You know it’s a wonderful day for waffles when you open your eyes and see the sun shining, or at least beginning to. Lets be honest, at the hour I rise, the sun is never fully shining through my window, but you can certainly tell it is in somebody’s window.
And so with my new, weird “I like waffles in warm weather” obsession, I waffled up quite possibly my best yet. I feel like I’ve been saying that often lately. But no – really! It is essentially the same as the blueberry waffles without blueberries and only half a tablespoon of bourbon vanilla Tera’s Whey, and maple syrup instead of agave. Why such a small amount of the protein powder? I wasn’t sure if the flavor would really stand out, and with the figs I had in there, I didn’t want them to take the backseat!
And then came back to life and moseyed around getting dressed, lunch ready, and chillin with Rachy-Ray before boppin’ in to finally get Gertrude’s oil changed and see the little boy.
This isn’t necessary, I just found it comical that you wouldn’t catch me dead at school or out and about in something as “dressed up” as a polo shirt and sweater tucked in with a leather belt. But at the barn? Absolutely. Had I planned on riding, breeches and a leather belt would have taken place of jeans. Yes, I am more particular about looking put-together at the barn than at work.
As I always say, if you can’t look the part, at least you can act the part. I have a Haffie pony in a sea of imported Warmbloods. Just trying to blend in. 😛
I was really disappointed to see my hummus starting to grow, and even though I almost just scooped off the “bad part,” I decided it was kind of old anyways and just chucked it. Thinking on my feet (don’t we always think on our feet?) I just used some tomato paste, but added some basil and garlic salt.
That’ll work, right?
It did – still dun’ good, even if it was wolfed down on the drive home. I was working with the pony through lunch.
But since I was driving home when I was eating lunch, I decided to just pair my snacks with Mighty Maple when I got home. And that I did, many times over. The apple got neglected, but in the baggie was Snyders pretzel snaps, dried apricots, banana chips, and honey roasted almonds.
The afternoon consisted of blog-surfing and trying to comment on everybody’s before becoming frustrated and quitting just as the UPS man pulled in the driveway with our new router. It’s not in use yet, but hopefully soon. To take up some time, I prepared a relatively time consuming dinner of another stuffed eggplant for my mom and I.
Saute garlic and half a small onion in olive oil until softened, add in the eggplant and half a large hydro tomato. Season with salt and dried basil, add in some water and balsamic vinegar. Simmer 5 mins before adding in celery, sundried tomato and chopped red pepper. Add more balsamic as necessary, and simmer 10 minutes. Add in chopped pan-fried seitan, a spoonful of cottage cheese and mediterranean herb feta. Stir to combine and then stuff in shells.
Bake at 400* for 45 minutes, covered.
And a heel end of seeded whole grain on the side 😉
The Teddie Diaries (Chronicles? I like Chronicles better.)
Mr. Pony was once again splendid – picked up right where we left off, though he was still quite interested in the mares outside. He still listens and I have his attention, but is always looking – so I’m not too upset with it, and think it will pass soon. He’s still a baby so for now, I figure if he’s still doing what I ask I’m not going to get on his case about everything. I introduced over and giving, and he’s picked up wonderfully on whoa, back, head down. Well, I shouldn’t say “picked up,” as it’s probably more like remembered.
The initial plan was to lunge him with tack today, and my mom was going to come help me when she got out of work. I pretty much just need help by having someone hold him, as I don’t want to tie him just yet as he’s pretty fidgity and we don’t have a stall. He’s been cross-tied, but I’d rather wait until he’s more familiar with the environment, rather than have an accident. In hindsight, I probably could have taken him in a stall, but I’m not sure how Adrienne feels about that since he has a run outside, and not a stall inside.
Unfortunately, I got there really early, so decided to just pull him and work on some ground work before she got there. I guess it was earlier than I’d realized, because she still wasn’t there by the time I was happy with how he was behaving in-hand, so decided to just go ahead and see how he took to lunging myself. If Adrienne was there I would have asked for help so I could tack him, but I was alone (another reason I was playing it safe, but I wasn’t too worried since I knew my mom was on her way. Just throwing that out there 😉 )
Anyways – he did really great! I kept it short since I’d already felt bad for doing so much ground-work (was trying to kill time) but sometimes shorter is better with the greenies if they do everything perfectly anyways. It took him a couple minutes to remember that yes, I did want him to circle around me, not follow me, but nothing out of the ordinary.
So that’s that! Probably pretty boring if you’re not a horsey kind of person…but I think it’s good for me to track progress so this part of the blog is probably here to stay 😉 The game plan for tomorrow is to lunge with tack if possible, and lunge & ride Thursday. If I can’t get to that tomorrow though, I’ll just have my mom help me with it Thursday. Sort of depends who’s there when I am.