I had an absolutely wonderful long weekend! I took half of Thursday and Friday off work to go to my little sister’s college graduation with the whole family. It was a little long, but a lot of fun and it was a great feeling to hear my sister’s name called as she walked across the stage to get her diploma! She worked really hard to accomplish this goal of hers and I’m so proud of her for making it all the way to the end.
Friday night the sibs, Sam and I went to the Indians game together. Sam is a huge baseball fan (his favorite team is the Braves) and he had never been to Progressive Field before. It was dollar dog night so the four of us loaded up on hot dogs and sat in the nosebleeds laughing and joking the whole time. The game went into extra innings but the Indians managed a win in the 10th with a walk-off home run. It was a blast, and it was a gorgeous night for baseball.
We left Saturday afternoon after our fill of awesome home-cooked meals and quality family time. And of course Rocky always enjoys the non-stop attention he gets at the house from everyone, and generally leaves thinking that the world revolves around him.
Sunday I had a nice [albeit short] flat ride on Diamond. I didn’t get out to the barn until late morning and it was hot. I rode outside in the sand ring, which I like to call “the beach” in the summer, because you bake on it. All the sun reflects on that sand I swear it feels like it’s at least 15 degrees hotter than it really is. Regardless, I worked on focusing on my right aids, especially to the left, when I use them less… but the fact that they aren’t there really hurts my riding. Also did some pole work and concentrated on following Diamond even across simple ground poles.
I am happy to report that my right aids felt stronger than my last ride on Diamond, but still not where they need to be. I also noticed a big difference in my overall balance when I was able to correctly follow her stride over the poles. Maybe this whole “transferring what I learned on one horse to the other” is going to work after all, just a bit differently than I had originally imagined.
Thursday night BF and I decided to do an impromptu date night. For a while we did a scheduled date night once a week, but we’ve both been so busy lately that we haven’t had the time. Since I haven’t been my usual cheery self this week [I blame the rain and grey skies] we decided to go out. Where to, exactly, was the dilemma. BF and I are both creatures of habit; we like to go to the same places over and over. But last night we decided to be adventurous and try someplace new.
We ended up at Rodizio Grill, a Brazilian steakhouse. Spoiler alert: it was fabulous. The only option is the buffet where you get unlimited access to the salad bar, which has may more than your average salad. I sampled a lobster and shrimp salad, pineapple cole slaw, as well as a mozzarella salad, just to name a few of the options. You also get unlimited appetizers which included polenta, cheese biscuits and cinnamon-fried bananas–yum! After that is the main course: various bite-size meats are brought around the dining room by waiters, and you pick which ones you want to try. I had pork, fish, several cuts of steak (the best was a Parmesan-crusted filet), as well as rattlesnake sausage. I guess I really was feeling adventurous, haha. After eating way too much, we retired to the house and watched the Lincoln Lawyer. Well, I watched the movie and BF fell asleep.
Saturday was a busy, busy day. I got up and started chores: cleaning, picking up and laundry, followed by a quick workout. I’m really liking Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred DVD; the workouts are only 20 minutes and I don’t need any gadgets except hand weights. I hate being in the gym with everyone staring at me, so for now, working out at home is a great option. Finally, I took a quick shower and took our dog, Rocky, to his grooming appointment. I even managed to get all the grocery shopping done before picking him back up and heading home. Productivity FTW!
After all of that the BF and I trekked over to the state fairgrounds for Equine Affaire. In case you aren’t familiar, Equine Affaire is an exposition with educational seminars, riding clinics, breed demonstrations and a huge trade show. I usually try to make it every year, but this year I especially wanted to attend. I had a few friends participating in various riding clinics, whom I hadn’t seen much in a year or so since I moved barns. So we met up with them first and chatted about their ponies [who both did stellar in their respective clinics] and went to visit them back at the barns. Ledger, my friend’s Appaloosa colt, was actually broke in his session, and it was so great to see him–he’s certainly filled out a lot in the last year!
After we said our goodbyes, BF and I traversed the [quite large] trade show. I bought a new rubber grooming mit, as well as some Back on Track No Bows for a friend. Her OTTB has an old suspensory injury and she’s working on bringing him back into work. I hope she likes them!
I don’t know if this is a typical 20-something problem, but I tend to get caught up in my own life and not always make enough effort to maintain friendships. Now that we’re all out of college, we don’t live two streets away and we have to make time to hang out. A few months ago my boyfriend and I had dinner with his college roommates and their girlfriends. Ever since, we’ve been trying to make a habit of getting together once a month for dinner to catch up and stay in touch. But with everything going on with Visa, I wasn’t really feeling very social and didn’t really want to go. But we’d had it on the calendar for weeks, and I felt guilty cancelling at the last minute.
So I shook off my funk [or least, I tried to] and made a new dish to share with everyone: Broccoli Quinoa Casserole. I’ve been shamelessly using my Pinterest Board to organize recipes, and it’s been a lifesaver. I scrolled through all the pretty pictures and picked one that looked yummy, yet healthy. I’d never tried quinoa before, but I’d heard good things on some cooking shows I watch [who doesn’t love Chopped?!]. In case you’re unfamiliar:
Like oats, quinoa contains a balanced set of essential amino acids for humans, making it a complete protein source. It is a good source of dietary fiber and phosphorus and is high in magnesium and iron. Quinoa is gluten-free and considered easy to digest. – Wikipedia
I slightly modified my recipe from original on Eating Well… Living Thin and it was a huge hit! I didn’t even have any leftovers to bring home; just an empty dish to clean! So if you’re looking for something fairly easy to make that tastes great and is healthy too, try this one out!
Broccoli Quinoa Casserole by Eating Well, Living Thin
(Slightly Modified) Ingredients
1 can of low-sodium, condensed Cream of Broccoli Soup
1/3 cup of reduced-fat mayonnaise
2 tablespoons of fat free milk
1 1/4 cups of reduced-fat cheddar shredded cheese
Black pepper to taste
2 cups of broccoli, cooked
1 1/2 cups of Rosemary/Olive Oil Quinoa
Shredded Parmesan cheese, to taste
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
Cook quinoa mixture according to the instructions on the box (time: approx. 15 minutes)
In a large bowl combine: cream of broccoli soup, mayonnaise, milk and pepper.
Welcome to Fly On Over, a chronicle centered around my equestrian lifestyle. Some people say riding horses is a hobby… but those people probably aren’t equestrians themselves. I’ve often said that if I didn’t want to ride, I’d probably just work part-time at McDonald’s. While that’s probably an exaggeration, a lot of what I do is because of my passion for horses. It might sound crazy, but that’s the truth. I work to afford lessons and board; I workout to be a better rider; I read to learn more about these amazing animals and how to care for them. So Fly On Over will serve as a journal of sorts all about my equestrian pursuits… and I’m sure I’ll manage to throw in a random recipe or a blip about a vacation every once in a while. So, there you have it. I hope you enjoy!
Hi! I'm Tracy, a full-time marketing/communications professional from Central Ohio. Fly On Over follows my journey through horse ownership and as a working adult amateur trying to find success in the hunter/jumper show ring with my Thoroughbred, Miles.