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Mele Kalikimaka

Mele Kalikimaka is the phrase to say on a bright Hawaiian Christmas day! Ok, ok I wasn’t in Hawaii, and have never been, but the idea still applies…I was in the Caribbean, on a tropical island for a week. And It was very interesting to see the Christmas decorations.

Before we get into the full trip details, let’s go back to where I left off. I had finals to finish, and motivated by a vacation, I not only finished them, but did so well before they were actually due. In retrospect, I did very well this semester and am very pleased with my grades. It was a very stressful semester (not from the schoolwork) and I needed, truly needed this vacation.

So on December 10th I boarded the plane and headed south:

The one of many views from the plane. It makes me want to skydive…and maybe I actually will this summer…but back to the trip

We had checked the forecast for Punta Cana before leaving and it was ominous. Rain everyday, it said. In fact when we arrived it had been raining. But once we got off the plane it stopped, and the sun peaked out, and we were lucky to have wonderful weather the rest of the week.

 

Here is the house we stayed in. Not a conventional house by any means…it didn’t have many walls, except for the bedrooms and the kitchen. Allowing the elements and critters to come and go. 


Here is the back of the house, very open, very beautiful. We spent the entire trip going to the beach, swimming in this awesome pool, and exploring the area.

I think pictures speak for themselves. 

The week away was exactly what I needed. I missed my Jooj and Munchies terribly and was very happy to see them on my return. But I am very glad I got to have a vacation.

I’ve always wondered what it is like to be somewhere else around Christmas. Aside from going to Disney world to celebrate one holiday, I have always been at home in VA. This vacation, thankfully was before Christmas, (and very much needed) but still helped me stay in the holiday spirit.
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I’ve always wondered what it is like to be somewhere else around Christmas. Aside from going to Disney world to celebrate one holiday, I have always been at home in VA. This vacation, thankfully was before Christmas, (and very much needed) but still helped me stay in the holiday spirit.

Palm trees are on my mind. I am almost  finished. Very soon my first semester of grad school will be over.
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Palm trees are on my mind. I am almost  finished. Very soon my first semester of grad school will be over.

A horse is the projection of peoples’ dreams about themselves - strong, powerful, beautiful - and it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existence.
Pam Brown

A Knight’s Tale

So I’m sure you all have seen if not heard of the movie “A Knight’s Tale”…it was one of the first movies to make Heath Ledger popular…along with showing the ancient sporting even of jousting.

Well ladies and gents…I was a huge fan of this  movie (as most teen girls at the time were) But not just because of good Ole Heath, but for the actual jousting as well. And I am super excited to announce “The Knights of Mayhem”!

It’s Natgeo’s new show, and full contact jousting! You can read more about it here.

The show airs Tuesday nights at 9pm. Coincidence that today is a Tuesday? Not at all. Unfortunately with my schedule, I will be unable to watch it.

This is my motivation. 4 more days of agonizing final papers and take home exam lay between me and my vacation. I will make it through!!!

12/6/11
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This is my motivation. 4 more days of agonizing final papers and take home exam lay between me and my vacation. I will make it through!!!

12/6/11

Large or Small

A recap of this weekend before going into what my post is actually going to be about:

Friday I went to the parade, to participate in it. I haven’t been on a horse since Feb and I didn’t realize how much I have missed it.

Now the mare I was riding, was mostly blind and because of this a kicker, so I didn’t decorate her up too much, but we did dress the the other horse up:

After riding around, Wishing Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas, we rode the horses back across campus, which was quite fun.

The rest of my weekend was…not very exciting, I watched the Football game…and did homework.

Back to the title, When in thinking about vet school, or even discussing the idea of it, people always ask whether you want to be a large or small animal vet.

Now if you don’t know what those entail: large animals include horses, cattle, sheep, pigs etc

Small: dog, cats, exotic (birds, reptiles and small mammals)

Now that is just a brief and very general over view…obviously there are all sorts of vets, like research, food animal, etc.

And my big problem is I am torn on what I would want to do. A huge part of me, would want to do large animals (that’s considering the GIANT IF I GET IN)

I have always been fascinated by larger animals, especially horses and sheep ( I know its a very random combination). I also love acupuncture and it since horses are very receptive to acupuncture it….that would seem the way to go.

I obviously have lots of time to think over these things….

But it doesn’t hurt to think about things in advance.

Oh Christmas Time is here!!! I missed the lighting of this tree, but participating in the parade was quite fun. 
12/5/11
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Oh Christmas Time is here!!! I missed the lighting of this tree, but participating in the parade was quite fun. 

12/5/11

A re-evaluation

So back in 2006, there was a ban put on the slaughtering of horses in the U.S and then came a larger problem of what to do with all the unwanted horses. 

There was a time in my life where I was clueless to the fact that there were horse slaughterhouses in the U.S, maybe it was because grocery stores in the U.S don’t sell horse meat, or maybe because I grew up in suburbia away from farms and horses. For whatever the reason, when I found out I had mixed feelings. At first I was appalled thinking how could anyone send their beloved pet/companion/whateveryoucallit to slaughter? The second thought was, well it makes sense. The reasons for me that it makes sense is that horses are muscle and no we don’t raise them as slaughter animals, but think about trying to bury a dead horse…most places won’t allow you to and size alone adds time to the process. 

Also the selling of the meat was profitable in other countries (Like in Mexico and Japan) and when the slaughterhouses closed, it started the transportation of horse across borders to be slaughtered elsewhere….which was far more inhumane in certain ways (like stuffing horses on cattle trailers). 

However I bring the news that the ban is to be lifted and in the good year of 2012, Horse Slaughter Houses will be reopened.

Another link on the subject. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/blogpost/post/horse-slaughterhouses-may-return-to-us/2011/12/01/gIQAi5qAHO_blog.html

And because eating your pet is taboo this also was an interesting read:

http://foododdity.com/horse-meat-the-trend-to-put-pets-on-a-plate-would-you-eat-it/

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