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Shoes, Stereos, Couches and Other First World Problems

Last week I have a bevy of first world problems that seemed to touch all important aspects of my life. Luckily, nothing is really, seriously wrong and everyone will be fine and things will get worked out. But let me tell you, it was a frustrating and exasperating week for me. Since nobody really wants to hear me complain, I’ll give you the reader’s digest version before moving on to better things.


Last Sunday (Sept. 6), Miles twisted his right front shoe in turnout so badly that I was actually able to pull it myself; he’d ripped all but 2 nails out. Of course, one of the remaining nails got pulled up into the sensitive tissue of hoof, so he got packed and wrapped for a week while we waited for an abscess to blow. Yay for another week of stall rest! He got indoor turnout on Saturday and then I came out to finally ride on Sunday (two days ago) and he pulled off his right hind shoe… ya know, the one with clips. AWESOME SAUCE. So he got more stall rest and his shoe was tacked back on yesterday. I’m really hoping to ride tonight…

Letting Down Stirrups


Rocky is usually a really healthy dog. I mean, he’s pampered and young, and all that he’s expected to do is lay around and look cute. He has a really rough life, let me tell you. But never-the-less, he’s my baby, so hen he randomly started yelping like he was in pain and it didn’t go away, we went to the vet. Turns out he tweaked a muscle in his back somehow, and was just a little bit ouchy. So the vet prescribed some Previcox, and he’s already feeling better — thank goodness!


One of the things I’m really excited about is getting a fence put in. We’ve wanted a house (to have a backyard for the dog) for a long time, and the fence was FINALLY supposed to be put in this month. Of course, that didn’t go as planned when the crew showed up and 1) had no idea where the fence was supposed to go and 2) I learned that the company never received approval from our HOA. Let me tell you how fun it is to tell 5 guys to just “go home” because their boss fucked up. NOT FUN. But I *think* we’ve finally got everything sorted out, so we should get a new installation date soon. Fingers crossed!

Rocky on a desk


The one and only thing Sam wanted for the new house was a new couch. So we searched high and low for the perfect sectional and finally found it at Macy’s at the beginning of August. Long story short, we STILL do not have our new couch and I’ve spent way too many hours on the phone with customer service. The latest is the couch should arrive in Chicago later this week and we can schedule a delivery date. I won’t believe it until I see it.


For Sam’s birthday, I got him  a new head unit for the car; he really wanted one that had bluetooth so he could play music from his phone and take calls while driving. So we bought the equipment and scheduled the install with Best Buy. After the install, I notice my left front speaker isn’t working (the right front has been blown for years). Then I run one errand and when I turn the car back on, the radio doesn’t work anymore. It takes Best Buy two days to get me back in, where they fix the radio but then tell me that now BOTH my front speakers are blown. Greeeaaaaaatt. I buy new speakers and schedule the install (they cut me a deal and the speakers, plus labor only cost me $30), so hopefully by the end of the week we’ll be golden.

first world problems

Of course, along the way a bunch of other small stuff just didn’t go according to plan and it seemed like every task took me twice as long as it should have. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that my streak of bad luck is over and that this week will bring lots of progress on the riding, house and car fronts.


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20 thoughts to “Shoes, Stereos, Couches and Other First World Problems”

  1. Ugh, what a pain in the ass week!!

    I feel you on your fencing situation! We had our inground pool filled in last year and it was THE WORST. The contractor was useless, she didn’t communicate with her crew, people were randomly showing up and doing things that were different from what we were told would be happening, etc etc. So good luck- you have my wholehearted empathy!!

  2. That is indeed frustrating. I hear ya on the horse throwing a shoe thing, Hero and I went through our own little stretch of trouble with it. Knock on wood that they will both leave their shoes now!

  3. UGH! Don’t you hate tasks that rely on other people to get done?! I had two different workers come out the week before last to give me quotes (an electrician to fix the barn lights that the first guy I hired never came back to do, and an excavator to fix my carport so my car won’t get stuck again) and neither one has called me back with their estimate/to schedule yet. I hate to nag… but I think I’m going to have to.
    Hope this week runs more smoothly for you!

  4. Problems are problems, and that was a whole string of annoying ones together. I totally complain about stuff like this all the time, don’t feel bad. I am keeping my fingers crossed for you too 🙂

  5. So frustrating! It’s strange how quite often when one thing goes wrong a bunch of things go wrong. Hopefully you can now look forward to a good stretch of things going your way.

  6. Huzzah to new furniture and fence! When home improvement stuff goes right it makes my whole week go better, hope you see that couch STAT!

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