Thursday, July 25, 2013

Camera Recommendations

Adam and I had a great day at the beach on Sunday. Such a gorgeous New England day! I took a few photos with my phone and for the millionth time I thought to myself, argh I really would like a REAL camera. I started looking online and then became overwhelmed with all of the choices.

So, I am asking for some recommendations for a good beginner digital camera. It doesn't have to be anything too fancy because frankly I don't currently know how to do much more than point and click. If you can't recommend a specific camera, is there a brand that I should focus on? And what should I be looking for in a camera? And I guess price isn't really a huge issue, I've waited this long to get one, so if I should wait a little longer and save up for something that would be worth it in the long run I'm good with that. I really appreciate any guidance.

Sunday, July 21, 2013


As I was sweating it out on the elliptical this morning, I glanced over at the computer and watched picture after picture flash through the save screen from our wedding day. I saw the faces of friends and family and us and it made me smile. As our two year wedding anniversary fast approaches (7/23), I am reminded of how lucky I am to have a husband that I love deeply and a support system of wonderful people to lean on when I may have a day now and then that I want to tag out.

Today is a beautiful day in New Hampshire, high seventies/low eighties for a high, low humidity after a several day stretch of air so thick you could cut it with a knife. So today Adam and I are going to head out and recreate our first date...We'll go to the beach and go for a long walk and I'll remember that day when this crazy white water kayaker kid told me that he couldn't let me walk on the beach without holding my hand and I gave him my first eye roll and of course let him take my hand.

It ain't always easy but I think that's what makes it so beautiful. And so worth it.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Summer so far

Apologies for the lapse in posts. I was at horse shows for a lot of May and June and then I had the pleasure of being in a friend's wedding. In all of the hustle and bustle, I didn't carve out the time to sit down and write.

If I had to sum up horse show season thus far, I would have to say it's a mixed bag. We have had some good classes, we have had some not good classes. I did go home home with a blue ribbon from one show, but in thinking back to all of the rides so far this season, I would not count that one as my best. Our best class that I think we've had so far, we got third place, which was a good ribbon in a class of nice horses. We were on our game and it felt super satisfying exiting the ring with that yellow ribbon. I was proud of my horse for working so hard and we really worked as a team. That was a good one.

There have been times this season that I have questioned if this show world is really for me and I don't think I've really answered that for myself yet. I think maybe I will scale back and stick to the local shows and just have fun, rather than putting the pressure on myself (which no doubt my horse feels when I'm riding) and showing out of New England.  Not sure what I'm going to do, I guess that's a to be continued. For now, I don't have any plans to show next. I'm sure I will later in the season, but not for the next little while.

I'll leave you with a picture of our victory pass at a show in NH...

the wisdom's in the trees, not the glass windows - j.j.