I haven't dropped off the face of the earth, however I would love to vacation on another planet right now.
I'm under the gun at work which continues to be extremely stressful as several project deadlines are looming in February. I won't be online much until I get through this big push. I'm just hoping all the other parties involved in this huge work effort get their acts together so I can get my part done and over with. I don't want these projects bleeding into spring and summer.
I'm under the weather because stress + overtime = illness. It was bound to happen. I got hit hard by a virus and have been sick in bed all week. I'm hoping the worst is over. I don't have time to be sick.
Horse time is limited too, but I'm trying to ride once or twice a week depending on weather, health, and energy level. I only have two opportunities to ride during the winter weeks. I can ride on Saturdays if the weather is mild enough for outdoor riding. Or I can ride one evening a week when a local equestrian facility opens their indoor arena to the public.
Riding with the public is an interesting experience in itself. The arena may be packed with riders going both directions at various speeds. In a word: chaos. Unfortunately there is no arena etiquette during these public riding times. It's every rider for himself; watch out and avoid collisions. Other nights I may find myself with the entire indoor arena to myself. That is a different challenge with the eerie silence interrupted occasionally by sudden noises that are amplified by the big space. I think I'll take a radio with me to cut through the heavy silence when I find myself riding alone. I hate to ride alone!
I hope to catch up and visit your blogs this weekend since I'm still too sick to ride.
I do hope everyone and everyhorse is having a healthy and happy holiday season.
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