May 25th, 2014
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I spent nearly six hours today at the barn, and all I can say is… best, day, ever! I rode three different horses, took a million and one photos of the gorgeous colours, and got my tan on as I literally hung out with Bud in the fields.

Stay forever Sunday, please n’ thanks👌👍👏

May 5th, 2014
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~ Sunday Funday ~

Hey Dream Team (that’s you), I’m just popping in to say that as I sit at my work desk, on this Monday evening, I’m still dreamin’ about all the pretty horses gallivanting around yesterday. No really, check out my Instagram (Username: LizClaire_) for a pret-ty cool video of them galloping and bucking and, well, let’s just say it’s Horses Gone Wild. 

I didn’t actually ride yesterday, but rather we had a clinic up at the good, old barn.  I won’t bore you non-horse people with the details of it all, but it was super cool, as there was a demonstration where a woman rode/jumped without a bridle. Ah-mazing.

Anywho. I am planning on a going for a run this evening, but then again, my couch is calling my name. Fine, fine, I must gallop free on the city streets like the horses. Very well then. I will report back after said gallop canter trot. 

April 27th, 2014
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~ Sunday Funday ~

My love for him these creatures knows no bounds, it’s timeless and endless. He They enrich my life in more ways than I can ever express in words. 

(Ha! The above was totally some cheesy love quote a friend posted on her Facebook, but y’know, it works here too. Riding today was phenomenal. And… oh hi there summer, we’re ready for you.

April 3rd, 2014
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~ Sunday Funday ~

I did a lot of driving over the weekend. And I realized how much I miss driving. It’s such quality alone time, and I get to play music really loud.  and cruise along in my automobile (yesssss, in my mom’s van, shhhh, minor detail). For the first time in my life, I really (REALLY) want to buy a car (notably for horse riding, and to visit my niece!), but as my finances won’t allow for it right now, I may sign up for Zip-car, or one of those car services. Anyone have a tip? Suggestion? Experience good/bad with one?

ANYWHO, cars are not the point of this post, but rather olden-day-cars; horses. Sunday afternoon I zoomed to the barn to have a lesson with my instructor. Considering I haven’t ridden in a few weeks, it was an awesome lesson, especially because…. I AM LEARNING TO GET A HORSE TO LAY DOWN. It’s really, really, REALLY, cool and I am probably more excited about this than any of you, but yes, whatever, believe it, remember it.

The day was warm and sunny out (Aussie friends, don’t let the snow fool  you!), and I took a bajillion carrots out to the horses in the fields, which I really love to do. I just stand in the middle, and they will walk up to me, and I let them chomp on their treats. Quality horse time right there.

Sunday evening involved me falling asleep at 8pm, because, well, yes. Busy busy busy weekend, but it was really the best.

February 18th, 2014
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My First LONG Weekend (Well, in a while!)

Family Day long weekend was… ah-mazing. A brief recap, because, well, sleeping > blogging. 

  • Every year since I’ve started this blog I’ve written some epic, long “Valentines Day” post. This year I didn’t. And I didn’t because I just didn’t have any desire to. I know I joke a lot about being single forever with not even a cat in site (because I’m a dog person, yo), but truthfully, for whatever reason, through my the bitterness of all this, light has started to shine through, and I finally have a glimmer of hope for myself again. It’s nice. And it’s what saved me on Friday.  I ended up working late, then making myself dinner solo at home, watching House of Cards(!!!), and having a friend swing by with a coffee. It was delightful, and perfect. 
  • Saturday was CrossFit - I already wrote about this, but heading back to CrossFit again has forced me to confront my weight gain, which I think is a good thing.  Something has to change. Something is going to change. 
  • Saturday evening I had a bunch of old (from highschool!) friends over. They are the best, and it was awesome to see them and catch up.  I fed them pizzas, and wine, and candy. We laughed a whole lot, and officially decided to bring the double finger guns back. Get on board. 

    Sunday I went horse riding at le barn (surprise surprise). I thought my fingers would freeze off approximately 3.2 million times. That is not a lie.  But overall, it was awesome. I’ll bare ya the details, but TOOT TOOT (<— me tooting my own horn) I’m really good at riding, and had an awesome ride on Sunday.  For horse folks, I lunged a horse, while riding another horse. Yup. Think about that. Whoa. image

  • After riding I went to my parents abode as my brother was home for Reading Week (is that a thing in other countries? March Break for uni students? Anywho….). I pretty much binge watched the Olympics and Googled my way through it.  I can’t get over how some people even end up in these sports. For reals, who declares they’re going to enroll their child in the skeleton, or bobsled, or the luge? So crazy. 
  • Monday (today! today!) I went back to the barn, because, well, y’know. It wasn’t too cold so I went and hung out with some horses in the fields (yes, this is my life). Horses are seriously so amazing - they read your body language through and through. I also took some pretty photos which I like.image
  • And finally, this evening I went to my friend Emily’s to watch the drama-rama that is Juan, from The Bachelor.  She made the most divine meal, and I got to meat her new puppy, Rallie. She is the best (and by she I mean Em & Rallie). 
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I feel like nobody and their mother didn’t slightly cares about this weekend recap, but this was the fist week day I’ve had off since I started work, and needless to say it was so glorious having a three day break.  

Once upon a time I was the cliche gal, sitting at a desk, thinking “life has got to be about more than this,” and so (as you know) I quit my job and went traveling, but the thing is… from traveling and living in Australia and not having a 9 - 5 type job I came to realize how very wrong I was. This IS what life is about. The routine. The friends. The family. The breaks. The buying a new cushion and being stupidly happy at how it makes the room come together (really, it does). I am so thankful I’m home. I’m so lucky I have my job. And I am so thrilled that my random (to you) weekend filled my heart with so much joy. The end. 

January 19th, 2014
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~ Scenes from today’s chilly, winter Sunday ~

Update: Each week I take a “baby bump progression photo” for my sister, and each week we try to find interesting backgrounds. This week we use the horses/fields - thus she stripped her jacket - to show her bump! And yup, she was freezing! :)

October 28th, 2013
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~ Scenes from Yesterday’s Ride ~

  • Out door riding is coming to the end of its glorious days. Sad times
  • I learned to ride when I was about 3 years old on a pig farm in South Africa. I’ll never forgot the smell. There was only one horse, and my mom, sister, brother and I would take turns riding him. I would usually go explore the pig pens, or fields when it wasn’t my turn riding, and often shudder at how I paid no attention to the very high (and real(!)) threat of wild snakes.
  • I jumped for years, and then switched to American Saddlebred horses when I was 14. They’re the *gorgeous* horses that step really, really high. I think of them as the top-models of the horse world (but I’m totally biased). They’re super elegant, and yes, I am a total breed snob.
  • Whenever you see horse photos on my blog, the photos are usually of the trail rides after the lesson. I always get a lesson in an inside arena, with my instructor beforehand. 
  • I’m really debating showing next summer.
  • I also always manage to manipulate my horse photos to make it look like we’re in the middle of nowhere, but it’s actually quite devastating as awful, suburban, mass, cookie-cutter housing has crept north, and is now surrounding these fields. It’s only a matter of years now because this is cleared, leveled, and awful houses pop up. I hate the government and construction companies for breaking promises and ruining Ontario’s beautiful north. They literally will wipe out every single tree, re-direct rivers under ground, and level the rolling fields. It’s so sad. 
  • On my way home yesterday I saw the above red trees, and pulled over to take a photo. The photo really does this park no justice - it was spectacular.
September 20th, 2013
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Photos from one of my favourite rides of the year.

Autumn is the best season ever.

September 2nd, 2013
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Oh hay hay hay!! (see what I did there?)

What a busy day it has been! I was at the barn by 10am, boots on my feet and ready for my lesson at 10:30, and then the dark, dark clouds rolled over, thunder and lightning struck, and it poured! Poured, folks, poured! Which meant… so much for my grand plans of “a ride in the fields and then a run home through the country.

I won’t bore you with the details, but by the time the weather improved, I had had my lesson with the instructor, and went for my usual walk around the fields, my desire to run 25km (16 miles) home was approximately zero. And then I realized my running shoes were in my dad’s car leaving the cottage… booooo (but secretly yay!). I had a real excuse. I could not run.

And so I came home, ate some food, unpacked my stuff, tidied my room, and then… (drum roll please) sucked it up, changed into my running clothes, and RAN (see next post for the dirty details, but it was a glorious glorious run and I am still high on endorphins from it)!!!!

Welcome! I'm Liz, the girl relieved the Internet has 0 calories. South African by birth; Canadian on paper. A marathoner. CrossFitter. Paleo (somewhat) eater. Traveler. Cheese lover. And I think you're great!

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