Lol – got this in an email from my cousin…

Apparently, I’m a Tramp!! I’ve made notes of my thoughts on each point as to how accurate it is for ME.

If you need some blog fodder, do the same :)

This is the real deal.
Try ignoring it, and the first thing you’ll notice is
having a horrible day starting tomorrow morning,
and it only gets worse from there ;)

ARIES – The Aggressive
(March 21 to April 19)

Outgoing. Lovable. Spontaneous. Not one to mess with. Funny… Excellent kisser. EXTREMELY adorable. Loves relationships, and family is very important to an Aries. Aries are known for being generous and giving. Addictive. Loud. Always has the need to be ‘Right’. Aries will argue to prove their point for hours and hours. Aries are some of the most wonderful people in the world. 16 years of bad luck if you do not forward.

** This is me! ->> TAURUS – The Tramp
(April 20 to May 20)

  • Aggressive. (depends how bad you piss me off)
  • Loves being in long relationships. (I do)
  • Likes to give a good fight. (Indeed)
  • Fight for what they want. (I guess)
  • Can be annoying at times, but for the love of attention. (I have been told I am sometimes annoying, like when Peter is watching TV and not playing with me!)
  • Extremely outgoing. (uh, hell no!)
  • Loves to help people in times of need. (Sure, if there is something I can do to help. I prefer helping animals in need tho)
  • Good kisser. (lol – I don’t kiss and tell)
  • Good personality. (you tell me..?)
  • Stubborn. (uh, yes. that would be me)
  • A caring person .(sometimes… generally i am i think)
  • They can be self-centred and if they want something they will do anything to get it.(yes, i am self centred… but if Taureans are self centred, why do we like to help people in need?)
  • They love to sleep and can be lazy.(absolutely)
  • One of a kind.(aren’t we all!?)
  • Not one to mess with. ( well, apparently i love a good fight!)
  • Are the most attractive people on earth! (i wouldn’t go that far!)
    15 years of bad luck if you do not forward. (I hope blogging is considered forwarding! ;) )

GEMINI – The Twin

(May 21 to June 20)

Nice. Love is one of a kind. Great listeners. Very good at confusing people. Lover not a fighter, but will still knock you out. Geminis will not take any crap from anyone. Geminis like to tell people what they should do and get offended easily. They are great at losing things and are forgetful. Geminis can be very sarcastic and childish at times and are very nosey. Trustworthy. Always happy. VERY Loud. Talkative. Outgoing. VERY FORGIVING. Loves to make out. Has a beautiful smile. Generous. Strong. THE MOST IRRESISTIBLE. 9 years of bad luck if you do not forward.

CANCER – The Beauty

(June 21 to July 22)

MOST AMAZING KISSER. Very high appeal. A Cancer’s love is one of a kind… Very romantic. Most caring person you will ever meet in your life. Entirely creative person, most are artists and insane, respectfully speaking. They perfected sex and do it often. Extremely random. An ultimate freak. Extremely funny and is usually the life of the party. Most Cancers will take you under their wing and into their hearts where you will remain forever. Cancers make love with a passion beyond compare. Spontaneous. Not a fighter, but will kick your ass good if it comes down to it. Someone you should hold on to! 12 years of bad luck if you do not forward.

LEO – The Lion
(July 23 to August 22)
Great talker. Attractive and passionate. Laid back. Usually happy but when unhappy tend to be grouchy and childish. A Leo’s problem becomes everyone’s problem. Most Leos are very predictable and tend to be monotonous. Knows how to have fun. Is really good at almost anything. Great kisser. Very predictable. Outgoing. Down to earth. Addictive. Attractive. Loud. Loves being in long relationships. Talkative. Not one to mess with. Rare to find. Good when found. 7 years of bad luck if you do not forward.

VIRGO – The One that Waits

(August 23 to September 22)

Dominant in relationships. Someone loves them right now. Always wants the last word. Caring. Smart. Loud. Loyal. Easy to talk to. Everything you ever wanted. Easy to please. A pushover. Loves to gamble and take chances. Needs to have the last say in everything. They think they know everything and usually do. Respectful to others but you will quickly lose their respect if you do something untrustworthy towards them and never regain respect. They do not forgive and never forget. The one and only. 7 years of bad luck if you do not forward.

LIBRA – The Lame One

(September 23 to October 22)

Nice to everyone they meet. Their love is one of a kind. Silly, funny and sweet. Have own unique appeal. Most caring person you will ever meet! However, not the kind of person you want to mess with… you might end up crying. Libras can cause as much havoc as they can prevent. Faithful friends to the end. Can hold a grudge for years. Libras are someone you want on your side. Usually great at sports and are extreme sports fanatics. Very creative. A hopeless romantic. 9 years of bad luck if you do not forward.

SCORPIO – The Addict

(October 23 to November 21)

EXTREMELY adorable. Loves to joke. Very good sense of humour. Will try almost anything once. Loves to be pampered. Energetic. Predictable. GREAT kisser. Always get what they want. Attractive. Loves being in long relationships. Talkative. Loves to party but at times to the extreme. Loves the smell and feel of money and is good at making it but just as good at spending it! Very protective over loved ones. HARD workers. Can be a good friend but if is disrespected by a friend, the friendship will end. Romantic. Caring. 4 years of bad
Luck if you do not forward.

SAGITTARIUS – The Promiscuous One

(November 22 to December 21)
Spontaneous. High appeal. Rare to find. Great when found. Loves being in long relationships. So much love to give. A loner most of the time. Loses patience easily and will not take crap. If in a bad mood stay FAR away. Gets offended easily and remembers the offence forever. Loves deeply but at times will not show it, feels it is a sign of weakness. Has many fears but will not show it. VERY private
person. Defends loved ones with all their abilities. Can be childish often. Not one to mess with. Very pretty. Very romantic. Nice to everyone they meet. Their Love is one of a kind. Silly, fun and sweet. Have own unique appeal. Most caring person you will ever meet! Amazing in bed!!! Not the kind of person you want to mess with- you might end up crying. 4 years of bad luck if you do not forward.

CAPRICORN – The Passionate Lover

(December 22 to January 19)

Love to bust. Nice. Sassy. Intelligent. Sexy. Grouchy at times and annoying to some. ┬áLazy and love to take it easy, but when they find a job or something they like to do they put their all into it. Proud, understanding and sweet. Irresistible. Loves being in long relationships. Great talker. Always gets what he or she wants. Cool. Loves to win against other signs in sports, especially Gemini’s. Likes to cook but would rather go out
To eat at good restaurants. Extremely fun. Loves to joke. Smart. 24 years of bad luck if you do not forward.

AQUARIUS – Does It in the Water

(January 20 to February 18)

Trustworthy. Attractive. Great kisser. One of a kind. Loves being in long-term relationships. Tries hard. Will take on any project. Proud of themselves in whatever they do. Messy and unorganized. Procrastinators. Great lovers, when they’re not sleeping. Extreme thinkers. Loves their pets usually more than their family. Can be VERY irritating to others when they try to explain or tell a story. Unpredictable. Will exceed your expectations. Not a fighter, but will knock your lights out. 2 years of bad luck if you do not forward.

PISCES – The Partner for Life

(February 19 to March 20)

Caring and kind. Smart. Likes to be the centre of attention. Very organized. High appeal to opposite sex. Likes to have the last word. Good to find, but hard to keep. Passionate, wonderful lovers. Fun to be around. Too trusting at times and gets hurt easily. VERY caring. They always try to do the right thing and sometimes get the short end of the stick. They sometimes get used by others and get hurt because of their trusting. Extremely weird but in a good way. Good sense of humour!!! Thoughtful. Loves to joke. Very popular. Silly, fun and sweet. Good friend to others but needs to be choosy on who they allow their friends to be. 5 years of bad luck if you do not forward.
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Ugh, these last 2 weeks have been CRAZY work wise! Don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled my business is doing so well :)

ok… I have a client. Let’s call them Client .

So, every once in a while, Client needs some product photos cleaned up. Client sends me the photos and I remove the background, adjust the levels, add a little shadow and make pretty so they can use it on their website/catalogue etc.

About 2 weeks ago, Client calls me and says they need some pics cleaned up, what will I charge them. I give a price per photo. They agree (phonecall).

The photos start coming thru and I start cleaning them. Then Client sends me a mail saying they wish they knew how to do this in Photoshop. I really like Client, and the company, and say that next time Client is in the area, they should pop by with a big box of Lindt chocolate balls and I will show them how. Client says great, thank you!

Anyway… carry on cleaning pics. Last night the last batch comes thru (there have been about 60/70 photos in total now) and Client says to me “Thank you SO MUCH for all your help with these, please let me know how much chocolate I owe you”

… I’m like WTF! I was gonna invoice them for actual real money for this work… but they were under the impression that I was doing it for chocolate! Coz i said i’d show them Photoshop for chocolate!! :(

I know that thie Client’s business is struggling slightly too… which makes me feel even worse :(

What do I do?? I REALLY like Client and don’t want to cause any bad feelings or anything… but hell, I really do need the money more than chocolate right now.

Please help me!!!

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As you may know, I ride at Glen Austin Stables. They had a training show this past weekend and i entered the dressage on my favourite pony in the whole world, Boots (who is miles too small for me, and is about the same age as me!). And i entered the jumping (only 50cm) on Diago (who is about double the size of Boots!)

Michelle (luckypony on twitter) came with me on saturday afternoon to groom Granny Boots and help me plait her. We brushed and brushed and brushed that poor little pony to within an inch of her life… so much hair!
Michelle plaited her tail (even tho we thought it wouldnt hold until the next day) and i plaited her sparse little mane (which we weren’t sure how many we’d have to redo)…

sunday, I got the the yard early, and lunged Boots a little… but she was soooo slow, i only lunged her for 4 minutes on each rein (I couldnt even get her to canter in the ring – which has NEVER happened before – she loves to canter!)

anyway, went to to give her another brushdown… and sort out her plaits… ALL her plaits stayed beautifully overnight!! even her tail! i was pleased i didnt have to redo any of it!!

anyway, tacked her up, and went to warm up a bit.

(this is my FAVE PIC!!!)

Once i felt ready, we went to line up for the dressage. Introduced myself to the judges (who, as it goes, knew Boots from a previous life, or 50 years ago, or whatever!!)
Oh, Boots’ full name is Walt Disney’s Long Boots … which i think is the cutest thing i have ever heard in my life!! lol

went into prelim 1 with Meryl calling for me.

Boots was so calm, and so well behaved and slow, that at one point, we were trotting down the long side, and it seemed to take forever!! lol… so unlike her – she was obviously tired from being drilled the day before.

then came the canter part of the test… she was calm and controlled and AWESOME!! she even trotted AT THE POINT WE WERE SUPPOSED TO!!! OMG!!! never happened ever ever ever with this pony!!

i was smiling the whole time!!!
here’s a youtube vid of it… watching the video, i see why the judges wrote “pony can be more forward going” lol… but i know that this was FANTASTIC!!! i scored 67% and PLACED 4th!! i won a rosette! omg!!! my first one ever

The next test was equally awesome! again, calm, slow, controlled… i tried to get her on the bit as much as i could… and i am happy with the results… its no where near perfect, but i am ECSTATIC!!

finished off with a HUGE SMILE and wanted to jump off the pony and hug the judges, and hug meryl, and hug everyone

turns out, i got 67% for this test too… and PLACED (!!!!!!!!) 4th again – and won another rosette… i was SOOOO excited, when they called my name, i squealed and leapt up! hehe

went to untack her, and fed her lots and lots of carrots, and hugged and kissed her (much to her dislike! lol)


had a chance to chill a bit before the jumping…

went to tack up diago and warm him up. In the warm up arena he was jumping around, and leaping, and chomping his bit… and generally freaking me out. a lot. was not feeling happy went to find my comfort blanket (ie meryl) and she told me to get off and just walk him around – in hand. i was a bit panicky and so stressed out – i had to calm myself down too!

between meryl and saskia – they walked him around and talked to him and calmed him (thank you thank you thank you guys… i wll be eternally grateful to you both!!!). i was also walking circles and trying to calm myself until we went in.

meryl came with me to wait, and talked me thru everything and kept me calm… diago had calmed down a little… but was still too jumpy for my liking.

anyway… it eventually came time for me to go on… 50cm class… i was pretty scared, i wont lie

once we were over the first jump, i was ok tho. he jumped, he didnt buck, he didnt spook, he didnt run away… he was diago. this was a lesson. we can do it!

here are some pics…

unfortunately i missed the 2nd jump in the combination (bad bad tanya… i was upset and hope that meryl wasnt too disappointed )

lookit the pony jump:

there was a brown jump that most of the horses didnt like… and we took 2 tries to get over it, but im SO GLAD we got over… i know if i had been more confident with more leg he wouldve gone over 1st time. but i wasnt confident.

aaaaand over the last jump:

*phew* survived the jumping.
To be honest, i was glad when the jumping was over… i was a bit of a wreck.

BUT i am thrilled with my dressage… and every time i think about it, i get the biggest smile on my face… those 10 minutes of dressage on sunday were the highlight of my year this far – without a doubt!!! and probably one of the top ten moments in my life! haha

THANK YOU to Glen Austin for an awesome show!!
Thank you
to Marilize for lending me her hairnet when i misplaced mine (and found it later in my camera bag)
Thank you
to michelle for helping plait Boots, taking photos, all her support!
Thank you
to Michelle’s BF, Peter for video-ing my test (which aren;t the ones iin this post – youtube is bombing out and i cant upload)
Thank you
to Megan for the videos on this blog!
Thank you
to MegB for teaching me how to lunge a horse… has come in very handy these last few weeks!
Thank you
to Saskia for walking Diago round and round when he was being a chop.
Thank you
to Pam for letting me ride Boots & Diago at the show.
for being all different kinds of awesome!!!

oh, ps all the other girls did awesomely in both the dressage and the jumping! i was proud to know them, and to be able to congratulate them afterwards!

what an awesome day!

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Got this from my (girl) cousin this weekend…

made me giggle at how true MOST – not all – of these are! hehe

A new sign in the Bank Lobby reads:

‘Please note that this Bank is installing new Drive-through ATM machines
enabling customers to withdraw cash without leaving their vehicles.

Customers using this new facility are requested to use the procedures
outlined below when accessing their accounts.

After months of careful research, “MALE & FEMALE” procedures have been
developed. Please follow the appropriate steps for your gender.’

1. Drive up to the cash machine.
2. Put down your car window.
3. Insert card into machine and enter PIN.
4. Enter amount of cash required and withdraw.
5. Retrieve card, cash and receipt.
6. Put window up.
7. Drive off.


(What is really funny is that most of this part is the truth!!!!)

1. Drive up to cash machine.
2. Reverse and back up the required amount to align car window with the
3. Set parking brake, put the window down.
4. Find handbag, remove all contents on to passenger seat to locate
5. Tell person on cell phone you will call them back and hang up.
6. Attempt to insert card into machine.
7. Open car door to allow easier access to machine due to its excessive
distance from the car.
8. Insert card.
9. Re-insert card the right way.
10. Dig through handbag to find diary with your PIN written on the
inside back page.
11. Enter PIN.
12. Press cancel and re-enter correct PIN.
13. Enter amount of cash required.
14. Check makeup in rear view mirror.
15. Retrieve cash and receipt.
16. Empty handbag again to locate wallet and place cash inside.
17. Write debit amount in cheque register and place receipt in back of
18. Re-check makeup.
19. Drive forward 2 feet.
20. Reverse back to cash machine.
21. Retrieve card.
22. Re-empty hand bag, locate card holder, and place card into the slot
23. Give dirty look to irate male driver waiting behind you.
24. Restart stalled engine and pull off.
25. Redial person on cell phone.
26. Drive for 2 to 3 miles.
27. Release Parking Brake.

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