You know you spend a lot of time on your computer when

Hey guys! I’ve been trying to survive the heat for the last few days. I may live in Canada, but hot is still hot. This reminds me of a time 2 years ago when we had a “level 1” heat warning and we were all excited about it. IMG_9153We still have no idea what that means. xD Well, no heat warning today, but it sure is hot!

I’ve been spending a lot of time on my laptop lately. Now that I have my pinterest back, I’ve been on a hunt for the best fudge recipes I can find. Time to try some of those out! I’ve also been working on reducing my list of “songs to get” (another of the 21 Things I Want to Do Before I Turn 21), which I have been adding to for the last 6 or so years. I don’t even remember half of the songs, and many of them I don’t care about anymore. I’ve been cleaning up that list, keeping only the songs I really want. It’s a long process though…a lot of songs have made their way onto that list over the years! That means even more time spent on the computer, searching for various songs on YouTube so I can decide whether I still want to get them. So this topic seemed fitting! I actually compiled this list years ago, but I made a few recent additions as well.

You know you spend a lot of time on your computer when:

  1. You yell “LOL” when something funny happens.
  2. You can type 120 wpm with two fingers.
  3. You sometimes speak in text speak, to the point where normal people can’t understand you.
  4. You refer to “clicking” the timer button on the oven.
  5. You have intelligent discussions over whether the plural of mouse is mouses or mice.
  6. You know the answer to every problem is “turn it off, wait 5 minutes, turn it back on.”
  7. You know the difference between the processor and RAM and the function of each.
  8. You’ve said “Internet” so many times that now it comes out as “innernet” whether you want it to or not.
  9. Your worst nightmare is forgetting your password. But it happens all the time. “Which of my 15 variations of password did I use for my email? Is it the same as facebook? Or maybe I needed to use uppercase letters in it…?”
  10. When you can’t think of the answer, you yell, “Google it!”
  11. You’re always telling your family what crazy thing your friend who you’ve never actually met said today.
  12. You see something underlined on a sheet of paper and poke it with your finger to see what will come up.
  13. You try to zoom in on a piece of paper.
  14. You don’t understand how your grandmother doesn’t know where the Enter key is–or that some people don’t even know what it is.
  15. You laugh when people call your monitor a computer.
  16. Your computer isn’t just a computer. It’s the weather, your calculator, your recipes, your pictures, a way of writing notes where you’ll remember to check them, a method of communication, etc.
  17. If you don’t know how to do something, you know that the Internet will have the answer.
  18. You speak to it as if it’s a living thing. “Why would you just randomly close that page!? I was looking at that!!!”

Do you do anything on this list? Are you addicted to your computer? Would you add anything to this list? Let me know in the comments! :)

The Sunshine Award

Thank you to Leah from Life as a Homeschooled Teen for nominating me for the Sunshine Award! It took me a while to get around to doing this but I’ve had quite a busy week!

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  • Thank & link the person who nominated you.
  • Answer the questions asked by them.
  • Nominate 11 bloggers.
  • Give your nominees 11 new questions to answer.

My Answers

  1. If you could do anything right now, what would you be doing?
    I would be hiking into the Grand Canyon! I went to Arizona with my family last year and that’s one thing I really want to do someday.
  2. If you could be any animal, what animal would you be?
    I would definitely be a horse. I’m already half horse, so it wouldn’t be so big a stretch. ;)
  3. What do you like most about blogging?
    I love that, by blogging, I’m always learning something new about myself and pushing myself to be the best version of myself that I can be. It lets me see myself as others probably see me, and I think it’s really interesting.
  4. What is your favorite quote?
    “In riding a horse, we borrow freedom.” -Unknown
  5. What is your favorite day of the year?
    I don’t really have a favourite day of the year, but if I had to choose, it would probably be October 5. :)
  6. What is one book that you would recommend to others?
    I really liked the Divergent series. I know that’s not one book, but I haven’t read much besides series recently!
  7. Coffee or Tea?
    Neither one. Caffeine and I are not a good mix.
  8. If you could only travel by sea or by air, which would you pick?
    Hmmm, that’s a tough one. I guess I would have to choose air. There’s something surprisingly fun about flying. (Even though I, yes, was the one who refused to get on an airplane until last year when I finally did).
  9. What type of music do you listen to the most?
    Mostly pop, but I listen to a little bit of everything.
  10. Do you have any hidden talents?
    I learn surprisingly fast. Oh, and I’m really good at math, especially calculus.
  11. Do you have any plans for the summer?
    I have a few things planned. ;) I’m going on my usual weekend August trip, and in June I’m hoping to go to the USA.

I Nominate:

  1. The Shameful Sheep
  2. Charlii and Meg
  3. The World According to an Introvert
  4. Mixolydian Musings

I don’t know who else to nominate who hasn’t already been nominated, so if you want to be nominated, comment and I’ll add you, or just go ahead and do it. :) And if you don’t want to do it, that’s okay too.

My Questions for you:

  1. If you were to learn a new language, which one would you choose?
  2. What’s your favourite dessert?
  3. Computer or laptop?
  4. Where is your “happy place”?
  5. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
  6. What was the last movie you watched? Did you like it?
  7. Describe your dream vacation in one sentence.
  8. What are your plans for the summer?
  9. What is your favourite colour?
  10. What is something really stupid that you’ve done in your life?
  11. What is something that not many people know about you?

Good luck and have fun! :)

21 Things I Want to Do Before I Turn 21

I’ve compiled a list of 21 things I would like to accomplish before I turn 21. These aren’t anything really crazy or big, just some pretty simple things that I really would like to do someday…so why not this year? (: I’m going to see how many I can do in the next year.

I encourage anyone who wants to do so, to make a list of some simple things you would like to accomplish in a year, or longer if you prefer. It doesn’t have to be before your next birthday; it can be by the end of the year, by the end of a chosen month, whatever you want. Maybe choose some things you’ve always wanted to do but never got the chance. It helps if it’s a one-time thing though; that way, you won’t be tempted to give up on it in a week (“try something new” as opposed to “stop being afraid to try new things” is an example). AND it should be fun!

So, here are my 21 things I want to do before I turn 21.

  1. Learn to drive a standard car.
  2. Shoot a real gun (yeah, probably not gonna happen, but it would be fun).
  3. Win a game of Crokinole against my parents (grrr).
  4. Go on a really long (or overnight) four wheeling trip.
  5. Buy a plaid shirt (a friend insisted).
  6. Ride Destiny on the beach.
  7. Do a wheelie on a bicycle (it’s not as easy as it looks..).
  8. Prestige on Call of Duty: Black Ops III and then gloat to my brother. “Guess what level I’m on? Level ONE!!!”
  9. Learn to play some songs (“Back in Black”, for starters) on my guitar.
  10. Finish the seasons of Pretty Little Liars that are on Netflix.
  11. Raid all stores the day after Easter and buy all their chocolate!!!
  12. Drive a motorcycle (yeah, also probably not gonna happen, but ya never know).
  13. Fill up my 2014 graduation photo album with pictures from my graduation and 2014.
  14. Re-watch Friends.
  15. Get more songs (and go through my list of ‘songs to get’ to weed out the ones I no longer care about).
  16. Go on another EPIC camping trip.
  17. Take Molly for a trail ride.
  18. Do something fun that scares me…like go on some crazy ride or something.
  19. Finish the Vampire Academy book series.
  20. Get better at barre chords so I can incorporate at least one into a song.
  21. Road trip!!!

If I do even half of these things, it’s gonna be a good year! I’ll try to post some updates about how these are going, to let you guys know. (: Thanks for reading!

Miranda Sings Award

I was nominated for the Miranda Sings Award by Internet Introvert. I encourage you to check out her interesting blog! This award was created by xclausiasthoughtsx to encourage people to think about their strong points, the things they like about themselves. Too often we look at our flaws, but we should also remember to reflect on our good qualities.

Due to the nature of my blog, however, I am going to twist this award for my purposes, and I am going to do this for both myself and for Destiny (because, hey, she’s the second half of the focus of Country Unlimited, and she needs some love too!).

Rules:

  • Announce your win with a post and link the blogger who nominated you.
  • Include the featured image on your blog post.
  • Nominate 10 bloggers (or as many as you can think of) and link your awardees in the post.
  • List 7 things you love about yourself (This can be about your appearance, your personality, your achievements, etc.)
  • Don’t use negative connotation. (I.e. Don’t say things like – I’m prettier than an average person or People have told me I’m smart. You ARE pretty. You ARE smart.)

7 Things I Love About Myself:

  • I learn new things quickly.
  • I’m always ready for a new adventure!
  • I love the colour of my hair and how long it is.
  • Because I was homeschooled, I took some pretty extensive courses in writing and math, so I’m really good at both. I did really well in university last year because my writing skills enabled me to excel in German, and math helped me in calculus and physics.
  • I’m crazy and I know it. A lot of people like me because of it (and because of my equally crazy sense of humour). xD
  • I always give everything my 100%. That doesn’t mean I’m overly competitive or have to be better than everybody else (I’m content being decent/average at things), but I never do things halfway.
  • I try to be friendly and respectful towards all people, even when they aren’t doing the same.

7 Things I Love About Destiny

  • She is the most respectful horse I’ve ever met. As my mom said one day, “If only all horses were as good as she is. You just stand next to her and she’s like ‘Oh, you want to go in?’ and moves.”
  • She has a wild, crazy, hyper side (so it’s not unusual to get good videos of her running around like a maniac), but she can also be a docile, trustworthy, calm trail riding horse.
  • Even though she can be spooky, she’s a lot less so than you would expect an Arabian to be. After an initial fright, she’ll get bolder and walk right up to whatever it was that scared her.
  • She acts like a dog sometimes. If I hold out my hand and baby talk to her, she comes to me with such a happy, puppy-like expression. It’s adorable!
  • If she’s scared of something, but I ask her to go near/through it, she does. She’s very loyal and trusting.
  • She’s very tolerant of all the crazy things I subject her to. xD Which include sleds, me standing up on her back, hanging halfway out of the saddle to reach to set my phone on the seat of the four wheeler, and a lotttt more!
  • Her ears are so fluffy and cute. :3

I don’t usually do things like this, but I know of a few people (in real life, mostly) who I think would benefit from doing this. And then I realized, everyone could benefit from doing this! So, I am also not going to nominate specific people. If you see this and feel like participating (or even if you don’t), then I nominate YOU and I encourage you to do this. It wasn’t easy (well, the part about Destiny was, haha <3), but I’m glad I did—and you will be too. :)

Things I Love About Winter

Who’s looking forward to getting more snow? Okay, so winter can be hard. Waking up much earlier than usual to shovel, plow, and scrape the windows on your car. Falling on ice as you walk to work. Struggling to push your wheelbarrow full of horse manure through the snow so you can dump it. Freezing fingers while you toss hay and refill water buckets. Cleaning stalls after needing to put the horses in the barn on stormy nights. It isn’t always easy.

But there are a lot of good things about winter too, and not just for those who are under 10 years old. Everyone can enjoy at least certain aspects of winter—you just need to find the little things you like about it. :) Here’s my list of things I love about winter.

  1. Sitting by the fireplace with your family on a stormy night
  2. Snow days
  3. That feeling when you walk in snow that has never been touched
  4. When the sunlight sparkles off the surface of untouched snow
  5. Skiing
  6. Snowboarding
  7. Extreme sledding
  8. Being pulled on a sled behind your four wheeler
  9. You get a good workout just walking 100m.
  10. Cold cheeriness brings out the best in everybody.
  11. Christmas
  12. Frosty horse breath
  13. The horses get excited and riding is fun.
  14. When you fall in the snow, it doesn’t hurt!
  15. Riding bareback in deep snow and it’s like you’re floating over the snow
  16. Icicles
  17. The world turns black and white.
  18. It’s full of inspiration for poems and stories.
  19. Great for taking pictures
  20. The magic of the first snow, fluffy white flakes falling softly from the sky
  21. The snow acts as an insulator, so it’s often warmer than late fall.
  22. It gets dark early, so why not relax, watch TV, or play video games for a while?
  23. The smell of winter <3
  24. Families come together
  25. The horses get frisky, so you get to see them run around and play in the snow
  26. Snowy walks at night
  27. Coming home in the dark when the world feels peaceful and isolated <3
  28. The beauty of street lights on the snowy ground at 5:00 on a winter evening
  29. Seeing your breath
  30. The sound of snow crunching under your feet
  31. The feel of snow under your skis
  32. The sound of skates on ice
  33. Falling and getting up again
  34. Soup on a cold day
  35. Roasting marshmallows over a winter fire
  36. Eggnog
  37. The freshness of a new year
  38. Drawing on frosty windows
  39. Building snow…everythings
  40. Doing donuts on ice
  41. Watching your cat step into the snow and disappear…and then instantly reappear as it dashes for the house
  42. Seeing animal footprints
  43. Snowy hair and fur
  44. Trying to decide whether a tree is a fir or a spruce
  45. Shoveling snow off the roof of your house…then jumping off into it!
  46. Brushing off the satellite dish in a snowstorm so you can watch your favourite show
  47. Biking on ice
  48. Lots of laughs
  49. Trying to walk up icy hills and sliding back down
  50. Not being afraid to do crazy things because you know it won’t hurt if you fall
  51. You know it won’t last forever…so why not make the most of it?Shnowman

And if you are ever discouraged about winter, just watch my fluffy Arabian play in the snow. xD This is a video I posted last winter. Recently it has reached 11,000 views. That might not seem like a lot to some, but it is to me!

To view it on YouTube, click here, or check out my channel!

Snow Bicycling

Yesterday, my brother, our friend, and I decided to go biking. Why should the presence of snow stop us? (Actually, I think the reason we decided to go was more because we knew that most people wouldn’t. And that makes it so much more fun!) So, we biked in the snow. We went off-road, of course, and drifted through the snow.

But, you know how most people can do crazy stuff (or not-so-crazy stuff) and get away with it? Well, I am apparently the one who cannot. When most people fail, they flip their bike or something and face plant into the ground, and it looks cool and that’s that. But not me…my foot has to get stuck on the handlebar (seriously, what is it with me and handlebars!?). Yeah, smooth, I know. This holds true for a lot of areas in my life. If something weird/funny/unusual can happen, it will happen to me.

And it did. Luckily my brother wasn’t going to let me ride into the snow without a camera handy, so here is your video proof of how awesome I am.

To watch it on YouTube, click here or check out my channel.

What do you get a horse lover for Christmas?

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Me and my Christmas pony enjoying a snowy ride a year after she became mine. (2011)

Are you stuck on ideas of what to get your horse loving child, relative, or friend for Christmas? Here are some inventive ideas I’ve come up with that might help! Most of these ideas are for young people, but plenty would be nice for an adult to have as well. These are things that I either have or would love to have. Many of them will work even if the person in mind doesn’t have his/her own horse. Personalized items can easily be done for a horse they ride or visit often, as well as their own horse.

Things to Get a Horse Lover for Christmas

  • a bracelet with their horse’s name engraved on a brass plate, much like these ones (if not an option, you could also engrave the name of a beloved pet, a barn name, or even the person’s name on it)
  • name plate for their horse’s stall (if they own a horse)
  • horse gear: if they own a horse, you could get them a nice new saddle, bridle, reins, or a bit; if they don’t have a horse, you could get them a cheap set of brushes or a halter that they could play with
  • obstacles, jumps, cones, poles, or desensitization equipment for someone who owns a horse (and practices natural horsemanship)
  • horse DVDs or books by professional horse trainers (such as Clinton Anderson, Parelli, or Jonathan Field)
  • play toys or treats for their horse
  • a professional photo shoot of their horse or of them with their horse
  • personalized drawing of their horse (either by you, if you’re good at drawing, or by a professional)
  • slideshow, video, scrapbook, or photo album of their horse
  • personalized calendar with pictures of their horse
  • knitted or crocheted image of their horse
  • write a poem or short story or sing a song featuring their horse
  • use your imagination and your talents to make something personalized and special (such as the last six examples)
  • horsehair bracelet, such as this one. Or, collect several strands of their horse’s tail and make one yourself. If you aren’t good at making bracelets, some websites offer the possibility of sending your collected horse hair to them and they’ll send you the finished bracelet for a fee
  • halter, lead rope, saddle, saddle pad, or bridle personalized with their horse’s name engraved on it
  • horse accessories, such as blankets, pillows, calendar, and posters
  • model horses if they’re into that kind of thing (some examples include Breyer, Schleich, and recently I’ve discovered I can get CollectA online)
  • wooden horse barn to play in with model horses
  • horse games (Horseopoly, horse games for computer, xBox, Wii, etc.)
  • a “horse binder” if you think they’d be interested: tell them they can cut out pictures from magazines or print off their favourite horse pictures and glue them to the paper to collect them, and maybe give them a name and other characteristics. I had a lot of fun as a kid doing this and inventing my own horse farm in my little blue binder.
  • subscription to a horse magazine
  • horse books (both fiction and non-fiction)
  • horse movies (Flicka is a good one, Dreamer, or Black Beauty for example)
  • journal to write about their horse/adventures in
  • horse jewelry
  • money for online horse games, such as Howrse (to buy passes) or Horseland (for premium membership) if they play them
  • riding boots (Ariat is a good brand)
  • cowboy hat if they ride western or would like that
  • jeans or riding attire
  • horseshoe anything
  • horse head style hooks to hang things on in their room
  • a ride on horse toy for younger children
  • a camera so they can take pictures of horses for themselves
  • CD of their favourite horse-related songs (or a barn playlist)
  • gift cards to tack shops
  • riding lessons; if this is a beginner, make sure the horses are quiet, gentle, and easy to work with, and always make sure they are well cared for. Make sure the instructor is friendly, fun, and knowledgeable about both horses and riding.
  • short-term lease on a horse for someone who is already taking lessons (shorter term than buying a horse and it’ll let you know if they’re serious about it, but beware that they could easily become attached and have a hard time giving up the horse after the period of time of the lease)
  • a horse, of course! (However, if you have enough money and time to seriously consider this option, be sure to do your research and make sure the person you are buying the horse for is an experienced rider and is very knowledgeable about horses. Too often, beginners become discouraged when they find out how much work horses really are or when they don’t have enough experience to properly care for or train their own horse—and yes, even the quietest, most reliable horse will need a confident rider every once in a while to prevent any bad habits from forming)

Is there something else that you, as a horse lover, would love to get for Christmas? Let us know or voice your opinions on my suggestions by commenting!