Thursday, December 14, 2006

Whoooo hooo! One more semester under the old vet school belt. Only 2 semesters of class left, then on to clinics. Tonight Ian and I are going to a classmate of mines "Christmas Party." We will be celebrating finishing finals and the holiday season. I'm pretty excited!

Then, tomorrow, Ian and I are going diesel truck shopping - we are going to be purchasing a truck and horse trailer to service our own horses and will be for hire for those who need their horses moved to shows, boarding facilities, clinics and to the MSU teaching hospital. We will be officially kicking off "Duncan Equine Transporation" in 2007! Hopefully it will bring us a bit of money, but mostly it's an excuse to get a nice truck and trailer for our horses! We plan to "locally" move horses at reasonable rates and then as long as my horse recovers (hopefully soon) I will be showing him this summer. So much has happened since my last blogs!

My baby (Ari - 5 year old boxer) has lymphoma - he has started yet another chemo, but continues to do well! I will continue treating him as long as he feels well! Pito, my thoroughbred was moved to a boarding facility in Novemeber. He was previously at my in-laws place in Howell, but I moved him so that I could ride him over the winter. My in-laws don't have an indoor arena so it is difficult to ride during the winter months. So this year I decided to move him to a boarding facility 10 miles from my house that has an indoor arena - so I can ride him over the winter. However, 1 week after I moved him, he started dragging his hind legs. I took him to MSU and we discovered he has a sacro-iliac ligament injury. He needs to be giving anti-inflammatories and hand-walked twice a day for 60 days. We are now 30-some days into the recovery and he will go back mid-January for a re-check. Hopefully he will be recovered and I can start riding and jumping him again!!

Come Jan. 3 Ian and I (plus our good friends Kyrstin and Nick) are going to England for a week! I can't wait! I'll be sure to tell you all about it and post pictures!

Okay, time to go, the pets are hungry and I have to get ready for a celebration! Yay!

Monday, December 11, 2006

It's been a long time, but I'm back...

The hell of finals week is here. I took one final today, 3 more to follow. Today was epidemiology - the most poorly structured course I have taken thus far. I'm hoping to pass with a 2.o! Keep you finger crossed. I am on my way back to school to study for my pathology final that I have tomorrow!

Adios amigos!

Monday, October 23, 2006


The weather is cold and I have a cold. I was a little concerned because I've been coughing ALOT and those of you that know me well remember when I had a collapsed lung a few years ago. Well, although we aren't sure what brought it on before, heavy coughing can definitely cause it to happen again. But I think I'm okay, thanks to cough syrup and drops.

I have a pharmacology test this afternoon. I can't wait until that's over. But this week should be plenty busy - this weekend we (Alpha Psi - the MSU College of Vet. Med. Large Animal Fraternity) are putting on a fundraiser for the Beekman Therapeutic Riding Center. They are a non-profit organization that allows mentally and physically challenged children and adults learn to ride horses. It's really an amazing program. Anyway, we are throwing a Halloween Party for children at the riding center with pumpkin painting, hay rides, cider and donuts and some other games. This is the first year we are doing this so we have a lot of work ahead of us this week.

Ian and I are working on the house (as always). We are putting a bar in the basement and finishing the floor. Then it will be our new TV/entertainment area. I'm really excited.

Next week I'm going to be moving my horse, Pito, from my in-laws to a boarding stable with a indoor arena. This will just be for the winter. Ian's parents farm is 30 miles away and they don't have an indoor arena, so riding in the winter can be quite a challenge. The new farm I will be moving him to is only 12 miles away and has a really nice indoor arena. So I'll get to ride more and hopefully get him back in shape so I can show him this summer!!! Very excited.

I should write more frequently on my blog so that I don't have these LONG entries.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Comfort food

What's your comfort food? Mine is mashed potatoes, with gravy! I made some yesterday, and am about to have some leftovers! It's that kind of day.

Passed yet another test (I've passed all of my tests thus far, with good standing - but good standing doesn't necessarily mean it's the grade I want). But I still get a DVM just like the 4.0 students will get :)

Today, I had to take Ari (my dog) into the clinic. This is the 2nd time this week. His lymphoma came back about 2 weeks ago and now we are trying a new protocol. But this one has been pretty rough for him so far (vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, dehydrated). He's feeling better now that he's rehydrated, hopefully things will stay in control and we can adjust his chemo to a tolerable level. It's about quality of life, he's a dog and deserves to be happy and feel well and hopefully we can continue to keep him that way for awhile.

On another note, I had a good weekend. Friday I went dancing with Corey, Saturday Ian, Corey and I (and a couple other vet students) went to the race track in Muskegon. There were some big races Saturday night and I won $22. I got to go back to the testing barn and even found some old records from my horse Pito's racing days. It was a good time. Sunday we went to Bay City to visit family and had a great lunch at Sunrise Taquitos. It was a little weird with my mom not being there (physically) but I know, in some, capacity she was. There is talk of Thanksgiving in Bay City this year, it sounds fun. I'm not sure if it would be a good idea or not to go - it definitely would be wierd without mom. But who's gonna make the tarts if I don't carry out the tradition??? Anyway, after we went to Sunrise Taquitos, we went to my Uncle Ed and Aunt Karen's house. They supplied us with birthday treats and we had a nice time.

As I said, I had a test today and am feeling the need to relax a bit this evening - maybe a glass of wine and a movie. Unfortunately it will be by myself since Ian is in class in Detroit until 9pm.

Okay, mashed potatoes - here I come!

Thursday, October 12, 2006


That's right, it's snowing. I'm looking out my window and watching it snow. Can't it at least wait until December?!?

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Bad morning

This morning I was visited by a police officer from Meridian Township. She was "following up" on a complaint our neighbor made a month ago.
The night my mom died, a friend of mine was taking care of Pogo, who was staying at our house. Well from 10:30 until 11 (apparently) Pogo was in the backyard barking. My friend told me she stopped over during this time and he stopped.

However, a few days later I recieved a letter in my mailbox indicating that "we were very inconsiderate of our neighbors to leave or dog out barking from 10:30 until 11. " I know specifically which neighbor it came from, because this is the only neighbor that refuses to talk to anyone. We know all our other neighbors by name and talk to the often, so they were aware of the situation. And if this neighbor wants to play games, I had a few reasons I could have called the police on them - but I won't get into that.

But it was very upsetting to be greated by an officer ready to right me a ticket. I explained to her the situation (and told her to confirm it, if she wanted, with a good friend of ours who is a police officer at Meridian Twp). She apologized, hearing that the reason Pogo was at our house and barking that night was because we were at the hospice that night because my mom had passed away. She said not to worry about it, but I am.

It seems that no matter where you live, no matter who you are, you will have conlficts with a neighbor. I'm just trying to do what's good and right and live my life the best I can. Its hard to do when other people, who don't even know you, try to put you down. Maybe if she was so worried about the dog barking, she could have come over and ask if everything was okay, instead of leaving a nasty letter and calling the police. There are certainly much better ways to go about it.

Anyway, I just needed to vent so that I can get back to studying and school. Sigh.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Not so motivated...

Two yucky tests this week (pharmacology and epidemology). I don't feel very prepared and I've already gotten sick of studying.

Saturday is my birthday. Yay. Funny how it's not as exciting as when you were a kid. I'd like to stop aging now, please?

Today, while in class, it hit me... my mom is gone. Every couple days I'm reminded of it, and it's just a really heavy, sinking feeling. I don't want to study right now, I just want to be sad.

On the bright side, Ian and I went horseback riding yesterday... it was a beautiful day :)

Must go motivate myself and memorize 100 different drugs for Wednesday's exam. Blah.