“When I’m not riding, I’m …” Blog Hop

Now, that’s the Spot & FB Pony brainstormed this cool idea for a blog hop:

What other activities, hobbies, or sports do you do outside of riding?Β 

I’m glad it morphed into the broader topic, away from asking just about what we do to stay in shape, because I am slow and uncoordinated and don’t play all that well with others. No team sports for me. And the gym? Nope. I’ve tried a handful of different gyms, having a personal trainer, taking fitness classes of various fitness-y activities, and NONE of it sticks. I can’t run. I don’t like to lift anything. Riding a bike makes me uncomfortable. I very likely will fall on my face if I try to throw, catch, or kick a ball. Being in any orientation other than where the horizon is a nice, flat, perfectly horizontal line (sky up/ground down) will cause me to barf or pass out or both. Even looking at mountains makes me feel lightheaded, although I do rather enjoy the novelty of that.

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This is me when trying anything.

Why I don’t get motion sickness while riding a horse, but do on basically any other mode of transport, including escalators, I have never figured out. Riding IS my exercise.

I kind of like swimming, if this counts:

women in pool with cocktailsWhether or not I’m outdoorsy … riding horses is mostly an outdoor activity. But camping? NO. I hate bugs, unless they are dead and involved in classification of specimens and pin-boarding:

BUTTERFLY DISPLAY CASEIf I were an affluent white male in Victorian England, of sensitive disposition, thorough education, and rarefied tastes, I could see myself being a naturalist. Not like Darwin on the Beagle, though.

DCquoteBut hey, I like art …

juddboxesAnd pizza and beer …

pizzaandbeerAnd my dog …

cdogI read a lot. I’m mildly obsessed with fashion. Sometimes I play fantasy football. Day trips into the hill country are fun, because they usually involve wine tastings. I relish a seat at the opera. I’ll go antiquing. I like to know how things work, and where things come from. I would probably enjoy ghost hunting. I live on coffee. My day job? I’m a librarian. Total shock, I’m sure, after everything you just read.

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18 thoughts on ““When I’m not riding, I’m …” Blog Hop

  1. you might be my spirit animal (though i can leave the football). if my weekends could be filled with riding, reading, and maybe the ballet, i’d be a happy camper (who doesn’t camp). (why can’t i be lady mary?) it’s heartening to know that i’m not the only one….

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      1. I’d rather be Lady Sybil minus the childbirth thing though thanks. Am I he only one who cannot stand Lady Mary?!
        If admitting these things doesn’t disqualify me can I join your gang and substitute fantasy football for following rugby? ☺

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  2. I don’t know why your blog updates don’t show up in real time in my blog feed, makes me super sad 😦
    I get them all at once and this is my first notification this week – so sadly I’ve missed all your earlier updates & have some serious backtracking to do.
    Luckily his means more reading for me – Yay!
    ☺

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  3. Bwahaha! Love it! You like antiquing too?! It’s one of guilty pleasures and don’t even get me started on how much I loff Antique Road Show. It’s my dream to go and take some of my stuff. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for participating in the Hop!

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