tohma2004: (Sasuke EHH)
I really need to like..update this thing since I've been to 2 conventions and life has been crazy. I think Katsu will be boiled down into pictures and links because honestly..lack of sleep and all that occurred during that con has made it into one big blur. I did have 3 fantastic photoshoots that I will definitely be posting pictures of.

First: Left 4 Dead. Ellis Debut. OMG CREEPY. Thank you Lionboogy <3
http://lionboogy.livejournal.com/677484.html#cutid1

Second: 07-Ghost. In between finishing costumes and masquerade rehearsal.
Have some pics )
Here is our skit: (which I learned in a total of 3 hours, go me!)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VKoxO7bbHY

Third: Alexiel (still waiting on the pics for this)

spare the Flists )

Then there was much running around as Fai on Friday where I have gotten some very cool shots from various awesome people such as Quadrain, LJinto, and EurobeatKing
Behind a cut )

And there was also crazy times with Zipchan as my Faaaabulous partner in crime. In which we were kicked out of 3 different places because it couldn't handle out faaaaabulousness.

only a few more cuts )

After Katsucon was Mysticon which was a nice contrast to the crazy that was Katsu. I was a guest, I got to relax, and I met some really awesome people. got to party with the Steampunk Family (who had me very very tipsy by the the time night fell on Saturday..and then I had to run a costume contest. Go me XD). Learned some awesome things. Was told I was the spitting image of the princess in one of the writer's stories. ANd just generally enjoyed a small con.

Debuted Elizabeth: http://www.cosplay.com/photo/2862195/

So whats next on the agenda? Nashicon in the near future then Sakuracon in April. Next project is working on a commission for Dark then maybe a new costume and a little more work on Elizabeth.

Work has been slow and boring and makes me want to fall asleep at the register. I have the craziest hours that make me want to pull my hair out sometimes.

I worked for 4 hours attempting to thread the serger machine I have obtained from my aunt. I don't know if I have it right yet but I finally decided I had had enough of trying for one night. If anyone has any suggestions that would be great. I have it threaded but after about 2 inches of sewing the forth thread breaks.

i have a whole box of figures from Masayume to now find a place for. I am going to make a whole CLAMP shelf. I am excited ^^ I really need to unpack from Mysticon first though.

My mother sold the horse trailer. I'm still..very annoyed by that but there really wasn't anything I could say to prevent it from happening. Now I believe she has plans to sell off most of her tack and keeps telling me to sell my saddle which I am absolutely not going to do. She thinks I have lost interest in the horses because I don't ride much anymore. But the truth is, I just don't have the experience to train Phoenix and it worries me. but try explaining that. It just comes off as an excuse for not riding. but whatever.

Beyond that there really isn't much to report..and even in saying that I realize that this entry is very very long. Whoops. Sorry Flist XD!

Farewell..

Sep. 7th, 2010 12:10 pm
tohma2004: (Fai Angst)
Hez Got the Zip...died this morning in his stall. We don't know from what. He wasn't feeling well apparently this weekend and before we could call the vet..he was gone.

He was my show horse..we were able to do more together then any other horse I had before. I used to play with him and mess with his head and he would just enjoy it and play back. He was one of the friendliest horses I have ever known.

We've lost two horses this year..



Goodbye Zippy...I'll miss you. I'm sure you and Hoppy are happy to be together again.
tohma2004: (Magic Fingers)
So I've got a new system that will actually be good for me as far as the horses are concerned. It might even get me back into riding shape which I am sadly..not in.

Phoenix is home now and so I have to ride her at least 5 days a week to keep her in shape and keep her from forgetting what she has learned. This is good for me since I have been fairly unmotivated as far as riding is concerned. But that also means that Zip is gonna feel the burn too.

I figure since I have to be out there and riding her anyway, I might as well ride Zippy as well. He already doesn't like this plan and we are only 2 days into it. I don't ride when no one is home anyway, and my mom doesn't want me riding Phoenix without here out there since..well she is young and anything can happen. So when I am almost done with Phoenix, I tell her and she goes and gets Zippy saddled up and brings him out and I just jump on him.

It also means that Zip gets to enjoy the same training aids that Phoenix does. Which means...training rings. And OMG does he hate those. It means he has to work even harder, which is good for him.

So yes, perhaps the three of us will get in shape...with the show season almost over. Ah well..better late then never. We'll just consider this an early start for next year.
tohma2004: (Shame in a corner)
Wow..talk about a nice couple of days.

Saturday my father was working on the new water feature thing we ar eputting in the garden and he was wearing shorts. My mom even got a sunburn from working in the garden all day.

I rode these past two days trying to get ready for the show season that starts the first weekend in April. It is hard to get used to it starting so early when in New York the first show we every really went to was at the end of May. I haven't riden since November though so both me and Zip are in need of some major exercising in order to get ready.

it got me thinking about riding and how little I did it when I worked at Joanns. I think Hollins kind of ruined me and that continued through until I left Joanns. I had all these grand plans about having a career that would let me ride and own a barn and train horses...and then I went to Hollins in the full belief that I would become a better rider and take part of the collegiate team and win all sorts of things.

I think I was spoiled by 4-H. I remember one of my last 4-H shows. It was intercounty and I was in an English Equitation class with about 90 other people. I was riding Zippy and in the end we placed 3rd and I remember how awesome I felt. I used to be one hell of a rider...or at least I thought so. I would go into English Equitation classes (which judged how well the rider rode) and would come out with win after win...I could do those classes blind folded with my feet out of the stirrups. It made me confident in my ability.

And then I went to Hollins. Thinking I was a shoo in for the riding team I went there with my head held high. When they didn't put me on the team I think it slowly killed my desire to ride. Even going to the 2 lessons a week seemed like too much effort. Maybe it was the fact that they focused on jumping, something I had never done much of with Western horses sitting in the barn back home. Maybe it was just the crushing of so many dreams I had once had about competing at nationals. I still showed at the Hollins shows, and I won several year end awards there...but it wasn't the same. And when I left school I barely rode at all those first three years I was down here.

I often wonder what would have happened had I gone to a school in New York, or gone to a school with Western riding as well as English. Maybe my desire would have stayed strong. Who knows what would have happened. Do I regret my time at Hollins? No, but you do have to wonder...

Last year was the most I have riden in a long time. Maybe it was because I wasn't working because of the chemo. Maybe I just finally have that desire to do so again. But now it is almost too late. I am out of shape. I am no longer the rider I once was. My legs swing, my once to the ground heel is barely past parallel with the stirrup, and my back is always angled instead of straight. I have a lot of work to do to get back to where I once was...and maybe I never will be that rider again. Who knows, only time will tell. And it means I have to find that drive to win I once had. That desire to get out there and ride every day that I had when I was in high school.

Heh...i guess sitting in the western saddle just gives me a little too much time to think.

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