Monday, May 24, 2010

Just Checking In

Well... I'm officially a horrible blogger :)

I have been on summer "vacation" for a little over a week, and still feel like I'm in school. I woke up yesterday morning frantic that I didn't have a lesson plan prepared for the day... cripes. Guess I need more time to unwind.

Cedar and Moss are doing well just being pets for a bit... but I can tell they're both bored. We've been going on lots of long walks though, which has been awesome. I need to keep that up. It's good for all of us :). The weather has been pretty sucky lately, though... I've been too busy trying to save my garden to do much with the dogs. Snow in late May? Yeesh...

Cedar and I start our next set of agility classes in about a month. I'm hoping to take a few private lessons before then, though... to keep in practice and hopefully work through some of her issues with contact equipment. She's not the bravest of dogs... and is also REALLY fast... which is not good when, for example, we are trying to learn the teeter! Her dog walk is looking good, but she is a bit intimidated bu the height of the A-Frame still. Other than contact equipment, we are almost ready to compete. We are really becoming a team on the agility course. What a good girl she is :). I am also debating entering her in a Rally Obedience trial in a few weeks. I need to practice a little bit with her to see where she is before I make that leap, though. She is stressed by crowds enough as it is; I want to make sure that we have all the "moves" down solid before jumping into a trial situation.

I have really been enjoying having Moss at home this month. It took him a few days to settle back into being a pet, but he's totally chill now. He goes back to Dianne in about a week to gear up for his Nursery debut in July. I really need to get back in the habit of going out and working him more often. He deserves it, as does Cedar.

Speaking of Cedar, I really want to get her in shape for some arena trials. I think she could do really well at that stuff. She's matured so much over the past year that I am actually really excited to start working her on stock again. Hopefully we can become better partners on the field... and not fight with each other/stress each other out so much. I haven't worked her in a few months due to lack of time... but I'm pretty excited to try her out again. I'm really hoping to get out to Dianne's this week.

I don't have any new photos... but here's a cute one of baby Moss <3

Monday, May 17, 2010

I Got In!!!!!!!!

This October, I will be presenting a paper at the Burney Society conference in Portland, OR!!!!

I am SO excited :D :D :D :D :D

Thursday, May 6, 2010

I'm Such An Intellectual

As most of you know, I am a graduate student in English Literature. Last week, I submitted an abstract to a conference that I reeeeeeeeeeally want to go to. (For those who don't know, an abstract is basically a condensed version of a paper. Conference organizers read abstracts to decide which papers they want to accept for their conference). Anyways, this conference is entitled, "Burney and the Gothic." Burney= Frances Burney, my favorite author and the one whose books I am going write my thesis about. I have been studying the Gothic all semester, and love it. So, basically, this is the perfect conference for me.

I want to get accepted SO badly! I find out by the 15th... keep me in your thoughts!