Thursday, March 05, 2009

|| "Snuffy is the best horse" ||

I know it has been a long, long time since I have visited the Blog, but recently I feel like so many things have changed in my life that I feel inspired....maybe required to talk about it.

Sometimes change feels uncomfortable and it creates a lot of doubt in one's path to happiness, success, and general well-being. I have always been thankful (or tried to be) to those people, places, animals and experiences which have helped me make change comfy, warm, and inviting...welcome in my life.

One of the things that I do that hasn't changed since September 2005 is give riding lessons. Yes, horses and students come and go, but this endeavor lately has really helped me feel strong for the changes in my life that feel less certain, less profitable both in spirit and in currency.

For one, I still feel like I am a beginner--a beginner rider, a beginner teacher, a beginner adult in the game of life. At times, I think of this in a negative way, as though I should be further along by now. Well, I can see now the error in my thinking.

What better to be than a beginner? Things are fresh, new, always changing! There is always a challenge to be met, not insurmountable (nothing is), and there is always the rewarding feeling of accomplishment, no matter how big or small. I see this regularly in the lesson arena, and I sometimes feel more like a cheerleader than the coach.

I have decided that I need to be a better cheerleader for myself and not worry about my 'level' in life so much.

Part of what is helping me recognize this (and hopefully utilize more often) is the riding lessons.

I have been working with lots of 'beginners' in the past year and we have had a grand time with the horses and with the kids (and adults!). Recently, several of my students have worked up to competing at their first gymkhana (horsey playday). I think I had forgotten what kind of butterflies happen when you enter an arena that isn't the lesson arena where the pattern seems far bigger and far more daunting. It's you and the horse, nobody else! You can't even hear yourself think!

Well, I think I walked and talked all day during the show thinking it's all old hat for these beginners, no problem. I think I forgot about all the courage and confidence that it takes for someone to go into the arena, in front of a bunch of strangers (over 100) for the first time and complete the pattern like they practiced all week.

You have to remember, we live in Phoenix, the fifth largest city in the U.S. and our students didn't grow up on horseback. They come from their cul-de-sacs on the freeway with a love for horses and a dream to ride. I could go on forever about what an amazing opportunity that Jodi provides for these students, no matter what age (or level in life!!).

So when Sunday was over and all was said and done, and every single one of our riders from first-timers to long-timers came home with ribbons and a sense of accomplishment, I couldn't help but realize how great it is to be the coach and the cheerleader in all of our beginner-ness.

I had snapped a photo of one of my littlest competitors (she is six), Cassidy, after she decorated her horse with her first ribbon. As she put it on, she declared, "Snuffy is the best horse!"

I always smile when people say that it's the horse's fault. :-)

What a beginner thing to say--forgetting to be the cheerleader for one's self! Yes, Snuffy worked hard all day, but so did the rider, and I spend a lot of my time as coach telling students what THEY accomplished and how their hard work paid off and how their horse rewarded them with their efforts.

This is where my inner cheerleader kind of fades off. I don't feel as though I have taught anyone much. Heck, it's the 'horse's fault'--they already know how to teach people, it's not me! I'm just a beginner!

But that's not all so true. I did teach somebody something. Whether or not it was a pattern or a particular gait or how to decorate your horse with a riboon, it was something.

That 'something' was sent to me in an email by a parent of some first-timers at the gymkhana. This really helped me feel like I do good things, purposeful and fulfilling things, no matter what other changes in my life make me feel less so.


Thank you so much for the GREAT picture AND for the AMAZING DAY!!!

I cannot express to you enough how amazing you and Jodi are for putting this
all together!

It was truly one of the most exciting days for the girls EVER- they have
been on Cloud 9 since! I have never seen such confidence and sincere
enthusiasm in anything else Alisabeth and Cassidy have done. It was such a
joy (even though I was a nervous wreck) to see them enjoy something so much!

Your patience, knowledge, sincerity and enthusiasm are incredible. We feel
very fortunate and blessed to have you in our lives and I always know the
girls are in good hands when they are with you.

The girls are already counting down to the next Gymkhana! And so am I- this
time I will be a little more prepared and have a couple LESS kids :) Thank
you again SO VERY MUCH! This past year has been AWESOME and we look
forward to more lessons, camps, and now Gymkhanas!

Amy, Alisabeth, Cassidy, and Kaitlin

So, if that doesn't help the inner cheerleader out in tough times, I don't know what will!!


Meanwhile, it's Floyd's 'fault' that he won money in the pole bending that day.

About a year ago, I had a big big wreck in that pattern, shortly thereafter, Floyd had some laminitic hoof problems and we have basically been off the performance trail since then. After a year off, Floyd has nearly 100% good feet and is ready to get back into the game. As for me, I think I am as well, but it will take some time to get Team KFlo back in shape, both physically and mentally. I will have to admit, I talked to Floyd in every pattern that day to assure myself that we would "turn here" or "easy" there. He has been so willing and kind to me as we ease back into "going fast again" as Ricky Bobby would put it.

I still marvel at what a great horse he is--always walking into the arena quiet, always letting me sit in front of the pattern and take a deep breath before we start, always remaining proud even when I put pink bell boots on him. He has taken care of me, a beginner, from Day One. A year off to have 15 more is a small price to pay.

I'm such a lucky girl.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

|| It's Official: The Third Decade Has Begun ||
Please enjoy the photos from last Friday the 23rd's festivities. I have several more, just not with me right now so I will add to them eventually. Everyone helped to make my 30th birthday very special and thanks to all of you.

Thank god 29 is ova. O-V-A!!!

30th Birthday


Wednesday, March 21, 2007

|| CLASS OF 96 PHOTO ALBUM (1 of 2) ||

Class of 1996


Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Hello again. I finally have the program done (click on Customer Area at left and download at will).

It's a vehicle for several things:

1 || reunion gallery
2 || budget
3 || do-nation
4 || feedback & update

Please contact me - for any of the above. Thanks, health and happiness to everyone.


Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Yeah, that's right. It's been one year and ten days since I last blogged you! Here's what's revolving around Planet Kacie:

|7 8 9 July 2006| GHS CLASS OF 1996 REUNION
To the left in the CUSTOMERS link, you will find both classmate and faculty invitations to our 10 Year Class Reunion to be held in Goldendale during Community Days. You can download a self-addressed return envelope as well. I will be mailing, via U.S. Postal Service: the invitations, self-addressed, STAMPED envelopes for your RSVPs. Deadline to respond is May 31, 2006. If you're a few days past, we don't care, we just want you to be there (and help us get a headcount)! Thanks to all those helping out with the manhunt (which is still ongoing--we have about 20 missing still) and the offers to help. Questions | Concerns | General Inquires:

Summer's On
|1 2 July 2006| World's Oldest Rodeo - Prescott, Arizona

|7 -9 July 2006| GHS Ten Year Class Reunion - Goldendale, Washington

|23-30 July 2006| Teton County Fair & Rodeo - Jackson, Wyoming

|4 -7 August 2006| Seafair - Seattle, Washington

|21 August 2006| ASU Fall Semester/Teaching GRA 220 Design Drawing - Tempe, Arizona

|24 -27 August 2006| Klickitat County Fair & Rodeo - Goldendale, Washington



Other than that,

I lost 25lb since this time last year (and one bad relationship)

Then I

Gained about 1000lb and a much better relationship : I bought a horse (and damn near killed him in the desert last Sunday)

(He's in the Pictures! link to the left)

Floyd T. Johnson is his name (aka Hawks Beduino). We're working barrels and cattle (Jodi's got me hooked on team roping--breakaway is next!), as well as lessons (I've got almost 15 clients that I instruct in the art of Western riding each week!)

It's all good on Planet Kacie. Good people, good weather, good times. Thanks to everyone who make it a pleasure to live here.

Over and out.


Friday, March 18, 2005

Heya Folks, long time, no blog. I won't bore you with the details. Just know that I'm on the up and up and here is the general itinerary. The only things that are penciled in are Jackson Co. Fair. The rest of it, the ink is almost dry.

Las Vegas March 25 - 27
A girls party with a posse from Jackson, WY. Stay tuned for results of dramatics.

Boston April 10 - 13
Opening day at Fenway Park for Red Sox vs. Yankees. I hope the seats are near the Coors Light stand, the only one in the stadium!

Master's Thesis Oral Defense April 18 - 10:30am
This is the visual and oral presentation of my master's thesis in front of my committee and peers. I get 1/2 hour to explain the deal, they ask me questions afterward, then hopefully they sign off on it and we move on to the next calendar event.

ASU Commencements May 12 and 13
The big ceremony at Wells Fargo Arena is on the 12th and the ceremony for my college, the College of Architecture and Environmental Design, is on the 13th.

Ireland June 24 - July 10
What can I say? When you graduate from college (again), you go to Europe to "find yourself", right? Right. Castles, countryside, horseback, and maybe fly fishing. Oh yeah, Guiness Brewery for Scott's 30th Birthday. It's really all about the beer, nevermind a master's degree.

Teton County Fair July 24-31
This is a penciled in item as I would like to repeat my visit to Jackson Hole again, this time, make it even better.

Seafair, Seattle August 5 - 7
I am totally expecting that this year's turnout will return to its Glory Days and our "Friendship Reunion" will be the stuff made of memories. You can expect yet another fabulous marketing piece to arrive in your mailboxes at some point early this summer. Make your travel arrangements now, people. No excuses.

Bonina Ranches Eltopia, WA August 8 - 13
This is another penciled in item on my list. Nina suggested I come spend a week at Bonina and get some real work done. :-) I've got all summer to hone my horsemanship skills in the event that I can come to "camp" at Bonina and maybe learn a little more about cow cutting. Jodi had me buy a rope, so I'm learning how to rope as well. Bonina is scheduled to build a roping arena as well, so who knows what kind of trouble I could get into!

Klickitat Co. Fair August 18 - 21
Of all the things that change in my life, between graduations, moving, boys, and underwear, twelve years have gone by in which this one thing doesn't get changed: I go home for the fair and I mean it. I'll report in at the hitchin' post on Sunday the 14th. Come back home, too. It's good for everyone.


Other than that, I've been working, working out, playing, playing out possibilities.

I got lucky and have a nice little full color 32+ page sports magazine that I'm the "art director" of. Built it from scratch and it looks like it. Two more issues before the summertime and it should really be something to gawk at by then. Working on the last parts of my thesis, and feel good about it. I will design a book of the entire project so that I have something beautiful and tangible to show for my three years at ASU in the School of Design. I'm excited to be able to show it to you.

Thanks to everyone for your continual love and support and keeping Planet Kacie in orbit.

Words I'm living by these days: Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.


Sunday, September 19, 2004

Hello. I'm alive. It's true. Kinda.

The only important stuff to remember for fall plans are:

A) My birthday and Thanksgiving--maybe I'll be able to make dinner this year without having to move.

B) Graduation in Tempe at ASU Main, December 16, 10 AM.


Let me know via email if you would like to come down for graduation. I was thinking of making arrangements at the Carefree Resort & Villas if we had a big enough group. Also, because it's right before Christmas, it might be tough for people to get time off or be able to stay for a couple days. What if we did a big group vacation in January--Martin Luther King Jr. day falls in the middle? Perhaps we can all get together then, when my headaches are over and we can see Arizona--and do all the Arizona things that I have enjoyed (for the most part) since I've been here, without the hassles of holiday traveling. Consider this my call for a vote on the matter.

America West & Southwest have direct flights from Portland and Seattle. Delta flys from Pasco to Salt Lake to Phoenix. is a good place to start.


Thursday, June 10, 2004

Hi Folks-

The Pictures! link to the left is full of fishing fotos, and a few inbetweeners. This is just an overview, I'm still working on putting together a collage in PDF format to give you a sense of all the things I've seen the past month or so.

I'll keep you posted, er, blogged.


Wednesday, May 05, 2004

Good morning! Just an update on Kacie Whereabouts this summer, so you know where to find me, or where I'll find you....

May 14 -17:: PNW WEEKENDER
Seattle/Tacoma for Ian's Open House.

May 26-31:: FLY FISHING
Across the country to Pennsylvania to Penn's Creek for a weekend of fabulous fly fishing. No, I have never fly fish-ed, but I have a great outfit planned. :-)

June 1-July 3:: LEARN NEW STUFF
Psychology 323 Sensation & Perception, plus more trips to Superior, Arizona for "research"--can you believe I still haven't been to either of the two bars there?!

That's in Jackson, Wyoming I'm tentatively scheduled to be shown a good time by my Wyoming Friends--who else?!

August 6-8:: SEAFAIR 2004

The office opens on the 15th, so I'll be there, for my 11th Year! The Fair starts the 19th, rodeo performances on Saturday and Sunday.

The truth shall be revealed! Thesis Defense planned for second week in December. Graduation ceremonies (uh, drinkin' shall commence!) should be held shortly thereafter, for at least a week--all you folks in the cold climes should make a vacation out of it! Don't say I didn't warn you!

That's my story. And I'm stickin' to it. Especially since it's already 101 here!!


Friday, April 09, 2004

Heya, Folks!

Long time, no time, but just because I had a big day, I'm going to tell you about it.
RQL--Real Quick Like

First Year Graduate Presentations were today. That means we had to give a five minute Howdy Do to the faculty and fellow grad students about our thesis topic, etc. I told my compatriots that I could make the presentation in five minutes as long as I didn't tell any stories. [ha!] I posted my presentation in the Pictures! folder, so y'all have a clue (because most of the time, I don't) about my schoolin'. BIG thanks to my trusty research assistant who narrowly missed an arrest in the Bookmobile whilst gathering "data" for her darling daughter.....

A snapshot of yesterday's outfit is in the Pictures! because this weekend is Fiesta Days & Cave Creek Rodeo!!

Now mind you, last year, when it was all said and done, I was found in the closet and never made it to the rodeo. This year, maybe not so crazy since Mikey is gone, but nevertheless, the Chip is having another ...contest.

I asked Larry, the Buffalo Chip owner, the other day as he was going out, "Hey Larry! What's this contest on Saturday?"

He says without skipping a beat, "Honey! It's no contest. You enter. You win!!"

We have to celebrate a birthday tomorrow for a Wyoming buddy, we have gymkhana tomorrow, too, and I'm riding a five year old unfinished grey mare to show for sale, and I plan to make the Big Feast on Sunday for everyone at the WY place.

Big big weekend. I really can't wait--I've been working hard! Thanks to those keeping me on my toes, and not stepping on them when I fail to make enough time for you. I always think of everyone, at a constant rate--I hope that the vibes get recieved as I send them out.

Happy Easter. My second year in a row with no egg hunt! Egads! Egg-ads.


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