t try to use it – like make it move around and try to see things. And sunglasses are a MUST!

Follow up visit at 10:00 a.m. to see if it’s healing fast enough or if I need to become a pirate for the weekend.

***I guess the one bonus would be that I could get a head start on Talk Like A Pirate Day which is the 19th!***

Got Summer?

With less than one week before the kiddos start school, I’m kinda sad that it’s over! We didn’t do crazy travel for baseball this summer, but I still somehow managed to log only 12 hours of work over the past 9 weeks! I also realize I didn’t manage to blog much.¬†At first I thought maybe it was because we didn’t do much . . . but then I browsed through the photos from summer and realized it was because we were always doing something :-)

My summer recap in pictures – and a few words (it is me, afterall!).

 

Cowboy came home! And Duma spent a couple days sitting there watching him, wondering what the heck was going on :-)

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Our awesome friend let us borrow her horse, Angel, for the summer as a pasture pal for Cowboy until we got in the groove of this whole horse at the house thing. It didn’t take them long to become friends and learn to relax together. Love watching them from my office window. I’ll probably love it even more starting next week when I’m actually sitting at my desk working during the day!

02

 

Dude played baseball with a local high school team (his school’s team merged with another for the summer). He’d been working on pitching through spring, and his coaches gave him a shot. He did AWESOME! Here he is getting one of his many strikeouts (he either strikes them out or walks them – something we have to work on for sure).

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We spent the first week of summer break up in Breckenridge. It was a nice relaxing time! A bit of a bummer that it rained almost every day, but we still made the most of it and had fun.

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We tried to do some hiking, but there was still a bit too much snow at the higher elevations.

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Princess had a friend join us for half of the week while Dude wasn’t with us. They were both really good sports about the weather and the cold and snow :-)

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While were hanging out in Breck trying to hike, Dude spent the week at Woodward at Copper Mountain for snowboarding camp. He had a blast!

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Princess joined a summer swim team. She had a great time! We really liked the club . . . they coaches were awesome and she learned a lot about improving her strokes and entry into the pool. This is the first meet. She dove off the blocks, but still needed to work on her angle of entry (first one in the water is not a bonus here). By the end of summer she was rockin’ the dive entries!

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We bought a truck to pull the trailer that we bought to transport the horse :-) Our rig is complete! I think. Horse people keep telling me horses are a lot like tattoos – some sort of addiction ūüėČ

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Princess rode Cowboy in their first parade! They both did great . . . most of the way ūüėČ

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Princess started taking Western lessons in addition to her English Jumping lessons. She and Cowboy went to a small low-key English and Western show. The more you know, the more time you get to spend with your horse :-)

12

Dude left us for a week and went to summer camp in Yellowstone for a week with the Scouts. He was the Senior Leader on the trip. He had a lot of responsibility, but also had two of his buddies for support. They had a great time!

13

The kiddos ditched us for a long weekend and went to MN to hang out with Noisy Grandma and Monster Grandpa. They had a blast with awesome seats at the Twins vs Yankees game.

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They spent a day at the lake with my Aunt and Uncle having a blast tubing.

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And learning to water ski!

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Nice tan, Dude!

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Hubby and Dude spent a week in Northern MN at the Boundary Waters Canoe Area with 6 others from the Scout troop. Canoeing, fishing, camping, hiking . . . they had an awesome time!

Princess and I spent the week together going to movies, riding Cowboy (lots!), hanging out, shopping, and doing whatever else we felt like doing for the entire week. Including lots of rides in the Audi with the top down, making giant skid marks on the pavement when a dump truck pulled out in front of us as we were heading toward a green light.

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And last but not least, Dude got his permit! He’s officially allowed to drive out of the driveway :-) He’s doing well! Now to make it through the next year so he can get his license and I don’t have to be in the car with him all the time.

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School may be starting, but that does not mean summer is over for The Boedies. Dude is playing fall baseball with a club team that we’re very excited about! Princess is starting her show jumping season this weekend. Hubby and I are looking forward to some relaxing nights on the deck with a beer in one hand some food in the other :-)

What To Do?

The guys are gone for the week on a canoeing/camping trip.

Summer swim team ended last week.

Western riding lessons were cancelled for today.

This means that the only things on my calendar this week are to take Princess to her 30-minute trumpet lesson Tuesday and her 1-hour English riding lesson Friday.

After a crazy fun-filled summer, what does one do when suddenly confronted with a BLANK calendar – for an entire week?

Maybe, um WORK?! I think I’ve logged 7 hours this summer. No joke.

While I’m sure I will work some, a more likely scenario would include:

Going to a movie with Princess.

Going to the pool with Princess.

Purchasing fleece and making blankets with Princess.

Contacting the animal rescue about fostering a horse starting this fall.

Going for a walk.

Going for a bike ride.

Sitting in the hot tub.

Clearly we will not be bored . . . just a little more free with what we decide to do on our week “off” :-)

Happy Monday everyone!

Lessons Learned

To my Dude, who was dumb enough to leave his draw-string bag sit out at the water park (with all the others) and get it stolen . . . complete with his shorts, hoodie, phone, and money – lesson learned. All I can say is I told ya so. Been tellin’ ya so for a couple years now. Not everyone is honest. When I tell you to get a locker, get a locker. Now go get me the $100 deductible your phone insurance charges to get a new phone!

To the kid who stole Dude’s bag, Karma is a bitch.

The Rig

We’re starting to feel like actual horse owners!

Cowboy and Angel are getting along swimmingly :-) They love to nuzzle and give kisses through their stall grates. They stand right next to each other in the pasture. Angel has even convinced Cowboy it’s OK to go inside at night to sleep (something he never did before – he was an outside guy!).

We got 100 bales of hay delivered and stacked in our barn yesterday.

We found a house/horse sitter while we were gone for a week.

We’ve become pros at getting Cowboy into the trailer. He refused a couple weeks ago, so we had to get a lesson. We got schooled and he got an attitude adjustment. Now he walks right in for Princess :-)

But what really sealed the deal and made us feel like actual horse owners was our purchase late last week . . .

Rig

Yep! A brand spankin’ new pickup to haul the baby. The poor 4Runner was workin’ hard for the few weeks it took us to get the pickup – we are grateful for her service. She may now return to kid hauling and grocery delivering!

And in true Boedie fashion, the pickup fits into the garage. My rule has always been, if you have a garage and you have cars, the cars go in the garage.

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We did a little swapping of “stalls” with the vehicles, but they all fit :-)

Yes, this is ridiculous. Had I thought that bringing Cowboy home and needing a pickup to haul a trailer was going to happen anytime this year, we never would’ve bought the Audi (aka FunMobile) last fall. I’m a planner, so we all know this whole horse at the house thing happened way sooner than we thought it would!

I will feel much better about having 4 vehicles in the garage when Dude gets his permit next month . . . 3 drivers for 3 cars + 1 FunMobile. We briefly thought about selling a vehicle, but with the number of miles on each of them, it’s not worth it. We historically drive vehicles until they die. These will be no exception. Dude will get to purchase the Highlander next year when he turns 16 – it’ll be 8¬†years old and have 200k miles on it! So ya, we drive ’em (and yes, I’m working hard to justify this to myself!).

Also in true Boedie fashion, we put the new pickup to work right away and hauled horses, tractors, and canoes and kayaks the very first weekend we had it. It is already dusty and dirty and awesome! We broke it in right away – literally . . .

Broken_Glass

Less than 48 hours after we brought it home, passenger window got hit by a rock thrown from a mower at the Scout Lodge. We haven’t even rolled the window down yet because the tint is still setting! On top of that, insurance company doesn’t even know we own the pickup yet. You get 30 days of “free” coverage before you have to officially put it on your policy . . . we planned on going in this week. It kinda sucks to say “Can you please add this new vehicle to our policy? And oh yeah, we’d like to submit a claim for a new power window with tint today as well.” Yikes!

Anyhoo – I think it’s safe to say that we are now officially real horse owners :-) Let the adventure continue!

Thanks, Mom and Dad

My parents taught me a lot growing up –¬†the list is way too long to even start. One goofy skill I am crazy thankful for them teaching me is how to tow a trailer.

We camped at the lake all summer. If you didn’t know how to hook up a trailer and back a boat into the lake by the time you were 10, well, then you just didn’t get to play! They made me do it and they trusted me to do it.

Made it easy as an adult when I had to pull campers to the campground and back them into the storage spot when we got back.

And with this whole adventure into horse ownership, I am so thankful that I’m comfortable pulling a trailer so that now I only need to worry about pulling a trailer with a 1000 pound baby in it! But at least I’m not worried about the trailer part . . . just the precious cargo inside.

Today I went to a friend’s house, backed up to their 16 foot flatbed, got it all hooked up, towed it home, turned it around in the smallish area in front of our garage, and backed it into its temporary parking spot . . . all by my lonesome. Felt good to know I can do that on my own if I have to!

Of course, I’d be lying if I didn’t admit the tiny twinges of satisfaction I get when the silly boys are all dumbfounded when a girl can do all the trailering – “even the backing up part” – on her own ūüėČ

So all you parents out there with the means to do so – a lawn tractor or anything else you can hook even a smallish trailer up to – make your kids do it! Make them back it up into a shed, a garage, any smallish space. Heck, make them back the car all the way up the driveway just so they get used to backing up! You’d be surprised how often that skill comes into play :-)

Thanks, Mom and Dad!

Spring In Colorado

Crazy weather – one of the many things I love about springtime in Colorado Springs :-)

Monday, Keira and I went to the barn for a couple hours to do some light jumping on Cowboy. Had to get him warmed up after 5 days of doing nothing but standing around eating!

Jump

 

 

And today, baseball was cancelled because we have a mini-blizzard happening.

Snow

 

Great excuse to hang out inside and watch movies this evening!

Happy spring break, everyone :-)