well, it’s been almost a month since i’ve updated…
nopi was a ton of fun. got to see my nico friends from all over (greg, torry, dan…) and whatnot. it was better than last year in that i didn’t get stuck standing in a booth working all day, but damn all that walking and hot sun is exhausting…
i ran into several people from years ago who, surprisingly enough, remembered me. one guy in particular stands out in my mind. erik and i were handing out autofon flyers all weekend (autofonimages.com) and i handed one to this guy and he says “wait a minute. can you turn around for me?” so i was like uhhh and i did (i was wearing a cutoff tank top since it was soooo hot out) and he looks at my tattoo and goes “i knew it was you! ainsley! how’ve you been? how’s your G20?” and i was incredibly confused because i had no idea who he was. i felt bad, so i told him that (but politely) and he refreshed my memory (yes i did actually remember him once he clued me in). his name i
s byron and i met him about 3 years ago at carlisle (when i went with jay) he has this blue wrx and i remember we spent quite a bit of time talking. funniest thing is, i hadn’t seen him in 3 years, we met once, but even his wife remembered me. dayum. nice people though, real sweethearts 🙂
we left sunday evening straight from nopi for los angeles. it was amazing. it was also our first “vacation” together (if you can call it that, poor erik had to work all week). it was sooo nice having him to snuggle on the plane for 4 hours 🙂
anyway, i had a really great time getting to see my friends (j, scotty, even people at work) and just enjoying the sunny socal weather. we stayed in universal city and did some fun “tourist” stuff since a guy from erik’s work was with us. we went to bubba gump at santa monica, did the hollywood walk of fame, went to pink’s for hot dog dinner, universal city walk, and other stuff i can’t remember. oh yeah, i went to wienerschnitzel and had 4 corn dogs. and j and i went to marie callendar’s and got a pie. man i miss cali food…
lots of pictures at iheartboost.com just click “gallery” and then “me and erik”
got back to atlanta and i had to leave to come back to pa two days later.
since that time i’ve moved into my new apartment, started classes, and have conti
nued riding.
the apartment is nice, but the kitchen is fucking disgusting in that it’s so old and falling apart and tiny and there has been a roach problem that is terrifying me and i call the landlords a few times a week crying… but eh, only 9 more months left and no psycho roommates to deal with make it tolerable.
classes are going okay. fourth week starts monday. i’m only taking 16 credits but drexel started this fucking lame +/- grading system this term. it used to just be straight letter grades. an A was a 4.0 i have a 3.87. i am trying really hard to graduate summa cum laude (need a 3.9 at drexel… ironically you only need a 3.75 at upen and 3.8 at temple) but if i even get so much as *one* A- (3.67) for the rest of the time i am here, there’s no way i could pull it off. so yeah, i’m fucked. oh well… magna cum laude isn’t bad, right? i’m just disappointed 😦
riding is going well. i’ve been having a lot of fun. i rode this amazing irish draft two weeks ago named spud, who was by fart “the most” horse i’d ever ridden. he was HUGE (his back was taller than my head) and a phenominal jumper. he was strong as hell and just an absolute pleasure to ride. i rode twice this week to prepare for our first DUET IHSA horse show tomorrow…
i don’t feel ready for it. my legs aren’t as strong as they should be, my equitation isn’t perfect, and well, i haven
‘t shown in ten years… (with the exception of the Ashford show in June that i got two blues at). i’m doing the walk/trot/canter class, but the problem is you pick the horse you’re riding out of a hat when you get there, so nobody knows who you’re riding, and considering the barn is in maryland, i’ve never so much as seen any of these horses… great…
…wish me luck…

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