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In Loving Memory...
~ Gogo Fatale ~

6/2/01 - 10/11/11
~ Forever the Marest of Them All ~

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Baby, You're a Firework

I've been totally silent all week since the announcement about leaving my job, and with good reason. I have news I wasn't ready to break until I had solid plans in place. The last thing I had written on Monday was, "I'm not unhappy, and I'm not nervous or upset. I'm just looking forward with rapt attention. It's foggy and gross out there this morning, but I'm not worried. Soon, the sunlight will break through." That very same day, I received a phone call from one of the clients, just as the rain outside literally stopped and a few rays of sunlight began to sparkle on the wet grass. (Literally, I'm not even kidding you. It was meant to be.) I have always tried my best to be good to the clients, and they in turn wanted to make sure I was taken care of after my time at this past barn. She has a friend who knows a BNT north of us who was looking for someone full time, housing/board/training/salary all included with the package deal. I of course jumped at this opportunity, went up on Thursday and Friday to interview, and really enjoyed myself. And wouldn't you know, here I am today with a new job and an amazing once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to train with an amazing rider. They are leaving for Southern Pines this weekend; I will be following them down after Thanksgiving and a little bit of a well-needed vacation for both myself and my pony.

Gogo's been awesome all week, so Beth and I decided today to head to the beach for one last low-ride ride:

She looks so amazing.


Today she did not feel amazing.

She felt a little funny.

And when I got off, I thought perhaps her RH looked a little funny.

Maybe it was the footing. Maybe I am imagining things. But of course now I am completely panicked. She did work pretty hard yesterday. Maybe I am making things up. Maybe she's just tired after her work. She's been totally, thrillingly, amazingly, better-than-ever sound since last June. Maybe one day when she doesn't feel as amazing is not the end of the world?

I dunno. I hate days like that! It was so gorgeous and fun at the beach. I had such a great time. Damnit Gogo! You heard the words 'Southern Pines' and this happens? Come on woman, really?

I guess we'll just have to see tomorrow morning what she looks like. Once back home and in the barn, the legs looked the same as always. Maybe the right windpuff was slightly squishier than normal, but again, I could be imagining things.

Maybe I just need a Xanax. Leaving a job and moving is stressful in a lot of ways. I think a big pizza and some beer might be the only remedy this evening... but I better go see the Mommy first. Although honestly... I'm not sure what else there is to do for her that I haven't already done.

I guess we'll just have to see.

(But I can't lie.... VERY excited for Southern Pines regardless!)


Daun said...

You, my friend, are a rock star. Just like that.

Miles On Miles said... amazing is that?? I'm very happy for you-it sounds just perfect:)

Hope GoGo was just having one of those days...I remember my mares were infamous for those.

Congrats on your great news!

Dressager said...

So cool!!

manymisadventures said...

What Daun said! Awesome awesome awesome for you. I'm excited to hear how it goes!

Melissa said...

Awesome! So excited for you!

Wiola said...

No idea what's BNT and why Southern Pines is so great but it sounds like a fab deal :) Great to read this and hope Gogo doesn't come up with anything puffy.
Congratulations :)

Alana said...

If you end up staying in Southern Pines, I can guarantee 3 horses are getting trailered in to be trimmed!!
I've been following your blog for quite awhile, just never posted, I am very happy that this is turning into a happy journey for you and Go-mare!

Sydney_bitless said...

Way to go!

Dom said...

So happy for you! That's awesome news. :)

And I'm hoping Gogo's fine.

Katherine Erickson said...

YAYAY Congratulations - You're going to be amazing! (and isn't that Berkshires farm UNREAL??)

kippen64 said...

So thrilled for you!! That's great news. Am keenly looking forward to reading more.

Andrea said...

Hey Alana, have truck will travel you know ;)

heater a. said...

Congratulations on the job! That's great!

SprinklerBandit said...

Congrats!! That is great. Best wishes for you and Gogo both.

Jana said...

That's fantastic news! I'm in western North Carolina (Asheville). Maybe I'll get to meet you and the famous Gogo someday. You can let her know NC's not so bad... she doesn't need to get all gimpy to avoid us down here.

Kristen Eleni Shellenbarger said...

congrats!!!!!!! :)

Val said...

You are so connected! Way to go!

lopinon4 said...

My sister lives in Southern Pines! Maybe I can meet you someday! :)

Jennifer said...

OMG! YAY! I'm in Durham and would LOVE to meet you (and Gogo!) once you get down here. Congrats on the new adventure and the good news couldn't have happened to a better person. :)

sally said...

Super sooooo happy for you!!!!!. All the best for the move to the new job/barn

spotteddrafter said...


That's awesome news for sure! Good luck on this new adventure, I'm sure it will work out how it's supposed to!

Sorry about Gogo. I hope it was just one of those days - my mare has them too.