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June 21st may have been the summer solstice, but July is when summer really kicked in over here. With the exception of last weekend, it’s been ridiculously hot – at least, it feels that way compared to the unseasonably cool weather we had up until recently. Needless to say, I’ve been staying inside where it’s relatively cool as much as possible. I still have to walk to work during the hottest part of the day, but I have access to ice water and slushies, plus the ice cream stand is mostly in the shade, so it’s not too bad.

I still go out to the barn and ride at least once a week. I stopped leasing Leslie, so now Fred’s having me ride a different horse every session; some I hadn’t ridden in almost a year, and some I had never ridden before and had been wanting to try. Results have been a little mixed, but overall it’s been fun. Part of me suspects Fred is trying to figure out which horse(s) to have me work with next season; we’ll see what he says in September. In the meantime, I’ve been enjoying my classes and taking pictures of some of the others:









Random Lucy picture:


On the 14th, like last year, I went to watch the fireworks show and take pictures. Unlike last year, Sissi didn’t come with me because she was out of town (I did get serenaded by a nearby frog though), and this time I was using a camera that didn’t have a preset “fireworks” mode. I had checked and tested how to adjust the shutter speed beforehand, but as you can see, I probably could have tweaked it some more; over half my pictures turned out hopelessly blurry and the rest look a bit trippy (but hopefully still pretty):










Part 2 coming up shortly…


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Those are just three of the things I’ve encountered/dealt with over the last two weeks. It’s been a bit interesting, to say the least.

Two weeks ago I got called in to work at the nougat factory again, this time to help prepare the almonds (one of the main ingredients). I spent a good chunk of the first three days sitting behind a conveyor belt, picking out bits of shell and any other stray objects. Not terribly exciting, and only a bit more glamorous than cleaning stalls, but hey, I got paid for it. And said conveyor belt was in an air-conditioned cubicle, so it really wasn’t bad. Cleaning up around the machines was actually the most physical part of the job. The fourth day, we were pretty much done with the almonds, so my supervisor spent about half the time finding stuff for me to do. And despite my best efforts, I was still done an hour early. Apparently I work far too efficiently. But, as my dad pointed out, there are worse reputations to have.

On the 14th, my friend Sissi came over to watch the parade on TV with me (our friend Thomas’ unit was in it – they marched by too fast for us to get a good look though). Afterwards we had a movie marathon while waiting to head out for the city’s fireworks show. I brought the camera, as usual, and I think my first attempt at taking pictures of fireworks turned out pretty good:

Two days later, I was in shutter-happy mode again and took these:

Wednesday through Friday was spent working at a packaging company, packing perfume bottles and prepping boxes for said bottles. The latter very nearly made me go cross-eyed: the boxes were very glittery and we had to meticulously check every single one for flaws. Still, it made for a little more much-needed money in the bank, so I’m thankful for that. 🙂

The circus arrived in town the other day, and yesterday my friend Ombeline and I went to see the animals:

The geese seemed quite indignant with me

Baby llama

Sleepy llama

Llama, llama, duck. (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)

Lion down on the job, are we?

Yeah, yeah, I know, bad pun. Par for the course for me, really.

Anyway, after that, we headed over to see her little equine herd, including the newest addition, a 2-week-old colt named Chadow:

Is he not adorable? 🙂

Venus and Chadow


Apollon and Beauty

Dumbo stuck to us like glue


On a purely geeky note, after catching a few random episodes on TV, I finally decided to sit down and watch Stargate SG-1 from the beginning. I’m currently halfway through season 4 and loving it so far. Doctor Who is still my favorite sci-fi show, but this is fast becoming a close second. 🙂

And with that, I wish you all a happy Sunday! 🙂

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